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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I wish everyone the best, most prosperous and Happy 2013 possible from Kakabeka Falls, up here in Northwestern Ontario. 

  Here at Incoming Bytes it's always tough to see time--a whole year-- fly by so fast. 

 The year 2012 has been wonderful in many ways. 

My  friends, family and associates have all been thoughtful,  generous, creative, and supportive. Loyal readers and followers provided tremendous encouragement to keep going. The  inspiration I have received from loyal friends and dedicated followers during 2012 is the force that has kept me moving on, dreaming, creating and writing.

It's been a tough and challenging year in some respects,  with major world events, war, flooding, storms, and terrible, even unbelievable human  tragedies.  
Predicted, but failed apocalyptic events unfulfilled. 
The end of the world yet..that was a biggie. There were smaller events that caused more pain. 

Tragedies great and small took place, some close at hand and expected, and  personal losses of loved ones occurred that cannot be equated with anything tangible other than the terrible sense of loss --and equally, the sense of optimism that must necessarily follow. 

I lost a friend in August,  Mr. John Angus Carter III, an American from Barkhamsted, Connecticut-- perhaps the last of his breed. We worked on a number of projects together.  John left a legacy of written works, many  unfinished.  A brilliant thinker, geologist, and great writer, John was above all, a good friend. He will be missed

Meantime, the rest of the world shall carry on with new excitement and renewed optimism. Let us maintain our faith, optimism, offer eternal kindness to all others, --and grant understanding and help to those that have perhaps failed to meet unrealistic expectations.

  Let us move on into 2013 with a sense of joy, love and a fresh outlook on life, and not only set new goals, but achieve them victoriously.

Happy New Year, to everyone, especially to my very BEST friends.  
Each of you knows who you are !  I thank you. 


Is that Incoming I hear?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Harper's New Legacy : Be Chinese.

by Raymond Alexander Kukkee

The light of truth is blinding...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has left a new legacy for Canadians:  Become Chinese

We will soon be living in Chinada and speaking Mandarin
We won't have to worry about the well-being of Canadians or our historical friends the Americans on the world's longest undefended border. 
We won't have to worry about  Quebec separatists
We won't have to worry about  speaking Quebecois 
We won't have to wonder  if our flag has a maple leaf.   Why?
It will all be Chinese. 

 In an 'oil deal' that 99.9%  of  logical, thinking Canadians did not want, China's state-owned oil giant CNOOC  has been allowed to take over Canada's Nexen, a $15B  mistake.  A huge swath of the Canadian oil sands will now be under the control of the Chinese government.

We cannot believe our eyes. This decision casts shame on the "Harper government" --And yes, let us, in this instance, call it what it IS...the "Harper government"It certainly does not represent the interest of Canadians.
Is this deal good for Canada?  NO.  Let us exclude the opinions of short-sighted politicians with their own self-serving agenda,  greedy oil barons and foreign national communists alike, who will make billions of dollars.
Let us totally ignore  the Alberta "government" , which is blinded and  inebriated by oil fumes and doesn't  give a royal crap what they do as long as they make money from dirty oil at any environmental cost, prancing in delight at the prospect of big piles of money, regardless of the iron-clad guarantee of  an unprecedented  environmental disaster the size of Nova Scotia.

The question should be: 

Since when is it in the interest of Canadians to sell control of Canadian resources to a foreign Communist nation?  
What is this government up to?   Should we "follow the money?"  The truth always comes out. 
The approval of the Nexen-CNOOC deal will change Canada forever.

This huge mistake  is reminiscent of a previous huge mistake  by the "Diefenbaker Conservatives"   to kill off the AVRO ARROW -an incredibly bad error in judgment and a  decision that destroyed Canada's huge technological lead in the aviation industry.
This huge mistake  is also reminiscent of another HUGE mistake by the "Mulroney Conservatives", the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which made billions of dollars for big Corporate North America, but did nothing for ordinary Canadians. Canadians continue to pay incredibly high prices for comparable products

NO disrespect, but all Canadians should be asking this question
   Like the "Diefenbaker Government",  why is this Harper Conservative "government" so short-sighted? 

Why do  arrogant Conservative governments repeatedly make basic, essential errors in government that ARE  huge mistakes,  unmitigated disasters with bad long-term consequences?

It seems only Stephen Harper himself could make a decision as bad as John Diefenbaker's  AVRO Arrow decision was.     
 To wit:  It will now cost  Canadians  $60B to "buy" jet fighters that still cannot out-perform the highly advanced, high-performance Avro Arrow scrapped some 50 years ago. 
John Diefenbaker sold out to the USA aviation industry, and now Stephen Harper somehow appears to believe  it's a fine idea to allow a sell-out of Canadian resources to China--at any cost.

A couple of days ago I was walking around in "Canadian"  Tire, a 'big' Canadian retailer that now sells everything made in  China.
 No matter what I picked up to look at, it was "Made in China". From baking pans to dishes to appliances to tools. Soft goods, hardware, everything in between. "Made in China". Canada --has now been 'made by China" but let us not be TOO impolite.

North America has lost the ability to produce anything.  How sad for Canadians. How sad for North America. It's NOT for lack of rich people or a dearth of investment money in Canada or the USA. Follow the money. It is going offshore to Asia.

Increasingly, little of anything is now manufactured in North America because "big Corporate North America"  and the rich can make bigger profits  and more money outsourcing  in China--where virtual slave labour,  uneducated people, being paid  slave labour rates, and living in poverty --under iron-fisted Communist rule-- are thlabour force of choice.There are virtually NO environmental regulations in China, as witnessed by the horrific, stifling and deadly pollution that is everywhere.

With the CNOOC takeover of Canadian oil approved,  Harper's recently gutted environmental rules will come in handy to China. Environmental concerns will be ignored "the Chinese -Harper way 
Pollution in, and  destruction of Canada's north  is now assured to be the planet's biggest environmental disaster. 

CNOOC will also  "conveniently"  now dictate the necessity of construction of the Northern Gateway Pipeline through the pristine BC coast line --an earthquake prone area.  Our "trusted Conservative politicians" who have known this from the very start will 'throw up their hands like foolish children and say "Well, what can we do, it's "our" industry"...... and "acquiesce smugly" -- knowing they had this planned all along.

Now that the deal is approved, the government "swears" there won't be any more deals like these?  We know better.   ALL Canadians know that Conservatives, like most politicians,  say what is convenient  to their egos and pockets at the time. The truth eventually proves them to be blatant liars and deceivers and as such, unfit to govern. We "wrested concessions from China in this deal?? Let us now laugh in disbelief at the blatant lies.

China is already laughing;  they will also laugh and walk away from the unprecedented ecological disaster and Canada will be without remedy after the oil sands resources are depleted, and  China will 'conveniently' move on to target other resources.
This is a sad day for Canada.   Harper's new 'legacy'. Be Chinese. Be happy. be stupid. Shop. Pat ourselves on the head. 
Let the government run the important things".

We are far too polite to say what should be said.

The fact is, this decision is a betrayal of the trust of Canadians.
This is not only an issue of sovereignty over Canadian resources,  it is an issue of lack of common sense  and short-sighted, very  poor governance.

Stephen Harper and  the  Harper Government" must resign in shame. We no longer have any confidence in this government. This agreement must be reversed.

Is that Incoming I hear?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Writing Life: Self-Restraint: An Admirable Vice

by Raymond Alexander Kukkee

Time reflecting the eternal flame of hope  (c)2011 wlk photography

"Know thyself" --a fine ancient adage, is it not?

I'm kind of an old-fashioned type. I know that, and  perhaps I always have been. I like tradition, the 'expected' and edifying practices rooted deeply in the past, simply because such things are the bleached bones of my heritage. 
I enjoy beautiful things. I have an Achilles' heel for pets and wildlife, gardens, trees, sunflowers, Mother Nature's creations in water, rock, and sky.  Old cannons, rich dark chocolate,  coconut trees,  toasted cinnamon bread with coffee, amethyst clocks  and pirate chests filled with gold. 
Loyal readers continue to amaze me, as do other writers, my friends, those incredible scribblers of all things fascinating, good, creative people who continue to challenge me to get better;  dictionaries,  sultry, hot, sexy women, and bold, self-confident thinkers. Solid-minded people displaying innovation and intelligence invariably pique my interest.
Literature,  fiction, poetry, the spice of everything,  you name it, I like it. Savouring the English language is one of these rare, beautiful treasures;  the world of literature is a richly spiced jewel  that should be polished and tasted with vigour. It should be enjoyed.  That is why I write.
 The simple act of  creating and scribbling such tomes should equally be practiced,enjoyed, and above all, protected.
 Although literary perfection, Latin, and old English are now as rare as exotic orchids, -- and chests of pirate gold aren't  appearing upon the doorstep of most writers  anywhere soon,  dreams of literary elegance persist.   We dream creativity into reality. We dream of success. We work at creating beauty, fiction,excitement and perfection for those around us. For the world. For civilization. For the future.

Word mills, content mills, writing traps for novices,  set up with their own self-serving agenda, show the opposite, pay no more than lip service to creativity or the practice of traditional ethics.  The industry is preoccupied with money instead.
 Greedy word mills  are being revealed for what they are, and as a result are displaying instability and imminent failure.  We now know it's a great idea to not only read, but understand the self-serving 'terms of service' that can be changed daily without notice.  It is ever more essential to be aware.
In fact, the written word, "articles" today,  as delightful as they are, often buy the writer into a trap.   
Caveat emptor.
 I'm not delighted with this trend to the brazen practice of  commandeering and theft 'lesser' ethics  in the industry that has been taking advantage of, and damaging creativity.    This is not a 'good' change for civilization.  We resist change naturally, but it is difficult to watch, being traditionalist in nature. Great civilizations require unparallelled  creativity and art in all forms.

Should creative minds  be forced to a constant state of alert for hosers,  thieves, profiteers less than ethical corporate interests, greedy, arrogant,  non-creative people who willfully and brazenly take advantage of  the creativity of others?

The growing specific lack of ethics in the industry annoys the hell out of me.
I don't like that trend. Why?   Changing to lesser ethics for profit is inexcusable.
Writers, thieves and court jesters alike have their own reasons for existing. What are yours? 
We can now laugh raucously.   We have diligently practiced the fine art of self-restraint with gusto;  a few months of generic self-improvementWhere the good old-fashioned rant is concerned, self-restraint is an admirable vice.
 I have no idea how long I'll be able to hold out, how about you?
 At times I think  I'm too polite. Is it because I'm Canadian?
Call in the cavalry. Load the grape shot.
Is that Incoming I hear?

photo credit:    (c)2011  WendyLee Kukkee   (wlk photography)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Social Media: Damoclean Pot

The Age of Light is Upon Us

Human beings using social media have increasingly discovered the delights of stretching the limits of reckless anonymity. Anonymity.  The marginal propensity to hide in cyberspace while  allowing one's self the careless use  of four-letter 'words'.
The fact is, wanton, reckless, and at times, --brazen taboo crap  inappropriate redundant language is  seemingly inserted in communication  to raise the 'status'  without thought or concern.

Is it inserted to attract attention,  or assign instant importance to jaded, insecure or pathetic lives?  Does it enhance stature, relevance, or draw an  audience to the previously ignored?
 I don't know.
Perhaps the status quo is a sign of  collective societal insecurity.  Immaturity. Inability to distinguish between foul potty mouth and actual communication. Is this a dearth of parental teaching?

I have to be honest, from the point of view of a writer,  it seems like deterioration of civilization itself. It seems we are, unfortunately, at a crossroads;  Perhaps people are blissfully and totally  unaware of the  effect of  scribbling, keyboarding, or texting chopped,  deviate combinations of words, whatever be the method or the message.
 It seems at times that nobody cares about what they are exposed to, or what the effect of such unmitigated, liberally  applied and questionable values of filth may have upon their children. The true long-term effect will not be seen in civilization for some time.
I'm guessing our tasteless melange of social media and rudimentary foul language ultimately will inflict a cost.

Where does "potty mouth" originate from on social media sites like Facebook? Have traditionally taboo, detestable, four-letter invectives  become fashionable?  The associated symptoms are easily spotted. Hedonism.  Jaded narcissism. Warped, over-the-edge humor.  Commandeered language and blatant ignorance. 

Does Potty Brain not recognize that " Potty Mouth" reflects directly upon character, person, background, parents, upbringing, nature, essence, the very spiritual being?

From strictly a human standpoint, in  simple terms, which part of 'a foul mouth suggests a foul mind' is so hard to understand?

It seems it takes little to destroy one's image. It takes no practice at all to foam off at the mouth in  a rude, crude interlude and  begin sliding into that stinking morass;  it is deceptively easy to succumb.

 For the last couple of years I have been curtailing my thoughts on  this distasteful aspect of social media, zipping the lip.  I cannot tell a lie though. In truth we....are not impressed.
There are always better ways to express sentiment.

Go ahead, do feel free to speak as you will.  Here's the plan.  Use whatever language you wish; the English language is changing, but...for the record, --the reward, justice at its finest;  the full chamber-pot --is hanging high above us by the proverbial Damoclean thread. Will it be your next 'word' or thought that breaks the thread?

Think about it.

Is that Incoming I hear?

Heads, Tails, or the Edge?


Stone Cottage 
SoWrite.Us Competition: Best First Chapter
Unbridled optimism I don't know about you, but  here At Incoming Bytes I like to believe that hope springs eternal from proactive optimists.  Proactive optimists, worth repeating. Horseshoes and four-leaf clovers are lucky"Holes-in-one" happen We believe good stuff does happen to those who wait, and sometimes luck of the draw is just that, short straw,  long straw, heads, tails spin-of-the-bottle for a kiss.   Luck  is magic and illusion, balancing on the thin edge of life itself. 
Sometimes it pays to get proactive and jump in feet first,get in it to win it, or die trying.

November Fiction page
At  SoWrite.us.com  my entry in the November Fiction " Best First Chapter" contest created by Jim Bessey was successfully submitted without a hitch. Didn't even have to die trying!
 Wow!  In return, we received some great news. It went better than usual for me. Proactivism worked!

I was amazed to learn,-- my very own entry,  From Raggs: The Bent Man
   -----was awarded first prize ...$50.00 !!  Wow!

 Did I get to see the cash? 

You bet!   For contest doubters, you will be happy to know that  prize money offers from SoWrite.us  are real.  The cash   arrived almost within the hour.   Thanks, Jim!   

 Nice, and just in time for Christmas!   Ho -Ho-Ho !
How about that?  Here comes Santa!
We must congratulate co-finalists, Glory Lennon  and Teresa DePoy  --and all other competitors for for their wonderful entries. Special thanks to judges Amanda and Tamara for their hard work and particularly difficult decision. It's so hard to make a thin dime stand on edge!   
--and to Jim and SoWrite.us......Thanks again

  Maybe unbridled proactive optimism isn't such a bad thing after all?
Is that Incoming I hear?

 Photo credits: courtesy of  SoWrite.us.com  with thanks.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's a Long Road

The first half of a long road...and Yes, that's a big hill....

I sit in the warmth of the living room, watching  small snowflakes wandering about in the breeze outside the window, some flying up and about,  trying to escape their destiny.  It is snowing again. Lightly, almost casually, you know the kind of snow coiffed weather-girls  on television make official reports about, calling them 'flurries' and 'accumulations'.
The odd fist-sized clump of snow, large snow-flake wannabe's, fall  from the sky, perhaps from tree branches disturbed  in the breeze, or  perhaps it's conjured, unified snowflake  effort to make us take the dark sky seriously,-- but  casual flurries these are, not like the day before yesterday.

That afternoon started out with rain, light, easy, gentle- 'showers' they would call them,  then a steady drizzle, of consistent,  larger drops, then heavy, determined  rain, not just annoying wet air.  Shortly after that, close to dark, there were even bigger raindrops pelting, driven with intent,  but white snowflakes began coming, confusing, then commandeering the mix.

 Under cover of darkness, a genuine Northwestern Ontario snowstorm  took over, the kind that leaves a foot of snow in a short while. It was a foot, all right, even more. Not bad for the 23rd of November though, it could have been a lot earlier.  In some ways, a  firm but  gentle reminder of winter to be,  but not the vicious, unforgiving kind.  

Our  road, an idyllic half mile of  rough gravel, -a country side road once optimistically called a "concession" - is snowed  in yet again.  Yes, it's a long road when it has over a foot of snow on it.  Wondering if I will be able to get out to the highway and carry on as normal,  I call a neighbour who usually navigates up the road with a big yellow grader, clearing the snow as regular as clockwork every year,  late or not. 
 This time it's anyone's guess,  I wait for a moment for the hesitant answer and got one.
 " No, the other plow's not available, nobody wants to work, I'm plowing myself" , the tired plow operator says,--well,  paraphrased, you understand.
   "I gotta get some supper. We gotta train a new man,  wanna learn how to operate a snow plow?" he asks.
Taken aback, I mumble to myself, quietly paraphrased, you understand, I  thank him graciously and get off the phone so he can go have supper, hopefully he'll get to my road overnight. Not likely, he's working 20 miles away. .

I seriously and sleeplessly contemplate all options available, and  all night too.
 I have commitments, appointments, business, stuff to take care of, and so does the better half.  We're food self-sufficient, but  we still don't like  to be snow-locked for a week or so.
Hm...a grader...I would get to park that  behemoth in my front yard. A big 360 hp  30 foot long yellow key  to freedom with diesel engine, a snow wing and 16ft. moldboard--the key to freedom. I  mumble to myself.  My intrepid  DIY character surfaces.    I almost decide to go for it.

When daylight breaks, I clean the ice and snow off of my 20-year old Jeep. It has good tires, and a Diehard battery,  but not much else. Not surprising, the doors are frozen shut.  Freezing rain does that.
  I use a 24" goose-neck pry bar creatively, not too over-judiciously whacking the door handle a few times to free the lock. I still have to  pry the door open anyway.  Surprisingly, the ignition isn't frozen.   The engine turns over reluctantly, coughs, and starts,-- not surprisingly, but complaining bitterly.
 The passenger door is frozen solid too. Whack that sucker a dozen times. Pry it open too. ow the door buttons are frozen in the depressed position. That's depressing. Out comes lock lube spray. The buttons pop out.. The other doors  I don't bother with. I'm not a back seat driver. Who need's'em.

I coax T.T.T. AND E.T.S.,-- that would be  Tilly the Tall and Ebony the Short,  the resident pups,  into the truck for company with little effort,  they smile and  wag their tails encouragingly as I jamb the old Jeep into gear. It groans, and the frozen wheels snap free of the ice,  but putting the pedal to the metal, it moves. I get to bust the road open.  A foot of snow or more, even with a couple of waggly frozen snowmobile-enthusiast tracks already confusing  the straightness of the  directionability required to stay out of deep ditches,-- isn't too much for a by now cranky and rusty old  DIY'er, --and a  4x4 with good snow tires.
 I run the half mile gingerly, avoiding  swerving into deep ditches, creeks and culverts, and  boldly crash, without pause, through the 3 foot snowbank left across the highway junction by the highway plow. Right at the stop sign it is. I start breathing again.  
Not bad. I crash the snowbank back in again,  and drive the half mile back home,  carefully  widening the wavering,  busted tire- track slots, and then  run the road four or five more times, widening them. The pups agree, now it's a 'winter road' and time for coffee.   

We get out after a while to where we were headed,  as required, right on time, too. 
I  no sooner get  home, not enough time to grab a coffee,   than the T.T.T. and E.T.S. excitedly announce  'here comes the grader'.   I check it out, and yes,  a yellow behemoth, blue lights flashing,  is threading it's way up the road, but something is seriously wrong.  The progress is painfully slow.
A truck is sitting down on the road, behind the moving grader, -but there's also  a parka-clad  man standing  in front of the slowly-moving grader, right on my end of the road.
  I walk out to see what's happening, expecting to see the regular operator and thank him,  expecting to perhaps be needed  to make a call for a service truck for the ailing grader.
 I end up talking  to the trainer instead.
  "He's new, "  he said.  "he's in training".

A NW. Ontario-sized Snow Grader

 The neophyte grader operator-trainer eventually reaches the end of the road where we stand, while he awkwardly  turns the big machine around. It takes a couple of tries to find reverse, lift the blades, and get it right. It's a big turnaround, but it's also a huge machine.   He stops, and the trainer gives him additional instruction. The operating cab has a dozen or more controls to play with.   He tries them all.  Graders do weird stuff, so he discovers, but eventually, he's got it set more or less right. Maybe.

  Damn, I could do better than that, I think to myself. Train me instead, I want to tell the man.  I resist the urge, and watch.
 I know from past  experience driving big tank trucks  that at first, maneuvering a behemoth of a vehicle feels  like driving a three-bedroom  side-split  up the sidewalk.   Unfamiliar with the controls, he adjusts,  talks to the trainer, and painfully, eventually, threads his way back  down the narrow road out toward the highway again, almost removing the snow behind him.
A passable job.   I probably would have liked doing that. After a while, it would be as easy as driving a yellow taxi with a fly stuck on the hood.
 I contemplate.  I go back to my writing.   Maybe next time. That's life. It's a long road.

Is that Incoming I hear? 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

SoWrite NOVEMBER CONTEST: Fiction Best First Chapter !

$50 Cash Prize (minimum) for November Fiction 2012
SoWrite Contest Cash to be Won

Wow....I'm IN !

I've submitted MY entry.  I have a chance to win this $50.00 cash for first prize.Just in time for Christmas too....hm.....nice...

"WHAT?"  You ask.  "WHERE?"  

At  SoWrite.us.com, of course! 

 It is SO easy, too!   YOU can send in your own submission !
 Any first chapter that is your own creative work. It must be previously unpublished, genre fiction.   Send it in soon --and you have a great chance to win $50.00 !

 The winning entry will also  be placed on SoWrite.us  and promoted!

It should not be a surprise that my creative friend, writer and published author  Jim Bessey, the owner of  www.SoWrite.us.com  -- has come up with this new and exciting  challenge for writers.

For quite some time, our writer's group competed for glory, for  minor bits and pieces, for the thrill of being the best, and even for occasional Kudos and compliments  in a now defunct challenge group forum on Helium.

With many writers participating, --but leaving Helium,-- it was not surprising that such fierce competitors missed the action!

Jim Bessey,  the traditional  leader of those challenges, branched out on his own, launching  his own website for writers, "www.SoWrite.us.com  --and the new website is already  no less than amazing.
   Writers: Start your computers! 

Announcing: A Contest for November: 
 " Fiction:  Best First Chapter". 

Keeping in mind the reasons SoWrite  was created,,  Jim  has now announced the FIRST CONTEST ever to be held on SoWrite,  the November "Fiction:Best First Chapter". 

"Best first Chapter" seems to be a natural fit, with many authors already working on National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo  for short,  in which all authors attempt to complete a 50,000 word novel,  a work of fiction,  within the month of November.

How is your first chapter coming along? Are you writing a novel? If you have,  get on over to SoWrite.us.com   and enter!

YOU COULD WIN $50.00 CASH or even MORE depending on the number of entries!

Is YOUR first chapter of fiction  "the BEST FIRST CHAPTER" ?  

Enter  SoWrite's  November  "BEST FIRST CHAPTER" contest today and find out! 

Is that Incoming I hear?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Seceding from the United States of America to join Chinada?

Is the Sun setting on the U.S.A.?

Seceding?   Welcome to Chinada
Update:  Welcome to the Disunited States of America.  There are now 50 states with secession petitions in the making.....

Soon the only state left will be THE STATE OF UNHAPPINESS

Well, so it seems,  it is hitting the fan.  For all intents and purposes, to the average viewer, it seems the United States of America is about to dissolve into fragments. That would be 'individual states' more or less.

 A large number of US citizens are unhappy with the outcome of the election.  
What else is new?....but.....

Seceding from the United States of America? 
  For anyone that doesn't have a dictionary, that means secession,  buggering off out of the Union. Becoming one of the Less United States.   We imagine the founding fathers are rolling in their graves just hearing that word whispered.

There are petitions now requesting that 15  20  22    50  states  be allowed to peacefully leave the United States of America.  Louisiana was reportedly the first state to file a petition to leave the Union. A couple of these states have more than one petition. Competing yet, that oughta' work.

The following states (and a whole lot more)  have filed petitions to secede from the United States of America immediately if not sooner:
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  •  Colorado, 
  •  Florida,
  •  Georgia 
  •  Indiana
  • Kentucky
  •  Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  •  Mississippi, 
  • Montana,
  • North Dakota
  • New Jersey
  •  New York
  • North Dakota,   
  • North Carolina,
  • South Carolina,
  •  Oregon
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas  

 Even blue-grass Tennessee wants to leave.  Grass must be bluer on the other side of the border.  Stay calm.  Imagine that. Good luck, boys, you'll need more legalized  weed to maintain the illusion of brilliant planning.
 Have you forgotten there's strength in numbers? Leave en masse Any of you wish to join Canada before you're individually  sold off to the Chinese? 

Just line up at the border, pick up an application form to move to  Canuck-nuck land,  that's a short cut to being Chinada, since our government is so intent on selling control of our resources to China's CNOOC state-owned oil company. 

If the excitement of seceding doesn't wear off  by the time a gazillion applications are processed, Welcome to Chinada.  

Is that Incoming I hear?  

UPDATE Data  courtesy of the Daily Caller

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The American Way: Is it really the best? Solutions

Light Reveals All

It's about time.  The US election is over. Thank God. Let us now ask the right questions, poke the right buttons at the right time, and shine the spotlight on root problems and encourage  productive governance.  Shall Americans now pledge to make progress, or fall, disheartened and disorganized,  into a recession?

Well, okay. Let's ask why.  Like it or not, the people have spoken. Like it or not, worth repeating,   President Barack Obama, most observably the first black president of the United States was not only elected, but  confirmed and returned to the job-and that is all it really is--is a job.

It's a big job. All right, it's a big job, no doubt. Big perks, big hype, big White House, big government, big media, big everything.  Bottom line, his big  job is to lead the people   Let's use round numbers;  say some 300 million  almost-consenting- almost adults of the United States--must now be led through some very tough times.

Why is this suddenly perceived to be so problematic? 
 Here's the way I see it.  Even adults and educated people face disappointment when our candidates do not 'win'. Don't cry, baby.
What else is new?
 Have presidents not led the United States of America through tough economic and political times before? How about Pearl Harbor? How about Viet Nam?  How about the Cuban Missile Crisis?   How about 9/ll ?  How about the manipulated financial global meltdown and sub-prime mortgage fiasco? How about the Gulf oil disaster, Iraq, Katrina,  Afghanistan. ..ad nauseum,.....never mind  Sandy, the newest  ugly storm that just gob-smacked the east coast of the United States of America? 

The fact is there's always another tough challenge facing any sovereign nation--and there will always be tough issues to deal with regardless of who leads the nation or runs the highest office.

Were your personal feelings hurt? Get over it. Stop whining.  Hello?    Americans collectively chose Barack Obama for a second term. Are you now admitting the majority of the United States is WRONG?   I thought not.
 The time for political games, bickering and bitching  is over. 

The fix:  Don't like the system that ignores the popular vote?  Fix it. don't like the Electoral college or the makeup of the Supreme Court?  Change it! Your candidate didn't win? Nominate a better candidate next time. 
The election went your way? Congratulations. Now act like it and show that your ideas ARE better than the status quo. Prove your ideas ARE better options for all Americans. Compromise and common sense is essential

 You have responsibilities, and it is time to begin acting like responsible adults. 
 Collectively, you now have the responsibility, the obligation to hand an environmental gem and proud economic legacy to your children and  grandchildren, not an impossible debt load, an economic death sentence, a broken, collapsed country, and an ecological  disaster caused only by stubborn, short-sighted greedy corporations, Big Money, endless consumption,  blinders to obvious defects in foolish  ideology erroneously perceived to be perfection and iron-clad, or just plain stupidity and lack of common sense. 
 The fact is, Americans  need to work shoulder to shoulder, not nose to nose. 

Is the American way the best?  Prove it.  The world is watching.  America needs conciliatory, creative solutions, not childish rants of 'winners' or vindictive, destructive tantrums of 'losers'. Whether you are a Billionaire, a single mom, a speculator, entrepreneur,  a middle manager or an unemployed plumber--a quantum change in thinking by Americans  is required.  
Not "if your candidate wins next time", but now, today. 

Is that Incoming I hear?    

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Early Christmas, Morgidoo's Christmas Carol and Dragons

Bah, humbug....hm....$$$$$....

Cover for 'Morgidoo's Christmas Carol'
Early Christmas stuff is showing up all over the place.  Ho-hum....this year was the earliest I have seen anything Christmas-related-- the day after Halloween.  Christmas trees already. Furniture-store Santas...only ONE day.
No in-between breathers after scarey Halloween ghosts and goblins  before getting smacked into Christmas Past, Present and Future, right into that even more scary stuff,  the big business of  spending a lot of money for gifts nobody really appreciates.
 At Incoming Bytes my loyal readers know I always imagine,-- even fondly believe there are more important things to life than money. The fact is, money offers us only additional choices in life.

It may appear at some point that I might be forced to face the reality that I am vastly out-numbered;  will I have to relinquish cherished old-fashioned values?   To the casual but alert observer, it may appear that I do not see the big commercial picture, that I do not feel guilty enough about not spending thousands of dollars at Christmas, or, gadzooks,,,,that I  may not have been raised commercially.  It's obvious that I like porridge with brown sugar better than  air-filled Cheerios, colored or not. Idon't have the latest, greatest  text-talk-browser-internet-GPS-WiFi cell-phone either.   Perhaps I am simply not  synchronized  with the intent, plans, and progress of the modern commercial world? It does appear that way. One thing for sure, I am Christmas-challenged.    Caffeine may be responsible.  Maybe not. I better have another cup of coffee and think about that one.

 " How ever shall that boy succeed?" has been asked on more than one occasion in dusty, hallowed halls of  paint-spattered elves  and twittering tea-tasters, complete with shortbread cookies, bespectacled  eye rolls and  eyebrows frowning surreptitiously under  pointy green hats.
Well, have we got news! We're getting up to speed..  After all, Christmas is only fifty-some days away!

It's *time* to get your very own copy of  Morgidoo's Christmas Carol  which is a new eBook, and a genuine Christmas classic, not a  mish-mash boring  re-hash of St. Nick, Santa Claus and little green elves building toys up at the North Pole or in China. There's no milk and cookies for Santa here, just a new and timeless |Christmas story he may wish to read.

 Morgidoo's Christmas Carol is different and unique.  I wrote it.  Read it and see. It even has pictures in it. Nice ones. You'll be glad you did.  So will your children, siblings,  your spouse, your girlfriend, your neighbors, everybody at the coffee shop,  and even Grandma and Grandpa. You'll find out, there's hope for the world yet.

Besides, how else would  I get to sit beside Kevin O'Leary on Dragon's Den or make a pitch for a real bucket of cash for Christmas?  If  I have enough alert readers and prospective customers, I may even become a disciplined investor and buy some presents. Christmas is only fifty-some days away.  Hurry.  You can pass that message on to Mr. Scrooge himself.
Bah, humbug!

Is that Incoming I hear?

*this is a classic case of blatant self-promotion and a training exercise in  fully supporting commercial Christmas aficionados, bookworms, and  Scrooge-like humbugs alike.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Potential Takeover of Canadian Oil Giant by China: Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest...

* Breaking News: *

 See what happens?  
 A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit the British Columbia coast late Saturday, setting off tsunami warnings.  October 28th, 2012

Giant Oil rig

Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest.....if the CNOOC  acquisition of Nexen is approved, which includes up to 25% of the Athabasca Oil Sands, one of the largest oil deposits in the world....

"The government will conveniently acquiesce to demands from "Chinese State Oil  based in Canada" to export Canadian oil  to China, with other questionable implications, economic, cultural and sovereign,  like it or not. "

Whoa,Canada! What on earth ARE we doing?  

The Canadian Government is "looking over"  a   C$15.1 billion (US$15.23 billion) bid by state-owned CNOOC Ltd to take over Canadian oil producer Nexen Inc. 

CNOOC is a Chinese state-owned company. 
.....er....You know, "Red" China?  Yes,,,that China... The ideological opposite, supposedly the very antithesis of democracy itself?

Here's an interesting question ALL Canadians should be asking our  Members of Parliament. 
Why would politicians in OUR Canada EVER  CONSIDER ALLOWING  ANY FOREIGN NATIONAL , MUCH LESS A FOREIGN  COMMUNIST COUNTRY --- CONTROL over ANY  resources in NORTH AMERICA, much less a HUGE chunk of our LARGEST oil deposit?  

Should we be Concerned? Let us digress momentarily--with purpose. 

Where does lunacy stop, and logic and reason start? 
Canadians are ALREADY  left with what may turn out to be one of, if not the largest environmental boondoggle,  the worst pollution-producing   ''oil disaster'  area in the world. 

 The oil sands will never again be clean, pristine lands. Water is already poisoned and polluted. Fish are already mutated. People are already sick.
Meantime, what is 'the public'  shown? What are we misled to believe?  
What would politicians have you believe?  
" Everything is 'just fine'. 
 The public is only shown 'tiny' remedial areas that have been 'fixed up' by the industry. Cute little patches of green grass. Cute little scientists in CLEAN WHITE SUITS and plastic hard-hats shown running around 'scientifically' sampling pristine waterways. "Protecting the environment, we are".  Oh, really.... Not A DROP OF OIL IN SIGHT.  

  The oil industry believes Canadians are naive and foolish enough to believe extraction processes boasted about in standard industry  advertising, the  mom and apple pie selected--- are pristine, faultless, and infallible.  
It's hogwash. Oil industry propaganda.    Let's keep that straight. Extraction of oil from tar sands is a dirty business. Pipelines fail. Earthquakes clearly happen.  *See above....
Mistakes are made endlessly and the excuses offered by the industry when mistakes ARE made --are meaningless.  Curiously, they always promise "it won't happen again". 
The fact is, it is not a matter of IF another  oil disaster will strike, but when.  We shall not even START to address the air pollution caused by this industry.

Politicians, for some inexplicable reason,  seem to believe that Canadians should now allow environmental disasters to grow endlessly larger--  only to sell oil to Asian markets--particularly China, after all, it's a 'rising star' of  global 'business'. 
Canadians, meanwhile, will continue to be gouged at the pump, subsidize foreign nationals, paying ever-higher domestic gasoline prices which will pay for the infrastructure necessary to supply oil to world markets like China.
Canadians" are expected to feel 'warm, fuzzy, and secure'   with "government negotiations of  
"opaque, murky net benefits agreements  negotiated for millionaires and billionaires " and agreements lacking transparency,  clearly NOT beneficial to anyone but the rich, powerful petroleum industry. Remember NAFTA?

Here at Incoming Bytes we believe this whole process is an orchestrated  ruse to benefit only the petroleum industry regardless of the eventual cost to Canadians. Why? 

Dumb:  it makes leaders look  incompetent, naive,  and  foolish enough to allow ANY takeover of control of  critical and limited resources that morally and ethically  belong to all Canadians.  Why would any Prime Minister of Canada even consider, much less allow this travesty?  Canada is a sovereign nation.  Why can we not ACT like one?

Dumber:  it will give the "oil industry" a lever,  an EXCUSE to demand the Northern Gateway Pipeline be built across the pristine waterways of British Columbia- a coastline which is earthquake prone --(*see above)   and which will clearly  endanger some of the most beautiful natural environments and shorelines on earth.
  The federal government will ultimately  plead 'compliance' to toothless, one-sided trade agreements and conveniently acquiesce to demands from "Chinese State Oil " based in Canada to export Canadian oil to China, with other questionable implications, economic, cultural and sovereign,  like it or not.

Dumbest:  Big Dirty Corporate Oil -- collectively,  that would be CNOOC included,   will walk away with hundreds of trillions of dollars in  profit. The contaminated hazard lands and an unbelievable environmental disaster--an unmitigated disaster without equal- will be left for  Canadians of the future,  conveniently after oil reserves have been pillaged.
  It must be asked if Canadians have learned anything from NAFTA ?  It seems not.

Politicians perpetrating this travesty  will be "long gone"or retired with fat pensions,-- and will collectively and loudly decline any responsibility for the inestimable, horrific environmental damage that has been done. 


 The Canadian government most recently  temporarily and bravely  "Halted" the sale of a $5.5B  sale of another oil giant, Progress  Energy Resources Corp.  to Malaysian STATE giant PETRONAS   because there was  SUPPOSEDLY NOT ENOUGH "NET BENEFIT" FOR CANADA. 
How politically devious clever.

Who are we kidding? 
 This should be entertaining but rather sad.   Canadians may now watch this  manipulated, improvised  act.  Sit back, remain silent, above all,  and watch as this 'deal'  predictably 'IMPROVES'  with trinkets and few extra paltry jobs that "must be added"  to 'enhance' the "Benefits to Canada". 
  Glass beads and trinkets, flat-screen televisions and all, offered by China or Asia--access to their markets for MORE of our resources --will be 'guaranteed.'   How wonderful.
Increased profit for local domestic oil industry itself will considered 'net benefits to Canada". 
 Secret trade incentives will also undoubtedly be included.  
Bottom line, the   rich and powerful petroleum industry "wise political machine" in Canada  will   predictably  reverse and ultimately approve that deal.  The stage is set.  

 CNOOC fearlessly enters stage left.... Canada has set a precedent.

Canadians will watch horrified---as CNOOC---in fact the COMMUNIST STATE of CHINA  'improves their offer of net benefits'  too, ---- and  because they, too,  now offer  'net benefits and meet the established criteria"  the deal can not be refused. 
 Canadians will be 'forced' to allow the State of China to take control of  critical and strategic resources--as much as 25% of the Athabasca oil sands. 

This is NOT acceptable!

Sovereignty is at issue. 

  What else is new?  American nationals have freely taken control of Canada's resources and profited from them  for generations.  Americans buy gasoline made from crude oil originating in Canada FAR cheaper than Canadians are offered.

 Trash and Trinket  Trade
Does the concept of " trash and trinkets for trade" sound familiar?  How soon we forget.
 Hundreds of years ago,  in our questionable past,  OUR ancestors, Europeans collectively, now North Americans,   the 'rich and powerful', English and French, Spanish, and a whole boatload of other foreign profiteers )   invaded moved into  and exploited North America and 'traded'  cheap, trashy 'trade goods' , killed off the natives,  loaded galleons with stolen gold,  plundered artifacts and cultures at will, and  commandeered   settled the whole continent.

 "Net benefits"  to the First Nations peoples were rotgut whiskey, deceptive meaningless treaties, glass beads, tin pans,  trinkets and inferior quality, cheap trade goods,   genocide,  disease,  decimation of buffalo herds,  native "cruel residential" schools for brainwashing native children --and guaranteed generations of poverty on  reservations many.

Could the equivalent process be repeated in modern history?  

Our loyal readers here at Incoming Bytes are always encouraged to think. There are specific parallels to be drawn.  Have our leaders failed to learn from the lessons of history? 

 Rich foreign nationals will profit and become ever more powerful politically and economically,  positioning themselves to demand changes in Canadian culture, immigration, politics,  and business practices favourable to them. Canadians will  foot the expense--subsidize the infrastructure,  end up with the environmental disaster--and ultimately  pay the price of apathy by ever-increasing loss of sovereignty."

We do not have to wonder why First Nations Peoples are  unhappy with exploitation of the Athabasca tar sands and are resisting the Northern Gateway Pipeline and more forked tongue hollow promises.
Alison Hartford, Premier of Alberta, insists this unbelievable environmental disaster is progress --and has absolutely no intention of sharing royalties or revenue. 
British Columbia's Premier Christy Clark  is hostile,  posturing, holding out for "five points'.....  'no pipeline unless B.C. gets  'better benefits',  with  undertones and blatant threats  of  a national political crisis if the pipeline is approved without 'better benefits' and a greater "share" to British Columbia.  "Which glittering trinkets would you like,  B.C. Christy?"    
  We offer glass beads, tin cups, shoddy imitation goods, mutated fish, oil-soaked rivers, sick people, decimation of wildlife species,  polluted coastline waterways,  a few maritime disasters a la Exxon Valdez...and..oh, and a few paltry jobs, we'll toss those in for your "SHARE"  too."

Clearly,  in this whole process---without exception, jurisdictions,  producers and holdouts alike,  nothing but greed matters; -- it's all about money, rich interests becoming richer without thought of the consequences.

Canadians should be demanding a halt to this process. Period.  Alternative energy exists. Clean alternative energy.   Why are we so foolish?  This disastrous process now being pursued can NEVER  be reversed.

The cold, hard fact is, our leaders are intent on selling off  critical resources and the future health of our country---in perpetuity-- merely to make rich oil corporations richer and feed the EGOS of our politicians.

However they may pretend to  position themselves, our leaders  are intent on freely  giving away control of our resources, -receiving by comparison in reality- nothing in return but temporary political glory and a guaranteed and  huge  environmental mess--an unparallelled environmental  disaster that will exist literally forever. 

Meantime,  politicians will 'reflect', write up their "memoirs and legacies",   pat themselves on the back in their mutual admiration society, shrug their shoulders,  and collectively deny all responsibility. They shall cry crocodile tears,  blaming the guaranteed environmental disaster on 'those Asian foreigners'.     How convenient and predictable.

Is that Incoming I hear? 

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