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Megan Dion
Megan Dion, worked at Security

We didn't, It was taken from us. A lot was lost and many things were forbidden for a very long time.

CAUTION: Content may be disturbing or offensive to some readers.

 Speaking your own language in a residential school would get you beaten black and blue, my father knew this all too well. He spoke mostly Cree when he was taken from my grandparents without their knowledge. A bus had come to the little community and was picking up kids from all over, saying they were going to get ice cream. My father didn't even know what ice cream was but he didn't care, he was more excited about riding a bus for the first time! He and his sisters were walking home when they were offered a ride, they didn't make it home. Instead they were taken to a big strange building in a town 3 hours away.

 It may not seem like a very far distance, but imagine trying to run home on nothing but a dirt road surrounded by the boreal forest. Not to mention the people hunting you down for trying to escape their abuse. The children and young adults that did manage to escape were often found dead in the forest, having gotten lost, starving or freezing to death. Now what would drive a little 9 year old boy into the forest to suffer himself until finally succumbing to the elements? Why would a little one run from a place that was supposed to be enlightening and a place of God? The priests and nuns couldn't figure this out.

 Maybe it was because they raped boys and girls as young as four years old. No that was fine wasn't it? The little savages worshipped evil and delighted in all the abuse they were subjected to! How could they not enjoy being forced away from their family, friends and everything they always knew. Beaten for talking to a sibling or asking where your mommy was. Or seeing the newborn the priest impregnated you with thrown into the furnace because it was an abomination. No no that couldn't be it, they aren't even people! How could they have emotions and thoughts of their own.

 My father and aunts witnessed a lot in those schools and they didn't talk about it for most of their lives. Some victims didn't even bother trying to teach the language to their kids because they didn't want them going through the same things they did. They didn't want them being tortured for knowing their own language, for knowing their own culture. Would you want your child beaten for talking in the only language you knew? Or would you rather they learn the foreign language so they're not taken away in the first place?

 We didn't just allow these atrocities to happen. They were forced upon us as children. Their foreign beliefs beaten into our brains until it was all we knew, because even thinking in our own language brought back the trauma we suffered for even knowing it in the first place.

 But even after going through everything meant to destroy us, we still thrive today. My Father taught me how to track and hunt for wild game. To respect and care for my elders and those in need. My parents taught me how to respect others, myself and everything around me and how to smudge and pray our ways. I grew up going to ceremonies, lodges, several types of native dances; sundances, horsedances, tea dances, rounddances the list goes on and on. My parents took me everwhere they went, whether it was picking medicine in the forest, or into the sweatlodge with mosom (grandpa). My brothers and I grew up falling asleep to the drummers and their songs as they helped with the ceremonies we went to.

 They both attended residential schools, but they refused to let our heritage die there. My grandparents all spoke Cree and continued to teach it along with our culture to all their children. Even after they came back from those horrid schools. They didn't want their kids growing up lost and afraid, and they weren't. The past cannot be erased, but we can still look forward to a brighter future. I will continue to learn as much as I can and teach my own children their heritage. It will not be taken from them.

 I won't allow it.

Edit: Thank you everyone for all the support I really appreciate it. Also here's some info and a link suggested by Kozan and Jake.

It was not just Cree kids, all types of Native Americans were abducted. Indian Residential Schools date back to the1870’s. The policy behind the government funded, church-run schools attempted to “kill the Indian in the child”. Over 130 residential schools were located across the country, with the last one closing in 1996.More than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were taken from their families and placed in these schools. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. Today, there are an estimated 80,000 former students still living.While some former students had positive experiences at residential schools, many suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and others died while attending these schools. The unresolved trauma suffered by former students has been passed on from generation to generation.

Source: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)

Anti-Slavery Petition : Australia


Hi John,

There are just a couple more days to add your name to our petition for a strong anti-slavery law in Australia!

It is a long, slow process but we have a new chance to keep the pressure up by handing in our petition. With recent cabinet and government reshuffles, we need to take every possible opportunity to ensure that all decision-makers hear our call.

Help strengthen our voice with your name!

Bringing our petition to the attention of the government helped ensure strong recommendations when the inquiry report into a Modern Slavery Act was published last December.[1] We need to keep the pressure up at each step of the way so that the consumer power of Australia[2] can be mobilized to help bring an end to modern slavery.

Our partners in Australia, Stop the Traffik, will be in Australia’s capital Canberra next week ready to hand-in the Freedom United petition with the Be Slave Free Network.

Together we have reached out to newly appointed Ministers in the new Home Affairs Department, who we expect will be tasked with leading on the government’s work on modern slavery.

Organizations and businesses all over the world are watching to see what will happen in Australia.

Let’s make sure a robust new law sets new standards for companies to report on modern slavery in their supply chains.

In solidarity,

Joanna, Carolyn, Fuzz and the teams at Freedom United and Stop the Traffik Australia


Working in the U.S. for $1.50 a day


Dear John,

It’s unacceptable – people detained in a private immigration detention center in San Diego allege that they have been subjected to forced labor and threatened with solitary confinement or restricted visitation rights if they refused to work.[1] They say the company that owns the prison, CoreCivic, pays at most $1.50 per day, and sometimes nothing at all, for their work as kitchen staff, janitors, barbers and in various other roles.

Tell CoreCivic forced labor is never acceptable.

The Thirteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which intended to end slavery, shockingly permits its use as a punishment for crime.[2] It does not provide for the use of slavery against civil detainees in immigration centers. In addition, regulations introduced in 2015 aim to end trafficking in government contracting.

If we gather enough signatures, we can strengthen the voice of those calling for an end to forced labor of detainees. We will use our power to urge one of the largest private prison companies in the US, CoreCivic, to denounce forced labor in its Human Rights Policy Statement[3] and verify it is enforced.

Reports of forced labor are not isolated to immigration detention centers. In Oklahoma,offenders sentenced to rehabilitation end up forced into labor on chicken farms,without any recourse or access to an actual recovery program.[4] Prisoners in California are forced into labor, reportedly made to risk their lives fighting the state’s wildfires for a dollars an hour[5] or considerably less,[6] helping to generate an estimated US$58 million in profit.[7]

We act remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s poignant words:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The United States is home to the largest prison system in the world, housing 25% of the world’s prisoners but only 5% of the global population, and spends more than $80 billion a year. Incarceration rates in the United States have increased by 700% in the last four decades, even though crime has dramatically decreased.[8] Among those incarcerated, more than 60% are people of color. And Black men are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men.[9]

It’s clear that forced labor in prisons is not an immigration issue, it’s an American one, replicated worldwide. This system of mass incarceration – at a rate per capita that surpasses every country on earth – is inherently discriminatory, disproportionately affecting communities of color while creating a never-ending pool of people to be exploited through forced labor in prisons and detention centers across the country for corporate gain.

Let's urge CoreCivic to take a stand against forced labor.

Rolling back President Obama’s progress on minimizing private prison industry contracts, President Trump has called for an increase of prisons and detainment centers by upwards of 450%, perpetuating and embedding a system that exploits people of color for private benefit.[10] Following the announcement of this policy change, CoreCivic’s share price shot up 43% in a single day.[11] It is undoubtedly a lucrative business.

Call on CoreCivic to address allegations of forced labor.

We also ask that CoreCivic state that forced labor will not be tolerated, and to raise wages for imprisoned or detained workers to stop exploitation in its centers and prisons.

Minimum international standards around the use of prison labor are outlined in the International Labour Organization’s Forced Labor Convention. It states that prisoners, just as free persons, must not be forced to work under threat of penalty or loss of privileges. Furthermore, wages should be comparable to those of free workers and health and safety measures should be taken as well.[12]

CoreCivic is also currently facing another class-action complaint for allegedly attempting to defraud its investors by falsely representing improved operational policies and procedures around the rights and dignity of prisoners and detainees in multiple centers.[13] We must speak out and let them know forced labor in detention is unacceptable.

Will you join us in helping to stop slavery in detention?

In solidarity,

Joanna, Alex, Miriam and the Freedom United Team

[1] https://www.thenation.com/article/ices-captive-immigrant-labor-force/
[2] http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/amendments/13/essays/166/abolition-of-slavery
[3] https://www.corecivic.com/hubfs/_files/Human-Rights-Policy-Statement-2014.pdf?t=1512664898611
[4] http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-bc-us--reveal-recovery-centers-forced-labor-20171004-story.html
[5] https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/how-much-longer-will-inmates-fight-californias-wildfires/547628/
[6] https://www.thedailybeast.com/prisoners-conned-into-fighting-wildfires
[7] http://solidarityresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Prison-Strike-in-California-10-07-16.pdf
[8] https://aflcio.org/2016/4/5/lets-get-serious-about-mass-incarceration
[9] https://aflcio.org/2016/4/5/lets-get-serious-about-mass-incarceration

[10] https://www.thenation.com/article/ices-captive-immigrant-labor-force/
[11] https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21718897-idaho-prisoners-roast-potatoes-kentucky-they-sell-cattle-prison-labour
[12] http://www.ilo.org/empent/areas/business-helpdesk/faqs/WCMS_DOC_ENT_HLP_FL_FAQ_EN/lang--en/index.htm#Q3

[13] http://correctionalnews.com/2018/01/09/corecivic-class-action-tennessee/

How does Canada feel about Trump?

This evades a silly question to provide perspective and opinion.

How does Canada feel about Trump?

Rick Thomas, Masters Marketing, University of California, Berkeley

I lived my first 20 years of my life in Canada always believing that the USA was a better place to be and sincerely believed that an education in the States would give me the skills that I needed to fully succeed.

I sold my business and paid my way as an international student gaining two masters degrees in two different universities. The education was great, but very US-centric and far too centered on economic principles that I did not agree with.

Traveled all over the world, lived in the Caribbean for 7 years, purchased a home in Florida and then another in Nevada. I thought things were pretty good, until the election of Obama, whom I supported and was thrilled. Until -

I did my rounds visiting clients all through the southern states getting all sorts of weird responses from them (anger and talks of a revolution were common) and finally had a meeting with a client in Las Vegas. Walking in, I noticed that everyone was wearing guns strapped to their waist. I instantly got very concerned, even more, when the owner of the company sat down, put his gun on the desk and asked me point-blank “who did you vote for?” I told him that I could not vote as I was a “Canadian” He then told me that Obama would be “dead” within a month.

I got out of there as fast as I could, sold my house and moved back to Canada. Over the next year, I got rid of all my assets and business in the USA and have now been back in Canada since.

When Trump was elected, I was shocked and dismayed by what I saw. I could see quite clearly that “America” had gone to that place that I was most fearful of. Bigotry, Corporate greed, religious zealots dictating the law and of course closing their borders, mistreatment of Muslims, Mexicans and pretty much anyone that did not have Trump as a last name. I saw Trump making himself into a “King” which is what he once told me was his destiny (although in fairness, it was that he was the King of New York).

Let me tell you what I know about this man, and what I learned directly from him and his associates.

“The Big Lie”

A big lie (German: große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously."

Later, Joseph Goebbels put forth a slightly different theory which has come to be more commonly associated with the expression "big lie". Goebbels wrote the following paragraph in an article dated 12 January 1941, 16 years after Hitler's first use of the phrase. The article, titled Aus Churchill’s Lügenfabrik (English: "From Churchill's Lie Factory") was published in Die Zeit ohne Beispiel. (Thanks to Wikipedia)

The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.

I have known many people to practice this “art form.” I have walked away and left many a relationship because of the way those people were trained to “never admit to a lie” – Like the lifetime friend who was caught cheating on his wife, his defense – “ Never admit to having an affair, never” — He is no longer a friend. Whatever happened to integrity? Another question, maybe a Quora question.

In most recent times, Donald Trump has exhibited an extreme skill at using the “Big Lie” to his advantage and gaining followers and supporters just like Hitler and Churchill did. (Yes, it was not only the Nazis but also the British who used this technique to push the masses to do whatever the leaders told them to do.)

I know Donald Trump personally, and have done business with him; I ended my relationship with him over 15 years ago because of his lack of honesty, integrity and any resemblance to the “type” of business relationships that I wanted in my life.

I do have to hand it to him though; he does have perseverance in following his playbook with unwavering conviction to the point that he actually believes his own lies.

A passage from his playbook:

“The primary rules are: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it often enough people will sooner or later believe it.”

Do you have any idea where this playbook passage comes from?

The phrase was also used in a report prepared during the war by the United States Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler's psychological profile.

You now know why there are so many comparisons and worries about Trump being just another “Hitler.”

You now all know that you are indubitably part of the “Big Lie” question is, what are you going to do about it? Trump is not just a sick perverted imbecile, he is dangerous.

Canada fought Hitler alongside the UK and France a good two years before America joined the fight, Canadians may be the friendlier, gentler nation to the north of the USA. But, we absolutely do what needs to be done when the rubber meets the road.

It is my sincere hope that the American public gains some insight into the very dangerous road they are going down, does the right thing and in a simple and direct voice says, “Donald Trump, you’re fired.”


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Gordon Hsu
Gordon Hsu, Financial Professional at a major International Firm

Easy. China by a mile. If a war does break out between the US and China over South China Sea, it is all but a foregone conclusion that the US should bear more responsibility for that disastrous turn of events.

Just for the record, when I'm talking about responsibility I'm not referring to who actually fired the first shot. Instead I'm talking about who played the larger role in fostering the volatile environment in the first place. Let me break it down point by point.

1. The US Navy has persistently sent surveillance assets to spy on Chinese military bases in the region (and East China Sea) for the past two decades, all the while hiding behind the "innocent passage through EEZ" or "international waters" excuses even though it never ratified the UNCLOS. Enforcing the terms of a treaty that it isn't officially a party to, that's pretty rich. Regardless, I'm not referring to the man-made reefs/islands but rather the Chinese naval bases that are on Hainan and the mainland. I don't know about anyone else but if someone was standing on a public street using a binocular to peek into my house, hoping to catch a glimpse of me in a compromising position, I would be pretty damn angry as well.


2. The US fancies itself as the world's police. Although this role wasn't actually officially declared by any specific administration, it is certainly consistent with the idea of Manifest Destiny. Some folks may find it strange that I am bringing up an American ideology from more than a century ago but in practice, it is still very prevalent today thanks to the Wolfowitz/Bush doctrine. There can be little doubt that the above doctrine is firmly rooted in "American Exceptionalism" and enjoy widespread support among the neocons as well as many Clinton liberals. In essence, when you act like the world's police in order to spread your ideology, you become more susceptible to the abuse of power.


This leads into my next point.

3. Looking back on history, the US has manufactured fraudulent pretexts to justify military actions on several occasions. USS Maine, Gulf of Tonkin, Grenada, Panama, Iraq WMD, etc. With regards to the South China Sea the US has already started the PR campaign, spouting that whole non-sense regarding "freedom of navigation" because there is supposedly 5 trillion dollars worth of trade at risk.


The fact is that China has never said anything that can be construed as a credible threat towards commercial shipping lanes. Why? Because the majority of commercial vessels passing through the South China Sea either originated from or is destined for Chinese ports. Now if China start disrupting all of this seaborne traffic, isn't that akin to shooting themselves in the foot? It makes no logical sense, just look at the list of busiest ports in the world by container traffic.

List of busiest container ports - Wikipedia

Note that 4 of the top 5 (and 5 of the top 10) are in the Southern half of China, meaning they all receive a considerable amount of traffic passing through the South China Sea. Then there is also the fact that most of the container ships are owned by foreign shipping companies, flying all varieties of flags. Here’s a list of the largest shipping companies in the world.

List of container shipping companies by ship fleets and containers - Wikipedia

Freedom of navigation? Please. Since when did China become suicidal towards their own economic interests?

4. China containment strategy. This is a topic that the White House, State Department and the Pentagon has made great efforts to avoid and deny. However looking behind the scenes, it is obvious that the plan was put into motion years ago, long before the SCS issue heated up.


South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia are all part of the US design to contain China and limit its access to open oceans.

Then there is also Japan which under the hawkish Abe has ratcheted up its efforts to become a bigger player as well as proponent of this containment strategy.


Thailand's military coup, Duterte's rise in the Philippines, China's economic clout in Mynamer, Malaysia and Pakistan has thrown a monkey wrench into the machinations of US and Japan but that doesn't mean they will stop trying. Just how many countries in the world would accept being boxed in without pushing back assertively? The answer is probably close to nil considering even a tiny country like Qatar is utilizing every weapon in its arsenal to resist the embargo by its four neighbors.

Now is China just an innocent victim in all of this? Of course not. Much can be said about China's lack of finesse in their efforts to contest the US containment strategy. Still, if the US hadn't been behaving like a paranoid super power trying to put the clamps on an emerging power and force it into a subordinate role in the current US-dominated international order, it is very possible that the "South China Sea issue" would have never reached the current magnitude of severity.

Climate Science

30 years!
A trillion dollars.
A hundred thousand of mankind’s brightest minds [ Ah! Sir! Surely you do but Jest, Sir ! ]

A few hundreds of thousands of mankind’s most complex numerical model’s runs .
A massed array of the supporting quagmire of the Elites of politics, of the media , of the Inner City goat cheese circle Expert Greens, of Ivory towered academics who know nought of the real world outside, and a vast array of the good, the great and the most outspoken of the ignorants and incompetents of this Earth.

Just One assumption they in their wisdom, all have!
That a minor and not very concentrated atmospheric gas is in complete control of Earth’s critical temperatures.

Nations rise, Nations fall,
They bury the great and not so great,
They bury the believers and the unbelievers and the d—-rs
El Ninos come and go.
La Ninas come and go, neither rarely predicted with any accuracy and sometimes not at all..

The great sea ice and land ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctic come and go while the Great Minds of mankind argue if they will come again or go again next year or five years or ten years .
Nature laughs!

The simple minds of the media and the politicians and the greens who can’t propnounce or spell “CO2” talk in horrified whispers of the deadly “Carbon” which will destroy the planet.

When such a catastrophe is due is after 30 years of assidious research is still the subject of debate , of argument and of growing contempt towards those who know, they know, but know not why they know.

The Great Minds of Politics and Media and Academia and Climate Science and Experts from inside of Green Goat Cheese inner city Circle continue to grapple with finding a solution as to “when” , not “IF” such a simple three atom atmospheric gas, essential to all life on earth and found only by careful measurement, will exercise its power and destroy everything on this planet by revealing of how little consequence it really is as a gas and thereby destroy that very mirage and cloud created psuedo scientific edifice the Elites have so carefully built up and have treasured and protected over the decades past against the mass assaults of the ignorant hordes of Unbelievers, the D—–rs and from the those ever more ignorant and revolting peasants far below them in status.


New Evidence Volcanoes Heating Antarctica


Back in April of '08 I notified Mr. Shanklin of the existence of these volcanoes. As you can see, he was unaware of their existence. His own organization had discovered the volcanic vents 6 months before and sent him the article. This story is finally gaining traction.

Dear Kirt,

Unfortunately I didn't see the response, so can't comment on the red area. (Reference to a photo I sent him)
unless you can provide the url. To my knowledge there are no volcanos to the
west of the Peninsula that would provide sufficient heat to give the observed
warming of the Peninsula, and certainly no surface ones as was suggested in the
original post.

Jonathan Shanklin

Head of Meteorology and Ozone Monitoring Unit
British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET, England

Newsweek Journalist Taken to The Woodshed By Meteorologist Over Bogus Climate Change Math


Sunspot activity is at a low point and likely going lower. As the solar cycle winds down solar storms typically increase likely causing wild weather. We have just had a few biggies.



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