Unseen Rot

Unseen rot at juncture of stone fireplace wall and sloping roof.

Normally unseen rot is happening at the juncture of house’s stone fireplace wall and wood joists of sloping roof.

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The normally unseen rot happening at the juncture of this house’s stone fireplace wall and wood joists of its roof shows that there is a water infiltration problem that must be taken care of to prevent costly future repairs.

This photo taken years ago during a home inspection ordered by the owner before they put their home on the market.

Having that inspection gave  them good warning about the problem occurring they were not aware of and that may have cost them.

Wood rot is a common problem because of sometimes shoddy work of the building contractors or roofers that redo the original roof years later “cutting corners” by using substandard materials and unskilled labor to increase their profits at owners expense.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”UNSEEN”.

Musical Ambience

The band created wonderful musical ambience that captivated annual Montreal Jazz Festival fans.

The klezmer band created wonderful ambience with their hybrid musical mix of ethnic, classical, and modern sound.

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The band created a wonderful ambience with their musical, a hybrid mix of ethnic, classical, and modern sound that seemed to captivate the mass of fans taking in the annual Montreal Jazz Festival.

It was warm, overcast day, June 29, 2015, and this Montreal based klezmer band put on a very lively and entertaining outdoors, on the street, performance after having done a gig earlier at the Heiniken Beer tent stage just a short distance away.

This group, three women and five men were really belting out their music much to delight of all the people gathered around them in the Cartier-des-Spectacles festivals area in downtown Montreal as my picture depicts.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”AMBIENCE”

Clinging To Power

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Clinging on to power always the norm for those who have gotten drunk on it particularly tyrants, strong men, and dictators however, the US Constitution requires Barak Hussein Obama  hand it over to newcomer Donald Trump.

Eight long years ago after the world financial system crashed in 2008 because of inbred corruption and abuses, Americans elected him as their new president because his Democratic Party promised them “Change and Hope”.

Barak was the “anointed one”, the “messiah”, who seduced voters with very nice speeches condemning the previous George W Bush Republican government telling them their grief was over and promising them a bright wonderful future with him.

There was going to be more jobs, more opportunities for everyone who wanted to work heck, “shovel ready jobs” guaranteed because of more money for infrastructure, more money for industry was coming , more understanding and brotherly love, less racial strife, more low-income housing, more money for higher education, and everyone would be covered by “free” medicare.

There was however, just one minor thing that Barak and company had to take care of first, saving those “too big to fail” failed financials and banks but no worry Obama had a team of seasoned financial experts ready to jump in of course this cost “some” money.

As it turned out most were former Clinton administration veterans who “saved” Russia after the USSR imploded creating conditions for the new billionaire “oligarchs” the “robber barons” who fleeced the former state because of their connections with those American experts.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt: “CLING”.

MoonShine

The moonshine was extraordinary November 14 and December 16, 2016.

The moonshine was extraordinary last year when “supermoons” appeared in evening sky twice.

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The moonshine was extraordinary last year when “supermoons” appeared in the evening sky twice being closest to Earth in a long time, a phenomenon known scientifically as its “perigee”, not to be repeated until the year 2034.

Our first super moon began on October 16 however, prime viewing was only on November 14, 2016, when a Fall super moon called the “Harvest Moon” made itself the focus of our attention followed by the second “super full moon”, a much rarer super-duper version that happened on December 16, 2016.

My picture is that of the earlier or first version November 14, an exciting capture of this celestial event unfortunately not to be repeated in the December, it’s a nice shot of our satellite orb giving a very appealing glow or shine perhaps 30% brighter than normal.

The extra brightness is because of the massive glowing ring around its outer edge, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and  pretty special.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SHINE”.

Trademark Name

A registered trademark name provides proof of your ownership.

The best way to distinguish your “brand” or name from the competition is a registered trademark.

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Business success relies on a good trademark name particularly if the products the company sells are high technology ones that other companies rely on.

During the last SME  2016 advanced manufacturing technology show in Montreal at Place Bonaventure there were a lot of famous companies displaying their wares sporting trademark names renown for quality and reliability.

My picture depicts a FARO company engineer demonstrating a piece their high technology precision measurement equipment that uses green laser and a ball-shaped reflector that he is holding in his hand.

This particular equipment, the FARO Laser Tracker is ideal for use in precise alignment for example of large machined parts in a manufacturing factory.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”NAMES”.

Gone Fishin’

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Hillary Clinton has gone fishin’ after that gruelling campaign workout lasting months and months and then suffering that disappointing end despite that massive infusion of money and controlled media help.

After twice being rejected for US president and the White House she will probably try to vanish into the ether to enjoy that incredible fortune both she and “Slick Willy” have amassed in the Clinton Foundation.

Both will however,  attend Donald Trumps inauguration to which they got invited.

They will also enjoy playing respectful grandparents to their grandchild that Chelsea has brought them  while married with investment banker Marc Mezvinsky.

The Clintons  will continue to amass even more loot doing their speeches for Goldman Sacks, the Council on Foreign Relations,  international banker and financial groups, and anyone who has big money for them.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GONE”.

Dark Cluttered Interior

A dark damp cluttered interior filled with parts and myriad of "projects" awaiting restoration work.

Dark damp cluttered interior filled with old “project” motorcycles and couple of cars awaiting restoration work lined rented garage floor space.

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A dark damp cluttered interior filled with a myriad of “projects” awaiting restoration work filled the rented garage floor space when I last saw it about a decade ago.

This horde of various old motorcycles and many parts for them along with a couple of old cars that also needed much work to restore them to valuable “classics” of a bygone era that collectors seek were taking up almost every inch of garage space.

As my picture shows, there was certainly some very interesting content all over the floor space and no doubt some was valuable to somebody heck, that Honda 750 cc motorcycle in the forefront would qualify or perhaps that Triumph, or the Willeys army Jeep from 1942.

Yes, it was some collection that my old friend had however, that was before it was all liquidated because it had gotten too much to handle and life got in the way.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt: “INTERIOR”.

Cash Hopeful

Three cash hopeful Montreal buskers play rock n roll music on Saint Catherine street on busy July night for crowd.

Three cash hopeful Montreal buskers play Beatles and Rolling Stones songs on Saint Catherine street on  busy July night for appreciative crowd .

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Three always cash hopeful  Montreal buskers practice their musical abilities on a busy July night on Saint Catherine street west.

These guys certainly attracted a nice crowd of tourists and some local passersby while doing popular Beatles and Rolling Stones songs interspersed with some newer stuff.

I had just left the Montreal International Jazz Festival site, where the wonderful entertainment continued for another few hours for the enjoyment of die-hard jazz fans gathered there, when I came upon this bunch.

After catching a few free shows I noticing the time and decided to head home along Saint Catherine towards Atwater boulevard metro(subway station), when I first heard them and then noticed the gathered crowd in front of the La Baie department store listening to these guys.

As my picture shows, cash was already accumulating in their opened old, beaten, guitar case which also had that small stuffed teddy bear toy in it, probably their mascot.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HOPEFUL”.

Resilient Heritage Tower

he Sun Life building a resilient heritage tower dominated Montreal's downtown since 1931.


The Sun Life building a resilient heritage tower dominated Montreal’s downtown for long time until Place Ville Marie was built.

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The Sun Life building is a resilient heritage tower that dominated Montreal’s downtown for a long time until the more modern 47 story Place Ville Marie tower built in 1962 became the highest skyscraper.

The Sun Life Insurance company founded in 1865 by shrewd Irish immigrant Mathew Hamilton Gault, made it its headquarters in 1913 although the final configuration (whole) building was only completed in 1931.

This building is world famous because it was once the largest building in square footage anywhere in the British Empire however, in WW2 it was also the “secret stash” for Britain’s gold reserves and negotiable foreign securities secretly imported and hidden in its underground vault.

Fearing Hitler’s armies, the Brits decided Montreal, Canada to be a safe place for their loot, which the Royal Canadian Mounties guarded 24/7/365 until the end of war with few knowing the secret.

In 1978, the company downsized the Montreal operations to a branch office and shifted headquarters to Toronto, Ontario because management feared that the Separatist Party Québécois of Premier Rene Levesque would mess with their business after the Quebec Assembly passed the Bill 101 French Language Law.

Apparently, language played a big role for the company’s international operations and no political party was going to use political influence or threats to affect their bottom line.

In my picture, taken from Saint Catherine street, the famous old building is high-lighted by the bright sun reflecting off it.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”RESILIENT”.

Ovation For Mass Murder

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Ovation for mass murder is about three cunning, ruthless, evil  men who only care about getting and keeping absolute power over their people and others.

They use their obedient political parties cadres, armies, and secret police apparatus to carry out their desires.

“The easiest way to gain control of the population is to carry out acts of terror.” “Death solves all problems – no man, no problem!” These were words said by “vozd” Joseph Stalin, probably the bloodiest, most evil dictator that ever lived.

“The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.” “How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.” “To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens!” said “Führer” Adolph Hitler.

Adolph and the Nazis by the way, studied Stalin’s methods running the USSR and used them in the Holocaust.

This terrible tragedy mirrored the 1933 Ukraine Holodomor  where 10 to 12 million people died.

Today, Vladimir Putin  joins this diabolical club although with a more modern sophisticated apparatus of terror.

Vladimir, who holds a doctorate in psychology, has mastered using the lie to get what he wants and to
prove this let’s explore some of his past quotes:

“Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain!”

“Few people understand the magnitude of the catastrophe that happened late in the 1980s when the Communist Party had failed to modernize the Soviet Union!”

“Stalinism is linked with a cult of personality and massive violations of the law, with repression and camps.  There is nothing like that in Russia and, I hope, will never again be!”
“Stalin is the most popular figure in all of Russia!”

“Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism!”

“There are both things in international law: the principle of territorial integrity and right to self-determination!”

Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy!
“In line with international law, only the U.N. Security Council could sanction the use of force against a sovereign state. Any other pretext or method which might be used to justify the use of force against an independent sovereign state are inadmissible and can only be interpreted as an aggression!”

“I myself know some people who are gay. We’re on friendly terms. I’m not prejudiced in any way!”