Maze Ball

 Multi-colored maze ball of plastic tubes attached to yellow metal pole on grey metal stand near Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Multi-colored maze ball made of inch diameter plastic tubes attached to six-inch yellow vertical metal pole on grey metal stand in front Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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The multi-colored maze ball composed of about an inch diameter tied off(narrowed and flat-ended) plastic tubes all collected and connected to  about  a six-inch diameter yellow colored vertical metal pole mounted on light grey metal stand in front of the main doors to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

This modern art work assembly rests on a square smooth grey-stone block sits in the middle and  wedged on two sides by the smooth grey-stone front steps and  surrounded by black-colored metal rectangular tube fence.

Furthermore, there appears to be a small metal plaque on the right hand side of the square smooth grey-stone block perhaps, some sort of dedication of the art work or maybe a simple description of it.

I took this picture last year, 2016, during the Montreal Grand Prix weekend after I left nearby Crescent Street, where all the pre-race activity takes place each year.

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

Pink Ladies Gold Frame

Pink ladies in gold frame twin sisters portrait is composed of pink variants and other colors.

Pink ladies in gold frame are not entirely that red shade instead color variants  are everywhere qualifying it for post.

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Pink ladies in a gold frame are not, as my picture depicts, entirely that shade of red instead color variants of it are everywhere qualifying it for this post.

I took this interesting digital image a few years ago when visiting an indoor flea market, where the portrait of these two ladies, who look like twin sisters, hung on a wall in the rented floor space of one of the market dealers.

It was sort of hidden away obscured by other “art” work and piled up stuff gathering dust away from visiting public view not easily seen until I spotted it.

Going to the Saint Michel Flea Market is always exciting because you never know what new things will turn up during the tour of  numerous dealer kiosks inside the building selling all sorts of interesting junk.

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

Pond Squiggly Reflecting

Breeze skims pond water creates ripples and overhanging lilies cause squiggly reflecting long shadows on sunlit blue surface.

Slight breeze skims pond surface creates ripples while overhanging lilies cause squiggly reflecting shadows on sunlit navy blue water.

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A slight breeze skimming over pond surface creates ripples while lilies overhanging it cause squiggly reflecting long dark shadows on navy blue water bathed by bright late afternoon sun.

This scene happened several years ago near a small man-made pond out in the mountains of the Quebec Eastern Townships near the small town of Georgeville where I was visiting.

As it always happens once a lake or pond is created Mother Nature gives a helping hand decorating the fringes of the body of water with a myriad of different grasses and other plants providing locals such as small frogs, snakes, and salamanders a place to hide out waiting for their prey.

It also becomes home for various insects that lay their eggs on or near the water to hatch and fly around perhaps becoming pests to humans meanwhile, also providing a source of food for the frogs, that sometimes end up as dinner for snakes or animals such as raccoons etc.

I took this interesting picture the moment I saw those wonderful shadow patterns melding with the tiny ripples propagating across the pond’s water.

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

Temporary Immersible

Temporary immersible car was a submerged obstacle in dirty, polluted waters of Pierrefonds boulevard "lake" as area flooded.

Temporary immersible car a  submerged obstacle in dirty, polluted waters of Pierrefonds boulevard “lake” formed from flood waters of Montreal’s back river, Rivière-des-Prairies.

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Until recently this temporary immersible car was a submerged obstacle in the dirty, polluted waters of the Pierrefonds boulevard “lake” part of the Rivière-des-Prairies, the overflowing back river branch of the mighty Saint Lawrence river that straddles the Island of Montreal.

Apparently, this car was abandoned when quick rising river water flooded this area, probably because it stalled before the owner could make it onto the curb, which also ended up under the water.

I took this picture this afternoon after walking for about half hour from Sources boulevard, a main road running north-south located considerably east of this scene past that distant police car on the far left and which is higher ground.

The good news is, in this part of Pierrefonds boulevard, water has receded a lot compared to last Sunday when water covered the road up to where that other distant police car is parked, at the traffic lights, blocking any unauthorized vehicles heading towards this still flooded area.

Additionally, I also noticed municipal work crews running gas-powered, heavy-duty, industrial pumps draining water from people’s backyards onto the boulevard, where it emptied into the sewer system that seems to still function despite the lake at this end.

As I walked back towards Sources boulevard I overheard people, some depicted in this picture, excitedly talking about when they would throw a party in gratitude for all the help they gave each other as neighbors during this disaster encouraging one another for what awaits them next after this is all over.

As of this post Montreal still remains under a state of emergency that is expected to last perhaps, for weeks meanwhile, a similar status exists in other parts of the province of Quebec, where things according to news reports, are really dire in some places.

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

Unpreparedness Exposed

Government unpreparedness exposed by "flood of the century" in Quebec and Ontario from incessant spring rains affecting river water levels.

Government unpreparedness exposed by “flood of the century” now happening in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario fomenting growing public anger.

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Government unpreparedness exposed in light of the “flood of the century” now happening in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario in numerous municipalities bordering along the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa rivers and their branches.

Floods happen yearly in certain low-lying areas and flood zones already known by the federal and provincial governments however, the disaster now unfolding clearly shows that our politicians hate planning.

They are reluctant to stick their neck out lest they would be criticized for it by the voracious, scandal-seeking mass media and their citizens moreover, it may also cost some of the tax loot they’ve collected and horde for their own schemes.

Further, there are less photo-ops available compared to when a flood actually happens, and being visible in a media scrum on TV answering prearranged, select questions makes good news building up an image of honesty, confidence, and competence especially if this happens just before a coming election.

They rather initially wait quietly in the background until no other option is available before reacting heck, actually planning for the future regarding possible unforeseen, unfortunate, events that mother nature regularly and randomly pulls out of her magic hat is dangerous waiting seems much better, moreover, politicians are already adept at deflecting blame because they know that time is on their side when they delay answering “hot” issues.

As time passes public anger mellows out as people try to carry on with their lives and start to forget about their material losses, homes, and businesses meanwhile, governments change and politicians busily rearrange the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic some disappearing from public view settling into their comfortable, gold-plated, pensions.

Politicians are however, very quick to usurp $$billions in taxpayers money through various “climate change” schemes like “carbon taxes”, “sustainability”, or “green technologies” scams.

They attend and gather at events like the famous Paris Accord or the earlier Helsinki Conference, arriving on large gas guzzling jet aircraft and being ferried to their luxurious 5 star hotels, fed, and entertained at exclusive restaurants and nightclubs all on taxpayers’ dime.

Afterwards, $$billions in taxpayer’s money is very generously “donated”, distributed to international cronies and allies under disguise of allegedly helping poor developing countries meanwhile, thousands at home remain homeless uncared for.

The flooding happening now certainly was unforeseen and unimagined however, a national emergency contingency plan or set of plans should have been in place and triggered the moment it happened saving a lots of property and easing the massive disruption of affected hard-working taxpayer’s lives.

What we’ve seen is a type of knee-jerk, delayed, reluctant, reaction taking up lots of valuable time before the collective political brain trust kicked in, despite what already happened in Calgary in 2013 and Fort McMurry last year, expensive disasters it seems no lessons learned from.

In the next few weeks the flood situation in Quebec and Ontario will end however, the damage done to people’s lives will endure for years just as it has with all previously mentioned disasters meanwhile, an accounting will take place or should, hopefully taking into account this inexcusable, delayed, reactive face-saving exercise by our governments.

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

Bus Service None

Bus service is none as stop booth near borough municipal library stands an empty "island" surrounded by polluted flood water.

Bus service is none as stop booth across from borough municipal library stands an empty “island” surrounded by polluted flood water flowing by along swamped Pierrefonds boulevard.

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The stop booth across from the borough municipal library stands empty because bus service is none instead polluted flood water flows by along swamped Pierrefonds boulevard in this photo taken yesterday Sunday, May, 7th.

The bus stop booth remains an “island” in the dirty water of a vast lake formed when the Rivière-des-Prairies overflowed when last weeks incessant spring rains raised the level of the nearby river.

I took this zoomed in picture on rue Richmond (street) which is about two full blocks east from Saint Jean boulevard and runs parallel to it after walking to the water’s edge and looked across the Pierrefonds boulevard “lake” finding this lonely bus stop.

This image compliments and follows my earlier post also showing the flood scene presently happening in the borough of Pierrefonds on Pierrefonds boulevard, a main street traversing it running almost parallel with the Rivière-des-Prairies back river at fork of the mighty Saint Lawrence river straddling the Montreal Island.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt: “NONE”

Bitter Memory

Many affected harbor bitter a memory about government letting them down in their inertia to declaring a state of emergency.

Many affected harbor a bitter memory about initial inertia by politicians at all levels of government in declaring a state of emergency to unfolding flooding crisis.

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Many affected harbor bitter a memory about how slow authorities reacted initially to the need for pre-emptive, preventative work by blue-collar work crews, lack of prepared sandbags in municipal depots for emergencies like this one, and especially being very late in calling for military help.

Victims who already lost their homes have a genuine reason to feel angry for their devastating loss despite reluctantly acknowledging their very own fault having houses in known flood zones.

Overwhelmingly they feel the government let them down in not intervening quicker, declaring an emergency as things unfolded, and calling in the army earlier to help out.

Today anyone can speculate about what could have, should have, been done now after so much flooding because sandbags were not prepared, delivered early, and placed to prevent water inundation in homes however, looking at the big picture it seems obvious initial inertia by politicians at all levels of government certainly contributed substantially to what happened.

Many regions continue to remain on flood alert as rain continues to fall on saturated ground while rivers around Quebec and Ontario already reaching dangerously high levels and flooding most low-lying areas may finally begin to subside perhaps, by the middle of this week if the rain actually stops.

More rain is forecasted however, that is yet to be seen because this last weekend, ending yesterday, gave everyone a bit of respite when a tiny amount of sun peered through the heavy cloud cover buffeted by gusty cool winds and the rain stopped.

Monday, May 8, 2017 is overcast with ice crystals falling at times, this is not a huge amount of rain in whatever form it comes down however, because it will be falling on very saturated land even relatively small amounts could cause more problems.

My picture taken yesterday, Sunday, May 7th depicts flooded Pierrefonds boulevard, the place looks like a scene taken at water’s edge of Riviere-des-Prairies, the back river nearby (about a block or two away from the boulevard) that has overflowed causing this flood.

I took this long distance digital image from a hill on rue René-Émard (street) overlooking the scene, this is a street which runs north-south parallel with boulevard Saint Jean, a main street about one block further west also underwater at its junction with Pierrefonds boulevard.

What you see at the horizon is part of Pierrefonds municipal garage and warehouse behind a light gray colored sheet metal corrugated fence bordered by trees on right and flooded Pierrefonds boulevard running past both with two half-submerged parked cars a bit in the foreground.

The borough of Pierrefonds is in Montreal’s West Island and Pierrefonds boulevard is a main street running east to west for about 9.3 km skirting the northern edge of the Island.

Even before this picture was taken Montreal’s municipal authorities and the Quebec and Canadian governments have declared a state of emergency allowing all measures and resources like military assistance, needed to be employed, they expect it to last past next weekend when things should improve.

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

Mass Mind Control

Mass mind control disguised as relaxation or meditation exercise is mass hypnosis induced by trained speaker.

Mass mind control disguised as relaxation or meditation exercise is mass hypnosis induced by trained speaker using “voice roll” allowing suggestion.

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Mass mind control depicted in picture disguised as a relaxation or meditation exercise is mass hypnosis induced by speaker allowing the induction of guilt and acute apprehension causing increased tension in room based on what the speaker says to the attentive audience.

The large room is purposely cooled to a prescribed temperature and bathed with appropriate, modern, repetitive music, mimicking human heart beat 45 to 72 beats per minute, allegedly to help audience relax and concentrate while the speaker employs a “voice roll”, talking in a monotonous, patterned, style that seems to emphasize every word uttered, with word rate delivered at 45 to 60 beats a minute inducing a hypnotic effect.

Additionally, the room has fluorescent type lighting providing just the right “feel” being not too bright or dim, conditions just perfect for a mesmerizing effect helping relax the audience psyche in preparation to suggestion by the speaker.

Success takes time in any business including this one because a process is followed, things done step-by-step similar to every seduction where the initial approach is followed by perhaps, “love bombing” creating a bond through thought & feeling sharing, followed by increasing commitment, and finally full commitment, the brainwashing completed.

Most everyone has heard about the classical political thriller “the Manchurian Candidate”, a Hollywood movie with Frank Sinatra, an ex-Korea POW discovers a fellow brainwashed POW recruited somehow to assassinate the leading Presidential candidate which would later allow overthrow of US government and foment dictatorship.

This movie released a second time recently is based on experiences of Americans captured during Korean War and subjected to mind altering techniques by their North Korean communist captors in cahoots with Chinese and Soviet “advisors”.

Apparently, the very clever and cunningly deceptive methods used subjected prisoners to memory loss so they never knew what hit them during their time in captivity only finding out later after their release and much rehabilitation psychotherapy how affected they were perhaps, for the rest of their normal lives.

Their experiences would be mirrored by other American captives during the Vietnam war where similar more perfected form of brainwashing was used by the North Vietnamese, most victims were downed flyers including Senator John McCain, who ended up in the infamous Hanoi’s main Hỏa Lò Prison aka “Hanoi Hilton”, a notorious torture and brainwashing facility housing the downed American pilots.

Subjected to horrible torture both physical and psychological John McCain broke down after 5 1/2 years maltreatment and an attempted suicide he then made a “confession” used by the communists for their propaganda, something he still regrets however, also acknowledges he had reached his absolute limit being tortured daily without let up.

Not all brainwashing is for military/political or religious reasons some may be employed to sell commercial products where the recruitment process and mind control techniques are used to deceive or trick people to join the group in selling things like for example women’s cosmetics, health products, gym memberships, or exclusive clothing and accessories.

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

Red Cap Danger

Cute red cap Amanita family mushroom appears harmless yet a danger if eaten and could make it your last meal.

Cute red cap Amanita family mushroom appears harmless yet there is danger from toxic α-amanitin it may release. 

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Almost obscured by dead leaves and tree twig pieces a cute red cap Amanita family mushroom appears harmless yet there is danger from toxin it may release when cooked and eaten.

Every year thousands of people die from wild poisonous mushrooms some that look similar to ones that are edible even some “experts” have died because they made a mistake when they gathered mushrooms somehow mixing a toxic variety in with good ones.

The mushroom depicted is, I believe, Amanita Hemibapha and looks like the Amanita Caesarea, that I read was a favorite meal of non other than Julius Caesar, both allegedly are edible non-poisonous varieties however, there many others that look similar and if eaten would make it your last meal.

The toxin released by poisonous members of the Amanita family called α-amanitin causes death or destroys or kidneys, liver, and heart usually within 48 hours.

The Amanita family is a large family containing but two known “good” mushrooms and a lot of toxic ones some being in the top ranks of poisonous mushrooms, the death angels Amanita virosa, Amanita. bisporigera, Amanita verna, and Amanita ocreata

This genus of mushrooms allegedly causes 95% of deaths worldwide with the Death Cap variety taking 50% of the credit.

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

Lied Only Once Award

"He Lied Only Once" award medal newly introduced and given to its first ever worthy recipient, Minister of Defense Harjit Singh Sajjan.

“He Lied Only Once” award medal introduced by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and awarded to first ever worthy recipient, Minister of Defense Harjitt Singh Sajjan.

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The “He Lied Only Once” medal to be introduced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau awarded to its first ever worthy recipient, Canada’s Minister of Defense Harjit Singh Sajjan.

Canada’s Parliament anxiously awaits announcement by the Prime Minister on the new award to be awarded today then again, maybe tomorrow when the outside weather is sunny.

It is an exclusive award given only to a select very few, honorable, politicians deemed meritorious enough in distinguishing themselves publicly skillfully bending the truth..hmm then again, maybe not skillfully, and doing it only once, just that one time!

Commended with coolly maintaining a calm voice and composure when first asked about the breaking news story by reporters and maintaining it until overwhelming evidence and mass media fueled public anger forces him to admit the real truth about his bragging that he was the architect of famous “Operation Medusa” in Afghanistan.

The new Trudeau Liberal government since assuming political power, has taken great efforts to distinguish itself from other previous, past, Canadian governments during the country’s long 175 year history, trying or at least claiming to try to fulfill their hurriedly made up pre-election promises to be different in running the economy, social programs, international relations and trade, and maintaining Canada’s defense commitments at home and abroad.

Since their first days after being elected, the Justin Trudeau Liberals have also showed Canadians their complete disregard spending our hard-earned tax money quickly even before they tabled their first government budget or had Parliament’s approval to emptying the Canada’s treasury of CDN$2.25 Billions to feed the international Climate Change fund signing the money over during the famous Paris Agreement to allegedly save our planet.

This was accomplished despite Trudeau’s and his finance minister Bill Morneau’s pre-election promise to run a “small” deficit of only CDN$10 Billions during their first mandate as government but only after tabling their first ever budget moreover, the Liberal’s also promised complete “transparency” once they assumed power.

The new re-minted Liberals also showed us they were just the same old corrupt Liberals keeping a straight face flying to Paris on large gas guzzling Airbus aircraft piloted by the Canadian Military afterwards, being transported from Charles deGaule Airport to their luxury 5 star hotels on large expensive limos.

While attending the Climate Change Conference they enjoyed without any hesitation or second thought for financially strapped and struggling taxpayers, first class, expensive, extravagant meals, fine wines, special cute deserts and entertainment at exclusive Chez Maurice on Canadian taxpayers’ dime.

According to press reports, the Trudeau Liberal government has however, been very sensitive to policy leaks about their PMO(Prime Minister’s Office) and the Party’s plans in sharing Canada’s national wealth and resources with their backroom international financiers, close friends, and other cronies.

Take for example, Canada’s national defense and the very recent story about the ongoing RCMP investigation of alleged leak originating with Vice-Admiral Norman regarding a badly needed long-delayed replacement of a navy supply ship reluctantly awarded to Davey Shipyards in Levy, Quebec because of the extensive news exposure this story got regarding the mega-rich Irving family’s behind the scenes influence with the Liberals through Treasury Board President Minister Scott Brison and others trying to scuttle the already agreed upon and signed Davey deal.

The previous Harper Conservative government after much consultation, debate, and delay coupled with budgetary foresight already decided that Davey was the best deal for Canada meanwhile, rejecting a similar unsatisfactory bid from the other competitor, the Irvings.

This important scandal follows the scrapping of the F-35 aircraft order, instead buying cheaper, near obsolete, Boeing Super Hornets after former Liberal PM Chretien initiated participation in the development program and Canadian taxpayers sent millions on it as future replacement for the now obsolete F-18 warplanes Canada is still flying.

The Liberal government buying the F-18 Super Hornets saying these will do to save Canadians money reminds us when Jean Chretien also tried to save money buying those six famed, derelict, ex-British Navy diesel submarines mothballed in some Scottish port for a “bargain price”.

These “bijouxs” ended up costing taxpayers ‘mucho dinero’, being a very expensive problem from day one and claimed at least one Canadian sailor’s life even before getting to Canada.

The latest info says that just one still functions after millions and much time spent post the famous deal however, this albatross operates just barely with very limited ability while another is just a simulator, the rest have probably been rendered for the smelters.

That written about here does not include multi-millions or billions spent on the new immigration saga, fancy Trudeau family vacation trips, cabinet minister junkets, flip-flops on economy and finances, second thoughts on pipelines, and miscellaneous things or even that other famous skeleton in closet, Jean Chretien’s scrapping of the EH-101 military helicopter deal costing hundreds of millions..hmm did I miss something else, oh well that was long ago!

Today’s Liberals follow the fine traditions set by past previous Liberal governments in bending the truth and saving Canadian taxpayers money meanwhile, helping themselves, their backroom boys, bagmen, cronies, and international financiers to Canada’s treasury.

Everybody has fulfilled their wildest financial dreams while in power feeding at the public trough to their heart’s content while real control of Canada’s economy and right to print its own money ceded over to international banks by the first Trudeau Liberal regime in the 1970’s.

Once again Canadians acknowledge and praise our great, new, fearless leader Justin Trudeau for his good looks, social grace, sacrifice, humility, just thinking, and sheer fortitude in fending off mounting public criticism to award recipient Minister Sajjan this new medal symbolizing the minister’s outstanding ability to lie just once afterwards, tearfully and contritely admit the error of his judgement, his mistake, to Canadians.