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Nearly all Canadians dislike Trump; Koko has died; The best employees are grouchy

It’s National Indigenous Peoples Day, a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture and heritage. It’s also the Summer Solstice.

William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor, also known as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is 36 years old today.

Marijuana will be legal in Canada starting on Oct. 17.

“On Tuesday, Parliament adopted a bill that ends the prohibition of recreational pot use in Canada. It’s a done deal. There’s no going back. No, the new law won’t come into force until Oct. 17. The date now shimmers on the horizon for weed smokers across the country, and in the meantime possession of non-medical weed remains illegal. But this is a big moment nonetheless. Canada has become just the second country to approve the nationwide legalization of marijuana, after Uruguay. We are more than 10 times Uruguay’s size: This is a major experiment in social policy that the world will be watching.” – Globe editorial

Researchers find herpes viruses in brains marked by Alzheimer’s disease.

Ex-NASA scientist: 30 years on, world is failing ‘miserably’ to address climate change.

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl.

Koko has died.

Score one for the grouchy employees. The best employees are not the agreeable ones.

In a world of digital nomads, we will all be made homeless.

Nearly All Canadians Dislike Trump and everything he stands for: corruption, criminality, collusion, obstruction, emoluments…

  • The feeling is mutual I’m sure. Canada represents everything Trump hates: Equal rights for women, equal pay for equal work, human rights, humanity, humility, stability.

Illegal border crossings into the U.S. have been declining for years, despite Trump’s claims of a ‘Crisis of Illegal Immigration’

The Billion-Dollar, Secretive Business of Operating Shelters for Migrant Children

American Healthcare. Immigration. National Debt.

They control the White House. They control the Senate. They control the House of Representatives. Yet they blame the Democratic Party (or Canada or someone else) for everything they don’t get done. Tell a lie. Make it big. Repeat it often.

The U.S. President created the immigrant policy of locking up innocent children as young as 3 years old. He could have ended it with a phone call. Instead he blamed others.

After days of insisting he could do nothing to stop the family breakups, U.S. President Donald Trump caved.

Trump reverses his position and signs order to stop migrant family separation at border

  • He could have done it all along. He chose to use locked up children, some as young as 3 years old, locked up in cages in Texas (#TrumpCamps) and then blame the Democrats. He complained that his hands were tied because of a law the Democrats had brought in. That law doesn’t exist, except perhaps in his head. He was wrong. But now he’s just going to lock up the children with their parents.

June 21

1749: Halifax was founded by Gov. Edward Cornwallis. It replaced Annapolis Royal as the capital of Nova Scotia and established a strong British foothold in Nova Scotia.

1919: In what would become known as “Bloody Saturday,” gunfire breaks out after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police charged a group of participants in the five-week-old Winnipeg General Strike. Two strikers were killed and 20 were wounded.

1940: Parliament passed the National Resources Mobilization Act, providing for the conscription of able-bodied men for home defence. It was amended in 1942 giving the government power to conscript for overseas service.

1957: Ellen Fairclough is sworn in as Canada’s first female Cabinet Minister.

General boat prep check list for long distance voyaging on a small boat

Prudent seamanship and routine checks and maintenance prevent issues, catch issues before they become big problems, and will limit breakages on voyages.

  • Basics
    • Hull:
      • Seacocks
      • Winches
      • Bearings
      • Anodes
      • Anti-Foul
    • Steering
      • Quadrant
      • Cables (Carry Spares)
      • Redundancy
      • Emergency Tiller
      • Self-Steering
      • Autopilot
      • Note: Steering problems are common on long voyages, especially when sailing with the trade winds. Preventative maintenance. Keep it simple. Have backups. Plan ahead and have a plan for when the main system fails.
    • Rig – Standing and Running
      • Age (Insurance max 10 years?)
      • Halyards (Chafe)
      • Blocks
      • Furling Lines
      • Corrosion
      • Chaffing
      • Daily Check
      • Messenger lines in Mast
      • Spares (carrying Dyneema for running repairs)
    • Sails
      • Age & Service
      • Reefing System (Night time and rough weather plans)
      • Roller Furling Operation
      • Downwind Sail plan
      • Storm sails
      • Battens
      • Preventer
      • Note: The most common breakage on blue water voyages are ripped sails and breakages caused by chafe. Also, the majority of damage is caused from the yacht being overpowered, or when hoisting, furling, or dousing.
  • Engine
    • Tools
    • Clean Fuel
    • Fuel Tanks
    • Water traps
    • Dual and Independent Filter System (with spares)
    • Oil
    • Spares of everything
    • Preventative Servicing
    • Stuffing Box, Shaft, Prop (with rope cutter), Alternator (spare) – It’s not if, but when you will get dirty fuel, plan accordingly
  • Safety
    • Life Jackets
    • Harnesses
    • Jackstays
    • MoB Tracking
    • MoB Recovery System
    • EPIRB
    • AIS
    • Liferaft
    • Grab Bag
    • Training
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Bilge Pumps (Automatic and Manual)
    • First Aid Kit
    • Propane Solenoid
    • Propane/C0 sniffer
  • Power Management
    • Power Audit
    • Generation (Solar, Wind, Alternator)
    • Redundancy (Multiple ways to charge batteries)
    • Batteries (Age, Type, Service, Condition, Securely Attached)
    • Backup Batteries on separate system
    • Fuses/Breakers (spares)
  • Food & Water
    • Propane, Butane, Alcohol
      • Different areas offer different fuels
    • Crash Bar on Oven
    • Water
      • At least two separate holding tanks (redundancy)
      • Bottles
      • Watermaker
        • Spare parts
        • If equipped, do you also have a Generator which requires Preventative Maintenance
      • Water Catchment System
      • Salt Water Tap (functional and clearly identified so as to not waste fresh water)
    • Refrigeration
  • Anchoring
    • Spares & Stern
    • Chain & Rode
    • Snubber
    • Anchor Roller
    • Windless & Alternative
    • Anchor Locker
  • Electronics
    • AIS (Receiver & Transponder)
    • Radar?
    • Radios
      • VHF
      • Amateur/SSB
    • Satalite
  • Extras
    • Dinghy
      • Outboard
      • Oars
      • Sails
    • Sun shade
      • Bimini
      • Awning
      • Scoops
      • Hatch Covers
      • Canvas UV protection
    • Toilet (Common source of problems while on voyages)
      • Holding Tanks (Legal requirements to area you are travelling in, to.)
  • Spares & Repairs
    • Plan to deal with whatever may happen onboard
    • Comprehensive Tool Kit
    • Reference Manuals and Other Material
    • Spares (hose, belts, lines, etc)
    • Updated Stowage Plan posted near companionway

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On World Refugee Day, Americans are locking up innocent children in cages, separated from their families, in the U.S., at the request of President Donald Trump, while saying the UN Human Rights Council makes a mockery of human rights

It’s World Refugee Day

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” — Desmond Tutu

Barack Obama on Facebook today:

Today is World Refugee Day.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if circumstance had placed you somewhere else. Imagine if you’d been born in a country where you grew up fearing for your life, and eventually the lives of your children. A place where you finally found yourself so desperate to flee persecution, violence, and suffering that you’d be willing to travel thousands of miles under cover of darkness, enduring dangerous conditions, propelled forward by that very human impulse to create for our kids a better life.

That’s the reality for so many of the families whose plights we see and heart-rending cries we hear. And to watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question: are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together? Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?

Our ability to imagine ourselves in the shoes of others, to say “there but for the grace of God go I,” is part of what makes us human. And to find a way to welcome the refugee and the immigrant – to be big enough and wise enough to uphold our laws and honor our values at the same time – is part of what makes us American. After all, almost all of us were strangers once, too. Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we’re only here because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, how our last names sound, or the way we worship. To be an American is to have a shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve the chance to become something better.

That’s the legacy our parents and grandparents and generations before created for us, and it’s something we have to protect for the generations to come. But we have to do more than say “this isn’t who we are.” We have to prove it – through our policies, our laws, our actions, and our votes.

Watch: Trump and his advisors ‘hate what Canada represents‘: Bruce Heyman, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Former VP at Goldman Sachs,

  • And what Canada represents, according to Heyman, is the fair treatment of women in the workplace, equal pay for equal work, taking care of the environment, and understanding refugees need a safe place.

Groundbreaking photos show two worlds in one

Parliament changed Canadian law last night to lift the 95-year-old ban on cannabis and free millions of adults to legally purchase, smoke, ingest, and grow recreational weed without fear of a criminal record. Bill C-45 passed the Senate last night in a 52-29 vote (two abstained). The bill needs Royal Assent, and then cabinet will set a date for when the law takes effect. Canadians could be able to roll up as early as September. Canada becomes the second country to legalize marijuana, joining Uruguay which legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use in 2013.

In this increasing hyper-connected and overstimulated world, not to mention all the fake news, solitude and introspection are becoming important and necessary skills.

Cool idea: The Halifax Public Library is opening a new branch today at the Halifax International Airport. Travellers will be able to take books with them on holiday. When they return, there will be a book drop near baggage claim.

Opioids killed almost 4,000 people in Canada last year. That’s up from 3,000 in 2016. The federal government says it plans to restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors.

Australians trust Chinese president Xi Jinping more than Donald Trump. A survey found they believe he  is more likely to “do the right thing in world affairs.

Globally, more than 16 million people44,000 a day—were displaced last year by war, violence, and persecution. It marked the fifth straight year of record increases, bringing the total number of exiles and refugees to 68.5 million worldwide.

Hungary’s parliament marked World Refugee Day by passing a number of measures making it a criminal offence to try and help migrants settle in the country or make an asylum claim.

Innocent children are being locked up in cages, #TrumpCamps, crying out for their parents, separated from their families. This is being done by Americans. In the U.S. Led by U.S. President Donald Trump. This is gut wrenching! This isn’t normal. It’s wrong. It’s inhumane. It’s disgraceful. It’s shameful.

The health impact of separating migrant children from parents.

Tech CEOs from Apple, Facebook, Google, Airbnb, Twitter, and others have spoken out against the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy — “It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids,” Tim Cook said.

Following a pattern of withdrawing from international agreements and treaties, the Trump administration withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called the council a “cesspool of political bias” that targets Israel and “makes a mockery of human rights.” The announcement came one day after the UN human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents, calling it “unconscionable” and likening it to child abuse

China expressed regret over a U.S. decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, saying the image of the United States as a defender of rights was “on the verge of collapse”.

June 20

1837: On the death of William IV, Queen Victoria succeeded to the British throne.

1877Fire destroyed a large area of Saint John, New Brunswick. It destroyed most of the wharf-side structures, the schooners docked in the slip and much of the city core. Eleven lives were lost.

1877Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario.

1942: A Japanese submarine fired a few shells at Estevan Point on Vancouver Island, with no damage.

1959The Escuminac disaster: A rare June hurricane strikes the Atlantic Provinces. At least 22 fishing boats capsized, causing 35 fatalities.

1963: Following the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union and the United States sign an agreement to establish the so-called “red telephone” link between Washington and Moscow.

1967: Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, was convicted of refusing to be inducted into the U.S. army. He is sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000. The verdict is eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1975: Jaws is released, becoming the highest-grossing film.

1992: Czech and Slovak leaders agree to prepare for the split of Czechoslovakia into two countries. The Czech Republic and Slovakia come into being on Jan. 1, 1993.

Explore the stunning beauty of Laos’s Louangphrabang

Banff National Park

He’s ornery, orange, fat, and downright nasty. The quintessential sourpuss. Garfield turns 40.

United Nations says that 68.5 million people were displaced in 2017. That’s 3 million more people than the population of the U.K. Only during WWII have there been more displaced people.

The head of NATO has warned that the deep divisions between the US under Donald Trump and its European allies are not going away and there is no certainty that the transatlantic relationship and its military alliance will survive.

I’m going to have to check these out and get back to you on the ranking: 100 greatest YouTube videos of all time, ranked.

Susie Goodall, 28, about to become the youngest and first ever female sailor to take part in the gruelling Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop, unassisted, 30,000 mile sailing journey around the world, via the five Great Capes.

1999 Guinness’s ‘Surfer’ ad didn’t do that well in research ‘but we ignored it’

How to spot a perfect art forgery

Judges sentence youth offenders to chess, with promising results.

The benefits of running vs. walking.

Iceland’s World Cup debut vs Argentina was watched by 99.6% of its TV viewers on Saturday.

Google is rolling out a web interface for Android Messages to enable texting from desktop.

Amazon shareholders demand company stop selling facial recognition technology to governments.

China is planning a nationwide automated car tracking system.

We’re seeing the greatest asset inflation bubble in 20 years, fund manager warns.

Did clear-cutting contribute to New Brunswick’s record floods this spring?

Britain has developed a taste for bourbon. With the EU plans to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports which will impact American bourbon producers.

The Trump administration has separated more than 2,000 children from their families since instituting a “zero tolerance” crackdown on those seeking to enter the United States illegally.

With his policy on immigrant children, Trump shows he has no limits:

On Monday, President Donald Trump falsely claimed once again that the separations were forced on his government by law. They could only end, he said, again falsely, if the Democrats agreed to his immigration bill, which includes the construction of his notorious southern border wall. This is pure fiction. Mr. Trump could end the separations tomorrow. He just doesn’t want to. … No one yet knows how far Mr. Trump will go in his effort to demonize immigrants in the name of protecting a “culture.” But his willingness to harm vulnerable children is a good indication that he is only getting started.

– Globe and Mail Editorial

INFEST’ — The Ugly Nazi History of Trump’s Chosen Verb About Immigrants

Characterizing people as vermin has historically been a precursor to murder and genocide.


When President Trump characterized immigrants as “animals,” some people waved it away, claiming he was only referring to gang members. But today’s use of “infest” in connection to human beings is impossible to ignore. The President’s tweet that immigrants will “infest our Country” includes an alarming verb choice for anyone with knowledge of history.

Laura Bush writes an opinion piece for the Washington Post (paywall): “I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.

Trump advisor Stephen Miller is looking for credit for breaking up families and locking up children at the border. “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: “We will not apologize for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does for doing the job that the American people expect us to do. Illegal actions have and must have consequences. No more free passes, no more get-out-of-jail-free cards.

June 19

1721: Almost half of Montreal is destroyed by fire. As a result, new wood constructions are prohibited inside city limits.

1816: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company, rival fur-trading companies, engaged in a violent confrontation in present-day Winnipeg, Manitoba.

1862: The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories.

1903: Regina, Saskatchewan was incorporated as a city.

1914: Hillcrest Mine Explosion – An explosion of methane gas at Hillcrest, Alberta, killed 189 men in Canada’s worst mining disaster.

1953: Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at New York’s Sing Sing prison after they were convicted of spying and passing U.S. nuclear weapon secrets to the Soviet Union.

1963: The Soviet Union’s Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space. The Americans dismissed her accomplishment as a “big propaganda plus, but little else.” It would 19 more years until the next woman—another Russian—left the Earth. And one more year after that until Sally Ride became the first American woman in orbit.

1978: Garfield comic strip debuts. Created by Jim Davis, Garfield is ornery, orange, fat, and downright nasty. The quintessential sourpuss. The comic strip is holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s most widely syndicated.

2009: Nortel Networks Corp. announces a deal to sell itself piece by piece rather than try to restructure under bankruptcy protection, winding down a company with a 127-year-old history in Canada.


Top tips for cruising

  • Stay Afloat
  • Stay Manoeuvrable
  • Keep the Rig Up
  • Keep Functional Sails
  • Keep Crew Fed and Watered

Applies to short and long distance cruising.

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