Sunday, November 27, 2022

Alexa plays the news.

 Listening to a story on the radio over Alexa about a scriptwriter too busy to play with his daughter and so he tells Alexa to play some Disney songs. I thought "Oh, no!" and I cringed, expecting some of the sappier songs from the 50s and 60s. All the Alexas in my home switch over to "I can't wait to be King" from the Lion King, followed by Hakune Matata, which sounded a lot better than the Disney I remembered.

Free library, Agape Centre, Cornwall, Ontario

 


40 Fifth St W, Cornwall, ON K6J 2T4

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Treasure hunt with Melissa Yi

Author and physician Melissa Yi (Yuan-Innes) wearing blue male monarch butterfly wings.

She organized a treasure hunt with hidden clues in the room - lots of fun!

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

A History Of Salem Church And The Summerstown [Ontario, Canada] Area, Mabel MacLean, 1975

 This is a pdf of a self-published book by Mabel MacLean. It gives a history of Salem Church and the Summerstown area. The first minister was John Bethune, a loyalist originally from the Isle of Skye who was a chaplain with a loyalist regiment in South Carolina, and came to Canada after being a prisoner of war during the American revolution. His great-great-grandson was the famous Canadian surgeon Norman BethuneA History Of Salem Church And The Summerstown [Ontario, Canada] Area, Mabel MacLean, 1975

Sunday, November 20, 2022

No, that's not a Nazi era mandatory "Health Pass"

 


Image source AKG Images

This has been promoted by antivaxxers as a Nazi era "Health Pass" that Germans had to have to get into places like shops, and has compared to proof of vaccination that were required for admission to some places during the height of the COVID-19 epidemic. It really is a card for members of the Nazi Party (clearly written around the swastika and on the second line as N.S.D.A.P.) that let them access their party's health program (even health spas) - all the examples I found didn't even have anything that showed the bearer had been vaccinated. Carrying the card wasn't mandatory for anybody, and it is really a log book that showed visits the bearer made to medical facilities. The word 'Gesundheitspass' can be used for things like books for diabetics to monitor their own health or even for taking care of pet rabbits. The Nazi Party's Das Hauptamt für Volksgesundheit (Main Office  for Public Health) ran it, and the office did have a much more sinister function of 'racial hygiene' - purifying the party of members that had Jewish or other 'non-Aryan' ancestry, but this was done with other documentation than this card. 
'Gau Hamburg' was from a Nazi revival of an archaic word used to divide the Nazi Party in Germany into administrative districts. Each Gau was lead by a Nazi party 'Gauleiter'.

References:
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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Moon, Friday, November 4, 2022

 

Moon, Friday, November 4, 2022. My camera has a great setting for the moon that gets the exposure and focus, but it won't let you widen out - Jupiter was very close to it.


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Halloween 2022

Martintown, Ontario

503 James Street, Cornwall
Things that go Bump in the Night
organized by Melissa McPhail and Stacy McPhail




St Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, candy table outside church, Cornwall, Ontario




Couple, Dollarama






Halloween 2022 - Valleyfield

 Halloween Experience sur la Rue Edouard - street party, Matthew Matt - DJ on the balcony, dismantling set after a street party. October 31, 2022 #EdouardHalloween