Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Water - Fire - Metal - Earth


A month’s worth of rain fell on Toronto in just a few hours on Monday, leaving cars and commuters stranded, crippling the subway system and leaving some 300,000 customers without power across the city. The rain started arriving ahead of the supper hour, which caused severe flooding, major public transit delays and power outages across the city. Pedestrians sought shelter where they could as they waited out the weather. For drivers and commuters, the voyage home was just as problematic. The rain made it hard to see, while the pools of water made it hard to drive and in some cases drivers were unable to move. Environment Canada has put Toronto under a severe thunderstorm warning due to a "cluster" of storms that are making their way towards the city from the Brampton and Mississauga areas. "Total rainfall amounts over 90 mm have been reported in some locations thus far, and will likely exceed 100 mm before the rainfall tapers off later this evening," said a weather warning from Environment Canada.


More than a dozen forest fires are raging in northern Quebec, including one just four kilometres northeast of the Cree community of Eastmain. Quebec's forest fire protection agency, la Societe de protection des forets contre le feu (SOPFEU), said the fire had spread over 257,000 hectares when last surveyed, although today it is likely closer to 300,000 hectares - 3000 square kilometers. "The winds at the moment are in the community's favour," said Melanie Morin, a spokeswoman for SOPFEU. "The winds are blowing away from the community and heading eastward." Late last week, some 275 elderly and infirm people, as well as those with respiratory problems, were evacuated from Eastmain and are already in Val d'Or. Viger said between 400 and 500 people remain in the Cree community, with no passable road out due to smoke from the fire. "If the wind changes direction we may have to evacuate Cree villages in the territory," Viger said. "We are starting to put in place a Plan B, to transport people by plane, as we can still get into all the communities by plane." For a second straight day, damage to major transmission lines from the fires caused widespread blackouts elsewhere in Quebec. Half a million Hydro-Quebec customers were without power at the peak of Thursday's outages, which began at around 5 p.m. Hydro-Quebec said most had their power restored by 7 p.m., and the utility had the three transmission lines affected up and running again by 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, damage to the hydro line caused a major power failure that affected metro service in Montreal and cut off power at LaRonde, the amusement park on Ile Ste-Helene.

"A major line, a major transmission line far up north basically went off line," Hydro-Quebec's chief executive officer, Thierry Vandal, explained early Thursday. "That has a cascading affect on a number of lines." La Societe de developpement de la Baie-James, the agency in charge of roads in that part of the province, yesterday closed a large portion of the James Bay highway because of the fire, as well as side roads. A second major fire is burning 40 kilometres east of Nemiscau, another Cree community southeast of Eastmain. Morin said that fire, covering some 25,000 hectares when last surveyed, is so far not affecting the community because the prevailing winds are away from the village. SOPFEU has posted an extreme danger alert for several regions of the province - essentially everything north of the 49th parallel. "Contrary to the southern portion of the province, where we have lots of humidity and rain on and off throughout most of the summer, the nordic portion of the province has had very little rain and is very dry," Morin said. "The fire index is at 'extreme,' which means the tiniest spark could set off a major forest fire." There is a ban on all open-air fires in the affected regions.


At least 13 people have been confirmed dead in the devastating oil train accident that happened in Quebec, Canada, and the death is expected to rise, officials said today. The number of missing people was now "around 50." Earlier, they said the number of missing was around 40 individuals. Investigators said they are still working to locate the missing people. The bodies that have been found were burned to "just bones," police said today. The town of Lac-Megantic, east of Montreal, was consumed by fire on Saturday when a cargo train parked uphill from the town broke free, barrelled towards it and derailed. The 73-car train carried up to 1 million gallons of crude oil that ignited when the train derailed, causing a fireball that engulfed the town. Rescue workers are still hoping to make their way through the smoldering rubble to locate the missing individuals, many of whom are believed to have been at a local bar, Le Musi-Cafe, when the crash happened. Benoit said he expects the death toll to rise once they get to the site of the bar. Investigators could not reach the bar site because of still-smoldering hot spots, he said. The derailment caused fires throughout the town that devastated more than 30 buildings and sent up to 2,000 residents fleeing. Investigators have recovered two black boxes from the train since the crash and are working to determine how the crash occurred, they said Monday. The railway company responsible for the train, Rail World Inc., said that the train's engineer had put the proper brakes on the train when parking it uphill of Lac-Megantic. The company said that a locomotive shutdown might have released the train's airbrakes that were supposed to hold it in place overnight, setting it free on the tracks.


An oil and gas platform well in the Gulf of Mexico has lost containment and is leaking natural gas, the Coast Guard said. Early Tuesday, the Coast Guard and the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement received a report from the owners of the natural gas and crude oil platform that workers had lost control of a well, Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally told NBC News. "It is actively leaking natural gas," Lally said, adding that all workers had been safely evacuated and none were injured. The well, about 74 miles off Port Fourchon, La., is owned by Energy Resources Technology Gulf of Mexico, a subsidiary of Talos Energy. According to the company's site assessment, "there is a rainbow sheen visible on the surface estimated to be more than four miles wide by three quarters of a mile long." Talos Energy President Timothy Duncan issued a statement late Tuesday saying workers were trying to plug and abandon the nonproducing well when "salt water containing a small amount of gas and light condensate began to flow to the surface and around the wellhead." He said the platform was evacuated and authorities were notified in "an abundance of caution."

Monday, April 02, 2012

The Aggrovators - Dubbing It Studio 1 Style (197x)

Thought we might start this April with some old school island dub.
This one is dedicated to my friend Cyrus, who introduced me to Augustus Pablo and King Tubby and all that righteous dubby goodness.

Oh yeah-- this blog might get shut down any day now. My mediafire account was suspended, so I'm guessing most or all of the old music links are down. Just thought I'd give you audiophiles a heads up.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hot City, Summer in the Spring

I don't know my audience here. It's my inner paranoid speaking. Searching for an outer paranoid? Hell no. They wouldn't write back.
Over a week now, the temperatures in Toronto, Ontario, and across half the continent have been consistently record-breaking. I was out there drinking and bbqing, sure, but it's hard to ignore. This is not only extremely rare, but does not bode well for this summer. There is a high chance of more insects, droughts. I know it is pointless to contemplate, impossible to change. What can be done? And won't it become more cold after a volcanic winter?
Ahh. At least there will be fantastic sunsets.
It's funny. All along my escape plan has been to shelter in the North. So that's where I will be. Probably in a triangle between Parry Sound and maybe Killarney and Algonquin. I'll bring some cans of food, cans of beer, seeds, friends. It might be a good to have a flotation device and some fishing gear in the event of a great flood. I've only got a canoe right now, but that's probably more than you. Plus, engines need gas, whereas paddles need arms. This is insane, but I might even join a survival group. I'm not into making new connections, but if someone can be useful, helpful... It's hard to trust strangers, but I have in the past, and it has not let me down. I know a good proportion of them are assholes and bitches. Like these students in London -- awesome party, but what the fuck?
Anyway, this rant has no direction. Let's see what's going on over the next few days with Harper. The recent changes (building prisons, two-tier immigration system, 'cyber'-security) are not good. Obama is getting prepared. I wonder what supplies are needed when certain ones will be in shortage or gone?
I get the sense these vibrations are getting stronger. Like my urge to pass out.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Django Reinhardt - Django Reinhardt et le Quintet du Hot Club de France

Django playing "Nuages"

Sorry Sean, Chet Atkins got nothing on Django. This CD is from my late grandpa's collection. I think it may have been ripped, so no guarantees on the quality. It does not matter. I promise that if you sit back and listen, Django will take you far away from the problems of here and now.

Monday, October 31, 2011

20 million tons of free shit!

So with Tohoku, the eruption of Fukushima, food oil and gold prices rising, floods/earthquakes/volcanoes, not to mention biological, epidemic hazards and pollution, it seems like SHT(E)arth a while back. This year is not going well. I wonder if those exploding underwater volcanoes are still going strong?? Whatever you want to call it, "climate change" or calculated change -- the passing of major disasters may increase alongside the ignorance of the media and masses. It is unlikely that government, business and the elites will work together to make strategic infrastructure/disaster management plans for the benefit of the poor, starving, angry, sick or old people. Right off the bat we know they're fucked (unless they know somebody with means who loves them :)
What is this occupy movement? Where will it lead and how many people can it touch? I hope people of the world with and without the resources necessary to protest can come together, communicate and build something.

You can be informed on some events happening around the world here -

Please excuse my paranoid rant...almost forgot this story:
"Millions of tons of debris from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March is headed for the West Coast of the US. A Russian ship has spotted a floating island of junk passing the Midway Islands northwest of Hawaii - some 2,000 miles from the source of the tsunami. And computer models from the University of Hawaii suggest it's due to hit the US mainland in the next three years. "Yesterday, i.e. on September 22, in position 31042,21 N and 174045,21 E, we picked up on board the Japanese fishing boat. Radioactivity level – normal, we’ve measured it with the Geiger counter," reported Natalia Borodina, information and education mate of the Pallada. "At the approaches to the mentioned position (maybe 10 – 15 minutes before) we also sighted a TV set, fridge and a couple of other home appliances." Subsequent observations found fragments of houses, along with items from drums to boots. "On October 8, the Pallada entered the port of Vladivostok, and Borodina was able to send pictures," says the STS Pallada in a statement. "The most remarkable one is of a small fishing vessel about 20 feet long, which they were able to hoist up onto the Pallada. The markings on the wheel house of the boat show its home port to be in the Fukushima Prefecture, the area hardest hit by the tsunami." The debris was found exactly where predicted by the University of Hawaii's International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) computer models - although it got there a little faster than expected. It's expected to first make landfall in the Windward Islands sometime in December. What fails to wash up there will head onwards to the main Hawaiian Islands and the North American West Coast. Altogether, there's believed to be as much as 20 million tons of debris on its way."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tim Yung - Peter Pan (2011)

Tim Yung.

"Never has the the tale of Neverland been told with truer authenticity to the tight-clad crew who refused to grow up. A tour-de-force for Mr. Yung whose brave soldier-like attention to the homosexual subtext present all around us opens a metaphoric eye in the reader to the realities of the classics: they were sexy."

Kind regards,
DB of

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Exploding Deepsea Volcanoes

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

2000 Light Years From Home

"Sun turnin' 'round with graceful motion
We're setting off with soft explosion
Bound for a star with fiery oceans
It's so very lonely, you're a hundred light years from home

Freezing red deserts turn to dark
Energy here in every part
It's so very lonely, you're six hundred light years from home"

YASI - Category 5

Queensland becoming the Seasland.

Radar over Townsville.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

United States Preparing for Disaster?

The US by way of FEMA is requesting enough fuel, food, and survival supplies for 7 million people made homeless as a result of the New Madrid Seismic Activity.

The USGS is preparing for ARkStorm

There is no anticipated timeline for these events but based on proposal requests, Spring/Summer 2011 we may start witnessing an increase in extreme weather activity. Some websites have published future maps of the world/North America after the pole shift. Could we see the loss of California, most of the west coast, massive flooding, and the widening of the Mississippi by hundreds of miles? If it occurs, I hope this process will be gradual.

Want visual proof? Check out googlemaps and the north coast of Indonesia- 20 feet of flooding/submerging is already visible from space.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sun arrives 2 days early in Greenland


Global seismic activity: 

Live Internet Seismic Server

Etna, X, Etcetera

Mt Etna Erupting

Major flooding in Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka among other places.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I don't have a title for this post. I chose to use the Roman numeric date instead, because I find this sequence of numbers interesting. And yet this is only one calendar, one way of marking our passage through time. The precession of the equinoxes is another. Many ancient civilizations and tribes have stories, prophecies, temples and shrines to mark the celestial phenomenon of precession and the transition from one age to another. Are we experiencing manifestations of this movement through climate change, natural disasters, and political strife? Or is it merely an astronomical astrological coincidence?
Over the past few weeks I have been examining global trends and doing research on space and global weather phenomena. I don't have a large history of data or a high degree of scientific expertise in seismology, climatology or astrophysics. I don't claim to be a prophet or an empath. I cannot predict what will happen as we wobble towards the future. I search for the little vibrations of our planet and interpret whatever patterns I may find.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Chic Gamine - City City (2010)

I like this soul- I want to get closer.
This is the first four songs off new album, heard them first on the CBC.

Lord Huron - Mighty EP (2010)

Have not been here for months, good to see some comments.
Here are some tropical folk melodies for the winter melancholies.
Sadly the angelic sea-elephant does not feature in these lyrics.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Authenticité - The Syliphone Years: Guinea's Orchestres Nationaux and Federaux 1965-1980

Been absent of mind and space for a while... time to share some discoveries. After viewing some Orchestre Baobab performances on YouTube I was linked to a song called Ballakè by Bembeya Jazz National.

The soothing voice, horns, and gentle bass guitar was enchanting. Searching for their music, I discovered a compilation album online representing some of Guinea's jazz between 1965-1980.

Part 1
Part 2

Authenticite - The Syliphone Years: Guinea's Orchestres Nationaux and Federaux 1965-1980

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spacemen 3 - Singles (1987-8)

If your heart is not pumping after the first song, you may be confused about Spacemen 3, free lads known to Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To. Channeling waves of punk, blues and spaced out guitar chants, they experiment in noise and drone and light. While Rollercoaster is cool it clocks in at 14 minutes far too soon. Hold on, keep going. Touch your mouse here for enough radiation to explore the outer reaches of sound and space.