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January 8,2020 will go down in the annals of Canadian history because 57 Iranian-Canadians were among the 176 passengers who all perished in a plane crash on PS Flight 752 which  happened just 4 minutes after takeoff.

The Iranian government had finally admitted (amidst reliable intelligence reports) and conveyed the message to our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that it was a tragic mistake from the Iranian military to shoot down PS Flight 752 with a missile.It was a case of increased hypersensitivity of their electronic equipment in misidentifying the plane as an enemy presence. I just wonder and even from other folks as to why they still continue to allow commercial air travel so close to the military airspace.

All this hypervigilance has been widely speculated as a byproduct of the ongoing US-Iran conflict wherein a very   prominent Iranian military official was taken out by US forces .

All I can say is that what had happened to all the passengers on that plane appears to be an unfortunate collateral damage stemming from that ongoing US-Iran conflict. As to who really is at fault or who had really instigated it, I have my own private opinions about it. However, I do believe in karma.

I could only imagine the utmost grief from all of the victims’ families and friends with the way their loved ones had died. The healing and moving-on process will be very difficult and will take a  long time. No amount of monetary compensation will bring them back alive but at least the money will  help the relatives  continue to live their daily lives. Most of them wanted justice for the deceased.

It was right for Prime Minister Trudeau to tell Iranian President Rouhani about the need for monetary compensation for the victims’relatives as well as the need for a full and thorough investigation of the plane crash. At this time,Iran had already allowed foreign aviation,disaster and forensic specialists to come to Iran for that purpose.

Today, January 12,2020,memorial services in various parts of Canada for the PS Flight 752 victims had already started. Even though all the victims’ bodies haven’t been retrieved yet for burial purposes, due to Muslim tradition,the 3 day window to honor the dead had already begun with the memorial services.

Such a tragedy really makes one be grounded and realistic and not get into the petty, immature,trivial  and frivolous politicking.

My heart goes out to the PS Flight 752 victims and their families and friends. May their deaths not be in vain and hopefully ,justice will prevail.

 

Josie

Tonight, all the festive noisemakers and ball-dropping at Times Square will herald the New Year –2020, the start of a new decade. The musical strains of Auld Lang Syne, marriage proposals, new year hugs,kisses and greetings as well as libations will come up accordingly like any other incoming new year happenings.

I find the incoming New Year–2020 as somewhat unique. Imagine it as a double 20. No need for 20-20 vision to see it(no pun intended).

It is a  leap year(Feb. 29). Ladies’ turn to propose! Talk about assertiveness. Woe is to those born on that date. You get to celebrate it only every 4 years and use March 1st as your de facto birthday. It does not make you any younger though–lol.

Wedding dates of Feb. 2,2020(never mind it also as Groundhog Day—did not mean to steal your thunder–Punxatawney Phil, my apologies to you and please do not punish us with a late spring forecast)- and Feb. 20,2020 will be very interesting.

February being the 2nd month at that! I wonder how the betting bookies would spin this.Just saying!

Irregardless of all these trivia, I wish everybody a Happy ,Prosperous and Safe New Year!

Face it with thoughts of hope,optimism and goodwill in this ever changing world of ours.

 

Josie

 

 

 

 

It is amazing how our mobile phones can practically do almost anything—watch shows, shop and pay , communicate with others by a call or text,search for any info through a website or app as well as take pictures via its built-in camera.

I would like to discuss at this moment regarding the mobile phone camera which gave birth to the reality that we know as a selfie.

The selfie is practically your own way of taking your own picture of yourself.

It has evolved so much in the coming years to a group selfie, a moment when in a store,you take a snapshot of an item that you might want to look and think it over before buying or sending the snapshot to someone for consideration.

If traveling, you take souvenir snapshots of anything that you encountered in your travels whether its different people.unique cuisine,sights and sounds of a different place,etc.

Even if you are among family and friends, it becomes a virtual electronic  souvenir photo album of memories. Now even if you had the chance to bump into a well known person or celebrity, getting this person’s handwritten signature  is so passe nowadays already,mon ami. Instead of a pen, you use your mobile phone camera to take that celebrity’s photo or with you in it. it is practically the new souvenir nowadays.

Even in the annals of national or even local security, law enforcers nowadays ask the public for any photos aside from security cameras(if any and if applicable in that particular moment) if it can help solve a crime. It is the new evidence in this modern, high-tech society of ours.

As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Need I say more? Another saying comes to mind–“-Res ipsa loquitor”— in the annals of legal forensic medicine, it translates to–“The thing speaks for itself”.

You are basically recording a still shot of any particular moment in time as you see it .Using a selfie stick(the new tripod)  or suction cup with electronic arm devices can be helpful too if needed to help get a better view of your picture target without straining your arms.

As the late Hollywood actor Marlon Brando told the late  Hollywood director Cecile de Mille–“- I am ready for my close-up,Mr. de Mille.”

Smile! You are on candid camera! LOL!!

 

Josie

 

 

 

 

 

Long ago, we used to look into the encyclopedia to get any type of information supposedly under the sun.  Now, with mobile phones and computers, we just use the app, website,google,wikipedia to get information from all over with automatic digital language translator to boot. Who needs the encyclopedia now, much less a  phone book ?  Even getting the meaning of a word no longer needs a dictionary.Just find it online with spellcheck to boot if in case you got the spelling wrong in the first place. If all else fails, type dictionary.com. Who uses paper maps nowadays with GPS and Google Maps in vogue now? Youtube is definitely a go–to video version on anything that we might see and learn. MTV has definitely come a long way with youtube’s inception. Digital voice assistants like Siri,Alexa and Cortana are also good information sources too. They even come with a male counterpart(cannot recall male’s code name at this moment).

It is amazing how  in this ever evolving high-technology era, it is now easy  to get information  very quickly on practically anything you can think of unless it is restricted and encrypted depending on the source where you are trying to get the information  from. Also who needs the librarian now? Even they have to keep up with  the digital era too.

In any case, always respect privacy rules and regulations accordingly and if applicable,depending on the situation that you might be confronted with.

As the saying goes, “A little knowledge can be dangerous”. Whatever happened to the saying—“Ignorance is bliss” ?

Just saying!

 

Josie

August 4,2019

Both  American cities in El Paso,Texas and Dayton,Ohio had experienced separate mass shootings within a 13 hour period of time. Walmart in El Paso and a local nightclub in Dayton.

Both gunmen are Caucasian, in their early 20’s and preoccupied with killing people. The El Paso gunman has a white nationalist background and expressing rhetoric regarding immigrants. El Paso has a predominantly Hispanic population.He even drove 9 hours to El Paso to carry out his evil plan. (Such premeditation and a deliberate act)Speculations would be ongoing regarding this matter. On the Dayton gunman’s mind, it is still to be determined whether it was a copycat maneuver or not. Ongoing investigations into his mindset is still being explored.One finding came out regarding his writings which focused on being preoccupied with killing people. One thing’s for sure—his own sister was among those killed inside that nightclub.The Dayton gunman was killed in spite of the fact that he wore a bullet-proof vest.(Also premeditated and deliberate on his part).

As far as I can see this situation which is not new, we have 2 men who are mentally ill to even consider going on a killing spree but I wonder if it would also take something like triggers(hateful rhetoric,  political enabling and inaction,etc) to make these 2 men carry their evil plans out. Those who provide such triggers should also be held responsible as well  in my opinion.

The gun debate and political inaction secondary to political self-interests with regards to the NRA will still go on–ad nauseam.

I believe in the 2nd amendment but it has to be responsible gun regulation and ownership.

My heart goes out to the victims(and their families) of these 2 horrible shootings.

If ever change will occur, it will have to start from the top in more ways than one—gun laws, toning down of hateful rhetoric and working for the good of the people.

I guess if such change will occur, it will have to personally affect those officials so as to get a shot of empathy. If not, the best way is to vote them out.

 

Josie

 

Today, June 19,2019 is Kawhi Leonard’s birthday.

Kawhi who is known here in Canada as the 2019 NBA Championship MVP for bringing the Toronto Raptors team to its first basketball championship.has officially been tagged “King of the North,King of Toronto,etc.

He will forever be part of Canadian sports history whether he reenlists with the Toronto Raptors or not. The city of  Toronto and the rest of Canada will forever be grateful for him elevating Canadian basketball to its highest level.

Whatever his final decision will be for whatever personal reasons he deemed essential in coming to that point, I personally will respect it. He has to do what he has to do.

Enjoy your special day,Kawhi!

Go,Raptors,Go!

Josie

 

May 25,2019 will be a day that every Canadian will remember in the world of basketball. The Toronto Raptors(lone Canadian team in the National Basketball Association,Stateside) had won Game 6 in a best of 7 series vs. the  Milwaukee Bucks—100-92–which by itself is already of historic proportions.

It took the 24 year old basketball franchise for the first time to get the golden ticket to the NBA Finals . Being the first and only Canadian team to do so is also worth noting.

Win or lose in this upcoming NBA Finals, this team already made basketball history in that respect.

It galvanized not only the city of Toronto but also the rest of Canada to root for this team. The Toronto Raptors will be facing this coming May 30th,the defending champions Golden State Warriors(3 time NBA champs ,take note). A David and Goliath scenario indeed. Suddenly, it becomes a Canada vs. USA face–off.

Canada may be known as a hockey crazed nation but it should be known that the sport of basketball was invented in Canada.

Good luck to everybody and I am sure that it will be an exciting series.

I am bringing out the popcorn as well as checking the channels for that fateful day.

 

Josie