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Monday, 3 September 2007
Remember The Working Poor On Labor Day
Mood:  hungry

The working poor are those who pay half their pay checks for an apartment or room. Often, they have to work at two or more jobs in order to raise their families.

Sometimes, they don't qualify for benefits and/or employment insurance because they have no choice but to work on contract.

Often, they can't afford skill training so they're forced to work at minimum wage jobs.

These people aren't looking for a hand out, but a hand up.

Please check out the classic movie "Grapes Of Wrath" by John Ford. The message is a clear today as it was in 1940.

Whenever you hear about hedge fund managers  making over 270 million a year selling subprime junk mortgages, remember the haunting last words of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath.

"I'll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build - I'll be there, too".


Posted by qualteam at 5:12 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007 8:13 PM EDT
Saturday, 1 September 2007
Personal Notes On The Barron Blog

Basically, this blog is about my life on earth in the 20th and 21st century. If I make it to the 22nd century in this life or an afterlife, perhaps, I might be able to plug my consciousness into the internet and continue this blog.

I hate barriers that would block communication between different kinds of life forms(i.e. humanoids, spirits, aliens, photonic beings, androids, intelligent animals, etc.). I'm not so egocentric or limited that I consider humans on earth as the best that life can evolve into.

I try to present the most interesting parts of my existence to my reading public.

I try to give insights to others from my diverse studies into human experience, and the paranormal.

Life is full of puzzles, challenges and extreme volatility. Just look at the stock markets of the world.

Life is also full of great music, literature, films and comedy. A great thinker once said "that dying is easy, comedy is difficult". The easy paths in life are not always the most rewarding.

I try to touch bases with you on the things that matter most and the things that we crusade against like poverty, ignorance and war, etc.

Maybe I succeed somewhat and maybe I fail somewhat. Whatever the case, this blog soldiers on and on and on. 


Posted by qualteam at 11:55 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007 8:51 PM EDT
Friday, 31 August 2007
The Long Hard Road Of Steven Truscott

Apart from the fact, that it's good Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976. Please remember that Steven Truscott was sentenced to death in 1959 and it would have occured except for the intervention of the Government of the day.

He was then sentenced to life in prison and released on parole in 1969. He had to live under an assumed name for many years because of the stigma connected with his murder conviction. However, he never lost hope and he continued to fight to clear his name.

On August 28/2007, he was acquitted of the murder of 12-year old, Lynne Harper.

What Steven Truscott's life communicates to me is that there's no time limit on your goals and what you believe in.

Historical Quotes On Being True To Yourself

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:55 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007 11:06 PM EDT
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Top Ten Rare Elvis Songs
 
Keep rocking Elvis.
 

The Elvis songs below aren't heard much on the radio these days.

  1. King Of The Whole Wide World (from the movie "Kid Galahad")
  2. Kissin' Cousins (from the movie "Kissin' Cousins")
  3. Puppet On A String (from the movie "Easy Come Easy Go")
  4. Follow That Dream (from the movie "Follow That Dream")
  5. I Gotta Know (The "B Side" of "It's Now Or Never")
  6. Way Down (Album track, never released as a single)
  7. I Got Stung (Rare hit from the 1950s)
  8. Moody Blue (A song reflecting Elvis Presley's state of mind in the middle 1970s)
  9. Rock-A-Hula (from the movie "Blue Hawaii")
  10. Bossa Nova Baby(Small hit for Elvis in the early 1960s)

Lyrics For "Bossa Nova Baby"


Posted by qualteam at 10:31 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007 10:46 PM EDT
Monday, 27 August 2007
Not Much Competition In This Year's Canadian Idol

 

With many of the good singers already gone on Canadian Idol, it looks like clear sailing to the #1 spot for Jaydee Bixby.

While Jaydee still sounds too much like Elvis on many of his performances, he does have a boyish charm and an ability to stay in tune that the remaining artists often lack. 

Other contestants like Matt Rapley, Martha Joy, Greg Neufeld and Tara Oram could have given Jaydee some competition, but the alternate pop/rock fans voted for Brian Melo, Carly Rae, and Dwight D'Eon.

Remember the American Idol finals between Jordon Sparks and "beat-boxer", Blake Lewis. Middle of the road America voted Sparks over the hip hop noises of Lewis. 

Hearing Brian, Carly Rae and Dwight sing classic standards was painful. However, Jaydee singing "When You're Smiling" made my night. I wish him good luck in his career.

Jaydee Does "It's Only Make Believe".

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:45 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 27 August 2007 11:02 PM EDT
Saturday, 25 August 2007
One Tired Postie With Newfoundland Memories

I call this picture "Rabbit Ears Newfoundland." my wife's brother, Fred Noseworthy is on the right and his wife, Evonne is on the left. 

After getting back from Newfoundland, I had to get up every day at 5:30 A.M and sort mail parcels for seven hours at the Gateway Post Office. When I got home, I was too tired to do much even write in this blog.

In Spaniard's Bay, we slept in for two weeks until 9:00 A.M. or 10:00 A.M.

We never brought a camera with us, but Kelsey Noseworthy our niece took some pictures which she sent to us by email. Kelsey also sent us this great email below: 

"Hi Aunt Irene And Uncle Dave,

It was so nice to have you home in Newfoundland for a while, although
it had to be under the circumstances. I hope you had a good time at Pop's birthday Saturday night, having a fire and singing songs is nothing new to us, so  needless to say we always have a good time, and hope you did as well. A  few minutes ago, I was on your websites, and they're pretty fasinating. I had no idea you knew so much about that stuff. Whereas my nan and pop, probably wouldn't be able to turn it on. I hope you had a good flight back, and come home soon for another visit. Hopefully before I get married in twenty years or so. Right Aunt Irene? Keep in touch, and hope to hear from you soon." 
xox Kelsey      *Attached are some pictures*

In the picture below, we're in the centre and Kelsey is on the right, Taylor, Kelsey's younger sister, is on the left.

Sing along with a couple of Newfie songs below. The lyrics are easy to learn.

Newfie Stomp/Derek Pilgrim

Newfoundland Welcome/Roy Payne

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:46 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 25 August 2007 12:07 PM EDT
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
One Man's Subprime Junk Is......

In the topsy-turvy world of finance, just about anything can be a "security". Securities, basically, are candy coated financial paper of something that's worth less than it looks.

In the wonderful world of subprime finance, mortgages are assets that can be bought and sold for a profit. If that doesn't happen, there's always BANKRUPTCY.

It's remarkable that so many get caught in these irresponsible lending practises that disguise a borrower's credit record by starting him/her at ludicrously low interest rates and raising them up much higher later.

Fortunately, most  people in the U.S. are responsible with their lines of credit and don't need to bailed out or to go bankrupt.

In financial matters avoid fear, greed and stupidity.

 

 

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:04 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 21 August 2007 10:29 PM EDT
Sunday, 19 August 2007
Back From The Rock

The "Rock" in this case is Newfoundland not Alcatraz. The people who stay on the Rock do so because they want to. Many Newfies live their whole life there without going anywhere else.

Yesterday, it rained all day and all night which is normal for the Avalon Peninsula which is close to the Atlantic ocean.

Despite the weather, we managed to see the "Cable Building" in Heart's Content where the first transatlantic cable was laid in 1866. It was an awesome feat of engineering in the 19th century and the operation lasted until 1965.

We woke up to a strong cool breeze from Spaniard's Bay which felt quite invigorating.

After that, we said goodbye to my wife's brother Clarence and his wife, Winnie. We don't see each other very often, but the time spent together was lots of fun (singing, playing cards, enjoying a good laugh, etc)

When we left, there were tears in our eyes.


Posted by qualteam at 10:58 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 19 August 2007 11:45 PM EDT
Thursday, 16 August 2007
We're In Bay Roberts Newfoundland


My wife, Irene and I are staying with her brother, Clarence Noseworth and his wife, Winnie Noseworthy, for the rest of the week.

It has been just beautiful here the past week, temperatures have averaged 22 C in the daytime and 12 C at night. The evening walks by "Conception Bay" itself has been worth the airfare.

Over the last few days, we've put Irene Noseworthy's headstone in its proper position and placed a fence around the grave. This wasn't easy to do because the cementary was on a steep hill.

Newfies are rugged individualists who like to do things themselves rather than get high paid help for a job.

Irene and Winnie are getting their hair done in Bay Roberts, right now. I'm writing this entry from a nearby library.

The Town Of Bay Roberts

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:52 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 19 August 2007 5:28 PM EDT
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
Irene Noseworthy: Oct/19/1920 To Aug/07/2007

Today, my wife's mother, Irene Noseworthy, passed away. Unfortunately for the last years of her life, she was bedridden because of Alzheimer's Disease.

Irene is remembered for her high spirits and her devotion to her family which numbered two daughters and five sons. She was famous for her cherry cake that was enjoyed by many over the years

Her husband Joe, predeceased her in 1990. They raised their family in Spaniards Bay Newfoundland. 

The surviving members of her immediate family are Irene Barron (my wife), Julia Parsons, Walt, Joe, Alex, Fred and Clarence Noseworthy. There are numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Below is Irene's favourite song, "You Are My Sunshine".

You Are My Sunshine 


Posted by qualteam at 11:56 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 7 August 2007 12:42 PM EDT

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