Your Beliefs Create Your Reality! Part 4

This is a very special unplanned segment.

For those who are not among my handful of followers, I am the author of the book Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers! pictured above. At the beginning of 2017, I started this new blog series which explores how all of us are, at the very least, influenced by what we believe to be true or in the worst cases, completely handicapped by those beliefs. The message of this new awareness campaign is pretty simple:

We must question our beliefs or we fall victim to them.

This special segment is not about society or humanity as the others are. This one is about me. Unless you have read my book, you probably do not know much about me so I will give you some insights.

In 2007 I was injured in a workplace accident which, according to the various medical experts who evaluated me, has left me with a significant permanent physical impairment. Their collective prognoses did not paint a pretty picture of my future:

  • Daily pain worsening as years pass requiring ongoing ever-increasing prescription drug intake.
  • Limited ADL’s (activities of daily living)—worsening over time.
  • Eventual loss of mobility leading to other associated health problems.

There were more but you get the idea. I was faced at the time with what appeared to be only two choices:

ACCEPT or REJECT.

It appeared I would either have to BELIEVE and submit to THEIR FUTURE for me, or I could deny their findings and fight. I was never one to place any faith in authority figures and throughout much of my life I had always rebelled against them. For years I chose DENIAL and that did not work out so well as I endlessly suffered with re-injuries. These long recovery periods are where I began to write what I thought would be a short memoir to leave to my young nephews who were already repeating the mistakes of my younger days. The more stories I wrote, the more obvious my own repetitive behaviors became to me. I was creeping up to the edge of awareness or an awakening without knowing it. I would then spend a year researching a great many academic disciplines as I sought to unravel the mysteries of human behavior.  When I wrote The End for the first time years later,  I was already AWARE I had always had a third option where my CHOICES were concerned. I could have chosen to LEARN MORE. Since that time, every decision in my life has had three ways it could go:

ACCEPT, REJECT or RESEARCH.

Had I BELIEVED the medical experts, by now I would probably have:

  • become a prescription drug addict.
  • significant organ damage resulting from the continual drug use.
  • liver, kidney and heart problems which would of course be treated with still more prescriptions.
  • an inability to feel when I am at the threshold of overexertion so recurring injuries would have been far more frequent; thereby furthering my level of disability.
  • a brain chemistry so impaired that writing anything remotely cogent would be unlikely.

Fortunately in my youth, I somehow absorbed the importance of possessing the ability to learn; courtesy of the Canadian public education system.

Knowing how to learn is everything!

This brings us back to the present and closer to the special part I promised.

When I began my journey as an author, there were a huge number of things I could have BELIEVED which could have made me quit:

  • “Major publishers will not accept queries from first-time authors without agents.” This turned out to be true so I pitched the smaller ones.
  • “Publishers will not accept queries from non-fiction self-help authors lacking a PHD.” This turned out to be true but I had a problem with the idea that only PHD’s are capable of rational thought or original ideas. It is elitist and it does not explain why people with advanced  degrees have always sought me out when they needed a new perspective—so I pressed on.
  • “Agents will not take on new writers who do not have a substantial writing portfolio and author platform.” This turned out to be true so I began building one.
  • Publicists: “We are looking for a PHD as well, unless you are an entertainer.” I was unsure how those two equated so I moved on.
  • I amassed a large collection of rejection letters from both agents and publishers which led to the idea of self-publishing as an indie-author.
  • “Indie-authors need to build a massive following over a multitude of social media platforms for their book to even be noticed.” This may be true but I only march to the beat of my own drum and I have little desire to be another dancing monkey.
  • “There is no point in sending out press releases if you are an unknown author.” I sent them anyway.
  • “The mainstream media will ignore indie-authors.” There was evidence to support this belief.  Several major book critics and newspapers do not allow submissions of self-published titles. However . . .

Not being quick to BELIEVE has created my new REALITY.

 

A Holiday Message. . .

Times are tough.

There is a great deal of uncertainty at the very least, if not fear or outright paranoia in our world at the moment.

Please try to reign in these thoughts–especially over the holidays.

If you are able to read this on-line, it most likely means you can afford devices and services which connect you to this on-line world. This also implies that your immediate security needs of shelter, food, and clothing have also been met. Be grateful for what you have as there are a great many others who are not as fortunate and who will not be able to read this.

The holidays are a time for giving–our way of expressing love, caring and thanks to people we know.

 

Even strangers tend to treat us a little better at this time of year. They might smile as they hold a door for us when we have both of our hands full of shopping bags. Our preoccupation with finishing the damnable shopping, so that we can jump back into the hustle and bustle of the season, might make us overlook this tiny kind gesture. Seize the moment to look them in the eye and say thank you and wish them a happy holiday. It might be the only present they receive this year.

The holiday season puts increased demands on our time because of all the commitments we make to family and friends. This causes us to be stressed and possibly irritable. We need to remember that we are fortunate to have those friends and family members with us, as many others may not.

Some people will not be able to travel to see their friends and family this year. They may feel very alone. They can change that by volunteering their time to a cause they believe in. Many worthwhile causes do not close during the holidays and spending time with the other volunteers will almost certainly turn into new friendships.

We pick up the holiday spirit by being compassionate. Give some canned goods to the food bank, give some blankets to a shelter or contribute to your local toy drive. The smallest things make a difference in this world. We often forget this. We do not have to solve global warming to improve the planet; the kid who receives your toy this year might be destined to do that–if they are not emotionally scarred by Santa missing their home. This is how we are all connected.

Goodness spreads like a virus through all walks of life, across all religions, and it does not see the color of someones skin or their gender. By spreading that which we know to be good, we spread hope. The hope we create can alter the path of another.

This almost certainly will be my last blog post for a while.

I wish to extend my gratitude to all of you who follow me on social media. To you, and everyone you care about, I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

E. A.

 

Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers!

Life With Women: The Long-Awaited Instruction Manual

This book was created for everyone, from young adults to seniors. It was written from a male’s point of view, speaking to men who are endlessly struggling to understand the opposite sex. For women, this is a fascinating journey inside the male psyche. The book gives a young reader a glimpse of the future, with a recommended timeline for key life events. Mature readers, who have already experienced much of what is discussed in the book, should come away with a new-found understanding, and perhaps even closure. Ms. Creant is a controversial, entertaining, yet informative look at everything that influences human behaviour including: relationships, life, health, biology, philosophy, sociology, theology, politics, genetics—even physics. E. A. Barker shares twenty-four “inappropriate” stories of life with women. The author based these stories of women behaving badly on his real life experiences, spanning four decades of his search for an ideal partner. The lessons taken away from the book will serve to help readers make better choices, become more aware, grow, and change—at any stage of life.

ISBNs

978-1-77302-134-8 (8×10 Large Print Hardcover)

978-1-77302-132-4 (8×10 Large Print Paperback)

978-1-77302-133-1 (eBook)

Amazon US ➜ http://tinyurl.com/hpdbjtp
Amazon CA ➜ http://tinyurl.com/jxa7zab
Amazon AU ➜ http://tinyurl.com/zhufwl6
Amazon UK ➜ http://tinyurl.com/jnrp9dn
Smashwords ➜ http://tinyurl.com/grxg5sv
B&N ➜ http://tinyurl.com/j9murlr
Kobo ➜ http://tinyurl.com/je2ytyp
itunes ➜ http://tinyurl.com/h47zplv
Indigo ➜ http://tinyurl.com/jye4q5m

https://www.facebook.com/MsCreantTheWrongDoers/

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/58727166-e-a-barker

 

Your Weekend Excerpt

“She found someone who was a far worse problem drinker than herself, so SHE COULD FEEL GOOD ABOUT HERSELF in the relationship. She RATIONALIZED her alcoholism. She could continue to live in denial without having to face her demons—a perfect model of CO-DEPENDENCY.”

The human propensity to embrace denial and escapism through well told action-adventure-romance stories has led us to where we are in Western Civilization today.

We now deny everything. We cling to fantasy rather than cleaning up our mess. We look for external causes of our suffering rather than working on self-improvement.

Self-awareness is the key difference between living in the dark ages or an age of reason.

Mass denial will lead us to mass extinction.

 

Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers! is the most entertaining way to begin to understand men, women, relationships, societies and human civilization.

The book is available everywhere, but I like the idea of supporting that tiny local bookstore. You know the one.

Have a great week.

E. A.

 

ISBNs

978-1-77302-134-8 (8×10 Large Print Hardcover)

978-1-77302-132-4 (8×10 Large Print Paperback)

978-1-77302-133-1 (eBook)

Amazon US ➜ http://tinyurl.com/hpdbjtp
Amazon CA ➜ http://tinyurl.com/jxa7zab
Amazon AU ➜ http://tinyurl.com/zhufwl6
Amazon UK ➜ http://tinyurl.com/jnrp9dn
Smashwords ➜ http://tinyurl.com/grxg5sv
B&N ➜ http://tinyurl.com/j9murlr
Kobo ➜ http://tinyurl.com/je2ytyp
itunes ➜ http://tinyurl.com/h47zplv
Indigo ➜ http://tinyurl.com/jye4q5m

THE REAL DEAL COVER REVEAL!

The book is scheduled for release later this month. . . fingers crossed.

I still remember the immense feeling of accomplishment I had the first time I wrote The End almost two years ago. Since then, I have written those same words on two other occasions; both times in the same work. I added Chapter 9, wrote The End and sent my manuscript off to an editor. Her recommendations led to the creation of Chapters 10 & 11 and once again, I wrote The End.

Writing a book is like having a pet or a child–just because you have one does not mean you job is over. In fact it is just the beginning. The journey will test you, possibly break you and will definitely change you. I was as naive as they come as I began to learn the ropes of the publishing game.

I actually thought it was about the work.

A veteran of the publishing game told me, “If War and Peace was written today, Leo Tolstoy would not get a publishing deal.” I rejected this advice only to spend the next year proving his opinion to be correct.

I found out the following:

  • Publishers do not want to read query letters– especially from new previously unpublished authors–so the largest of them sloughed the task of reading off on the Agents.
  • Only authors represented by an Agent can pitch the few remaining large publishing houses.
  •  Agents do not want to read query letters– especially from new previously unpublished authors–because they know it is a tough sell and they like an easy lay.

It is here where you must decide the future of your work that you invested three years of your life into. Shelve it and get on with your life or take the road full of potholes into the world of self-publishing. I did the latter.

I found out the following:

  • FAR TOO MANY alleged “Author Services” companies are owned by or related to the big publishers that would not even give your book a chance.
  • The ones that are not related to the big publishing houses are arguably scammers, there to exploit every naive indie-author who comes along with a dream.
  • They try to charge at least three times the going rates for their services which NEVER GUARANTY ANY SALES or even placement of your book where readers can see them.

It is here where you must decide on the product(s) you wish to produce professionally vs. taking a DIY approach to publishing your work. It is also here where you must decide how you will reach the book buyers of the world.

There is a giant corporate umbrella over the entire book publishing industry. Indie-authors, like raindrops, just bounce right off.

I found out the following:

  • Amazon owns CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing and BookSurge so they CONTROL your work from the time you upload your manuscript to the time they produce your print-on-demand first edition. You will be FORCED to comply with their rules for playing their game in their backyard. This is a corporate monopoly. These rules are not in your best interests but their’s. Amazon invented an ingenious system featuring a ridiculous RETURN POLICY where they produce and ship books only to have them returned and destroyed. They proceed as though Amazon is the only place you need to be, when in reality being an Amazon Indie-Author is the equivalent to being a fart in a hurricane–someone might notice you briefly.
  • Most of the world’s largest chains of brick and mortar book stores learned from Amazon’s success. They have now created their own return policies and DISCOUNT POLICIES, allowing them to have inventory–essentially on consignment–that they can price so low some unwary authors have actually LOST MONEY on each book sold. They make the poor indie-author SOLELY responsible for paying for producing books to sit on their shelves. The unsold inventory at the end of the term of the agreement is returned IN ANY CONDITION to the author so long as the author PAYS THE SHIPPING COSTS.
  • OF COURSE THERE WILL BE UNSOLD BOOKS because you will never make it to the front window or the front table, nor will your cover ever be facing out so customers can see it. This treatment is reserved for best-selling books from the big publishers who practically run these chains because they have been in bed with each other for decades.
  • It is a volume based business. Ingram produces and distributes books for many large publishing houses. Their Lightning division services the small publishers of the world at a higher cost per book, while their Spark division charges still more to indie-authors. This results in lower royalties for the indie-author if they want to keep their retail prices comparable to offerings from the major publishers.

You are required to BUY your way into a carefully guarded marketplace.

The message is clear. The largest companies in the publishing business do not share well with others. They both own and simultaneously dislike the indie-publishing trade. J. K. Rowling taught them a badly needed lesson. You cannot keep a good writer down.

I found out the following:

  • Social media is a quagmire which does not sell many books relative to the TIME INVESTMENT.
  • There are a great many independently operated book stores that will support an indie-release.
  • There are a great many book expos which are not too expensive to have your book showcased in.
  • There are still a great many libraries on the planet.
  • Reviews sell books.

Long ago in one of my earliest blog posts I stated, “I do not wish to be selling books out of the trunk of my car.” I now understand the indie-authors who do.

Much love.

E. A.

I have not forgotten you!

I have been so busy trying to get the book ready for my publisher, I have been forced to temporarily suspend all my social media activities. I thought it would be a week. It has been eight weeks to reach this point. While I am pleased with the results, I cannot wait for the book to be done. Currently, I am editing the final chapter, and plan to comb through the book one last time before sending the manuscript off. I will have to re-index it at some point — more fun! I will post the cover soon after the final changes have been made.

Hope things are better for you!

E. A.

My 2015 Word Press Blog: year in review.

Have a great 2016 everyone.

HERE IS EVERY LINK TO MY MESSED UP SITE.

I hope you find the posts enjoyable and I also hope that I have not added any new boo boos.

I do have one request though; please LEAVE A COMMENT if you read a post. If you are too shy to comment but enjoyed it; LIKE it. If you loved it; SHARE it on your page. If you hate me or my writing or both, I want to know that too. I do not do this for money. I do this to make people think about things that may be outside of their bubble. I call it awareness.

 

A Sneak Peak of My Book:

Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers!

Life with women: the long awaited instruction manual.

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/sneak-preview/

 

My First Blog Post: Where did it go?

Anti-social media bit me again. I ranted about being a “newbie” to social media. (670 words) https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/blog-1-where-did-it-go/

 

Blog 2: The Regurgitation: What it is like to have written a book.

I tore down the fantasy of writing and launching a book while continuing the bitterness theme of Blog 1. (1016 words) https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/blog-2-the-regurgitation-what-it-is-like-to-have-written-a-book/

 

Blog 3: What is it all about anyway?

I questioned mortality, the concept of multi-tasking and legacy in a humorous way. (744 words) https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/blog-3-what-is-it-all-about-anyway/

 

Blog 4: Signs of Spring- an intoxicated tirade.

I discuss writers that abused substances among other humorous trivial things. (886 words) https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/blog-4-signs-of-spring-an-intoxicated-tirade/

 

Blog 5: Everything I know… so far.

What do books, music, TV and films have in common? Someone has to gamble on them. I talk of the “Indie” scenes of film, music but predominantly books, in two parts. (4916 words)

Part 1: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/blog-5-1-everything-i-know-so-far/

Part 2: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/blog-5-2-everything-i-know-so-far/

 

Blog 6: The FEAR Lessons:

EVIL WORDSMITHS ARE PREYING ON YOUR IMAGINATIONS! This three part blog is politically relevant- defining a Canadian, a Muslim and fear mongers. (6228 words)

Part 1: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/blog-6-1-the-fear-lessons/

Part 2: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/blog-6-2-the-fear-lessons/

Part 3: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/blog-6-3-the-fear-lessons-2/

 

Blog 7: Lost in the Wilderness.

The Myth of “Living the Dream” in the Country: The Northern Ontario Experience. This is a four part comedic “reality check” for all those considering retirement in rural Ontario. (4250 words)

Part 1: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/blog-7-1-lost-in-the-wilderness-part-1-of-3-2/

Part 2: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/blog-7-2-lost-in-the-wilderness-part-2-of-3/

Part 3: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/blog-7-25-angry-giant-rant/

Part 4: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/blog-7-3-lost-in-the-wilderness-part-3-of-3/

 

Blog 8: A Study in POSITIVITY.

Challenged by a writing group, I attempted to put a positive spin on humans. (1109 words) https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/blog-9-a-study-in-positivity/

 

Blog 9: Flashback 24 years!

This two part blog flashes back 24 years to my youth where I was incensed enough to write The Spicer Commission. (4951 words)

Part 1: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/blog-9-1-flashback-24-years/

Part 2: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/blog-9-2-flashback-24-years/

 

Blog 10: I am salmon. Hear me gurgle?

What if awareness and obliviousness is the same thing? Why do I persist in swimming against the current? This two part blog talks of awareness, intellect and the workings of the human mind. (2255 words)

Part 1: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/blog-10-1-i-am-salmon-hear-me-gurgle/

Part 2: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/blog-10-2-i-am-salmon-hear-me-gurgle/

 

Blog 11: My BIGFOOT Encounters: Three spooky tales for camping out.

Fear not parents; the myth is dispelled at the end so they will go to sleep. This blog on fear was my first attempt at fiction that led to my writing the non-fiction Blog 6 for adults. (2924 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/my-bigfoot-encounters-three-spooky-tales-for-camping-out/

 

Blog 12: Unravelling the mysteries of the Universe.

What if it is not as difficult as we are led to believe? What if the flip-flop is the key to everything? This humorous and ridiculous blog is about women, men and women’s shoes. (1606 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/blog-12-unraveling-the-mysteries-of-the-universe/

 

Blog 13: “We are gonna need a bigger boat”.

Fishing tips from a good fisherman that does not like fishing. This humorous and tragic true life account will be of interest to all that have ever lost a big one. (2552 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/blog-13-we-are-gonna-need-a-bigger-boat/

 

Blog 14: What really went down in The Garden of Eden?

This blog is a totally foolish story of men, women and the beginning of relationships that is meant to entertain. It is prefaced for those that may be offended. (1962 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/blog-14-what-really-went-down-in-the-garden-of-eden/

 

Blog 15: Taboo Subjects: Politics, Sex and Religion!

An age of enlightenment will have to include these talking points. This three part blog explores two topics that I do not enjoy and one that I do. (3821 words)

Politics 1: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/blog-15-1-taboo-subjects/

Sex 2: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/blog-15-2-taboo-subjects/

Religion 3: https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/blog-15-3-taboo-subjects/

 

Blog 16: TRUE LOVE and the key to keeping it alive.

The secret might just be never allowing COMPLACENCY to enter your relationship. Easier said; THAN DONE! (911 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/blog-16-true-love-and-the-key-to-keeping-it-alive/

 

Blog 17: The Irrational Rationality.

HUMANS CAN RATIONALIZE ANYTHING. A light look at religious concepts. (1191 words) https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/blog-17-the-irrational-rationality/

 

Blog 18: November 11th Remembrance Day.

Defining a Canadian and some of our history is what I was striving for with this one. I am quite proud of this piece. It may be my best work. (2086 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/blog-18-november-11th-remembrance-day-in-canada-2/

 

Blog 19: Why? It is a Good Question.

An outsider’s view of North American society. (724 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/blog-19-why-it-is-a-good-question/

 

Blog 20: Words for a broken-hearted young man.

Defining a “real man” for young guys at the beginning of their journey. (912 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/blog-20-words-for-a-broken-hearted-young-man/

 

Blog 21: “Shit to avoid doing on Social Media”.

A concept created by Angora Shade. Writers are forced to be on social media and we witness things or actually screw up ourselves, quite a bit. These were my findings. (1292 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/blog-21-shit-to-avoid-doing-on-social-media/

 

Blog 22: Tips for a very merry Christmas… or holiday season… or whatever.

If you are struggling to get into the holiday spirit as I was, read these quotes and suggestions. (697 words)

https://eabarker.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/blog-22-tips-for-a-very-merry-christmas-or-holiday-season-or-whatever/

 

 

 

Blog 9.1: FLASHBACK 24 YEARS!

I had never been serious about writing before this, and my grades proved it.

In January 1991, the Canadian Government asked for my input. Well not me specifically, but all Canadians were invited to submit their ideas and concerns to The Spicer Commission: Citizens Forum on Canada’s Future. Only 400,000 of 20,000,000 did so. Since the 1950’s and Diefenbaker, Canadians have lost faith in government- seeing politics as pointless, corrupt, stupid and wasteful. That explains why only 2% of the more NAIVE types like me participated. I genuinely thought that they were trying to make the country better.

In 1991, you could cave in the skull of a mugger with your cell phone. NAFTA would not be ratified for two more years and the internet would not be born for a few more months. If you were wealthy, you had a home computer with a price tag of at least $3000.00. On-line dating did not exist. WE WENT OUTSIDE. Bars, restaurants, parties, laundry mats, shopping and playing sports were how we met other people. The Gulf War had just ended. WE DID OUR FACT CHECKING AT THE LIBRARY actually seeing printed facts in BOOKS.

As a young bachelor living in a Miami Vice inspired beach apartment in Toronto that all too often smelled like sewer gas; I sat down to write my ideas and vent my frustrations to this Spicer guy that was trying fix Canada on behalf of Brian Mulroney or so I thought. In a previous article somewhere, I mentioned how the P. M. ’s speech writer had ripped me off and I will bold that section for you- if I can remember it.

This was the first time in my life that words poured out of me faster than I could write them down. Apparently, I had much to say about being Canadian and where the country was heading.

I remember that there were papers everywhere. The living room floor and furnishings were almost completely covered in notes, headings, sub-headings and rants. I did not have a typewriter or a home computer back then, so everything was hand-written.

Upon discovering this relic and giving it a read, I found that as a first time writer, I was a little rough around the edges; but I also found that my sarcastic humor has been with me longer than I thought. I sometimes have to work to be less serious these days because I have become jaded by the years, but back then it came more naturally. These days I consider the potential ramifications of my words; however back in the day you got the full Monte. I may have been better then than now. You be the judge.

I AM NOT UPDATING THE BODY OF THIS REPORT. I am however, giving it a minor line-edit as I go, as it seems that in my haste I did not pay much attention to punctuation. You will see it (in italics) as I sent it, so many years ago.

WHAT IS TRULY FRIGHTENING IS THAT A QUARTER OF A CENTURY HAS PASSED AND NOTHING OF CONSEQUENCE HAS CHANGED. This is why I have no respect or use for government types and why I am so sick of their lies, pandering and self-serving nature.

The idea of politicians being Public Servants is a joke. The public now serves them.

Politicians and government employees DO NOT appreciate that:

  • it is the tax-payer that employ them.
  • it is the tax-payer that owns the country.
  • it is the tax-payer that owns and builds the country’s infrastructure.

Politicians and government employees SHOULD appreciate that:

  • they are only there because WE PAY.
  • their house of cards can be brought down if WE DO NOT PAY.

Spicer Commission

Citizen’s Forum on Canada’s Future

P.O. Box 1991,

Ottawa, Ontario.

Canada

K1P 1A2

 

The Tuesday Report

Dear reader or is anyone in there?

Enclosed is a personal vision of Canada that encompasses past, present and future- which originated in my heart and then was edited by my remaining grey matter.

I have taken great pains not to “candy-coat” my feelings, ideas or observations while openly displaying contempt for non-productive government. This could pose a problem to closed-minded individuals or to a reader who believes in earnest that ANY government in this century has been truly effective at anything other than riot control.

Though I have many more topics that I could have addressed; consider the ones found herein as the greatest hits. The underlying messages contained in the section headings that follow are intended to be positive in nature as I have endeavored to identify problems, solutions and benefits in overview so as not to be considered “just another whiner”.

I must confess a few “cheap-shots” are taken in the interest of humour for which I will apologize later. People become more humorous in direct proportion to the money they DO NOT have.

A few late nights were spent on the pages that follow. It is my sincerest wish that they not “fall on deaf ears” or become condensed so that the fun is squeezed out of them or (horror of horrors) that they find their way into your waste basket.

I wish you well in this open forum style of government.

May you enjoy reading these pages as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

 

Contents:

Canadian First: What a Concept.

Foolish Behaviour:

Taxation: the Unemployed and the Military?

Brain Dead.

“Talk about job creation; Batman!”

Education and who is Alvin Tofler?

The Little Country that Could:

Government Leaders: A Definition.

Closing Snide Remarks and Apologies:

 

Canadian First: What a Concept.

Immigration and multiculturalism:

I cannot believe that I am about to write this next sentence. Canada can learn from the American system of immigration. There I did it.

The American system, while allowing a person to maintain their religion, heritage and customs leaves little doubt of the fact that: where ever you came from YOU ARE AN AMERICAN NOW!

Most people of ethnic origin that I encounter say that they are Italian, Greek, Chinese or from virtually any other place in the galaxy EXCEPT Canada. If Canada is to continue, we need to increase our level of national pride. The people that want to live in this country should feel a sense of pride in saying that they are CANADIANS of Italian, Greek, Chinese or Martian descent.

By creating a Canadian immigration system where: incoming people are ORIENTED SUFFICIENTLY to allow them to LEAVE ANIMOSITIES BEHIND due to their partially severed ties with their former country or planet; we will have fewer race related problems when they settle in Canada.

The importance of immigrants KNOWING Canada’s history, our heritage, our direction for the future and what part they are expected to play in that future CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH. Once done, new Canadians will be able to live together HARMONIOUSLY in the years to come.

BE A CANADIAN FIRST.

It won’t hurt a bit.

{Well they did not listen to me on this one. We let “THE TAIL WAG THE DOG” and now we have a country full of people that take no pride in saying that they are Canadian- if they even think to mention their citizenship at all. We have different sections of our cities for each “distinct society”. The new Canadians are pandered to by government people. Reverse racism is everywhere and it is an effective weapon in our ridiculously politically correct tolerant society.}

Foolish Behaviour:

Quebec:

The “Quebec Question” can be equated to looking for an answer to the question “WHY” or trying to find the last digit of Pi (π).

Here is a textbook example of what happens when a small group of people are not (and perhaps never were) Canadian FIRST.

Canadians of French descent are constantly coining the phrases “French Canada” and “English Canada”. They refer of course to the languages spoken predominantly however they leave out one small aspect: that being neither France nor England has anything “real” to do with our country or government any longer. Nor do I imagine that they want anything to do with our country or government.

If a group of Canadian citizens living in the Canadian Province of Quebec want so desperately to be French; we should arrange for their ship to sail immediately. In France, home of the guillotine, guilty until proven innocent and “Let them eat cake”, I am certain these EX-PATRIOTS will find the life they so richly deserve.

This “Pandora’s Box” (of which I believe we have already broken the seal) can easily be compared to existing problems in the Soviet Union and the Middle East. For fun get a fifty or one-hundred year old map of the Middle East- you will not recognize very much.

Quebec has had countless millions of CANADIAN DOLLARS not French Francs dumped in its lap for years and now some Quebecers decide they want a distinct society with or WITHOUT sovereignty association.

Didn’t a war decide this once already?

It is time the rest of Canada explained to Quebec that they have to PAY to acquire CANADIAN ASSETS as they have NO RIGHTS to the lands of Canada.

Enough about Quebec… what action do you suppose a STRONG GOVERNMENT would take if Native Canadians decided to reclaim their rightful lands and oust some newer Canadians doing it? Well that is another story; or is it?

{This was written prior to the Quebec referendum. “English Canada” was pissed off and we actually considered the possibility of a civil war. It is interesting that I foretold the Native land claim issue though.}

Taxation: the Unemployed and the Military?

Consider: A Canadian citizen who drives a car, smokes cigarettes, is a social drinker and earns less than $40,000.00 per annum gross- pays in excess of 50% of his or her earnings in one form of tax or another.

Government Position: ridiculous, absurd, preposterous etc.

Check it out! IT IS TRUE.

The rich are still getting richer and the poor are still feeding the wealthy.

The people that work in the only busy departments of government- the tax section of parliament hill, should be tied to chairs and forced to watch Robin Hood (the Errol Flynn version) until they scream.

The “well to do” unfortunately are the policy makers in Canada. The same people election after election talk of tax reform but inwardly know that fair taxes for all Canadians would mean the new Jaguar for the Mrs. would have to wait. We cannot have that now, can we?

A publicly APPOINTED group is needed for effective tax reform. Meaning other than the publicly ELECTED group now “addressing the situation”; if you get my drift.

STOP TREATING THE SYMPTOMS AND CURE THE DISEASE.

Formulae:

Work + Productivity = Good Economy

Inflation + Unemployment = Bad Economy

The unemployed are living comfortably on U.I.C. and Welfare to the tune of $40,000.00 for a family of four at a maximum.

Why am I eking out a living on my own?

What do you imagine would happen to the unemployment figures if it were to become law that: ANY able-bodied person without dependants under the age of forty be inducted into the Canadian Armed Forces after receiving the appropriate above mentioned benefits for a period not exceeding 120 days?

They could provide an inexpensive work-force and learn a skill at the same time.

Another human resource that is costing incredible amounts every year and is being wasted is the convict guilty of non-violent crimes. These people, given a choice, may even prefer the C.A.F. and may participate in road building or some other necessary project. God knows our roads need work.

The RECOVERED REVENUES should be allocated to the Canadian senior citizens who made this country what it is (or was) with their blood, sweat and tears- great cliché and great band. These people’s old age pensions would have them living near the poverty line.

This I find embarrassing as a Canadian.

Besides, if everyone is working then even they {people on assistance and convicts} cannot help but be productive- which will net us a good economy; if my formula is correct?

“Out of the mouths of babes”… ah never mind.

{This was too totalitarian for the weenies in power. My theory that being a “productive citizen” means you remain FREE to choose your destiny; while the “non-productive” types would lose their freedom, did not sit well in the weak government of the time. Today there are generations of welfare recipient families, criminals have far too many rights, our armed forces are under-manned and our roads are still fracked.}

 

Brain Dead.

G.S.T. and Canada’s Manufacturing Sector:

IF the Goods and Services Tax is a necessary evil (and the jury is still out on that one), then why not take a lesson from any kind of sales professional who can readily overcome an objection. I objected to the G.S.T. and was overcome. Turn a negative into a positive (integers) and make BUYING CANADIAN MANUFACTURED GOODS G.S.T. FREE.

When the tally was taken January 1, 1991: products from Japan, the USA and U.K. all had prices down 6% to 16% while Canadian built goods generally were HIGHER than their pre-G.S.T. price.

Was the intent of the G.S.T. to STOP people from buying Canadian or was that what Free Trade was supposed to do?

Let us use our brains shall we. Work with me on this one.

Should a company wish to MANUFACTURE in our country (rare these days), EMPLOY CANADIANS and SELL their product in Canada; would it hurt to encourage them to STAY in Canada by making the purchase of their raw materials G.S.T. FREE?

If a wholesaler wants to SELL this CANADIAN MADE product across Canada, would it hurt to make his cost G.S.T. FREE?

When a retailer decides to MERCHANDISE this CANADIAN MADE product for SALE, would it not be an added incentive to make the retailers cost G.S.T. FREE?

Envision if you will a consumer confronted with a product tag which read: “BUY CANADIAN AND SAVE… GST FREE!” Do you not think that he or she might SHOP CANADIAN and quit spending millions across the border? This plan might even encourage consumer spending, which I “believe” has a positive effect on the economy.

I would like to thank my Basic Marketing 101 instructor and the Academy.

{Well some credit is due, as there was a push created to “Shop Canadian”. However, the GST (now HST) was a nightmare for Canadian businesses to adapt to and it created a taxation imbalance provincially. It did generate a SIX BILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS that the government LOST somewhere and I am not certain if they ever reported finding it.}

Blogus interruptus… to be continued.

 

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