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West Coast: Supernatural Beauty

    Updated May 6, 2017

    British Columbia name comes from the fact that the Columbia River begins at Columbia Lake in the East Kootenays, formerly "British" Canada and flows South of the 49th Parallel, the longest undefended border in the world, through Washington and Oregon and into the Pacific Ocean at Astoria. Now in 2017 this border is allowing America's rejects into Canada, many of them criminals escaping deportation. People who want to immigrate often claim refugee status when they are just migrants. Many are running from the law and or cannot be vetted, meaning they could be anything.

    Native Art

    I took a walk in our local mall in White Rock and took some photos at the local native art gallery. You can find out more about this type of collectible native art from Cheryl's Trading Post. The store is packed with BC and native art from far and wide, from the Arctic Ocean to South America.
    The native people of southern BC are the Coast Salish, a group of ethnically and linguistically related indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, living in British Columbia, Canada and the U.S. states of Washington and Oregon. They speak one of the Coast Salish languages. Nuxalk (Bella Coola) nation are usually included in the group, although their language is more closely related to Interior Salish languages. The Coast Salish are a loose grouping of many tribes with numerous distinct cultures and languages. Territory claimed by Coast Salish peoples spans from the northern limit of the Gulf of Georgia on the inside of Vancouver Island and covering most of southern Vancouver Island, all of the Lower Mainland and most of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula (except for territories of now-extinct Chemakum people). Their traditional territories coincide with modern major metropolitan areas, namely Victoria, Vancouver, and Seattle. The Tillamook or Nehalem around Tillamook, Oregon are the southernmost of the Coast Salish peoples. The Coast Salish cultures differ considerably from those of their northern neighbors. It is one of the few indigenous cultures along the coast with a patrilineal rather than matrilineal kinship system, with inheritance and descent passed through the male line. According to a 2013 estimate, the population of Coast Salish numbers at least 56,590 people, made up of 28,406 Status "First Nations" people registered to Coast Salish bands in British Columbia, and 28,284 enrolled members of federally recognized Coast Salish tribes in Washington State.
    The University of Victoria, where I graduated receiving my undergraduate degree in Biology, has a very good linguistic department and they have been doing great work on preserving the language.
    Salish Language

    Sointula: The Finnish Utopia in the Pacific

    Sointula, (place of harmony) which is located on Malcolm Island, was established in 1901 by Finnish socialists who hoped to create a utopia, but discovered in one year what it took the Russians 70 years - it doesn't work without the right kind of solid governing principles. They were dreamers. And there is nothing wrong with a bit of dreaming to be sure. But sometimes dreaming leads to destruction. Communes work with strict religious groups who have a code of behavior based on an old proven formula - the Bible. This group had decided to become the atheistic, socialist Kalevan Kansa headed by Matti Kurikka, which worshiped nature, with some modern socialist ideas thrown in. But not everyone wanted to behave. Some of these socialists thought that this new freedom meant they could do whatever they wished, including helping themselves to the women. Instead of harmony, they got discord, and failure in their corporate business deals. Financially they went broke when they hired a consultant to put in a bid for a bridge construction job in Vancouver, and he grossly underbid. The dreamers' choices were idealistic rather than realistic, which led them down the wrong path. After the breakup of the commune, and return to some sort of reality, Sointula prospered in fishing and logging and the community developed around the Co-op which looked after the financial daily affairs of the community among other things. It was like a city hall, bank and store rolled into one.

    BC Ferry To Sointula

    Dreams of Sointula

    Stalin, The Pie-Eyed Piper of Russia

    The utopia they came after did not materialize. Some did not give up the dream of a utopia though, and responded to Stalin's call. Capitalism was in trouble in the late 20's and 30's, and many Finnish leftists even in America believed in their own propaganda, that the Soviet system was utopia. Karelia fever was on. Many Canadian and American Finns went to East Karelia in the Soviet Union, where they found poverty, not utopia. Their worldly belongings were taken away and they found that Russian (ethnic Finnish) Karelia was like arriving at the "Hotel California" - you could check in, but you could never leave. They had made the biggest mistake in their lives, which most forfeited. Some got out if they turned around and left right away. At least 6,000 men were shot and their women and children were sent elsewhere, the purpose being that Karelia would be ethnically cleansed. They were never heard from again, it is confirmed now almost daily, that most were shot in Stalin's purges in the 30's.

    The Communist ideal has been proven to be a lie, so why people still insist on going after it, is beyond me, and it became apparent that kids have been brainwashed in universities by Marxist professors. These are Globalist people working to change our world into a border-less mass. Haven't we done enough damage to the world already? Why ruin it more, but that is what our kids have been taught in schools and universities, by professors that never had to live under such systems. They always sound good, but the end is destruction. Events of 2014-17 have proven, especially in Europe, that the scheme will never work. Justin Trudeau is a Marxist-Globalist, and he has the potential to ruin our country, at the moment with Middle Eastern "refugees." How can they be when many are going back home because they don't like our countries, meaning Europe, which is similar in culture to Canada and US. Real refugees are families, not a hundred thousand single men streaming into Europe. I know what refugees look like. They are mostly women, children, and grandparents. The men are fighting the enemy not running away. That's how it was in my native Finland. A refugee will not just abandon his family. A proper young man will stay and protect his family, join the army or whatever it takes. I would think these masses of military aged men have something else on their minds. Perhaps it's an invasion. In any case there is something not right about it and Merkel should not have put out the call for all of the Middle East to come to Germany! Many hate us because of religion.

    Politics and politicians are what ruin the whole world, regardless of banner: religion, communism, or anything else, and will continue to do so until humans take the next step in their social development - rejecting violence, accepting honesty, goodwill, love as paramount, and demanding and recognizing only truth. By going communist, they put themselves into an endless house of horrors, a never ending retrograde limbo of poverty and slavery to the state, which is why I am so opposed to teaching our kids that Marxism is good and related lies. Why does the human mind still do it? Why does it reject the evidence of the eyes and ears - the cries of hundreds of millions of people slaughtered in the name of a totally and completely inferior, corrupt system? It is like Islam, impossible to reform. You can't have Communism "light" or Islam "light." There is a doctrine, like a religion that must be followed. Both are totalitarian and closed. Communism is called "dictatorship of the proletariat," and Islam is very similar in many ways. Neither is a good thing in quantity as Europe is finding out the hard way. To work for the government is bad enough, but for a whole nation just for imagined security that never comes? No. Finns missed out on Communism because of their fantastic military, which is why I say that a strong, smart military is always a good thing, always in the control of the people. And the a free people will have guns to defend freedom, always. The Finns' strategy offset the deficiency in numbers. Why does the human mind reject the evidence that governments are all corrupt, and large governments are the most corrupt. When staying in power is more important than the welfare of the people, there is a problem. Mongolians voted in the communists in July 2000, but they have always been a communally living itinerant people. I hope they govern intelligently.
    Sointula was a tightly knit village with their community hall as the center where people met regularly. The sense of community was reduced when TV, cars and telephones came to town and the hall began to sit empty. The media informed the world, and that was the beginning of the end of one ideal lifestyle on the west coast of Canada. Their Socialism/Marxism experiment was a total failure and it was every man for himself, and that is the only way they could prosper. BR> When the island was finally discovered by the rest of the world in the 1960's, long-haired Americans from the United States and others began moving in, and the Finns began moving out. Reminds me of when the Russians moved up north to the Finnish lands, the people moved on. Then there were only the Finns who stayed and the hippies who worked hard to build a life. The Finns understood hard work, and soon these immigrants were accepted amongst the community, but it would never be the same. The climate is mild, but in the winter it rains a lot. Sointula is located off the north-east coast and Sooke is on the south-west coast of Vancouver Island.

    East Kootenay

    If you love mountains, and skiing, you'll love the Canadian Rockies. One little village I recently visited was Fernie B.C., in Southeast British Columbia. This place is in the boom phase. One visit to the ski hill will tell you that! There is construction everywhere. Partly-built condominiums, and cottages everywhere. And the majestic mountains looming above, with their powder. All this just minutes from downtown Fernie. It is truly awesome. This village is on Highway 3, which many never see going on Highway 1, which goes through Banff. Sometimes it seems the Australians and New Zealanders have discovered it before the rest of the Canadians. A must-see for skiing enthusiasts, mountain bikers and hikers.

    Whistler Mountain: 2010 Olympics

    Oh yes, then we have this other skiing center at Whistler. It is a very nice skiing center, with hotels, village, the works. Thousands of multi million dollar mansions dot the hilly landscape. One minor draw-back is the drive from Vancouver north to Whistler. It is notorious for accidents because it has sharp curves and many returning from the resort are driving too fast or have been drinking. The Ministry of Transportation spent over CDN$700,000,000 to upgrade the road which was completed just in time for the Olympics. In fact, as a construction engineer with the Ministry I worked over two years on building and improving roads for 2010. The right-of-way climbs up the side of a mountains, down its gorges and up again, through beautiful rain forests with thick moss, mist and huge trees. It was fun estimating these locations for the designers. So I came up one of these gorges along the right-of-way and found a small marijuana garden, a bike and a shelter. The next day we met him briefly. The steep rock bluffs meant some of the curves had to be removed. The method used in tight spots with the ocean on one side and a mountain on the other, was to construct bridge-like structures supported in various ways such as piles from below. A median concrete barrier prevents head-on crashes. The last nine miles to Whistler was widened to allow for a bus lane and a concrete encased electrical duct bank were installed under the shoulders of the road as extra safety in case of electrical failure. The army set up a camp in our gravel pit, which I surveyed and produced an existing site printout. A new road had to be carved out of a rough logging road up the Callaghan Valley to the Atheletes Village where the ski jumps are located. That was my project, with three new bridges, and completed on time in two years. We got recognition for our work. The world came for a visit in 2010 and they weren't disappointed. Come and see British Columbia. Whistler Mountain.

    Drive through BC Rocky Mountains

    Canadian Rockies

    Multiculturalism to me means countries within countries, and if this is what everyone wants, well fine. But this is not what I'm hearing from the man on the street. This kind of mass immigration is great for the Real Estate Market, and builders, there's a boom on. But that is not good for the residents who must see their home prices increase at alarming rates. Muslims are a nice people, basically, their religious treatment of women is where I say, whoa! I cannot stand their cultural-religious customs dragged in by the religion from the 7th Century, chanting death to America and our western "miserable" house. My father told me that a real man never hits a woman. A Muslim must hit their women if they refuse to obey! We don't even treat our dogs like that. Yet the news is so full of how badly Trump treats women, 99% of which have been proven false. That's only because the news media hates Trump (For political reasons but mostly by the Communists, they call the "left".) and wants to destroy him. My people in Finland crushed the Left when they started a revolution in 1918 thus Finland avoided being locked up behind the "Iron Curtain" and poverty. They are "the deceived." They just want to steal and destroy the current system hoping to build a socialist one and they are really violent as we can see in many YouTube videos. The media is totally biased and Globalist, which is synonymous with socialism. These were the same media that allowed Obama to do as he wished without retribution because he was a Globalist like them! He racked up a $10 Trillion bill as he mismanaged the economy, handing out money to everyone that didn't deserve it, and people still loved him, except people who voted for Trump.

    Islam Is An Ideology We Don't Need

    Trump doesn't like Islam and neither do I, for good reasons. If your definition of a religion is like mine, a non-violent belief system in God, then you will be disappointed about Islam. It is generally thought to be a religion, but on closer inspection, it is a political ideology protected under a religious front. It is, like Communism and Fascism, a totalitarian system of government. You must remember that even Communism was a "religion" in the Soviet Union because the people were supposed to only believe in its doctrines. Islam is like that, sorry to say. We don't put down anyone's religion, as long as it is one. But Islam is not. They pose a threat to our peace and way of life. Where there are many Muslims there are many problems, which Europe is finding out, all relating to their cultural ideology they call a religion. I dispute the theory that it is a religion. It is an ideology, like a political party, and it is a totalitarian system. That's not acceptable in a free society, sorry Muslims. For example it is the Muslim man's duty to hit his wife for any real or imagined disobedience. That is wrong, and if it is, then what other wrong things are in their teachings that Muhammad began and Muslims carry forward without another thought, that maybe it isn't right, all this violence that is just part of the "religion." You can find out all about Islam at Fortress of Faith. Do yourself and your country a favor and check it out. I don't hate Muslims but in view of their incompatible beliefs that are anti-freedom and dislike of our culture and inability to assimilate, constant thorns in our flesh, I firmly believe their best place is in another Muslim country because there they have what they want and can't have here: Shariah Law. Islam will be a big problem in the future if we allow it to grow because of their supremacist ideology. We must realize the problem is not ISIS or Al-Qaeda or any other terrorist group. When you get rid of one, another pops up ad infinitum. Islam must be quarantined to the Middle East or the problems will continue for us. That's just the way it is. Just watch as days, weeks, months go by and if there is an improvement or if things are getting worse. That's exactly what has happened with ISIS and terrorism in general - they keep morphing but never disappear, meaning the problem is in their ideology which we erroneously accept as a religion and protected. That's our downfall. Regarding Muslims already in our countries, they are free to worship their religion with zero tolerance for instigating for Shariah Law, with penalty of deportation to an ancestral home country or another way of removing them from our country. One day we will admit that the problem is in fact Islam itself and we are fighting its many manifestations, not the least of which is killing us with cars, trucks, bombs, knives, guns, machetes and whatever they can get their hands on. The problem is Muhammad and what he taught. Everything is great...until they pick up the Qur'an and read it. Trump is right to exercise extra caution and try to slow the Muslim immigration. More on this  

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