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A Tribute to “Pooch”

June 23, 2010 Lynne 3 night slings lumber 148“Pooch” Polkinghorn was a good guy.

I talk to a lot of people and as a result I got to know Pooch.

It really is a small world because in talking to him I found out that my next door neighbor, for a big part of my life growing up, was Pooch’s uncle Jimmy.

Pooch’s uncle Jimmy was also a longshoreman at Local 500.

My folks lived in the same house for about 50 years and for about 35 of those years Dolly and Jimmy were our neighbors.

Dolly became one my Mom’s best friends.

She used to make me grilled cheese sandwiches when I was a little kid.

I know many of Pooch’s relatives because whenever they came over to visit Dolly and Jimmy they invited me over for dinner too.

Talking more to Pooch I found out about a few other links between his world and mine.

It turns out that he used to play sports and once played for a team called the “Bum Biters.”

I know a lot of good people connected to that group.

It really is a small world.

Rest in peace.June 23, 2010 Lynne 3 night slings lumber 133

My Dear Mother

My dear, sweet beloved Mother passed away this week.

I can’t even begin to imagine a life without her.

She passed away 1 year and 5 days after my Father.

They were married for 63 years.

The Twelve Year Old Girl that Silenced the World …and her Dad

About 20 years ago a little girl from Vancouver BC was given the opportunity of a life time.

She was given a chance to speak to the world.

I happen to believe that her speech will go down as one of the most significant speeches ever given.

The 12 year old girl that silenced…the world for 6 minutes!

Here’s the link:


About 20 years later her dad gave a speech at Occupy Vancouver.

Some photos from the event:

Here’s a link to her dad’s speech:


Carter, Reagan and the PNE Prize Home

It’s the oldest amusement park in Canada.

The Pacific National Exhibition or PNE is a non-profit organization that manages a fairground in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The grounds include a variety of venues, arenas and one of the best old style “Wooden Roller Coasters” ever built.

Each year the PNE hosts a 17 day summer fair that ends on Labour Day.

Other than the rides, games, food, entertainment and agriculture competitions, one of the highlights of the fair is the PNE Prize Home give away.

You can take a virtual tour of the 2011 home here:


State of the art technology and energy efficiency have always been central to the theme of these homes.

For example, in 2009, the show home came with in-floor radiant heating, hot water on demand, solar panels and a roof made mostly out of recycled tires.

It was one of the best Prize Homes ever, which brings me to my point:

Why would anyone not want a solar panel system?

It seems unimaginable that someone would move into such an energy efficient home and then not long after proceed to hire a construction crew to come in and tear the solar panels off the roof and rip out the solar system completely.

Who in their right mind would do such a thing?


Ronald Reagan.

In 1977, the liberal President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House roof.

Carter offered tax credits to anyone who purchased a solar energy system.

Then conservative Ronald Reagan got elected.

One of the first things Reagan did as president was take away the tax credits for solar systems.


Thomas Edison described the problem best:

“When we learn how to store electricity, we will cease being apes ourselves; until then we are tailless orangutans. You see, we should utilize natural forces and thus get all of our power. Sunshine is a form of energy, and the winds and the tides are manifestations of energy.

Do we use them? Oh, no! We burn up wood and coal, as renters burn up the front fence for fuel. We live like squatters, not as if we owned the property.

“There must surely come a time when heat and power will be stored in unlimited quantities in every community, all gathered by natural forces. Electricity ought to be as cheap as oxygen, for it cannot be destroyed.”

Edison made that strong statement over 100 years ago in 1910.

Right before his death he clearly felt as strongly about the issue as ever:

 “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait  ’til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

The Most Cited Living Author

In other words, he’s the most quoted living source on earth.

He’s a professor at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years.

Incidentally, the soul of MIT is research, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education.  As of 2011, 24 MIT alumni have won the Nobel Prize, 44 have been selected as Rhodes Scholars, and 55 have been selected as Marshall Scholars.

The list of his many honorary degrees from universities around the world is as long as your arm.

The list of his awards and achievements is as long as your leg.

He may very well be a member of more professional and learned societies in the United States and abroad than just about anyone else on earth.

He was voted the leading living public intellectual in the 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll.

He reacted by saying “I don’t pay a lot of attention to polls”.

He was voted seventh in the list of “Heroes of our time”.

He has too many awards, honors and achievements to mention in anything less than a small booklet.

In June 2011, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, which cited his “unfailing courage, critical analysis of power and promotion of human rights”.

His name is Noam Chomsky and he recently spoke on some extremely important issues: