Birthday, hikes and more

Well It was my 28th birthday last Friday. Sumeet got me a nice acoustic guitar! We celebrated over at the Jolly Tax Payer. Johnny Leroux was busting out the tunes, Jem and I also performed. It was good times forsure!

On Sunday, Sumeet, Amanda, Jason and I headed up to Cypress and hiked to St.Marks Summit – check out the pics. Last week it was Brothers Creek Loop, see pics.

A woman is accused of brandishing a loaded gun at a repairman who couldn’t fix her TV

B.C. Liberals win again, lose 8 ministers

Goes to show, you can break promises and screw the poor but as long as you can turn around the economy and create some jobs you’ll win an election.

B.C. Liberals win again, lose 8 ministers

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Liberal Party has captured its second straight majority government, but a revived NDP seized a number of seats, including those of at least eight cabinet ministers.

On Tuesday, Gordon Campbell became the first B.C. premier to win back-to-back majorities since former Social Credit premier Bill Bennett did it back in 1983.

But he’ll face a much stronger opposition than he did after the 2001 election, when the Liberals swept 77 of the province’s 79 seats.

By early Wednesday, the Liberals were elected or leading in 46 ridings, holding about 46 per cent of the popular vote. That’s a decline of about 11 per cent in the popular vote from the last poll.

The NDP, led by Carole James, was elected in 33 ridings and held 41 per cent of the popular vote – an increase of about 19 per cent.

The Green Party was unsuccessful in its attempt to make Leader Adriane Carr the first member of her party to be elected to a Canadian legislature.

The party also slipped in the popular vote to nine per cent, compared with 12 percent in 2001.

Focus on Cuba at the UN Commission on Human Rights

Came across this very interesting article concerning the United Nations focus on Cuba at the HRC.

To understand this game we need to remind ourselves of the shifting rationale for the invasion of Iraq. When links to terrorist atrocities and the various disarmament arguments had failed, the invasion and mass slaughter was transformed into a mission on behalf of “democracy and human rights”.

Basically any country with self-determination that defies imperialism is on the U.S’s hitlist. No wonder the Cuban government is always on stand-by for a U.S invasion, especially when it has been attempted before. Oh, and when you’re 90minutes away by boat, then your going to suffer even more.

It really bothers me how the UN and EU are ignoring all the claims of totrure at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Gharib, yet 70 political dissidents who have been charged for accepting money in attempts to overthrow their local government is front page news. It was made front page news because the US wanted it to be..

Former CIA agent Philip Agee said the US reaction to the 2003 arrests was: “Hey! Those are OUR GUYS the bastards are screwing!”

More cigars, Audioslave

Got my order in today. One box of Cohiba Siglo IV’s and one box of Bolivar Corona Gigantes. Booyah! Had a siglo IV this evening and it was delicious. Check out the pics.

Audioslave is giving a free concert in Cuba soon. The venue (La Tribuna in Havana) has accommodated up to 1 million people in the past. Glad to see this, music and musicians have brought countries together before and hopefully this is a new trend for U.S and Cuba.