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D.O.A. and The Furies Rock Richards, Vancouver, Feb 10 2007

DOA and the Furies live in vancouver

Punk Rock Confidential presented by
JEM Gallery and Sudden Death Records

D.O.A. and The Furies @ Richard’s on Richards, Vancouver, BC, Sat. Feb. 10th

Vancouver’s first punk band, The Furies will play their first show in 30 years!

  • All ages show 3 PM-6 PM
  • Over 19 show 8 PM-2 AM

Canada’s most influential punk band D.O.A. is teaming up with The Furies, Vancouver’s legendary first punk band for two shows at Richard’s on Richards, 1036 Richards St. Vancouver, BC.

The event has been dubbed Punk Rock Confidential and features a blistering cast. The amazing D.O.A. will headline the festivities. They are led by Canada’s godfather of punk, Joe Shithead Keithley, with the help of the legendary Randy Rampage on bass and The Great Baldini on drums.

The Furies started putting on shows at the old Japanese Hall in the summer of ’77. These mind blowing gigs shocked the public as the posters boldly announced “Punk Rock”. Now, The Furies, led by the incredible Chris Arnett along with the help of original bassist Jonathan Werner, are back. These shows will be their first in 30 years.

Rebel Spell will also play. They’re a great new band from Vancouver. Further support will come from First Reign, a good hard drivin’ outfit from Abbotsford.

Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door. Tickets available at Red Cat, Noize To Go, Zulu, Highlife, Scratch,Bone Rattle and JEM Gallery. Tickets at JEM Gallery have no surcharge and they take phone orders as well 604 879 5366, email;

For more info, email;
Phone: 604.777.6972
Fax: 604.777.6974

Punk Rock Confidential is also sponsored by; The Only, Red Cat Records
and R and B Brewery

Hemp Lobby launches Chronicles blog

Hemp Lobby launches Chronicles blog – My amigo and co-conspiritor in advocacy and educational organization Hemp Lobby Ed Saukkooja AKA Hemp Ed is blogging up a storm with his candid and thoughtful discourse on public policy, agriculture, energy and the ill-fated “war on drugs” – see also the olden but still tasty “Practical Guide to Cannabis” (.pdf)

From: Open letter to Willie, January 29th, 2007

Here in Washington State, our legislator has paved the way for the construction of a bio-fuels reactor in the economically depressed area of Grays Harbor on our States central coast. The talk is, import of cheaply produced seed oils form South East Asia and other Pacific Nations will fuel the reactor. This is unacceptable. How does that help “stabilize the bottom rung” of the economic ladder you speak? The real answers will come with improved technology involving “cellulistic conversion”, where you grow crops for the cellulose content, not the seed, i.e. Industrial Hemp.

historical hemp photo

Cellulistic ethanol and bio-fuel can power our transportation systems, only if the crops with the “Highest” cellulose content will be permitted to grow. My research tells me, Industrial Hemp has twice the cellulose content of corn. Hemp is the answer for our short and long term energy needs, and you are the man of the hour to help us spread this message.

Tokes on the Porch live at Heads marijuana lifestyle magazine

Regular readers know that i write stories and articles, sometimes ending up in magazines and usually having something to do with hemp cannabis and related lifestyle.

Heads and cannabis nugs

Most recently, i’ve fostered a relationship with Heads magazine (based in Quebec) who produce comfortably polished and enjoyable tome which i am pleased to be a wee part of (recent articles are “Zen Rambling in Japan” and “Rebagliati Positive for 2010.”

Continuing on my recent post about Longboard Hockey, i’ve hoisted a few article outtakes and some teaser samples of KK‘s tasty pics up to my shiny new Head’s blog “Uncle Weed’s Toke on the Porch.”  Bread the Producer made a sweet header from a snapshot from Palau on one of the finest days i’ve ever lived.  Fat doobs and palm trees in one of the remotest corners of the world (really, try to find Pelilui on a map).

Anyhow, here’s a snippet to get ya excited …

On the stuffed elevator ride to the 6th floor, before I can pull the fattie of Chocolate Jack Herer from behind my ear, a smiling chick in blond pigtails and a Team Canada jersey sparks a beauty doobie.

Turns out she’s The Bloods’ goalie Natasha getting in another run before playing her former team, the North Shore Slashers after they finish off the Shitmix.  She doesn’t seem insane yet she eagerly faces wildmen firing beer cans at her head, “It’s nuts out there, there are no rules, everyone should try it.”

BTW, The story of my Micronesian trips is underway (advance from a publisher is welcome) and i’ll likely fire up a podcast on those exploits soon too.  In the meantime, subscribe to Heads for the glossy nuggy pics and engaging reading for your head.

Reverend Bob on God Refined…

My amigo Bob has completed his book “God Refined: A Proposal for Peace” and is in process of spreading the word to the public at large.   Being a strict indifferentialist, i abhore religion-induced dogma – fortunately Bob approaches his philosophy with a rejection of guilt, dogma and any cosmic speculation which seeks to bring some people down.

Here’s his press release announcing the book including a link to grab a free e-version or buy a paperback for your thoughtful consideration.  You can also check out Bob’s emerging blog “Urantia Writer” and photostream (featuring pics of Spanish beaches with peaceful folk) to get to know this remarkable dude.



Local author relates God, science, and personal responsibility to global peace.

EUGENE, OR – JANUARY 9, 2007 – With God Refined: A Proposal for Peace, Robert Kezer answers what may be our most important question: Can the average person make a difference in the world, or are we destined to a future beyond our control – one of increasing war, environmental destruction, and disparity between the rich and poor?

Today, many people feel religious strife is tearing us apart. Ancient scriptures contradict logic, history, and science: fanatics rule while reason, character, and education falter. Wisdom, the combination of knowledge and experience, is often overshadowed by dogma, church imposed doctrine considered beyond human debate. Yet, rather than our spirituality destroying us, Kezer says it is what has stopped the carnage from getting worse: this, he offers, is a clue for ending the violence consuming our planet.

In God Refined, we are challenged to accept global change as personal responsibility. Kezer shows how beliefs in hell, karmic justice, and the wrath of God are fear-based ideas retarding humanity’s progress – concepts no longer reasonable for most educated people. Drawing on the Urantia Revelation, he teaches the unified nature of creation, that our relationship with God is personal, and that all religions are considered equal under the umbrella of a single sovereign Creator.

On a planet becoming ever more violent, Kezer offers the tools we need to survive. His approach is simple, direct, and compelling: abolishing war is our responsibility, not that of our leaders. Believing that crisis creates opportunity, he visualizes a new era of global community – one where women enjoy full partnership with men in all decision-making, from the family level to the world stage. Relating humanity’s evolution to individual personal growth, we are presented with a path to a higher order of existence, one from which peace can have its first true chance.

God Refined: A Proposal for Peace is offered in paperback and in a Complimentary E-book edition for those people for whom the cost would impose a hardship.

Please download your free review copy at:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bob returned to college in 2002 pursuing a self-designed program in Peace Studies: he
graduated in 2006 with bachelor’s degrees in International and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. Working to become bilingual so he can also present in Spanish, he writes and speaks on God, religious tolerance, and our tools for abolishing war. Bob has one adult son and lives in Eugene, Oregon.

God Refined: A Proposal for Peace by Robert A. Kezer
2006. First Edition. 6 x 9; 60 pages. ISBN:
978-0-6151-3810-7. Available through bookstores and in
paperback ($12.99 + p&h), e-book ($6.98), and
complimentary download at:
Publication Date: 1 March 2007. Thank you.

The Riggers and Engineers atop BC Place….

documenting the domelessness
Originally uploaded by Uncleweed.

I spotted these dudes last saturday (the day after the big deflation) high atop of the dome rim checking out the damage and no doubt brewing up a plan of action to fix the rip and reinflate.

Despite nonsensical rantings, they are NOT going to blow the stadium up and build a new one – heh – they even fixed up the New Orleans Superdome after much more damage both inside and outside (remember people were living in the there without plumbing and electricity – yuch).

Nor can they really make this into an open air stadium (too much rain, and no reall drainage system inside. Sounds like two panels will need replacing but hopefully the whole roof with get a clean up and freshening to keep on domeing through 2010 and beyond.

Vancouver BC Place Stadium dome un-flated

{Note: Cross posted at GetElastic, Urban Vancouver and 2010 Daily Vancouver}

Updated Dome pic with correct date
[Note: Updated photo with correct date – *really* sorry for any misunderstanding ;-)]

Digg this story

Vancouver’s noble and venerable stadium BC Place – which opened in 1983 as one of the first self-supporting domes in the world – is the latest casualty of the wildest winter weather ever around here.

Early reports say a 40 foot rip caused the collapse under the wet heavy snow. Check out more with Derek Miller’s Penmachine and CBC and Vancouver Sun and Now Public. No injuries reported. See Derek’s snapshot of BC Place’s collapsed dome too.

I recall the inflating of the dome with a batch of 747 engines and seeing David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and The Tubes there in August 1983. But i digress …
view from new office

The two venues BC Place (home to the CFL Lions plus hosts a variety of concerts, trade shows, exhibitions and concerts) and GM Place (home of the NHL Canucks plus concerts etc.) sit directly across False Creek from EP HQ and dominate the skyline from our perspective.

BC place dome in better days
Oddly enough… in recent Olympic 2010 talk, there was discussion of removing the roof for a more ‘wintery’ experience in the opening and closing ceremonies. Wonder if the estimated $175 million (how did they come up with that number?) will encourage that decision.

Meanwhile, Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park is still recovering from the loss of 3000+ trees during the recent hurricane-force winds (well technically typhoon-strength winds since we are a Pacific city, not Atlantic), not to mention the boil-water requirement, a few massive snow storms (by our standards) and the wettest November ever (which is really something).

Press conference is scheduled for 2:30. Digg this story

Vancouver view of False Creek and deflated BC Place dome

On January 5, 2007 Vancouver, BC’s domed stadium suffered weather and operational error resulting in an unplanned deflation of the giant dome.

I recall when the stadium was opened in 1983 and many 747 engine were required to inflate the dome and airlock doors keep the pressure adequate to maintain the structure.

This simply captures a 360 degree view of the city scape of north east false creek during this unique situation.

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