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A Trans-Canada Train Odyssey - My full-length documentary video! (HD)

Well, it's finally here! For those who have seen my preview video and for those interested who are checking in for the first time...

Here is my full-length documentary on "The Canadian" - VIA Rail's Transcontinental passenger train,
which runs from Vancouver to Toronto.

This was recorded during our scenic land cruise across Canada in March of 2022.

Showcasing the breathtaking scenery, and world class service & accommodations to be found aboard VIA Rail Canada's premier passenger train.

It's a 95 hour trip condensed into 3hrs55min - Possibly the longest & most in-depth amateur video documentary of the Canadian on Youtube (if I do say so myself )

Hope you enjoy!

For more videos, trip reports, & pics, see my website at: https://northamericabyrail.info/

Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Fri May 20, 2022, 07:30 PM (11 replies)

"Imagine spending $46 billion dollars to stop people from posting this picture" - Tweet

Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Tue Apr 26, 2022, 11:20 AM (16 replies)

MTA, NJT, Amtrak to Still Require Masks Despite Judge Voiding CDC Mask Mandate

Source: NBC

“We are continuing to follow CDC guidelines and will review the Florida court order,” MTA Communications Director Tim Minton told News 4 New York.

Meanwhile, in a statement to News 4 New York, Amtrak also confirmed that the agency's mask mandate will remain in place for the time-being.

"As we have seen with the vaccine mandates, these court decisions are subject to review on appeal. Pending further information from TSA and FRA about their mask mandate guidance, Amtrak’s mask mandate remains in place," Amtrak's statement said."

Read more: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/mta-amtrak-to-still-require-masks-despite-judge-voiding-cdc-mask-mandate/3650620/

Good on Amtrak. Wife & I just did a trans-Canada train trip in march
( https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181645339 ) and we were glad that public safety measures like mask mandates are still in place for trains here.

We were planning a cross country trip on Amtrak in the not too distant future - assuming that masking will still be required on Amtrak.
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Mon Apr 18, 2022, 07:26 PM (4 replies)

When Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter "to protect free speech", this is what he means.

Musk tweet: "Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau. I had a budget"

Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Fri Apr 15, 2022, 12:22 PM (5 replies)

A Trans-Canada Train Odyssey on VIA Rail's Canadian, Vancouver to Toronto March 2022 (HD video)

Hop aboard for a short preview of my upcoming documentary on "The Canadian" - VIA Rail's Transcontinental passenger train - which runs from Vancouver to Toronto.

This preview was recorded during our scenic land cruise across Canada in March of 2022. Watch this space for the full-length video coming soon - or see it on my website at https://northamericabyrail.info/

(cross posted this video from the photography group in case it's better suited for this forum)
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Fri Apr 1, 2022, 05:26 PM (16 replies)

Teaser - My upcoming documentary: A Trans-Canada Train Odyssey on VIA Rail's Canadian

(HD video link below, best with sound on - IMO)

My wife & I just got back from a cross-Canada train odyssey from Toronto to Vancouver & return this March of 2022.
It was our first trip since the covid pandemic began in 2020!

This trip was a celebration of sorts for my 50th birthday, as well as my eligibility for retirement and our wedding anniversary.

For this trip, I elected to depart with my previously-held tradition of still photography, and instead decided to record a detailed video documentary of our train odyssey which I am still working on - and will post here when it is done, as well as on my website.

In the meantime here is a short (10 minute) preview of that upcoming documentary.

So for those interested - hop aboard for a preview of our scenic land cruise across Canada aboard "The Canadian" - VIA Rail's Transcontinental passenger train - which runs both ways across the country from Vancouver to Toronto.

Watch this space for the full-length video coming soon, or see it on my website at https://northamericabyrail.info/

Hope you enjoy!

Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Fri Apr 1, 2022, 01:22 PM (7 replies)

My solution as an armchair strategist: fly the Polish Migs to a neutral country in Africa safe from

Russian retaliation.

Then from there fly or ship them in a clandestine operation to Odessa (Ukraine). In pieces if necessary- to be reassembled once in Ukraine.

Preferably an intermediate non-Nato country sufficiently removed from the conflict. Nato can compensate said country in various ways including an agreement to provide assistance should they ever be attacked.

Key is to use a country that is currently a non-Nato member.

This method could be used to provide Ukraine with future assistance as well.

Preferable IMO in that it could help Ukraine establish their own no-fly zone with less potential for escalation.

I'm against direct Nato involvement in the Ukrainian theatre because of the potential for escalation & nuclear war, and because any such escalation in Ukraine has potential to divert or weaken Nato forces that would be needed for the defense of actual Nato countries should they come under attack.

Julius Caesar said it best- he who will defend everything will defend nothing. Same reason Churchill refused to send more British fighter squadrons to France in 1940 - they would be sorely needed during the Battle of Britain later.

Also, I strongly believe that all strategic decisions must be made in agreement among all Nato countries, not just one or two countries acting unilaterally.

By the same token I also agree with Biden in his SOTU on standing firm to defend Nato soil should it become necessary.
By all means- invest in & build up our Nato forces as a deterrent to further aggression.
And by all means- keep providing military supplies & humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Just my 2 cents.
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Wed Mar 9, 2022, 07:43 PM (17 replies)

In case anyone was wondering what Russia's plans for Ukraine (& the US & the Free World) were

The Foundations of Geopolitics by Aleksandr Dugin:


"Ukraine as a state has no geopolitical meaning, no particular cultural import or universal significance, no geographic uniqueness, no ethnic exclusiveness, its certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics". Ukraine should not be allowed to remain independent, unless it is cordon sanitaire, which would be inadmissible


Regarding the United States:

"Russia should use its special services within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism... Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics"."

In 2017, news.com.au said that the book "reads like a to-do list for Putin's behaviour on the world stage


Who is Aleksandr Dugin? From https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Dugin


Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin is a Russian philosopher, professor, political analyst and strategist. He was the main organizer of the National Bolshevik Party, National Bolshevik Front, and the Eurasia Party. He also served as an advisor to the State Duma speaker Gennadiy Seleznyovand. He believes that Russia is culturally closer to Asia than to Europe, and espouses an ultranationalist, neo-fascist ideology based on his idea of Neo-Eurasianism. He has called for the creation of an illiberal totalitarian Eurasian empire stretching from Dublin to Vladivostok, with the annexation of Ukraine and Finland to support his idea of a Russian truth.


Aleksandr Dugin - another asshole added to my hypothetical world grave-pissing tour (along with Putin & every other RW CON). Hypothetical - as I would never ever visit their shithole country in a million years
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sun Mar 6, 2022, 03:34 PM (15 replies)

Now THAT is a President! Joe Biden knocks it out of the park during State of the Union address (vid)

Youtube link:
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Tue Mar 1, 2022, 11:42 PM (3 replies)

How close we came: The chilling similarities between the Freedom Convoy & Mussolini's March on Rome


From the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Mussolini#March_on_Rome

"In the night between 27 and 28 October 1922, about 30,000 Fascist blackshirts gathered in Rome to demand the resignation of liberal Prime Minister Luigi Facta and the appointment of a new Fascist government. On the morning of 28 October, King Victor Emmanuel III, who according to the Albertine Statute held the supreme military power, refused the government request to declare martial law, which led to Facta's resignation."
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sat Feb 26, 2022, 03:12 PM (0 replies)
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