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No Hippies in Carleton Place! — The Children of God


There is an ad this week on an online local classified ad site that states:

Wanted: Hippie family in need of a new place to live

Looking for a cheap or free camper or house trailer some one is looking to get rid of. Will be willing to trade work or anything else your looking for if we have it. Let us know what you have and if we are interested we will be in contact- Carleton Place residents


If you were a hippie in Carleton Place in the 60’s and 70’s– chances are you were run out of town on a rail. I have found many numerous letters to the Carleton Place Canadian Editor complaining about the lifestyle. There are very few articles in the newspapers archives referring to hippies and Carleton Place in the same sentence. Just try and find out anything about tattoos in town. More on that next week.

The Children of God, now known as The Family International was one of the vilest of all cults and certainly the worst of the Christian cults. The Founder, David Berg, also known as “Moses David” or “Dad” and later “Grandpa”, combined hard core fundamentalist Christianity, with liberal sexual ethics along with his own, sick, sexual fantasies.

As Berg’s followers grew, Berg dubbed them the “Children of God” in 1968. The name was changed to “Family of Love” in 1978 and later to its present “Family International,” often called “The Family” or TF. It has adherents in many countries, often living in communes that were originally called “colonies” but are now called “homes.”

Berg taught that Christians must follow the Bible but asserted he was the Christian prophet for this era. His writings, called “Mo Letters,” informed his followers of new divine revelations. When he died in 1994, his widow, Karen Zerby, succeeded him as leader and remains so to this day.

In 1970 they showed up en masse on the steps of the Carleton Place High School. They were asked to leave many times and the police were quickly called. Before they left, they managed to hand out a number of pamphlets about the end of the world as we know it along with a request for financial support. The sect had received a lot of unsavoury publicity in Toronto– so Carleton Place was having none of it. The fact remains that if I am still typing this essay today the world did not end but —The Children of God never came back to Carleton Place.

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Doomsday Asteroid Could Hit Today — How About Next Week? – Zoomer



Doomsday Asteroid Could Hit Today — How About Next Week? – Zoomer.

Hurricane Sandy – Oceans 14 – Is it the End of the World?



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I can remember when I was a kid back in the 50’s there used to be an old man walking the streets in Cowansville, Quebec that continually protested something. Once a week he would carry a sign with banners hanging from it declaring that the world would end soon. My environmental studies then consisted of information that thunder was caused by the Gods bowling and now today’s parents tell their kids it’s those vampire kids from Twilight playing baseball.




Yesterday, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were canceled because of Hurricane Sandy, and that alone must mean the world  is coming to an end. Is this just the beginning of disasters yet to come? The Mayan calendarprediction is the world “as we know it” will end on December 21, but I don’t think any of us will die.  Personally I believe that something will happen to simultaneously change everything we know: the way we look at science, politics, and even technology will advance very quickly in the 12 months that follow.









Many on this earth seems to be in denial, otherwise we would be working feverishly on replacing all private automobiles and freight carriers with electric railroads powered by green energy. Today, there is another multibillion-dollar weather disaster – the very sort that scientists have been predicting for years would increase in frequency and intensity as the planet heats up.  Frankly I wish the non-believers, like the Koch brothers that argue about climate disruption, were tied to a Jersey boardwalk rail right now next to the ocean surge. Even for the those on the Titanic, it took quite awhile, but the grim reality of their situation sank in.



How anyone can deny global warming defies all reason. Farmers, ranchers, insurance agents, and others whose income are linked to the weather and climate see it quite clearly. The irony is that the two presidential candidates have not been focused on climate change, and now they are seeing the climate speak to them.






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I understand why big coal and the oil industry argues against climate change as the tobacco industry insisted that smoking wasn’t bad for you either. The bottom line is that climate change will not be seriously addressed until it starts to cut into profits. They won’t care about flooding in Asia that kills millions, deserts growing in South America, or melting ice caps, but a quarterly loss might get their attention. There are 7 billion people with a dependence on fossil fuels which equals an unprecedented ecological situation. Maybe the insurance companies will end up forcing us to deal with global warming.



Chicken Little never consulted science but global warming’s first effects are beginning to happen with the hottest year on record and now Hurricane Sandy. So far every estimate of climate change has happened sooner than projected.





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If Mother Nature were a conscience I would say that Hurricane Sandy is personally weighing in on the American election. A warning, an advertisement, prodding people to believe that pollution will destroy her ability to keep them alive. The Mayans didn’t even foresee the end of their own empire and extinction means never having to say,”I’m sorry.”