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Is Anyone Capable of Critical Thinking? Does anyone even care?

Is Anyone Capable of Critical Thinking? Does anyone even care?

Well, it looks like a Quebec Liberal majority and the PQ are collapsing to 2007 numbers. Quebec Solidaire has shown some improvement in vote count but not in seats. It seems that the biggest hope for Ste-Marie-St-Jacques, Manon Masse of Quebec Solidaire will not win her seat, although it is still early and I hope for a surprise there.

I see folks on Facebook and Twitter cheering. Many talking about “rebuilding” and “inclusiveness” under the new Liberal government of Couillard. They speak of how great Canada is and how democratic! Really? How democratic is Harper’s unfair election act- Bill C-23?  I urge you all to read it carefully, you might well be affected by the Unfair Elections Act. I know I will likely be because I do not have a drivers’ license and have health conditions that preclude me from having one.

Canada, inclusive? Think again. Go to comment boards of sites like National Post or Sun Media or others like CBC or Grope & Fail or even Toronto Star. The rest of Canada is as racist as PQ Quebecers are.  Let’s not be hypocritical here.  Politicians across Canada from all levels of government were simply using that PQ political dog whistle of the Charter to their advantage. But they were all hypocritical of it.  Those migrant Tamils landing on that rickety freighter the Sun Sea in BC was treated with a  “lock and load” approach by Stun Media.  No one said anything about that.

Canada, particularly under Harper, is far from inclusive. Harpercons had succeeded in dividing Canada; “good” immigrants vs “bad” immigrants.  Rural & urban Canadians, and especially poor vs rich Canadians. Bad working class (non unionized yes men who have been brainwashed to stick to it to their unionized counterparts) v “good” workers.  I could go on…  For gawd sake, the Harper called women a “left winged fringe group” in that leaked video in 2009.

Quebec, under the Liberals or the PQ would never be inclusive unless by some miracle, somebody takes smart pills.  Everybody speaks of referendum talk and the Charter of Values is divisive and the Liberals will be “unifying”.  I would like to speak of a bigger issue I already touched upon in the previous paragraph.  Inclusiveness would be a government working for the people like the way Quebec Solidaire would.   How is a government that only works for lobbyists, corporations, the richest like the Desmarais family  (Peladeau in the case of the PQ) and big oil and damned the working class majority “inclusive”?  Like it or not, we already have a class war happening and pretending it doesn’t exist will not make it go away.  A truly inclusive society would not have such socio-economic inequality.

Charter or no charter,  what does it matter whether or not your health care provider can sport kippahs and hi jabs  if most of us won’t be able to access affordable health care?  Couillard will privatize further. He said he would expand private for profit when boxed in  in the debate on RadCan.  Couillard will now have a built in excuse– Harper does plan to cut 36 Billion$ in health care and will scrap the equalization formula.  One of the fathers of medicare had even said that without equalization,  our single payer health care system would not be possible.  Not that Couillard would need an excuse, but this makes it all just that much easier.

Speaking of the Charter. It may well die, but racism across Canada sure hasn’t.

We must not forget that rewarding corruption is a scary thought.  Rewarding corruption simply because a party is “federalist” is shocking indeed. It seems that either was all forgotten or  forgiven.  Sure the PQ is not without corruption baggage and for that matter, neither is Franky Legault of CAQ who held key ministries under the PQ. However, if one looks under the corruption and ethics heading in this article, only the Liberals and Couillard had absolutely no plans or even an attempt to do anything about these systemic issues that cause corruption.  I doubt he will even follow recommendations from the Charbonneau Inquiry.

Oh, and does anyone not see a problem with a a criminal like Arty Porter endorsing Couillard ? Perhaps we should just release Porter from prison at this rate.

The PQ at least extended the mandate of Charbonneau Inquiry while in Government and Marois at least, had to have known that whatever imbroglio her husband or her party were involved with would come out.  Charest, on the other hand, while in government, for the longest time, stubbornly refused to hold an inquiry on corruption until pressure from the public and the opposition at the time dictated he do so.

The Charbonneau Inquiry  will resume tomorrow. My only solace is that likely more worms will come out against both the Liberals and the PQ as well as Legault. Only Quebec-Solidaire has no corruption baggage.

Quebec Solidaire did fair much better and thus far it looks like Manon Masse may take Ste-Marie-St-Jacques, but it is still a tough 3-way race between the PQ incumbent, Daniel Breton, the Liberal, Anna Klisko and of course Manon Masse.  Sadly, Andres Fontecilla of Laurier-Dorion did not knock over incumbent Gerry Sklavounos who refused to show up for debates, but it is possible if Fontecilla remains a presence for the next 4 or 5 years. I am proud of how my party did although, I had hoped they would’ve done better.

It was an impossible situation; 3 right winged parties with varying degrees of corruption leading.  My best case scenario would’ve been a minority government either way. Neither Couillard nor Marois or even Legault for that matter should be without a very tight leash.  I would’ve liked to have seen Quebec Solidaire holding the balance of power in a minority government.

Francoise David is already challenging Couillard on questions of the environment. “Will he stop the privatization of health care?” “Will he help children in difficulty in schools”? “Will he address fiscal inequality”?   She asked other questions too, but those are top questions that need to be answered by the new Couillard Liberal government.  Sadly, he will ignore all of that.   Only when those questions are addressed, will we achieve true inclusiveness.

Again I ask is anyone capable of critical thinking? Does anyone even care?

UPDATE:  It took me long enough. The only light in this fiasco of an election that makes sense. Manon Masse did win her seat in Ste. Marie – St-Jacques. A third seat for Quebec Solidaire. Felicitations Manon Masse!!

The Middle Class, an open letter to Tom Mulcair (and whomever else may be listening)

The Middle Class, an open letter to Tom Mulcair (and whomever else may be listening)

Dear Tom Mulcair.    

Please stop worrying about the middle class.  Let Trudeau and Harper get mired in that bullshit argument.    

Want a Big Idea?  Announce a plan to eliminate poverty.  Create a middle class.  It’s easy.  I’m not even an economist and I can tell you how its done.     Remember the Mincome experiment in Dauphin, Manitoba in the 1970’s?  You would plan to do that, on a national scale and you would raise the money by taxing Banks, Corporations and the very rich.     

The research has finally been released and you will find that improvements to public health caused lower emergency care costs and higher rates of education as children opted to stay in school.  Policing costs would also drop as fewer people resort to crime when they can afford basic necessities.     The overall economy would improve as more people could afford to support the small businesses that employ the most people.  Local economies would begin to thrive again as the intense pressure to stretch every dollar relaxed into an environment of achieving quality in our way of life.  The need for charity and food banks would gradually disappear, freeing up yet more financial capital to invest in our creative capital.    

It’s not rocket science Tom.  If you want to come to the table, bring a bigger idea than the lightweights who spout talking points about a mythical “class” they both are responsible for the demise of.    

Ironically, the mincome project was started the same year that Trudeau Sr. gutted the Bank of Canada in his revision to the Banking Act.  Pretty much killed the progession of the middle class right there.  It’s flatlined ever since, as the National Debt has accrued to the Charter Banks. 

Watch a very good explanation of that here.  Bill Abrams, rest his soul.    

So, yeah, you’d also want to change the Bank Act, to restore the ability of the Bank of Canada to create currency to fund infrastructure at all three levels of Government, for a small, nominal rate of interest.

You’re welcome.

Come Join the Dark Side! We Got Poutine, Pepsi and Jos Louis! (Mise a Jour) — Part D’Uh??

Come Join the Dark Side! We Got Poutine, Pepsi and Jos Louis! (Mise a Jour) — Part D’Uh??

Well, no, not really part d’uh. I’m just resurrecting this snarky, satirical and sarcastic post I did 4 years ago with the help of a Montreal friend, Karl, with an update or 2.  I thought it would be fitting to resurrect during this fine election campaign. Because every election campaign is in dire need of comic relief.

Had to remove William Shatner doing Fordzilla  spoof campaign ad as the video appears to no longer  be in existence. Sorry, boys n girls, but probably it’s for the  best. Just saved you all from bleaching your eye-balls.

First, the original post with a small edit.

Maudit merde de Tabarnac!! Maclean’s has gone and done it again, like so many corporate media outlets in the rest of Canada do; they bash our Belle Province de Quebec. Maclean’s is claiming that Quebec is THE most corrupt province in Canada and will be published in this week’s magazine. Well, we must be doing something right! All right! However, it comes complete with cover of the Beloved Bonhomme Carnavale with a briefcase stuffed with money. That did it for me, I mean, corrupting Bonhomme is sysnomous to Silly Sarah Landriault telling her kids about their favourite author, Robert Munsch’s revelations of a troubled life. And they don’t use briefcases, you innocent, sheltered Maclean’s people; they use violin cases!  Well, I say, if they’re going to do it, they should at least get it right, shouldn’t they? So, I’m going this corrupt Quebecer is going to set some records straight and then, there will be a few words from a fellow Montreal Elite, Karl Knox, who blogs over at New Media and Politics and is host of the New Media and Politics radio show at CJLO, the Concordia University radio station.

First, I must confess, boys ‘n’ girls. I can’t write a word of English. Nope.  I cheat with the help of Yahoo babelfish.   Mon Dieu! Don’t all look so surprised now. The spelling mistakes, typos…what? Did you all think I was…dyslexic? That’s right, no Quebecer can write English, because of la loi 101; English schools would be indoctrinating our children to federalism. I mean, why do you suppose Monsieur Duceppe didn’t want pamphlets of national parks being passsed around? Anyway,  now that you know my blogging secret, on we go now! My co-blogger, Kim, being from BC does really post in English, but, being the corrupt Quebecer that I am, I’m thinking I should have Yahoo Babelfish translate her posts into French, yanno, for the hell of it.

First thing to know about Quebec, speed limits on many roads and highways are mere suggestions. Not really enforced. The secret to surviving Quebec roads? Drive crazier than they do.

I will tell you why Montreal is the place for tourist destination.  Why watch “The Sopranos” on the big TV screen or even rent “The Godfather” or “Good Fellas”, when you can come here, and live it first hand?   So much fun to be had! Oh, and our mobsters actually have a side gig of washing the biker gangs’ motorcycles. Yeah, didn’t know that, did ya?  Brings new meaning to that murder mystery week-end at a quaint country inn. NO! This is more authentic, big city streets to run around in. Hell, even the local Timmy Horton’s is a front for, uh..yanno…money laundering!  Yeah, those particular mobsters are federalist, go figure, hence, why it’s still called Timmy Horton’s instead of some Joual equivalent.

Oh, and Alberta, for the last time, your precious oil sand money doesn’t pay for our platinum “soshalist” programs; our higher provincial taxes do! But, since I’m in a confessing kinda mood, I’ll say this…brace yourselves, now…our provinicial and municipal governments steal your tar sand money to, uh, well, yanno…pay off…yanno…protection, and no, I don’t mean their usual security detail,  if you catch my meaning.

Oh yeah! And the cops are also involved in such “schemes”; well, how else does the “corruption” get to continue?

Face it, it’s far more fun than boring Ontario. Mobster Montreal way more interesting than “Toronto the Good”. Hey, our Montreal elites speak two languages and eat poutine!

Ah yes, Gilles Duceppe, as well as Marc Garneau and Thomas Mulcair and the rest of  Quebec are getting their knickers in a knot demanding an apology from Maclean’s. Oh, c’mon, folks, lighten up! The cat’s out of the violin case now.  They’re just jealous of us; their lives are so boring, they must live vicariously through us Quebecois. Vive la difference!  Maclean’s only used Bonhomme Carnavale because they lack imagination and any thing else they may come up with would be, well, crass. Take it away, Karl!

Oh Those Darling Frenchies!

(Apology from Maclean’s)

I want to begin by explaining the appropriation of Monsieur Bonhomme Carnival for the cover of this week’s magazine was not done out of disrespect. Please don’t think that we’re insensitive to Quebec and their symbols — quite the opposite! We had a long drawn out fight as to how to best depict a corrupt Quebec official which as we all know are as common as pot-smokers in BC, unemployed screech drinking Newfies and rednecks in Alberta. Now Peter, who is from P.E.I by the way, suggested we go with a mustachioed, leering young man sporting a Woody-Woodpecker tatoo on his bicep, a packet of Export-A rolled up in the sleeve of his blue and white t-shirt that said F*&% the English, sitting in a Camaro with three women skantily clad with bling and $100 dollar bills stuffed into their bras.  But that just plays into hurtful stereotypes and is exactly the kind of thing you’d expect from some potato-brained rube from the island. Other ideas we tossed around had guys dressed up like a 3rd world Banana Republic dictator engaged in various acts of bribery while eating poutine and drinking maple syrup but that doesn’t do justice to the seriousness of the topic at hand.

Monsieur le Bonhomme just was a lot classier way to go, and we want to reassure you we do it out of love and reverence for our french cousins whom we hold in the highest regard. What better way to illustrate that than by reminding people of their really terrific annual winter festival on the cover of our magazine? So, we’re sorry if we offended any thin skinned Quebeckers out there but you should be aware that we’d be just as willing to skewer Toronto’s stuffy, uptight Protestant, latté sipping, overpaid, over-stuffed and clueless ruling class in a trice. It’s called journalism and it’s what we at Maclean’s pride ourselves on!

Bisous!

See?

So, instead of whining about those right wing corporate media outlets bashing us, let’s hold our heads high and be proud of who we are! Vive le Quebec! After all, things could be much worse. We could be stuck with you know who, eh boys n girls? Now, talk about corruption!

Hey, maybe that’s why the purple faced whale is so popular in Toronto, they want to be as bad as we are. But Toronto, you’re doing it wrong, I mean, can’t you find a less objectionable mayoral candidate? Like say, a Rizuto or Hell’s Angel?

I invite you all to come to the dark side. We have poutine, pepsi and Jos Louis!

PS: That really was William Shatner! He’s disguised as Rob Ford for some witness protection program!

Forgot to mention another one of our secrets: The Pepsi!  Wanna know how we Quebecers get so damned corrupt? We start our kids on pepsi very young!

See?

Now for the mise a jour or Part d’uh, take your pick

Now we’re in election mode. Lessee where we’re at, boys n girls. Well,  through Door #1, we got La Marois and her new sidekick?? Peladeau Jr.  who, as it appears, has taken a page from Stevie Harper and  Skippy’s Bill C-23 aka The Unfair Elections Act.  Apparently, those pots and pans La Marois banged almost 2 years ago were not for all students as she is trying to suppress their vote (Hey! Whaddya know? That link is from Mclean’s!).  Between her and Peladeau Jr., the tail is wagging the dog here.

CAQ  has 3 disqualified candidates. Gee, I guess somebody shoulda showed them how to fill out forms.  Franky Legault, I suggest you start commiserating with Mario Dumont about now.

Dr. Phil? Liberals? Heh! Corruption and ethical issues? What corruption and ethical issues? We’re a com in’ back with perhaps an offer you can’t refuse.

Hillbilly politics? In La Belle Province? Not much more hill billy than Toronto mayor Boss Hogg or Stevie Harper.

Oh my, and what shall we wear?

And Peladeau Jr underling Eric Duhaime, useful idiot to the Harpercon cause,  believes that our Alberta separatist PM, Stevie Harper will somehow rush in to the rescue.  Beaux reves, Eric!

“Water, water everywhere…

“Water, water everywhere…

…and not a drop to drink.”

Update at bottom of post

I live in a rural area of the Capital Region.  Residents are not serviced with water here, you have to figure it out for yourself.  I am also a renter, or lessee, thus, not in a position to finance a proper deep well into the aquifer and the filteration system to ensure potable water.  My abode is a fairly rustic cabin with a couple of cisterns amounting to 2200 gallons.  About once every 5 weeks, I pay a guy $140* to come with his tanker truck to fill our needs.  We (my partner and I) have to help run the three fire hoses to reach our tanks.  Rain or shine.  Grey water is utilised where appropriate.  Conservation is fairly strict.

This kind of lifestyle gives a person a keen appreciation for potable water and how necessary it is to sustaining life.  Not just human life, but flora and fauna as well.  This winter in BC started out with two bad indicators for our future.  Drought and cold at the same time.  Personally, this battered us as our pipes froze up for a week early on, and again for 10 days in January.  That was hard.  Outside my window though, the Western Red Cedars died back quite a lot, the needles turning that copper colour that denotes stress.  I don’t want to imagine my island without the iconic Red Cedar or the higher elevation Yellow Cedar, so prized for it’s ease of carving.  They are dying slowly though and one day will live only in stories and artifacts.  Battered by pine beetle mortality, the interior Taiga forest is a tinderbox.  El Ninio is forecast for this coming spring/summer.

Meanwhile, my Government, the BC Liberals under Christy Clark, have been allowing Nestle, a foreign Corporation, free access to water from the Hope water supply to steal millions of dollars worth of our precious and finite resource.  After this information came out, the government amended that agreement to charge a pissant, nominal fee.

Fracking for LNG is the only idea this government has for BC, other than Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan, run of river Hydro-electric and flooding the Peace River Valley to power the above projects.  Fracking is devastating to fresh water supplies.  So is running pipelines through headwaters, over rivers and then onto tidewater.

The American Military has properly pinpointed fresh water as the probable source of war in the future.  A litre of tapwater costs about $1.99 at the store, more expensive than gasoline or coca cola.  Water is more valuable than LNG.  bitumen, or dubious P3 Hydro electric projects yet we are literally pissing it away.  The American west and Australia are currently experiencing severe drought, both heavily into fracking.  Tug of War battles are erupting between stakeholders, large cities like Vegas, with all of the ostentious use of water as mirage in the desert, agriculture running the full range of corporate agribiz growing alfalfa to ship to China, to breadbasket of America, to boutique wineries and cutting edge organics.  Everyone needs water.

If I were planning long term policy, I would be safeguarding this resource for the sovereign good of the people.  Water needs to be more than a human right, but an planetary right, in that the planet needs to have rights, instead of corporate personhood.

I expect my government will punish the ratepayers directly, so that we can continue to subsidize industrial use.  Rural areas will continue to bear the burden of conservation, while urban and industrial use flourishes in a completely unrestrained orgy of cognitive dissonance.

If you are tempted to powerwash your driveway, or run cold, clean, precious water down the drain while you brush your teeth, remember how precious this resource is.*When we moved in two years ago, the price was $100.  40 % rise in two years.  They also used to give the 10th load free.  Gone.

Haters Gonna Hate…

Haters Gonna Hate…

Seems to be the new buzzword these days.  It sounds like an excuse to me…

This morning I was talking to a friend who is an immigrant from the UK and has spent 2/3′s of her life in Canada.  This person is fully engaged in Canadian life, issues, politics.  She is a part of the fabric of this country.  Today, for the second time recently, she was told on a comment thread that she should “go home”.

Part of the reason for my recent silence on this blog has been my complete disgust with public opinion, as it is represented in the newsmedia and on public forums like comment threads on the internet.

While I can attribute some of the vitriol to the kinds of astroturf oranizations that pass themselves off as “Citizen” groups, often associated with highly ideological “grassroots” organisations that are so often linked to The Manning Centre, National Citizens Coalition, Real Women and many other groups and an unknown amount that are contractors to the CPC Party, the PMO or any other conservative propaganda arm, there is an element of that hatred spilling out into the general population, sometimes uncomfortably close to home.

When I see Canadians engaging in division and blame for eachother, resorting to stupid strawman arguements and blame for blameless segments of society, well, I just get a bit tongue tied.  I freeze, like a deer in the pitlamp, my face turns red with indignition, but I am tongue tied.  How do you address such stupidity in a constructive way, in a way that diffuses the hate and reflects it back in a useful way, like a mirror?

It doesn’t seem to matter whether we are discussing immigration, unions, pipelines and tankers, poverty, minimum wage, these haters gonna hate.

Phrases that I keep hearing include, “Get over it, it’s in the past” to the genocide committed by our government in the name of the Crown.  These same people seem to think that their “taxpayer dollars” are subsidizing lazy indians.  This is a sin of ommission on the part of our government in that they cover up the facts about the Treaties that allowed Canada to become a State, with the provision of royalties paid for the extraction of resources from Treaty and unceded lands.  By Royal Proclamation.

“You don’t have the right to protest the pipelines/tankers/oilsands because you drive a car/use electricity or own a computer.”  This is a classic.  You are a hippy/hypocrite.  You are a white hat or a black hat.  You are against Jobs and Growth!  It’s right out of Mein Kampf.  Next, they’ll come for the solar panels!  Seriously, as a civilised society could we not explore alternative options?  Most Canadians are by necessity trying to curtail our energy footprint.  We are being squeezed by energy companies for every dime we have, even as we contract our energy usage as quickly as we can.  Petroplastics could be replaced with hemp fibre in one growing season, if we had the political will.

The other thing that bothers me about this arguement is the simple fact that Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipelines to the coast are not destined for Canadian consumption, so how does that affect my oil consumption anyways?  We will bear tanker traffic in the Graveyard of the Pacific (plied by offshore tankers flying flags of convenience) for China to pollute the entire northern hemispere supplying North Americans with useless plastic shit that we can no longer afford because we no longer have jobs…and who will clean up the spills that will happen?  Who will bear the cost?

It reminds me of the War in the Woods, when the “hippies” were trying to save one of the great old growth forests on Vancouver Island, Clayoquot Sound.  First, the media and the government ignored them.  Then, they laughed at them.  Then, they brought in the police.  But finally, the protesters won.

Please, let us be civil, until it becomes necessary for us to become radical…

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Ferries Edition)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Ferries Edition)

Or Ferries?

Why does the Liberal Government insist on shitting upon coastal ferry users?

It’s quite simple really.  We are a bunch of socialists.  A sick society that Christy Clark and her mentor Gordon Campbell do not need to retain power.

Imagine if this government closed the Sea to Sky for certain hours because it was not sustainable?  What if they tolled the road to Whistler?  Why is it okay to create a barrier to coastal businesses?  Why is it okay to restrict coastal people from conducting business?  Should we impose tolls on those who use highway #1?

Yes, the coast of BC is a mecca of socialist terrorists that want to preserve our way of life.  Such as surfing, skiing, hiking, fishing, smoking weed and otherwise being subversive, foreign funded criminals.

Thanks for all your help, rest of BC, I think that the best course of action going forward may be to secede from Canada.

Just sayin’

I Know You want It!

I Know You want It!

My opinion on what the fuck that was with BC RCMP Tuesday morning, that is…

Give me a fucking break.  We are supposed to believe that a drug addicted and drunken welfare couple from a basement suite in Surrey conspired to cause bloodshed and mayham in Victoria on Monday?

But E division was already on the case, and rendered the bombs inert without locking down the Leg buildings?

Welfare day was June 19.  By July 1, this couple would have been broke.  No ferry fare, no pressure cookers, no explosives.  Welfare in BC does not pay well enough to buy local food, let alone three pressure cookers.

And if our boys in scarlet were so on the case, then why were these people allowed to take the ferry with thier bombs to Victoria, presumably on the bus, since they didn’t even own a bike!  I want to see proof that they actually crossed the straight to Victoria.  Otherwise, who did?

False flag attempt.  Very clumsy and thin.  Al Qaeda inspired but without Al Qaeda.  Small time petty criminal, drug addicted and a known thug.  His “troubled” girlfriend.  The RCMP had been investigating since Febuary.  According to this government website, charges were filed in March and then again on June 25th, well before Canada Day.

This is bad.

Yesterday the Commanding Officer of the Merritt RCMP was let off for stealing Cocaine out of the evidence locker at work.  Next week our “premier” faces a bi election.  Harper is desparate for a change of channel, any change…

Just sayin’

Environment Canada On GeoEngineering

Environment Canada On GeoEngineering

Recently I wrote a post about Chemtrails.  It was arguably the least read, shared, commented on post I have ever published here.  No wonder, to contemplate such evil is right up there with 911 conspiracy theory or alien reptilians, right?

Today, I came upon a blogpost by DesmogBlog that contained Freedom of Information Docs from a committee meeting hosted by Environment Canada.  Several pages of the document are redacted in full, as well as part of the index and preamble.  It is entitled Geoengineering: Science and Governance.

Please read it here.Interesting read.  I wonder where they got the data?  It is not disclosed in the document, although Environment Canada claims it has knowledge of the efficacy of Aerosol Spraying of Stratospheric Sulfur.

Interesting that pages 49, 51 through 55 are completely redacted.  Interesting that the science is omitted and especially interesting to me is that there is a complete lack of soil analysis or hydrology analysis included in the report.  How could Environment Canada even consider such open and illegal experiments without even collecting the relevant data?

Also, they discuss ocean seeding for carbon sequestration, which was in fact done off the waters of Haida Gwaii last year, without sanction, acccording to the Government press releases.  Funny how we never heard anything further on that…yet here they claim to have done experiments, again, without providing the data.

Other methods they discuss are Direct Carbon Capture, which is like claiming LNG is clean energy, and Afforestation, which they scoff at, but which looks like the only option that doesn’t cause a catastrophic, unforseen chain reaction.  This method involves planting trees.  I assume the down side is that this method would be labour intensive and require patience and stewardship as the trees mature.  Imagine the jobs that would create for our youth.  Imagine the health outcomes which would save us huge public money in savings in healthcare, as our kids learned the old fashioned way of being Canadian, the obesity rates would plummet and thier mental health would improve alongside.  Crime rates would drop.  Landslides and flash flooding would diminish and our wildlife would flourish.

Yeah, I know, that’s just crazy talk.  We should just spray aerosols out of airplanes.  It’s cheaper and the results will be realised within the election cycle.

Sheesh!

Chemtrails, Contrails, Pollution and the 100 Mile Diet

Chemtrails, Contrails, Pollution and the 100 Mile Diet

Hey.  Have you looked up lately?  Seen persistant contrails polluting your sky?  Do you have one of those friends on your facebook newsfeed that goes on about chemtrails, weather modification and HAARP?

If you have heard of these “conspiracy theories” and researched them, then you probably know they are true.  So I won’t waste any of your time…But.If you are one of those people who do not choose to believe that evidence, I would like you to consider this…Let’s assume that the contrails are just jet fuel residue.  What was deposited over my head today was an assault on my airspace, my water and my soil.  I live on the edge of the west coast.  The airspace used to be quiet.  Now, we have days where the air traffic is constant, laying trails of pollution with each pass.  Every 5 minutes.  All day today.  Jet fuel is highly toxic.

Why do affluent societies feel entitled to global air travel?  It used to be the elite classes who felt that world travel was essential to the education of it’s emerging youth.  Or, the ruling class, sending off unwanted populations to colonise New Worlds and spread diseases( now known as cruiseship lines).  Then, somehow, in the last generation, the consumer class got the idea that they needed to send the kids to Disneyland, vacation in Hawaii, or see the continent.

It may be true that travel broadens the perspective and provides an education if done in a mindful way, but is that what is going on?  In my view, for the most part, travel has become a commodity, devoid of meaning.  If you are taking your kids to Disneyland or West Edmonton Mall, what are you teaching them?  Even if you stay home and pay your taxes, your city council, school board, provincial and federal government representatives are all jettsetting on your dime.  Why?  Have they never heard of Skype?

I haven’t been on a plane in over two decades.  Full disclosure, last time I flew, the air pressure in my ears caused me to be deaf for days and the pain upon descent was frightening.  I plan to never board a plane again in my lifetime.  But it’s not just about the pain, it’s about the cost.

If everyone decided to vacation in thier own backyard and spend their money on small, local excursions, then your neighbours would be richer, your skies would be clearer and your children would be educated in a much more focused way.  The world would have been spared some of the most toxic pollution we face and the money saved per capita could contribute to local economies.

That’s my hundred mile diet.

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