Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

To a Greenie re Vacation

Hypocrites!

You believe that Global Warming is caused by humans releasing CO2 and what do you do? Fly to the Arctic and back again for your Adventure Canada NW Passage Cruise! What does that do to YOUR CO2 footprint?

I also recall your wanting Canada to sign a climate treaty which will oblige us to tax fuel (carbon) so heavily that fewer folks will be able to… fly!  (Unless its tax deductible, LOL). So you want to blow your CO2 now, before a carbon tax kicks in. Nice trick.

In exhibiting how wasteful/ inconsiderate or whatever you are, you’re actually demonstrating the need for an undemocratic (treaty based) carbon tax as the only way to curtail your selfish habits. You’re then apparently happy to vote for a future government to force this carbon tax onto your children/ grandchildren and their entire generation. Attila the Hun would be impressed!

Further, for some inexplicable reason, you think it appropriate to do your traveling in the Arctic, the region most susceptible to global warming impact, and in the company of fellow travelers, who if I recall from your previous Arctic trip, were oh, so concerned about Global Warming! And oh so convinced humans are responsible for CO2, despite humans being a minor contributor (compared to natural releases such as melting permafrost, warming oceans).

Makes sense to me!  I can see how jet fuel burned high overhead as well as during takeoff would gently !increase your traveling comfort in that normally frigid region. And I can certainly appreciate how the looong moisture & CO2 laden contrail behind your jet traps heat from the sun – the entire world gets blanketed by this high altitude fog which must be trapping a lot of heat. Funny eh, how they never mention that. Guess they don’t want to actually solve the problem – say by banning plebian air travel – they just wanna grab people’s money away so they can’t do it!

Me, I’m very happy to hear of your travels – and slightly envious, lol. My more sanguine climate evidence allows that real live Vikings raised cattle and grew corn on Greenland a millennia ago as described by Diamond in his book Collapse. You might take a copy with you although that historical nugget might interfere with your sanctimonious belief that warming is anthropogenic and must be stopped – by others!!  My mind is worried less about an unstoppable warming cycle than about gullible human responses driven by alarmism, manipulation and greed.  We are nowhere near a repeat of those warm Viking conditions, but if the cycle continues, well, there will be plenty of extra space for those displaced by supposedly rising oceans. The entire Nunavut, almost 2 million sq kms, now supports only slightly more people than Innisfil, a small town north of Toronto.

And if you happen to notice any potential ranching sites on your tour’s Greenland leg, please let me know. The way Canada is going, maybe setting up shop in Viking territory would be a better bet than sticking around while whichever party strategic voters elect in October places our sovereignty under the control of corporations via the many treaties being slipped surreptitiously past our sleepy puckbrains…..  ZZZZZ

Bon Voyage – but let’s dismiss global warming alarmism.  Humans cause plenty of real specific problems that we actually can solve – without losing our democratic protections.

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Death of Democracy

Your curmudgeon has been silent lately.
This old dog’s learning a new trick- acting – as a chorus member in Gary Santucci’s latest production: Democracy Is Dead – What are we going to do about it?

Our presentation is coming together nicely. Two nights left in this run so if you’re anywhere near Hamilton, you’ll be energetically entertained and politically stimulated. The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton, 8pm. Strong language, stronger ideas.

The work continues to grow on me. Rod McTaggart, JonGordon Odegaard and of course Gary, take a complex subject, starting with a focus on municipal politicking, and deliver with passion and energy in a series of vignettes, my fav being ‘Cognitive Dissonance‘.  Its not an easy dialog but last evening, they nailed it. Our chorus line -this newbie in particular – was in awe of the talent before us.

My particular happiness was in being assigned to deliver Mark Twain’s famous line, here modernized: “If you don’t read the newspaper (or watch the news), you’re (a little) uninformed, but if you read the papers (or watch the news) you’re gonna be misled”.

A great example would be the Harper-Duffy fiasco. The media makes sound and fury. The sheeple react with outraged clamor. Partisans play their part, braying loudly.

Ha. Sheeple misled. Hoodwinked by the system which entertained -to distract said sheeple from what’s really going on – the selling of Canada and the dismantling of our sovereignty through yet more Free Trade Agreements. In September, when the Duffy noise was at its peak, both FIPA and CETA quietly slipped through. Only a little (celebratory) attention from the corporate media. On deals of this magnitude, there should have been months, even years of public discussion. Mulroney was decent enough to have an election around NAFTA.  So Harper tied Canada’s hands even as saner heads in Germany and the US try to drag the biggest deal, TPP into open debate. Well, Merkle postures her negotiating stance while Canada caves in obsequious subservience.

Same thing with Boy Scout Harper rattling on about ISIS. Instead of leaving well enough alone, he’s happy to keep up the distraction. Sheep.

These secret deals obligate taxpayers and destroy Democracy in favour of unelected tribunals, (much like the Landlord Tenant Board, my personal nemesis). When will its death be complete? I say when Jeb Bush becomes President. His brother George erased our fundamental protection, Habeas Corpus, which people hardly even know about, such is the sorry state of our vaunted education. Jeb will preside over the main act -WW3 – which the Pope declared to have already started.

Sleep on at your peril

Your Curmudgeon is having nightmares.

 

Voters – Fed Up yet?

A special welcome to non-voters – this site is for you.

And yes, I’m certainly fed up.

  • Secret trade deals, jobs lost to China & tax haven corporations, Globalism
  • Corruption, hidden expenses, junkets, brown envelopes.
  • Gravy Train, overpaid civil servants, gold plated pensions – for them.  Austerity, white elephants (ie. windmills), service cuts for us.  Income trusts gone.  Canada Post near gone.  Gas plant a minus half billion.  Traditions gone.
  • Unsustainable problems (fiscal, social, environmental), non-transparency, no term limits, useless backbenchers, back room politics, social engineering, handouts
  • Banksters, bail outs, bail-ins, bonuses, overspending, debt/pension time bomb (bad money), inflation, bad statistics,
  • and a media that promotes all this

Just my pet peeves- dozens more.

Then there’s all the folks who gave up voting or who voted strategically.    Now’s our chance to change this scenario.  If we don’t change  democratically now, you will see blood later.   It’s like they’ve got the fences built and they’re trying to close the (technology) gate from which there will be no escape.

Non-voters feel ‘There’s no use voting, they all lie, they all do the same thing anyway.’  That’s because the Party of Big Government (Liberal), the Party of Big Business (PC), and the Party of Big Unions (NDP) have become in effect, one big party which I call The System.  Others call it The Establishment. The system benefits its corporate sponsor.   They get away with it because of OUR apathy.  However, the System is becoming unstable, like a stool missing a leg.  Occupy thought it was 1% vs 99% but this is inaccurate –  a third of the people, enjoy the system.  They vote!  Duh.

Let’s not argue over a false left-right paradigm.  Bigger government or smaller government is no longer the critical issue.    Canada is being sold off to tax havens by corporations, who now buy politics in the back room to rob us of our jobs, rights, privacy, data, democracy and wealth.  They’re rushing us to sign trade and climate treaties to nail the democratic coffin shut (rules & taxation without representation— ie rule by new appointed, extranational tribunals).  Same thing around the world.

Are you sickened by how this affects the common person?  Do you think there must be a better answer than globalism –  or fascism or social capitalism or  oligopoly or whatever you call it?  If so, we should do something, the obvious thing being to start a new political party from the ground up.  A party to focus on common people left out of The System – non-unionized workers, unemployed/ part timers, independent business people (mom & pops, self employed), farmers – the 66%.  If we started a Party of Non-Voters, it would be the biggest party by far. Not a bad name either!

The place to start right now is in Ontario, with an election pending on June 12.  There is still time (barely) to form/ register a party and run, even if only a few candidates.  A few new/ misaligned MPPs can make a lot of noise in the legislature.  If we do it right, we’ll gain attention and credibility.  We can see the trend for independent parties in Alberta,  Saskatchewan and Quebec–why not in Ontario?

What’s essential right now is to form a core group in different ridings, of people who are willing to be a candidate.  Without candidates, we can’t form a party.  What a candidate needs is determination not to lets little things like money, time, experience be excuses to take no action.  Starting something like this can be quite modest.  Just getting registered is a victory.   Talk to your friends and see if you can find some support, donations, etc.  in your riding.  Everyone can help (and vote).  Maybe we should call it Coalition of the Willing!  Just kidding.

Please leave a message here.  What’s on your mind?  Let us know what you’d like to do, especially if you’re from Ontario.  We can then hook up and figure out platforms, party name, and all the good stuff.

Bob Green Innes.

Hamilton.