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Cause we're all in this together / Re: Boom Boom
« on: December 21, 2013, 02:51:18 PM »
Oh no, another good human has departed.  :crying But he's left us with wonderful memories of his sharp humour & wit and love of goodness in the world. And food!

My thoughts go out to his family & those closest to him.

Weather / Re: April Springing Forth
« on: April 10, 2013, 02:22:30 PM »
Don't post here often, but do follow and it's nice to hear you're home and all went well, Debra!  :hug Healing vibes on their way!

Environment / Re: Proposed pipelines and opposition
« on: April 06, 2013, 01:55:11 PM »
Energy Board changes Pipeline Complaints [Rules] (it was in the omnibus bill). Democracy NK style.

...unveiled Friday (snerk). Kafkaesque is putting it mildly. This really stinks. Many, many excellent comments under that article though. But I'm sure we can all rest easy upon reading Lib  MP Ted Hsu's comment after attending an NEB info session, saying we should all try to participate in the process and "see what happens". Such creative thinking! Line 9 was built in 1975.

I love how Maude Barlow likens pipelines to arteries of the Alberta tarsands. OK, let's block those arteries. The heart in Alberta is already a sickness on this planet.

Not sure what Enbridge will do when they get to Vermont, where the city of Burlington have passed a resolution opposing expansion of the pipeline in the state.

Environment / Re: Proposed pipelines and opposition
« on: April 06, 2013, 02:36:31 AM »
Here's some aerial video of the Mayflower spill taken before the FAA Exxon prohibited media in the air and apparently on the ground too. It's the 2nd one down. Notice the occasional caustic comment from the videographer in text. (There's no sound.)

Same on Youtube

Politics / Re: Stephen Harper's Maj Gov 2011
« on: April 02, 2013, 03:00:04 PM »
We're screwed - probably the only hope is widespread, mass protest - maybe Idle No More can lead the country into full scale civil disobedience against our descending further into a petro economy?

Between this and the war on the poor in the UK, the last few days require a booster of my reserves of hope. I've taken to watching the MSNBC news channel the past few months, especially with king harpoon's close ties to his ilk down south. One rising star of a journalist there is Chris Hayes, who began a new show yesterday (All In with Chris Hayes). His very first story was about the 12,000 barrels of tar sand oil that were dumped on the small town in Arkansas a few days ago. On the panel were Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont, May Boeve, co-founder of and some other guy. Also interviewed was an Arkansas member of the Sierra Club on the site of the spill. The link above will play the entire oil spill part of the show (video at bottom of article). You can also see it at the MSNBC site by clicking on the story on the right bar titled Arkansas Oil Pipeline Rupture Foreshadows...and it will open in a separate pop-up video.

The story is still being discussed on MSNBC today, but I fear it will take time for US-ians to understand the full story, not just how tar sands spills affect them. The full story being that Harper's Canada is going to affect them whether the Keystone pipeline goes south or not. At least Bernie Sanders is saying things like this:

“As a member of the Energy Committee and the Environmental Committee we have talked to scientists, and you know what these scientists tell us? They say the projections that we made about the damage for global warming, we were wrong,” Sanders continued. “We underestimated the problem. What they’re now saying is if we don’t get our act together and start cutting in a very significant way greenhouse gas emissions, we’re talking about this planet heating up by eight degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. And that is calamitous for this planet.”

The Arts / Re: seen any films recently?
« on: March 12, 2013, 11:56:45 PM »
Surviving Progress (2011). With David Suzuki, Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking.
Plot summary:
Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end.

One of the reviews:
"The documentary starts by explaining how human nature is not designed to deal with the complexity of 21st century life. As the movie progresses it goes in more and more situations of how today's civilization (mainly the rich countries) is on a course to destroy our environment which may very well bring the end to our civilization."

Just watched this film. Like Koyaanisqatsi with a back story and real people I could identify with. Was this ever aired on CBC, which co-produced it? I can't believe I never heard of it. Though IMDb dates it as 2011, it's coming out in theatres on March 23 this year (in Japan!). Should be on PBS too. Don't think it has. Have you seen it Boom Boom? The oil goons will hate it. Nice variety of voices, very compelling.

Throughout my life I've had the dumb "don't you believe in progress?" thingy thrown at me in various guises. What a big fat lie. My new favourite phrase from David Suzuki, from the film, is "Conventional economics is a form of brain damage". =)  Recommended it to my daughter in Seattle, who is not a  :arr like me, but it's on Netflix.

ETA:  Crikey, just checked out the film project's website. It's done extensive touring worldwide, at theatres, festivals, the UN and Eco-Festivals. It's out on DVD.

Environment / Re: Proposed pipelines and opposition
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:14:40 PM »
On P&P tonight:

The Republican governor of Nebraska is tabling a bill to take away the decision-making of Keystone XL  from Obama. He's doing this because he believes Obama is stalling on making a decision because whatever decision he makes will upset his support base from unions or environmentalists. Thus, he's going to have Congress make the decision for Obama instead, and the only hurdle now will be the Senate - and the governor believes he has at least 60 votes there in support of XL.

I saw that smug so-and-so tonight. Even Evan Solomon found him impossible to converse with, but ES's avowed promise to be "impartial" as always prevented him from doing a decent interview. Canadian journalists are too nice by far. And this jerk took advantage of that.

Help Desk / Re: Changes for BnR for 2013
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:04:57 AM »
I don't post at BnR very much, but I read here often, and also feel that the place has a feel that is welcoming and connecting. I'd be sad to see it migrate to FB. I'm one of those people who will never join FB, for all of the reasons most already know about. Privacy and security being the top two.

Still, whatever must be done is understandable. I just hope the blog stays. I'd gladly put some coin in the pot if I had extra, but I don't.

Technology & Science / Re: Bradley Manning
« on: November 08, 2012, 04:10:38 PM »
It's on the front page of The Guardian this afternoon. Not quite sure what it means.

According to a report of the pre-trial hearing by Kevin Gosztola of the liberal website Firedoglake, Manning's offer of a plea was intended to simplify the evidentiary element of the trial. By accepting responsibility for transferring some information, the soldier would avoid pleading to more serious offences including breaches of the Espionage Act – the "aiding the enemy" count – and Computer Fraud and Abuses Act.

Firedoglake has some interesting comments, but most people are confused as to what this really means.

Environment / Re: Disastrous weather and other natural catastrophes
« on: November 07, 2012, 03:58:25 AM »
Ah, the aftermath. It's bad enough people in great numbers are still without potable water, heat, food and a roof. And that's just in the US. Naomi Klein is back. And I'm only going to quote the first sentence. It's enough.
Hurricane Sandy: Beware of America's disaster capitalists

Less than three days after Sandy made landfall on the east coast of the United States, Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute blamed New Yorkers' resistance to Big Box stores for the misery they were about to endure.

USA / Re: USA 2012 Election
« on: November 06, 2012, 11:37:37 PM »
Now maybe we have a slim chance of preserving things like this:

2012 GDT European Wildlife Photographer Landscapes category Highly Commended Rainbow over Two Medicine Lake by Frank Krahmer (GDT)  (Germany) One of the most magical moments I have ever experienced! After a rainy night and without reasonable chances of success, We Went to Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park for daybreak. Chances Were, in fact, zero; to the east Where the sun would rise, mountains obstructed the horizon. But then, as by a miracle, the pyramid of Sinopah Mountain  up in bright orange in just the same moment when a heavy shower of rain moved in fromthe West. There was still no Wind but rain over the mountain and perfect morning light and thus a perfect rainbow.
Photograph: Frank Krahmer /2012 GDT European Wildlife Photographer


From my very late-night reading while Obama gives his acceptance speech, which sounds just like his campaign speeches... Top of the list at Spiegel International (which didn't even bother to announce who won yet) are just 2 I've read of 4 very critical of the US. From this one Destroyed by Total Capitalism America Has Already Lost Tuesday's Election

The truth is that we simply no longer understand America. Looking at the country from Germany and Europe, we see a foreign culture. The political system is in the hands of big business and its lobbyists. The checks and balances have failed. And a perverse mix of irresponsibility, greed and religious zealotry dominate public opinion.

The second, Americans Don't Want The Truth In US Election, He Who Lies Wins, is also the kind of thing I'd like to see Rachel Maddow & crew at the most/only left-leaning news team from "America", at MSNBC, read, call to the attention of their audience, and address. Excerpt:

IImagine for a moment if Obama had begun his re-election campaign this way: "Listen, our schools are no longer considered to be among the top 10 worldwide, one out of every four of our bridges is wobbly, more of our kids are dying and our old people are dying sooner even though we spend twice as much on our health care system as Germany. We were so ill prepared for a hurricane that millions of New Yorkers had to sit in the dark for days. And our 'high-speed' trains move barely faster than local trains in China. We must start over."

Spiegel gave readers a chance to respond

Oh, crikey, sorry for making this so long, but I just saw the third article Divided States of America
It's comprised of four parts, pulls no punches, and has attracted some thoughtful US citizens & immigrants who agree & disagree. They even opened a thread in their Forum
As usual in threads on the US, I always think how our southern neighbour's behaviour gives license to Canadian bone-headed politicians and corporations to be even more bone-headed.

Exercise & Sports / Re: bicycle thread (sport, utilitarian, fun...)
« on: November 03, 2012, 08:12:48 PM »
Lagatta, that is one beauty of a bike!  I wonder if the price is as high when it's sold in the Netherlands. It's baffling that Canadian companies aren't producing well-designed urban bikes with our winters in mind. Or have I missed something?  I rode for many years from Atwater as far as St. Denis, and then most recently all around NDG with hefty grocery loads. I've had to give it up, just can't deal with hot summer riding and increased auto traffic.

There's a show on PBS called This Old House that did a story this week on a shop in Cambridge, Mass. where they reclaim vintage bikes for urban cyclists at an affordable price. They have many of the same useful features as the Dutch bike, but not quite as aesthetically elegant.

Environment / Re: Disastrous weather and other natural catastrophes
« on: October 29, 2012, 11:16:23 PM »
Was wondering about your safety, Boom Boom, being so close to the shore. Glad to hear your house is sturdy enough to withstand that kind of wind. Be safe.

A tweet posted at The Guardian, really not good.

Verified, & worst news I've heard so far: NYU hospital generator failed.
Personnel manually evacuating PICU & NICU down 9 flights of stairs.

Also this:

Reuters is reporting that nineteen workers were trapped inside a Con Edison power station on the east side of Manhattan by rising floodwaters. The news agency cited a witness but did not say whether the workers were still trapped or if they had managed to get out.

Reuters says that a rescue worker said the station had suffered an explosion inside.

Lagatta, I like the rich flavour & deep colour from cooking in my cast iron pan. Must be the iron. Being vegetarian, I look for ways of doing that. I've tried spaghetti sauce (or gravy as it is properly named) in stainless (don't have any Le Creuset any more) but it lacks something for me. Hasn't seemed to ruined the patina, though the outer edges could use a blowtorch. At my age, and the pan's, it's all a history of a love of cooking. It could also be because I add a lot of veggies to my sauce - broccoli and carrots, along with Yves "ground" Mexican, along with Greek oregano & olive oil, hot dried chillies and roasted & ground cumin seeds with a can of ground tomatoes with some paste.

And to round things off, another quake of 6.2 off the Queen Charlotte Islands this time, 12 minutes ago.

Environment / Re: Disastrous weather and other natural catastrophes
« on: October 29, 2012, 10:00:45 PM »

Whoa, I grew up just near this corner on 20th Street & Ave. C. Used to take the bus here to my high school on 34th St.  :o   This is not that close to Battery Park, but is a stone's throw from the East River.

Environment / Re: Disastrous weather and other natural catastrophes
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:22:02 PM »
Wow, sad about the woman killed by that flying sign. The Google map showing lots of weather over Ontario. Something flew off the roof of my 4-story building a couple of hours ago. It's on the ground in front of my 2nd floor window, looks like a 20 x 3 foot piece of corrugated metal. Glad it fell on the ground and not into someone's window!

Wind is 50 km/h here in Montreal. Made a cast iron pan of spaghetti sauce, will eat early in case the winds do increase and knock out power. The Guardian is doing a good job on this, many in the US saying it's better than any of their coverage. Some amazing photos of various NYC locations. Strange to see streets i walked to school on when I was a kid, all flooded. Someone early this a.m. on MSNBC mentioned Climate Change, but not much since.  :mad2 Gawker, Buzzfeed and HuffPost are down there.

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