Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wicked Hot Wednesday

I'm one of those who loves the heat and doesn't even mind when the temperatures soar into the mid-30's and beyond. My only complaint in the city would be when it comes without wind because then we get ground level ozone and smog alerts and you can't really do anything outside. I find it hard not to giggle when public health officials issue press releases telling people to stay cool. Good thing someone thought of that, otherwise there's no telling how I'd behave in this weather - drink plenty of liquids folks!

I'm happy to be proved wrong as in this case as it looks like there may actually be an independent inquiry into the police brutality that occurred at the Toronto G20 protest. Good thing too as there are reports of the police behaving shamefully like ripping off the prosthetic leg of a protester telling him it could be used as a weapon. Read this primer to get an idea of what exactly your right's are under such circumstances. Can't let them take away our right to protest bad policy peacefully.

The Taser people don't understand why Braidwood made his conclusion without, what they say is, any evidence to support it (other than the video of Dziekanski being tasered and dying!) and they claim Braidwood failed to take into account all of the studies and material they provided. Unbelievable - and it's not like he's the first to die as a result of being tasered. Anything we can do to get these things out of the hands of Canadian police officers is a good idea.

Canada's Natural Resources Minister is looking down the barrel of an ethics probe. That's what you get for having dealings with Jaffer.

As a result of flooding out west financial aid for Prairie farmers will be a key issue when Canada's agriculture ministers get together in Saskatoon this week.

Those Craaazy Believers In Global Warming!

I was reading a post over at Climate Progress about vanishing sea ice in the Arctic, and how in June it was at its' lowest extent and had gone through the fastest rate of decline in the satellite record and was thinking, "What does it matter?" The deniers will either claim it's not happening, or it's a one-off, or it's all part of some master plan to sandbag us all and they'll be loud enough and strident enough to continue to prevent real action from being taken. "Who the hell would these idiots listen to?" was the question that came to mind. Other than Jeebus, I mean.


Then I got lucky. I found a video with former Army Chief of Staff, General Gordon Sulllivan, discussing national security and climate change. Turns out he was once a skeptic but having looked at all the data, he changed his mind and he wasn't alone. The military leaders who agree with him are many and include Rear Admiral David Titley, Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, James Woolsey former director of the CIA and former undersecretary of the US Navy, General Ron Keyes former Commander Air Combat Command, Wesley Clark former Supreme Allied commander of NATO, General Chuck Wald USAF and former Deputy Commander US European Command, and General Anthony Zinni former Chief US Central Command. These are not the kinds of people that are prone to being alarmists nor did they rise to the very top of the conservative military chain of command by being free-thinkers who rely on their intuition. They are the kinds of people who, when making decisions, had to rely on facts to guide their actions. If you watch you'll see they are all worried about wars for water, wars for oil, mass migrations and food insecurity all as a direct result of climate change. See for yourself... and be alarmed.



HT: A Few Things Ill Considered