Friday, December 10, 2010

When We Did It, It Was OK- But Don't You Think About It- New North American Motto For The 21'st Century

If this story doesn't make you proud to be a Quebecer or a capitalist I don't know what will. It's good to see the Jean Charest Liberal government isn't going to let a few lives several thousand miles away get in the way of profit and votes. Even though asbestos is outlawed for use in North America, and the European Union, one minor  drawback, it's cancer causing. Anyway they got no problem selling the crap to the third world and are contemplating a huge loan to start up second mine. Quebec's only place that still mines asbestos.

Some protestors were in Montreal to point this out and I thank them for it. They wanted to meet Mr.Charest but he declined. The way I feel reminded of this clip.



A Swedish micropayment company, Flattr is accepting donations for Wikileaks.  Speaking of Wikileaks looks like Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feels the west is being undemocratic in it's dealing with the situation. Do you see a theme building with these government leader types. Free speech is great as long is its done elsewhere, unless you agree with them of course, then your free to say anything you want and they'll fight to the death for your right to agree with them.

Get your passport,



Crank it up,



The last vid is dedicated to Wikileakers around, you know them by their wink.



The new motto works for everything, Immigration When we came here in wooden boats, killed and took over. it was OK - Mexicans and other foreigners not welcome, you might deplete our resources.

Oil- North American's buy gas guzzlers and SUV's-
       People in China and others countries want their turn - no sorry, it's bad for the environment, you have to be with us and save the world from the shit we caused.

etc etc etc

feel free to add your own in the comment section.

like I said, never felt more proud to be a Canadian.

Coral Reefs Are The Oceans Canaries...

I save most of the week's science news for Thursdays on the big radio show and this week with the meet-up in Cancun going on there is as much alarming news being ignored by your MSM as in any other week. Joe Romm over at ClimateProgress.org reprints a Yale e360 piece written by J.E.N. Veron the former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, that is dramatic and sobering. Veron says, "the science is clear: Unless we change the way we live, the Earth’s coral reefs will be utterly destroyed within our children’s lifetimes.”

 Why is he making such dire predictions? He explains ...the most important mobile heat sinks on the planet are the oceans. As the greenhouse effect from elevated CO2 has increased, the oceans have absorbed more heat. Elevated sea temperatures are the chief cause of severe coral reef bleaching events around the globe but that is not the worst of it. 
Ecosystems can recover from all sorts of abuse, and coral reefs are no exception. Good recoveries from bleaching have been observed, provided that further events do not occur while the ecosystem is re-establishing. Unfortunately, there are no signs that greenhouse gas increases are moderating, and so we can assume that the frequency and severity of bleaching events will continue to increase — on our present course, the worst bleaching year we have had to date will be an average year by 2030, and a good year by 2050. Ocean and atmospheric rises in temperature are also predicted to increase the severity of cyclones, which will add an extra burden on the recovery process.
 The picture gets worse still,
...there is a much more serious crisis on the horizon — that of ocean acidification. This will not only affect coral reefs (although reefs will be hit particularly hard), but will impact all marine ecosystems. The ultimate culprit is still CO2 but the mechanism is very different.
So while they are fiddling in Cancun over detail and process and essentially avoiding doing anything concrete -- this is supposed to lay the foundation for action next year.. maybe! -- there is the very real danger of the all coral reefs disappearing from the Earth in our children's lifetime. An entire marine ecosystem that supports 25% of all life in the oceans are on the verge of collapse and no actions are being undertaken. And following the collapse of coral reefs ...other great ecosystems of the ocean stand behind reefs like a row of dominoes. If coral reefs fail, the rest will follow in rapid succession, and the Sixth Mass Extinction will be upon us — and will be of our making.

Go read the whole article for yourself and decide how long you can put off working to elect people who will take action. It's obvious at this point that Canada will not lead on the issue of Global Warming so long as the Tories are in power.