Monday, January 3, 2011
The idea that current affairs and news are hard on my happiness and well-being is not new, but I found this list 60 tips for a stunningly great life. Many of the tips touched me, particularly number 34 "Avoid the news" and I think it is worth pursuing.
While I'm gone, I will focus my energy on positive pursuits and my 5 highest priorities in life (tip #5).
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
It was all on As it Happens:
|OILSANDS REPORT TOSSED||Duration: 00:08:40|
For a peak at Mr. Nikiforuk's view of the tar sands, watch him here:
Friday, July 9, 2010
It's not glamorous, but given a renewed interest in farmer's markets and local produce, it's time to think about our food. The NDP have created an extensive report, called Food for Thought: Towards a Canadian Food Strategy.
What could be more important than food? The next Governor General? The World Cup? An octopus named Paul? Some basketball player set to earn $100million for a season of play? Increasingly the topics in the news seem insignificant and irrelevant to my daily life.
Wouldn't it be great if politicians actually did something significant and relevant, rather than all of their bullshit posturing?
(While on the subject of farming, here's our local family-run farm...Cooper's CSA. That is Community Supported Agriculture, see link for details.)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Beautiful Charlotte, NC, the second largest financial centre in the USA next to New York city, headquarters of Bank of America and a little something called NASCAR, an economic leader in the American south, and now a shining example of the decline. The county has announced $81.1 million in cuts. They are closing three libraries in June with the potential to close a dozen more in July. Charlotte was in better shape financially than many areas of the US and this is what they have become. It makes me wonder what hope there is for the rest of America.
Libraries are great equalizers offering all people access to information - something that is vital for a thriving democracy. I could go on, but this article does it better. It all makes me wonder where is Bill Gates? Hey, Bill I appreciate you putting computers in so many libraries across America and the world (we won't mention that these institutions would later be required to purchase your software, which does rather make your philanthropy look a lot like self-interest). Will you step up and save these vital institutions? Do you actually care about increasing access to information?
It isn't just libraries that are being hurt by this economic crisis, some estimate as many as 300,000 teachers will be laid off across the US. No libraries, no teachers - even if America can pull itself out of this financial mire, how will they be able to compete in a global economy without an educated workforce?
Before we in Canada sit back, feeling smug that we aren't in their shoes. Dudes, we're getting there...Vancouver's school board is planning to close schools and Ontario continues to close schools.
Confused liberty with greed.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I've said it before, but clearly it bears repeating:
Access to contraception and abortions are cornerstones for maternal and child health. Period.If you don't believe me ask Marie Stopes International. They will tell you that every seven minutes a woman somewhere in the world dies from an unsafe abortion. Don't call yourself pro-life because clearly you don't give a shit about the lives of women.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Reporter Mevlut Cavusoglu noted that his own fact-finding mission to the region leaves “no doubt that the Soviet regime bears the responsibility for the deaths of millions of people in Ukraine as a result of its actions and policies, and is guilty of the crime against its own people.”
Now here you sit ready to make nice with Russia and all I can do is pray for you.