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V. Arnold I always like your observations about the art work-thanks for sharing.
I really appreciate the commentary people provide here-enriches the excellent articles. I know that writing commentary takes effort and I thank you all for making that effort and sharing the results with us all.
Based on my small, biased sample of people, nobody sees the issues with this investigation. A bit scary.
What helps put things in perspective for me is that here in Ontario Canada we recently elected our very own Minnie Trump aka Doug Ford. This is in spite of watching Toronto go thru the train wreck of his brother Rob Ford as mayor of that city. Internationally we have a few real interesting characters finding their way to leadership positions too (Boris Johnson is one that comes to mind). Seeing Trump as part of a trend rather than an anomaly just seems to better fit the information. I also remember that in my vege garden there is never just one weed…
Thanks for clarifying Zerosum- I think we are on the same page.
Zerosum quid pro quo or just political game playing and scape goating and fanning flames of division?
1. The current per-capita based federal transfer system in Canada was set up by the Harper government of which Jason Kenney was a part.
2. Federal transfers are comprised of both equalization funds and funds for health and social programs. The equalization portion is only about a quarter of the total.
3. Total federal transfers in 2019-20 were $1465 per capita for most provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland) and higher for provinces with slower growth (PEI $4160, NS $3484, Quebec $3013, NB $4078).
I and some others like me can never support the extraction of tarsands oil which is permanently polluting unimaginable amounts of fresh water on this planet. Nicole Foss has likened EROEI of the extraction process to something like burning $20 dollar bills to cook the stuff (if I recall correctly).
You call this quid pro quo. I liken this to blind pursuit of short – term financial gains and tainting those who are environmentally conscious and stand in the way.
Zerosum I detest that Don Cherry has been doing the bidding of the military industrial complex- highlighting in each hockey game the men (I don’t recall him highlighting women but I might have missed that) in uniform. There is no reason to be discussing soldiers in the middle of a hockey game other than to assist in the efforts of militarizing Canadian society.
Come on Dr. D on Marx being wrong on everything. As he predicted we have a never-ending, earth-destroying search for more markets, a glut of high-end garbage we don’t need while we have not enough of the essentials. We have incredibly powerful monopolies and a massive expensive workforce that is terrified of leaving it’s awful jobs. Sounds like Marx was bang on.
Interesting link about Einstein’s wife – makes one wonder if credit was not appropriately allocated.
I want to wade in on the organic food issue. Yes organics takes more land but in many North American cities with single family homes there are massive lawn spaces that could be gardened-no need to cut down more forests. This would also spread the work around (ie people could grow a portion of their own food- good healthy exercise to boot!). The article really takes a short-term view on the soil aspect- we are losing topsoil at an alarming rate with conventional agriculture (wiping out microbes, little regard for returning organic matter to soils). In the long term this approach, although taking less space, will mean no soil at all- so how is that better? This also leaves aside the determination that a key ingredient in conventional agriculture- glyphosate- is a probable carcinogen. That means more people developing cancer- what are the environmental impacts of cancer therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy (leaving aside the personal devastation of the diagnosis).
I should have added that the similarity comes from the fact that the big folks make the rules in pretty much every sphere now and these rules are intended to make it impossible for the small folks.
I think your business (TAE) is a bit like small scale organic farming from a financial perspective – almost impossible to make a living that matches first world realities. Virtually all of the small scale organic farmers in our area need off farm employment to survive. Natural health providers have also been hit hugely this year due to new google algorithms putting natural health info and supplements way down in the search results (hits down by 90 percent in a matter of months). The bad guys/gals are way ahead and the public in general does not seem to be aware.
I second that Neoh. John Day thank you too for your thoughtful posts. Both of you add to this very rich place called TAE.
Dr. D you point out the vast and destructive monopolies but you don’t mention what Marx noted which is that monopolies are the end state of capitalism. If this is the case then how can pure capitalism be the cure to our ills? I do not share your disdain for social subsidies nor do I look so highly on people working for a paycheque. People contribute to society in many ways not all of which can be translated into a paycheque
Dr. D on Brexit: From what I have read the British referendum did not provide a mandate for a no-deal Brexit.
All good things. I fear we are past a point of no return but I am no expert. I do many of these things simply as you said because it feels good and that is the relationship I wish to have with the world.
We will have alot of heart- breaking good-byes to say.
Sobbing and tears for beautiful Mariam. I don’t care if it is balanced or not. Just so very very sad.
V.Arnold what a lovely memory to for such a beautiful painting – the blue is gorgeous.
I always find your perspective interesting and thought-provoking Dr. D. Thank you for sharing.
Interesting juxtaposition of article on how we are chopping down the rain forests followed by an article, echoing the messages I have heard, encouraging Joe and Jane public to plant trees. Makes me crazy!!!
Horrifying to watch the endless torture of Assange – academics bought along with so many others. Where will this end?
V. Arnold Are you lucky enough to live in an area not infested with ticks? I pull one off myself almost every day after working in our orchard in spite of wearing full cover (socks tucked into pant legs, long sleeves). Lyme is nasty. That said on the insect front this year some of the wild bees are noticeably absent – no Mason bees in the houses we provide, we see bumble bees almost exclusively. However excellent pollination regardless. I am glad the word is starting to get out that non- native honey bees compete for available food with native wild bees.
Fantastic articles on the Canadian scene – thanks for doing what you do Ilargi.
There is no economic calamity that moves me anywhere near to the sadness I feel at the plight of other species we share our planet with.
VietnamVet very interesting analysis.
Always good to hear stories of people doing good (thinking of the woman running the cow sanctuary). So glad to hear she is allowed to continye- must be heart- wrenching and extremely challenging to provide the care and come up with the needed money. Between the self-serving and thoughtless humans there are those with hearts of gold.
Wow! The last label I would give you is conservative. I like your idea of seeing yourself in the role of telling the stories people don’t want to hear – I think this is the first step in the process of social change, although the person telling the story will have to endure slings and arrows. Thank you for doing what you do.
Sorry V.Arnold I am not impressed with this Thomas guy in your link – reminded me too much of Margaret Thatcher (and that is not a good thing! in my books). Interesting though to see his description of urban decay- very vivid.
Re failings of the environmental movement: I agree that telling people we can save the planet and maintain our energy rich lifestyle has been a serious failing. I am not sure that the former head of Greenpeace has great moral authority now that he is a nuclear lobbyist (as if nuclear energy is going to save us).
McFlora-thank you for your thoughtful reply to my comment a couple of days ago.
I wish I could get excited about mass tree planting but I see large challenges. Examples: I planted 10 native pines alongside my orchard. No synthetic chemicals and no grass competition and reasonable fertility. All 10 succumbed to fungal disease, showing serious signs of disease during all 3 growing seasons. Friends in the area are trying to re-tree their sandy soil (think dessert) with native species. Without daily watering during the growing season these trees die. I cannot see daily watering happening in large scale plantings. I have a reasonable amount of knowledge and experience in this area and it is not at all as easy as it sounds. In our wild forest we have Dutch elm disease killing all of our elm trees. Our general area has also been hit with an ash borer killing all ash trees. Butternut squash are also seriously impacted with disease. Oak wilt is coming soon. I am sure there are people around who manage to successfully plant a whack of trees but success is far from guaranteed and there are very large challenges.
On trees and SUVs: I heard a presentation by Diana Beresford Kroeger (Call of the Forest) in which she was strongly encouraging everyone to get out and plant trees. As someone with an orchard and a chunk of forest, the logistics and challenges come quickly to mind with all if the new non-native native bugs and new diseases attacking all of the trees (non-native orchard apples etc and wild) thanks in part to the global transportation. In said presentation Diana expressed disappointment that she had missed out on an opportunity to go to Florence Italy (from Canada). When called out on it she hemmed and Hawed.
Correction: Jersey lifestyle should be jetset.
The issues with air travel that I see are the very large distances that people travel to meet their needs for wonderlust. People now see these trips as essential. The scientists suggest that air travel, mile per mile, is significantly more harmful environmentallly than any other mode of transportation. Venice (population 50,000) gets 30,000,000 tourists per year. Major tourist destinations (fed in part by air b&b) are becoming uninhabitable for the regular citizens. We cannot continue to jet about treating the planet like Disneyland. Some travel by any mode can be understood as necessary. The idea that we should all feel okay about hopping on a plane to go see some rare species on some pristine part of the globe is the definition of insanity.
On the tree planting: I see this as impractical. Where do people plant these trees? Should they plant them before or after they go on their vacation to (insert jet holiday destination here). I cannot see continuing a jersey lifestyle for nonessential travel while planting a tree every now and then.
Very valuable article. I would add another option for improving soil fertility which we are using in our young permaculture orchard. nitrogen-fixing plants and hardwood shrubs and trees from which young growth is chopped and dropped (it is called ramial wood). Deep rooted plants (such as comfrey) are added to the mix to mine nutrients at greater soil depths. We use a chipper to create most of our ramial wood chips although this could be done manually on a smaller scale.
Dr. D can you provide a reference to your statement that Chomsky supports the US going to war with Russia? Everything I have read online regarding his position on this issue is the exact opposite of what you are saying (ie Chomsky does not want a war and is on record as saying the US should improve relations with Russia.
Dr. D you seem to a specific hate for anything related to socialism. Do you think full blown capitalism will solve our problems? I am not at all convinced that pure capitalism would help. Do you think our environmental problems would be eliminated with pure capitalism? What do you propose as a better solution? I can see issues with pretty much any of our human approaches to running society but we need some kind of system as imperfect as they are. The US with its for-profit health care delivers for the non-rich pretty poor results in terms of outcomes and cost. Studies have shown this
Canada’s socialized system, as imperfect as it is, delivers by comparison better outcomes at less cost. Again, I acknowledge no system is perfect but we need some kind of system and I can’t understand why you give capitalism a free pass.
Seeing 2 elderly parents thru numerous health crises currently and over the past 5 years in Canada, it never ceases to amaze me how horrible health care is in the United States compared to our socialized, government-run, health care in Canada. While there most certainly are gaps in our Canadian system (which I am well aware of due to my spouse having worked in health care for 20 years), for the average non-wealthy person you would hands-down be better off in Canada. Nothing I am hearing about the American system has convinced me otherwise. The money you folks have to pay for health procedures gives me nightmares.
So true V. Arnold. So much “expendable” humanity – everyone is just trying to find their way in this crazy world – some have been graced by a better chance than others. For the rest, selling trinkets it will be.
Great commentary as usual Dr. D – you simplify and make understandable a lot of info. Thanks for continuing to share your thoughts.
Congratulations Ilargi! I start just about every day with your blog. Your environmental and humanitarian articles help remind me what matters most. I wish I knew how to address your copyright issues. All the best to you.