Carol Flinders wrote 23 years ago in ‘The Work At Hand’ in The New Laurel’s Kitchen: ‘The pressures of normal everyday life in the eighties push us toward a great deal of mobility and extremely fast pace–a basically competitive outlook, and an unprecedentedly high level of getting and spending. And nowhere do these pressures converge more ferociously than on the kitchen and how we feel about being there. Everybody likes long-simmered soups and good whole-grain breads, but who has the time?’ Time. Seems there’s even less of it now.
• we watched the new green giants, a doc about growing organics in the 21st century, in north america and china
Zaki Ibrahim (pictured, left), herself a contender for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, hopes that A Tribe Called Red (pictured, right) wins. She says, ‘The world needs to hear this. The reason I want them to win is because the music is good, the energy is urgent and needed.’
• out and about. saw the doctor. no prostate cancer. this year. docs in the evening while it rained: the shetlands and the green river of the canadian great bear rainforest (now partly protected from logging).
Saturday 2013-08-31 and Sunday 2013-09-01
Elizabeth May writes that in 2008 and 2010, ‘for the prime minister to shut down Parliament to avoid a vote he knew he would lose is about as serious a display of contempt for democracy as one can imagine.’ However, in this case, ‘proroguing is the normal practice to end one session of the House and re-start with a Speech from the Throne and a new agenda. That is how other prime ministers have used it.’ Yet, ‘searching through the annals of all other constitutional monarchies, operating under the Westminster Parliamentary system, I could find only three cases of prorogation to avoid political difficulties and/or embarrassments. All three were in Canada. The first was Sir John A Macdonald’s shame, shutting down the House to avoid the Pacific Scandal. When the House reconvened, he called an election which he lost. The other two [in 2008 and 2010] were both Stephen Harper.’
‘A fundamental flaw in the environmental assessment process [is that] it focuses on each proposed development as something that stands alone. But an individual well or dam is not separate or isolated from its surroundings — air, water, plants and animals pay no attention to our imposed, artificial boundaries’, David Suzuki writes . ‘[The Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) is] suing the federal and provincial governments for failing to uphold indigenous rights, guaranteed by treaties and the Constitution, to fish, hunt, trap and gather plants and medicines. The BLCN contends that “cumulative impacts” of the Alberta tar sands are destroying activities governments are legally bound to protect…. [Their] traditional territory has been carved into a patchwork quilt, with wild land reduced to small pieces between roads, pipes and wires, threatening animals like woodland caribou that can’t adapt to these intrusions.’
‘People with intellectual disability are not first of all “problems” or sources of death; if we welcome them just as they are, if we communicate with them and enter into communion with them, then they can become truly a source of life that awakens our hearts and calls us to community life.’–Jean Vanier, An Ark for the Poor
• (pictured is a painting by dan gray, from reflections: art for an oil-free coast.) after supper outside, we strolled with the dog; then we watched some docs online about BC’s coastal rainforest, threatened by trophy hunting, atlantic salmon fish farming, and now pipelines and tankers:
- reflections: art for an oil-free coast–fifty artists visit [22:59, 2013]
- spirit bear adventures–tells of the native legend [6:45, 2010]
- legend of the spirit bear–informative scientifically about spirit bears [6:30, 2009]
Air on the G by Bach (arranged for 8-string guitar by Nikolai Svishev)
Good People by Great Big Sea
• watched two docs: curtis mayfield (1942-1999), ‘regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music’ (wikipedia); and the story of wales: episode 4, the furnace of change (1750-1850).
unlike the film, opposite to it in fact, mayfield’s music for super fly ‘is regarded as an all-time great body of work that influenced many and truly invented a new style of modern black music.’ a few years before, ‘just as the Civil Rights Act passed into law in 1964, his group The Impressions produced music that became the soundtrack to a summer of revolution. Black students sang their songs as they marched to jail or protested outside their universities, while King [see wednesday] often marched to the peaceful sounds of Mayfield’s Keep On Pushing, People Get Ready and We’re A Winner.’ (wikipedia)
• we watched the story of wales: the furnace of change–(pictured is ‘smelting works at denver‘ (1892) by thomas moran. though it’s denver, you get the idea.) wales in the 18th and 19th centuries, rich in natural resources, attracted both the greedy and the needy as it changed from rural to urban during the industrial revolution, change that led to violent revolution. wales led the world in the smelting of first copper, which clad ships, and later iron, which made guns and cannons. in becoming urban, some of the rich built mock castles, some of the poor lived in genuine filth. that’s wales, not whales–whales don’t build castles, or hovels.