Kairos’ latest briefing paper, IPCC Confirms We Must Act Now On Climate Change, cites studies that show ‘the need to keep most known fossil fuel reserves, especially from the tar sands, in the ground.’ Humans have many difficulties grappling with climate change, especially concerning the future. However, the paper says upfront that average ‘temperature increases could exceed … [4.8°C] within the lifetimes of children alive today.’ Why wait? The future is here today.
• we watched [2013-10-15] the water brothers, rick mercer, this hour has 22 minutes, and precision. the water brothers detailed the serious problems of farming atlantic salmon in BC waters. both rick (words and video–my favourite bit is about the stash of lead pipes) and 22 commented on mike duffy et al–worth a watch if you’re a canadian. even if you’re not really, eh? for the future we need to figure out things as varied as salmon farming, climate change, and more. oh, and this spending thing.
What does Tom Allen think of underwater wi-fi, which uses sound waves instead of radio waves, thus making the oceans noisier? He thinks we should shut up.
Major John O’Donnell, Senior Army Reserve Chaplain for the Canadian Forces in Atlantic Canada, says, ‘Our lives are more meaningful when we are being kind and compassionate and being there for one another.’
• all of us owe a debt to mary shelley. i watched [2013-10-18] the romantics: nature–blake, coleridge, wordsworth, clare, byron, mary shelley. ‘The ideas of the child, nature and scientific progress would collide in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This book is a Romantic manifesto – a warning that nature is not to be trifled with, that children are sacred, and science can corrupt our world. It is also a work of prophecy, still relevant in the 21st century.’ Its message is simple: ‘respect and revere nature, for it has the power to destroy you. science alone is not enough.’ but we deny it. that’s we built the large hadron collider. that’s why we detonated the atomic and hydrogen bombs. that’s why we blow off mountain-tops and shovel tar sands. the romantics gave us new language and a warning. let’s hope in the years and centuries to come, we heed it.
Put in your two cents to ‘stop the reckless expansion of the tar sands…. Greenpeace is taking action to stop Harper’s reckless plans to push tar sands pipelines to B.C.’s pristine coastline.’ Others are protesting similar development schemes (such as fracking) on the east coast, though with a diverse group of people, you get a diverse group of motivations, ranging from those wanting no fracking at all to those wanting both fracking and a share in the profits, kind of like state-controlled gambling. In fact it gambling is what we’re doing with this planet. And to me the odds don’t seem to be in our favour, maybe 3:1 against. What do you bet? (thanks to sh)
Here’s something to consider this winter. David Suzuki says, ‘We can all help ensure [the monarch butterfly’s] survival. At home you can create a butterfly garden to provide habitat and food for monarchs and other pollinators. Plant milkweed and nectar-producing native flowers, like wild bergamot, New England aster and black-eyed Susans – especially ones with yellow, pink, orange and purple flowers. Adding these plants to gardens, balconies, parks and green spaces – and encouraging local schools, businesses and institutions to do the same – will help bees and butterflies stay healthy and well-fed.’
‘One could find a sense of humor,’ writes psychiatrist Viktor Frankl of his experiences in a concentration camp. ‘Of course, only the faint trace of one, and then only for a few seconds or minutes. Humor was another of the soul’s weapons in the fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human make-up, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.’
• saturday night [2013-10-19] has become doc night on tvo. first, we watched national geographic’s secrets of shangri-la: quest for sacred caves. then coast took us to the orkneys. finally, we watched lost bohemia where artists and arts teachers face eviction from studios atop carnegie hall (pictured). from himalayan caves to the centre of new york, is the power of the buck usurping everything?
Rick Mercer rants about problematic appointments, proroguing now and then, escalators and elevators, viral panic, nukes, the need to be informed, and more. He has much to rant about. As he says, ‘the alley isn’t long enough.’
Stuart McLean, live from small town Almonte, Ontario, tells a story about the kindness of strangers and the need for a parent to let go.
Banjofraulein (and singer) Abigail Washburn’s Great Big Wall In China
CBC Music posts about 10 great jazz tunes everyone should know. You can hear each one if you go to the bottom of each text in the image gallery. I got 9/10. Twenty years ago I would’ve gotten zero.