Lawnmowers

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Masport Iron Horse Moweri hear lawnmowers. sometimes i hear electric ones, but usually i hear gas ones. when i do, i often think of fossil fuels being burned and carbon changing the climate. i’d rather change the politics than the climate. for example, remember when we bought leaded gasoline? even though we thought it was good for our cars, it definitely wasn’t good for us humans. the lead got into our food and our bodies, insidiously poisoning us. but we changed the law and we can’t buy it anymore. our cars run fine without it, and so do we. better, in fact. now it’s time to deal with our energy needs. energy we use for our lawnmowers, our cars, our homes. we humans can die a fast death via climate change or a slow one via nuclear waste. (at least i *think* it’ll be slow, unless we make a mistake, like we did at chalk river, three mile island, chernobyl, fukushima, and plenty more….) that is, unless we a) stop growing; b) use less; and c) seek renewable energy. greenpeace has ‘harnessed the best scientific minds to produce a global report that shows how transitioning to one hundred per cent renewables by 2050 is not just possible, but will create twenty million jobs that will be paid for out of the fuel cost savings alone’. change the politics...i’d rather change the politics that enable it, not the climate that prevents it.

i hear leafblowers…. don’t get me started.

Music

Ken BootheKen Boothe, Ain’t No Sunshine. A classic, reggae-style .

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grant greenGrant Green, So What.

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the heavyweights brass bandLowell Whitty (front, centre) plays drums in The Heavyweights Brass Band.

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hilario duranHilario Duran, Paq Man.

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afro bop allianceAfro Bop Alliance, Rendezvous.

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joe morello c.1970The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Far More Blue+Far More Drums AND Castilian Blues+Castilian Drums. The best live version.

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al di meolaAl Di Meola, Jazzwoche Burghausen 2009.

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kenny burrell midnight blueKenny Burrell, Midnight Blue (tx, tt)

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Because today (10-09) is John Lennon’s birthday: Twist And Shout (no music for the first twelve seconds), Revolution, Imagine, etc.

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steve young--oldSteve Young, Rock, Salt, And Nails (tx, db)

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the jb'sThe JB’s, Pass The Peas. And more to be thankful for, not just food (like peas), family, and friends.

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the last waltzVan Morrison, Moondance, and The Band, The Last Waltz (tx, ashlen).

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Tuesday, 2015 October 6

Consolation-Lake-SzmurloSomebody at Canadian Parks And Wildlife Society (CPAWS) writes, ‘This past July, a massive expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Hill was approved. This proposal would require removing land from legally protected wilderness to accommodate the demands of a private business. This is just the latest in a growing number of inappropriate developments within our national parks…. [This trend must stop.] We have fought this fight before and won. Our goal is to do so again. Join us and fight for YOUR parks. Stop commercial development in Banff and Jasper. Sign the pledge‘.

rmr i will vote-from rickmercer.comjmck picked up his thumb drive. watched the rick mercer report and 22 minutes.

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Wednesday, 2015 October 7

my street-from tvosaw h at grounded coffee. watched nature (big birds can’t fly), the drop: why young people don’t vote, ontario vignette (elizabeth semmelhack, curator at the bata shoe museum), and my street.

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CGJungRichard Rohr writes, ‘Carl Jung wanted to bring externalized religion back to its internal foundations. He saw how religion kept emphasizing the split and unbridgeable distance between the Creator and Creation, between God and the human, between inner and outer, between the One and the many. In spite of the ecological unity of all creation, Christianity too often began by emphasizing a problem (“original sin”) instead of beginning with the wonderful unity between creation and Creator (“original blessing”)’.

Thursday, 2015 October 8

huh? canada still has scientists?

‘CANADIAN SCIENTIST WINS NOBEL PRIZE’ says headline. ‘Huh? Canada still has scientists?’ wonders Harper.

birth tatooi grew up swimming in lake ontario. the new great lakes protection act empowers communities, honours traditional knowledge, and commits the province to reduce pollutants and address algal blooms. my grandkids might swim in lake ontario. (tx, susan–totally unrelated pictures: tx wes and chloe)

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Friday, 2015 October 9

Lie In 15 -- John rehearses Give Peace A ChanceImagine there’s no countries,
It isn’t hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for,
And no religion, too.
Imagine all the people,
Living life in peace.
John Lennon, (Oct 9, 1940-Dec 8, 1980).

stolen world‘Molt, as far as [FBI Agent] Mellon was concerned, was part of a global menace, one narrow tendril of which had curled into his jurisdiction. Molt [a wildlife dealer and one of the book’s central character], Mellon concluded, was an agent of extinction.’ Stolen World by Jennie Erin Smith, 68.
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Saturday, 2015 October 10

Voting?reg to vote

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National Geographic mama twiga and babybj. watched national geographic (mama twiga). played scrabble. planned breakfast and dinner and leftovers. yummm!

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Sunday, 2015 October 11, Thanksgiving

Mashed potatoes butter chives food dinner cookingDavid Suzuki, Scott Wallace: Reducing food waste ‘not only addresses food insecurity, it benefits everyone…. Show thanks for ecosystems, growers, and harvesters by buying only what you will eat and eating all that you buy.’

cdn-horse-from-wpcoffee and scones at grounded coffee. thanksgiving at the farm.

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Monday, 2015 October 12

deep ecologyThe fourth principle of deep ecology follows from the first three: ‘The flourishing of human life and cultures is compatible with a substantial decrease of the human population. The flourishing of nonhuman life requires such a decrease.’

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natalie lawson from this life from cbcbj and her parents for thanksgiving. watched this life and the agenda, which on thanksgiving looks at long-ago ‘refugees who are thankful to call canada home’ and wonders if canada is still so welcoming. me? i’m thankful for leftovers, because during ww2 my father ate rotting potatoes. maggie lawson (pictured, lead character in this life) has still to express her thanks.

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