Harper promises

September 24, 2015

Stephen Harper Air Quotes

Stephen Harper promises Honesty, Integrity, Transarency.

Wonderful background of pasty pale unhappy old white people.

http://flip.it/xxBka and a recap of his betrayals.

September 20, 2015

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September 9, 2015

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Stephen Harper peeing on Canada

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Something I can’t figure out, is that if the CPC can track down one teen girl from her Facebook page, and eject her from a Conservative rally, because she wore a Liberal pin in the Facebook photo, that they couldn’t vet the history of potential candidates who pee in clients coffee cups, or make prank phone calls and post the videos on YouTube.
Either the staff responsible for the clever untraceable hacking into the CPC voter database is in jail already, or have left the country, leaving the party incapable of any skullduggery. Not likely.
What’s likely is the party considered the urination into a citizens property well within bounds of acceptable behaviour – as long as you don’t get caught – what’s an election, after all, but a pissing contest – and that making prank calls would be good experience for calling voters and sending them to phoney polling stations.
They’ve shown us again and again that they are either incompetent sycophants or obsessively detailed, deviously clever manipulators.

Yes, I haven’t posted in a while. Reasons. 
And I don’t usually share stuff from click bait sites, but this one is good. News drama, history, context, and it’s a well done cartoon about life.

Upworthy. Trying to understand the Syrian conflict? This will get you there in five minutes.

The Leaving Series

August 26, 2015

Leaving #8

August 24, 2015

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Leaving #1

August 22, 2015

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Leaving #2

August 21, 2015

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Different but the same

August 20, 2015

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In addendum to these comments on Technology: ups and downs:

Wars seem to have decreased. But more likely they are spread out over a larger area and contained as smaller, localized wars and will limit the larger massive death counts. …

And wars are about resources.

In Mass migration is no ‘crisis’: it’s the new normal as the climate changes writes:

A new government-commissioned report on the looming climate-induced food shortage suggests that “the rise of Isis may owe much to the food crises that spawned the Arab spring”.

In his book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Jared Diamond points out that the most environmentally stressed places in the world are the most likely to have conflicts, which then generate refugees. Rapid climate change will environmentally stress lots of developing countries.

Check out this graph again. Look at the increasing cluster of small conflicts after the Second World War.


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Technology: ups and downs

August 14, 2015

I scooped this from someone’s Tumblr post, and lost the link. Credit is due. But anyway, I thought that that remarkable downturn in civilian and military deaths was interesting. Technology and medical advances are responsible. More and more victims survive and survive with wounds, damage and handicaps where previously they would have died. No doubt surgical precision in strikes prevent less collateral damage. I don’t deny that mistakes are made.

Advances in information, science, technology mechanics and medicine bring that about.

And though the graph doesn’t cover it, even as populations grow larger, deaths from wars seem to have decreased. But more likely they are spread out over a larger area and contained as smaller, localized wars and will limit the larger massive death counts. Looking at larger conflagrations though, the war of the roses, the first and second world wars stand out.

And look at 1950. I can recall being alarmed, as a child, to know the world’s population would be 3 billion. Even as there are more and more people in the world, from about 1950, there has been no large war, but, yes, a series of small ones all over everywhere.

And wars are about resources. With that in mind, and that steep downturn, prompted me to Google up a graph of the infamous CO2 hockey stick graph.

And force an overlay. Just because I thought the curves were similar. And stretch it out to fit the timeline.

The vertical scales are in no way related, but…even if you squash it up and down, something curious happens after the Second World War. Military and civilian deaths drop. CO2 emissions shoot, well, skyward. 

I’m no statistician. I was interested only in the visual curiousity. But I believe there is some content in this.  Filed under What Does It All Mean?

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