Wednesday, May 23, 2012
It's not even the first day of summer yet, and already the number of fires in 2012 compared to last year has more than doubled, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources.
"An Arizona wildfire whipped up by winds and dry conditions threatened to trigger more evacuations on Sunday, just as firefighters were nearly done battling the biggest of four blazes in the state.
Fires in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado have forced the evacuation of several small towns and torched more than 65 square miles (168 square km) of forest, brush and grass in the U.S. Southwest."
"UPDATE at 9:59 p.m. PDT, May 17, 2012
After CAL FIRE said the spread had been stopped in the afternoon, strong winds caused the fire to escape containment and at about 7 p.m. PDT the US Forest Service sent seven engines, a water tender, and misc. staff to the fire. At 8 p.m. CAL FIRE said the fire on the U.S. side of the border had grown to 100 acres and was10% contained."
A wildfire on the hills near this oceanside city was only 10 percent contained on Thursday, and firefighters struggled to pen in the flames, which had destroyed 75 houses since they began on Tuesday.
We better get used to wildfires we cannot control.
"Slave Lake is not a one-off. We're going to see more communities at risk in the future, whether it's Quebec or Ontario or Manitoba or BC," says Mike Flannigan, a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. "We've seen the fires in Kamloops and Kelowna back in 2003 and now 2011 in Slave Lake." Those fires moved with a speed and intensity that caught firefighters off guard and proved impossible to contain. They were cousins to the so-called "mega-fires" that tore through Australia in 2009 and Russia in 2010, devastating huge regions and killing or injuring hundreds of people.
The trends of climate change are disturbingly consistent: the atmosphere is warming, the climate is changing and we are largely responsible though our burning of fossil fuels. Scientists say as the climate warms we'll experience more extreme weather events, leading not only to droughts and forest fires but to floods. Fire and flood are two of the apparent oxymoronic scourges related to climate change; Slave Lake was the unfortunate victim of both last year.
"This is only going to continue," says Flannigan. "I would argue that it's one of the first early signs that climate change is happening.""
Perhaps someone should inform the Right Honorable Stephen Harper.
Monday, May 21, 2012
After all, you get to decide how all women should behave .....
Lie about your motives. After all, this is Little Rhodesia and standards must be maintained!
I've witnessed all of the above - or done them myself.
It's great having privilege, isn't it? We who have it get to set the rules......
I live in the City and I am here to support all six rezonings - in particular - the two in my neighbourhood.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Blacks make up 12% or so of the total
- 4% of the total canadian adult population - (2006 Census)
- 24% of admissions to provincial/territorial sentenced custody
- 18% of admissions to federal prisons
- 19% of admissions to remand
- 21% of male prisoner population
- 30% of female prisoner population
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
2010 Defense Department review cut through political rhetoric and stated that climate change and energy security are “prominent military vulnerabilities”. Climate change in particular is an “accelerant of instability and conflict,” the report noted.http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=us-military-forges-ahead-with-plans-to-combat-climate-change
Connecting the military's fossil-fuel and overall energy use with risks to our national security hasn't been easy in this political environment, especially with the presidential election looming. Congressional Republicans have repeatedly questioned and criticized the Armed Forces' new-energy strategies, portraying initiatives as political favors to clean-energy businesses. But current and retired military leaders insist the policies are essential. The efforts protect soldiers and help them carry out missions. They also help curb climate change and its potential to intensify military conflicts.
Monday, May 14, 2012
So go we ..........as we destroy and hack and kill and mutilate and overfish entire ecosystems and life ....we're destroying and hacking and mutilating and killing ourselves.
I found this drawing at:
We need a velvet climate revolution. We need to love ourselves - then we'd love the world, our mother.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
You're not automatically a suspect in a crime if you're white. If you're white, any "bad" behaviour you indulge in won't be used to make generalizations about your race.
I found this cartoon at
It's a cartoon drawn by Keith Knight.
Interestingly, one of the commenters on the post at the above website said:
I must say that in a situation like this it has never occurred to me to think “Please don’t let it be a white guy.” I’m not sure why he has the white guy reacting as he does in this cartoon, though.
The comment illustrates, beautifully, how unconscious we are of our white privilege.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I said - as gently as possible, that I had a real problem with that. Everyone around me gazed at me as if I'd turned green . "We cannot exclude anyone!" Why not? Asking a climate change denier to sit on the committee is akin to asking a fervent Nazi to help us save Jews, I answered. Plus ze is homophobic and racist.
I see a pattern running through the matrix of white privilege, a patter of
assumptions that were passed on to me as a white person. There was one main
piece of cultural turf; it was my own turn, and I was among those who could
control the turf. My skin color was an asset for any move I was educated to want
to make. I could think of myself as belonging in major ways and of making social
systems work for me. I could freely disparage, fear, neglect, or be oblivious to
anything outside of the dominant cultural forms. Being of the main culture, I
could also criticize it fairly freely.
In proportion as my racial group was being made confident, comfortable, and oblivious, other groups were likely being made unconfident, uncomfortable, and alienated. Whiteness protected me from many kinds of hostility, distress, and violence, which I was being subtly trained to visit, in turn, upon people of color.
Straight privilege is similar.
- If I pick up a magazine, watch TV, or play music, I can be certain my sexual orientation will be represented.
- I do not have to fear that if my family or friends find out about my sexual orientation there will be economic, emotional, physical or psychological consequences.
- I am not accused of being abused, warped or psychologically confused because of my sexual orientation.
White Privilege Pop Quiz: The Test You Can't Fail by Molly Secours (Copyright Molly Secours 2012)
Discuss: Describe the situation.