Monthly Archives: December 2018

Carbon Guilt

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I saw this today and thought it might be worth re-posting:

Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'bria @briamichelle we need to start having conversations about how global warming & pollution are direct results of western colonization/imperialism and the greed of large corporations but for some reason we're placing the blame on individuals for eating meat and using straws.'

Of course, there’s still something to be said for pushing the guilt on mass consumption in Europe, North American and Asia and finding a way to penalize us for it, but I have to agree that the spotlight gets shifted away from the real program.

The ‘look over there’ distraction is starting to fail.

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To Fix Transit, We Must Fix Democracy First

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This is an interesting article on GovTech about how we have to fix transit in order to fix cities.

The problem?

We have to fix democracy first.

You see, what’s happening is that we have endorsed the sprawl model for the last 100 years in North America at expense of the core. European cities have gone the other way and are succeeding with plans to build onto existing infrastructure.

In Europe, greater intensity of population in core areas result in greater decisions for the core that ultimately benefit everyone.

In North America, more sprawl translates to a dilution of municipal, provincial/state and federal voting into the hands of people that aren’t as motivated to change their ways of commuting and transportation as people in urban areas are.

Most of the response has typically come out as ‘I don’t want my taxpayer dollars going towards that … (subway, bike lane, downtown entertainment facility, etc) because I’ll never use it’.

This results in representation that also dilutes efforts to consolidate nodes within cities. Councilors, MPPs, MPs and others wind up being torn between what should be sensible objectives that will enhance the standard of living at the expense of the ‘me first’ mentality of car culture.

If we’re going to build great cities and fix issues like climate change and increasing levels of green-house gases, we have to rethink how our representation responds to car drivers as opposed to pedestrians, cyclists, commuters and maybe even a small handful of progressive drivers.

Of course, the greatest challenge will be to tip the scales in favour of urban voters. This may result in ‘city states’ that emerge and fund themselves as opposed to constantly going out to a public that is unwilling or uninterested in supporting bigger projects.

It’ll also mean rethinking how and why we let sprawl continue.

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George HW Bush

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I know we’ll have endless reporting over the next few days, but there will be no tears here on the passing of the 41st President of the United States.

George HW Bush was an integral part of a deep well of espionage as well as leader of the military-industrial escalation for the world’s economies in the last half of the 20th century. He, his companies and his leadership also took us from a planet of potential to one of carbon-based economic ruin.

A little steep, right?

I suppose.

But when the obit appeared in the Washington Post, they had the curious number of ‘322’ beside the play button, I couldn’t help but be curious. Video length?

Or … an homage to his membership with the supposedly obscure ‘Skull and Bones‘ group from Yale?

You be the judge.

Here’s a little reminder from the Wiki page just in case you weren’t sure …

Bones logo.jpg has left an open thread to discuss the Bush legacy and their connection with different groups. Feel free to join in.

Conspiracies … there’s no ‘me’ in conspiracies, but there’s certainly ‘spies’ and ‘CIA 🙂

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