TAKEDOWN


By Anne from Saltspring Island.

I am temporarily nesting in a small, simple cabin over the winter months. It overlooks a green, dreamy lake mirrored in magnificence by a thick array of trees standing tall and proud. Each morning, flocks of vocal feathered friends and I greet our connection to all this splendour. This particular morning, however, would be so profoundly different for me, a personal revelation or am I yet another humble conduit for the earth’s urgent message? It began with a glimpse of a delicate, golden leaf spiralling down in its dance to the ground. This very ordinary sight would yield the deeply unsettling reminder that unlike the leaf who in its “aliveness” gives us breath and in its “death” gives enrichment, sadly humanity is only offering up our dance of destruction.

We are the TAKERS. We take the soil, digging, extracting and contaminating. We take the water resources of lakes, streams and rivers and destroy their precious purpose of sustaining all life. We bulldoze paradise and replace it with arteries of highways, sterile big-box stores, half-empty, paved parking lots and vast swaths of suburbia bursting with larger-than-necessary houses filled with our plastic possessions. We take over the oceans of glorious undersea gardens housing majestic creatures of the deep and fill them with toxic dead zones of our waste while endless cargo ships, floating hotels and large fishing fleets leave depletion and destruction in their wake. We take over the skies with invisible highways choked with airplanes, belching smoke stacks, noxious clouds and faded blue. We take over mountains, disturbing their pure and silent majesty with year-round playgrounds for our noisy, self-indulgent amusement. We take away the magic of the changing seasons with our incessant whining of dissatisfaction. Continue reading

Canada’s Richest Family Likes Our Current Voting System … Because It Works For Them.

Their Newspaper, The Globe and Mail, likes it too.

(Jan 9, 2016):  The Globe and Mail is owned by  Canada’s richest family, the Thomsons. The Globe began its Jan. 6 editorial with what I’d call a lie … “Over the past decade, 3 Canadian provinces – BC, PEI, and Ontario – have held four referendums on scrapping First Past The Post. Each of these propositions went down to defeat.”

Now, that statement is ‘true’, but it’s not ‘really true’. The truth is that in B.C. in 2005, 57% voted to CHANGE to a Proportional Voting system … 57% voted for PR, BUT OUR RULERS WOULDN’T ALLOW IT.

Why not?  The corporations hate PR because Proportional voting systems are more difficult for them to control.  PR systems give people the governments they voted for. That’s why the Thomson’s don’t want PR.  With our First Past the Post system, the corporations and their media can usually get the governments THEY want.
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Canada: The Colonial Curse.

by Robin Mathews.

Part One:

The Canary In The Coal Mine: Culture.

We often think of ‘Culture’ as out there. But it’s here. And it has to be here because it’s us.

Economics makes possible the culture we know and live and create… and is part of culture. And culture is, normally, the voice and character of the people (visibly expressed in the arts). As “speaking of what we are” culture is very important … and so (in a colony) it’s controlled in a hundred ways (we don’t see). “Speaking of what we are” can be dangerous. So, for instance, appointments to major cultural management positions show who is really in charge in a country.

In a colony culture is the voice of the foreign-owned and sold-out economy. The two link inextricably – culture and economy. In Canada formal “Culture” doesn’t explain, doesn’t resist the colonial condition. In Canada it sells out. Cultural organizations which – in a colony – should be leaders towards independence are, in Canada, guardians of on-going colonization.

By definition “voices” of and for the culture – freest to speak, existing to speak (we say), artists, arts organizations and all those others who speak to us (universities, presses, Media, magazines, etc. etc. “Culture”) in Canada deny their critical role; they urge colonial passivity. And they do so, often, by denying the colonial condition exists. Continue reading

Corporations and Their Media Demand Referendum on Voting Reform

But how can we have a fair Referendum when The Corporations own The Media- and will lie about everything to get what they want.

(Jan. 1, 2016) Breaking News: Canada’s Corporate Media suddenly care about democracy. And because they love democracy, our corporate TV stations, Radio stations and Newspapers are demanding we have a referendum on any change to our voting system.

This is the same media that never mentioned the word democracy as Stephen Harper attacked us and our nation for years. That’s because Stephen Harper was doing what Big Business wanted and they didn’t want any ‘democracy’ getting in the way.

But now we have something the corporations DON’T want … a chance for a better and more democratic Voting System. So NOW it’s time for democracy and a referendum. Right! Please don’t believe their lies. Corporations hate Democracy; they care only about power and profit. If we are stupid enough to believe them, then nothing will get better. Continue reading

Surviving Thoughts

By Will Smith.

 

This is not a fluffy-bunny post, so if you are offended by Reality 1.x stop reading now.

Watching a bunch of my South Vancouver Island neighbours being carted off by the police because they don’t want their drinking water poisoned did not make me sleep well last night. I woke up at 2 AM thinking about it, then went and found “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl and read it. I hadn’t been able to get into it before simply because I have lived with Polish, German and French POW campers in Europe, so before when I had tried to read it, it simply triggered me into the horror stories I had already heard. But last night I managed to read the whole book and have excerpted the passages which jumped out at me, which seem important to me under the current circumstances.

The point is simply this: who we become is determined by the choices we make in each moment of Now, whether we react to adversity with love and kindness, or fear and hatred. No one can blame their reactions on someone else, no matter how horrible the experience. Continue reading