Sunday, December 29, 2013

"You humans are a stupid lot. I have come here to nuke all of you because you cannot be trusted to look after the planet you have been given. It is the ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND and you all must die in order for the planet to survive. You should have recycled, you fucking assholes. Seriously."


Saturday, December 28, 2013

they made a movie outta this... (for 2003)

Post man delivers death by anthraxop postman delivers death by anthrax
Distant door bell rings, the new telegraph is telling facts
About distractions, mathematics of race
And other wasted faces of distinction.
Everybody is buzzing about, wearing it out
Swinging, I am dreaming of satisfaction
Digital nightmare, married to icons
The truth is stranger than fiction
Department store off ramp, same as the last
The kids around here are growing up fast
Freedom of speech, written on a wall
It's been a long time since they felt this small

And they made a movie out of this
With a soundtrack by the latest musical artist
Toys available with french fries and cyanide
At a fine fast food franchise

Paranoia parfait, the dish of the age of extremes
Never left the box that leaked from the seams
Destructive reaction, expansive attraction of means
Plutonium princess in distress 
It is all that is left
Automatic appliance does everything usual
But this one is special, it will cook it then clean it
What is it, can you guess?

I was driven mad with the pale, blue sincerity
Cold soul drowns with the cold heat
Sold deals, stark fields and radio meals
I found refuge in a paved parking lot
Distant frown brought it down for all to see
Glory for stories, that history is not a mystery
Quench thirst with television beer and lip gloss
Teeth hurt from working for you and your cost
Don't distinguish me from the rest
I am not paying free attention
You made sure the belief interrupted conversations
Of the real, steel reality
Functionable, fashionable, painted plastic entity

Ill-kept house of disregarded reputation
An entire nation of frustration 
But it is a dry heat and the meat is for sale
And the fields are filled with bales
Leave it to the trees to please your needs
You know, it is starting to show, please

Media mayhem, CNN telling lies in disguise
Of the truth, words loosely used and abused
For the kids to be telling their friends
For the husbands to be telling their wives
It is the story of our lives, the beginning of the end
Lowdown showdown with these clowns
Let the people drown beneath your oil, beneath the soil
It's on fire, are we alive? Are we listening?
It is festering, I am requesting desperation
Extinction of species, flyers full of freebies
Cut the coupon, let's get it on!
Fill the cart with entertainment and information
About pop stars and a story for the nation

Bring a gun, let's have fun, cop car catastrophe
Lay it down between commercials on the TV
School shooting, looting the booty
Disaster loving romance dancers
Sweat shop pants and relentless rants about nothing
Left us all bankrupt and recovering
Diesel and fertilizer and Phizer and prize winning prescriptions
Changed you and me and everything
Globalization of decadence doctrine
56 inch color video game to get lost in
Compact, compartmentalized, centralized obscenity
Seeking sultry sentimental serenity

Billboard billionaire doesn't share, doesn't care
Guilty redirection, Tax exemption to be fair
Old gold and memberships misrepresenting ridership
On the road to ruination of nations
Stockholder, they sold you for a boulder
And it fell on your head, then you fell out a window, you're dead
This land was made for you and me, Woody
Been on the McMoon, we'll be on McMars soon
And all the heat from the cars is melting the snow
We know. But there is no use knowing

Future seems frightening as fiction
Truth transcends contradiction
Convictions of minority, old white fraternity
Seeks to wreak havoc, a travesty of majesty
Is trafficking from the West wing
Defoliant, miscreant, heaven sent hellion
So little revolution, so much rebellion
Convenience store genius robs hot dogs and gobstoppers
Foot stompin, knee slappin, show stoppers like this
Belong on the six o'clock news

And they made a movie out of this
With a soundtrack by the latest musical artist
Toys available with french fries and cyanide
At a fine fast food franchise


Friday, December 27, 2013


classic 911 california


On the Boats

The skipper stood at the helm, peering into the brume
Eyes calculating the changes in the wind and the water on the glass
Taciturn, consummate, master
of ropes, the ocean and many a reckoning

Of built cities and lost souls
He had been the one to see them all
The gales blew hard in the hardened heart
Words of salt and sagas of the sea

Hooks and lines and hearts and minds
The old dock in town was falling down
with the great weight of a thousand trips
and a thousand stories

The darkness was a long time coming
The Sun seemed to take half the day to get to the horizon
The fishes slept and the birds wept
at the loss of the day and the loneliness of the night

The sound of a far off horn
Would warn of the lack of sight or a coming storm
Bays and beaches and kelp and sand
Deliver us from the brine to the land

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Have a holly jolly Christmas (letters from Yogiuday in India)

may you have an ice free christmas with temperatures above  -20 and may there be electricity and rob ford ice lollies for everyone to suck.

have a holly jolly wind blown week.

may the elves offer up tidings of great joy and red noses and lots of bargains in the big box stores.
may there be warmth and peace throughout the land and ribbons and tinsel covered in smiles and a bounty of love for all.

and kindly remember the millions of people who have no electricity, ever, no ability to shop and find bargains any time of the year and no clothes, house nor cardboard shack in which to stay warm.  they are our family, too.  and remember that turkeys, like all animals, experience fear.

peace :) 

Hello and merry christmas and happy hannukah, my friend,
I howled at your email to the people of Toronto. It is a great time of year to keep reminding people that our unsustainable, consumer whore culture is just a made in china, plastic, meaningless, gift away from total economic, cultural and environmental collapse. I think people really embrace that kind of message as they sit in traffic backed up in the mall parking lot, with a long list of to dos and no time to do it in.

I am happy that you are mostly escaping the barren culture of christmas while you are residing in the land of spirits and magic. This place must seem most obscene to a person far removed from it. We are like boiled toads here, with the water literally heating up, as we season it to perfection of destruction.

We are experiencing a new joyeux noel this year, of course because of the little human that we have brought into the world. We await the arrival with excitement and, at once, trepidation, for it is our first human baby and we are afraid of the egregious mistakes we will make and our offspring will end up in a lifetime of therapy for all the fucked up shit we did when it was a child. (like indoctrination with environmentalism and an intense distrust of the government and its agents and corporations)
We will do our best but, without a doubt, our child will know the likes of Hemingway before the Sedins and that will make it a target with the corporate brown shirts. 
It may face great ridicule amongst its anti-intellectual sports stat quoting contemporaries. But, alas, there is a David Suzuki in every crowd and our child just may find them. Or be them. Or both.

Who knows what strange things the future shall bring?
Merry Christmas, my friend.

From your comrade and decorated veteran of the war on christmas,

Friday, December 20, 2013

Joint Review Panel makes a decision. Big oil-1, the People-0.

I want to believe that the JRP has the best interests of Canadians in mind, when they table their decision. I want to remain positive regarding the pipelines and the tankers. But why should I? I have seen a lifetime of destruction in this province. We have always sold all of our resources at rock bottom prices and destroyed this beautiful province in the process. 
I am an ex-fisherman, who witnessed all the fish stocks get plundered in just a short generation, I worked as a forestry worker and saw our forests razed and rivers and streams wrecked for a few cents a stump. And now that the government legislated all the value added stipulations out of those industries, they are skeletons of their former selves. There are few fishermen left, save for the corporate takeover of the fleet and the buyers, not to mention the government supported, foreign, corporate fish farm industry that are threatening the wild stocks.
All the sawmills are long gone and we send our forests in the form of raw logs overseas, only to be sold back to us as toothpicks and Canadian Tire flyers.
So, with no fish left and no forests left, now the government wants us to yet again trust them to manage a resource that will be shipped in raw form straight out of Canada to foreign markets, only to be shipped back to us as a value added product.
With no jobs, very little economic benefit, dangerous environmental impacts and no value added, we must be absolutely f@#&ing insane to get on board with this.

And I haven't even touched on the 'discredited' science of climate change.

  • Man!---we've taken it, haven't we? Last few years--- Harper, Campbell,      Christy, Northern Gateway---BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM!...feels like we're lookin' at the world outta the corner of one swollen eye sometimes.
    You managed to avoid the word "sustainable", maybe out of fashion by now but still worthy of consideration. Best thing to happen in the woods for a long while was Harcourt's Forest Practices Code, policy made not by industry but by a variety of interests, with the public weal at the top. The Code meant sustainability of "socio-economic" prosperity with accessible public discretion over the disbursement of wealth derived from Crown forests---a process that sustains year after year forever, paying for schools, roads, wages, profit, etc. In contrast, BC Liberal policy sustains only the harvest of trees but, since most of them are exported raw, not the schools, roads, etc. that payroll and consumer taxes used to sustain from the same volume of cut. Willful neglect of inventory has become a key ingredient in the BC Liberals' accounting cookbook, allowing for hidden re-allocations and reclassifications of timber and forest tenure---like a shell game that always favours the house--- friends of the BC Liberal party, that is. TFL holders have been allowed to withdraw the private portions of their licence ---supposedly the ingredient that qualifies cutting rights over the Crown portion---to avoid managing it to public standards. Cabinet has allowed, by fiat, favoured forest companies to take their private land out of the tax shelter that was supposed to incentivize keeping it in continuous forest production--- without repaying the discounted tax, the critical aspect of the incentive. Fortunately bad governments are temporary, the forest is vast and it grows back.
    Sometimes I wonder if tar sand development might be more acceptable to me if it presented with maximum socio-economic sustainability, you know, local value-adding, generous support of social infrastructure, sustainable---but is that really sustainable when the manifold liabilities of environmental degradation are accounted for? I imagine adding up all the scrubbers and skimmers and hazmat suits, incinerators, vitrifyers, land fills, reman factories and everything required to keep from going into the red environmentally; I imagine a very big number to pay for all this but but, hey, maybe the resource is valuable enough to sustain even that; I'll leave it to the environmental law guys. A bit academic at this point because what's being proposed is far, far from sustainable and that's were the focus has to be for now.
    The neo-right ethos behind Northern Gate Way and tar sand development in general has absolutely no intention of sustaining the project nor does it even pretend to. The entire rationale is unabashedly about profiteering, about minimizing obstacles and costs, about squeezing subsidy from taxpayers. Risk is vitally necessary, we're told. Even if socio-economic sustainability is admitted, it is either dismissed out of hand or immunities are demanded. Neo-rightists think you can sustain growth. Now that's insane. And dangerous because they also expect someone else to pay for clean-up.

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        I agree with you on the Forest Practices Code, it was a good start for BC's forests. Much of that has been lost now, with all the environmental legislation handed down from our corporatist overlords. The code stated that 12% of BC's forest would be set aside for future generations and the entire industry was up in arms. I remember huge protests at the legislature, with thousands of forest industry workers in attendance.
        I lived in a town that thrived on logging and you dared not ever speak up or question the 'sustainability' of things, it was like Redneck McCarthyism.
        I suspect many voices in small towns all across this country will never be heard for the same reason. It is no more culturally acceptable to live in Squamish and critique logging than it is to live in Grande Prairie and admonish big oil.
        Media, public and private is framing the questions in a simple and concise format and the issue at hand is much larger.
        Without even mentioning the impact of a single oil spill, whatever the size, the real question is when are we going to take climate change seriously?
        The climate deniers are fewer but louder and more well funded, as the battle between real science and bogus science rages on.
        The question will eventually evolve into whether or not we can sustain this level of industrial resource extraction without completely destroying the environment on which we depend for survival. The simplistic nature of the conversation that is being had right now, between citizens, the government and industry, must move on from 'should we or shouldn't we' build a pipeline, to 'how can we build an entirely new economic system', without costing ourselves the economy itself?
        We can easily begin to wind down our addiction to fossil fuels, while simultaneously growing jobs in the renewable energy sector.
        I am really tired of it being fed to us as a choice between one and the other. We can have both and will have both some day.
        It's going to be a fight, that's all. The dragons of industry will battle us on every front.
        This is why we are seeing a massive PR campaign in every medium, everywhere we turn these days.
        Our own government uses our tax dollars to spread disinformation about the tar sands, pipelines and tankers, while we, the citizens, stand in opposition. What is wrong with that picture?
        That is a corporate takeover of our democratic system and the propaganda is paid for by us.
        Whether you are on the left or the right, that should alarm you.