Thursday, January 30, 2014

Meow!

Gun control is for pussies.

For what polls are worth these days...






Sure, you may look at these polls (from the lovely people at ThreeHundredEight.com) and revel in the fact that the Harpercons will be stripped of their majority. I look at it and wonder why there are still so many fucking morons that still support the criminal minded theocrats. Like, where are all these idiots that still come out and support such a bunch of treasonous pond scum?
Sitting in their idling pick-ups down at the Tim Horton's, that's where. 'Support our Troops' and 'Soccer Mom' bumper stickers and Carly Rae Jepson on the radio. Double, double.

This government should be facing a Mulroney-esque map wipe off. They should be kicked to third party status at the very least. But the mindless BASE would support brownshirts if it meant the dream of returning to the glory days they never had. 
At least the rest of us can hope for the Harpercons to lose their majority to swing the pendulum back a few points...



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Origin of Species


The smoke and fog drifted across the road quietly
Industry had long ago feared retaliation and abandoned operations
A benefactor and detractor at once, an expert expedition
The power of attrition will be the one that unwinds us all.



Government and corporations are one, selling dreams to serfs
An old tyranny, re-branded and offered to everyone again
In lieu of something new
The cold rust and the broken trust became the daily bread



Standing in line for cold soup turns a man to the dark side
We try not to take sides but we have to
Agreements and grievances on the road to the bottom line
Everyone is moving to the cities and hiding.



Monday, January 27, 2014

Word to Mayor Corrigan (BC, banana republic)


Your Worship, Mr. Derek Corrigan, Mayor,
I am writing this short letter to thank you for your courageous position against the lunacy that is the Fraser Surrey coal port expansion. The video of you calling BC a banana republic is going a bit viral and I hope it continues to go viral. Other politicians in this province and country need to see it and maybe they will realise what you have realised many years ago; that politicians work for the people and not corporations.
Perhaps they will be inspired to do the right thing. I doubt it but a part of me always wants to remain hopeful. That part of me was delighted when I saw your speech last night on the web. I think Fraser Riverkeepers re-posted it on their blog but, as I said, I think it is going a bit viral because people are ecstatic to witness your honesty, an ingredient rarely seen in today's politician.
I guess this is why the people of Burnaby keep returning you to your Mayoral post, election after election. Hell, I don't even live in Burnaby, I live in New West and I think you are great. 
Keep up the good work, sir!
Tony Durke.

Click the link to view the Mayor's speech...

rando pics











Sunday, January 26, 2014


the ride



To have a child borne on your watch will be the most stupefying experience you ever have
All those things that you thought were of importance
They still are but the love will take you further than you thought you could go
In your feelings and in your heart, you will know the fight for peace
You will know all those things that make a man stand his ground
Or run if that is the thing that is needed at the time
To know the difference is one gift that keeps on giving
Anything that keeps on keeping you living is worth all the gold in the World

The eyes and feet of that tiny body are what grasps you and takes hold of you
Apparently a newborn can only see in black and white and roughly six inches from its face
But we know we can see the gifted baby adopt a thousand yard stare
Or his eyes find yours and there is a flash of something beautiful
And you wonder what the purpose of your life was before the immediacy of this
Soon he will be asking for the keys to the car
I shall look back on these first days and it will seem like it was yesterday
Such is the way of things
I am looking forward to the ride...

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Boycott? What boycott?


Here is what Article 6.21 actually says:
Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations. 

Of course there will be no boycott of the Olympic games. There is way too much money in advertising revenue to be devoured by the wolves. There is no room for political statements anymore, not when the temptation of ad cash falls in the way of an ethical decision. Juicy contracts for your pals and political posing and just good old corporate sponsored erosion of democracy is the way it is for these publicly funded, privately profiting, semi-fascist, jingoistic festivals of modern Rome. Don't forget your flags, you spineless shirkers. Wave the colors of your country. No rainbows though.
All the king's men shake hands and make a fist with the thumb tucked in, so as not to look too aggressive. The trademark of the running dog, neo-liberal scum.
They love convention centres and per diems. The mediocrity is burying us like Pompeii.  And the hillbilly hate stabs like a driven spike. It is the stupid that run rampant in the streets. All the fucking Olympics should be boycotted.  But especially this one.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Son,










Son,

Who knew I could fall in love with those little feet?
It all happened in a blur and there you were, a tiny little creature that was instantly dependent on me for its survival.
The thing is, little buddy, is that, even though I am 40 years old as I write this, I still feel like a kid in a lot of ways and I hope I can bring that to the table when it comes to parenting. 

I suppose one of my biggest fears is to become out of touch and irrelevant. Don't let that happen to me. Keep me up to date on all the latest shit, alright? I think I am cool right now but, to you, I will, at first, seem to have all the answers to all of your questions, then I will probably be that old guy that listens to jazz and talks about 'back in daddy's day' like it were some kind of paradise on Earth. Believe me, it has never been a paradise here on Planet Earth but life can be paradise, if you work for it. 

I remember my life when I was a kid and it felt like it would go on forever. It passes so quickly and this is the reason that we adults still feel like kids when we get older. We are like children, trapped in an adult's body. Sometimes it seems unreal that it all works.  

Even when I was thirty or so, I had no business being a father, still roaming around, restless, I guess. 
You will appreciate this, having all my faculties for parenthood will benefit you in many ways. 
I swear, I will be available to you whenever you need. Life can be hard at times, through all the stages and phases, so hang on and see where it takes you. To be your Dad is the biggest challenge I have ever faced and I plan to face it head on. I hope you like bikes. There will be a lot of bike riding.

Your Mother and I are almost in disbelief when we look at you, fancying ourselves modern city folk, living the life of Riley, and then, boom, there you are. We planned you of course, you were no accident. We aimed our guns and fired with precision. Our love is great and always will be. It grew something fierce the moment you were born. 

If we seem cynical, it is because we are. You will be cynical, too, when you are older. It's just the way of things. You have less patience for stupidity when you get older.

One of the hardest things to do in life is to maintain your innocence. Your sense of wonder at the natural world around you. 


Always be thankful for everything you have because there are so many people in the World who have nothing. You were born into an ideal life, one of the best, never forget that. 

We will work hard for you to have all the things you need but we will not indulge you. 

We will travel as much as we can because to see the World is the best education you will ever have.

I promise to be the best I can be.


OLD WHITE DUDES- the state of Canada's journalism


A study has been done on the diversity of Canadian media. There are many things to be taken from this study but the main point that I take away from it is that the face of Canada's mainstream media is white, old and male. If you are a young female journalist in this country, get ready to face an uphill battle against the old, white boy's club.
The median age for Canada's journalists is 58, 73% male and there are lots of white dudes. Below are some quotes from some of Canada's loud mouthed, entitled, well paid, old, sexist journalists...

Toronto Sun's Michael Coren on motherhood:
We’re not supposed to say it anymore but motherhood is pretty important. There are, of course, many women who are forced by economic circumstances to work outside of the home. But there are others who seem to believe that raising a child is less significant than alleged self-fulfillment or even political ambition. [MPP Lisa] MacLeod, do you seriously believe you can be both an exemplary mother and a full-time politician?
 Lawrence Martin in the Globe and Mail on the laziness of young people:
The young reject the political status quo, as they should, but they are too lazy to do anything about it. Most of the under-25s don’t even bother to vote. Instead of fighting for change, they wallow in their vanities and entitlements. Not much turns them on except the Idol shows, movies with smut humour and the latest hand-held instruments. Their disillusionment with the political class is understood. Their complacency isn’t.
Rex Murphy on "self-indulgent" student protesters in the National Post:
It began on so picayune a point—a tuition hike of $325 a year. That’s about the cost of one bottle of needless water a day, or half the price of the cheapest cup of coffee. Is this the kind of cause North American students take to the street for? ‘Oh, our university fees, already the lowest probably in the Western world, are going to go up a loonie a day. A loonie a day!: To the Barricades Everyone. And bring me a latté. […] What’s going on in Quebec is not a protest. It’s a parody of one: the future elite of Quebec having a self-indulgent fit.
The National Post's Terence Corcoran on the feminine expressions of sexuality in teen pop music:
…50 years later in the midst of the 2013-14 pop music girl singer battle royale, it’s pretty clear girls don’t cry at parties anymore. They do other things. The opening chorus of the first single from the Miley Cyrus blockbuster Bangerz album lays down the gestalt of the modern female pop star: 'It’s our party and we’ll screw who we want.'

Thursday, January 16, 2014

BCLNG for the future and the rapture!


Canada, a bit to the left




(via geekerypokery)

Mikhail Kalashnikov ponders the impact of his invention upon his death bed...



"The pain in my soul is unbearable. I keep asking myself the same unsolvable question: If my assault rifle took people's lives, it means that I, Mikhail Kalashnikov, ... son of a farmer and Orthodox Christian am responsible for people's deaths"


“The longer I live, the more often that question gets into my brain, the deeper I go in my thoughts and guesses about why the Almighty allowed humans to have devilish desires of envy, greed and aggression. Everything changes, only a man and his thinking remain unchanged: he’s just as greedy, evil, heartless and restless as before!”

“I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence.” 

“If the weapon is used to defend the Motherland, the Church supports both its creators and the servicemen using it."

The AK 47 is the world's most popular rifle. There are an estimated 100 million of them in circulation around the globe. The rifle is responsible for literally millions of deaths since it was invented by Kalashnikov. The above quotes were taken from a letter he wrote to the head of the Russion Orthodox Church, asking if he were to blame for the deaths his rifle had caused.


My son enters the world!

My son was born on January Ninth, Twenty Fourteen. His name is Flynn Ellery Durke and he is going to help change the world and make it a better place for his generation and generations to come... 








Beautiful Boy. by John Lennon 

Close your eyes 
Have no fear 
The monster's gone 
He's on the run and your daddy's here 

[Chorus:] 
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful 
Beautiful boy 
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful 
Beautiful boy 

Before you go to sleep 
Say a little prayer 
Every day in every way 
It's getting better and better 

[Chorus] 

Out on the ocean sailing away 
I can hardly wait 
To see you come of age 
But I guess we'll both just have to be patient 
'Cause it's a long way to go 
A hard row to hoe 
Yes it's a long way to go 
But in the meantime 

Before you cross the street 
Take my hand 
Life is what happens to you 
While you're busy making other plans 

[Chorus] 

Before you go to sleep 
Say a little prayer 
Every day in every way 
It's getting better and better 

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful 
Beautiful boy 
Darling, darling, darling 
Darling Sean  [ for Flynn ]

Do NOT f with Brian and Martha.

Texada coal transport

Shipping thermal coal via Texada Island is a really bad idea [“Texada facility part of coal export expansion plans,” December 5]. If we don’t reduce our carbon emissions quickly, future storms will make Hurricane Sandy look like a minor squall.

Climate change is a world-wide crisis and we can’t just say it’s China’s problem. We must do everything we can to discourage expansion of the burning of fossil fuels and to encourage development of low carbon energy sources.

Rather than leaving a devastated planet for our grandchildren, let’s act now for a low carbon future.

Brian Voth and Martha Allen

Finn Bay Road

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

letter to Tyee regarding Emperor Harper's visit to the Vancouver Board of Trade (the only people he'll talk to in Vancouver because he knows the rest of us fucking hate him)


No questions at any point from any of the media, at any time during the visit? Is this a democracy or not? What a colonial, control freak, sociopathic PM. Are we asleep at the wheel? Last I checked, this still is a democracy, no? Where is the outrage in this country?
Agree with his politics or not, we should all be alarmed at a government that is so intent on controlling all information and messaging.
The closing of science libraries, the outright denial of climate science, the vilification of citizens and groups that speak out, the constant industry propaganda, the glorification of past wars, while cutting funding for veterans are all very strong signs that the Harper government is a Corporate/Christian Fascist entity, behaving exactly as it should, according to the principles of the Cornwall Alliance.
Time to get off our asses, Canada.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Polar Vortex packs a punch




POLAR VORTEX CAUSES HUNDREDS OF INJURIES AS PEOPLE MAKING SNIDE REMARKS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE ARE PUNCHED 


MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—The so-called polar vortex caused hundreds of injuries across the Midwest today, as people who said “so much for global warming” and similar comments were punched in the face.
Authorities in several states said that residents who had made ignorant comments erroneously citing the brutally cold temperatures as proof that climate change did not exist were reporting a sharp increase in injuries to the face and head regions.
In an emergency room in St. Paul, Harland Dorrinson, forty-one, was waiting to be treated for bruising to the facial area after he made a crack about how the below-freezing temperatures meant that climate-change activists were full of shit.
“I’d just finished saying it and boom, out of nowhere someone punched me in the face,” he said. “This polar vortex is really dangerous.”
The meteorology professor Davis Logsdon, of the University of Minnesota, issued a safety warning to residents of the states hammered by the historic low temperatures: “If you are living within the range of the polar vortex and you have something idiotic to say about climate change, do not leave your house.”


letter to ADF...


I was shocked to hear that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has refused to stop using live animals in trauma training.

All the trauma training skills needed by the ADF can be effectively taught on simulators, including those already approved by the American College of Surgeons. By continuing to mutilate and kill animals when other options are readily available, the ADF appears to be in breach of the National Health and Medical Research Council's guidelines.

More modern training methods that use technology relevant to human health have already been adopted by the majority of NATO nations, and the worldwide standard for military trauma training does not include training on animals.

Please stop using live animals in these cruel and invasive exercises.

I lived in Australia for awhile, a couple years ago and one thing that really struck me about Aussie culture is that you are an animal loving culture. Your country is known globally for its animal activism and you should be proud of that. The UK also has this distinction on the international stage and it doesn't do a country any harm to be known as a progressive nation. 

The ADF is also, in my mind, a very respectable and progressive force and I think that it wouldn't do it any good to be known for this kind of barbaric reputation.

Think about it.

Saturn from above



This top-down image of Saturn was Taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Oct. 10, 2013. 
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is 95.16 times the mass of Earth. That makes it a big fucking planet. Like, second largest in the solar system big. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is the second largest moon in the solar system. It is the only moon known to have any atmosphere. 
On Saturn, the winds can reach speeds of up to 1800 km/h hour. That's like a force 20 hurricane. It would be hard to get an insurance policy on Saturn. 
There are 62 known moons of Saturn, 53 are named. There will probably be some kind of early morning radio call-in show that will let some schmuck name the 54th moon at some point. Until then, there are 9 unnamed chunks of rock and ice caught in the gravitational pull of Saturn, can we handle that? I don't think so. We love naming shit. 
The planet is known as a gas giant, thought to have a solid core. 
  


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/G. Ugarkovic



Democracy for sale on Craigslist


Sunday, January 5, 2014










"Have you ever heard the phrase cockblocking? You know, you’re at a bar, talking to a girl, and what happens? Her less attractive friend comes over and ruins everything. Cockblock. Well I have to tell you something guys: I have been the less attractive friend, and you were NOT cockblocked. I was following orders from my better-looking friend that she did not wanna fuck you. …Girls have two signals for their friends: ‘I’m gonna fuck him’ and ‘HELP.’"

Amy Schumer [x] (via rashaka)

Thursday, January 2, 2014





Ganymede

NASA. Hubble.

Ganymede is the largest moon in our solar system. It is one of Jupiter's sixty four moons. At 5288 km at the equator, it is three times the size of our Moon. It would even be classified as a planet if it were to break free of the gravitational pull of Jupiter. It is actually larger than Mercury and Pluto, the latter being down graded to a planetoid and then being upgraded to dwarf planet. Only we humans could have an argument about what weight class to put a fucking planet in. 
The surface is mostly made up of rock and ice, at times being up to 800 km thick. How can this be, you ask? I do not know but that is a lot of rock and ice. I think it would be better on our Moon. Why do we call our moon The Moon and then all other chunks of rock floating around planets are known as moons?
This is not that unlike us having an orange colour and a fruit that is an orange. And it's orange. 
We humans are a fickle and volatile lot.
I would prefer to be on our Moon rather than be on a moon orbiting Jupiter. The main reason for this is that I would get homesick for a moon closer to Earth. Plus, and this is a big plus, the astronauts left that cool buggy on the Moon.
Some of the ridges, where the dark lines are, are up to 700 meters high and thousands of kilometres long in some places. Imagine that. 
Ganymede was discovered by Galileo on January 7, 1610. It was the first time a moon was discovered orbiting a planet, other than our own Moon. 
Now, ain't that some shit?


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In 2014...

The new year has arrived and i feel restless like a man who wants to run with the wind at my back but another part of me wants to hunker down and feather the nest of proverbial living.
This is the year that we stop being who we are and start being who we want to be, the dream has always been to be an astronaut or at least someone who reports on the weather and the constant state of things, sweet and sometimes sour.
All the sunshine and decorations must come down in order for us to celebrate the fact that our race is still on and we humans are surviving ourselves, against all odds.
The season is set for another round of blame all this shit on the guy who didn't even do anything, let alone know just what the fuck is going on.
We all need something to live for besides fulfilling the duration and demands of a cell phone contract, this is the year we will stand up and say that we are mad as hell and we are not gonna take it anymore.
Will we ever get any electric cars on the road or will we be waiting for it like we wait for a decent leader or a recent teacher to tell us when and where it all started to take a turn for the worse?
I know, we've heard it all before, like that time you walked onto the used car lot and were told to make a deal based on your conviction of what you knew was right and all that you learned from your youth and all that you left behind.
Your education was being left to fight off the demons in the park and in the playground and now you go to work and spend your time fighting the same people they are the ones who will push for a new system when it is needed, it won't be you, you have been way too close to this thing for far too long.
It takes a village to raise the stakes of a fight that was best left to the pacifists.