Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Come on take my hand, let's go together...

Look at the difference in the 2 hands. One hand is 40 years old and the other less than 4 months. The 40 year old hand has had a circle hook puncture it, causing hundreds of pounds of fishing gear, pulled by a strong tide, to hang from that hook that was now embedded. This happened in January 1993, off Hunter Island, North of Hakai Pass. Commercial cod fishing.
The wear and tear on that 40 year old hand and the absolute newness and softness of that 4 month old hand is a stark contrast. 
One is such innocence and the other experience. And, my friends, we all know that experience is a true leader in development for those who seek it. 

Letter to New West Council

Dear Mayor and Council, New Westminster;
I am writing in regards to 57 Sixth Street and the proposal to build a high rise, rental-only building on that site. I don't oppose development in principle, I support what New West is doing around town, with respect to most of the developments. I am a relatively new resident of New West, having moved here from Vancouver about 3 years ago.
I used to live at 14 Begbie Street but had to move due to the constant state of construction and what that does to a neighbourhood for an extended period of time. Again, I am not against development but I believe in responsible development. It seems that every corner of this town is under attack from the developer class. This is a major flaw in the civic politics of the city of Vancouver and I do hope the city of New West is not going to find itself going down that road. The lure of an accelerated tax base is exciting for a city that has been quite stagnant for some time.

We are a young family that plan to stay in New West and grow within this community. The thought of a massive tower that caters to renter-only, closet sized apartments is a bit off putting, to be honest.
I see that the New West council just stipulated that the next Marinus Tower have more 2 and 3 bedroom suites, before they proceed, so it is obvious that this town council listens to its citizens and their wishes, so I have much hope that their voices will be heard again, on this latest issue.
I am not writing you to be a thorn in your side or to be a NIMBY person, who wants the door shut behind them.
I just want the New West Council to know that there is a well informed citizenry in the community who care about the future of their neighbourhoods and hope that you will proceed with caution.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,
Tony Durke.

11 signs you might be a MEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST (via slack-of-all-trades)

  1. You have no problem with the gender wage gap. But you hate having to pay for dates.
  2. You insist that it’s a scientifically proven fact that men are stronger than women. But you complain about society believing that it’s worse for a man to hit a woman than for a woman to hit a man.
  3. You believe that the age of consent is unfair and that there’s nothing wrong with having sex with teenage girls. But when you find out that a teenage girl enjoys sex, you believe she’s the biggest slut in the world.
  4. You hate when a woman automatically assumes that a man is a douchebag before getting to know him. But when you like a woman who likes another man, you assume he’s a douchebag just because he’s not you.
  5. You believe that if women want equality, they should be drafted into the military. But you also believe that the military is not a place for women.
  6. You hate when women assume that men are like wild animals. But you believe that a woman who doesn’t cover up and make herself invisible to men is just like someone wearing a meat suit around wild animals.
  7. You hate the fact that men are bullied for not conforming to their male gender roles. But when you find out that a man disagrees with your beliefs about women’s rights, your immediate response is to try to emasculate him by comparing him to a woman as an insult.
  8. You hate when women assume that there are no nice guys. But you call yourself a nice guy and act like it’s a rare quality that should cause women to be all over you.
  9. You hate when women assume that men just want to get laid. But when you find out that a man is a feminist, you assume that he’s just doing it to get laid.
  10. You hate when women make generalizations about all men. But when a woman calls you out for being sexist, you claim that all men think like you.
  11. You insist that women should be responsible for protecting themselves from being raped. But when they follow the one piece of advice that actually works, which is being aware of red flags, you complain about them assuming that all men are rapists.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Say hello to my little friend...

Another classic from the past that never gets old. Listen again for the first time.

Durko's Art show!

Upcoming show starts May 10th, at Fort Langley Studios#101 9103 Glover Road
Langley, BC, Phone: 604-371-2899.
Opening night and reception is on Saturday, May 10th.
Show runs from may 10th to May 31st.
Buy art, buy happiness.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Having grown up in a small Canadian resource town, I know what they mean when they say green is the new red. In high school, all the logger's kids would demonise anyone who dared to question the official policy of total environmental destruction. Lyall Island and Clayquot Sound were all over the news, making the First Nations and the hippie protestors the brunt of all vitriol coming not only from those involved directly but the media loves a good fight, so the two parties were pitted against each other. Divide and conquer is the oldest play in the game.

The promise of jobs is always the bankster and the capitalist line to get the people behind them. Nothing like a job at a mill or a refinery to get everyone excited. And the enviros just seem like spoil sports, with their petty, trite demands. 

Beware the vilification of the good ones. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. 

Peaceful fighter.

Transcanada = bullshit for sale.

But the reality is...

Pipelines are not safe. They are fucking lying to us every fucking day on TV, radio, internet, newspapers, magazines.
And the government already gave them $1.6 Billion of your tax dollars last year because, well, they fucking need it, that's why. What're you gonna do about it?
Anything? It's your country. Your back yard...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A young Irish girl and a British soldier, 1970s


Artists create picture to be seen by drones. The girl in the picture had her entire family bombed and killed by a drone.

Some researchers say Pigs have the intelligence of a three year old human child. 

Letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Dear Right Honourable Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Gail Shea,

I am writing you to voice my opposition to the seal hunt, which is now, once again, underway in this great country of ours. And, what a hunt it will be! Shooting! Clubbing! Drowning! Bleeding to death! 
And I see your typically 19th century minded government has gone ahead, in its most progressive fashion, and maintained the annual quota at 400,000. 

That is a pretty ridiculous number, considering nobody wants this stuff anymore. Anywhere in the world. But, your government derives many of its votes from knuckle dragging, gun toting, barbaric, redneck idiots, so I don't blame you for taking a stand against us, the granola munching, lefty, hippy, animal rights activists. I mean, you must know that you will never get a single vote from us, right? That is why you made the comments about how 'we' are responsible for China not wanting our seal products. 
When, in reality, the Chinese people do not want these products. Believe me, this is a country whose people will eat almost anything, I mean, these people decorate their homes with elephant tusks and eat grizzly bear gall bladders because they believe it will give them virility or something. The last people on Earth to ever pay any mind to an animal rights activist is Chinese people.

And it is not just your government. It has been a succession of governments, even the filthy Liberals, who have tried to hock our seal products to the Chinese, as far back as 1985. Canada was built on three things, Gail. Genocide of First Nations, cheap Chinese labour and seal pelts. So, your government, being the anachronistic, Victorian era government that it is, wants to harken back to the days of yore, when men were men and every living thing on God's green Earth ran scared.

For goodness sake, Gail, your government is already giving away all our resources to China, running roughshod over Canadians and First Nations to get that diluted bitumen to the coast and into ships, bound for refineries and untold Chinese jobs. But that is for another time and it is a subject best tabled in the presence of the Minister in Charge of the Destruction of Canada for Big Oil.

I can't even be polite or civil anymore to your government, they represent all that is wrong in this world. 
You called this hunt "sustainable" and "humane", when given the opportunity to speak to the media. Do you actually believe this, Gail? Clubbing and shooting sentient mammals to death, drowning them, sticking gaff hooks into the bellies of still-alive seals? In the presence of other seals, including their parents or pups? You call this HUMANE? If you say that is humane, then I challenge you to look within yourself and question your own beliefs about the sanctity of life. 

You also said that "90 percent of the seals are killed with high powered rifles", as if that is a nice friendly little way to die. Oh! a bullet in the face! Goody! That's all a seal ever wanted!
And what about the other 10%? Clubbed, drowned, gaffed, bled to death. Super humane, Gail. Canada should be proud.

This industry will eventually end, when the people of this country get off their lazy asses and do something worthwhile to stand up for this once great nation. The EU has banned our seal products, Russia doesn't want them, even China doesn't want them. I guess the furs will be stacking up in some warehouse somewhere, with nobody to buy them.

I don't know why your government doesn't just buy out the controversial hunting program, it would look really good on our country to do something progressive for once. But no, it will never happen under the watchful eye of Mein Harper because every single decision that is made in Ottawa is ideologically driven and, in some cases, as in the seal hunt, it is even done in spite.

Have a happy Easter. And remember, Jesus was an animal lover.

Tony Durke.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

IPCC report censored. Unsurprisingly.

"A major climate report presented to the world was censored by the very governments who requested it, frustrating and angering some of its lead authors. …
[E]ntire paragraphs, plus graphs showing where carbon emissions have been increasing the fastest, were deleted from the summary during a week’s debate prior to its release. Other sections had their meaning and purpose significantly diluted. They were victims of a bruising skirmish between governments in the developed and developing world over who should shoulder the blame for, and the responsibility for fixing, climate change.
One report author joked that he felt like a “pawn” who had been sacrificed in a game. Several others told Fairfax [Media Limited] the rancour was much greater than in previous IPCC meetings.
The encounter was a prelude to what promises to be a bitter battle in Paris next year, where countries are intended to sign a new binding treaty on radical action against global warming. Countries including — but not limited to — the United States, Brazil, China and Saudi Arabia fought to ensure the summary could not be used as a weapon against them in pre-Paris negotiations."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

circus elephants for the kids

Centuries of listening never got them anywhere
The time it took to say it wore them all out
The attention spans are shorter than they used to be
Still, this is all more or less the same old story
Wars and Sales got us to where we are today
a place between there and here
a land of have no fear
except the one that creeps up on you and leaves you feeling
restless and sleepless
The kinda nights lived by a rounder a drifter a shiftless grifter
the romance of a life notorious
lost all its glory, really
it is too late, the dream has already passed
all you can hope for is a warm place to sleep
and music to listen to
Stories to tell and stories to read
You can be as hard as you want but you will break
at the sight of the simplicity
What was once a nexus is now a singularity
The love I have found
The sound of alliance

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It’s Equal Pay Day – a day that shows how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012. After all, women still make just 77 cents to a man’s dollar. This gender gap affects women (and their families) from all backgrounds, ages, and at all levels of education – and it’s unacceptable. 

Patriarchy must die.