Plague Update: POStmedia Shows Its Soul

How ghoulish is our national post anyway? That’s kind of rhetorical, because we all know now they’d rather see bodies piled high in the streets like in Ecuador, than risk giving a poor person a hand-up during the worst global economic and health crisis of perhaps a over half a century.

People will be dying by the scores in the second wave we all don’t want to accept is coming, regardless of what we all are likely to do.

Moe still plans to force some frivolous things open in early May while our R-naught has dipped below 1. It’ll jump back over 1 most likely in a few days or weeks, meaning that each infected person will on average spread the virus to more than 1 other person.

Plague 2020: Life On The Inside

The WHO’s warnings to close schools at the end of February were accurate.

Unsurprising to me, the climate crisis Deniers are out in full force trying to deny scientific pandemic response since their beloved oil markets have tanked completely. It’s not enough for them to kill us with air pollution and climate change, now they want people to get infected with a virus that kills between 15% and .5% of those afflicted. I blocked National Post on Twitter for publishing Lawrence Solomon’s despicable Trump-esque call to return to dangerous work.

I haven’t been away from home since Monday, and won’t likely for weeks from now.

#StayHome, and if you go anywhere, don’t touch your face, keep 2m distance from everyone you’re not already living with, and wash your hands upon returning.

ADDED:

Jana Pruden #Minifie2020 Lecture

Live streamed at UR Journalism Facebook.

I’ll be tweeting during the lecture, stay tuned.

Hypocrisy It Isn’t

Notable climate crisis musician and activist Laura Stewart in the Leader Post explaining why climate activists aren’t hypocrites for pressuring governments to take action they cannot personally:
leaderpost com/opinion/letters/letters-to-the-editor-oct-17-2019-climate-change-protesters-arent-the-major-emitters

Climate protesters aren’t hypocrites

Regina’s climate protesters are not hypocrites. They demand government action on problems their personal actions can’t touch.

Critics say, “Pick up litter.” Some protesters do that. Some attempt zero-waste living. But of Saskatchewan’s 76 megatonnes of emissions, the “Waste and Others” sector makes up only three per cent.

Yes, many protesters bike, walk, or bus to the marches. But “Passenger Transportation” produces just six per cent of emissions. And it’s a nine-hour bike ride to the legislature from my home town.

What personal actions could drive down the 34 per cent of emissions from “Oil and Gas” production? During one march, a critic suggested turning off the gas to my house, but that’s consumption — counted in the “Buildings” sector at only four per cent.

How about reducing the 19 per cent of emissions from “Electricity”? Eliminating all residential electricity would cut only about three per cent of overall emissions. And critics complain about protesters’ cell phones.

“Agriculture” produces 22 per cent of emissions — and $13 billion in exports. Many protesters avoid eating meat — another partial solution. But about nine per cent of Saskatchewan’s overall emissions come from crop production, because it releases nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas nearly 300 times worse than carbon dioxide.

We need government actions to make high emissions costly, make lowering emissions pay, and make zero emissions an affordable choice. Otherwise, we subsidize our present prosperity at the expense of our children’s future.

The most important personal action you can take to help solve the climate emergency? Talk about it.

Laura Stewart, Regina

This is a subject that I’ve discussed years ago too.

Podcast on Sunday

Jeff Cliff interviewed me for his Facebook Live stream on Sunday. We discussed Saskatchewan politics, media, blogging, censorship, and the Amazon Fires.

For instance, I can link to Facebook, but people trying to link here from Facebook are told my blog doesn’t meet Facebook’s “Community Standards”. If you can figure out why, that would be quite the feat.

Also noticed that http://www.abandonedstuff.com isn’t redirecting to this WordPress address right now, so I don’t know if that’s a permanent problem introduced by WordPress, or something else.

Transition From Coal Ignored By SaskParty

People who know what a Luddite the Premier of Saskatchewan is, knows the answer to my rhetorical question.

Speaking The Truth

CBC and other media need to recognize the following as true if we’re going to advance as a society. It’s likely to make them, and you, uncomfortable. Growth isn’t automatic and easy.

– Canada has committed genocide against First Nations people.

– Climate change has become a crisis.

– We won’t survive as a civilization this century without significant, yet still possible, changes to our daily lives. That means changes to our economy.

– The American President should not be quoted in headlines because more often than not he’s lying to manipulate people.

– Billionaires have too much power, and far too much money and need to return it to governments for massive investment in social programs like healthcare for Americans without any.
“all these billionaires and this 9 year old has to pay off his schoolmates’ lunch [debt]”

Jun 10
Jeet Heer (Retweeted Waleed Shahid):
“The Koch Brothers understand, and other billionaires do too, that centrist Dems are a crucial line of defense in stopping social democracy.”

– Canadian Conservative politicians have no feasible plan to deal with pollution, and their party leadership opposes real action to reduce pollution on time.

– Conservative Premiers put their federal party’s electoral wishes ahead of national unity and cooperation.

– Regina lacks the transportation infrastructure to meet its 100% renewable by 2050 target.

– The 2050 target is insufficient to meet our objective to survive the climate crisis.

WikiLeaks: US Shows Hand

As many journalists and others have been saying for a decade, the US was seeking Assange to charge him with an anti-Constitutional law that threatens investigative journalists around the world.

Many people don’t like Assange, for a variety of reasons, some of them real, and some of them concocted by the US smear campaign run against him. They shouldn’t let their hate blind them as to the real threat.

Assange shared the scoops with newspapers, who are now also at risk of being charged with spying, while they practice journalism like Assange clearly does.

Leader-Post Is “Controversial”

Controversial is a code word for “racist”. That’s according to multiple tweets by the Leader-Post in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Reading into the linked article, there was a passage from Wikipedia, not credited to the Creative Commons encyclopedia.

Wikileaks: Assange Arrested in London

Assange has been a political prisoner for most of a decade and he still is one today, not a criminal hacker.