At lunch, a bunch of ducks got stuck in a courtyard and needed to be shepherded to the lake.
Under one of the longest bridges spanning the shortest span of water.
The climate criminals in the US Government have names, listed off by an Exxon lobbyist, but still they aren’t being held to account.
The world we live on is burning. Regina frequently has a red Sun in the sky from thick forest fire smoke, making us look more smoggy than Los Angeles.
An offensively dangerous COVID Denier was touring Canada spreading misinformation and hate. The Sask Government and cops welcomed him with words but no real warning.
And in related news, the Health Minister is whining about how people don’t like how he let over 450 people die on his watch:
Meanwhile, Nova Scotia has an outbreak, so go on a 2 week lockdown. Saskatchewan has incompetent school boards deciding to send kids back with record COVID-19 variant numbers in our cities and towns. As schools closed, infection rates among kids went down. Hmm.
I’ve friends who think Council is going too hard, too quickly. I think they’re not going hard or fast enough. They’re fighting the worst scourge on the face of the Earth short of ignorance and apathy:
Building pipelines to replace tired old pipes is not a sound investment. The old pipes lasted for 50 years. Can you honestly envision people driving gas burning cars in 2070?
Taking oil money to pay for community projects that the government should fund, is a self sustaining problem. People will come to associate oil companies with the source of community infrastructure, instead of the provincially owned resource wealth that actually makes it possible.
The news around the world has been more awful than usual, with the President of the USA purportedly getting over his COVID-19 infection, while on dexamethasone (a powerful, potentially mind altering steroid) threatening to kiss guys in the crowd of his maskless rally.
The UK is announcing plans, and at the same time saying they won’t work.
And here in Saskatchewan there’s an election underway, both for the provincial and municipal governments. I have some hope that Regina might elect a few new Councillors, but there’s a religious homophobe running who shamed the Public School Board recently, and no clear, strong alternative to the present right wing mayor. Jim Elliott is running, and would make a good mayor for the years ahead, but Regina’s voters are largely too out of touch with our planetary ecological breakdown to realize that.
But the provincial election is a corrupt dumpster fire. The media continues their effort to shut out the Greens and any other party. And no wonder. Look who pays them:
Big media outside of Saskatchewan is required to get great coverage of what’s going wrong here.
One of the worst things to learn early in the pandemic was that Canada mismanaged its pandemic supply stockpile years ago, and wasted it. This almost certainly was part of the reason for the medical officials to first recommend against the public buying and using medical masks while in public, despite the common sense nature of wanting sick people coughing to have a mask on to contain the virus to some degree.
Expired N95 masks weren’t sufficient for front line workers in March when the government advised against general mask use when within 2m of strangers, but now teachers & students aren’t being given even expired masks to spend all day indoors to spread the plague.
“The virus can harm the heart, and doctors are concerned about long-term damage. How the heart heals after COVID-19 could help determine whether a patient develops an irregular heartbeat.”
Do kids need to be protected from COVID-19 as if it was Polio or Smallpox? I think so.
The plot thickens, like your COVID-19 infected blood.
I’m not a typical human. I’m a mutant, zombie, cyborg — or a person who narrowly survived a cardiac arrest caused by a heart defect due to mutation, and have an implanted computer designed to restart my heart should it suddenly stop again. I also grew up in a village of only ~40 people, walked to school until Grade 8, home schooled in Grade 9, and was driven by school bus for an hour and a half a day, 50km away, for the rest of high school. I took a calculus class by satellite TV, faxing assignments in to Regina. I finished at the top of my class of 12 students.
My experience isn’t average. My siblings had very similar experiences of course, but most humans on Earth didn’t grow up like I did.
I give this background to explain why I don’t think a single different year of distance schooling is destined to harm most children’s education or social development. It might be more crucial to their development that we prevent them from contracting a potentially fatal disease that might require them to get computer implants like I have so they don’t keel over dead at 34 (like I did).
Do I trust the Saskatchewan Government to adjust to scientific data released in July that indicates the virus is airborne, and cleaning surfaces and hands won’t be sufficient to stop outbreaks in schools? It only took them half a year to adjust their opinion on masks being used in public. In another half a year, most students could have already acquired COVID-19 organ damage for the rest of their natural lives.
Before there was a mask shortage to at least partially excuse why medical experts oddly advised against them. They convinced me then. I almost brought it up with a friend walking by my desk in public, with a dust mask around his neck. I saw the same friend a couple weeks ago. He was in public, social distancing, but without a mask, indoors. It’s too large a leap to expect individuals to all mask up without government intervention. And I think it’s a leap to expect political pressure to not corrupt medical science for selfish reasons. I expect the Sask. Government to try and open schools as if everything is normal, because it’s run by amoral, corrupt, anti-science, Luddites and worse.
There’s even a yellow lily too. The white peonies are almost all done.
First power outage in weeks, and it’s lasted at least 10 minutes as of writing this. There was heavy rain this morning, but it let up quickly.
Getting word that the power outage is due to damage from a fire and won’t be fixed until after 5pm.
Yesterday, friends noted how dry it has been the last few years; I’ve been rained on less than a handful of times while commuting to or from work. That isn’t a concern this year, as I’m working from home.
The protests rage on in the USA, as the 1% cower behind their angry and violent police mobs. Police have been shooting people in the face, in an apparent homage to the Dicktatorial Cheney. A homeless man in a wheelchair was bleeding from his forehead after police assaulted him. A more famous incident in Buffalo had an older man go to hospital with a serious head injury as officers shoved him backward. The 2 who touched him were suspended and the 57 other piggies went wee wee wee half the way home, resigning from the special goon squad, while remaining paid officers. Their leader announced that the cops were just following orders to leave the injured man unconscious on the pavement/sidewalk.
Just following orders!
A photojournalist lost an eye to cops shooting it out.
Also in Minneapolis, journalists were beaten and pepper sprayed as they fled the violent cop mob.
The American police are out of control, but in Canada there was another murder of an Indigenous woman by an officer just days ago.
The PM was kneeling in solidarity, but it seems like more of an empty gesture when he fails to use his real power. It’s no different from when he marched in Greta’s climate rally while pushing ahead with a doomsday pipeline project.
His 20 seconds of silence response to Trump’s gassing of protesters to get his upside down bible photo op, was not well recieved for a similar reason. One time for show, but now he needs to help people hurt by the Republicans.
The end game for this may be no change, but it’s looking like the start of another Occupy Wall Street level movement. Maybe another American revolution.
The garden is showing increased signs of life, with peas, spinach, beans, and more all sprouting. My potato towers today are showing obvious signs of early success.