Author: The Activist

Reader challenges Comox Valley Water Treatment Project rationale

Hello:   Hopefully, after reading this you will reconsider your support to the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project   Why are we fighting a problem that doesn’t exist?   The Comox Valley Regional District has failed to demonstrate that a new Comox Valley Water Treatment is needed.   We need to work as a community to oppose the CVRD project to filter 147 million liters of water per day from the Comox Lake unnecessarily.   The need for this system has not clearly established because the turbidity of the water is not the reason we are going to get sick from drinking that water. There are not laboratory test results from VIHA’s website that show any evidence of E. coli or fecal coliform contamination in recent years in the water coming out of the water chlorination station, I have reviewed the water test results in the last 8 years and have not found the evidence to justify the $110 million-dollar expenditure in the water treatment plant the CVRD is proposing. The design capacity of the system is 147,000,000 Liters of water per day when the actual demand @ 481 Liters per person per day in the service area is only 23,569,000 Liters per day (6 times bigger).   The actual capacity of the system is measured at 8,000,000 M3 per year, for 49,000 residents served by the water system;...

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Beyond Petulance

What could possibly be more absurd than hordes of American people and their legislators spending a lot of anxious time worrying over whether Russian agents injected game changing, Trump promoting “fake news” along with highly persuasive algorithm-informed bot-ature into the American election? Of course, the Russians tried to influence the American election toward what they felt would be a more favorable to them candidate. My gosh, how much did the Americans spend in trying to dispose the elected government of Ukraine? How much did they spend on killing to get the government they want in Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Angola, Congo, Cuba, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile, Guatemala, Brazil? How much are they spending to sabotage the government of Venezuela and support/install the murderous govt of Sisi in Egypt? On one level I see why the US is worried about interference in their election—they must be terribly worried that Karma actually exists! I would like to think that we can blame this tsunami of “fake news” and misinformation bullying on social media.  If it were just social media, we might be able to do something about it. Unfortunately prevarication has become so technologically enmeshed, persuasive, pervasive and ubiquitous that it is difficult to begin imagining a path to any kind of public veracity.  The abject/desperate/this is the fabric of my being addiction in the transfixed eyes and body...

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Salt marching to a better world

I went out for a walk today, New Year’s day—along the river, through Ruth Masters Greenway, along the powerline, by the river. Broken soft white clouds dotted the balmy blue sky. The warm sun reflected off a crunchy few centimeters of snow as white and fresh as the clouds. People smiled in passing and even the dogs seemed friendly. But I was brooding. The news isn’t good. I’ve been watching a documentary on the rise, violence and violent end of the Nazis in Germany. The parallels between the 1930s rise of Hitler and the Nazis in Germany  and the rise of the extreme Republicans under Trump(let’s call them Trumplicans) in the early twenty-first century are terrifying in the least. Both Nazis and Trumplicans are so utterly embedded in their own jingoism and fake news they have no idea of a reality that reflects any kind of objective fact. Clearly Trump had no reason to believe his Birther propaganda about Obama. The only truth that mattered to Trump was that “alternative facts” got an audience by proclaiming blatant lies over and over. Both Trump and Hitler began their terms of office with a relentless war against truth as camouflage for illegal and unbearable affronts to civil society. Both Nazis and Trumplicans blatantly manipulate xenophobia as the solidifying glue of their extremist ideology. The stories Trump manipulated during the election about...

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Growing Pains

“… Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts… the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play.  It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” Robert Kennedy  University of Kansas, March 18, 1968   A United Nations audit of the Paris Agreement on international efforts to curb emission of greenhouse gasses found that even if signators keep their pledges the Earth will heat to at least three degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by 2100. But we aren’t on track to...

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Time to hope is past–time to impeach has come

It is time for action. The lack of leadership consistent with American values, common decency being among the most important,  by Donald Trump has lead me to the inescapable conclusion that we can no longer be patient and wait for Trump to become Presidential. We have little time to continue to be patient, as there is no indication he will become something he does not have the ability to become…a leader of the American people who understands the awesome responsibilities of the office and is able to carry out these responsibilities in a manner consistent with the rule of law and decency the position commands. I come to this conclusion after months of certainty that the worst thing would be to Impeach Trump. That it would further inflame his base of supporters, and that the best thing would be to just ride out his Presidency. and that, perhaps worst of all, were he Impeached, he would become a martyr. However, his behavior has become so problematic, some would say crazy, that we really can’t continue down this road of hoping he will become Presidential. There is no indication he is even aware of what that means. It is time to protect our future, the future of our children, grandchildren, all we hold dear. He must be impeached. This an issue that transcends politics. We can no longer sit by hoping this...

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