Burning the environment to save it

What a weird and wondrous story a detailed investigation of the conversion of the Drax power station to bio-mass fueling (mostly wood chips) would make.  Who is behind that one and who profits the most, the owners, the accountants, the politicians or perhaps the media?

Even Wikipedia must be considered to be part of the media. It cannot be trusted to tell the truth on environmental issues.  It does not even mention that Drax is now being partially powered by wood chips imported from places such as the US and produced by mining vast tracts of land for trees (although Wikipedia’s main article on the Drax power station covers that). Even if the fears that man-made CO2 plays a controlling part in the alleged but undetectable man-made global warming were correct, how does anyone in their right mind rationalize that that particular scheme will reduce global warming, save any money, and reduce CO2 emissions or even environmental pollution?

The net effect will of course be nothing other than that coal mining in Britain will be replaced with clear-cutting in the US, Europe and Africa; that local jobs will be lost; taxes, energy cost and pollution will increase, and that more people in Britain will shiver in winter on account of not being able to afford to heat their homes.

Drax Power Station

The former Central Electricity Generating Board commissioned Drax power station in two phases in 1974 and 1986. It is the largest power station in the United Kingdom, producing around 8% of Britain’s electricity, and is the second-largest coal-fired plant in Europe. It has a potential consumption of 36,000 tonnes of coal a day and produces 1.5 million tonnes of ash a year. It is both the United Kingdom’s largest producer of carbon emissions, and one of the UK’s most carbon dioxide-efficient power stations.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drax,_North_Yorkshire#Drax_Power_Station

See also:

http://about.newenergyfinance.com/about/bnef-news/drax-gets-163-million-from-u-k-to-switch-to-wood-from-coal-2/

http://www.backbiomass.co.uk/newsroom-story.php?id=207

“Depending on Government subsidies, Drax eventually plans to convert the coal-fired plant into one mainly fired by biomass….” http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/business-news/shepherd-group-awarded-biomass-contract-at-drax-1-4351397

The total costs for the scheme are creeping ever closer to £1 billion. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-2180344/Draxs-700m-reap-benefits-green-energy.html

It’s a scam driven by green insanity.  However, the powers have a long way to go before they run out of red herrings with which to divert people’s attention from what really matters.

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Are we seeing the death of global-warming alarmism?

The IPPC’s newest Climate assessment report (AR5) is due to be released this month.  Searching the Internet for that will produce some article even in the main-stream media.

It is obvious that the IPPC has not been able to find evidence of continuing global warming trends.  The warming trend that the IPPC and its camp followers have been tauting for all these years came to a halt close to 17 years ago and appears unlikely to resume any time soon, while the alleged culprit, atmospheric CO2, has been steadily on the rise.  It is at best difficult to avoid the conclusion that CO2 has been exonerated, but the IPPC maintains its insistence that global warming is (or will be) happening.

The principle of the climate change alarmism needs to be put into the proper perspective.   It needs to be considered along with the hoax of limited resources.

As to running out of resources, there are no limits to resources. The development of resources is only limited by human ingenuity. We have not yet run out of any resources, ever. We never will.

Energy is the life-blood of nations. What better way to raise tax revenues for governments than to drive up the cost of energy for end-consumers? Although there is some competition between sources of fuel that keeps energy costs somewhat in check, royalties and various other taxes comprise the vast majority of the price of energy to end consumers, at absolutely no penalties in terms of capital investment for governments. Add to that taxes on taxes, such as cap and trade, carbon taxes and value-added taxes.

The higher the costs of energy-generation, -transmission and -distribution, the more tax revenues can be garnered, without any legislative debates. The scheme is a bureaucrat’s dream come true. Anything that can be done to make energy more expensive, such as hare-brained schemes for generating energy from renewable resources makes the scheme more attractive and far more lucrative. After all, it is not possible to generate energy from wind, the sun or bio-mass at a lower cost than from conventional sources, such as coal, natural gas, nuclear plants and hydro dams.

Energy from renewable resources is as a rule two to three times more expense than from conventional sources, period! It cannot be made competitive. It cannot be made attractive to investors without paying enormous subsidies, which subsidies drive up the cost of energy to end consumers.

The consequences of all of that ripple through the economy. Energy costs drive up costs of raw materials as well as those of manufactured goods, which in turn drives jobs and whole industries off-shore, causing unemployment in industrial nations.

The rest is history. All it took to get uninformed voters and politicians to buy into the scam was to convince them that the globe needed saving. That is what people like Maurice Strong and cohort promptly set out to do. The industrial nations eagerly cooperated. That is a war that is a long way from coming to an end. It is a war against the common people, especially against the poorest of the poor.

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Fascism, Nazism, Communism, Feminism

This may be a bit more than you wish to read, but have a look. Maybe the first three paragraphs tell you everything about fascism you need to know.  However, if you wish to read more about the conection between fascism, communism and feminism, you need to read more than just those first paragraphs.  Take a a look: http://fathersforlife.org/culture/ideology.htm

Eric Hoffer is mentioned in that page, and it is a good thing to see what Eric Hoffer had to say about fascism, especially about the evolution of fascism in the U.S.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Hoffer

Just to make sure that you don’t overlook the context in which Eric Hoffer is mentioned, here it is, as is the quote from Eric Hoffer (at the end of the quoted text):

Quote:
Even though their methods reek of a communist conspiracy, most, if not all, feminists object strongly to any accusations of being communists.  Does a leopard change its spots?  He would still be a leopard even if he could.  Are communist ideologies no longer communist just because they are now encompassed under the all-embracing term feminism? [1]
Many people said that “The end justifies the means.”  If the means used by feminism are the same as those that communism, fascism, or any other extremism use to achieve their ends, and if the ends that will be achieved are the same, the domination of society — and indeed the domination of the world — and the planned destruction of our families and moral traditions by a group of like-minded extremists, how can anyone then claim that feminism is any more benevolent to society than any of its related ideologies are? [2]

Prof. Daniel Amneus, devoted his book “The Garbage Generation” to the description of the consequences of feminist extremism and how little there is about the outcomes of communism and feminism that can be used to tell them apart.  On page 64 to 66 he says:

According to feminists Barbara Love and Elizabeth Shanklin:

“The matriarchal mode of child-rearing, in which each individual is nurtured rather than dominated from birth provides the rational basis for a genuinely healthy society, a society of self-regulating, positive individuals.”

Things are this way in the ghettos, where half of the young bear the surnames of their mothers, and where the proportion of such maternal surnames increases every year, along with crime and the other accompaniments of matriarchy.
“You Frenchmen,” said an Iroquois Indian three hundred years ago to the Jesuit Father Le Jeune, “love only your own children; we love all the children of the tribe.”  In a promiscuous matriclan this is the best way to see that all children are cared for; but it will not create the deep family loyalties needed to usher a society out of the Stone Age.  “At the core of patriarchy,” says Adrienne Rich, “is the individual family unit which originated with the idea of property and the desire to see one’s property transmitted to one’s biological descendants.”  This creation of wealth cannot be motivated by a desire to transmit it to an ex-wife or to a welfare system which undermines the families whose resources it feeds upon.
The patriarchal family, whose linchpin is female chastity and loyalty, makes men work.  That is why civilization must be patriarchal and why it slides into chaos, as ours is doing, where family arrangements become matrilineal.  What feminist Marie Richmond-Abbott says of men in general is especially true of men in capitalist patriarchy:

“A man’s life is defined by his work, his occupation. The first question a man is usually asked is, “What do you do?” People shape their perception of him according to his answer.”

A man’s life may be defined by his work even under matriarchy, but it is only loosely defined. Here, described by the 19th century German explorer, G. W. Schweinfurth, is the way males perform when females regard them as inessential. The tribe described is the Monbuttu:

“Whilst the women attend to the tillage of the soil and the gathering of the harvest, the men, except they are absent either for war or hunting, spend the entire day in idleness. In the early hours of the morning they may be found under the shade of the oil-palms, lounging at full length upon their carved benches and smoking tobacco. During the middle of the day they gossip with their friends in the cool halls.”

Similarly, under communism, the state’s guarantee of economic security weakens the male’s commitment to work and undermines his productivity. “The other day,” writes Eric Hoffer,

“I happened to ask myself a routine question and stumbled on a surprising answer. The question was: What is the uppermost problem which confronts the leadership in a Communist regime? The answer: The chief preoccupation of every government between the Elbe and the China Sea is how to make people work — how to induce them to plow, sow, harvest, build, manufacture, work in the mines, and so forth. It is the most vital problem which confronts them day in day out, and it shapes not only their domestic policies but their relations with the outside world.”

    Who wants to plow, sow, harvest, build, manufacture, work in the mines — unless the work, unsatisfying and unfulfilling in itself, is made meaningful by a man’s knowledge that it must be done if he is to provide for his family?

The Garbage Generation, by Daniel Amneus, pp. 64-66

—end quote; more at http://fathersforlife.org/culture/ideology.htm

The web page that contains that text also contains a link to an article titled “Matriarchy in the USSR“.  Check that out.  It is not very long but is essential reading.

The key statement in the article is the last one:

“When at our days representatives of so named women’s movement debate about unequal position of women in ex-USSR, it would be useful to recall the real position, which was got to contemporary society from the times of USSR. Mature soviet society was a society of developed matriarchy, and motion to mature matriarchy was a content of soviet history since 1917.”

That appears to explains it all, perhaps even that the beginning of modern social evolution with respect to matriarchy is firmly rooted in the Bolshevik revolution. The article is quite clear on that the roots of the Bolshevik revolution go back to the “Manifesto of the Communist Party” by Marx and Engels (1848/49)

The question now is: how did the Soviet matriarchy spread from there and then to every part of the “free” world?

I like the addendum to the article:

“It would be strange and new for some people that we consider modern society and analyse it. Scientists are accustomed to search matriarchy somewhere at far away islands or in Africa. We know it but we can only be surprised at their waiting for future to study our societies as a past in their academic manner.

Possibly matriarchal modern society is Israel. Its laws openly assert matrilineality and there is no need to prove and analyse anything (see article “Who is a Jew?” in Wikipedia).”

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Death or life? You decide.

They told you abortion is healthcare? Does healthcare usually kill people?

captured at http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/p480x480/1000817_529066753814161_1684900575_n.jpg

Abortion is being promoted for a number of reasons. The rationalization used to justify it is that is is being done “in the best interest of the children” (every child born is a wanted child) and to “promote equal rights for women” (so as to liberate women from the biological constraint of being the bearers of new life).

In a different place and under another totalitarian regime, deadly human engineering, not quite as massive or as massively deadly, was being promoted not all that long ago thus:

“[The State] must set race in the center of all life. It must take care to keep it pure. It must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. It must see to it that only the healthy beget children….”
— Hitler, in ‘Mein Kampf’

To put that into perspective, world-wide, the annual death toll due to abortions is now vastly greater than the combined career totals in human lives of Stalin and Hitler, which makes population control in the name of feminism and to save the environment an ideology that is far more deadly than any of those that humanity ever had to cope with.

Throughout the history of ten-thousand years of civilization, a mother’s womb used to be the safest place for human life, but that has now been changed.

The killing of children about to be born, right in the wombs of their mothers, became acceptable, even desirable and most definitely deliberate, at the rate of 50 million or more annually, world-wide. It should not surprise us that human life at any other stage becomes at least equally — if not more — disposable.

After legalizing the killing of children about to be born on an industrial scale, anything can and will become acceptable. Suicide will be legalized and is already legal in many nations. Assisting someone to kill himself will be made acceptable and already is legal in some nations.

From voluntary euthanasia through assisted suicide we will progress to widespread, compulsory euthanasia, with selection criteria being anything imaginable. Selection criteria already used are: color, race, age, productivity, ideology, sex, wealth, physical appearance, intellect…there is no limit.

There will be no death squads or concentration camps. Euthanasia is being enacted through the rationing of health care services, not so much through deliberate budget cuts as it is being done through the limiting of financial resources of whole nations, through the limiting of their economic and industrial development, through nothing more than simply making energy unaffordable for increasingly larger numbers of people — with the poorest being the ones affected most severely.

People who must choose between eating and using energy to improve the quality of their lives will not have any financial resources left to fund social safety nets and will not even complain when those don’t come into existence or fall into disrepair and collapse. They will be too busy with finding something to eat.

A nation that kills children about to be born has lost the will to live and will surely die. It will shy away from nothing that will accelerate its own demise and that of other nations, to make life ostensibly more pleasant for those permitted to live, to permit and to force them to scavenge. The fewer survivors, the more there is for each to scavenge. That is the inevitable outcome in a civilization obsessed by the doctrine of limited resources and the culture of death.

However, resources are not limited, because there is no limit to human ingenuity.

A miserable death or a comfortable life? The choice is ours.

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On the outcomes of fatherlessness in “families”

Some years ago I told someone who was doing the intake interviews of prisoners at the Edmonton Maximum Security Prison that it would be a good idea to check for the extent of fatherlessness in the background of the prisoners he was interviewing.

He told me a few weeks later that he had replaced one of the questions on the intake questionnaire (asking “Did your mother have gout?” — consider that just about none of the prisoners asked that question would have a clue what gout is, and that the purpose of that question was to help determine whether the prisoner’s mother was afflicted by alcoholism) with “Was your father present in your family when you were 18 years of age?”

He said that everyone of the first ten prisoners who were asked that new question he had designed answered “No”.

The making of juveniles into criminals does involve women in influential key roles:

(h/t Rk Hendrick)

“The Justice Department first discovered the startling form of abuse in 2010, when it surveyed more than 9,000 youngsters living in juvenile halls and group homes. More than 10 percent of the respondents said they’d been sexually abused by staff and 92 percent said their abuser was female.” … In the last three years, the numbers haven’t changed much.

Boys in Custody and the Women Who Abuse Them

The nation’s system of juvenile justice has long been troubled. But recent studies have revealed a surprising new menace: female staffers at detention facilities sexually abusing the male youngsters in their care.

Hand in hand with that goes the militarization of police forces throughout the world.

(h/t Tom Smith — Friday July 5 2013, 12:16pm )

This article is about the militarisation of American Police forces. The author mistakenly says this is a phenomenon of “recent years”. The truth is it began in the early Seventies in response to the riots on campus and in the cities.

“The agents’ excessive display of force is outrageously disproportionate to the offense they mistakenly thought they witnessed: an underage purchase of alcohol. But in a sense, Daly got off easy. A couple of weeks after her ordeal, a 61-year-old man in Tennessee was killed when the police executed a drug raid on the wrong house. A few weeks later, in another wrong-house raid, police officers killed a dog belonging to an Army veteran. These are not isolated incidents; for more information, visit the interactive map.

They are, however, part and parcel of two broader phenomena. One is the militarization of domestic law enforcement. In recent years, police departments have widely adopted military tactics, military equipment (armored personnel carriers, flash-bang grenades) — and, sometimes, the mindset of military conquerors rather than domestic peacekeepers.

Hinkle: Commit any felonies lately?

Elizabeth Daly went to jail over a case of bottled water.

Thus is becomes very obvious that the feminist project for deconstructiing society and transforming it into a totalitarian system is a two-prong approach:

  1. Removing fathers from their traditional roles as a heads, providers and protectors of families, and
  2. Replacing men in other traditionally male roles throughout society, through the simple expedient of affirmative action hiring for women.

Simple but effective, and all resistance is futile. No one can oppose any of that, because such opposition would be against equal rights for women.

I hate to harp around on this, but you are seeing social evolution in action. Not only that, but believe me that you will become used to seeing ever more expansive socialism evolve into more and more totalitarianism. People will even become used to seeing summary executions in public view (I didn’t but only because my parents would not let me). Let’s hope that all of it will not go so far that the relatives of the executed will be sent bills for the ammunition used with which to kill their loved ones.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

That is about the same as what Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel said about history:

“What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”

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Hikikomori: Japanese men who refuse to leave their rooms

4 July 2013 Last updated at 19:21 ET

Hikikomori: Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms?

By William Kremer and Claudia Hammond BBC World Service
Link to article

As many as a million young people in Japan are thought to remain holed up in their homes – sometimes for decades at a time. Why?
(h/t Barry Hammond)

The article describes what it set out to find, but it addresses the other side of the issue like this, and make sure not to miss it:

What about the girls?

[Photo of an unhappy Asian girl]

  • Hikikomori are seen as predominantly male – Tamaki Saito says males occupy 70%- 80% of the group
  • However, an internet survey by NHK found just 53% to be male
  • Andy Furlong at the University of Glasgow speculates that female withdrawal into the home seems so natural to Japanese society that women hikikomori may remain unreported>>>

What is the truth? For one thing, who is NHK? (The article mentions “NHK” twice but fails to explain what the abbreviation stands for.)  Secondly, Internet surveys are not statistically-valid survey tools, at best very imprecise; they are self-selecting and represent sample populations that are not randomly selected.  That means that no statistically-valid projections can be made from such surveys to a whole population.

There is a wide range in the estimates for boys and men offered, substantiated by — as far as I can tell — two anecdotes.  Statements such as “Hikikomori are seen as predominantly male – Tamaki Saito says males occupy 70%- 80% of the group,” without identifying what comprises the “group,” are not very helpful with establishing the dimensions of the issue.

Given the anecdotal evidence observed by my wife and me here in Canada (and we never made even an attempt to formally study the issue here or anywhere else), we are led to believe that the problem could be as prevalent in Canada as it is in Japan, except that perhaps no one has yet bothered to investigate whether the problem exists here, let alone report on it.

I grant that the problem exists but am not convinced as to how prevalent it is, that it is a uniquely Japanese issue, or that anyone can state with any acceptable degree of confidence what its global distribution or trends are. Seven billion people have not been studied sufficiently well to permit the conclusion that what the article describes deviates from a global norm.

Take note of another side-bar:

Hikikomori – just a Japanese thing?

[Photo of a man and his son arguing]

  • Hikikomori has entered the Oxford English Dictionary as “In Japan: abnormal avoidance of social contact”
  • But Saito Tamaki believes it is also a problem in Korea and Italy
  • After a 2002 BBC documentary, Saito received a flurry of emails from British parents who said their children were in a similar condition
  • Andy Furlong points out that young people in Western societies frequently “take time out” in gap years or have “false starts” on careers or courses without attracting stigma
  • He adds that the preconditions for a hikikomori-like problem are falling into place in Europe, with 50% youth unemployment in some countries, forcing young people to continue living at home

Well, as I had stated above, Canada is another nation where the problem exists.

Still, I see why the BBC article puts the emphasis on Japan. Someone needed justification to investigate the problem in Japan:

Hikikomori

The Truth About Mental Health Episode 6 of 6

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: Friday 05 July 2013

In Japan hundreds of thousands of young people withdraw from society for years or even decades.

They are known as hikikomori and Claudia Hammond travels to Tokyo to discover more about this mysterious condition and why it is so prevalent in Japan. [My emphasis --WHS]

With a few more articles on Japan’s epidemic of hikikomori, the BBC should be able to get enough funding to send a few more of its staff to Japan to study the issue in-situ — never mind that the problem exists elsewhere, even right at home, and could be studied there far more economically. Still, that would require common sense, and it is my impression that the BBC lost just about all of that a long time ago, but that is to be expected, given a practically open-ended budget funded out of the virtually inexhaustible pockets of the taxpayers.

Sure enough, here is a link to another BBC article on the epidemic of  hikikomori.

Hikikomori is being presented as a malaise. Individuals afflicted by it are called “patients” and “sufferers” who must be treated with kindness to cure them of their affliction, so as to ease their return to society.

Is it really a disease? Would it not be more accurate to consider it nothing other than simply malingering?

Is it conceivable that hikikomori will be possible for parents who are not sufficiently affluent to be able to feed idle hands or in a society without a welfare system that eagerly jumps to the rescue of those who can but don’t want to work, even if it is nothing more than to pay those who cannot find work?

In a country where the GDP per capita is not more than $500 a year, at least 99 per cent of the population would not dream of indulging hikikomori “sufferers.” It seems reasonable that the problem of hikikomori becomes the more prevalent the more affluent a society becomes, with the highest incidence rates to be found in countries with a GDP per capita of $50,000 or more a year.

Why are some people in the affluent nations surprised that people in less affluent nations and in those with a substantial portion of their population starving hate them?  One should not be surprised that the BBC and its staff were to be the least likely to find out about the reason for that.  They appear to be “suffering” from hikikomori, as it is obvious that they retreated from society and live in an ivory tower all of their own.  Maybe what should be done to cure them of their affliction is nothing other than what any responsible parent should do: stop feeding them, and they will soon come to their senses.

I will come out and say it: Hikikomori is an affliction caused by affluence, a “disease” that only the jaded can afford to acquire.

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Independence Day

Independence, at what price and for whose benefit?

Some years ago I put together the following summary of U.S. suicide statistics, in the hope that it would be an incentive for someone else to continue with the effort, to carry it on to today and beyond, but that has not happened as of now. It may not be necessary, although we have become inured to the endemic losses of men’s lives. The figures and the estimated projections speak for themselves.

In the interval from 1979 to 1996 there were a total of 535,890 deaths in the U.S.A. that were diagnosed and reported to have been suicides.

  • Of these suicide victims, 421,991 were boys and men, and 113,899 were girls and women.
  • There was not one single age group in any year in which boys or men committing suicide did not exceed by far the numbers of girls or women who killed themselves.
  • The number of male suicide victims rose in virtually every year during the eighteen-year 1979 – 1996 interval, whereas the number of female victims of suicide was generally on the decline in virtually every year.
  • The number of female suicide victims was considerably lower in 1996 than it was in 1979, in spite of a sizeable increase in the American population during that period. It declined from 6,950 to 5,905 annually. The number of the male suicide victims rose during the same period from 20,256 to 24,998 annually.

Extrapolating from those statistics to the early 1960s, when the impact of the new realities of no-fault divorce and the feminization of America became fully reflected in the escalating male suicide rates, and extrapolating to the year 2000, when its impact was still being felt to its full deadly extent, it can be estimated that a total of 800,000 American boys and men committed suicide in the 1962-2000 interval.

In other words, more American boys and men died during and on account of the War of the Sexes than died in all military conflicts in which the USA were involved during the 20th century. The number of American boys and men killed in military actions during the 20th century is 661,946 (excluding the 4,273 boys and men killed in military actions during the 1899-1902 Philippines War).

If we were to assume that a number of 6,000 male suicides are to be subtracted from the annual male suicide casualties – the equivalent of female suicides – to allow that only the remainder of the male suicides are attributable to the War of the Sexes, the male casualties in the war of the sexes during the 1962-2000 interval still amount to 565,047 war dead, almost as many as the 595,242 American military casualties that died in all of the 20th century wars up to and including the Korean War.

Where are the memorials for the war-dead of the War of the Sexes, the Rout of the American Males? A total of 800,000 boys and men gave their lives not in the service of their country but to cater to equal rights for women, and there’s not a single memorial or cenotaph to mourn their passing.

Continue reading: http://fathersforlife.org/suicides/US_suicide_deaths.htm

Correct me if I am wrong. Can a nation that has members of its male population sector kill itself in such large numbers be considered to be truly independent?

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Catherine Kieu sentenced to life — eligible for parole in seven years

California woman sentenced to life in prison for chopping off ex-husband’s penis, then grinding it in garbage disposal

Catherine Kieu, 50, of Garden Grove, drugged her ex-husband’s tofu with sleeping pills and then tied him to a bed, crying out, ‘You deserve it!’

By Beth Stebner / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 9:11 AM

(Full Story)

(More of the background)

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Property in flood-prone areas of Alberta

A large number of Alberta residents are very busy right now trying to clean up after the flooding in southern Alberta, floods that affected flood-prone areas before and will affect them again.  Fortunately, the flooding did not cause much loss of life (there were three fatalities), but there may be more losses of that nature, although not directly.  Some officials already expressed fears that areas from which the flood waters have begun to recede will not necessarily be safe to enter, that they could well pose hazards to the health of people entering them.

The people who sustained damages to their properties will perhaps experience loss of income, for various reasons, some of which reasons affect without a doubt many people who were wise enough not to locate their homes in flood-prone areas but whose places of work were inundated, closed down and even damaged on account of the flooding.

The property losses due to the recent flooding in Alberta may be as high as $5 billion or so.  A lot of hardship is involved, and already Premier Redford announced that the Province of Alberta will exercise its power to borrow money, so as to be able to spend a billion dollars to provide help to those who need it.  After all, the government emptied the Heritage Trust Fund that, once-upon-a-time, not all that long ago, had been set up to save for just such a rainy day.  Now we are back to borrowing, and, if someone must do it, it may as well be the government, so the thinking appears to go.  The government has all of our pockets to get its hands into.

Many more people, besides those whom the current floods affected directly, are worried about whether floods will affects their livelihoods in the future, where they live and work.  There is a tool that will help them with deciding whether their fears are justified and with making correct decisions that will help to prevent property losses and other undesirable consequences due to flooding in the future anywhere in Alberta.  The Government of Alberta deserves to be commended to put that tool together and to make it available without any user fees.  Check it out, bookmark it, use it and pass it on to your friends.  It is a valuable tool, worth having, in fact, worth billions of dollars.

Some may see the link to that tool on the social media, such as Facebook, and there a notification will be displayed along with the link:

Flood Hazard Map Application
www.envinfo.gov.ab.ca

Either scripts and active content are not permitted to run or Adobe Flash Player 10.1.0 or greater is not installed

Don’t worry about the notification identified with the link to the Flood Hazard Map Application. Once you click on the link, a new window will open and Adobe Flash will activate, if you have it enabled on your computer.

Mind you, for smaller locations, the application may not yet encompass flood hazard mapping for the area of interest to you.

I suppose, given that the mapping application is available and accessible, it will be next to impossible to blame the Alberta Government for any flood damages you may suffer.

However, the principle and consequences of “buyer beware” will be softened a bit for as long as you can rely on the generosity with taxpayers money by politicians who are only too willing to help you out with the consequences of your decisions to buy or build anything in an area subject to flooding and you experience losses due to the flooding that will surely occur, whereby the generous politicians (at no costs to them) will be seen as being benevolent and without a doubt receive many additional votes when the next elections come around.

It’s seen by many (especially politicians) as a great way to boost business to ignore the risk of flooding or even to promote real estate at risk of flooding, but economically it makes no sense. There is the reality of “the broken window fallacy” that throws a wrench into the works.

Don’t be suckered, and use the Flood Hazard Map Application.  Let’s hope that the tool will be made better yet than it already is.

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The exploding population of Ross’ Snow Geese

Today’s Edmonton Journal carries a Canadian Press article (p. A10) that explains that the population of Ross’ Snow Geese has grown to such large proportions (two million) that it is denuding large areas of its habitat in the North.

The article expresses hopes that the population of Ross’ Snow Geese is still small enough so that it can be brought under control by human hunters.  The species was declared overabundant in 1999, meaning that hunters are permitted to shoot them spring through fall, after it had been brought close to the verge of extinction in the 1930s. (See also http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Ross+geese+stripping+North+vegetation+scientists/8568295/story.html )

The Daily Mail website carries a photo series that provides a better impression of what the problem is that has wildlife service officials worried: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346886/Bird-blizzard-More-million-snow-geese-blot-sky-make-epic-journey-Arctic-tundra.html

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The Daily Mail website asserts that “Bird feathers litter the ground [at Squaw Creek, Missouri] having been shed by some of the one million snow geese” (Original source: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/06/23/article-2346886-1A76B480000005DC-79_470x423.jpg )

Mind you, upon looking closer, it is quite apparent that the “shed feathers” are evidence of a coyote having fed on a Ross Snow Goose that he caught and killed.  The traces of blood left from the feeding are quite obvious.  Birds that lose their feathers through the annual moulting do not leave them in bunches tinged with blood.  Besides, geese on migration do not moult.  Ross’ Snow Geese moult where they nest, in the North, not in Missouri.

That may also be an indication of what kept the numbers of Ross’ Snows Geese in check before human hunters brought their number down to a few thousand in the 1930s.  It seems that the Canadian Press article in today’s Edmonton Journal is not taking all of the causes of checks and balances of the Ross’ Snow Geese population into account.  It is never wise to focus only on the human influence when trying to understand the workings of Nature.

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