Something Could Be Done Now

Published by under Governance

The final say on jurisdictions, structures and roles would rest with the Canadian people responding to a new constitution recommended by a Citizens’ Assembly. An Assembly would have to be authorized by parliamentary legislation. Obviously then, enough members who favour renovating Canada’s governance would have to be elected to parliament to pass the necessary enabling legislation.

But, even before a new constitution was in place, some restructuring of Canada’s governance could be achieved by procedural and/or legislative initiatives that don’t require constitutional change.

Herb Gray, a prominent Liberal Party representative, said in a TV interview that parliament couldn’t function without parties. In truth, parties have degraded Canada’s parliament to the point where it no longer functions. Canada is currently ruled by a dictator for term who quarterbacks the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Continue Reading »

Predictions Of Disaster Were Wrong

Published by under Global Warming

Another Earth Day has passed, so this is a good time to look back at predictions made on the original Earth Day about environmental disasters that were about to hit the planet, says the Washington Policy Center (WPC).

Most Earth Day predictions turned out to be stunningly wrong. In 1970, environmentalists said there would soon be a new ice age and massive deaths from air pollution. The New York Times foresaw the extinction of the human race. Widely-quoted biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted worldwide starvation by 1975.

More predictions of impending disaster:

“…civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind,” biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970.

By 1995, “…somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Look magazine, April 1970.

Because of increased dust, cloud cover and water vapor “…the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born,” Newsweek magazine, January 26, 1970.

The world will be “…11 degrees colder in the year 2000 (this is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age),” Kenneth Watt, speaking at Swarthmore University, April 19, 1970.

“By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half…” Life magazine, January 1970.

Source: Press Release, “Earth Day 2008: Predictions of Environmental Disaster Were Wrong,” Washington Policy Center, April 22, 2008. Continue Reading »

More Sunspots and Global Warming

Published by under Global Warming

Brits at their Best

Sun’s low magnetic activity may portend an ice age

The Canadian Space Agency’s radio telescope has been reporting Flux Density Values so low they will mean a mini ice age if they continue.

Like the number of sunspots, the Flux Density Values reflect the Sun’s magnetic activity, which affects the rate at which the Sun radiates energy and warmth. CSA project director Ken Tapping calls the radio telescope that supplies NASA and the rest of the world with daily values of the Sun’s magnetic activity a “stethoscope on the Sun”. In this case, however, it is the “doctor” whose health is directly affected by the readings.

This is because when the magnetic activity is low, the Sun is dimmer, and puts out less radiant warmth. If the Sun goes into dim mode, as it has in the past, the Earth gets much colder. Continue Reading »

Manhattan Declaration Endorsers Released

Published by under Global Warming

Hundreds Sign Climate Realist Declaration
– “Global Warming’ is not a Global Crisis”

International Climate Science Coalition releases signatories to the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change

Ottawa, Canada, April 22, 2008 – The International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) today released the names of over 500 endorsers of the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change that calls on world leaders to “reject the views expressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as well as popular, but misguided works such as “An Inconvenient Truth”.” All taxes, regulations, and other interventions intended to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) should “be abandoned forthwith”, declaration signatories conclude.

Included in the endorser list are world leading climate scientists, economists, policymakers, engineers, business leaders, medical doctors, as well as other professionals and concerned citizens from two dozen countries. The complete declaration text, endorser lists and international media contacts for expert commentary, may be viewed at here. Continue Reading »

Global Warming Skeptics Are Coming Out in Force

Published by under Global Warming

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I can sense a real battle brewing here, the gauntlet has been dropped, will Al Gore and the environmentalists turn tail and run? Let them show their cards and stop huffing and bluffing.
Here are some excerpts from Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. regarding global warming. To see the entire article, go here: Continue Reading »

Near And Midle East Futures

Published by under External Affairs

Given that free advice is usually worth what one pays for it, but that ideas do sometimes drop out of the sky, I’m taking the liberty of sending this to you. It’s been on my mind.

Gwyn Dyer has recently predicted that a day will come when Euro and US powers will throw up their political hands in disgust and leave the near and middle east to its own political devices – leaving the people there to create their own nation states.

The entire area is the birthplace of Western Civilization. Its peoples have been trampled over by as many overlords as history records. Current borders were imposed by outsiders.

Rivers don’t divide, they unite like the veins of a leaf. The valleys of river systems form coherent ecosystems. Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has settled river valleys. Why not apply this reality, and historical tribalism, to new states’ borders. Continue Reading »

World Geopolitical Reports

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For timely and
insightful geopolitical assessments around the world

The Canadian Character

Published by under Canadians

The Canadian character is based on the belief that a person’s actions speak louder than words. It’s driven by our cold, northern climate and mostly rockbound environment.

Canada’s glorious history overflows with individual heroes, explorers, inventors, doctors, warriors, creators, athletes, scholars, engineers, entertainers, businessmen, scientists, architects, builders paladins in every field of human endeavour. Continue Reading »

Gas Prices

Published by under Economics

a) Reply to Ron Turley’s Response (below) June 3, 2008

Thanks for your assessments. They are appreciated.

Re banning speculators – I agreed in advance there’d be “can’t do it” reactions and that the key questions were how and by whom. But it seems to me to be a fundamental wrong that a few hundred can cause serious hardship for a few billion – only because they can at this time.

Re oil – sure it’ll run out, but in a time frame measured in centuries, not years or decades. Why? Because of technology advances such as you cite and others, including turning heavy oil into light, which will extend the life of existing stocks, and, the exploration and exploitation of blocked fields and new finds of which we’re told the estimates range in the multi-billions of barrels. Continue Reading »

Is Capitalism Conservative?

Published by under Economics

To: Messrs. Kay, Foster, Dreyer, Cosh, Fulford and Jonas –
c.c. Messrs. Corcoran and Gunter

Dear Sirs,

Re: Your articles on “Is Capitalism Conservative?”

Wonderful journalism, and sorely needed. You’ve succeeded in highlighting one of the central problems of our times which is that our leaders, never mind our citizens, are really confused about the language of principles, hence policies. You could help clear things up.

“The word ‘capitalism’ was coined by Karl Marx who hoped this labelling would help in
his crusade to denigrate the system of private property and free enterprise and promote socialism.” [from a book review published in the Ludwig Von Mises Institute’s DAILY ARTICLE.]

But ‘capitalism’ is a very limited, specific term for one of the three ways humans do business where ‘business’ involves some or all of the processes of producing, distributing and exchanging goods and services. ‘Barter’ and ‘mercantilism’ are the other two terms. Continue Reading »

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