One Planet III

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A photo taken in Sydney, Australia in 2008 – one of those used in my revised One Planet video.

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My 1983 pro-environment anti-nuke song has gained new, urgent relevance.

Back in 1983 the situation was so scary that I wrote two songs on the nuke issue.

Note on March 7, 2022: even more perilous.

In 2016, I  replaced the old One Planet video with a much better video produced using new equipment and software. It contained new, HD photos taken by me with the same great, old, quotations from gifted female and male thinkers on world issues.

Having done a very small editing of the 2016 version II I now call the video,

One Planet III

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Dr. Vandana Shiva, author of the above photo’s quote, born in November, 1952, is a brave, brilliant agricultural activist from India, known as the Seed Lady for her successful securing of seed banks of key, traditional plants against their extinction. Traditional seeds are now threatened by the patenting of seed for profit perpetrated by powerful corporations like Monsanto. This article from 2019 indicates that the valiant seed battle continues. The older ways are sometimes less threatened by flooding and the “food crusaders” are fighting hard to preserve India’s heritage of a vast variety of plants and seeds.

An Offer to “Help”

One doesn’t need much intelligence to form a picture of how thin the film is between our two “nations” – pesky, sometimes frustrating, Canada and our hugely-important U.S. trading “partner.”

PM Trudeau and Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, “fiddled” like Nero and will now possibly be seen as only having acted after this “offer to help” that, unveiled, might translate as: “If you don’t figure this out fast, we will…” forced them. I can see this crisis, worsened by the lack of a timely response by our above leaders, producing a shift to harsher Canadian governments run by the planet’s all-powerful “zero-point-oh-oh-oh-one-per-cent,” a precious few – mostly foreign – who run the Planet and are much less concerned about the average citizen than about their personal wealth. Hmmm… maybe we already are?

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I also expect that (following the current, fast-growing and sad losses endured by important major industries, innocent farmers and many already struggling trade-dependent business owners) greater capitalist “wins” will, in the long term, be made by the planet’s super-wealthy – who would, with their loved ones, fit inside just one of those trailers currently lined up at Windsor, Ontario or Coutts, Alberta.

Two possible examples of likely winners: the auto industry (in producing new, docile, driverless commercial vehicles and the construction industry in building more routes and mechanisms for goods to flow between the US and whatever remains of us, their neighbours.

And, perhaps the saddest human loss is our inability to appreciate that forcing a trucker, who spends most of the time in his/her cab, to either get vaccinated or fired is, in virtue of its uncertain worth, divisive, harsh and out of proportion to the good that it might do, in view of our lack of understanding of both human nature and the virus. It misses the big picture on which I hope I’ve shed a little light.

A Mild Winter

My youngest daughter’s young pup, “Saint” George, was with us for a few precious days earlier this month and later with her from Christmas Eve until yesterday.

He’s welcome any time.

The above ducks came over to hear him preach. He and my iPad tested my hands this day. The photos below are from a lovely solo walk yesterday. The geese are more plentiful than the ducks this year for some reason…

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Five Birding Days

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A relatively uncommon red squirrel has its place among a host of greys

From April 15 to 19 we’ve been walking in the early-ish morning to witness the spring migration. The black-crowned night heron has been here for several days and we saw the great blue heron on Saturday and Sunday. The kinglets, golden and ruby-crowned are still here, having arrived a few days later than usual.

I’ve put up a few photos:

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Wednesday, April 15

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

Sunday

We saw a male yellow-bellied sapsucker and only one ruby-crowned kinglet, spent quality time with the night herons and spooked the great blue heron, who has eluded my still camera thus far this year.

Bye for now.

April 8…Kinglets!

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Golden-crowned Kinglet – April 8

The kinglets are here, a little late. Most were golden-crowned. The earliest we’ve ever seen them in Our Woods is March 31. All photos are from Laurelcrest Park except the crocuses – they’re from our front garden.

But first, a poem…

Unnatural Selection

The robins and grackles are back from the Gulf
The latter I chase from the feeders
Five cardinal couples we welcome with speed
And everything smaller is welcome, indeed!
And one pair of blue jays partakes of our seed.
Sans grackles Big Blues are the leaders
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Covid-19 Nonsense, Five Days Old

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A first in over 20 years: shaven and mask-ready!

March 16, 2020

Dearest Niece,
Thank you for thinking of us!
Sorry you couldn’t get through last night. We are thus far without symptoms… but not without crazy shopping stories… which I am saving for my memoirs… or a big party during a lull between pandemics…
Our phone message bank was full. A first for us. Our devices are powered up. My memory, as usual , is sporadic and, at 10% charged, suspect. Auntie  mentioned the PHONE MESSAGES FULL crisis last night and I will immediately see to that. It slipped my “mind.”

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How Successive Hypocritical Canadian Governments Disempower First Nations

Using Buckshot Legislation To Decimate First Nations Rights

Pamela Palmater knows how badly First Nations have been treated historically and how small amendments squirrelled away in many huge omnibus bills by PM Stephen Harper have been cynically used by PM Justin Trudeau to divide and conquer – particularly in the current Wet’suwet’en pipeline issue.