Some things are so upsetting

I was reading Beppe Grillo’s Blog today and he had an article on Moon Bears. Be warned, the article is very disturbing.

I decided to look further into what Beppe said, and found information at Born Free, Wikipedia has two articles, the BBC has information, more info from the UK, the International Fund for Animal Welfare also has two articles, more information at both China Bear Rescue and Moon Bears dot ORG.

There’s times I wonder if the human race deserves to exist, and this is one of them.


Department of Culture

Yeah, I know, nothing for three weeks, and then three posts in one evening. It’s the election. It’s got me going.

I’d like to suggest that musicians and writers everywhere check out the Department of Culture web site. There’s some really interesting and thought provoking posts. Yes, it’s Canadian, but the ideals should translate to any culture.

Oh, and as an aside, Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing has posted an article Canadians: ask your candidates to take the Copyright Pledge!


While at the Green Party barbecue for Dylan today, I picked up a sign. While I was pounding the stake into the lawn, the staples let loose. I didn’t have a staple gun or any other decent way to re-attach it to the stake, so I put the stake out back, and put the sign in the front window.

And forgot to tell Heather. She wasn’t amused, but I bribed her, and it’s staying.

We're in an election campaign

And I’m a firm believer that the only real blood sport is politics. Actually the entire family are political junkies. On election night the TV is tuned to a channel that gives great reports, and stays there until the election is called. We get in a supply of pop and chips, and stay glued to the couch, until it’s over.

I also have firm beliefs in what is right, and what our politicians need to do and be. After thinking things over carefully, I’ve decided that the party that comes closest to my beliefs is the Green Party of Canada. In the past I’ve voted Progressive Conservative, Liberal, New Democrat, Reform, Canadian Alliance, Libertarian, and Freedom parties over the last 25 years, provincially and federally.

The change to Green has been brewing over the last 10 years for a variety of reasons, one of which is that I believe that even if they don’t win, they can make a difference, and one that won’t be in conflict with my morals.

Which brings me to the pledge. I would like to recommend that all Canadians read the pledge, and if you agree with it, sign it. Whether you agree or not, tell your friends.

I Believe in Open Badge

Oh, and the local Green Party had a barbecue at Phyllis Rawlinson Park today. It was kind of strange standing in a park, named for someone you knew. Phyllis Rawlinson was an elderly lady who owned the farm behind my Mom’s and Dad’s place in Gormley. I didn’t know her well, but can remember Dad taking me up to her house once or twice when I was little.