Thursday, June 15, 2017

The "New Conservatives"

'are mostly the same bunch that bilked the Heritage Trust Fund for some 760 billion dollars leaving office while thieving 7 billion from Government held pension funds.

On the latter, they denied it was stolen cash they were using until they were threatened with court action.  Only then did they admit  to the thievery from AIMCO and made arrangements with the Unions to put the cash back.

AIMCO at the same time posted a loss of 7 billion dollars attributing it to bad investments when every other segment of their industry was showing a 3%  profit.   That's what tweaked me to the scam.

Even more important, they have not had a whisper out about climate change and what they plan on doing about it. The Alberta NDP have put Alberta at the top of the world in proactive cures for climate change and the NDP Alberta plans are being studied and adopted around the world.

Meanwhile we are close to a full recession in the world, not just Alberta and Canada.
Yet the Conservatives talk about deficit financing.  They would much prefer to have the breadlines of the 30s back on our streets.

Much of the NDP problems come because of the lack of the Heritage Fund which is a Conservative fault; not NDP.  How easy it would be if we had that 760 billion to work with now!

The Wild Rose Party started off on a pack of lies foundation of which was they were going to do with the Equalization payments.  Alluding to Alberta having a large fund that is transferred to Ottawa every year.  No such thing exists nor has it ever existed!  The payments come from general tax revenues and are paid by Ottawa.

Another inherited problem of the NDP was the lack of infrastructure spending by the Conservatives. Now when we don't have money schools and hospitals have to be replaced or repaired!  Most outstanding is the High River Flood.   The Conservatives knew of this for 15 years and did nothing!  And, because of this your house insurance went up 30% to pay for it.

In fun to sit and complain at Government but when you hold the Conservatives up for a comparison the NDP look really, really great and are doing a equally great job.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Graphics on earth orbit and climate change.

I had previously indicated we have been moving away from the sun for a couple of years.  In truth when we were in a more circular orbit, or, Year 0   was in 1952.

We  have been moving away from the sun for 65 years and we are still heating up rather than cooling.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Deficit financing is a global plan, not an accident.

That is correct!  Every country in the world with exception of Luxembourg is heavily involved in deficit financing now and to many years into the future.  Even Norway!

The world economy has crashed!  Trading partners went broke.  The most sought after customers or accounts are those with the heaviest deficit!  China who can rock the world's boat easily is the highest deficit while embarking heavily on financing Nuclear plants around the world, a profit segment for them.

William Vickrey, awarded the 1996 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, commented:
Deficits are considered to represent sinful profligate spending at the expense of future generations who will be left with a smaller endowment of invested capital.
This fallacy seems to stem from a false analogy to borrowing by individuals. Current reality is almost the exact opposite. Deficits add to the net disposable income of individuals, to the extent that government disbursements that constitute income to recipients exceed that abstracted from disposable income in taxes, fees, and other charges. This added purchasing power, when spent, provides markets for private production, inducing producers to invest in additional plant capacity, which will form part of the real heritage left to the future. This is in addition to whatever public investment takes place in infrastructure, education, research, and the like. Larger deficits, sufficient to recycle savings out of a growing gross domestic product (GDP) in excess of what can be recycled by profit-seeking private investment, are not an economic sin but an economic necessity. Deficits in excess of a gap growing as a result of the maximum feasible growth in real output might indeed cause problems, but we are nowhere near that level.
Even the analogy itself is faulty. If General Motors, AT&T, and individual households had been required to balance their budgets in the manner being applied to the Federal government, there would be no corporate bonds, no mortgages, no bank loans, and many fewer automobiles, telephones, and houses.
— 15 Fatal Fallacies of Financial Fundamentalism[2]

This leaves in Alberta the Wild Rose Party and the Conservative Party whining doom and gloom but neither will  step up to the plate and tell the people it was their policy and their extravagance and philosophy that put us in this situation; world wide; not just Alberta and Canada who both are in better shape than most of the world.

What can you expect out of a Jason Kenny?   He views Trump as a success by every measure.  Worships Trump you might say.  And, you can expect him to follow Trumps example in finance and administration to the letter right up until Trump is impeached.

Keep in mind Alberta would be in a much different position had the Conservatives not drained the Heritage Trust fund dry of some 780 billion dollars!  And, on Kenny's advise Trudeau marched out a whole string of lies about our economy and his phantom surplus.  (Kenny is noted for writing much of Harper's speeches and press releases.  His biggest asset is an Ego, a very large one.

Trump has ripped up all the Environmental agreements because there is nothing we can do about it anyway.  Trump has cut funding to seniors, the poorest feeling the largest cuts.  For some reason, his daughter now has access to all the top secret defense data in the US.  This is why I suggest an impeachment is surly to follow.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Climate change and the state of the world is drastic.

I'm adding this excellent link which is animated in such a way as to be mind boggling and in support of my article.


For years we have been told to turn down our heat, don't idle our vehicles so long etc. and nothing came of it! Now we have no choices. There is a hope the carbon tax will encourage this kind of thinking.  Conservative rail against  it but offer no solutions.  The Wild Rose Party are in complete denial as are most Conservatives.

Thearctic tundra is melting which can release a further 1.8 billion tons of co2 into the atmosphere.

Earth orbit is elliptical and we are moving away from sun as we should be but, rather than cool off we are still heating up! Ocean currents are changing, the oceans are rising!  Currents and changing and sharks and "southern" species are showing up in "northern" waters.

Greenland's ice is melting fast as is Antarctica and the arctic causing sea level to start rising.  Along with our glaciers where we get our drinking water from, receding rapidly adds greatly to our problems. 

If we don't get this heating under control we will fail as the human race! Cities by the ocean will start flooding and you will witness a migration that will stagger your imagination!

Waves are gnawing at the cliffs of Herschel Island!  The town of Tuktoyaktuk which for comparison was palm size is now thumb size and the tundra in general is eroding now; into the arctic ocean.  This in turn will accelerate heating of the arctic because of the dark particles in the water.

Earth orbit is elliptical; we are moving away from the sun as we should.  But; we are still heating rather than cooling as we should be!

Conservatives tried, and still argue for carbon cap and trade with does nothing for the environment and gives corporations a huge tax deduction at one end and a huge tax credit on 

The world, not just  Canada and Alberta is moving towards carbon charges. There is no other way.  PM Trudeau was recently  in meetings with the Saudi.  The Saudi announced billions to invest in silicon sun generation was one outcome.  Get used to wearing a sweater and turn down your dam thermostat and air conditioning.  

Pumping carbon dioxide down hole in as they do in Saskatchewan results in an explosion of carbon dioxide out of the hole running for many hours ahead of any oil showing up and sounding like a jet plane but conservative are after the residual oil in those fields.

On the other hand there is news of mixing carbon dioxide with cement; holding it firm and making the cement last longer too.


And more:
A satellite image of Herschel Island, Yukon, showing huge sediment plumes in the shallow water areas. (NASA Worldview)
Fritz said the majority of the coastline on Herschel Island, like much of the Arctic, is subject to erosion in the summer when the sea ice retreats.
"Since 2007, we've seen one minimum after the other in terms of sea ice distribution in summer on the Arctic Ocean. That gives rise to higher waves, more storms that can affect the coast to erode it."
When that coast is eroded, the nutrient-rich soil mixes with the sea water and creates massive plumes of sediment. Fritz said the effect that murky water has on the marine ecosystem is unknown.
"With that sediment comes a lot of carbon and lot of nutrients, and those nutrients and pollutants will affect the water column," he said.
"We ask ourselves the question 'with this higher load of sediments, of nutrients and also of pollutants, what is happening with the food web' and we really don't know." 

Scientists are predicting catastrophic lake drainage now. 

When Conservatives rail against carbon tax they are in denial of our circumstances.   Our economy will adjust to the new realities and ongoing abrupt changes.  Abrupt? Yes; they will accelerate.

All this on top of a world presently in recession and a position of universal deficit spending again, not just Canada and Alberta but the world!! 



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A lesson in US Civics:

What happens when the losing candidate gets most votes?  Well, Trump is not president until December 19th and any time up to and including that date the Electoral College can change their minds but; you can be sure they won’t.   

This is the 5th time in US history that this has happened.

Proposals are out to do away with the Electoral College which is a group of people bound by the Federal Law (Judges, Generals, Fire Chiefs, Mayors) or by the state, by pledges or law, to vote for a specific candidate chosen by the people. (Popular vote 26 states out of 50 have such laws in place) You can see the excitement over these states during the election.

These states are:
Electors in these States are bound by State Law or by pledges to cast their vote for a specific candidate:

ALABAMA – Party Pledge / State Law – § 17-19-2
ALASKA – Party Pledge / State Law – § 15.30.040; 15.30.070
CALIFORNIA – State Law – Elections Code § 6906
COLORADO – State Law – § 1-4-304
CONNECTICUT – State Law – § 9-175
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – DC Pledge / DC Law – § 1-1001.08(g)
FLORIDA – Party Pledge / State Law – § 103.021(1)
HAWAII – State Law – §§ 14-26 to 14-28
MAINE – State Law – § 805
MARYLAND – State Law – § 8-505
MASSACHUSETTS – Party Pledge / State Law – Ch. 53, § 8, Supp.
MICHIGAN – State Law – § 168.47 (Violation cancels vote and Elector is replaced.)
MISSISSIPPI – Party Pledge / State Law – § 23-15-785(3)
MONTANA – State Law – § 13-25-304
NEBRASKA – State Law – § 32-714
NEW MEXICO – State Law – § 1-15-5 to 1-15-9 (Violation is a fourth degree felony.)
NORTH CAROLINA – State Law – § 163-212 (Violation cancels vote; elector is replaced and is subject to $500 fine.)
OHIO – State Law – § 3505.40
OKLAHOMA – State Pledge / State Law – 26, §§ 10-102; 10-109 (Violation of oath is a misdemeanor, carrying a fine of up to $1000.)
OREGON – State Pledge / State Law – § 248.355
SOUTH CAROLINA – State Pledge / State Law – § 7-19-80 (Replacement and criminal sanctions for violation.)
VERMONT – State Law – title 17, § 2732
VIRGINIA – State Law – § 24.2-202
WASHINGTON – Party Pledge / State Law – §§ 29.71.020, 29.71.040, Supp. ($1000 fine.)
WISCONSIN – State Law – § 7.75
WYOMING – State Law – §§ 22-19-106; 22-19-108

This proposal has been put forward over 700 times!   However, it takes a @constitutional change to enact a law to remove the College.

#To change the US constitution, requires the house and senate to both approve the change with 2/3 majority plus the change, if it gets that far it must be ratified ¾ of the states.  Canada is much more straight forward but the Wild Rose Party would like to take us in the US direction.
 
The Electoral College was put into the Constitution to protect the voting public (can you believe?) from demigods or very corrupt presidential candidates.

Speaking of demigods.  @Trump has ripped up all the US environmental agreements even though the Arctic Tundra is melting and earth’s elliptical orbit is on track and; we are still heating up!

During the election, Trump told the U S that #global warming was a farce dreamed up by the Chinese to injure US economy. Now he is saber rattling about the South China sea pointedly taking US attention off the middle east.  It is easy to see why his comradeship with Mr. @Putin was so easily formed.

His policies are the epidemy of protectionism complete with walls and fences.  Wait until he goes to work on the rest of his rhetoric.  @Saudi’s will have to dig in.  Perhaps the US will be an unwelcome guest on their middle east airports and military bases?  New middle east alliances?  @Turkey

How I see the results?

China can put more onto Trump’s plate than the US is capable of handling.  Starting with pulling or selling off their US dollars.  A crippling move!

I must explain the US has a half dozen ways of measuring unemployment but you really have to dig for the totals.  Their popular figure is 2% where in fact that is just one iconic measurement. There is a large segment that have used up their equivalent of EI so are not counted as unemployed.

Trump took office with 8 million Americans unemployed.  Perhaps he’s ready for war?  I don’t know.  But, he may see a robust military build up and engagement as being a way  out of recession which, has been proven so many times, not to work at all.

If he follows up in his present course, it will leave Russia to get rid of ISIS and anyone not friendly with Assad and firmly install the old regime (Assad) who Russia backs and it will be left to Israel to clean up a mess.

The next 4 years are going to be hell on earth!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Carbon Tax vis Cap and Trade and Trumps position on it.

 A carbon tax is mostly recoverable if people change their living habits.  Turn down the heat in your home; don't idle your vehicle so long. Or more extreme shut your vehicle off on long traffic waits.
Get used to wearing a sweater around the house.  Turn down your hot water tank.  If possible invest in new technology in a vast number of areas.

If you get into a real self program of turning off the heat, you will break even probably under a carbon tax.

Conservatives prefer the cap and trade vision on a world wide scale.  That is because true to Conservative form it is basically a scam.   It allows business to transfer money across borders with no tax penalty.

An example.  A US parent company declares they have reduced their carbon footprint by X number of tonnes per year.   If the price on cap and trade is set at 20.00 per ton (it will be a higher number than the carbon tax for PR purpose. And, frankly it doesn't matter what number they put on it as its meaningless.  

To continue; a Canadian company, a subsidiary of the mentioned  US parent company, Comes close to showing a profit.  This company takes real cash 20.00 times X tonnes and transfers it to the US parent.

In Canada this company cries "we are close to broke"  "no raises possible because of our carbon penalty" etc.  Canadian profit shipped to US parent company giving the Canadian company a tax deduction and the  US parent avoids taxes on this amount as that is what cap and trade is about.   And it does nothing for our huge problems in the environment.

And to compound this we  have an insidious complication in Trump's election.

The world's financial state now, is very similar if not the same as the disastrous financial situation of the world  prior to World War 2.   And, then we throw in a wild card, a man who demonstrated his own ignorance on an unprecedented level, could easily step into the role of Hitler if just a little of what he said during the election is to be believed.




Monday, August 15, 2016

Western Canada's Journalists.

For your reading pleasure I highly recommend:

@https://susanonthesoapbox.com/
and
@http://albertapolitics.ca/

 Rabble is nonsense on the other hand.
#Enjoy good journalism/\.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Devon Trails; the new section.

 About 250 all weather steps down to River Level

 Map at head of the Stairs
 Uniform; Beautiful.

 My companion listening for a mouse, earthworm.  Who knows for sure?
Ample Park benches and Dog Bins along the trail
 New Addition to a great walk.
 New Addition side view.  Hole appears to be 1 1/4"  Not sure what they are trying to attract.
 Still another design on trail to day 1" opening will attract lots of birds
My Dog (Giant Decker) getting a cool down.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Shaw.ca is not the Shaw.ca you came to know over the years!

Shaw.ca was purchase by a US company who sees great opportunity in profiting in a reduced economy.  As with the Dentist and the News Papers its simple. Charge the consumer more.

This morning I found my voice mail was cut off.  This is because I am told I never paid for it specifically.   It was not included in our original deal of "all of the phone services" and I must be mistaken, its my fault.

This company has paid the Shaw Family big bucks even as they are swamped with cancellations.

I would estimate 250,000 customer base at 6 dollars per customer on average will return them 1.5 million dollars every month!

There are other alternatives for TV Telephone and so on.  I would suggest  you do some shopping including the start up companies.

A million and a half a month is not going to satisfy them!   There will be more line charges like call notice call hold not to mention the wide open tv Directory assistance is up to 1.00  That .15 cent increase will net them 37,500. a month if everyone calls information once.

Thats moving close to 300,000 a month or 3.6 million a year.  More than anything its a insult to think Canadians are such an easy mark!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Nuclear Power - Why NDP direction is wrong!


The public at large are misinformed, ignorant and kept that way because it serves the NDP purpose (whatever that is)  The newly built wind farm in southern Alberta is being rebuilt at who's expense?

The world is going Nucular! http://www.ksl.com/?sid=40282731&nid=148&title=utah-energy-group-pursues-nuclear-power-project

A nuclear plant would out live a wind farm by 90 years!  The point I'm trying to make with this article is that if the NDP does not change direction somewhat, we will not be competitive in the world for marketing anything.  

The 3 mile island misadventure was one of many of its day.  The reason being the US Government turned over to private industry the design of the US Submarine power plants and the go ahead to build the same nuclear reactors that were installed in US submarines.

The US Navy complied but never told industry that design had inherent heating problems which remained unfixed!  Once built and put into production these plants overheated. In most cases the companies reduced output by 50%  to accommodate inadequate heating.   Many of these companies went broke; had no money left to trim trees etc.

Since those early days there has been many innovations allowing plants a near 100 year lifespan

The "rods" are hollow tubes filled with ceramic beads that have a minuscule amount of radio active material embedded within. Militarily of no value.

These tubes are changed out about every 3 years in operation.  One design on some new plants is to have storage on site for 40 years of spent tubes.  Speaking of which, the tubes start at 4% and are pulled out at 1%.  A years operation of such a nuclear facility would produce enough spent rods to fill a family refrigerator at 2000 MW production for a full year.  Rods preform for 3 years!

Canada's Candu Reactor design re charges its own tubes so there is no waste to the process.

When the cooling water circulates around the reactor it picks up free radical oxygen molecules.  This is what corrodes the cooling pipes.   3M  have recently come up with a diaphragm that fits in cooling system and pulls out these same oxygen molecules.  This gives a reasonable view of a 100 year operating life and 1/4 or less of the present maintenance schedules.

NDP bloggers say all this is good but where will you find a company to build and pay for one?  Notley makes it a point to hire people of "like thinking" which seriously limits any ability for innovation.  Public pressure is needed!

Uranium is abundant and natural in sea water.  Now it is being extracted for use as atomic fuel.  http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2016/07/01/uranium-seawater-extraction-makes-nuclear-power-completely-renewable/#792e448346e2  The supply is endless and as renewable as sunshine!
It's not here yet; but soon.

Financing new nuclear power plants   
There is a range of possibilities for financing, from direct government funding with ongoing ownership, vendor financing (often with government assistance), utility financing and the Finnish Mankala model for cooperative equity. Some of the cost is usually debt financed. The models used will depend on whether the electricity market is regulated or liberalized.
Apart from centrally-planned economies, many projects have some combination of government financial incentives, private equity and long-term power purchase arrangements. The increasing involvement of reactor vendors is a recent development.

Some options are described in the WNA 2012 report: http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/country-profiles.aspx

How much is the Alberta Government paying towards its new windfarms?  Does the Taxpayer own them?  What kind of financing is in place?  Industry is sure as hell not giving away freebie deals.

Drawing again on Finland's experience which is expensive.  I will be using cents per kwh rather than the EUR/cent/KWh
Cost of Wind Generation  5.01 cents per 1000W/Hour
Cost of Coal                       4.43 cents per 1000W/H
Natural Gas                        3.92 cents per 1000W/H
Nuclear                               2.37 cents per 1000W/H
And, going to US Nordpool (Oil)                    4.24 cents per 1000W/H
Source:R. Tarjanne& K Luostarien, Lappeenante University of tech 03.07.2003

World Nuclear News editorial in February 2015 addressed this issue helpfully.
Deregulated electricity markets with preferential grid access for renewables have left some utilities with stranded assets, which can no longer be used sufficiently fully to be profitable. As a result, many are being decommissioned, eg about 9 GWe by E.On and RWE in Germany to 2013, and a further 7.3 GWe expected there (apart from nuclear capacity).
The economic rationale for electricity from any plants with high capital cost and long life does not translate into incentive for investment unless some long-term electricity price is assured. This has been tackled differently in various countries.
http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/facts-and-figures/world-nuclear-power-reactors-and-uranium-requireme.aspx

South Korea is now building 4 nuclear reactors.  China  has 32 Nuclear Reactors with 22 more being built now!  

Germany:
  • The cost of attempting to replace nuclear power with renewable is estimated by the government to amount to some €1000 billion without any assurance of a reliable outcome, and with increasing reliance on coal, especially lignite.

  • Mexico has two nuclear reactors generating almost 4% of its electricity.
  • India has a flourishing and largely indigenous nuclear power programme and expects to have 14.6 GWe nuclear capacity on line by 2024 and 63 GWe by 2032. It aims to supply 25% of electricity from nuclear power by 2050.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Alberta and climate change.

Through out the years, Alberta has nourished a healthy agricultural industry.  But, why?

Alberta has only been less than 1 inch of moisture away from desert conditions!  Agriculture worked well not because of the amount of rain which we received but, the fact that it always arrived when we needed it.

Climate change has effected all that regularity.  What does the future hold?


Friday, May 13, 2016

Post Media on hard time; pulling coin from your pocket.

Post media to their credit dropped home delivery from 500 dollars a year to 400 dollars a year. That is sizable but still too high.  I cut my subscription.

They are pushing their on line readership at 120.00 per year for one paper.  If you decide you want the Financial Post or National Post that will be double thank you.

I am not subscribing to that either.

There are other news sources available.  Take the time, save a bundle and look.


Monday, April 18, 2016

The World is in Dire Straits!

Reported in detail on the CBC  the Northern coast line of Canada is showing hard evidence of global warning.  The Tundra is warming up; thawing out and re-freezing again and again.

As it gets warmer the amount of Tundra will become larger.

Canada's Tundra stores more then half of the World's methane the singular worst of the global warning gasses.    Add to this the millions upon millions of tonnes of Carbon Dioxide that is frozen into that same Tundra.

If we do not arrest global warning it will be the end of civilization as we know it.  And, its not going to take centuries to accomplish this dubious end!   A few years should put us around the corner!

The significance of what is happening will effect the world at large and cannot be understated.

With more than 70 per cent of all Canadian coasts located in the North, this expansive area is one of the regions in need of close attention in light of climate change.


Coastline climate change map
There is a huge amount of carbon stored in permafrost. Right now, the Earth's atmosphere contains about 850 gigatons of carbon. (A gigaton is one billion tons—about the weight of one hundred thousand school buses). We estimate that there are about 1,400 gigatons of carbon frozen in permafrost. So the carbon frozen in permafrost is greater than the amount of carbon that is already in the atmosphere today. That doesn't mean that all of the carbon will decay and end up in the atmosphere. The trick is to find out how much of the frozen carbon is going to decay, how fast, and where.
How will additional methane from permafrost affect global warming?
There are several opposing processes at work, which make this a hard question to answer. Warmer temperatures mean that permafrost can thaw and release methane to the atmosphere. But warming also means that the growing seasons in Arctic latitudes will last longer. When the growing season is longer, plants have more time to suck up carbon from the atmosphere. Since carbon in the air is what plants use to grow, it can also act as a sort of fertilizer under certain conditions. Then plants to grow faster and take up even more carbon. Right now, the Arctic takes up more carbon than it releases. This means that plants take up carbon during the growing season, but do not release as much carbon through decay. So we say that the Arctic acts as a carbon sink.

But if the Earth continues to warm, and a lot of permafrost thaws out, the Arctic could become an overall source of carbon to the atmosphere, instead of a sink. This is what scientists refer to as a "tipping point." We say that something has reached a tipping point when it switches from a relatively stable state to an unstoppable cycle. In this case, the Arctic would change from a carbon sink to a carbon source. If the Arctic permafrost releases more carbon than it absorbs, it would start a cycle where the extra carbon in the atmosphere leads to increased warming. The increased warming means more permafrost thawing and methane release.
if governments around the world knew how much methane could be released from permafrost, it could help them decide what to do about it. For example, they would know how much we need to reduce fossil fuel emissions from human activities. They would also need to know how much carbon the Earth is emitting on its own.

In addition to this pressing evidence there is still more proof on the earth it's self!

Earth travels in an elliptical orbit.  Right now, we are moving away from the sun right on schedule but, instead of cooling down as we should be, we are warming up.  We either get a handle on this or totally loose our glaciers and associated potable water on the short term.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Rachel Notley claims power lines over built is the high cost of the lines; BS!

This is Notley's tax now; not the Conservatives.

In March 2015 ago it was announced there would be a $30 addition to every power bill in the province as a power line build tax. There is no ending date on this. There are 1.5 million meters spinning in this province which means a billion-dollar rip off every 2 years!



Notley would like to say the powerlines are over built but their design is to improve profitability of the generation people see: http://albertathedetails.blogspot.ca/2015/05/just-how-free-is-oiles-free-ride-in.html 


Saturday, January 23, 2016

When our Government is bigoted!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/XELWyJeKSV0?rel=0&showinfo=0

This is a great post by the Rebel it is showing  us the unholy ignorance of our NDP Government.

We can learn from this info; I don't think the NDP are capable of new learning.

  

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Swiss Member of Parliament is fed up!

Excellent presentation, in German with again excellent subtitles in English.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/pCW2hxux3Ro?rel=0

Swiss member of Parliament Oskar Freysinger ...truth with passion that
few politicians in most countries speak. Maybe an awareness of what’s
happening will dawn on both sides of parliament in all European
countries, before it’s too late....

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Price of News papers is over the top!

In a crunch advertisement budgets take the first hit.   Consequently the revenues for news papers is way down.  They have all the thrift in play they can think of.

I subscribed to the Post Media  Edmonton Journal.

3 Years ago we were getting 7 day a week home delivery for about 90.00 /six months plus a carrier tip.  This included the National Post, Financial Post Calgary Herald and the Province in BC latters on line.

As the crunch tightened News Papers were cut from the Post Media list.  We ended up with Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald for 258.00/6 months.  Included on line comment.

I have had enough!   If the rates stay this high and the access remains this limited  there will be no renewal from me.

I really suggest you look at what you are paying and decided if it worth that much to you.  It sure isn't worth that much to me!

You guys are on notice!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AESO = Albertans can expect 20.00/month increase on power bills to pay for new power lines.

AESO's document is called Long-Term Transmission Rate Impacts:

I  expected this kind of hype from power generators.  Fact is they are anticipating a 25-35%  increase in profits by switching to DC!  Here's why:

AC uses a smaller diameter line. AC travels inside that line and an immense amount of power is lost though heat and radiation. EMF. It is an art form keeping the power at a flow that is needed.  Any  over produced power and there is a lot of it, is sent to Ground. Gone! Nno profits.

DC uses a larger diameter line.  DC travels on the outside of the line and does not loose power though heat, friction or EMF.  Power generators  and operators can define finitely what they should be putting out for no loss to ground while still covering demands comfortably.  They only produce what is needed no more immense losses.  Power on demand.

There should be no increases if this Government is worth anything.

I think AESO should comment to my post. In a capital system, power lines like nuclear energy has their biggest cost in financing the projects. Not unlike you buying your home.  Worse case, they can borrow money at less than 2%.  The majority of the lines in this province are already paid for by taxpayers.

I think AESO are dipping both sides of the US/Canadian border for a cobbled up excuse for charging a lot more money.  All  with the knowledge of Notley and NDP who  are, like the Conservatives supporting indirect taxation wherever possible.

There are over 1 million meters  spinning in this province! That means 20 million a month income minimum for whom? For What?  That’s 240 million a year going back to what is basically a city own utility.   Is this how we pay for the coal being shut down?

 The Conservatives invented indirect taxation when they went to this so called market system. AESO have a bunch of really fine thinkers and doers on their staff, I have the upmost respect for them. But,, who do they work for? Who is strapped for cash ? And its getting worse as oil heads for the 20.00 mark as production outstrips  US consumption. Yes, ask AESO for a comment.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Devon:Christmas in the Park 2015



The Devon Lions club as members and as individuals put in a great deal of time in decorating the park and the Town of Devon, Town and Staff individuals put in their personal time and effort to make this local celebration a success along with the Credit Union.

Donations were also made by Hardy's  Independent Grocers, Fortis, Haduc Lumber, Carman Goldsmith, Mames R McDonald, Grounded, MacMillar Motos, Devon Chrysler, Reschke Fitz LLP, Bray Agencies and Wilf Bittner.  Also the Devon Bottle Depot, Mr. Printer, Aldritt Space for office, COP, Lionettes and the town Bus and a great deal on Busing!  The one Radio were very helpful and effective with promotion. Like few other very successful functions across this province, Christmas in the Park in Devon was a community effort like no other.  A rare experience in the goodness of people.

 The three Gentlemen above carry most the weight of the origination like buses, food and serving people. All are senior Lions and gave a tremendous amount of their personal time to the event. We thank  you.

There is Santa and his wife for the kids,  Cameras flash and the excitement is very high. More pictures will be added over the week as they come in.  This is a sampling:  I have missed much like the IGA booth for maple syrup snow,   And, the fire dancers who were mesmerizing.  Hope some of my friends or people who attended have pictures will take the time to email them to me.


 The Reindeer were and excitement for Kids and Parents signalling Santa was near.
 Foreground a cold tourist behind him one of the Jikitchens serving up hot dogs, hot chocolate and Chili.  Event starts at 5 PM with a bus ride to the Lions Park  Finishes up at 9Pm with a bus ride back to the staging area and our vehicles.
 Kid's mesmerized by the Reindeer who were snacking on their oats.
 On very excited and happy little girl, Reindeer behind her.
 One very excited and happy young man who won't allow being torn away from the Reindeer.
 Similar group from a side angle.  You could hear a chorus of "WOW"
 The Lion's Chalet hosted Santa and his wife for the whole evening.  Lineups were heavy and long.
 A collection of people in the Chalet at Santa time.  Center back is the original organizer.
The first event the Lion's expected 500 people and received over 1000!  Last year the event was cancelled due to -30 degree temperatures.   The year before last 5000 attended from around the country.
 Another collection of people  having fun.

 Santa welcoming still another child while the Devon Lion's Leo looks on and becomes part of the entertainment.
 Mrs. Santa and Santa have worked their hearts out on this service for several years.  Senior Lion's Members.
 Better look at Leo and the tree.
 Another assortment of people having a great time and a chance to warm up a bit.
 Still more people in the Santa lineup in front of the Lion's award wall.
 There has to be a lot dreams being passed on in this consultation.
 One little fellow a bit apprehensive.
 But, resolved.
 A young lady who has a lot to say and is laying it out for Santa.
 Appears the final deal is being shaped.
 And, made.
 This young man came away with a candy cane which he prizes.
 :Looked better before the flash went off.  Darkness, lights and many people.
 There were several fires like this going for warmth and comfort in a brisk evening. Something to envy while inviting friendship and sharing.
 This is story time, people sit on bales around a fire and a reader reads stories to them.   Popular for all ages, my guess would be the most popular event after Santa.
 Fire Engine was giving rids around the park.  No exhaust was visible until the flash went off.

 Fire Engine loaded with people ready to tour the park.
 Fire Engine from the side without the exhaust (and light)
 This is in a large heated tent.  Kids on this table are making necklaces and wrist bands out of pipe cleaners and a giant array of wonderful beads.
 Mom's get a workout while the kids build their dream necklacs.
 The other end of the tent opposite the beads is this interesting stop,  10 candies make a necklace Please; the sign says

One of a great many kids who have  had a full evening and looking for home and a bed.

I'm waiting for others photos to arrive.  The event is huge and covers a very large area and the crowds were heavy again; wonderful.

The mechanics:
It costs 5.00 for a family of 4 to catch the bus at the downtown lot. Can't miss it. Or, 2.00 per person.
No vehicles other than the Buses are allowed in or around the park.  Lots of buses to get back to you vehicle when ever you want.

No charge for the hot dogs, hot chocolate or chili. Just enjoy and smile with  every one else.
 Beautiful kids having the time of their lives with Santa and their dreams.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Devon Walking/Biking Trail Update 1

 Trails are now frozen easy walking.
 Beaver Dams allowed to expand greatly!  Dog can walk on them now.
 Another view of Beaver dams- See their forage on opposite bank
 This shot is better idea of how deep these dams are.  They are the reason the hills slump and take constant maintenance.
 Down stream from the one above
 Dog enjoys the listen; he knows better than to play with Beavers.

 Mud for dam and house are taken off the far bank,  This is still another dam on the small creek.
 More Beaver Dam
 There is a proliferation of posts along the trail.  They are I think intended to carry sign cautions for bikers.
 Below are to biker caution signs, Big hill  and twisty trail.  It is all pretty wonderful and a lot of bikes use these trails year round, Balloon tires and very low ratio gear sets mostly.  In past years we have made trail with walking and snow shoes.  I'm not  sure if further plans are in the works or not.  If someone does, send me an email and I will  update the page.   Trails like this have been looked after by a single cyclist!  On his own he cuts junk trees and makes lining along the trails, has built a bridge across a low spot, sink hole thing, all by himself.  The man as made a great difference when it comes to winter treks.


 First skiff of snow adds a wonder of beauty to the woods.  Loose Leaves on the trail makes going downhills a bit tricky.  I use 2 walking sticks.  That works!
 First Skiff
First Skiff
 Better view of Beaver Dams Each one is holding back 2500 cm of water!

 I use ice cleats and two walking sticks: When snow gets heavier, if ever I will be using my Faber 3' snowshoes.

This is the lower dam now just starting Construction.  New Kits will finish it next spring, perhaps over the winter.



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