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Stealin’ All My Dreams!

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Canada’s Blue Rodeo throws a heaping of well deserved reality at Harper and his sole sucking, dream crushing Conservatives with their new song Stealin’ All My Dreams which is a catalog of all the horrors of the Harper regime, from stifling scientists to strip-mining the CBC to doubling down on tar-sand oil.

Canada’s youth needs to get out and vote. Don’t let your grandfather’s political party continue to sell Canada to the highest bidder.

#nomorecons

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Written by mattliving

October 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bitumen

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(Globalnews.ca) Ten things an unpublished government-commissioned study found remain unknown about the effects of oil and oilsands products in rivers, lakes and oceans:

  1. Toxicology: Research on the biological effects of oilsands products is lacking. Report found no peer-reviewed articles at all.
  2. Bitumen in water: There is little information on how bitumen, diluted bitumen or products used to dilute bitumen behave in water, including whether bitumen sinks or floats.
  3. Metals: Although bitumen has different heavy-metal concentrations and components than conventional oil, their behaviour in a spill hasn’t been studied.
  4. Condensate: Not much is known on the toxicity of condensate — a lighter hydrocarbon used to dilute bitumen for pumping — once it enters a body of water.
  5. Pathways: The mechanics of how bitumen and other oilsands products interact with organisms is unknown.
  6. Air toxicity: More research is needed on the toxicity and deposition of oilsands hydrocarbons through the air.
  7. Specific water bodies: Little research has been done on the effects of hydrocarbon spills specific to Canadian waters such as the Great Lakes.
  8. Photo-toxicity: Studies should be conducted on whether chemicals in bitumen are made more toxic by sunlight, as happens with some hydrocarbons
  9. Dispersants: More needs to be known about the interaction of bitumen, the environment and dispersants, which are chemicals sometimes used to break up and speed the decomposition of oilspills.
  10. Ice: The behaviour of oil, bitumen and dispersant in the ice-choked, cold and dark waters of the Canadian Arctic is largely unknown.

It’s strange how a government that claims to protect you from every evolving terrorist threats by needing to know everything you do, say, read and write yet doesn’t apply the same logic to protecting our environment. I think the government needs use more resources to protect our environment and not billions defending our “values”.

Written by mattliving

February 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

Canadian Government is Spying On It’s Own People – Unconstitutionally!

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Thousands of Canadians are speaking out against Peter MacKay’s new online spying legislation. Bill C-13 would give a range of authorities access to your private information without a warrant. Join the campaign to stop government spying and to keep your online activities private – join Canada’s largest-ever pro-privacy coalition today at http://OurPrivacy.ca

Written by mattliving

November 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Listening For The Future

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“There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore.
Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.”

― Philip K. Dick

Written by mattliving

September 18, 2014 at 7:29 am

Robbing Banks

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Robbing Banks

Sadly, banks have become too big to fail while the common have become too small to save.

Written by mattliving

May 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

The Long, Slow Death of a Hijacked Democracy

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From it’s flash point beginnings on September 11, 2011, the attack on the American people that took place over a decade ago continues it’s forward assault on the democracy a ways it’s leader Osama Bin Laden could only have dreamed of.

As most Americans mourn and remember those lost that beautiful day in September, many deep within the industrial, military complex and global dark ops organizations and corporations celebrate 9-11 as their birthday.

Trading Freedom

Since that fateful day in September, the American and indeed most western democracies have spent TRILLION$ of public funds on questionable efforts to fortify our threatened democracies. Expanded surveillance both external but also a greatly expanded internal surveillance programs have become all too commonplace. Citizens are regularly subjected to public gropings and massive doses of x-rays in exchange for their safety. While global leaders meet regularly to ensure everyone is on the same security and economic page.

But this massive push for security doesn’t end at America’s borders. Recently the Canadian government tabled legislation, aptly named, Lawful Access, that would allow the government to “nominate” individuals to spy on Canadians Internet traffic, email, VOIP calls at anytime, WITHOUT A WARRANT! And this type of legislation is being pushed onto American trading partners as a precondition to trade.

Just a small review of what the American people have gained since the first attack on their republic took place:

And these programs continue to sponsor some of the most vile activities started under George W. Bush and continued and strengthened under Barack Obama:

  • Warrant-less Domestic Spying
  • Indefinite Detention (including American and Canadian citizens)
  • Torture
  • Guantanamo Bay
  • and more…

Trading Terror

The assault on the western democracies continues with the hijacking of international trade negotiations by large multinational corporate interests, who along with their massive lobbying efforts and equally massive wallets have corrupted the legitimate process of trade negotiations into a way to use public funds against taxpayers to protect and entrench their business models.

These negotiations were and/or are being held in private. Well out of sight of the citizens their participants are sworn to represent. The privacy as we have come to learn is necessary because of the vast number of corporate interests at the table and their purportedly valuable business information that can apparently be shared with government officials but their customers.

The REAL Reality

The reality is these corporations want legislative and physical access to the very same domestic surveillance systems created to protect taxpayers from terrorist acts to use as an extension of their businesses to further maintain their bottom lines. Sure they claims that millions of jobs are at stake and that whole industries will be wiped of the face of the earth if governments don’t criminalize sharing and force telecommunication companies to police the marketplace for “possible” violations of their intellectual property. And the sad reality is that many governments around the world have been convinced with trillions of U.S. BAILOUT dollars to hand over their reigns of  public policing to private interests.

They’re only trade agreements you say. True, but many if not ALL of the participants in these so-called trade agreement have NO legal requirement to bring these trade agreements before their respective legislative houses or people for open and public review. And that’s exactly why they have been hijacked by  global corporations. That’s why we’re seeing an unprecedented growth and acceleration in “global” trade talks.

Once the secret trade agreements are complete, legislators must now enact laws that support these secret agreements, regardless of their current laws and in recent examples with the top secret Trans-Pacific Trade negotiations have had to agree to previously agreed to portions of the overall agreement just to get a seat at the table. As was the case with the Canadian government. It doesn’t matter that some, possibly the majority of the items previously agreed to may not fit with Canada’s current laws or constitutional guarantees. Inclusion into the negotiations requires participants to agree to change their laws and/or constitutional guarantees to align with whatever has been agreed to in the trade deal.

The Price of the Great Slumber

Our world has changed a great deal since 9-11. Some for the better, much of the worse. While small governments around the world try to dig themselves out from underneath the massive, mountains of debt much of which they accumulated compliments of large US financial institutions. We are being witness too the largest transfer of public funds to private wealth never before seen in human history and a great deal of this wealth is being used to further corrupt of public institutions and governance systems turning them into extensions or branch offices for many of the corporations and financial institutions that have wreaked havoc on our global economy and domestic social programs.

If 9-11 was a wake up call it’s time for citizens of the world to shake of the slumber of manufactured safety and begin the long and painful process of regaining control of our governments, democracies and self-destinies. Sure it’s not going to be as easy as hiding behind your Facebook page or reality television show but the price of not waking up with be higher than any generation has paid since our grandparents fought and died for many of the freedoms and constitutional guarantees we are so quick to give up in exchange for cheap Chinese electronics, highly enriched fructose and glucose processed food, 500 satellite channels and a false sense of very expensive, droned, security in our hijacked democracies.

 

Written by mattliving

September 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

Devil’s Road

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The Corporation

I’ll never understand how the devil picks his man
Just seems to wind him up and let him go
And all his people, driven here by evil
They know the devil’s on the road
They’re out to break their fellow man,
Any god-damned way they can
They can’t wait to destroy the world

They’re going to roll into town
Tear it up and burn it down
With nothing more than a pirate’s patience
Intimidate and ridicule and all that awful shit they do
It would take a hero’s hero, to stand up and save them

Now fear disguised as apathy
And brutal smiles scream for a piece.
The world owes them big, they’re gonna take it.
And if you get in their way,
You’re gonna die, you’re gonna pay
With torture, tears or intimidation.

They’re going to roll into town
Tear it up and burn it down
With Nothing more than a pirate’s patience
Intimidate and ridicule and all that awful shit they do
It would surprise me if they don’t die graceless

They’re out to break their fellow man
Any god-damned way they can
They can’t wait to destroy the world

They’re going to roll into town
Tear it up and burn it down
With nothing more than a pirate’s patience
To intimidate and ridicule and all that awful shit they do
It would take a hero’s hero to stand up and save them

I’ll never understand how the devil picks his man
Just seems to wind him up and let him go
And all his people, driven here by evil
They know the devil’s on the road…

The Headstones

Written by mattliving

September 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm