Sunday, August 27, 2017
Do You Think They'll Get It? I'll Take That Bet.
It's not that hard to figure out unless you're a 21st century neoliberal, a group that's coming to resemble the anti-vaxxers. And, yeah, I'm lumping in that group the Dauphin and Andrew Scheer and the future leader of the New Democrats to boot. All devout neoliberals, every one of them.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, - if the "ranch" was located in downtown Houston - the place is being inundated by a hurricane turned tropical storm that's expected to park itself over the city for three, possibly four days. Remind you of somewhere else, closer to home? How about the Calgary floods of 2013?
Now nobody can say with any certainty that all or part of the ongoing Houston flooding is due to climate change. You cannot be heard to say that. Worse yet, you must not suggest that it's man-made, that human influences are driving this. That shall not be condoned. It's "natural variation", that's all. Move along, nothing to see here.
Sure, Houston is flooded today, but, once the flood waters recede to the point where there's enough usable air underground, all those heads are going to slam as deep as possible into the sand.
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You don't even know who the NDP leader will be.
Gyor, The Dis isn't judgemental, he's pre-judgemental.
As for the storm and flooding, I note the absence of condemnation from the RW religious nutjobs (Repent America for instance) blaming the storm and 'biblical' flooding in Houston as being God's wrath as they did with Katrina and Sodom and Gomorrah, aka New Orleans.
All 4 candidates for the NDP leadership are a step above Mulcair, Trudeau and even St. Jack. (Based on their campaigns to date.)
Not sure their policies would survive into an election and into a government (should they win) but I'll save my disappointment for then and vote enthusiastically on Sept 18.
In the Land of the Blind, Mound, the one eyed man is king.
Yes, Gyor, I think that was obvious when I wrote "future leader" of the NDP. You can pretend the New Dems aren't centrist if that makes you feel better. There, there.
It is a rare politician and an even rarer government that leads. Governments follow out in front. For sure, our principle politicians have been briefed on climate change. They know the drill. They also know that most of the public will not vote for substantial change until they are totally fed up with the status quo. Add to that enormous pressure from established powers that be. Right now, those powers reek of neo-liberalism because it keeps their coffers full.
So, Mound, you are right. Whether they believe or not, the leaders of our political parties will espouse the neo-liberal line until it benefits them to change.
Even the Americans will eventually decide to act but I have no confidence they'll come to that point in time to act. No point worrying about crash landing an aircraft after the wings have been torn off.
Of course Houston is fucked what do you expect from a City that fills in all of its wetlands and has no zoning bylaws!
The Canadian and BC Green parties are also neoliberal, you know, Mound.
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