Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Stupid Blogger - With Green update

- Or stupid me for not saving my draft before an hour of research and writing went by. Grrrrr

Oh well. Just check out Lorrie Goldstein for now.

Maybe I'll try again later.


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O.K. I'm going to try again to pull a few thoughts together from this morning. It won't be the literary masterpiece I swear was almost at your doorstep, but I do have a few points to make.

I thought that Lorrie Goldstein's "Turning Green with Nausea" was one of the most balanced accounts of our current environmental challenges that I have read to date. The title was a bit off-putting first thing in the morning, but the content rocked. ;)

And after watching that cast of clowns in Smack-down Period this afternoon on CPAC, I am even more convinced that he is right. This issue is far too serious to just play cheap political games. As Lorrie explains, the consequences of inappropriate action on one extreme or the other could be serious. But let's cut the fear-mongering and the media preoccupation like Edward Greenspon's fawning piece that Lorrie mentions. You can almost read between the lines - Wow, climate change is a hot topic? Let's cash in!

And why did Greenspon set Dion on the environmental pedestal, when Elizabeth May's Green Party is the one with the momentum?


I had to laugh when I read this section that Goldstein highlighted:

In the Globe's magnum opus on global warming last Saturday, we learned from Greenspon's column (featuring a picture of a smiling Dion surrounded by unnaturally happy supporters at the Liberal leadership convention) that the staff at a restaurant insisted on serving Dion from green dishes upon learning he would dine there. Really?


Well, here's the funny part. Unless someone told Dion that the plates were green, he wouldn't even have known, since he's colour-blind! (Macleans, Yahoo) -

He cannot see the difference between red and green -- in traffic lights or T-shirts. St├ęphane Dion walks everywhere because he is colour-blind.

I'll just leave you to ponder that particular bit of irony.

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Check out Prairie Wrangler - Looks like he is a Goldstein convert too. "Say it with me: anti-Kyoto doesn't mean anti-environment". Great post, Olaf!!!

Kate at SDA says she's with Lorrie Goldstein!!!

BTW, the Globe actually does have one redeeming attribute - Margaret Wente. Check out her column about taking climate polls with "bags of salt".

17 comments:

PGP said...

FWIW -
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/cdngovernment/attack-ads.html

Note the smooth transition from informative analysis to defensive position on Dion!

glenda said...

I feel your frustration. I don't even trust blogger to save in draft. Before I save a long post or publish a short one I always right click and save the HTML code just it case the connection is bad. Test or no test

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Good suggestion, Glenda. I just switched from old blogger to new. In old blogger it would auto-save, so I guess I just got careless. I had a pile of stuff open, and either closed the wrong window, or maybe my computer freaked out.

Ugh. I'm never going to blog again...

John M Reynolds said...

"Ugh. I'm never going to blog again..." I don't believe you. Happily.

Another solution is to do the writeup in your favourite editor then cut and paste it to blogger. Only slight reformatting is needed. Once you are sure it saved, then you can delete the original on your computer.

glenda said...

Good one John. I've done that for template changes but would work just as well for posts.

Joanne, I've yet to switch to new blogger. I'm waiting for them to work through as many glitches as possible.
Do you think it's safe. Just went to post and the server is down again.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I don't believe you. Happily.

lol! Yeah, John. You know me too well. I couldn't not blog. I'm just frustrated. I had worked on something for quite a while, and then *poof!* I don't think I can get back into that frame of mind to write it again. Oh well.

Thanks Glenda & John for your suggestions. Glenda, I am having a few issues with new blogger, but you will likely be forced to switch at some point. I was having trouble logging in on other people's blogs to comment until I moved over.

You have to have a gmail or google account, BTW. If you don't have one, get one now!

There are a few cool things about new blogger that will make it worth your while. The labels option is great for someone with a large blog such as mine. It will take a while to do the necessary housekeeping though. I still have a lot to learn.

Jason Bo Green said...

I couldn't post this this morning -- jeez, all these google blogger2 accounts I can't use anymore, I have to use a separate browser and even it doesn't handle them that well. What the heck??? This is from before any Updates of yours....

the staff at a restaurant insisted on serving Dion from green dishes upon learning he would dine there. Really?

Gee. Who gives a !@*$?


Ha ha - sooo true. The media does a deplorable job of informing people and focuses on this nonsense instead. (Lorrie Goldstein is no paragon of journalstic virtue, though)

Also loved, "It doesn't matter what Dion names his dog or whether John Baird wears a green tie". Ha ha.

The Conservatives are having a really tough time, in my view, accepting that they are weak on this issue, and then facing up to criticism honestly and then moving on. They're moving instead into spin territory. That didn't work for the Liberals for too long - I think it'll work even less for them. They were wrong on climate change. I respect that - I was wrong on it, too. And, important to note, most of the "left" got it extremely wrong as well. That's okay - find me someone who hasn't made serious, legitimate mistakes. But stop the spin, stop blaming the (very deserving of blame) Liberals, and let's get to work.

I think this Tory-NDP agreement/coalition/etc. might work out alright - we'll see.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

JBG - As always you tell it like it is.

jeez, all these google blogger2 accounts I can't use anymore, I have to use a separate browser and even it doesn't handle them that well.

That was the problem I was having. Since I switched to the new blogger, it's easier to post comments on other blogs, but I'm still wrestling with the fine points on my own blog. Maybe you should try switching too; even if you're not posting too much. Just a thought.

The media does a deplorable job of informing people and focuses on this nonsense instead. Yeah, well I guess they have to keep it interesting.

Have you found any columnists who are fairly non-partisan? I like Christy Blatchford, and of course Lorrie Goldstein. David Akin of CTV is the best one of that lot.

But stop the spin, stop blaming the (very deserving of blame) Liberals, and let's get to work.

Jason, I totally agree. The spin and fighting is counter-productive.

Today in QP the non-stop refrain from the Grits was, "Was the Prime Minister misleading Canadians then or is he misleading them now?"; whereupon Baird would come back with something that the Liberals said against Kyoto.

Is this going to go on until June? Sheesh.

Gabby in QC said...

I don't agree the Conservatives are weak on the issue; at least, not any weaker than the Liberals.

What exact measures in the original Clean Air Act were so bad? Does the majority of Canadians know what those measures were? Just as they really don't know what Kyoto involves. "Kyoto" has replaced the "Om-om-om" chant to achieve nirvana, of human beings to be in perfect harmony with nature, returning to some pastoral Arcadia.

How can the effects of over a hundred years' worth of the Industrial age be erased in such a short time as demanded by the opposition & the lobby groups?

If it takes a village to raise a child, well, it takes the world to cure what ails the planet. And that means you, and you, and you too, and me.

The US, China, and India must also be part of the puzzle. And all those green activists should be going to points east, west, north, south to help undeveloped nations dig wells, build latrines & other sanitation facilities, recycling, etc. instead of showing up on Parliament Hill dressed up as polar bears for a ohoto-op.

Jason Bo Green said...

Joanne,

Yes - it's going to go on until June, lol.

It's weird, but they just can't seem to get much done without jawing and posturing for 2 years beforehand.

Really, top bloggers should run the place, not these fools. If CalgaryGrit and JoeCalgary took over the place, even with their different views they'd hammer out compromise solution after compromise solution, day in and day out.

I don't know why we continue to pay these people!

Jason Bo Green said...

Gabby, all you say is true -- and believe me, man, I do not want to see the Liberals tackle the issue any time soon.

I do think the Conservatives are weak on the issue, though -- and by that I mean "weak in the public's mind".

In my experience, most (crazy) people think the Liberals are greener than the Conservatives. Why? I wish I knew!!!

That's why the Conservatives need to address this issue.

You know, in addition to these Dion ads, they should be promoting Mulroney as Greenest PM Ever all over the place. That'd help - the surprise factor would make it sticky in most minds.

If they do manage this Tory-NDP coalition thing, though, they could start to change their image.

Cherniak_WTF said...

What exact measures in the original Clean Air Act were so bad?

Setting certain goals that start in 2050, pandering to GHG emissions that only Alberta likes and effectifely pulling out of Kyoto (while lying by saying that it's still respected), smog and ozone target that only start in 2025...

Cherniak_WTF said...

Gabby, if I don't pay my taxes, it's certain that it will not have an effect on the overall budget, but does this mean that I should skirt that duty?

Gabby in QC said...

"if I don't pay my taxes, it's certain that it will not have an effect on the overall budget, but does this mean that I should skirt that duty?"

Totally irrelevant - not germane to this discussion.

"Setting certain goals that start in 2050, pandering to GHG emissions that only Alberta likes and effectifely pulling out of Kyoto (while lying by saying that it's still respected), smog and ozone target that only start in 2025..."

Thanks for proving my point. You & I don't know the first thing about what's in the Clean Air Act. Goals that start in 2050 - you get your news from liberal blogs, right? Thanks for the laugh.

It might benefit both you & me to sift through some of this info before we profess to be experts, OK?:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/legisinfo/index.asp?Language=E&query=4842&Session=14&List=ls
http://canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2006/20061021/html/notice-e.html#i3

Hope you enjoy the read. Good night.

Cherniak_WTF said...

Gabby, I understand that reading is not your strongest asset...
I said certain start in 2050 (and pointed to two that start in 2025).

As for your implying that whatever Canada does will regards to GHG will mean little in the overall scheme of things, my example of paying taxes and the budget is quite relevant...

Lay off the KoolAid....

Gabby in QC said...

Hah, hah, hah - KoolAid! What an original comeback! Can I borrow it, because I never heard that before. I'll be sure to credit you, OK?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

KoolAid! What an original comeback!

Good one, Gabby. That expression is getting a bit old for sure.