Tuesday, July 10, 2012

So you vote eh?

I say everyone who votes, should be taking part in their democracy.  It is the ultimate in fallacy to assume that someone who wins a popularity contest, is actually going to represent your interests.  We start em young too.  Student councils. Remember?  The ultimate popularity contests.

The students got it right.  I remember them, and I even won an election once.  As I said, it's a popularity contest for presisdent and you get some doozies.  As in any level of government. Somehow we taught our children, that highschool, it's just a popularity contest, but real life elections, it's serious.  Which is a bunch of bullshit.  We recognized it in highschool, but we seem to somehow think things are different in real political life, because that's what we are taught.  I challenge that line of thought.  I say, we were right in highschool to think of it as a popularity contest, and I think that the same applies to all levels of government.  After all, what are the numbers that our leaders are most concerned with?  Their popularity ratings.  It's how they get elected after all.

Lets talk about polls for a second.  K, so there you are, in the booth, deciding who you'd like to have represent you.  Who you want to be YOUR voice in parliament.  Because you can't go there yourself, you have a job, and a family, and you're too busy to really get involved in politics.  And if you really get to have a say in things, why would you give it up to someone who may or may not A, be elected to begin with, or B, do something that goes against what you stand for?  And you have no recourse, other than to write an angry letter maybe, which could very well just be ignored.  Why do you even have a say in the first place, if you don't bother to pay attention, or care, or do something to effect change?  I know some who work within the system to try and effect change.  I don't believe that works too well.  Some of these issues have been going on for a very very long time.  It's high time we took notice and all started doing something, anything, to change.  Work within the system, or don't.  But don't sit there and do nothing.  Take notice before more suffer.

“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”

Bertolt Brecht

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Richwood Fire - London Ontario - July 3rd, 2012

Richwood kitchens on McCormick Blvd has gone up in smoke today.  The building, which has been abandoned for some time, was owned by the city, and was currently undergoing a demolition.  5 or 6 firetrucks showed up to combat todays blaze. The fire was started by workers accidentally when sparks from the steel they were cutting, landed on a pile of combustible material on the floor below at around 9am.
This is not the first time in recent memory, where a building being demolished has gone up in smoke in London.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Oh Canada!!

I am not celebrating this Canada Day.  I will be taking my fiance to see the fireworks, but not because of any misplaced sense of nationalism or patriotism, but because it is the one year anniversery of us hooking up, and we did it last year, it's free, and I like explosions.

This Canada Day, I find myself making a video, of the issues our gov't has been complicit in helping to perpetuate.  It's too short to take in all of the specific issues, so keep an eye here, as there is way more to come.

It's disgusting to me that we still have to fight oppression, from those who say they are only trying to help us, by taking away our freedoms and liberties, by criminalizing dissent, and by harassing those who are only trying to make a difference.  It really shouldn't surprise anyone though, as this is just history repeating itself.  The same type of things were happening in the sixties.  50 years this has been going on, and when will it stop?  Hopefully when those in power realize that the responsibilities that they have been given, have been abused, and stop it, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. :P

I am releasing a short video, that I hope you will watch.  Hopefully it will open the eyes of some.  Maybe not.  All I can do is try.  Please share widely, and shed a little light for those still in the dark.