Saw a big trainload of military tanks parked under my office window today.
Blowing bubbles has become a symbol of what happened at the G20 Protests in Toronto...
Hundreds of protesters expected to blow bubbles at Toronto rally
"Digital Journal reported on Friday that a woman was arrested shortly after she began to blow bubbles at two police officers. One of officers threatened to arrest of her if any of the bubbles hit him because it was an act of assault. The officer has been dubbed: Officer Bubbles."
“During the G20, the police acted in a way that directly contradicts how we believe a lawful society should behave. Many protesters and innocent bystanders were unjustly arrested and detained for up to 36 hours, some without even the right to have access to a lawyer or a phone call.”
Part of the story I'm working on involves a character (I changed his name to Colin) who works for a "Green Marketing" company. He soon learns his employers are not so eco-friendly and mostly interested in the other kind of green, money.
Tonight I am researching "carbon credits" and found this story.
The great carbon credit con: Why are we paying the Third World to poison its environment?
In the fields around this giant chemicals factory in Gujarat, the barren soil smells of paint stripper and the water from the well makes you gag. So why has it been given tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer-funded UN ‘green reward points’, which are traded hungrily on the financial markets at huge profit?
Companies that cut their emissions gain credits. If, on the other hand, they exceed their quotas, they have to acquire credits. The credits are traded on markets such as the ECX and have become such an established part of the financial world that trading involves Europe’s biggest banks, including RBS and Barclays. Until the global slowdown, carbon was one of the most profitable ‘commodities’, nearly doubling in value between 2007 and 2008.
The main points from a document I like very very much:
Principles of Spiritual Activism
1. Love those with whom we are in conflict. This is a real challenge for most of us.
2. We are all spiritual beings. See the image of God in everyone.
3. We are all connected and part of the web of life.
4. We can pray. Prayer is powerful and effective and should precede all actions.
5. We are conscious beings and are part of a collective universal consciousness. As such, our positive thoughts and intentions can have a beneficial impact on all life forms.
6. Shift our motivation for action from anger to love.
7. Be aware of any negative thinking on our part. Be alert for fearful or angry images which arise in our consciousness. We have a choice. We can let negative thoughts rule us and our behavior or we can replace these thoughts with more positive images.
9. To promote peace, we need to become peaceful ourselves. Meditating can help us develop peace and learn to live more in a state of love.
10. Develop a non-attachment to outcome. Buddhists believe this is the path out of suffering.
11. Let go of the need to be right and in control. Be open to all possibilities.
12. When involved in a dispute, focus on the issues rather than attacking the opposition.
13. We should not isolate ourselves from the pain and suffering of the world. As we let the pain in, we become transformed, compassionate and motivated to action.
14. God created life and we are intelligent beings capable of creative genius. We can co-create, with God, a better future.
15. Peaceful, non-violent direct action is an appropriate way to demonstrate our protest to harmful, unjust laws or practices.
16. We are all One with God, each other and all life. In this oneness, may we love one another and be of service.
Two things I've learned in Canada are:
A perogy is a potato based food stuffed with cheese or other tasty fillings.
Proroguing Parliament is when a Prime Minister closes Parliamentary sessions for a period, often to avoid facing up to scandal or just to get a nice long vacation (which this time was met with giant waves of protest in rallies today all across the country!)
During "economic downturns" many choose to invest in (and or hoard) gold.
Why is gold so valuable anyway? Is it just for its jewelry value or is there something more to it?
Does it matter?
Free investment advice for those with money right now: invest in SEEDS, LAND, and/or GREENHOUSES!
Yesterday, I worked a 14 hour shift handing out ballots and at the end of the day, counting votes in the British Columbia provincial election.
Though "democracy" and party politics have their limitations, the experience left me feeling quite thankful that I live in this part of the world in this time in history.
Have some perspective! We are lucky.
They call this apocalyptic times and fear the end of the world. But let's compare our lot with folks in medieval Europe. Most land belonged to the nobility and the church. Peasants, who comprised the vast majority of the population, were forced to live off small strips of land, and a bad harvest or harsh taxes could leave thousands on the verge of starvation, with little hope. Bands of outlaws -- poachers, thieves, vagrants, murderers, rapists -- were common. Life was nasty, brutish, and short. -- Stewart Ross, Bandits and Outlaws
Behind the scenes, the conservative Canadian Federal government is making deals with the United States to sell off Canada and most Canadians are unaware of it.
I encourage Canadians to support the
Council of Canadians' work, especially their water campaign.
Though I have largely moved away from talking politics, this one is important to be aware of.
Deep Integration and Water
“It is nearly inevitable that bulk water exports from Canada ... will take place, given the political circumstances, within the next two to five years,” said Paul Michael Wihbey, president and founder of Global Water and Energy Strategy Team, during a September 2006 Business Forum in Banff, Alberta.
A Probe Research national survey released in July 2006 found that 74 per cent of Canadians are opposed to selling our water like a commodity to the U.S., but ongoing regulatory and policy harmonization between our two countries is leading us down that path.
In Canada we are starting to have more security measures, albeit not to the extremes that appear in the United States in a time of media induced homeland paranoia.
Where I live we rely on the ferries to get to the mainland, so the news item below is of local concern.
BC Ferries to Screen Passengers
Tougher security measures will start to take effect at BC Ferries terminals next year — including random screening of passengers and vehicles, says a senior company official.
BC Ferries Clarifies Security Plans
in The Vancouver Sun
April 4, 2004
B.C. Ferries is not planning to put in a complete screening system, including full searches of all vehicles and passengers. But he said that's always an option in the event that a terrorist action takes place.