National Post Doesn’t Care About Our National Parks!

Ever since the Globe and Mail imposed a subscription fee for their online articles, I begrudgingly made the switch to National Post, even though it gives me stomach aches. Take this article for example:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/31/mountain-of-change-in-store-as-canadas-national-parks-aim-to-attract-mass-tourism/

They delivered the story on mass construction on Canada’s perserved parks as great news! A victory even. There are budget cuts, they need more revenu, so now there will be more “commercial or mass-tourism friendly amenities” in our National Parks! Now us hardworking tax payers can actually enjoy the wildlife we’ve been paying to perserve! Can any thinking be so narrow? How can we “enjoy” the parks when you just said that there will be “commercial” amenities? Could that mean more wal marts? The writer didn’t expand on that point. We just heard about the cool things that will happen like a lift on the ban for hang-gliding. Did she explain why there was a ban in the first place?

This quote really sickened me:

“Parks are for people, it’s not a preserve,…Canadians pay a lot of money in taxes to support those parks and they should be open and accessible to all Canadians.”

Ya, the thing is, those parks are perserved because they are part of an eco system that enables humans to live and that kinda includes trees, and the animals, etc. I know this scientifically proven concept is beyond the scope of Harper fans. Yes, so lets build a capitalist friendly hot spot, cut down trees, shoot down bears, remove the wildlife from their homes, I’m sure they will figure out a way to adapt! The rocky’s will become a nice deserted wasteland that we can later on use to drill for some oil!

So what’s the logic here? Lets “enjoy” nature while its here, but let’s not do anything to “perserve” it?

Here is a suggestion, how about you enjoy the land you already live on. Chances are it used to be a lush green paradise too. What’s stopping you from getting back there? With the advances in technology, there is no excuse. We need to cut through bureaucracy and the politics and find ways to incorporate clean technology in our day to day lives so that we can live harmoniously with nature. We need to have an electric communal transit system, with a focus on a pedestrian oriented community. We could even start with something simple such as sacrificing a parking spot, remove some concrete and plant a tree or two and composting. Then there is getting the government to clean the lakes, make business accountable for pollution.

Humans have been living in nature for most of its existence. We have a yearning for nature in our day-to-day lives. We are programmed for it. Bringing green back into our lives is not a fad, its a human need. And we need to restore it.

We can’t even maintain the beauty of the land we already invaded, why should we invade more? Is there any place in Canada that can be spared from cigarette butts and empty Tim Horton cups?

My Small Steps in Defeating Capitalism

I am just one person. But change starts with one person.

This is how one person is defeating capitalism this year:

I am vermicomposting. This has so many benefits! Up to 40% of my garbage will now be transformed into fertile soil that will be used for my herb garden. How does this have to do with capitalism? Well, for one thing, I won’t need to buy herbs and soil. But in the grand scheme of things, I will contribute less to garbage pick ups and landfill expenses that our tax money is paying for. I am giving the budget more room to pay for meaningful things like, healthcare and education! All our actions have an impact.

I will make vermicomposting bins for others. The worms in the bin can double their population every 3-4 months. They will stop breeding when the bin is full. But I won’t let it get there. If I make a new bin for someone every 3-4 months, and they in turn make a new bin for others, and so on, then something significant would have happened. I did the math. If I follow this program, in 2013 I can prevent 156 litres of garbage from going to the landfills. In 2014, 2560 litres of garbage will be prevented from going to the landfills. I will write a blog post about this new program I made for myself..

I will not buy any new clothes. I feel like I have accumulated enough since I grown into a full size adult, which has been eight years or so.

I will continue to live like a stoic. And it’s not so bad! I don’t own a car. I don’t have cable. I don’t have TV. I pay very low rent, and very rarely, if at all, buy alcohol. Going to music jams and living in a vibrant neighbourhood and eating good food is what makes my day to day life fun.

I will avoid eating at restaurants. It’s really hard, but if I watch Zietgiest once a week, I am sure I will have the motivation and develop the discipline.

I will bring awareness. I am publishing this blog. Also, in my upcoming album, I will have many songs about debt slavery and human trafficking.

 

Bonus:

I will attend at least five protests this year.

I will learn more about independant energy.

I will learn more about hydroponic farming. I will learn more about vertical hydroponic farms.

I will read more about how others are living off-grid.

 

Now will the world be a magical place in 2014?

How to Have a Festive Yet Anti-Consumerist & Non-Religious Christmas

I love Christmas! To me it’s turning another calendar month into fun! I love the colours! Red, white and green. I love the bright lights. I love how creative people can be with decorating their trees and their home. The gingerbread cookies, the clothes, and the music. Christmas is art for life.

It really makes me cringe to hear people call these beautiful holidays as just marketing ploys. Businesses use holidays to their advantage, but we can choose to buy into them.

I don’t like how people blow off all the festivities of Christmas as religious and prefer living blandly. Religion creates holidays for their advantage, but we can choose to believe in them, we can make our own interpretation as to what to believe in.

 

So first on the marketing argument:

Buying gifts for people in this day and age is ridiculous. Buying cards is a waste of money. And don’t even make me get into gift cards, and even gift registries! Everyone has what they want, and if they didn’t they would have bought it already. There is a good chance that the item you got for someone is something they don’t want. There is a bigger chance that the item you got for someone is something they don’t need.  And for some reason we have to be polite and grateful. This is the attitude that marketing guys are content with. So here is my anti-consumerist alternative option in the same spirit of gift giving. Instead of buying gifts for people, why don’t you provide a service?

Provide a 30 minute service to each person on your gift giving list. 30 minutes is how long it probably takes on average to buy a gift. It’s probably more when taking into consideration the transportation time, the line ups and even the time it takes to put on your boots to get out of your house. But I’m sure your friend would be more thrilled with a 30 minute of your service coupon that can be redeemed any time of the year.

I could use a 30 minute service too. So, friend, please don’t add another candle to my house. Please use the time you used to get me the candle and the hours it took to earn the money for the candle into some help. What I could really use is some help with carrying new furniture into my home, or someone to edit my grant forms, or help with my housework or help with gardening. Maybe you could argue that we should always be available to help our friends, but in our world of ‘every man for himself’ people aren’t as eager to help just as much as they aren’t eager to ask for help.

 

And now to solve the problem with money on decorations:

Artists are some of the poorest people I know, yet have the nicest homes, and coolest clothes. Creativity is not relative to finances! Once you buy your Christmas decorations, why do you need to buy them again the next year? Why do you need to buy a real Christmas tree that will die in a few weeks? Get a fake tree and use the same Christmas decorations as last year! Use your inner artist to arrange them differently to look different and keep it fresh.

 

As for religion:

So you are an atheist. Does that mean in atheist world we can’t ever follow tradition? We can’t have fun? We can’t have a certain theme for certain days of the year to mark the passage of time? Is it impossible to decorate your house and eat gingerbread cookies without celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ?

 

And also: yes, I will still call it CHRISTmas, because I like the sound of that word and I grew up celebrating CHRISTmas. And I think Santa Clause is a perfect mascot for this time, just because it was thought of by marketing Coca Cola guys, doesn’t mean we have to write it off immediately as evil. I think the idea of an old man who lives in the north pole and keeps warm with a red robe and travels with reindeers is a very funny idea, so I will keep it.

 

 

So knock Christmas if you want, but I won’t! I am entitled to a festive yet anti-consumerist & non-religious Christmas.

A Great Photographer in Montreal

Readers,

It’s with great pleasure that I introduce you to my favourite photographer, Mojtaba at Montreal Moments. He put careful time and attention to my photographic needs. And its time that I put some careful time and attention in recognizing his great work on my blog!

All the photos for my CD and website were taken by him. To get the perfect shot, he went above and beyond. Incessant snapping in many angles. He had no shortage of creative ideas, and as a result, there was no shortage of good photos. It was clear that photography was his passion. Add to this that he was super friendly and made me feel comfortable, which is super important as your mood can come through the photos. The session was a lot of fun, and I look forward to working with him in the near future.

Montreal has a great photographer available!

“Are There Parallel Universes?” – Cool Documentary I Saw

I watched, “Are There Parallel Universes?” from the “Through The Wormhole” series.

It was interesting. Profound even, had I understood 80% of what they were talking about.

Sometimes I understood an idea, then they added to that idea, then I forgot the logic of the first idea and couldn’t understand the second idea, then I had to rewind! Then I wikipedia’d it. But still no follow! Even the scientists admit that some of the ideas were too complicated for them.

One theory I found interesting was the one about all possibilities existing in different dimensions/universes. I can’t even put my mind around that! There are infinite combinations of atoms. Statistics say that combination of atoms also repeat. So technically, there is a repeat combination of atoms that make up who I am somewhere out there.

You can check the documentary out on YouTube, or watch it here. And check out all the other documentaries from “Through The Wormhole”. I can’t wait to go through them all! Though I will certainly have to watch it more than a few times to get it all. Sometimes it’s nice to warp outside our suspiciously rigid world!