Will common sense prevail in the Comox Valley?
By Brent Reid While teaching journalism and information technology for several years in a networked computer environment with Internet and email access at every workstation, I learned a lot about how to use powerful, but potentially distracting, electronic devices to...read more
I'm amused and somewhat disappointed at all the hand-wringing about the imminent British Columbia minority government. Since the May 9 election that gave no single party a majority of seats in the B.C. Legislature, political pundits, former elected officials and...read more
While doing some seriously complicated scientific research on the most ergonomic entry and exit of the common household hammock, I came upon a startling statistic: more men are injured while mowing lawns each year than those who sit around and drink beer. In fact,...read more
The difference couldn’t be more striking. In his second inaugural address, former U.S. President Barack Obama said this: “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations … We cannot...read more
Parents and educators face a new challenge in today’s schools: the pervasiveness of smartphones, tablets and other digital devices. Are they disruptive to student learning or an enhancement? Do they increase student safety or provide a new weapon for bullies? The...read more
The newly reconfigured Courtenay-Comox riding dispensed a few surprises for the political experts this year. The biggest one: it’s still a swing riding. With control of the B.C. Legislature hanging on the outcome of a recount and some 2,000 absentee ballots, the...read more
Trump's musical set list for climate denying speeches
The crazy people over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency had some thoughts about the military band playing soft jazz while President Nut Job backed out of a deal to save our one and only planet.
SET LIST FOR THE BAND AT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ROSE GARDEN SPEECH ANNOUNCING THE UNITED STATES PULLING OUT OF THE GLOBAL CLIMATE ACCORD
“Celebratory mood in the White House Rose Garden for Paris announcement. A jazz band is playing.” — Jonathan Swan, Axios
“Heat Wave” – Martha and the Vandellas
“Hot in Herre” – Nelly
“The Heat is On” – Glenn Frey
“Hotter Than Hell” – Kiss
“Burning Down the House” – Talking Heads
“I Melt With You” – Modern English
“I’m Not Dead (I’m in Pittsburgh) – Frank Black
“Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn
“Smoke on the Water” – Deep Purple
“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters
“Drown in My Own Tears” – Ray Charles
“Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Öyster Cult
“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.
Can biofuels save us?
To wean vehicles off gasoline, should we bet on energy sources from electricity or biofuels?
In this article, the author argues that done right biofuels can help stall the climate apocalypse.
Lame Joke Du Jour
A Texan oil baron went to the dentist for a check up.
“I’m pleased to say your teeth are just fine,” said the dentist. “I know,” replied the oilman, “but drill anyway. I feel lucky.”
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Thought Du Jour
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
— John Muir