Will common sense prevail in the Comox Valley?

That the Courtenay-Comox Sewage Commission shelved its multi-million dollar sewerage project this summer comes as no surprise. For nearly two years, Comox Valley citizens have implored the commission and regional district engineers to consider less expensive and more...
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What was the point of Shakesides’ graffiti?

Vandals spray-painted the historical home of Hamilton Mack Laing, known as Shakesides, this week with what appears to be a lame version of tagging. Squiggles of red paint were carelessly sprayed on three sides of the building, and a circle with an upside down ’Y’ was...

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“Wanton cultural vandalism”

Fresh out of college in 1982 at the age of 23, Richard Mackie came face-to-face on Newcastle Island with “Torchy” Smith, a B.C. government employee who roamed the province in search of abandoned buildings in provincial parks. It was his job that when he found one, he...

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Valley faces a watershed moment

Comox Councillor Barbara Price has offered up misleading statements to defend changes to an antiquated sewerage system that serves only Comox and Courtenay residents. Price chairs the Comox Valley Sewage Commission, which is itself a misnomer. The Sewage Commission...

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The pressure mounts on Comox

With new organizations and high-profile individuals joining the movement to preserve the waterfront home of internationally known naturalist and Town of Comox benefactor Hamilton Mack Laing, there are rumors that some Comox Council members might reconsider the town’s...

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Was Mother Earth Goddess drunk?

Today we celebrate the spring equinox, the beginning of a new astrological year, a time when hope and creativity soar and our hearts beat to the rhythm of the Earth’s renewal. And we just pray to the Mother Earth Goddess that it doesn’t fucking snow again. Because...

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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

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“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.”

Need a laugh? Check out our archive of lame jokes.

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

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