Will common sense prevail in the Comox Valley?
I’m writing today’s column from The Office of Medical Terror, otherwise known as my bedroom. I’m doing this because a monster truck of influenza ran over me, then backed up and ran over me again, and afterwards dumped a load of pneumonia on me. The truck also hit my...read more
Recess has returned to the playgrounds of School District 71’s elementary schools as of February. That’s good news for children and teachers. But why the school district eliminated recess at the start of this school year and the reasons for reinstating it now aren’t...read more
Not many people who moved to the Comox Valley for its small-town feel, access to recreational opportunities or the lively arts scene imagined heroin addicts injecting themselves in public places or one person dying almost every month from an opioid overdose. But these...read more
When civility in modern public discourse declines, it attempts to drag other forms of decent human interaction into the murky abyss of lost social conventions. The genuine apology, for example, teeters dangerously close to collateral damage. In the Trump world, you...read more
Provincial Court Judge Peter Doherty handed down a fair decision in the case of Timothy Prad of Bowser, the motorist who struck and killed a bicyclist, Paul Bally of Fanny Bay, on the Old Island Highway about a year ago. The judge found the motorist honestly thought...read more
I have a series of photographs taken at a livestock auction somewhere north of Courtenay in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I took this image of a man raising his hand to bid at that time. For some reason I think it took place at the Norwood Equestrian Center, but 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