Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Feeding a Hungry Arctic

Feeding a Hungry Arctic

When it comes to failure in government, perhaps the easiest metric is poverty. When it comes to extreme failure, just think of failure and put it in a more remote location, or check for people scavenging a dump for food.

Is being hungry in Toronto a better place than Canada's arctic?

Recent news regarding people scavenging arctic dumps for food demonstrates our failure to understand and manage the challenges others have in remote locations. Places where there aren't a million people to ask for help, or visit a food bank, or get affordable products.

Upon first inspection, seems any arctic dump may just provide better results than our current leadership in Ottawa. Seems some MP's are more interested in reading the newspaper than leading.

Perhaps the only thing more futile than a Harper Government addressing such issues is expecting any successful plan to come from the same dysfunctional government. As such, we must learn to be creative and adapt to take care of business. Every idea helps!

I share with you an idea that arctic folks may employ to help feed people with organic and fresh food. It is a solution that can help provide what is healthy and simple for the arctic community, now. Food prices in Canada's north reflect the time and energy to get the product there, and also operate a profitable business selling products the community needs. $25 cheese, $30 coffee, $15 milk adds up quickly. If we do the math, we see that the free market can't deliver the cheapest or the best product.

When we look at what actions one can do, now, we have to keep the solution simple, meaning low capital equipment costs. What is capital equipment cost? The cost of investment required to produce a product. Also, the more simple the solution, the more people that can do it.

Since we are talking about the cost of food, what if northern communities and individuals, could farm their own food? There is no farming in winter, but, there can be! No, no heated and lighted greenhouses growing 2 tomatoes plants in -70C. When we look at traditional farming, we see the problems quickly. There is not enough sunlight for farming. There is no soil for planting. Food takes time to grow and some need pollinators. How much is fertilizer at the store? More than the $25 cheese? These traditional farming approaches are high in capital equipment costs.

When we think of extreme locations to live, space gives us a few clues; less is more. Sending anything into space is very expensive. The capital equipment cost is very high, rockets and special equipment aren't cheap, so, travelling lightly and doing more with less is a constant struggle. Just think, with a smart design strategy, perhaps three experiments can travel to the ISS, instead of just two.

During one of my random life experiments, I survived on growing my own sprouts. Yes, I'm radical. I had watched a documentary on growing sprouts and the medical doctor was explaining the nutritious properties of young plant sprouts. During the first days of a plant sprouts, each species can contain a different spectrum of nutrients not found in the adult, or mature, plant or vegetable. Sprouts can contain rare enzymes, proteins and vitamins. Enough so, they said a person could survive on them, so I tried it. Well, I'm alive to talk about it, so I think it works!

It's called a living diet, because sprouts are alive when you eat them, and until Canada passes law protecting all living things, it's healthy and pretty cheap. I used a about ten different sprout types; several bean types, onion, wheat grass, broccoli*, alfalfa and radish. For two months, the seeds cost me around $40, and I had extra broccoli* seeds left over.

The beauty of sprouts is they don't need soil, or sunlight. They can be better grown at chilly temperatures, above freezing. I grew them in my fridge to reduce bacterial growth. Sprouts only need a little water and some recycled containers to live in. Some sprouts are ready to eat in only 2-3 days. Of course, you should wash them before you eat, but I ate them raw. I was living dangerously! Of course it is always smart to test a few sprouts first and see if you live. Good luck!

In my extreme case, I feel confident that with a basic setup, one adult can survive on $300** of sprout seeds per year, or $25**/month. With bulk community purchasing, perhaps my $300** of seeds won't cost $1,000,000 in the arctic.

In realistic terms, and joking aside, sprouts could add some healthy new elements to an arctic diet. There is no reason why young children cannot farm this food after being taught. I grew my first bean seed when I was 4 years old. Now, I wonder why the next lesson was not eating that same bean sprout?

Happy sprouting and bon appetit!

P.S. - Wheat grass sprouts taste like watermelon during a short phase of their sprouting. Blew my mind! Very tasty in a salad.

P.S.S. - Wash your sprouts well. If you have weakened health, or are feeding to young children, consider a salt/sugar bath to soak in, thus helping reduce bacteria. Yes, rinse after. Some physicians say that we don't consume enough “dirty” food. I agree, but, be careful.

P.S.S.S – You don't have to be in the arctic to enjoy sprouts. Make sure when ordering bulk seed that you choose organic or chemically untreated seeds.

* - Yuck, but I ate them. Visit the Wikipedia Broccoli Sprouts page!

** - “Toronto dollars”

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sea Level Rise: High Tide On Main Street


I'm always bombarded with requests to review stuff, and recently I got an offer to review “High tide on Main Street” by John Englander. Okay, a free climate change read, so I requested a copy. Sure, I am late with my review, but, better late than never, right?

Years ago, when I read The Skeptical Environmentalist, by Bjorn Lomborg, I actually ran out of ink marking up his ignorance. Whenever economists try science, it gets messy. The linear math charts in excel were entertaining, but when Bjorn asserted that climate change will provide record-low food prices, I could only think of the business lemmings listening to his funded anti-science fundamentalism. Seems our planet needs a Department of Fact Checking, or an Ignorance Tax.

Some may see climate change as a political conspiracy, some think it will make earth warmer, but in a complex world, the science says otherwise. As I like to tweet: #DoTheMath: Complexity is a science and is being used to reflect our natural systems and model them. There are many impacts that humanity will face from climate change. Which are the “biggies”?

 Oh, when I say “complex world”, please don't confuse the scientific term with the English one. Our planet can be modeled as a complex mathematical system. In simplistic terms, our “old math” used to be focused on much more linear analysis that rendered, in many cases, singular “yes / no” conclusions. Of course those tools were used for simpler problems. Nature, by nature, is not simple, each element has many connections. Complexity math helps us understand the bigger connections and dependencies and help identify the smaller connections, as well, so, welcome to 2013! The new math has arrived and it's all complex.

“Big Data” + big computers + big ideas = bigger challenges aka – bigger problems. Climate change will impact all living and many non-living systems on our planet. Migrations of animals and critters will change, our oceans will heat up and absorb more carbon dioxide, severe weather, severe drought, severe flooding, increased air conditioning costs, increased heating costs, food security, species extinction, ocean acidification, coral reef destruction, micro-climate destruction, glacial lake and river stagnation, ocean and lake dead zones, mass methane releases, mass extinctions, increased unsafe knock-off Chinese suntan lotion, etc. Has “the 100 year event” now become “the 1000 year event”?

Is the biggest problem is sea level rise? When we look at the impacts of sea level rise on the global economy, the results are grim. Sea level change will impact majority of our major infrastructure for global commerce. The US Navy recently made note that a minor change in sea level will result in hundreds of billions in upgrades for national and global security alone.

Do I enjoy the ultimate irony of Koch losing their family estate on Martha's Vineyard? No. Of course, sea level change is also exacerbated by severe weather. A small increase in sea level can multiply the damage of tsunami and storm surge levels of destruction.

Aside from the complexity-impacts on our global economy and security, most people can identify with the loss of property: hotels, beach homes, tourist attractions, marinas, bridges, and other things like islands. This loss of property will displace over 50% of the world population.

Of course, the Canadian conservative plan is to firmly stick their heads in the tarsands. So, when will sea level rise physically force their heads out to avoid self-drowning? Seems the rule of "government by crisis" is far more profitable than government by responsibility and intelligence. Will Stephen Harper be remembered for the Prime Minister that lost the most coastline? It's no surprise that the ever-selfish Stephen Harper is currently authoring out planning for climate refugees. Do you think the insurance companies are freaking out over nothing? Will the consumer have to continue to bail out industry?

How much will the oceans rise? How fast? Who is responsible? Is government morally capable of managing it? Will the fossil fuel industry will try to sue the customer for loss of customers?

High Tide On Main Street read well and unlike Bjorns' truthiness, no red ink, just personal notes. Nice work, this is a book that makes the risks of sea level rise easy to understand. John Englander is a courteous writer and provides many footnotes and further reading. I would certainly recommend this book to everyone, since it will impact everyone on earth.

I hope that your real estate is above 80 meters above sea level!

Enjoy!



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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Brita® Please!



Brita® Product Analysis:

Water Pitcher Design : Space Saver® w/ Calendar Minder® Indicator

Last year I promised to deliver some product design perspectives on a single product. Excuse my dilatoriness. I selected a "random" product that relates to something I am "radical" about: healthy drinking water.

How would you evaluate a product? What can we do to make things “Greener”? Am I picking on Brita®, no, I picked Brita® and you will discover why.

I have seen many bright companies start with a great product then forgot what got them where there: selling great products. I am sure you can think of a few. Some companies that I feel would benefit from some innovation are: RIM, Ford, Google*. I think companies have to rediscover their product and prove they deserve the customers they so proudly serve! It sure beats the taxpayer having to sustain operations. Talk about risk. I say let poor management die, but, back to the product, not the administration.

Before I start, remember to ask yourself what green means. If a product says it's “Green” and ends up in the landfill "before its time", is it Greenwash?

Being a designer, one must objectively criticize designs. The object is to deliver what your customer asked for, even better if it crushes their competition. Capitalism loves a winner, it is good for business. If a product can be both green and profitable then: “Muahahaha!”, the designer may say.

If my customer does not know what they “want”, I query them on their intent: “what is the goal of your product?” After squishing this data around, I provide an opinion and demonstrate the pros and cons of the design to the company. If everyone is happy then presto, a new product is born. Smile?

Seems many products are being "born". For the economics of scale, companies make long term commitments to manufacturing the same product-family* many times. This lowers the per unit cost until operations are profitable ( break even point or ROI time-frame ). Another way to say this is capital investment in serial production. This is a risk for corporations, since they do so before they produce any revenues or profits on the product.

Most of the time new products are born in the “Military” and eventually “trickle down” into the consumer markets: Cell Phones, Computers, Smart “products”, nanotechnology, security systems for the home and even water filtration. After the military is done playing you can have the “whats next” because they have "something better".

As with all great products, all eventually break. This is reality. Seems many products cannot endure the long-term structural failures of plastic: it gets weaker and breaks. Eventually even my old Brita® succumbed to the lifecycle of plastic: failure.

So Brita® is, what I think, a product that helps reduce bottled water. The DIY water system. I have had Brita® products for many years. Simple, functional, efficient. Thanks! Replacing filters is easy. I trust their brand. Am I wrong about this?

So, my old Brita® broke. Trusting the Brita® brand, I went to the store and assumed they could replace my old broken Brita® . Boom Brita® done? I bought a new Brita®. Have a nice day. I took my new Brita® home! Smile?

Being a designer I broke my first rule: never assume a product meets the design criteria: a happy and hydrated customer. I feel ashamed, yet, I must go on. After “weeks of fury” dealing with my brilliant Brita® "choice”, I smiled and knew what to write for my late product review!

Brita®: Greenwash vs. Green? You decide!

Brita® Product Analysis: Non-destructive Compliance Testing.

Purpose: Identify Brita® product improvements.
Customer: Me
Summary Results: This product is a fail!

Summary of Issues: Brita® : Requires Product Redesign / None = Success

Performance Observations of Brita® :

1.) Normal Operation,
2.) Refilling &
3.) Pouring Water

1.) Normal Operation:

a.) During normal operation, product should not have sub-assemblies that disengage or “fly off” the product under normal dynamic circumstances. Due to sub-assembly failure, water is then free for spectacular ejection onto floors, hot oil, electronics, significant others, electrical sockets, inside the freaking refrigerator and on my freaking kitchen mat and a little on the dog, simultaneously. Grrrrr.

2.) During Refilling: ( okay lets make this sound more serious and professional )

b.) Thumb or other finger can disengage lid sub-assembly. If lid falls into a potentially contaminated environment, direct contact of critical exposed surfaces may contaminate the upper water chamber. This risk then forces the customer to sanitize the lid for safe and healthy performance. See issue a).

c.) While refilling, the thumb or finger, used to activate the refilling access hatch to the upper water chamber, can torque the lid sub-assembly off the product ( from level “steady” position ). This results in issue a).

d.) The refilling assess hatch does not remain open when thumb is removed. Is this desired operation? But look, no issue a)!

e.) If the water input exceeds capacity of the upper water chamber ( without lid sub-assembly in place ) excess water exits over handle and enters the product via 2 part construction of handle cavity ( this typically occurs after observations a, b & c while the lid subassembly is being sanitized ). Once filled, this “gem of a design feature” leaks water for about 30-40 seconds. This forces customer to wait until the cavity gravity drains of all water. Don't forget the pleasant remaining drips on the base of the product which further spreads water on surfaces.

3.) During Pouring of Water:

f.) While pouring water, the lid sub-assembly can disengage from the product. See issue a).

g.) If the upper water chamber is full (water has yet to be filtered or full water capacity is reached), the refilling access hatch will be forced open due to hydro-dynamic force and the open orientation of the access hatch opening orientation. This open state then allows unfiltered water to run freely down the outside, and possibly contaminated, surface and into the customers glass. If the potential of the hydro-dynamic force is close to maximum, this will result in my personal favorite moment: issue a)!

Recommendation : Please contact @deepgreendesign for further details!

So, there is a quick and fun analysis of a product that did not meet my expectations. So?

This will force the customer to accept and adapt to the poor design, or this Brita® water jug will hit the landfill. Remember I spoke of products that have the "Green" intent but actually just end up hurting the environment? Will Brita® tweet me?

Well, it is my opinion that Brita® can improve their product. Thats a win – win for me & Brita®!

It is comical to see what business has to say about success in business. If you check their list “of issues” seems the product never mattered to begin with.

That is the failure. What did banks and auto manufacturers sell? Faulty products to its customers. Talk about anti-capitalism.

Enjoy®!

* - oh, chill out.





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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tweeting to Canadians



Tweeting to Canadians = Talking to Americans?

I have had this blog on and off my brain many times in the past 2 years. I was going to publish it before the federal election #41, but I saw no benefit in its content nor message, at that time. As such, it has sat quietly on the pile of “Shit I would like to say, but won't because it is not constructive”. So, lets puff the dust off this gem and give it a new rub.

This blog has had a few titles: “Canadian hate”, “Why Canadians are pathetic”, “Canadian apathy”. As you can see, somewhat negative. “Tweeting to Canadians” is what I am going with, so enjoy.

Recently, I had the pleasure of a long and drawn discussion on Climate Change with an educated fellow who asserted that “AGW is a cult” ( AGW: Anthropogenic Global Warming or man made global warming ). This discussion went on quite a while. Seems everyone has their talking points well polished and ready for “battle” with the “enemy”. He called me the enemy. I call myself Graham, I am Canadian.

It seems that armchair skeptics have been asleep in their La-Z-Boy's and missed the recent confirmations of AGW. First in 2007 and most recently another independent study confirmed it, again. Of course this study was partly funded by non other than Charles Koch (don't play with science, you might get burned). You would think when the "man behind the curtain" slowly mouths "it is real", the lemmings have to update their "Karl Rove" talking points. Is the well oiled "Neo-Con" machine broken or is it running well?

To cut to the heart of this matter, this "educated gentleman" finally regurgitated this gem of a tweet: “Science is just a theory, just an idea, anyways”. Wow. Really?

Newt Gingrich said this the other night “Global Warming is a hoax”. Does Newt think theories are just “ideas” too? Does our Prime Minister share the same dictionary? Rick Perry had the “balls” to refute the validity of evolutionary theory. Who will be the conservative hero that refutes gravity? Maybe Palin is waiting with her top secret weapon: “Intelligent Gravity”. Time will tell.

See “theory”, in science, is short for scientific theory. For short, it means fact. I used to jokingly tweet about intelligent gravity. Seems the physics crowd got my jokes on that. Someone tweeted back to me that they had also discovered intelligent falling: knowing when to fall at the exact “correct moment”.

Anyways, back to “Mr. Anti-AGW”, when I posted the definition of scientific theory, he stopped the discussion and disappeared. He won't talk with me anymore. He did not emote, no “sorry”, no “I was wrong”, no nothing. Just another classic conservative “Cut and Run” ( when posed with fact, ignorant people leave the conversation and ignore you )?

With “all this going on”, more scientific studies are being released about the “conservative” brain. I joke about it quite often, but seems my “jokes” are becoming fact ( like any well educated hypothesis ). True neuroscience is revealing the subtle differences in the “Liberal” and “Conservative” brain. How it decides, how it interprets events, how it fears & how it takes risks. In a skull-shell, some assert the conservative brain to be “more primitive”, “more fear-based and defensive”, “less consensus building, less teamwork, less risk taking”.

How many scientists will boldly publish this? None. Science does not work like that. For now, science is looking at the differences that exist in human brains and exploring what it equates to in behaviour. Until it is scientific theory, I will bite my glossal.

Fear-based leadership, action based on fear ( lets nuke them ). I wonder what the gender implications are? I am not sure. I do see this “primitive” brain and its capacity to work together with others. To solve problems. Seems the primitive brain likes to “Cut and Run” to defend “itself”. It does not like to stick around and learn: may be construed as weakness? I guess we are not equal, but then again how could we ever be? Evolution is real-time.

Is this why some politicians cut programs instead of improving them? Why try if there is the potential to fail? “I will look stupid or weak”. Defensive : no risk, no risk no reward, no reward no progress, no progress means stagnation.

So, for fun, I have asked several “prominent conservatives” this simple question: “Do you think theory means idea?”. I think it is a fair question. Seems they don't. I won't name all names just two: Tony Clement ( who now has blocked me on twitter ) and Stephen Taylor ( who now ignores me, but, he is a scientist. I wonder if Queens University Chemistry Department thinks theory means idea? I am going to ask after I publish this. )

Welcome to 2012: Some think science is a choice or is that just an idea?

Enjoy!

P.S. So how can we solve problems when some cannot even talk?





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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tarsands Velshi Hits the Big Smoke.



Toronto, the current “commie meta-centre”, has a green reputation. Remember when Canada had a leadership role, globally, in green advancement: policy, programs, culture and industry? Harper sees this as a threat to his American interests. When green starts to make dirty energy look worse ( in cost per kilowatt, that is), the ethical businessman hires a hit man.

Velshi now holds a volunteer position on the Toronto Climate Committee. Yes, the “ethical oil” guy. I sure hope the taxpayers can fire Velshi fast. Team Koch members steering anything to do with climate change seems to be a conflict of interest. So, who pays Velshi?

Green energy competes with traditional energy sources. By 2015, both solar and wind will be cost competitive with coal. Science never sleeps, it just gets better, well, if it is managed objectively.

Toronto has some cool green stuff. A gem: Enwave. Its green and very profitable. See, that is what smart green is: more profitable than traditional business models. Why? Well, it comes down to the energy density of oil. Its “constant”, while new green energy technology is not fixed in its energy density it can be on par or orders of magnitude higher.

Enwave cools buildings using cold lake water. Like geothermal, in its constant baseline load energy characteristics, this source of energy replaces air conditioning in large buildings. With climate change, we see a net increase in air conditioning energy consumption. This can also be expanded to heating some buildings in winter. Enwave does not consume fossil fuels or nuclear energy to operate its service.

I wonder how Rob Ford is thinking of Enwave now? Seems to me that he would love to sell it to his friends so they can profit from the ideas that grow Toronto, the ideas paid for by the taxpayers to make this city better. I was surprised to see that Margaret got results on libraries, hopefully her and others also see the value in real ethical businesses, green businesses that have orders of magnitude of benefit to the Toronto taxpayer: economic, health benefits, environmental benefits, and quality jobs.

The biggest snake oil salesman just took a volunteer position in Toronto. How is that respecting the science of climate change and the Toronto ethical taxpayer? I guess we should ask Rob Ford.

Enjoy!





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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Toronto Humane Society Petition: No Trow!



The THS ( Toronto Humane Society ) has had a rough decline since Tim Trow took power years ago. Seemed like his reign was finally ending when the OSPCA raided the THS and found what many had been complaining about: animal cruelty. They raided the premises, took evidence and many people cheered since they knew what he was: a power goon with little respect for animals.

It is a shame that a legal technicality set Tim Trow and others free. I am unsure of the actual legal faux-pas, but the reality of animal abuse is not up for debate. Tim Trow is a retired lawyer and perhaps his knowledge aided in discovering that one technicality the led to getting the charges thrown out of court.

I do know a few people that worked at the THS pre-Trow that watched him degrade this charity run operation in Toronto. He fired anyone who opposed his opinion. Seems he is just another shameless power goon.

To add insult to injury, Mr. Trow is trying to get his job back. Outrageous! Many people are upset.

Please take a few minutes to sign this petition: A call to bar Mr. Tim Trow from holding office at the THS

If you so sign it, thanks! Spread the word!

Enjoy!





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Monday, April 4, 2011

Harper: ^NOT for my Environment



I think it is clear to Canadians that Stephen Harper is ^NOT here for the Environment.

We have seen “his” government operate: cloaked in secrecy. There have been many “lists” circulated about the reasons that we need to oust the CPC government and the environment is always near the top.

Some think I am an alarmist, but globally, Harper has given Canada a “tar-eye” on the environment and human rights.

It is comforting to see so many concerned with the fate of our home, earth. It is discomforting to see some CPC supporters show blatant contempt for it. During a “tour de tweets”, I saw an overtly disgruntled individual exclaim that they would turn on all the lights for Earth Hour and waste more energy than usual. How Canadian? No, how ignorant. But, seems there are rotten apples in every bushel. It is time we vote them out of Canada?

The primary reason for my complete disdain for the conservatives is their secrecy and their desire to privatize anything that is not nailed down. Let me explain:

With the environment, you cannot write off losses, losses are real. In economics, you can write of losses. This difference, in “reality”, leads to some corporations wasting resources with little regard. A seasoned accountant can turn a loss into something manageable in the “shell game” of economics. There are no games in reality, what is done is done. Ignoring this fact is a huge risk for any leadership.

Of course there are the corporations that pollute the planet and the governments that let them. It is amazing to see how little the “actual” cost to clean up operations or a "process" is. Corporations will have a "cash tantrum" if they have to spend that extra bit. Makes you wonder if it is really an economic thing or a power-ego trip? I am going to side-step these knowns and continue.

We do understand that in our environment, losing a species, a tract of natural ecosystem or polluting an ecosystem is a irreversible process. This is a scientific term, not an economic term. An irreversible process simply means what is done is done and you cannot go back and change it. Sure an ecosystem can heal and recover, but, you cannot rewrite history like in economics.

So, yes, the economic system needs to adapt to the realities of an over-crowded and over-consuming population. This won't change quickly, systems need to evolve, but, to do that our leadership must recognize the challenge and champion it. I think this is well understood.

Canada used to be respected globally for its "champion qualities" in the environment ( and human rights ). A Canadian helped write the Kyoto accord. Our leadership is dishonest: they won't negotiate or find a way to address the realities of pollution and climate change. They just cut challenges, they do not adapt or improve them: make them work. The old “SEP” : Someone else's problem. Well, can this continue?

Seems corporations will find an excuse to not adapt. Is this smart?

Most say no, and so do I. Forcing change forces innovation, science and technology. Forcing change provides growth in stagnating service-based economies. Forcing change provides jobs and opportunities. Imagine a government that tries to suppress science and innovation? Well, imagine no more, Stephen Harper is reality! Many examples in history exist for this.

We need to focus on the challenge and not lose global leadership. Leadership in common good is one of those sparks of Canadian pride. People respect Canada for it and Stephen Harper has tarnished that reputation with real and negative economic impacts: Green Energy & Jobs.

Green Energy and Green Products is the fastest growing market. Imagine if past Canadian leadership ignored science and innovation? Seems an “economics” major would react accordingly. Dishonest.

Enjoy and exercise this democracy, provided by past generations, and vote this "hamster" out!

Enjoy!





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Friday, March 25, 2011

Canadian Water: In Harper You Trust?



Is water important to you? If you are Canadian, you might be swimming in it, but, like it or not private business wants your pool and charge you to swim in it.

The conservatives put nothing into the 2011 budget with regards to water, one of lifes most important commodities. It is interesting that water gets so little attention, or is that the plan?

Do Canadians think that a Harper government is protecting our environment? Do Canadians think that a Harper government is protecting our public water systems or water resources? Do I need to ask these silly questions?

I read recently that ~73% of Canadians want clean water and sanitation to be a human right. In the past few years, the story of water, has always been in the “top 10” of most under-reported stories. In business, it is best not to arouse suspicion when dealing with critical resources, best to keep it under the radar. After the deals are inked, then all issues are resolved in the courts.

Canadians are flush with water, I can see why most are not concerned about this natural resource. I guess if any Canadian went to a place with no access to clean drinking water, their opinions would be instantly rebranded to this topic. Canadians are so resource rich, seems we rarely reflect and protect our Canadian natural bounty. Seems that our “resource spoiled” attitude clouds our perception of the current business interests in Canada: water and oil. Apathy is a given when we assume that our government is looking after our best interests. Seems the conservatives' best interest is selling anything that is not nailed down.

If we look at the bottled water deals, made in Canada, we can see the ethics involved: "unlimited" water for corporations. Studies show that water tables are falling fast: when you do the math, how could they not? I wrote a blog about water in January, since, this story has grown. I talked about my negotiations training, so, what kind of deals will our “leaders” cut for us? Another silly question.

Well, that time is upon us, and quietly, we see the stories start to emerge. Winnipeg's secret 30 year deal with French company, Veolia, for private operation of its water. The NAFTA agreement opens the door to private water interests. The proposed CETA agreement opens the door to private water systems.

Some people would argue, but, the results are best illustrated in other cities' experience. The company I mentioned above, Veolia, is currently being trounced from many cities in Europe. Paris, France, embarked on the Veolia "ride", years ago, and now free, after going through the expensive process of getting a public water system back.

What are the lessons of privatized systems: eventually the costs are raised and any changes, or complaints, to services requires expensive court time. It is also worth noting that opportunities for innovation are lost, since there is no incentive for the business to do so. Any innovations are paid by the customer and savings kept by the business. Surprise, thats business. Did your designer jeans drop in cost when they started making them in China?

If we look at most cities, especially Toronto, we see governments that have not properly funded and maintained water infrastructure. The long term plan for any crooked group is to let things fall into disrepair and sell it to your “friends” in business. If you are in big business, this is a huge opportunity to force cities to give up their public water systems. Of course private systems are inherently more expensive, but a shifty leadership and greedy water company can sell it to the people. Its business, big business. Look at the water costs of some US cities, what will seniors do in Canada?

With so many examples of cities privatizing services, only to fight for them to be reverted back to public systems, Canadians need to become aware that when you add it all up, the public system is the cheapest solution, not a cheap solution. Just like the "magic mortgages" in the US, the sticker price looks good, but, in due time, the true cost is revealed. The inital savings pale in comparison to the repair bill.

Politicians help sell these deals with promises. Look at the total mess with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the water scandal with regards to his criminal former top aide, Bruce Carson. The pamphlet may look glossy, but, the business is always the same: unethical with no intent to help, just profit at any cost: yours.

Enjoy!





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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ezra the Science Chicken



Ezra Levant: The Golden Life on Shallow-Tailings Pond : For the Birds.

I have blogged a few times about lifecycle. Everyone has an understanding, but nobody can truly quantify what it is. By nature, it is complex. We all have a different perspective and ,by nature, the science and mathematics of lifecycle is a model or speculation. Why can we not fully understand nor predict natural systems? Ask the Weather Channel. In nature, there is no "yes" or "no", those are human constructs, symbols. All we actually have is reality.

We have models, like our theory of gravity. We are getting better at these complex models everyday. Just look at Watson, from IBM. That is complexity you can understand. It is not perfect, but, much better than 99.99% of what is out there. I hope you understand my perspective, so far. Watson did not provide a yes or no, Watson did some crazy computer stuff. I hope you can appreciate the math! I do!

Lifecycle can be applied to any natural system: the events of ones own life, the life of something like an Oak tree or the bird that lives in it. From an environmental perspective, lifecycle comparisons must also include the total ecosystem: meaning to mathematically equate two events, one must use science to demonstrate the total impact on the environment. The complexity of each system must also be understood. Which is lifecycle more complex? In nature, simplicity wins, it uses less energy.

On tailings pond: Here is the article that Ezra wrote.

Honestly trying to correlate “tarsand tailings pond victims” to “wind turbine bird victims” is environmentally unethical and mathematically ignorant, especially when showing a numerical resultant without the supporting calculations, nor numerical analysis.

Looking at any “singular event”, and excluding the “total impact, as a whole” is unethical in science. An ethical professional scientist would not endorse “a dishonest study”, since it would knowingly fail peer review, by scientists. If you get a group of unethical scientists or ones you can easily fool, maybe you can start consulting tomorrow for Stephen Harper, just like Ezra.

Ezra, in Koch damage control, it teeing up the next volley of truthiness about wind turbines. A scientist understands the risks that wind turbines pose on the environment. Things that hit the turbines can get injured. Birds that land in tailings ponds also get injured. Darwin taught us some lessons in this. Ezra comparing the ethics of wind versus the ethics of tarsand is a funded enterprise. Darwin taught us some lessons in survival. Ezra lives on “Golden Pond”.

The total environmental impact of tarsands exploitation versus the wind industry is a simple analysis for smart people. Why? Because an honest comparison is laughable, just like Ezra. Ezra trashing wind to justify the ethics of tarsand is classical Koch Law, and Ezra excels at dishonest discourse, it is his job.

For demonstration purposes, lets take a quick look at the mathematical complexity of both. This is not scientific, but quickly demonstrates why the ethics of wind is superior to that of oil. It also demonstrates that Ezras' argument is just another for profit exercise for his slick masters.

Quick Wind Risk Lifecycle:

The rotors spin around and generate electricity when there is wind. Energy required to manufacture and transport and erect the turbine. Energy required to maintain the system. Animal risks: hitting the blades = not good. Operation provides clean power.

Quick Tarsand Risk Lifecycle:

On tailings pond, the birds are not the lone victims. The tailings pond is just part of the total tarsand system. One must also include the physical landscape that is striped for bitumen ( destroying the ecosystem of plants, trees, watersheds and digging up the homes of animals, insects, microrganisms, bacteria and lets not forget the invertebrates). Look at the capital investments in the “total machinery used” ( that consumes oil and energy ) to destroy ( using energy ) the ecosystem to expose the bitumen product. Then the product is transported ( using energy & perhaps squashing a black footed ferret en route ) to the processing facility ( think of the resources and energy to build the facilities: very expensive to maintain and operate and waste heat energy and produced pollution) where the toxic mess is processed, using more energy and large volumes of local clean water resources that release toxic and GHG emissions, resulting in the crude oil product. This oil is then transported, again, and sold to be further processed, then transported, again, to customers. This oil is then consumed as gas, plastic and other nasty and some useful stuff.

So, when we look at the total lifecycle, we must add up the facilities. But, I am not done yet, it never finishes. If we look at the total extraction of tarsands from Alberta and Saskatchewan and the disruption over the total lifecycle of the entire project you will finally come to the conclusion that Ezra Levant is being paid to lie and spin the facts. Surprised? Of course not.

The anti-wind conservatives have been nailing wind in Ontario hard. So much so, they got offshore wind projects delayed. The groups are well organized and I have blogged about their distaste for offshore wind. This same theme is being played out in the USA and the UK. Rich people that think looking at a wind turbine destroys the beauty of nature. It also serves the purpose of maintaining dirty energy and scare people into believing that wind is dangerous.

The anti-wind groups have published their “findings” which are re-purposed faulty science studies used in the US to fight environmental progress. What is most interesting is that if one looks at the fine print on these anti-wind sites, they tell you that they do not endorse the science. That would make them liable, something any lawyer will tell you is a bad thing, much like what Ezra is doing.

Saying that wind turbines kills 445 times more birds than the oilsands is a weak statement. The city of Toronto, alone, has over 1,000,000 bird fatalities per year from striking buildings.

You do the math. If you believe Ezra, then you should enroll in some math courses and learn that Ezra is a liar and a dishonest person.

Enjoy!





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Monday, February 14, 2011

Earth Hour Useless?



Earth Hour :It is coming again. Is it even useful? One hour. So what?

Perhaps we can get the Egyptians to run Earth Hour? Lets fire this puppy up bigger in 2011!

What things can “one hour” spark in your life? I assert more than what you started with!

Have you ever day dreamed for one hour? Did you know that free thought is powerful?

So, to those that think Earth Hour is a "waste of time", turn off all your lights and invite some friends to join in a “dark conversation of change”. What the heck.

A person I talked with, a "conservative oil apologist", told me that it conflicted with his hockey game. Of course his knowledge of Green was flimsy and defenceless, as conservative arguments so often are.

I stopped talking to him to avoid an further decrease in my Klout score.

So, what ideas do you have? I have plenty! Can you help me spread them?

My Earth Hour idea is to follow up with 10 tweets about Monsanto. These 10 Tweets will contain #EarthHour & #Monsanto & #GMO. Would you retweet them?

Can you come up with more "positive and scientific" Monsanto related information about our ecosystem?

Yes, saving electricity is important, but, also understanding your purchasing power with regards to GMO foods is also important.

Using twitter to spread a positive message that demonstrates leadership in ecological concerns is better awareness about GMO products and the issues they have.

After, I will construct a word cloud of the above hashtags, kind of like this one about my "rants" about Canada discussing the purchase of F-35 fighter planes.

Enjoy!





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