April 8, 2007

politics and me



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

< personal opinion>

I seldom descend into the realm of politics. It is a dark geography, where "truth" is a weapon, trust is a commodity and shadow is used to exquisite effect.

During my years in the academy there were some brilliant voices, heard only briefly before disappearing forever under the rushing waters of the roaring river of mediocrity that creates our “factual” landscape.

I live on this planet, under the rule of others. Those entrusted to inform and lead have failed us in significant ways. I cannot hope to control or even direct the flood of self-interest-above-all that the visible voice represents. What I write is a cry into the void, a small contribution to the chaos called God, Goddess, Deity.

This brings me to the subject of “Global warming”, which I mentioned in my April 7, 2007 entry.

I suspect that what the popular media calls “global warming” is a carefully worded and defined press release, concerning important changes in our life support system, the planet earth. The changes result in extreme conditions, all of them less hospitable to human habitation. I feel “global warming” is a misleading moniker, perhaps intentionally used to control public reaction to the changes brought about by competitive economic activity.

Something along the lines of "global mutation" would probably be more accurate, but much more difficult to control conceptually. Very little information provided by science escapes the defining parameters of profit and loss. Of course, to call science biased is to commit modern heresy, at least from the viewpoint of those who enjoy the status quo. Those are the same individuals who hire and fire, and designate funding and legitimacy in society.

George Orwell’s book 1984 comes to mind when I think about the institutions that govern our existence here on earth. I regard Mr. Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) as a descriptive rather than a prescient writer. The fortunate circumstance of his birth provided him with an intuitive understanding of the dynamics of privelege and power. In my view, his great strength was in creating almost imperceptible metaphor, placed in the future tense, which facilitated publication of his work during his lifetime. I admire his sophisticated level of detachment.

< /personal opinion>

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University of Chicago Magazine, Dec. 1994, Coursework

Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming Ozone: Chapter 10 Section 1

The Desert: Further Studies in Natural Appearances
5. Light, Air and Color
George Orwell

George Orwell
An Exhibition from the Collection of Daniel J. Leab
Brown University, Fall 1997

Oxford University Press: George Orwell: Tanya Agathocleous

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Rel Humidity 68%
Dewpoint -8°C
Pressure 101.09 kPa 
Visibility 14 km
Ceiling 1900 ft

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Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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