Monday, April 24, 2006

JOIN THE RESISTANCE~~~stop blogging now

I realized this is probably redundant, but this blog is about how much I hate blogs. I wrote a column for print and thought that the best way to serve it to the masses might be through a blog.
Please don't be alarmed if this is the last post you see from me for quite sometime.

Say goodbye to journalism as we know it.
Blogging, short for weblogging, is the demise of integrity of journalistic values.
It takes less than a google search and 10 minutes to start your own blog.
There is no accountability for what a user can put on the internet.
Registration for a blog is a joke. Accounts can be set up using pseudonyms and an email address (which is just as easily forged).
Because the internet doesn’t exactly exist in any location, there is no complaint department and international laws become questionable and even useless.
For example, an American reads a post from a Mexican user that is false and derogatory about a Canadian resident, the offence is virtually unenforceable.
The Gomery inquiry last year changed how information moved and took advantage of internationalism. A publication ban restricted reporters from doing their job as John Brault’s testimony was off limits for print or broadcast. No problem. An American blogger took all the information he’d gather and posted it right up on his blog. Any Canadian could log on and with just a few easy clicks would find themselves with more than enough information.
The rights we have gotten accustomed to and have struggled to uphold are non-existent when it comes to the internet especially because of blogging.
Some may squawk about freedom of speech, but rights to protection of privacy and reputation should trump that freedom.
The internet has been viewed as a threat to privacy for years but at least it was something that was primarily accessed by the computer-savvy. Now, because of free sites like, the exclusivity of posting anything you want is gone and the internet is now longer only for the elite.
A reader is left to their own defenses when deciphering between what is credible information and what may be the ramblings of a psychopath.
Reputation doesn’t even matter as a result. A news community veterans like CBC, CanWest or Bell Communications have spent years and thousands of dollars just to be in competition with people who have no mass media skills.
But those same veterans are encouraging the behaviour by calling on bloggers to be their analysts. It’s hogwash to call bloggers experts. True that experts may be bloggers, but if that’s the case then call on them because they are an expert not because they are bloggers. Fortunately, bloggers are clearly labeled as such because actual journalists have been trained to provide complete packages of information.
There is room in media for blogging. Sometimes there is information that could be deemed necessary to a community that is not distributed in a timely or relevant manner befitting the local media (if there is any media in the area), but there’s nothing stopping the news from spilling into gossip.
Anyways, the rare or occasional need to spread that kind of information isn’t enough to tip the scales to make blogs a viable gear in our information mechanism.
As global citizens, be conscious of what is entertainment and what is information and be vigilant when selecting a news source.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Do you believe what you don't see?

We live in a society of victimization where no one is taking accountability for their own actions,

As the evolved species of the planet, we must take command of our individual actions instead of always passing the blame to the next person or group.
Our health. Our environement. Our government. There's only one person to blame: you. (Don't worry, it's my fault too.)
But all hope is not lost. There is still time and much we can do.

True that tsunamis and hurricanes may still ravage through areas, forever destroying geographical and cultural landscapes, and there is very little that can be done to prevent that. But we can still make an effort to protect ourselves.

Through proper education, compassion and awareness of our living world (including fellow humans), measures can be taken that will reduce the catastrophic consequences of the things that we really can't control.

Don't be a vicitim. Take control. Have pride in your efforts.

The inside of buses are lined with ads commanding us to "get" or "give" and filled with question marks.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

What is the third way?

There is much discussion about whether Alberta should adopt a new health care system. The “third way” is the only proposal so far and it is being heavily discussed.
We are all assuming we know what it is, but so far there have been very few details about what exactly is included.
Put your cards on the table Klein.
Tell us what your thinking.
There are no simple answers and there won’t be a resolution tomorrow, but it seems there are way too many questions for something as important as our health.

Albertans aren’t the only ones wondering what the third way is. The rest of Canada waits with bated breath. If Alberta adopts a third way system, it will be a model that may change the health-care system landscape for the entire country.

With the provincial budget announcement last week, nearly two-thirds of the 2006-07 budget has been allocated to health and education, plus $8.5-million for infrastructure which includes hospitals.

While the province tries to figure out its "third way" people in need of joint replacements are living with reduced mobility. You never hear people saying that they got terrible service while in the system, what you do hear is that people had to wait.

If we allow health care professionals to choose their practice, it is inevitable that they will just jump at the opportunity that will pay the most dividends.

When revamping the system, the province should consider the administrative costs. A few years ago, Lethbridge's chief administrator made about $60,000 a year. Today, Edmonton and Calgary's CEOs are making in excess of $1 million and Lethbridge's is around $300,000.

One argument is that if we had to pay $10-15 for a doctor's visit, Albertans will evaluate whether care is needed or not. It’s ignorant to think that people would choose to spend their entire day waiting for attention unless it was actually needed.

Alberta has never hidden the fact that it values capitalism. Corporatism in Canada is getting us further and further away from the foundations of the west, and now especially from Tommy Douglas’ vision for medicare.

People's expectations, wanting and needing
Not taking responsibility for individual
Narcisim "I demand to be looked after"

IS the province listening? who's idea was it? how did they come up with it? Have Albertans been consulted?

Increased expenditures is a function of mismanagement from the very top.
System structure streaming the flows of patients throught the system, whether through nurses or other qualified people. Administration and misallocation of people or duties that can be performed by capable people in the private sector

Alberta is the richest province in Canada. If anyone can afford public health care, Alberta can.

Not focusing on prevention
$ spent on prevention
look after ourselves
not expect so much from the medical

Chemical soup that we know is causing cancer, 1 in 2 chance of dying from cancer
chemicals in air, in the sea because its toxic

waste and toxins in air from coal and oil energy sector

Doctors and nurses are working very hard
day patients, sending patients home regardless of complications

excellent care

Why are we selling/demolishing hospitals?

Is the government destroying the health care system? They are letting the system deteriorate.
Are Albertans a commodity?

Are the conservatives actually conserving?

What is exactly is the third way?

The English language is evolving.
Words like ‘are’ and ‘tomorrow’ are being replaced with ‘r’ and ‘2mrw’ and feelings are expressed with ‘lol’ (laugh out loud). We’ve even replaced phrases with gtg (got to go) and ‘oic’.
The evolution of our language may have been inevitable – forsooth, who uses middle English anymore – but the boom in communications in the recent years has resulted in a hyper-connectivity where more information is needed faster.
Lingo became more copacetic and cool thanks to beatniks and hippies.
What was wrong with English the way it was?

There has been a lot of talk about sex in media.
This is nothing new.
But lately I've been wondering if it's being used as a diversionary tactic.
It's a shame that some people/artists feel they need to use skin just to simply keep up with the competition. Someone like Christina Aguilera comes out (all out) with stringy hair whipping across her naked back as she sploshes around in basement loo floor or girates in a barely-there mini skirt or ass-less chaps in a boxing ring just to stay provocative. It's a shame and a waste, the girl has actual talent - which is more than can be said for her bussomy blonde counterparts (you know who you are).
Pink, another teen beat queen herself, said it best in her most recent club hit Stupid Girls though: whatever happened to the vision of a woman president, she's dancing in the video next to 50 cent.
Women's rights have regressed in the last five years.
Where are the trailblazers? Even someone who hasn't got the potential, opportunity or moxie to burn through the shit and think for themself, still is being bamboozled into chosing the wrong path.
There is far too much emphasis on personal gain, and sex is just a tool for the mundane to get what they want, even if they don't deserve it.

The most brilliant authors I've ever come across is Kurt Vonnegut.
I happened across Breakfast of Champions at a garage sale and bought it for $.50. I didn't even crack the book open until last November when I was trying new things - like reading for fun.
Well, my car broke last week and I've been exiled to bushood and decided after only one long boring trip that I needed a book to keep me company.
I marched myself straight into the library and plucked another Vonne-creation from the shelf.
Even though I'm only a couple pages in, I'm loving Slapstick (or Hi Ho).

"I was those seeds,
I am this meat,
This meat hates pain,
This meat must eat.
This meat must sleep,
This meat must dream,
This meat must laugh,
This meat must scream.
But when, as meat,
It's had its fill,
Please plant it as
A Daffodil."

The poem is taken from it's context, but is no less profound.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bienvenue and welcome to my blog space.
This is the world as I see it.