Monday, August 27, 2012

NO oil in the Great Bear Rainforest/Sea!!!

The rare Spirit Bear of the Great Bear Rainforest
Some of the thousands of Douglas Sound islands

[Co-written by Mr. and Mrs. Homercat] As a proud Canadian and British Columbian who has always treasured the way both our federal and provincial governments have always stood up for our environment, I heard about the northern gateway pipeline project first with disbelief, then growing horror as more and more details were made public. Just the fact that the route of this pipeline is planned to march straight through the Great Bear Rainforest that is sacred First Nations' land, protected as a Conservancy, the second largest intact coastal rainforest left on the planet and home to multitudes of bears including the rare White Spirit Bear and scores of other wildlife are all reasons enough to make this unpalatable. Add to that the hundreds of endangered blue, fin, right, sei and killer whales that inhabit the Great Bear Sea as well as important and critical ocean habitats for those whales makes the thought of oil tankers attempting to navigate these waters troubling in the extreme. Waters that include Hecate Strait, a waterway that Environment Canada says is known as one of the four most treacherous bodies of water in the world. In the winter months, waves can reach up to eight metres, here and in the Queen Charlotte Basin. Waves over 30 metres high have been recorded. Yet under the proposed plan for a pipeline in this region, oil tankers – as long as the Empire State Building is high – are expected to navigate these waters and transport toxic crude oil across the Pacific Ocean. The waters of this troubling issue have only recently been muddied further by the new campaign Enbridge is running by deliberately removing 1,000 km² of islands off of a route safety video and map to make the oil tanker route look much less treacherous than it actually is. All of this is more than enough for me to give a resounding NO to this project, and that's without even taking into account the utterly horrendous record that Enbridge has in regard to oil spills. Using data from Enbridge's own reports, the Polaris Institute calculated that 804 spills occurred on Enbridge pipelines between 1999 and 2010. These spills released approximately 168,645 barrels (26,812.4 m3) of crude oil into the environment. If all of these reasons to say NO weren't enough, add into this mix the very real threat of a megathrust earthquake occurring in this area due to the Cascadia subduction zone situated from mid Vancouver Island to northern California. Every seismologist in the world has said that a megathrust earthquake occurring is not a matter of if, but only a matter of when. The thought of a multiple fracture to an already questionable oil pipeline in this area is the stuff of nightmares. This project should not be considered for any reason ... the topic of money that Christy Clark has recently raised is even further from the point and a non-issue. There is not enough money in the world that would make me a supporter in this project. In addition, the mention of the few jobs that will be generated in the building of this pipeline don’t come even close to replacing or measuring up to the already existing 2,200 long term jobs created by tourism and marine tourism in this region … generating $104.3 million in revenues. There is no amount of money that would make me look at this project favourably, and I think most British Columbians feel exactly the same way. The saner choice in all of this mess is to build a refinery in Alberta in close proximity to the tar sands, then ship by existing pipelines to customers. This route would create far more jobs and be an extremely larger revenue source than shipping our oil overseas for development and then buying it back at an inflated price.

For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield

Monday, June 04, 2012


Harperism (tm)
 noun (origin, Victoria,Canada) : A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a wannabe-dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent pro-Americanism and anti-environmentalism ... all while selling their country out in the name of dirty oil.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

We miss our Misty very much but we wanted to give a kitty a home for Christmas and find a new friend for Phurbee so we went to the SPCA 2weeks ago and got picked by Charlie. He's 5 years old and a sweety ... plus he's got very long legs, is kind of colt-ish because of it and he also likes to bark with happiness. He's already part of the family and it already feels like he's always been here :-) Welcome home, Charlie!

On the other hand, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas was a 1982 film adaptation of the musical of the same. The film starred Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds and also featured Noah Beery, Jr., Jim Nabors, Charles Durning and Dom DeLuise. Durning was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Texas governor. In terms of box-office, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas was the most successful movie-musical of the 1980s. The film soundtrack was released along with the film in July 1982. In addition to the score of Carol Hall songs that had also appeared on the stage soundtrack, the film soundtrack included two Dolly Parton compositions: "Sneakin' Around", which she performed as a duet with costar Burt Reynolds and a reworking of her 1974 classic "I Will Always Love You", the latter of which topped the U.S. country charts in September 1982.   Since it is almost Christmas a little Hard Candy Christmas is in order.
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Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School

It has always been my intention here to not only put up a couple songs from an album, but also to encourage folks to track down a hard copy, be it cd or vinyl (preferably vinyl), as the original always sounds way better than these compressed mp3's. I find mp3's too tinny sounding on the high end and thuddy and muddled on the lows. As far as portability and file size goes an mp3 can't be beat, it's the ultimate for taking your music anywhere, but the sound quality leaves much to be desired. A lot of the stuff I put up here is rareish or out of print, mostly leaving the new releases alone.

A week or so ago I heard on the news that as of the end of next year the record industry will no longer manufacture cd's because they will be going to a strictly digital download route for all music, thus rendering all music "out of Print". It wasn't specified whether this was only major label releases or the entire industry or if it's a gradual phasing out. Or did my local radio station report this as news when it may only be a myth? As an audiophile this bugs me tremendously, personally I don't pay money for a tinny, compressed version of a song. I might consider it if it was lossless, yet those files can be quite large. Then there's the, can you hold it in your hand and read the liner notes factor, which I always do. My vinyl and cd collection is huge and I don't apologize for that. I know some of the arguments for digital including the carbon footprints vinyl and cd leave. I rarely buy anything on cd anymore because if a release is available on vinyl I purchase it. So I could be said to be contributing to the cd's demise. If nothing new is ever printed on vinyl or cd, I guess I'll be spending more time in the used record stores as there is a ton of vinyl out there at pretty cheap prices and we can continue to watch music sales decline. Nothing better than a trip to the record store and flipping through the albums and stumbling upon a treasure that you've been looking for. I also wouldn't want to risk my entire music collection on a hard drive that could crash or an mp3 player that might accidently fall in a toilet or a sink full of water. Anyways would be interested to hear other people's take on this news.

Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School was Warren Zevon's 4th album released in 1980. The term Dancing School in the title is a euphemism for a brothel. This album was cut as Zevon was struggling to stay clean and sober after the success of his previous album Excitable Boy. Because of this the album has a strength of focus that was absent on that album. The album's rockers hit harder and cut deeper than any of his previous work, and on Wild Age Zevon addresses his own failings and expresses his need for a greater maturity in his life. Along for the ride are a zillion guest artists such as Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey just to name a few. Zevon showed again that the quality of his songwriting was no fluke. homercat vinyl.

A Certain Girl
Jeannie Needs a Shooter
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

From the Hip

Josie Cotton is a classic example of an artist whose entire career is overshadowed by one song. A hit from her first album, Convertible Music, was the in-dubious-taste "Johnny Are You Queer?," which was such a controversial song at the time of its 1982 release that the rest of her fantastic debut album album was overlooked in the brouhaha. Josie's music invokes the whole California girly pop scene of the early '80s.

Her second album came out in 1984 and is called From the Hip. This album has its standouts -- "School Is In," "Way Out West," and "Jimmy Loves Maryann," which incite new wave sock hops and hip shaking. Despite having the likes of Lindsey Buckingham as part of her back up band, the second album couldn't quite match her debut as it was almost flawless. Having said that the album is very good and I love to listen to it. I don't have her first album on vinyl so this gets played a lot. You can get her first two albums on 1 cd from amazon, but that doesn't help me cause I'm a vinyl nut.

School Is In
Jimmy Loves Mary Ann
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How Bizarre

"How Bizarre" is a 1996 album by New Zealand group, OMC. It was first done under the huh! recording label, issued by PolyGram New Zealand, and manufactured and marketed by Mercury Records in the United States. The title track was very successful worldwide which has given this group it's status as a one hit wonder.

OMC is from Otara, Auckland, New Zealand. Originally the Otara Millionaires Club, the full name of the band is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Otara's status as one of the poorest suburbs of Auckland.

This album may not be the greatest album of all time but the single, How Bizarre, definitely plants an ear worm in your head when you hear it.  When I first heard the song back in 96, I couldn't get the darn thing out of my head for days.  Today I was reminded of the power of this piece of ear candy when it came on the radio and then I proceeded to hum the ditty for  the rest of the day.  Once again I couldn't get it out of my head.  Now I return the favor and get it buzzing inside my reader's heads.

How Bizarre
Right On
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