Friday, February 01, 2013

Are we against everything?

Why does it seem so?
It's a trust issue isn't it? We get this spin from the media as a constant barrage of information accusing us, yes we the public, of being negative to progress. Mostly I am talking about the pipeline issues before us right now. We should be able to rely on the media to inform us without an agenda. 
Yet the people I talk to feel our so-called mainstream media is misinforming us and even disinforming us, because their owners are simply part of the present cadre of shareholders and stakeholders who stand to gain personally from the transactions proposed.

I see that Enbridge has been called back to the US congress to account for more damage in the Kalamazoo River oil spill. Because that raw bitumen heavy oil sinks to the bottom of a river or ocean, and could continue to pollute for a century. Not seen from the clear surface but still there below, sticking to the rocks and river bottom. Waterweed flora unable to grow and the whole food chain is permanently affected.

I never see our reporters, better called commentators these days, asking questions that are considered murmurs of the alternate press like the Georgia Straight. 
Like why does Enbridge have to set up a separate company for their new pipeline? Is it an insurance issue? Obviously a liability issue. If the problem gets too big, just walk away and let the government of BC clean up the trillion dollar mess? Translate that as you and me folks. 
And don't forget that Exxon has still not paid for their total cleanup or fines of the Valdez spill in 1989! And even so just had the 2.9 billion punitive damage award reduced! These guys have payroll lawyers doing nothing but delaying and lobbying.
What insurance would any separate company transporting oil across BC have to have? And someone needs to ask Enbridge if their responsibility ends at the terminal? Then we need someone to ask what insurance the tanker company will have to navigate within our waters. Is any insurance enough?

We hear threats from our Premier that all will be right or it won't go ahead, but she knows full well that Prime Minister Harper will over-rule her in an instant as looking after the interest of Canada. 
The idea of shipping that heavy crude to existing refineries in Eastern Canada is laughed at as impossible. As is building a new refinery in Alberta. Too expensive, no quick return. Investors in Canada want to spend the dividends on Saturday night at the club. So is the thought of not mixing any chemical with the crude to pipe it, but instead just shipping the dry bitumen in rail cars! Any talk like that probably brings a lawyer out of the dark to ask the reporter, "How can we make you see our point of view?"  

So we are back to Enbridge saying their new pipeline will bring in 1.9 billion dollars over a 30 year period to BC and employ 200 people. And those are just the greasy drippings, folks. The recent exasperated voice of the BC film industry shouts that over the last 30 years they have brought in 27.2 billion dollars, employed 85,000 people and didn't spill oil on anything! Where is our sense of benefit for the people?

So we have a steady media spin about this pipeline getting our product to market. Never saying it is a Chinese market. And Kinder-Morgan wanting a similar program to double their input to Burnaby. And amid all the furor in our minds, we get little or no help from the newspaper reporters, the TV commentators, or anyone other than the few independent small voices. Home bloggers digging painfully for every tidbit. Most of them labelled as naysayers against the establishment.

The problem is, that establishment screws the people regularly for the benefit of the few shareholders. That is their track record. But we have the right to demand truth from corporations. When we get slick but distorted images of their proposals, omission of facts and downright lies about their plans, we ARE against them. We have no other direction than to oppose and scream bloody murder.

It is time we stopped calling the ragged protesters, the tree huggers, the long hairs and pot smokers the enemy, and realized who the real enemy is. We are not against everything, we are simply FOR honesty and integrity, disappearing attributes in the world today. Don't forget that the EPA in the States was brought about by those 1960s Hippies with daisies in their hair.

Anarchy is described as an absence of government or a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority. 
But anarchy doesn't have to be scary street people with bandana masks and black flags, it can also be pinstriped suits and silk ties over-ruling an UNdue diligence government, working within an absence of government, a carefully constructed political disorder.

Just as scary for your future.


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