July 30, 2011

"Once in 100 years"

If you think you're tired of hearing about elections or voting or civic engagment...read this. If the jawdropping gobsmacking mess the Fords are making of Toronto (and why do they get to have two mayors? Anyone?) isn't enough to smarten up voters, read this long view from Hamilton lawyer Herman Turkstra.

It applies to every municipality, every city, every country, in the world. All of us.

We are turning over the most important decisions in modern times to one- hit wonders, pinheads and fools. Politicians are more concerned with getting elected than with serving, and voters have forced them to be that way. We are rewarding mediocrity, and condemning those with the brass to take a long view (and hence risk the next election) and do the right thing.

Canada is at a crossroads, about to be hugely impacted by global shifts and more importantly, that rumbling elephant to the south. We have changed the world with our consumer habits and demands; how much are we willing to pay?

We are facing many 'once in 100 years' decisions.

We really need to be paying better attention.

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Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

I have just returned from a city whose metropolitan area houses (and I use that term loosely) 20,000,000 people. Over 10,000,000 cars choke their roads and bankers helicopter in to work because kidnappings are rampant in the congestion. Our bus takes 2 hours to travel the 30 km from downtown to the airport. These twenty million people have the choice of 3 subway lines.

Now check out Copenhagen, Oslo, or any of the Scandinavian countries. That is how I wish to live. Simple but harmonious lifestyles.

We are weiners here in North America and I am becoming fedder and fedder up.

Tomorrow it's off to Jolly Ol' London, a city whose forefathers had the foresight to build an incredible underground transit system that allows millions of people to travel efficiently every day.

August 03, 2011 4:09 PM  
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August 04, 2011 6:26 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

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simple past tense and past participle of feed.
fed up, impatient; disgusted; bored: "They were fed up with the same old routine."
fedder up; more disgusted or bored than before: "They became fedder and fedder up with the same stupid crap from the same stupid people."

I don't make this stuff up.

my word verification: spress. Some politicians would love to have this stuff spressed. Luckily we have Ms Sommerfeld to unspress it. Look it up.

August 04, 2011 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, we had an LRT 90 years ago and it went past your front door, though your house hadn't been built yet. It was the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway and it failed in the late 20's due to lack of passengers going east to Oakville. That would not be a problem today but the cost of building such a track today is.

August 25, 2011 8:31 PM  
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