How does one measure stupid? Well if you are Canadian you can use Stephen Harper. Use the Harpie Stupid Measure sparingly lest you embarrass and disgrace.
For example: Two-Feet Harpie Stupid is defined at about $2-million or the same amount Harpies spent for the Toronto Tourism Pavilion at the 2010 G8/G20 summit media centre, that included an artificial indoor pool to simulate Ontario’s cottage country. Chest-Deep Harpie Stupid is closer to $1-Billion or the amount Harpies spent on the 2010 G8/G20 Live Art Installation when 20,000 police descended upon Toronto streets during the summit meetings. Neck-high Harpie Stupid is spending way over $1-Billion for the 2010 G8/G20 Summit Meetings when the original price tag was budgeted at $179-million.
Understatement is an admirable quality in a jazz singer but not in a federal budget.
Then there is Federal-up-to-here Harpie Stupid: Scandalous. God Forbid.
The Saturday Slam #7 shines the spot light upon ‘Harpies’ and the embarrassing and disgraceful stance they have taken on the Experimental Lakes Area research facility. For over forty years the ELA, a unique and prestigious research facility dedicated for ecosystem-scale experimental investigations and long-term monitoring of ecosystem processes, will stop operations due to federal cut backs. Cut backs designed to save all of $2-million dollars.
If that weren’t enough to get one to rethink the competency of Stephen Harper and the gaggle of Harpies roosting in Ottawa how about the fact that prior to closing the ELA facility Harpies did not consult with ELA scientists who all have ongoing projects there. How about the fact that ELA researchers had to contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to discover their work was being scuttled.
How about the fact that Harpies plan to dismantle the ELA facility at the end of this month preventing private sector interests from continuing the research. Years of unique data and research in jeopardy and for what? Two-Feet Harpie Stupid? One-Foot?
Lets fly above the Harpies and put this into perspective shall we. The ELA researchers have collected long-term records for climatology, hydrology, and limnology based on whole-ecosystem experiments that address key issues in water management. The ELA has influenced public policy in water management in Canada, the USA and Europe.
The ELA facility closure can only equal something close to madness. No price tag. Something close to Federal-up-to-here Harpie Stupid. Scandalous. And God Forbid one should forget this come 2015 in the polling booth when asked which kind of stupid one wants for the next four years.
Have you heard about Ag More Than Ever? They are ostensibly an industry initiative powered by Farm Credit Canada to improve perceptions of agriculture in Canada. Fair enough and good for them.
Upon investigating the partner list associated with Ag More Than Ever we discovered they are aligned with several provincial 4-H clubs. Get ’em young we say. Works for McDonald’s.
We also discovered one partner, GJ Chemical Ltd inviting website visitors to check out their Roundup Ready 2 Yield Soybean line up from NorthStar Genetics. Ag More Than Ever‘s alliance with such partners is not, in our humble opinion, an improvement to anyone’s perception of Canadian Agriculture.
Upon further investigation of Ag More Than Ever‘s partner list we discovered trade associations, manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant science technologies that all support bio-chemical research specifically in the areas of genetic modification, genetic engineering, and mutagenesis.
Nothing says sustainability and land stewardship like a good dose of Monsanto topped with a dollop of Dow.
While we appreciate any initiative to create a greater awareness of agriculture in Canada we can not support the wolf who redresses itself in the warm and fuzzy cloak of the farmer next door. That is who who we are. And we resent the association. Vote with your wallet and buy from local sheeple.
Today is a special day. farmersdotter’s daughter, the grand-daughter of farmer, who by the way we are still unsure about, is about to embark on a little adventure.
Very early tomorrow morning daughter is off to Ghana with UBC-O School of Nursing. The graduate nurses do good work and experience so much in just two months. We, and you too if you choose, will follow their exploits from UBC-O Nurses in Ghana blog. Prideful Cheers!
photo: UBC-O Nurses in Ghana blog
Wednesday is ‘Stump Day’ and that is certainly the case for us today as Warren Lee Contracting arrives on site to remove some neglected stumps, two dangerous trees among others and to also significantly add to our clean up pile. The workday began with the the arrival of the crew; Warren, Bob, Reg & Tom at 7:00am…
The Crew Arrives
Ease into the day with a little limbing…
The plan was to clean up some neglected areas. One area in particular we referred to as Tanglewood…
Residing within Tanglewood was a gnarly old cherry tree which performed superbly well as a host for Spotted Wing Drosophila, a nasty pest and one which farmersdotter and I prefer to nip in the pupae…
Old Cherry Tree
The King of Tanglewood was a magnificent Chinese Elm cleverly camouflaged as a shade tree but in reality was merely a giant weed prone to disease and fracture…
The King’s proximity to the roof of the drying shed and our neighbours fence line made it the perfect candidate for Warren to play around with Tom’s picker truck. I say play around because the crew really did make the task appear if not easy, certainly fun…
Especially when the mighty King left the room…
…clearing a way for the site of our future lavender & perennial herb garden.
Future Lavender & Perennial Herb Garden