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Saturday Slam #7

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.

ELA Logo
ELA Logo

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.

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