As much as I dislike the word blaawwg……there are a few things that I need to say.
About what a beautiful day it is. It is sunny, it is a temperate 5C (yes +5C) outside, and even the wind is a mere 10-15 km/hour.as dear dog Gina – still beautiful and a bit of a puppy at 13.4 – heads out the driveway… (please click the tab above to see a few more pics and much more about photography!)
with Kathleen as she takes a break from practicing for the Mozart/Brahms Elixir concert on February 2nd:
But a “blaaawwg is also a place to fulminate…
About the obscene spectacle the premier Saskatchewan oil industry mouthpiece, Brad Wall, counterpoised to the Regina concert of Neil Young and Diana Krall’s benefit tour to raise money for the First Nations legal challenge to Tar Sands expansion. Saskparty Premier Wall’s vision for Saskatchewan’s future? The gala auctioning off of the bestial mating of a vintage Ford pickup with a Shelby muscle car – for over $400,000.oo To raise money for the most sacred of sacred cows, a “children’s hospital”. I can well remember studies a decade ago that indicated little need for such a hospital, especially as rural hospitals are being shut down and emergency services in urban ones are being curtailed.
Of course the construction of such a hospital – like the many other capital projects we see – is an enormously lucrative undertaking for all involved in financing and running the project. Then, too, its administration will create more lucrative upper management positions to reward friends of the powerful in our bloated health bureaucracy. Better still, it may well create yet another strategic way of pauperizing and privatizing public services and slash decently-paid unionized jobs by providing yet another financial “emergency” to justify cutting costs as the unctuous Brad offloads debts from his provincial budget. As he has in the case of the 42 million cost of the University of Saskatchewan’s Health Sciences Building. But I must admit that it is indeed a nice building that provides some eye relief after leaving the squalid classrooms and filthy washrooms through the malfunctioning doors of the surrounding buildings. (It is, of course, always janitors and maintenance and support staff, never bloated upper administration that is cut.)
But perhaps the new hospital is needed after all. The environmental degradation and climate change and increasing pollution of air and water, to the very bottoms of our oceans, may indeed make this hospital increasingly necessary for our children…and for their children.
The kicker is the fact that the Saskatchewan part of “our” national radio network, the CBC, cravenly devoted of more time and attention to the cynical and idiotic party around the auctioning of this mega-consuming mega-polluting Frankentruck than they did to the generous donation of time, energy of two of Canada’s most renowned musical artists and many other talented people, in all of our fight for a future that will need fewer, not ever more hospitals for our children and grandchildren
But it is a lovely day. A great relief, after weeks of record breaking extreme cold, ice storms. Could they be harbingers of The Storms of our Grandchildren that then NASA Director Dr. James Hansen warned of in that decade-old book?
erich (Bert) keser