Sex, religion and politics. What else is there? Really?
Sadly sex has being overdone these past few years, I think. Thanks to Paris Hilton, Kardashian and all the other closets that have been opened, there is little left to imagine or talk about. Too bad, really. It used to be one of my main interests. Now, not so much? Could be me, I suppose.
And religion? Look where that is going? Faith for some means kidnapping, beheading and blowing stuff up. Or pious rigidity to the point of absurdity. Plus there are all the still-silly costumes the high-priests wear. Just like the old days, really. They just aren’t evolving, are they?
Mind you, politics isn’t doing much for me these days either. So, it is likely just me. I’ll get on to other things. Have to. Back to OTG, for sure. But, I’ll have to return to Trump now and then. I can’t help myself. And there is the absurdity of the Martin Sheen. Hard to make this stuff up.
Seems David Suzuki, Alex Morton and that champion of beach running, Pamela Anderson, have taken the Sea Shepherd’s yacht, the Martin Sheen, to ‘observe’ the fish farms around here. It’s a peaceful protest of sorts (made for TV). And we are all generally opposed to fish-farming so it is supposed to be a good thing. Having said that, I am generally opposed to celebrity for celebrity’s sake and this strikes me as an absurd example of that. But, then again, it could be me.
I am obliged to admit that my expressed sentiment is also partly due to my softening on the fish farming issue. I still oppose fish farming for all the known reasons and mostly because of the sea lice and waste these operations create but I have been keeping close tabs on them for a few years and find them improving all the time. They are clearly still in my environmental bad books but they have also put a few farms on land (an improvement) and they are reducing their use of chemicals and antibiotics. They are also looking into new protein sources (bugs) and they are generally improving their staff, their knowledge and their practices all the time. I now give them a low C-, up from a failing E just a few years ago.
But my biggest re-think on this issue has been that commercial fisheries tend to deplete natural stocks. That is NOT the case anymore if the fishermen run them (as they are allowed to do with some species) but under the supervision of DFO, a fishery can be and usually is decimated. They are currently doing that out here with Spot prawns. I contacted DFO on the fact that the prawn population in our area was at an all-time low just as they opened the season this year and their response was, “Well, if the prawns are wiped out in your area, the fishermen will move away.”
You have to wonder what we pay those idiots for.
But, before I move on completely……….a big thanks to Wrong John and Non-Con for their heated exchange in the last blog. I love it when people express themselves. Having said that, there is a developing ‘comment’ style on the net and it lacks in a lot of ways. I have noticed it for some time but have not put words to it. The commentators are NOT really exchanging information or conceding any ground when earned. There is nothing really new being added. It is not a debate. It is mostly what they call ‘flaming’. Insults. Anger.
The stuff from which Trumps and trolls emerge.
Real commentary is missing. Instead there is word/spelling-manipulation like ‘Hitlary’ and ‘Crusty’ and ‘Lieberal’. In this case, it is not Wrong John’s fault, of course. Blog comments are implicitly limited and usually delivered off-the-cuff from the file labeled Pre-established personal biases and myths. And most people often just copy the opinion of others anyway. They aren’t usually heavy with reason, logic or facts when they do that. Nor original thought. It’s like, “Up yours!” “Oh, yeah, well, up yours even higher!”
I prefer wit or, second best, new information. At the very least read carefully what your opponent said.
OK, on to ravens, whales and ‘Oh, look! a squirrel’…..
We just had a pod of transient Orcas roll by this morning. They did a little hunting just out front. Got a seal. Bit him up into pieces and, because they had little ones with them (2) and seemed to be rolling around them a lot, we think we saw Orcas feeding seal meat to their off-spring. Hard to say, really. But that is what we think. Blood everywhere. And whale watching boats, of course. The most notable observation was the size of the BIG one. That guy was HUGE!
Anyway – the point is that we are down at least one seal today but the squirrels and ravens are doing fine.