The lilac has faded. Tulips are just a memory. It's really summer now even if the calendar denies it. Now is the time of mowing and sweating. The time of bug bites and knee scrapes. Of the valuing of shade and water and a radish. Of attempting home repairs you have no business doing.
- You know I love NCPR. Well, I am not alone as they have swept up a huge armful of awards at the NYS Associated Press Broadcasters Award Competition. Go listen to some of the audio you missed.
- The Federal Tories have finally set out their plans for the Copyright Act and how they are going to stop all this digital sticky digits. Your blacklined copy of the amendments can be found here. Chicken Littles abound. Apparently:
...the effect of these provisions will be to make Canadians infringers for a host of activities that are common today including watching out-of-region-coded DVDs, copying and pasting materials from a DRM'd book, or even unlocking a cellphone.Common? How many of you actually make a practice of nicking the goods of others like this? And anyway, drunk driving is commmon. Shop lifting is common. Does that make them legal or even recommended?
- Look at this local manufacturer's plans:
...While some of Lafarge's cement plants around the world use biofuels derived from wood waste and agricultural byproducts, the plan to grow its own fuel-designated crops on site is a first. "This is the first project of its kind, we believe, in the world, in which purpose-grown, non-food enhanced [crops] from marginal farmland will be used as renewable fuel at a cement plant..." Peter Matthewman, president of Performance Plants, said the idea is to use plants that aren't edible and to harvest them on land that isn't suitable for growing food crops. "We need energy crops that do not compete with society's need to feed people," he said. "We need energy crops that can be grown on marginal land that's ensuring that high-producing soils are kept for food production." He also said eastern Ontario is a good location for such a project because there are large amount of "suboptimal" land for food production.Good idea. Eastern Ontario and other areas of Canada are perfect for this sort of sustainable energy things - wind, thin soils, plenty of sun. The lands that the descendants of settlers abandoned, located along roads once called trails of tears. To turn these spaces into power plants is amazing. We'll be kings of the universe!
- Mr Harper will have to answer sooner or later.
- Mr. Harper may have achieved one of the greatest acts of policy change in Canadian history...if he follows through.
- Enjoy your bastardized medieval rite of Friday the 13th today. At least it's safer than yesterday.