Climate Change: Scarier And Scarier

From The Guardian:

The models showed that average world temperatures are on course to rise by between 1.4C and 3C given mid-range greenhouse gas emissions. According to the findings, the world is very likely to cross the critical “two degrees barrier” at some point this century if emissions continue unabated. Experts believe warming of 2C above pre-industrial levels could trigger runaway climate change that cannot be reversed.

Question: I know prairie dog readers care (though I’m a little concerned that we get more feedback about our Cathedral grocery store coverage than our global warming coverage), but do Saskatchewanians in general give a shit about the future? It’s people under 20 who are going to get creamed in a world destabilized by global warming. But screw ’em, right? They’re just kids and we’ll be dead. Besides, our wise elders have more important things to fret about. Like fetal rights.

After all, last year we Saskatchewanians deliberately elected a federal government that attacks scientists and environmentalists. And it’s not like we didn’t warn people.

Also, I meant to post this last week but I got swamped. Here’s a Globe and Mail story about David Suzuki dealing with the usual stupid bullshit from idiot  politicians. Here’s an excerpt:

Senator Don Plett asked his fellow senators: “If environmentalists are willing to accept money from Martians, where would they draw the line on where they receive money from? Would they take money from al-Qaeda, the Hamas or the Taliban?” Senator Percy Mockler referred to the Suzuki Foundation and others as “qualified bad, not to mention ugly, foundations.”

It’s just embarrassing. Yup, we sure elected some real winners to a majority government last year, and they’ve done their part to kick the snot out of science, fact-based policy and civility. Bravo, Saskatchewan! Canada would’ve had a hard time steering toward extreme right-wing politics without your folksy, commonsensical contributions.

Pick of the Day (Tomorrow Edition): Melancholia

In Danish director Lars von Trier’s latest he tackles the theme of apocalypse, with Earth threatened by a rogue planet which, in recognition of its potential to collide with our world and devastate it even worse than we’ve managed to do so far, we dub “Melancholia”.

The 2010 film screens Thursday and Saturday at the RPL Theatre at 7 p.m., and Friday and Sunday at 9 p.m. Here’s the trailer.

Well, I Knew It Was A Possibility

I’m not really sure what to say about this election result. Canada has made a terrible mistake. We’ve given a majority mandate to an American Republican-style government. Curious to see what the popular vote is because I want to know how many Canadians are malicious political vandals. We’ll find that out in the morning I ‘spose.

You know that the Conservatives will push the country as far to the right as it can, right? You know this party is sick, right? It’s not all okay they’ve got a majority and we’re not going to pretend it is. We’ll leave the magical thinking to the Leader-Post and StarPhoenix editorial writers.

The Canadians who voted for these Conservatives, well, gee. You’ve just told a lot of people that you don’t give a fuck about them. This government is extremely likely to attack the interests of women, Natives, single-parent families, scientists, academics, artists, authors, filmmakers, journalists (the CBC!!! Noooo!) most university and college students, gays and lesbians, people who have sex out of wedlock, jeez, I dunno, almost everyone. Good golly. Conservative voters are really dumb and mean!

We’ll have more to say in Thursdays paper but for now, have a drink, fellow Not-Conservatives, and know you’re not alone. We love you guys!

And just think how many excellent “We told you so’s” we’ll all get to enjoy in the next few years!

Good night and good luck!

A Small Bit Of Good News On A Bad Weekend

UPDATE! Pretty photograph added!

In Regina, where we don’t adjust our clocks (which I think is charming, by the way), it’s a beautiful, balmy-by-winter standards minus-2 degrees outside. Better yet, tonight the sun sets at 7:00–we’ve broken the supper-hour barrier. And in one week, at 5:21 p.m., the vernal equinox will arrive. Which means SEVEN MORE SLEEPS TILL SPRING!

You may now return to this weekend’s cavalcade of horrors.