Voice

If we really had a voice what might we say?

Give us money or give us peace.

We have no money
We have no peace.
Do we have voice?

We need a voice
A BIG voice

“There is a significant gap between language inscribed in our Security Resolutions, our declarations, our action plans, and the actual reality of women’s participation in decision-making when it comes to peace and security issues.”
– Radhika Coomaraswamy

What do I think?

Well if anyone really wants to know … if the war-mongers are not going to allow women a voice then they should be paying women for this enforced silence. How? Basic Income. Guarantee every woman a basic income.

Maybe that is something the UN might consider.
Yes the reports are valuable. What might be better is to give the money to individual women. Help women buy back their lives and the lives of their children.

an Action Plan

Action Plan? … Cut the Crap and give us money … BIG money!

20 Years ago, if we had had a voice, what might we have said?

Cut the Crap. Give us money.

Are there no women of voice? Hardly … Unless they belong to certain SIGs
That would be Special Interest Groups … Meaning that they work for their own special interests, whatever that might mean …
Business for example.
Yes, it is a women’s organization. It probably does take good care of its members. If you are not a member? If you happen to be an independent artist, especially one that dares try to paddle her canoe upstream? Hmmmmm well I’ve never been privy to their constitution. I guess I think of them as the old girls’ network. I don’t know that they would support basic income.

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Trading a Forest for a Tree

Guns to protect oil? Did I hear you right George? Did you say they need their guns to protect the oil? 

Would that be the same sort of oil that is used to make that new Canadian  money George?  Is that why oil is so important? 

About that new plastic money … It just doesn’t have that same feel about it … And the smell?  

Remember when money used to be made of real paper George … Real fibre … One could almost say that it was like the fibre of our existance … OK George … I agree that I am no philosopher … That my words might well be an insult to the ears of a real Philosopher … Well … Those venerable folks attached to major universities with PhDs … Wonder if they have much to say about paper vs. plastic money.  Since I have little in common with the hallowed fellows … Being left to my own little furrow …
and you George.

Talking about paper … Is it  being replaced by oil in everything from … Well just about everything I can think of George. Who started all that … Does anyone know? And why was it done?

Yes George I do realize that there was a problem with trees disappearing from someplace called old growth forest and such … Then along came well-meaning people who gave their lives to serve and save the environment … Some turned it into a career … With speaking engagements and funding … And it grew and it grew and it grew …
And now everytime I want to buy a jar or carton of healthy juice … Just one more hidden tax George  that is what I think … when I am forced to pay a deposit on my bottle of juice  I am forced to support this whole new industry of big-talkers … 

No George This has nothing whatsoever to do with the story of Pinochio.

So back to the basics of old-growth forests … then people started complaining about all the trees being cut … Even extended it to banning paper because paper was made from trees … Even slowing down papermills that had been employing Canadians for a hundred years.  No George it was not quite so direct that anyone could see it coming.  

The strategy was more all the new little tacked-on government rules and regulations that took an army of lawyers to decipher.  Well nobody dared raise a voice in protest.  Who would dare disagree with new gods of the environmental movement its new army of the righteous leftists … Does that make sense George? 

And then the papermills started to shut down … And the independent wood-cutters were suddenly jobless. Here in Canada anyway … But what about China?  Were they not opening new mills in China? 

And guess what?  The wood that was being used in the Canadian papermills was a renewable resource George … Did anyone ever think of that?  It was not the same old growth forest wood that had originally needed protection.

The old growth forest  wood was being used for construction not paper-making … At least here in New Brunswick that was the policy.

By the way  … If you were to check the construction material in houses built by people who made their fame and fortune investing in environmental issues … Wonder what you would find … certainly not recycled papier mache pillars.

You know what George … If you cut down a tree that is used in paper-making … Well why not just plant one or even two to replace it …  R&D silviculture vs. mono-culture That was the way things might have been done before banning paper because well-meaning environmentalists perceived every tree as a tree sacred to old-growth forests. 

So we had paper-making mills using wood from trees that hardly lived longer than a few decades … And now these mills are closed and somewhere someone is opening new plastic factories.  Tell me George …
Why? Who is doing this?  What are the environmentalists saying now?

 By the way George … About oil investments …  Is that where the retirement funders retire pension money? 
Is that why oil is so important George? How big must it get before it gets “too big to be allowed to fail”? 

No George I have no idea who said that, when, where or under what circumstances. I read it somewhere.  But even if it was a good enough excuse for banks and such … Well is it really good enough for the rest of us …

Then again George … I am from a time when conservation and ecology were balanced with logic and good sense … A time when you did not pay a bank for their use of your money … When the bank paid you a decent interest  on the money in your savings account … A time when ethical people had rights and choices.  

One thing George … Plastic is an interesting comment on our moden world.

The Golden Award

Porridge
Well George … Does everything have a day?
Even porridge?

Seems so … October 10 th 
http://www.worldporridgeday.com/
I must remember that for next year George

I might  even have a chance to win a golden spurtle award … To tell the truth George I had not previously heard of the golden spurtle either.

Sounds even better than the golden toilet-brush award I won a few years ago.  Spoiled me.  Ever since … Well I am not nearly so excited about cleaning toilets anymore.

Spurtle-operator … Sounds almost impressive … What if I were to spread the word that I have recently become a spurtle operator? And if I were to win the spurtle award? Would I receive cards of congratulations do you suppose … Things like “so excited  for you … You must be so proud of your attainement … You see how things get better if you learn to keep your mouth shut … Didn’t I tell you things would pick up if you tried to be a bit more positive?”

Something like that … Do you suppose George? Or would it be the usual polite blank stare of utter boredom.  Would comments on this new occupation be ignored outright because nobody really honestly gives a tinker’s darn what you are doing these days.

That is … Unless it is a professional international fund-raiser where you get to wear the same t-shirt as everyone else and everybody has so much fun walking or running together to raise money to send to the charity of the day.
I say professional because such charity-events are very professional and well-planned even though they may take advantage of an army of unpaid volunteers. But guess what George? Somewhere in the charitable organizations there are often people being paid large salaries. Then there are the free trips.  These days George it is the professional charities that bring in the real money, especially if you can score a couple of lucrative board positions.

You want me to name them, give you particulars about which charities … You want documented proof? Not a report George! You don’t expect a report! Without paying me? Surely you do not expect me to work for nothing?  Hmmm no George … No board either … sorry George … Not available … I’ll be too busy operating my new spurtle promotion enterprise.