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Fort McMurray fires

I don’t know about you, but I am blown away by the images I am seeing out of northern Alberta.

Keep in mind that Fort Mac is a city of about 90,000 and much of it could go up in flames.

If you are able, please donate to the Red Cross relief effort or the relief organisation of your choice.

Here is the link to the Red Cross effort.


I. Trashy. Am depleting the atmosphere. Kill me now.

Solar panels are draining the sun. Crap. Double crap.

This week, a scientific research facility in Wyoming made a startling discovery that is certain to change the way millions of Americans look at the environmentalism movement, after they found conclusive evidence that solar panels not only convert the sun’s energy into usable energy, but that they are also draining the sun of its own energy, possibly with catastrophic consequences far worse than global warming. Scientists at the Wyoming Institute of Technology, a privately-owned think tank located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, discovered that energy radiated from the sun isn’t merely captured in solar panels, but that energy is directly physically drawn from the sun by those panels, in a process they refer to as “forced photovoltaic drainage.” “Put into laymen’s terms, the solar panels capture the sun’s energy, but pull on the sun over time, forcing more energy to be released than the sun is actually producing,” WIT claims in a scientific white paper published on Wednesday. “Imagine a waterfall, dumping water. But you aren’t catching the water in buckets, but rather sucking it in with a vacuum cleaner. Eventually, you’re going to suck in so much water that you drain the river above that waterfall completely.”


They are.

Damned evil little devices.

I mean, it’s the SUN, man!

This one:

To put it simply, the Sun is as big as more than 1 million Earth masses put together. It is 1,287,000 times bigger than a solitary Earth. The Sun has a diameter of 1,392,000 km (865,000 miles) while the Earth’s diameter is only 12,742 km (7,918 miles). In terms of weight, the Sun is 333,000 times heavier than the Earth and accounts for 98% of all mass in the solar system. Following are some other fun and interesting facts about the Sun.

As in, the atmosphere… With every fricking breath, I’m draining it.

Why doesn’t someone stop me???


So, yeah, climate change is just not happening, is it?

A few interesting graphics forwarded to me by a colleague.

CO2 seaice


Alberta floods, where’s Steve?

As far as I can tell, the only reaction from Harper concerning the horrible situation in southern Alberta has been this piece on conversations that he had with Premier Redford and Calgary Mayor Nenshi indicating that Feds will help out if needed.

But where is he? Shouldn’t he be there filling sandbags or something? Is the Member from Calgary East that confident of his seat that he thinks he can stay far away from all that yucky mud and not pay for it politically?

Um, yeah. He probably can… but he should be there; even if for symbolic reasons. Obama sure as hell tours disaster areas. It’s the “leader” thing to do, isn’t it?


Another earthquake in Ottawa?

Update– looks like there were two quakes at 9:43 (4.8) and 9:53 am (4.3) outside of Arnprior, Ontario.

Did anyone else feel that?



This is beyond crazy…

The Minister for NRCan’s view on climate change?

Meh. No biggie.

“I think that people aren’t as worried as they were before about global warming of two degrees,” Oliver said in an editorial board interview with Montreal daily newspaper, La Presse.

“Scientists have recently told us that our fears (on climate change) are exaggerated.”

Oliver was not able to identify which scientists he was using as a source, the newspaper reported

Well, this intrepid blogger tracked down that scientist!



What was really an earthquake not far from Ottawa…

… Was first mistaken by me to be the thundering feet of millions of Americans heading to Ottawa en masse in the event of a Romney win tonight. I suspected the border guards were overridden!

But no, it was just an earthquake.


It’s global warming, stupid…

I love this… Especially the quote:

Our cover story this week may generate controversy, but only among the stupid



Crops in the North?

Why not?

With a warming climate, this might be an opportunity for daring and hard working northern entrepreneurs!

This guy, from Norman Wells, NWT, grows a potato crop alongside an airstrip. And after a few years of trial and error, is showing a profit from his efforts.

What’s next? Bananas in Guelph?


Did Quebec separate overnight?

Nope. Just looked out the bus window and the Gatineau Hills are still there.

I guess Marois’ scheme to pry her province from the RoC using bars and pulleys didn’t succeed.

Anyone in O Dot feel the quake last night? Happened around midnight and was centred around Montreal.