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Rethinking Seafood

The Disaffected Lib - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 12:22


Two years ago there was some sort of contamination problem with Asian seafood.  I think it was something viral. In any case the seafood appetites of wealthy Asians were not being met.

It didn't take long for Asian buyers to reach the Pacific northwest and they came with money, lots of it. The upshot of it was that locals found themselves staring at ridiculous prices for seafood from their own waters.

It was great for the commercial fishing industry. They made out like bandits. It was bad for everyone else.

I was in my doctor's waiting room. An old fellow sat beside me. He was carrying a bag. The receptionist came over and he handed her the bag asking if she could put it in their refrigerator. He was a fisherman and the bag was full of freshly caught prawns, a gift for the doctor. At that point prawns were fetching prices upwards of $40 a pound.

This fellow and I got into a conversation. He told me how he and his sons were making a killing off the Asian markets. I eventually asked him just who those prawns belonged to, him or the province and people of British Columbia? Were we sharing in his windfall because we were certainly feeling the pain of it?

We're going to have to deal with this question. The world is running out of fish. The commercial fleets are "fishing down the food chain" collapsing one fishery after another.

The stuff they sell today is often mislabelled or not labelled at all. I was in the frozen food aisle of a local store yesterday and I stopped to look at the "Captain Highliner" stuff - fish sticks, fish cakes, that sort of thing. The boxes said only that it was wild fish from the north Pacific.

A couple of months back I was over at the fishing port just down the road from my place. The boats were lined up, waiting to unload their obviously hefty catch.
I had to look. It wasn't cod or herring or anything like that. I asked the fellow on the dock, "is that hake?" and he nodded yeah. I asked since when did anyone bother catching hake, long considered a garbage fish. He said the fish processors take it, do something with it, add spices and flavourings, and then flog it as - you guessed it, "wild fish from the north Pacific."

If our kids are eating that stuff it means our good fish are going somewhere else, chasing the highest price. But that fish that is being sold to foreign buyers, that's our fish. Shouldn't British Columbians and other Canadians have first go at it at a moderate price. It belongs to the fisherman when he hauls it into his hold but before then it belongs to me.

Food security is a problem that's just beginning to gain traction. Over the next 20-years it's going to be a huge issue. This is a good time to ensure that our natural abundance is securely ours. That doesn't mean stopping exports. It means staking a claim and putting everyone on notice.

This business came to mind as I was reading a Globe story about the use of high tech modeling in the Atlantic fishery. The challenge, according to the report, was to "keep up with worldwide demand for seafood." There was no mention of the challenge of securing local access to an essential resource. That, in my view, should be the priority.

Eleven Days to Go and "Leave" Up by Ten Points

The Disaffected Lib - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 11:33



A month ago it looked like most Brits were for staying in the European Union. It was a slim but seemingly stable lead.

Now, with less than 2 weeks to go, a poll commissioned by The Independent finds the leave camp with a 10-point lead. Trying to find out what Brexit would mean to Europe and the UK isn't easy. Opinions are all over the place. Trying to find out how it might reverberate across the Atlantic is that much harder. Apparently it will effect the markets, stocks and bonds, but, like a lot of earthquakes, you'll have to see if that will be a ripple or a tsunami.

Is HMQ really for the leave camp. Apparently so, maybe.


No, That's Just a Racist Saying He's Not a Racist.

The Disaffected Lib - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 10:16

The Wall Street Journal headline was intriguing: Donald Trump Rebuts Allegations of Racism.

Read on, I thought. This was going to be a genuinely Herculean feat given how often the Great Orange Behemoth has made incredibly racist comments. So what was Trump offering up to rebut his racism? This:

“And by the way, just so you know, I am the least racist person, the least racist person that you’ve ever seen, the least” Mr. Trump said. “I mean, give me a break. But they’re saying, ‘Is Donald Trump a racist?’ I am the least racist person that you’ve ever looked at, believe me.”
That's just a racist saying he's not a racist. 

The Climate, It's Always Been Changing

The Disaffected Lib - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 09:57
Of course it has. Which is why NASA prepared this wonderful graph of just how the atmospheric CO2  has changed over the past 400,000 years.


Res ipsa loquitur - the thing does indeed speak for itself. For those who say this is something other than man-made, well this chart puts that argument right where it belongs.

O, Can We Not Just Do This?

Left Over - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 09:53

ANALYSIS Changing O Canada: Is God next?: Terry Milewski Christians warn that changing O Canada is a slippery slope to removing God and the Holy Cross By Terry Milewski, CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 20…

Source: O, Can We Not Just Do This?


O, Can We Not Just Do This?

Left Over - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 08:43

ANALYSIS

Changing O Canada: Is God next?: Terry Milewski Christians warn that changing O Canada is a slippery slope to removing God and the Holy Cross

By Terry Milewski, CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 11, 2016 9:22 AM ET

Either/Or cannot happen soon enough..
When I first heard KD Lang singling the anthem with “..in all of us” I thought, yes! That was back in the 70’s, and whenever I hear it, always think of that phrase as right and proper..was never comfortable with the God stuff, but what are ya gonna do? Women have always been excluded or ignored, and ‘God’ always refers to something male, so ….
monarchists and so-called Christians will forever be frozen in time, but this country ‘s not about that anymore, if it ever was..
How about “Peace keep our land glorious and free..’..now that would be something worth singing about…we used to be famous for it…..

We  give lip service to being a mosaic, yet  every formal and informal occasion results in the hypocrisy of  a hymn to him and Him….O Canada being the exclusive purveyor of  pious WASP self-aggrandizement…all the while intoning the  late Victorian sentiments of colonialized patriotism which as we all know  ultimately  result in  incivility to the  Other..in this case, the rest of  the world, their  guaranteed  freedom of belief,  and half it’s population (female, that is…)

I always knew it would take a man, a brave man, too, to force any sort of change…any woman alive  can tell you about the experience of telling a man  something, anything, and it not  being considered valid unless opined by another man, especially if he acts as though he invented it….I’m old enough now  not to care so much that  this is a reality for most of us, just  happy to hope that something that  represents  my nation of choice is made  whole….and  thanks to Belanger for attempting to make it so…


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