Smart Meters and Saltspring Island

Recently, that most solid of strongholds against the forced installations of the much distrusted ‘Smart Meters’, Saltspring Island, has seen the beginning of a blitz by Corix installation teams. On the 22nd of October, 10 Corix installation vans were seen on the ferry to begin the three week program of installations. Whilst I cannot help but sympathise with those who have these pieces of politically expedient technology thrust upon them, my irony meter has just gone off the scale.

For a long time now, Saltspring and certain of the surrounding Gulf Islands have been undergoing a political sea change. People who dislike the ‘poisons’ of Globalism and Urban living have been migrating there, and if this Op-ed from the Victoria Times Colonist is to be believed, staged some form of takeover. According to author Elizabeth Nickson, they are the ones responsible for preventing development of Island resources via the Island Trust. Nothing must change, goes the ideology, because mankind pollutes our island Earth, and therefore anything resembling industry is very bad indeed. Learning to live without technology is thought to be the way forward. ‘Low Carbon’ is the desired state of being. The Islands even elected a Green Party MP to further this end.

Okay, fine; they choose to live on the Gulf Islands, they choose the lifestyle. No issue with that. However, what raises an ironic smile is that many of the very people pushing the Anthropogenic Global Warming Agenda are those who emphatically don’t want a technology intended to be part of the ‘solution’ to ‘Global Warming’. Shades of the biter bit, methinks.

Whatever the outcome, I do know that the new crop of ‘smart meters’ only have a projected working life of ten years, as opposed to the ‘old tech’ meter lifespan of several decades. Word is that never mind ten years, seven seems to be the median for smart meters. So a rolling replacement program will have to be implemented, and you can be damned sure that the advocates for the ‘Low carbon’ lifestyle won’t want to help pick up the tab for that.

Real life

The blog is taking fifth place to real life right now. Life analogue supersedes life digital, and at present there aren’t enough hours in the working day. Not that I’ve got anything I want to write about here at present. I’ve stopped reading and watching the news on the premise that mainstream outlets deliberately structure their content to annoy. Whatever is happening in the world will happen anyway, without any input from me.

Arbitrary rises in gas prices? Everyone is hacked off about those.
European economic collapse impending? Not surprised.
US elections? That’s down to the US electorate.
The non-existence of man made global warming? Told you so.
Riots? Not here there aren’t.
Poverty? Starvation? War? People finding excuses to be shitty to each other? Yep, plenty. But not much I can do about that. Too busy trying to keep my own head above water.

In short; I cannot be my brothers keeper because he’ll have to shift for himself like the rest of us. Not much I can do and I’m not overly inclined to do it. Tell you the truth I’ve been reading P J O’Rourke’s “All the trouble in the world” again, and nothing really changes.

Also delving into Nietzsche and Sartre for the first time in over two decades, and finding out that many people who previously derived their world view from Nietzsche have been hoodwinked. Apparently Nietzsche’s sister put all the nationalistic and anti-semitic crap into his published works after he died. So I’m giving the old boy a philosophical second reading with some of the newer translations. Starting with Safranski’s biography. This may take some time.

Ergo, I’ve cranked the outside volume down and am taking a big time out. No doubt the world will still be here when I get back. If it isn’t I will be asking serious questions. Play nice now. TTFN

BC Madness

I’ve been busy of late; too busy to even think of blogging, but the following items reinforce my long held belief that sanity is at a premium throughout humanity.

Firstly, the ongoing clashes between Provincial Premiers over the Enbridge pipeline. Alberta wants it built, but BC will not allow the building without cash up front to fritter away on the ruling parties pet projects, only to find that the cupboard is bare when ‘spill cleanup money’ is really needed. Duh. What happened to ‘the polluter pays’ for any cleanup? BC would make far more from an increased tax take from all the money and employment a new refinery would generate than simply ending up stiffed for fees if the price of oil drops due to increased availability.

Secondly, an American dumping 100 tonnes of Iron Sulphate into the Pacific near to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands for those with old maps). Supposedly this is a ‘carbon mitigation’ project, but one that violates BC anti pollution legislation, a number of other Canadian Federal statutes, and Environmental UN mandates. Oh yes, and seeing as the person who bumped the iron sulphate is an American, the EPA may well have a say. Plankton blooms of the scale already created may well be doing serious harm because they reduce the oxygen content of the local ocean. Well silly old me for thinking that Fish need that dissolved oxygen in order to live. Far from increasing the Salmon population, the effects may well prove the opposite. Read this piece by a Salmon Farmer about Plankton blooms and the harm they can do to fish life. There are grounds for serious concern here.

iDemocracy

Have just been forwarded an email from Guido Fawkes about Douglas Carswell’s latest idea to fix Britain, and perhaps the world’s woes. Regrettably, brilliant man that Douglas is, he will be mostly ignored. His plan to fix Britain was a tour de force, but destined for the scrap heap of good ideas, not because it isn’t good, because it is; but because those in power are there, and they’re staying there, so the buggins turn of two and a bit party politics will continue.

iDemocracy is on Amazon. Worth buying and reading? Almost certainly. The ideas Douglas often espouses are generally well thought through and practical. Regrettably, the status quo of civil service and establishment will not permit such radical paradigm shifts. As for the populace? As has been mooted over at Anna Raccoons, the UK is a sick country, a welfare junkie due to go cold turkey because there has been no real money to feed their addictions for years.

Well, that’s all from me. Just thought I’d drop by and look in at the old place. TTFN