Have You Heard the “News”?

“What if alternative energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?” That’s what the Associated Press article following Patrick Moore’s Twitter comment below asks at the outset. Mr. Moore (Patrick not Michael) observes that the story (which by the way I agree is a “must read”) may mark a major shift in attitudes among the “alternative energy” crowd. I doubt it. I don’t think that Michael Moore, no matter his supposed influence, is in any position to change the attitude of the committed environmentalists, who are the principal advocates of “alternative energy”. Besides, it may be that the AP interpretation … Continue reading Have You Heard the “News”?

Penthouse Potatoes

On Sunday I revelled in a glorious autumn day. On Monday I looked up at a cold grey sky. The little light spot at top, center-right was the sun, and without its welcome warmth it was an uncomfortable but accepted challenge to harvest my tomato crop. Not very impressive, but given the cold and damp summer up here I’m pleased with this tiny bonus. I’m given to understand also that it has been a poor crop season for potatoes in most of Alberta, due to excessive rain. Reports of rotting tubers abound. Well, at 16 floors above ground I harvested … Continue reading Penthouse Potatoes

A Beautiful Day

Sunshine, calm winds and 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit degrees) characterized my home in Edmonton today. On balance, the most pleasant day all year. A fine day for a walk around the neighborhood. Last year at about this time I was looking at this outside my window. Thank you “climate change”. I can’t say that with sincerity because it will probably snow within a week. Continue reading A Beautiful Day

While Women Burn

The sorry state of politics, and the oppression of women in particular, in Iran, is a nightmare ignored by an agenda-driven media in the west. In politics, most media organizations are obsessed with continuing the “true” intellectual orthodoxy, i.e., restoration or maintenance of Leftist governments. Added now, with religious fervor, is the “extraordinary popular delusion” of “climate change” hysteria. Meanwhile in Iran, as reported by Masih Alinejad, a young woman set herself on fire after being sentenced to 6 months in prison for daring to sneak into a soccer stadium. I doubt if this incident was unusual. The desperation and … Continue reading While Women Burn

August 28-29, Back to the Cabin

With full meals under our belts, we speed down the lake, racing against the sunset and darkness. Some of us are a little tired. Actually, I think Marlene took Julian’s regular spot on the boat, but he seems content to share. It gets a little darker as we progress, passing Spirit Island and leaving it in our wake. We’ll be fine, getting back before darkness closes in around us. Continue reading August 28-29, Back to the Cabin

August 28-29, Toward Civilization, and Back

The rest of this Wednesday was more or less pre-planned. We’d carted a thawing turkey for 1700 kilometres for 3 days in a cooler, adding fresh corn on the cob as previously noted. Originally, the bird was to be spatchcocked and roasted over an open fire. Circumstances were such that it was deemed prudent to leave that meal preparation in the hands of Martha, who is a new friend. She and her husband Bob have the property which features, among many other accoutrements, a lakeside dock. At any rate, we set out from the cabin toward Martha and Bob’s place, … Continue reading August 28-29, Toward Civilization, and Back

August 28-29, Back Up The Lake, And Back

No, we’re not going to Turkey, we’re having a turkey dinner this afternoon. But first, more fishing. Caught another nice little trout, which was encouraging. The fish roe in the corner of the pan is a treat for Julian. We thought for a moment we’d have a good fishing story about the big one that got away, but it turned out to be a snag in our otherwise perfect plan. You see, it was a beautiful looking day on the lake and Curt thought we might try going a little deeper for a chance at lake trout. This lake is … Continue reading August 28-29, Back Up The Lake, And Back