Bonaventure the last Canadian Aircraft Carrier

HMCS Bonaventure

The aircraft carrier “HMCS Bonaventure” from 1957 to 1970 and was the third and the last aircraft carrier to serve Canada. It was Initially laid down for England as “HMS Powerful “as part of the second batch of the Colossus class ships ordered during the Second World War. The work was suspended in May 1946 following the end of the Second World War, and the hull was laid up incomplete at a Belfast Northern Ireland shipyard.

In 1952, the Royal Canadian Navy was looking to replace their existing aircraft carrier the ⇒ Continue reading

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Supreme Leader of the United States

 

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So Donald Trump says to the genie, “I only want one more wish”. The genie looks over and says “Donald, Donald, you already have fame, glory, money, what more would you want”.  He says . . .

I want to become Supreme Leader of the United States of America.

Having giving it some thought, the genie says, “if you play your cards right, excuse the pun, the way your popularity is going with your followers, you will be the supreme leader of the free world by your end of your term”. Continue reading

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A Fairy Tale of Canada

Once upon a time in a northern Dominion called Canada, there was a thriving oil industry that provided fuel for vehicles, trains and airplanes.  There was also a large natural gas industry that kept the people warm during the long cold winters and supplied the raw material for plants that manufactured plastics, detergents, fertilizer, synthetic clothing and a great many other items needed and used by people every day.

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That oil and natural gas industry employed more than a million people and its exports (link)

were the biggest contributor to the county’s international balance of payments. People

working in the industry were proud that their operations were among the most

technically advanced and environmentally responsible in the world.

Then a report written by a scientific advisory group called the INTERNATIONAL PANEL on

CLIMATE CHANGE was published, stating that the earth was warming and carbon-dioxide emissions from burning ‘fossil fuels’ were the likely cause.   And so it came to be that lowering emissions of the very substance that plants need to breath in the same way as animals need oxygen, and that provides the fizz in soda drinks and the bubbles in champagne, became the world’s most important environmental priority.

Suddenly, after fueling the world’s progress for centuries, oil, natural gas and coal became environmental pariahs.   Eco-elves flew in from far and wide to proclaim Canada’s oil and gas industry is a major contributor to global warming.   But in the real world, the industry contributed just a small part of Canada’s emissions, and Canada’s emissions were only two per cent of global emissions.

Nations of the world gathered together in the magical Kingdom of Japan and promised they would reduce the use of fossil fuels.  But a decade later, fossil-fuel emissions had gone up, not down. So, world leaders gathered in the French Fifth Republic to once again pledge reduction of fossil fuels. But even as world leaders announced this pledge, three dozen countries, including two with more than a third of the people in the world, continued to build hundreds of new coal-fired power plants. Coal was already the biggest source of carbon dioxide and those new plants would raise coal emissions by another 40 per cent.


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That meant that, even if Canada were to disappear into stardust, its tiny share of global emissions would be replaced in a matter of months. Amazingly, these realities mattered not to Canada’s starry-eyed prime minister, who vowed that his little northern country would set an example to the world.

His paladins imposed special taxes on the users of fossil fuel, creating hardship for the people while also weakening the dominion’s competitive position with its largest trading partner. The prime minister journeyed to the main oil and gas producing province, hoping to use his imagined charisma to convince workers worried about losing their jobs that ‘phasing-out’ their industry was necessary to stop global warming. People asked the prime minister what was to replace all that fossil fuel energy?

HE PROCLAIMED THAT IT WOULD BE ‘GREEN ENERGY’ GENERATED BY THE WIND AND THE SUN.

But the people knew that the wind only blew some of the time. And that, in this northern land Alternative energy

with little sunlight during short winter days and none on long cold nights when energy is needed most, solar was useless.   And the government had not learned from experience in a province called Ontario, where billions of dollars spent on green energy had yielded only small amounts of very expensive and unreliable power that needed back-up fossil-fuel power plants to prevent . . . black-outs.


The folly of relying on green energy was undeniable, but, alas, neither the eco-elves nor the prime minister took heed. Neither did they face the truth that trying to force down Canada’s already tiny global emissions would hamstring the country’s most important industry only to have its fossil-fuel production, and emissions, replaced by buying production in US$ or from other countries such as Saudi Arabia.

  The prime minister and his paladins remained convinced their green dream (LINK) would come true, if only they believed. So, this fairy tale of doing good for the world became a nightmare for this small northern dominion.

“Sadly, the rest of the world didn’t even care”.

Author Unknown

“THIS IS THE AUTHORS POINT OF VIEW AND NOT NECESSARILY MINE, BUT  CLOSE”.

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Gun control in the U.S.

Someone brought up an interesting topic “Is there gun control in the United States”. I spontaneously found myself saying, “what gun control? Do they have gun control in the U.S.?”. Do they?

The last time we gave guns a thought, was when the news media picked up stories of mass shootings in the United States or as a matter of fact, the gun violence that’s starting to show up in Canada.

As Canadians, it was always said, “What happens in the U.S. will eventually happen here.” The general census was 10 years behind.

SO WHAT GUN CONTROL in the U.S.

What always comes after a gun shooting in the U.S. is a public outcry for gun control. US presidents would stand at their podium with a concerned look on their faces and say, “We will look into the problem and let’s get these guns off our streets.” That must be a standard protocol speech that gets circulated around the White House. Some of the Presidents truly seemed  concerned, but they know not much  can be done.

Controlling the gun problem is to big to control

Controlling the gun problem is bigger and maybe, just a little out of their reach even for presidents.  It’s an entity that has taken its own course in history, like a runaway train, not to be stopped or even slowed down. Certainly it is not something that can be remedied overnight.  Even if the higher ups have the will power to take on such a task.

But you do have to wonder, what keeps the momentum going. Is it the peoples drive for guns and “more is better” attitude? Is it the mesmerizing power of holding a gun in your hand that binds a person to owning one? Or is it the Gun Advocacy groups that try and put a positive spin on owning guns, any guns, and the more the better, it’s for the good of your families?

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If I need an AK-47 to live here its time to move. MEME

Maybe it’s as simple as what George Washington said three hundred years back.

IT’S CALLED the 2nd AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_the_United_States

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  George Washington

BUT THAT WAS SO LONG AGO!

Americans were fighting the English back then. Washington wanted all the colony militia’s to be armed and ready, that made total sense, back then.

So gun control in the United States might just be a little out of reach for any kind of change.

When U.S. president came out and said he has the solution to the gun control problem in schools, all he said was “Let’s HAVE MORE GUNS” ( Arm the teachers is what he said ”)

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One of two things could be true.

 #1   Somebody higher ups must have monetary Interest in gun manufacturing, or

 # 2 The problem is so deep rooted, it’s in the DNA of all Americans and if that’s the case, it will take a long time to extract that from a person blood stream.

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GUN LAW REFORM in the U.S.

Should and can the American government change the 2nd Amendment? Is it even possible? A 300 year old law, well, according to this web site (LIVE SCIENCE.COM), it is very well “POSSIBLE TO PROBABLE.”

It is  said the second amendment has emerged as a dubious target in the U.S. gun debate after a March 27 New York Times op-ed by former Justice John Paul Stevens suggested that repealing the amendment would be a “simple” way to move forward gun law reform.

A survey conducted in February by The Economist and You Gov found that 21 percent of Americans favor repealing the Second, which reads

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

U.S PRESIDENT  TWEETED IN RESPONSE THAT “THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED,”

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Hunting with a AK-47

Make no mistake, there is big money in gun manufacturing and I don’t know if you would ever get an accurate dollar figure on how big a business it really is. So, what gun control?

The mentality of Gun Advocacy groups has this slogan,

THE GUN DOESN’T KILL, IT’S THE PERSON USING THE GUN THAT KILLS.

GUN CONTROL IN THE U.S., WHAT GUN CONTROL?

 

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