Friday, January 21, 2011

Oil Sands, Time to Innovate

Fine, we need the oil, but let's do a better job of taking it out of the oilsands before we destroy eveything in Northern Alberta.

H2oil animated sequences from Dale Hayward on Vimeo.

Monday, January 10, 2011

No Irony: Tarbox hits Cig Boxes

Barb Tarbox has received her wish posthumously. Her dying image (deathbed due to lung cancer from smoking), will be prominently displayed on Canadian cigarette boxes even though initially it looked like the shocking picture wouldn't make it to print.

Tarbox's image ewas going to be on US boxes but not Canadian ones, a bit ironic since it was Canada who started putting grotesque images on the boxes in the first place.

Turns out the government did an about face and will start showing the image in Canada.

What sucks with the pictures is that I've never seen the evidence that they work. People who smoke and are offended by the images actually use tin cigarette holders so they can't see the images....too bad. But maybe little kids will be scared ?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ikea Goes Incandescent

Say good bye to tungsten. Ikea is going incandescent-less starting in 2011. No more blubs with tungsten filaments. That's great on one hand, less waste in heat and electricity, plus they last longer.

The downside? Buy bulbs that only fit Ikea lamps. What a racket!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nuclear marketing blitz

Don't like nuclear? You've been victimized by clever marketing. The meltdowns are devastating, no doubt, but did you know COAL kills 2000X more people?

Check out these links:;

Deaths per TWh by energy sources Many Eyes

We can do better. Let's ensure our perspectives are based on scientific research and not the heat of a moment.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Patenting Life

The greatest ruses in American history are probably the way lobbyist for big food corporations did two things

a) made it more expensive for Americans (and Canadians) to get fresh food compared to fast food.
b) took the seed program away from 'open source' universities and instead got patents.

That meant a virtual monopoly on seeds. It also meant that when the wind blew (literally) from adjacent farms the farmer trying to use his own seed could (and routinely were/are) sued by food giant Monsanto.

Monsanto is probably the worst corporation in America doing more harm to Americans than oil companies. Yes, they've made food, and increased production as well. They've also looked after their fat profits at the expense of the overall health and choice of consumers.

Even though it's small fry and Monsanto will bury them in a 10 year litigation, farmers are fighting back.

Consumers can demand better, but you have to get involved/informed.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Under new management folks. The zany life of Kat will come at your in 2011 with the latest musings and bitchings from the world of online current events. Beware, be very 'ware'....