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Wider Roads Touted as ‘Green’

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The Tyee

The other day I posted a satirical piece from the Onion. Not everyone got it.
Now this.

Tom Lehrer used to do satirical songs, but gave up satire when they gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Henry Kissinger – the satirist said there there was no way he could top that.

I am at a loss for words. Although “chutzpah” comes to mind.

Written by Stephen Rees

January 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm

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  1. One thing I have noticed in the past few years is the co-opting of language by the mainstream until they really have no basis in reality.

    The words “Sustainability” and “Green” as they are currently used in the newspapers and elsewhere in the mainstream are now essentially meaningless in my opinion.

    Orwell was a genius.


    January 29, 2008 at 5:31 pm

  2. Yup – go to the web page on our government’s Environmental Management Program and it says “The province is working to open up British Columbia’s rich natural resources to create new jobs and opportunities in every region.” And that is at the top of the page – and you thought it was going to be about environmental protection no doubt.

    In Orwell’s 1984 the Ministry of Peace was concerned with war, the Ministry of Truth was concerned with lies, the Ministry of Plenty with shortages. In BC in 2008 the Ministry of the Environment is ….

    Stephen Rees

    January 29, 2008 at 5:40 pm

  3. Hey if you’ve lived in Nanaimo for a number of years you wouldnt be as surprised. But, I do like the attention the stupidity of nanaimo councillors and some (or maybe most) of the staff have gotten. After all, just a few weeks back the city manager, The Big Man of Nanaimo, gave a presentation, where through the most mind bending ‘logic’ declared that the regional district of nanaimo and its policy of containing urban growth through urban containment boundaries was the cause of sprawl and as a remedy the whole boundary (essentially) will now be opened up for development. The most recent development proposal they’re in the midst of accepting is a ~2000 person golf court resort on a completely disconnected strip of land at the edge of the city, with a density of about 2-3 units per acre. This is the managers ‘solution’ for sprawl. The presentation was started by a youtube video about global warming. How a car dependent golf resort is supposed to solve global warming is beyond me, but that’s how it goes in Nanaimo, the gobbledygook city…i mean harbour city!

    ryan brown

    January 30, 2008 at 8:21 pm

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