Neil still trying to be Young

I am really tired of aging ‘celebrities’ attempting to use their legendary status as a soapbox to cram their hypocritical hyperbole down our throats.

Neil Young is one such offender among so many others such as David Suzuki, Darryl Hannah, Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson and the list goes on and on.

If they actually believe what they’re saying and are passionate about it, why don’t they seek out the truth and present a balanced approach to an issue? Wouldn’t they garner more credibility and enhance their cause if they did their due diligence before taking the show on the road?

Or is the real reason they do it because they’re so fearful of going gentle into that good night?

And so any press is good press.

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Update

Hypocrite NeilEzra Levant.

When Neil Young and Daryl Hannah Came to TownTim Moen, HuffPo via Paulsstuff and CTV.

If Neil Young actually walked his talk, we’d see …Les MacPherson, StarPhoenix

And from Ryan Simper whom I follow on Twitter – a brilliant parody:

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And you know you’ve really gone too far left when even Jim Cuddy starts criticizing you! Neil Young Warns Oilsands Will Look Like ‘The Moon,’ Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy Calls Him ‘Extreme, Crazy’HuffPo

Corbella: Neil Young chooses his own comfort over his convictionsCalgary Herald

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The Wisdom of Toronto ‘Elites’

Jim Cuddy:  “You cannot raise a people up by dragging others down and that is what the mayor attempts to do.”  And apparently so does the Toronto Star. [H/T]

My only regret is any part I had in enhancing Cuddy’s financial status with money spent on Blue Rodeo CDs and concert tickets.

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Update

Toronto Star fails in effort to find out how Drake really feels about Rob FordMarc Weisblott

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Security Breach

I wasn’t quite sure how to approach the security breach of our Prime Minister’s safety during the Vancouver Board of Trade talk yesterday, but I see Spin Assassin had done an excellent job so I will refer you there.

The ease with which the activists got into the venue is appalling (Record link here):

While reporters and TV camera operators were forced to have their equipment examined by a police dog, there appeared to be little in place — such as a security checkpoint to check credentials or ID — that would have prevented anyone from just walking into the room.

One of the two protesters, local activist Sean Devlin, said he and his colleague weren’t stopped or approached by security at any point before they walked on stage.”

This is a non-partisan issue.  The activists admitted to CBC they would have done the same if a Liberal government had been in power and held the same environmental policy on pipelines.

Canadians deserve better.

So does our Prime Minister and his family – even if he did handle the incident with humour and grace.

 

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Ban the CFL!*

(* Note added due to confusion: CFL = Compact Fluorescent Lamp, Light whatever you want to call it…)

I would like to start off 2014 with a rant against the Federal Conservative Government. Yes you read that right.

Some of my regular readers are likely to have heart failure so I recommend they skip this post.

When the Ontario Liberal Government announced the incandescent light bulb ban back in 2007, that was bad enough. But then my beloved Federal Conservative Government decided on a country-wide ban.

This just defies the whole principle of ‘Let the market place rule.’

But it gets worse. Those compact fluorescent bulbs still aren’t safe. And seriously, how many people actually bother to dispose of them properly? How much mercury is going in our landfills and getting in the groundwater?

Brian Lilley is one of several on a crusade to get the ban reversed (h/t Jack’s Newswatch.)

MP Cheryl Gallant is another. She is trying to convince her own colleagues and government to undo the damage.

The LED may eventually be the answer when the price-point comes down a bit, but meanwhile please give us the choice. The incandescent bulb will die a natural death when reasonably-priced, safe and more efficient bulbs come on the market.

Or if Big Government just has to ban something, then let it be that nasty CFL!

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Related

Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Causes Quebecers To Stockpile – HuffPo

Lights out for incandescent light bulbs starts Jan.1 – Sun.  The video between Jerry Agar and Kris Sims is worth checking out.

Do CFL twisty bulbs explode? – Anthony Watts

 

BC Blue has a very disturbing story: Global warming alarmist sitting inside Conservative caucus.

This is an impressive site regarding the light bulb ban: Freedom Light Bulb.

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The New Improved Rob Ford

Adrienne Batra’s Saturday Sun column shows I’m not the only noticing how Rob Ford has changed during the ice storm crisis – Rofo gets his mojo back.

However Batra still seems a bit skeptical that Ford can carry on long-term acting so responsibly.  She also blames him and his previous antics for placing Toronto in such a vulnerable position as to possibly allow Olivia Chow to become the next mayor!

My personal impression is that if  (and that’s a big if), Rob Ford can truly demonstrate that he has permanently changed for the better, then he would be an invincible candidate.

Ford Nation would rise up and carry their hero to new heights.

So Rob, my message to you is the following: Stay focused. Stay calm. Lose weight. Be humble.

Above all keep your mouth shut when you feel a melt-down coming on.

 

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Update

Rob Ford’s lawyer sees Toronto mayor on a road to redemption – Globe:

It’s a type of illness and if you’re able to overcome it and take steps to overcome it, I think people will be forgiving.

 

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