Planet fear.

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The U.S. midterm elec­tions are here. To say that ad­vance vot­ing has been brisk is an un­der­state­ment. From my point of view some of the cam­paign­ing has been dis­taste­ful, com­bat­ive and in­still­ing an at­mos­phere of fear and loathing in some of the elec­torate. Much is at stake here and much re­mains to be played out. Win or lose, I be­lieve the cur­rent U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion’s rhetoric and ac­tions could be­come worse.

As for the shoot­ing in Pitts­burgh. I am so sorry this hap­pened.

The polls put Democrats ahead in some dis­tricts, Repub­li­cans oth­ers. I have to say that I have lit­tle faith in polls any­more. Look­ing into some of them there have been around 25,000 calls to get a lit­tle over 500 re­sponses. For my­self I don’t like or trust a ro­botic call. First into my mind is that it’s a scam. Sec­ond, if it’s not, I think that if the caller can’t be both­ered to talk to me then I can’t be both­ered to talk to them.

I re­ally hope that this nasty cam­paign­ing doesn’t spill over into Cana­dian elec­tions. Ja­son Ken­ney was in the news re­cently be­ing shocked over a UCP cam­paign worker’s views. Events hap­pen and no mat­ter how far ahead a party, any party thinks it is ahead some­thing can al­ways come out of left field and de­rail the cam­paign at a cru­cial time. In busi­ness one is only as good as one’s worse em­ployee. I see po­lit­i­cal par­ties the same way. My vote isn’t de­cided yet. How­ever, one of my red flags is nasty cam­paign­ing. What kind of ex­am­ple does that set? I want to see poli­cies, rea­soned de­bate and a will­ing­ness to work with oth­ers. Have I set my bar too high?

The mur­der of the jour­nal­ist in Turkey, I think I can call it that now, is still res­onat­ing. I’ve also been watch­ing a story of two Saudi Ara­bian sis­ters that were found dead in the U.S. Maybe there’s more to this case than meets the eye?

Re­mem­brance Day is upon us again. Maybe more mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties should step up to the plate in or­gan­is­ing some­thing to re­mem­ber and also maybe a treat for lo­cal vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies? I don’t think we should heap all the re­spon­si­bil­ity of le­gions and their hard-pressed vol­un­teers. Maybe a lit­tle help?

Here we go again. A sci­en­tific re­port out the day that I write this sug­gests that we have un­der­es­ti­mated the amount of heat that has been soaked up by our oceans over the last 25 years. The re­port says that the oceans have ab­sorbed 60 per cent more than was thought. The out­come? It might be much more dif­fi­cult to keep global warm­ing within safe lev­els this cen­tury. Wow, no s—t Sher­lock. Maybe we don’t have ten years to get it right. Frankly, I never thought we did. Even to­day or never doesn’t work for me.

New York is fi­nally be­gin­ning to look at cli­mate change con­se­quences that could im­pact the city. This should have been done years ago and needs do­ing ev­ery­where there is a coastal com­mu­nity just for starters. Ac­cord­ing to the UN around 40 per cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion live within 100 km of a coast. Ocean front prop­erty may not be as de­sir­able as it once was.

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