Christ­mas came early, but so did the grinches

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Opinion -

To the Grinches try­ing to steal Christ­mas:

1. Thanks to Cal­gar­i­ans, Christ­mas came early for all of Canada. Nov. 13, they voted against host­ing the Olympics. They did what no one else has had the guts to do! A few greedy lo­cal mer­chants were dis­ap­pointed that many des­per­ate pro­mo­tions were ig­nored as they hoped to make mil­lions while all of Canada paid for the party.

Bil­lions of dol­lars pledged by our heav­ily in­debted Liberal fed­eral gov­ern­ment were saved; as were Cana­dian tax­pay­ers who would have been sad­dled with the debt.

The heav­ily-in­debted Al­berta NDP gov­ern­ment also saved $780 mil­lion on their deficit.

Last, but not least, the cit­i­zens of Cal­gary saved $700 mil­lion. Since cost over-runs are the norm for ev­ery Olympics, bil­lions more were also elim­i­nated.

Only despot con­trolled coun­tries like China and Rus­sia can blow bil­lions of dol­lars while mil­lions of their peo­ple suf­fer, to hold the 10 day, cheaters’ con­test. Why any­one else would get suck­ered in to the morass is be­yond my com­pre­hen­sion. The Olympic Com­mit­tee, grop­ingly des­per­ate to ex­ist, rigged the rules let­ting doped up Rus­sians back onto the games to pro­vide a sem­blance of a world com­pe­ti­tion. The end ap­pears near as the world grows tired of their con games.

2. Alas, a tan­gi­ble early Christ­mas gift to the world’s suf­fer­ing. A much more ef­fi­cient dis­tri­bu­tion of for­eign aid us­ing cash pay­ments di­rectly to the needy is on. Over­head ex­penses for dis­pers­ing aid, dou­ble dip­ping and cor­rup­tion are dra­mat­i­cally re­duced.

Eye scans are be­ing in­tro­duced to make sure the cash goes to the right peo­ple. Just $30 per month has proven to be of great as­sis­tance.

I am sure my­self and 72% of Cana­di­ans who balked at more for­eign aid un­der the ex­ist­ing dis­as­ter, will likely ap­prove of the new plan. It won’t work in to­tal dis­as­ters where there is noth­ing to buy.

3. Yet an­other early Christ­mas gift to the world is the seiz­ing of as­sets from despots caus­ing the refugee cri­sis. The World Refugee Coun­cil will then un­freeze and re­dis­tribute bil­lions of dol­lars to aid 68 mil­lion vic­tims of crime and cor­rup­tion.

4. And still an­other early Christ­mas gift. The In­done­sian city of Surabaya al­lows for a two-hour bus trip for bus fare of 10 plas­tic cups or five plas­tic bot­tles. Given that the city gen­er­ates 15% of 400 tonnes of waste a day as plas­tic this is a good start. Af­ter caps and la­bels are re­moved, the plas­tic is auc­tioned off to re­cy­clers. That money goes to fund­ing ve­hi­cles trans­port­ing the plas­tic and ex­pand­ing green spa­ces.

5. Now en­ters the Christ­mas grinch. A re­cent study by the Univer­sity of Guelph re­vealed that if the world was to eat the USDA rec­om­mended diet, there is not enough land to grow it.

Ad­di­tional fer­tile land, about the size of Canada would be re­quired. Shift­ing di­ets to more fruits, veg­eta­bles and plant based pro­teins and re­duc­ing waste could off­set the prob­lem, as would birth control.

6. A new grinch has popped up re­gard­ing cli­mate control. De­mand for Bit­coin is sap­ping huge amounts of en­ergy. In 2017, Bit­coin min­ing gen­er­ated 69 mil­lion tons of C02! Min­ing is the process of pro­duc­ing Bit­coins by solv­ing math­e­mat­i­cal equa­tions us­ing high pow­ered com­put­ers which use huge amounts of elec­tric­ity.

Ex­perts pro­ject that in­creased min­ing in the next decade could gen­er­ate 230 gi­ga­tonnes of car­bon. Just one gi­ga­tonne alone equals one bil­lion tons of car­bon. I’m wait­ing to see what the tree hug­gers in­tend to do about that!

7. Fed­eral Lib­er­als win the grand Christ­mas grinch of the year award. To­tal in­con­ceiv­able, de­ceit­ful, in­ef­fi­ca­cious, per­for­mance on pipe­lines to ex­port oil costs Cana­di­ans $80 mil­lion a day, or $832 a year each; thanks to their in­ept fail­ures.

DALE FERREL

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