Friday, May 02, 2008

I think I'll buy a bus pass

The news is only getting worse.

It now appears that the 500 ducks that were killed when they landed on a Syncrude tailings pond in northern Alberta recently were not the only victims. A bird shot recently by a hunter was also found to be covered in oil, further evidence that some birds have flown away from the toxic waste dump and have continued along their migratory route, where they will die a slow painful death from a combination of hypothermia and poisoning.

The handful of ducks that were fortunate enough to have been captured now face the painstaking process of being cleaned of the oil and toxic sludge.

I think we are finally starting to have our eyes opened as to the extent of the environmental toll
that the oilsands project is having upon the environment of northern Alberta.

And is it only me who finds it odd that the oilsands used to be called tarsands? And then when the oil companies started extracting bitumen from the pristine forests, suddenly they became known by the more palatable name? Everybody wants oil, nobody wants tar.

It's all bitumen to me.

But there's naught we can do to save the world tonight - it's Friday, and we must dance dance dance.

I haven't participated in the Friday Random Ten in far too long, so to make up for it, here are the ten my computer threw at me in a pleasingly random fashion:

Dinner bell - Wolf Parade
Packt like sardines in a crushd tin box (live in Paris) - Radiohead
Aromatherapy - Chixdiggit
Dirty and true - Hawksley Workman
Be good - Tokyo Police Club
Cetacea - Bjork
Caroline, yes - Kaiser Chiefs
Don't know how to say goodbye - the Pigeon Detectives
Olympia - Falconhawk
Your light is spent - Final Fantasy

Bonus points if you can name the Calgary bands.
Double bonus points if you can name the band I wish lived in Calgary.

Dance, you beautiful fools, dance!


Johnny Yen said...

Glad to see you participating in the Friday Random Ten once again; you've always got the coolest list.

I'd just seen a headline on the thing with the birds. How awful!

Ruh said...

Chixdiggit and Falconhawk! Calgary represent.

michelle? said...

I'm sorry, I lose on all Calgary references...

I do dream of poutine, though. Does that count?

What sickness, the poor birds, what pain... it's hard to get with humanity when it's all so inhumane.

Anonymous said...

I'm always heartbroken when I hear such travails of the dear creatures we share this earth with. We're not often good caretakers.

Allison said...

I just read about the birds, so terribly awful. Made me ill just reading it.

But that is a mighty fine playlist! And I'm going to be an ass and tell you its "Dinner Bells" by Wolf Parade. ;)

Gifted Typist said...

That is a real wake up call on the ducks. Ditto the cancer rates upstream.

And no I hadn't picked up that switch of words from tar to oil. How interesting. Someone will have come up with that in a boardroom somewhere. "We have to make this thing more attractive...."
IT's a bit like when they switched Unemployment Insurance to Employment Insurance. Can you spell propaganda?

I will check out those picks.Maybe they will make me Thomopausal too. (Oh boy, we could take that one on a long walk, couldn't we, BB?)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've been remiss on the Friday Ten for a while, Johnny, and it's time I got with it again. You and JustA are the stalwart caretakers on that one.
The incident with the birds is certainly putting our province and our oil industry on the map.

Ruhee! You're back on the interwebz! Nice to see you girl, I shall come over to check out your new blog.
And naturally you nailed the Calgary bands. Good to see they are still in your radar.

Do you know, I have never had poutine, Michelle? That doesn't make me a bad person though.
It's sickening, the fate of those birds (who were primarily mating pairs btw), and I can't stop feeling guilty about my reliance on oil. I've got to make some changes in my own life.

We have a most abysmal history as caretakers of the planet, Leazwell. Sadly it's the only one we have.

Ah, there is more than one bell involved, is there, Al? Got it. And Wolf Parade is very close to the band I wish lived next door to me, very close indeed.
So the news about the duck deaths is making its way around the world. Hopefully some of the attention will force some changes in practice.

Corporations are becoming smarter, Gifted, their grasp of the importance of spin is impressive. Case in point, Talisman Energy courting the people of Peru, claiming to have changed since Sudan. Hmmm, sketchy.
There were some odd ones on my random ten this week - Bjork is always good for ratcheting the oddness factor, and the Radiohead one is an odd version of an already odd song.

Toccata said...

Have been following the saga of the ducks. It's depressing. In fact it's been a depressing week all around environmentally. Did you see Rex Murphy's rant?

I have been listening to a lot of Hawksley Workman and Sarah Harmer this week. Odd how suddenly one just needs to hear a certain singer over and over.

John Mutford said...

I can't help but see a random playlist and cue up the songs I have. For what it's worth (and I'm assuming it's zero), I have half of those songs, songs by Wolf Parade, Tokyo Police Club and Final Fantasy but not the ones you mentioned, and nothing by Chixdiggit or the Kaiser Chiefs (!). Plus my Sardines song isn't the live version. Do I pass?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't hear Rex's rant, Toccata, but knowing him it was erudite, pithy, and contained several words that you had to look up. I would not want to play Scrabble against that man.
I'm still listening to The National on repeat quite a lot, and Colin Meloy.

I've never thought of it as a contest before, John, but I'm pretty certain you could name the band I want to move in next door, so double bonus points for you.

John Mutford said...

If it's not Radiohead, I'll eat a can of sardines from a crushed tin.

And not a contest against you as much as against myself.

mister anchovy said...

It's all about the greasy buck. The environment loses, every time.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are saved from the tainted sardines, John, but that was a pretty safe bet, wasn't it? I do those contests against myself quite a lot too, actually. I usually break even.

Sadly, that appears to be true, Mister Anchovy. Big money wins.


That "pond" has been there for years. My SO has mentioned what a horrible mess it is when he's been up there for business.
I'm quite sure that birds have been getting "caught" in it before now but it was swept under the rug. The sheer numbers of this latest disaster prevented that from happening.

Look for a tiny slap on the wrist for Syncrude by our government.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sadly, I think you will be proved right on this, UB. And I understand that the "pond" is enormous.

Bubs said...

Hey, I'll echo Mr Yen's remarks and thank you for playing random ten again!

Let me ask you a question. Are you Canadians getting nervous now being the closest country to us with a lot of oil laying around?

Dale said...

I'm dancing as fast as I can, unlike those poor ducks.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We're always nervous around you guys, Bubs. You're so big and so loud - well not you personally, but let me just say, I am watching the horizon for the line of tanks coming over the border.

Their dancing days are done, Dale. No dancing for those dead ducks.