Canadians learning about trees from Italians? The benefits of a scarcity mentality

Canadians learning about trees from Italians? The benefits of a scarcity mentality

Some years ago, I bought my first house, a townhouse. It was one of those three story open-plan 1970s things with a west-facing back wall mostly of glass and a theoretical mountain view if you stood on a 12-foot ladder in the middle of the living room and twisted your head just right. The back […]

“JUST DO SOMETHING!” – how fear-induced actions are leading to disastrous climate change decisions, and examples of the opposite

“JUST DO SOMETHING!” – how fear-induced actions are leading to disastrous climate change decisions, and examples of the opposite

Researchers have been analyzing the relationship between mental anxiety and the quality of decision making. While it may seem silly to study what is so glaringly obvious, there can be value when the study leads to new insights.  In this example, researchers, perhaps bored with the unpredictable antics of humans, showed that a group of […]

Harassing EV owners is slightly dumber than blockading pipelines, but mostly the same – the circle of hell created by ignorant extremism

Harassing EV owners is slightly dumber than blockading pipelines, but mostly the same – the circle of hell created by ignorant extremism

A new breed of idiot is running amok, in the US this time. Media reports have documented a new trend called ICE-ing (short for Internal Combustion Engine) where blockheads in big pickups purposely park their trucks in electric vehicle charging spots, blocking any EV owner from accessing power. These may be the same pioneers of […]

Know the environmental footprint of your life, then protest

Know the environmental footprint of your life, then protest

If you’re out working near any petroleum infrastructure that might contain sour gas, there is an ironclad rule of thumb: if you see a co-worker laying on the ground unconscious, and you aren’t wearing a Scott Air-Pak, you don’t go help him. You leave him there and you run like hell. Nice, hey? The field […]

Whistler Mayor’s ill-advised climate change letter lays bare the cult of ignorance that has hypnotized climate debate

Whistler Mayor’s ill-advised climate change letter lays bare the cult of ignorance that has hypnotized climate debate

Have you ever had that childhood experience, where you repeat a word so often it eventually loses its meaning in your mind and sounds like gibberish? We now see grown adults partaking of the game in reverse, where pure gibberish is repeated so often that it sounds like real thoughts. Of course this is a […]