First, the “Trucker’s Protests”
a.k.a. the extremist rallies that have been taking the place over the last few weeks in Ottawa, a few other major cities, and in locations around the world. It’s obvious to almost everyone, but it case it needs repeating: there are few “truckers” involved in these rallies. It’s primarily Q-Anon conspiracy, right-wing, dis/misinformation, troll-farm driven people, using the vaccine mandate at the border(s) to get this all going. Definitely something to be concerned about, but I swear if I hear one person say, “This isn’t my Canada!” I’m going to lose it. Canada has an obnoxious history of being driven by white (and religious) superiority, domestically and abroad. We position ourselves as “peacekeepers” and yet support frivolous wars and dictators around the world. This is exactly your Canada, you’ve just been blinded by a nationalist fever for being a “good, nice person who drinks Tim Hortons and loves hockey!”
Why this is important:
- Not only are these rallies increasingly becoming security issues, but there’s remnants of climate-denialism among the extremists (let alone how the many of them are the same people that organized/participated in the ‘Yellow Vest’ movement), AND the rallies are actually causing supply chain delays (the very thing they were partly protesting over). The Ambassador Bridge (Canada-U.S.‘s biggest road link) has finally re-opened, but my goodness.
“But then you need to bear in mind there are broader philosophical differences in our health system, with avoidance of death still playing a fundamental part in the German system, while Britain’s system places more emphasis on maintaining the ability to work.”
Second, Ukraine… just Ukraine.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Russia is/was planning on invading Ukraine, and I’ve been asked about it a bit by some friends over the past few weeks. The short answer is: I don’t know! And if anyone tells you that they do know, they’re probably lying! Who knows what’s going to happen! The one thing I do know for sure is if (if) some sort of invasion occurs, I’m going to feel extremely bad for any civilians caught in the crossfire. Like, it’s a country! People live there! It’s not some abstract piece of land for two world leaders to bicker over (Biden & Putin).
Ultimately, if Russia invades, Russia chose to invade. The west (Canada/US/Europe/NATO) is not off the hook here, with the recent history all playing into this situation. Ukraine is a vitally important country for global supply chains, with the country supplying a lot of key inputs (like neon and palladium) for semi-conductors. Yay, more (possible) delays! Like I keep telling people, there’s no ‘normal’ to go back to - sorry!
Here’s just a collection of things I’ve looked at in the past little while that I found interesting, related to security/supply chains/climate change.
- A radio station in Seattle effectively bricked (permanently damaged) the entertainment systems in a bunch of Mazda’s, big win for the War on Cars.
Inside the Unified Grassroots effort to shape COVID-19 policy in Sask.
An interesting analysis of Uber and it’s inability to make money, because… it can’t and won’t.
- I Used Apple AirTags, Tiles and a GPS Tracker to Watch My Husband’s Every Move
- In the spirit of Valentine’s: How Climate Change impacts your love life.
- Ah, a big shocker: the world’s most notorious intelligence agency isn’t abiding by their own rules, collecting data on, like, everyone in their own country.
- Infrastructure talk: How Billions in Infrastructure Funding Could Worsen Global Warming (hint: stop building motor vehicle infrastructure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Solar Storm Destroys 40 New SpaceX Satellites in Orbit (Nature: 1; Elon Musk: 0. The way it should be.)
Why the World Needs China’s Covid-Zero Policy (oh what, you mean we shouldn’t play into racist tropes and denigrate the nation that has arguably had one of the best public health responses to the crisis of our lifetime, allowing our lives in the west to go on pretty much unencumbered? Damn, who would’ve thought.)
Enjoy your week!