Wednesday, March 6, 2013

blow open the doors and let the real world in

                Truth from the Harper government? Transparency? (they were elected on a platform promoting geovernmental transparency - anyone remember??)

                Well, astronaut and Liberal Party leadership contender, Marc Garneau, doesn't seem too impressed with the Harper government's transparency record on environmental issues:

"As prime minister,” [Garneau] said, “I would want the unvarnished truth from the head scientists in this country, telling me, ‘Yes, global warming is real’ — that kind of stuff. I believe we need to blow open the doors and let the real world in — we need to share it with Canadians whether it’s embarrassing to us or not. If you believe global warming is a fact based on scientific evidence you should be able to say that as a scientist.”

                  We have come a long way: from the promise of transparency to a situation of informational blockage and de facto censorship requiring dyanmite to "blow the doors open".

                   An American oceanographer who has done research under the auspices of the Canadian government has signaled his displeasure with the current climate at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The decline in transparency, freedom of speech and action over the past seven years is deplorable, says Dr. Andreas Muenchow:

""I feel that it threatens my academic freedom and potentially muzzles my ability to publish data and interpretation and talk timely on science issues of potential public interest without government interference."

                  Good Lord! This smacks of the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics under Stalin, those nasty communists whose "perverted philosophy" Harper and company are - supposedly - so opposed to. Yet, given the chance Steven and his friends in the oil patch control the news just like the old Central Committee of the Communist Party did during the Cold War. Funny world, strange..

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Matthew 7:3

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