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  1. Greenpeace's view on Patrick Moore (Who was President of Greenpeace CANADA which was so "out there" that some other Greenpeace groups tried to squash it): While it is true that Patrick Moore was a member of Greenpeace in the 1970s, in 1986 he abruptly turned his back on the very issues he once passionately defended. He claims he “saw the light” but what Moore really saw was an opportunity for financial gain. Since then he has gone from defender of the planet to a paid representative of corporate polluters. Patrick Moore promotes such anti-environmental positions as clearcut logging, nuclear power, farmed salmon, PVC (vinyl) production, genetically engineered crops, and mining. Clients for his consulting services are a veritable Who’s Who of companies that Greenpeace has exposed for environmental misdeeds, including Monsanto, Weyerhaeuser, and BHP Minerals. Moore’s claims run from the exaggerated to the outrageous to the downright false, including that “clear-cutting is good for forests” and Three Mile Island was actually “a success story” because the radiation from the partially melted core was contained. That is akin to saying “my car crash was a success because I only cracked my skull and didn’t die.”
  2. That's like saying that people in debt have to completely stop spending money to get back out of debt. As boestar says, Mother nature is bigger than us. She can absorb a lot of our transgressions but there is a power curve. We just need to get back on the right side of it.
  3. Not sure where you got your information from, other than just pulling crap out of the air, but it ain't so. Next someone will post that undersea volcanoes are warming the oceans.
  4. Al Gore has not "admitted being wrong". In fact, global climate change has moved more in the direction of his predictions than the other way. No, the snow on Mount Kilimanjaro has not all melted, but it is shrinking. As far as the grand solar minimum, it may have the effect of a single degree, while human caused global warming will have up to a 5 degree impact by the end of the century. That single degree in the 1600s caused a "mini ice age". Think of the global effect of a net 3 or 4 degree increase. Who predicts grand solar minimums and their effect on climate? It's the scientists, many of which support both theories of grand solar minimum and human-caused solar warming. Confirmation bias runs deep.
  5. >>> When George Washington was eleven years old, he inherited ten slaves; by the time of his death, 317 slaves lived at Mount Vernon, including 123 owned by Washington, 40 leased from a neighbor, and an additional 153 "dower slaves." <<< At least the Americans don't try to erase the memory of their founding fathers. OTOH, there's a lot of them who think that slavery would be a nice thing to have today.
  6. Don't see any schooling. Just a politician avoiding a question and insulting the news station he seems to have enough respect for to agree to an interview. On the other hand, the question was inappropriate for the context of the interview.
  7. It's more than the science... it's the Earth itself.
  8. Can you back up your statement? I am advised that CBSA officers take the same gun training as police officers.
  9. I don't doubt that, Rich. But I would suggest that very few, even Officers in Her Majesty’s not so secret service, have had had the opportunity to discharge a firearm in an arrivals hall full of people. So everybody is a rookie at it. Gun training at CBSA is equivalent to police gun training. But if there's a maniac in there firing at will, I'm sure there would be many very happy people and their families if an armed member of Public Safety Canada (the same department that oversees the RCMP) is able to stop him early in the process. This is notwithstanding the importance of self defence if someone pulls a loaded gun out of their bag while they are being inspected in secondary.
  10. I'm glad our CBSA officers do their job with professionalism. As far as the RAF situation that Fido mentions goes, the officer's job is to ask the questions. If they didn't do the basics, and one of the boys committed a crime in Canada and had a criminal record or something, the officer would be reprimanded. In asking the questions, they can sometimes determine if someone is nervous or sketchy. Especially an "old", experienced officer. Many police officers have the same type of attitude as your experience with CBSA. Some much worse. Does that mean that they shouldn't carry a gun? In my 38 years of flying, I may have had one or two experiences like yours, but I just wrote it off to a bad day. Most of the time, they are courteous and accommodating. The way customs officers are treated by travellers and the boredom of their job, I might snap at the occasional person, too. Especially if they had an attitude. While airports are generally safe places, a person in secondary may have been cleared by security, but their checked bag may contain a gun (which could be easy for them to retrieve as they picked up their bag... remember Fort Lauderdale?). CBSA officers are the only uniformed people normally in that area and would become immediate targets, especially in secondary. In addition, they are properly trained to shoot to kill if someone decided to start randomly firing off a gun in the baggage area or secondary. As the NRA says, just having an armed person in the area is a deterrent. I disagree with the NRA position with respect to armed civilians, but CBSA officers are well trained and have full legal authority to use their weapons throughout Canada. I think they should carry the same equipment whether they are at a land or air border crossing.
  11. Of course, by posting a link to sites like this, we just encourage more of this type of illegal and potentially destructive activity. Almost like making terrorists and mass murderers immortal by publishing their names, pictures, life stories and manifestos... it just encourages others to follow in their footsteps.