Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sights, Sounds, Speculations and Stargazing

Just as the Olympic Committee can’t get 100% support for anything they do we present you with the ever contentious Seven Day Sights, Sounds, Speculations and Stargazing from our wonderfully challenging world.

Going back a ways we have reported and commented in the swimupstream files about the connection between child obesity and the amount of television that the youth are watching. We were clear that too much t.v. was a problem and over the last week a British Study has revealed conclusively that children who watch too much television will severely inhibit the production of the hormone melatonin. The result, and pay close attention to this list, is early onset puberty, poor sleep cycles, obesity, poor vision, an increased risk from a DNA level of cancer, and every hour of t.v. watched increases the likelihood of Alzheimer’s. Seriously, I’m not making this up. You can look it up in the journal Biologist. Maybe it is worse than we thought…..

Just an observation; currently it takes about 4 to 6 hours to make it through the passport line in Vancouver and then over one month to receive said passport. Having been deprived of a calendar day waiting for my passport and having had the luxury of being able to travel extensively I feel that there is possibly a disease that infects all employees if they are in charge of dealing with you and your passport. First, why are all border guards and passport office employees so rude? Second, when did the memo go out that their job was as important as the Prime Ministers? I am all for taking your job seriously but if you were going to take homeland security as seriously as you want us to believe then perhaps we could all see you actually working to make the line go down! The reality is that most of these people are just incapable of giving their all because they hate their work. Without passion and care you have poor attitudes and the fallout is a poor working environment and in this case longer lines. To bad we can’t fire the lot of them and start again. Get a better attitude and make sure you choose a job you want to do.

The Olympic clock was unveiled this past week to great fanfare and some interesting protesting. B.C. is familiar to protesting and over time we have seen a lot of environmental displays such as the Clayquot Sound campers, the Green Peace boats and even groups that were the voice of reason against the Olympics. Everyone has a right to their opinion and everyone has a right to be heard but in the case of the clock it just seems a bit late? When your voice can’t be heard chaining yourself to a tree or protesting for a belief that stands for something bigger than you, like the environment, is probably a great thing. The clock protest just seems misplaced and weak. There was referendum, the decision to go ahead with the Olympics was made and whether you voted for or against, we should now all be moving forward in an attempt to reap a great reward. Those in charge of the Olympics have nothing to do with the lack of funding for housing. Take your message to the government offices, work hard at getting your housing message to the correct people and direct your thoughts relentlessly through the media so that others can embrace your cause. Killing the time and effort of others is just shameful and helps to erode the credibility of your cause, which housing for all fundamentally is. Nobody cares now and judgments are made on the way you look and act rather than on the message you are trying to impart. The Olympics are coming so embrace them and try to partner with them to find a way through and be heard. The shameful display at the clock ceremony did nothing for your housing message.

There is always a better way to be heard. It is rarely the easiest route.

An ex-NBA all-star, working for the NBA CARES, comes out with a major slam on gay people this week. He is quoted as saying, “I hate gay people.” Okay. There are a few points here that are quite easy to make. Of course, in a nation that is only slowly building racial tolerance to a point of decency [that is decency but by no means acceptable standards] an African American slamming another minority group just seems crazy. I leave that to your intelligent minds to digest and make opinions on. Second, using the hate word is just mind boggling from a member of a group called NBA CARES! Bizarre to say the least. The point I think more about though is how many of the judgments of athletes, movie stars and general media subjects like Paris Hilton, do we just accept. The slightly less controversial topics are probably the killers as we allow them to just seep into our minds. We are human after all and through the media information just creeps into our minds without us filtering that information. We don’t question it and for the most part just blindly accept it. How will our children fare especially since they haven’t been able to build a mind set for questioning and accepting yet. It is scary to think that most of our information we just blindly trust. Maybe watching less t.v. will give us the time to think and ponder who it is we are and what it is we are here for.

Well that’s it; a couple of points to digest and ponder while you rush about. Comments are welcome and we will see you next week for some more Sights, Sounds, Speculations and Stargazing from our wonderfully challenging world.

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