Why are we not dropping like flies?

It seems every day I pick up the paper and read about how or why we are all reaching some kind of Armageddon due to our modern lifestyles. Whether it is somebody insisting that pesticides are killing us, to the idiotic and baseless anti-inoculation crowd, to the global warming kooks telling us that skin cancer will wipe us all out, to the anti-Genetically modified foods bunch, to the organic foods bunch, to the “alternative medicine” crowd and on and on and on.

Why do people feel this need to distrust technology? Why in light of the obvious fact that we in Canada are healthier than we ever have been do people feel compelled to jump on the fear bandwagon? People are afraid of modern medicine. People fear any chemical that they can’t pronounce. People are afraid of development and expansion.

One of the easiest stats to accurately trace is life expectancy in developed nations as we are prone to keeping good records of deaths. As of last January, the average life expectancy in Canada was 80.4 years.

I am having trouble finding the historical data for Canada, but the USA is similar. In 1900 life expectancy was 48.23 years. In 1950 life expectancy was 66.31 years.

 Is the trend clear enough for anti-development kooks yet? It appears not. Despite all the nasty pollutants and evil modern medicines, we are living vastly longer than we had only 100 years ago.

 When I hear some idiot telling me that their herbal remedy or whatnot is good as people have been using it for hundreds or thousands of years, I need only ask how long people expected to live only a hundred years ago. No need to go back thousands when the expectancy was about 30 years.

 The eco-nuts claim our lifestyles are unhealthy due to development. Well by that logic, undeveloped regions of Africa should enjoy blissful health should they not? Alas, in those parts of Africa they are struggling to live as long as 40.

 No we should not blindly accept any technological advancement and assume it is good. No we need not get rid of every old remedy that has been out there for a long time.

 We do need to end the fear-mongering though. The industrial revolution, capitalism and development have been the best thing to ever happen to mankind. One need only look at the life expectancies of undeveloped or non-capitalist societies in order to see that.

 Give me my chemical based medicines, pesticide laden foods, GM foods, vaccinations and modern pollution of the air. I want to see 100 years of age and with the direction life-expectancies are going I stand a reasonable chance of that.

For your viewing pleasure.

 A few weeks ago, Ezra Levant was one of three panelists debating Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act at a function hosted by the Canadian Association of Journalists. Liberal MP Keith Martin was one of the other panelists as well as Ian Fine (relation to Larry Fine perhaps?) from the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

 It was good to see Fine actually appear at something like this as it was certain to be a hot-seat. Journalists in Canada are rather concerned about the chilling effect that the latest onslaught of frivolous human rights complaints against major media outlets in Canada by Islamic radicals and the debate was sure to be rather rough on Fine. I suspect that Fine regrets having appeared at the function now. Had Fine been able to defend the behaviour of the CHRC with fact he could have come out of this. Sadly, Fine resorted to fabrication and distortion. I guess this is not surprising from an organization that has been selectively deleting incriminating sections of transcripts of hearings that are relevant to the RCMP investigation of their corruption.

 Ezra Levant was well prepared and countered Fine every time he was fibbing at the microphone (which was rather constant) and the bulk of the debate was some shaky damage control efforts on Fine’s part. Personally I think Ezra was a little over the top in his approach, but he certainly had well researched fact behind his every point.

 The entire debate is close to 1 1/2 hours and CPAC has it in it’s entirety here

 As that is longer than many would like to sit at a computer watching a video, Richard at No-Libs kindly condensed the debate to it’s most relevant points in an 8 minute version. The video was initially hosted at Youtube and had a great deal of viewings. Shortly after it having been placed up, the video was pulled as Youtube had apparently pulled the video as they had been advised of a defamation action related to it.

 I don’t really blame Youtube for this. They have to cover their butts and do not want to get caught in the middle of every legal wrangling that comes from posted videos. When they get such complaints, they err on the side of safety. The question is, who complained? How could a condensed version of Ian Fine’s own words be defamation? If anything, the foolish thug simply defamed himself.

 The efforts on the part of the CHRC and it’s handful of anti-speech defenders to hide facts and keep debate from the public eye and are pretty telling in themselves. It is nothing less than disgusting that our tax-dollars are paying these people.

 Well, the internet is much more than YouTube alone and the video has travelled elsewhere. The cheap censorship efforts of the CHRC and ilk such as Richard Warman are failing. Richard has assured us that the video will be hosted in perpetuity wherever such videos may be hosted.

 I strongly recommend that those who have not seen this video watch it now and spread the word. Let these censors know that the more they try to shut down open-debate, the louder the debate will get.


 The pitch on this issue is heating up daily as the rats scurry around their sinking CHRC ship trying to patch the holes on their corrupted vessel.

Go face your music coward.

The NDP and Liberals celebrated what they may consider to be a moral victory by passing a motion for Canada to give asylum to American military deserters the other day. Thankfully, that motion is non-binding fluff and will by all appearances be ignored by the government.

Canada is in need of quality immigrants. We have people waiting and applying all over the world to try and set roots in Canada in order to work hard and better themselves. We need not displace any of these people by taking American deserters under our wing.

Corey Glass is the latest poster boy for the left to raise up on this issue. They are trying to paint this man as a “conscientious objector”. Cory Glass is not a conscientious objector. Glass is not in Canada because he has moral or religious grounds keeping him from taking part in the military. If that were the case, the fellow never would have joined the military in the first place.

Some people are trying to compare the current situation with the situation during the Vietnam war. There is a world of difference between the Iraq war and the Vietnam war; that difference is conscription. Every American soldier currently serving in Iraq right now joined the military voluntarily!

 Corey Glass joined the military in 2002. This was after 911 and when the military was becoming rather active overseas. Was it really so far beyond this coward’s imagination that he may be sent to a war zone? Many of these deserters foolishly joined the military seeking cheap education upgrading. These people seem to have overlooked the reason why the government is willing to subsidize their training and even pay them to get it. Military service comes with obligations to your country as well as benefits.

 With all participation in the Iraq war being done by members who joined the military voluntarily, it is rather easy to see how one could avoid going over there. If you want to avoid war zones, don’t join the damned army.

 I have never felt compelled to being under the control of the government and sent to whatever dangerous region that they my choose to, thus I have not joined the armed forces at any point of my life. That could change with some catastrophic and unforseen incident in the future, but for now I have managed to stay clear of army life.

 Corey Glass and others like him are not heros. They are not resisters. They are cowards and deserters and we do not need them sullying our nation. Send them back to face the consequences of their actions. They will not be shot upon arrival in the USA. They will be discharged or serve time in prison for their cowardice. This is not cruel and unusual, this is the price that these cowards must pay for breaching the contract that they signed with their own nation.