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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Waiting Out The Storm

The problem with caring is that to do so means lowering your guard. 

Admitting that something matters to you.

Being vulnerable.

In a world that can so often seem both strange and hostile -- where lying men can make decisions for you while residing hundreds or thousands of miles away; who can ignore you and mock you and label you 'terrorists' and 'extremists' at their leisure.

For caring.

About your nation's environment.

About your fellow Canadians' well-being.

These folks don't have to live with the consequences of their decisions - they won't have oil flowing through their backyards, or their children swimming through oil-slicked ponds or water that could ignite with a spark.

It is you who will find yourself left with no recourse save 'being radical'.

Which is, of course, all part of the plan.

As the RCMP gushes about how 'Radical environmentalism is on the rise' and the Oil sands get their own Counter-Terror unit it's almost as if someone's begging for you to throw the first punch.  To get riled up and give them an excuse.

Nothing would help their argument more right now than some idiot going off and attacking a pipeline - proving that all of this bluster of theirs is somehow warranted.

So don't play that game.  Don't fall into that trap.

But then what can you do?

There are a myriad of answers to that question, but for my 2 cents' worth, I say this:

Document it.  Document everything.

Pictures, video, sound, paper.

Get it, keep it safe.

If you'll notice, the pipeline is an especially touchy subject right now and that's the reason that Harper's being as hands-off as he is.  His numbers have been hurting already and being dragged into the current pipeline fight will only hurt him further.

Because even his own base has started to attack him.

Cracks that have been forming in secret for a while now are finally starting to blister through the whitewash -- and everyone can see them.

Truth be told, you have more power now than you ever had before and all you have to do is pay attention.  Focus.  Document it as it plays out.

Just the facts.

The unvarnished truth.

No interpretations, no bitter anger.

No rhetoric.

And then you share it.  You post it and spread it and let the truth do the talking for you.

The best part?

No one gets hurt.

Remember that, for all of your passion and anger and frustration, this is a problem that won't be fixed overnight - it's never going to go away.

There's simply too much money and too many vested interests involved.  The foreign interests that own the Tar Sands want their oil taken out to the coast.

And, to be clear, 71% of the Oil Sands is now owned by foreign interests.

So be meticulous.  Prepare.

And share.

Keep yourself safe and let them make all the mistakes.

Because they are.



Mogs said...

your 71% link on foreign ownership don't work...

Brandon Laraby said...

Fixed! Thanks for the catch, Mogs!

Mogs said...

Scary isn't it that the Harper Government really in fact works for these foreign interests, isn't it?

That explains the gutting of all Canadian Law that stands in the way of pulling out 'their' resources without worrying about our environment our water our fish our wildlife our clean earth, like they care? They don't live here. Harper is most obviously a traitor to foreign interests and for that should be tossed out of office NOW. Harper's treason is written in Bill C-38 let the process begin...