Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Contaminated Economic Policy

Scientists confirm results showing contaminants accumulating in the snow near oilsands operations
Federal scientists uncover evidence that oilsands contaminants travel further than expected

The miraculous Canadian economy continues to get kicked as it's down. As the flawed economic magic touted by the federal and Alberta governments continues to fall flat on it's face more and more reports continue to mount showing that pretty well all of the bullshit we've been fed for the last 4+ years is exactly as it's been described: complete and utter bullshit.

Oh, contaminants are travelling further than expected? But wait, I thought there were no contaminants, and that they were not travelling at all. Hmm.

I'm not sure what it is going to take for Canadians to realise that the so-called jobs "created" by extracting this filth are temporary at best. Even now, as I write this, I can bet you that many oilsands worker's jobs are on the chopping block shortly to be replaced by temporary foreign workers which I have on good authority are making in and around the area of $4 CAD / hour. I am working to get this confirmed in a way which can be presented publicly as since these temporary foreign workers are not protected under Canadian labour laws, they can (and will) be fired and deported for simply talking about their situation. But don't worry, it's all for you, Canadians - honest.

Hey, you never know! Perhaps one day in the future Alberta will actually decide that international corporations raping it's resources for USD which China is only too happy to get rid of really isn't in it's best interest, of course by then we had better hope that the numerous free trade deals and FIPAs actually still allow Alberta to define their own regulation and environmental laws without the results of which being classified as a "performance requirement".

Is it not clear yet, Canadians? The oilsands were never economically viable. NEVER. Yes, you've been paid a ton in fiat, worthless currency as we gave away our real resources to never get them back. The U.S. can print fiat dollars all day long, China has plenty of them to burn, but Canada? We can't just print oil now can we? No we produce it at a cost to ourselves to export it for nothing. Water? Same thing. Forestry? Same thing. It's the same thing over and over and over again. With our sparse population and massive resource deposits, we should be all living like kings.

I've made this comparison before, and I'll make it again: If the exploitation and rape of our natural resources is "job creation", then why oh why are we not looking at legalising prostitution? We're so obsessed with those J-O-B-S that we continue to overlook the moral and long term effects of such professions. I say, if the oilsands are a morally valid way of creating jobs by exploiting and destroying resources then prostitution is definitely a great way to get tons of women working. Long-term effects and problems be damned, lets get these people to work!

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Richard Fantin is a self-taught software developer who has mostly throughout his career focused on financial applications and high frequency trading. He currently works for CenturyLink

Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.

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