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The Pied Piper of Victoria, B.C.

In 1966, Victoria flushed the sewage emanating from its buildings (her “sanitary sewage”) into the Gorge inlet, her harbour or the shallow waters along her beaches and cliffs. Water from her streets [“storm sewage”] was channeled down storm drains on to her beaches. Victoria had just set up a regional government, the Capital Regional District or “CRD” and immediately the CRD hired Canada-wide Associated Engineering to fix her sewage problem. If Victoria had been sited differently the solution to the problem would have cost a fortune. Most towns and cities must artificially treat sanitary – dig out and build cesspools – screen out large solids — let the sewage stagnate in the cesspools long enough for many finer solids to sink to the bottom of the pools, pour in special bacteria to eat most of the bacteria remaining in the cesspool then burn off the residue on the bottom of the cesspool. If Victoria’s founder, Sir James Douglas located Victoria elsewhere than down current where massive currents empty the Strait of Juan de Fuca into the Pacific building a sewage treatment plant would have cost the CRD $1-billion 2014 dollars. Many times the $60-million the CRD had to actually spend. But Amalgamated showed the CRD that by using green, natural forces and green natural systems were already operating all over the world from California to Britain to Australia had adopted it. Simply screen larger solids out to the sewage then pipe it one kilometer out one kilometer and push it down to a depth of 65 meters (200feet) where holes in the pipe disperse it. Up the Strait on the mainland of British Columbia and Washington State powerful rivers pour warm fresh water into the Strait and towards the Pacific Ocean. Less powerful, colder tidal currents enter the Strait from the Pacific below the river waters. Victoria’s Amalgamated system releases the sewage into the cold tidal waters. The warmer sewage rises through the tidal water and produces violent turbulence which mixes the two and rapidly dissolves the sewage mixture — on its way up the sewage reaches a dissolution of one half part sewage to 100 parts sea water and the dissolution continues — 20 times greater than it would be dissolved by a land-based plant. The dissolved waters then rise into the warm river current and flow directly out into the Pacific without touching land.   The mixing of the two currents serves as a powerful mixer creating extreme turbulence. As the mixed waters rise to the surface they are forced out into the Pacific. The turbulence quickly dissolves any solids in the water. To harnass this force, Associated screened out large solids from Victoria’s sanitary sewage and channeled it into two (30 diameter) pipes kilometer long anchored 65 meters down in the cold ocean waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Associated perforated the ends of each pipe with a number of holes (ports). The force of gravity drove the sewage out through the holes. The sewage mixed with cold ocean waters and drove them into the turbulent boundary between the lower ocean waters and the warmer river waters. The turbulence further stirred and mixed any remaining sewage into the turbulence where the weaker tidal current and the stronger fresh water met completely dissolving any sewage long before it reaches the surface and long before they reach the oceans surface and flows straight out to the Pacific. The process not only saves Victoria the cost of artificially treating its sewage it also saves energy and stops pollution.   Victoria opened a sanitary sewage system in 1982 which worked on time and on budget right up to 2015. Some politicians who had wanted a wasteful land-based sewage plant suffered bruised egos but, in 1992, Victorians confirmed the system in a referendum. The system works perfectly   Thanks to Amalgamated’s outfall system Victoria is more than adequately dealing with its sanitary sewage and will for generations to come. Enter in 2004 upon this happy scene a Mr. James Skwarok. James was not and is not a scientist and certainly not an marine scientist. Casting around for something to remove the boring from his life and put it in the limelight, James dreamed up a brilliantly costumed character called Mr. Floatie. James knew nothing and cared nothing about sewage or science. In James’s mind the fact that sewage was being mixed with ocean waters led him to the illogical dramatic conclusion that Victoria’s sewage in his words was “being dumped into the ocean”.   James Skwarok knows nothing about marine science but he has a penchant for and enjoys attracting attention. In 2004, James learned that Victoria didn’t treat its sanitary sewage as other communities did. He heard third-hand that Victoria’s sewage was disposed of in the ocean. He’d heard stories of sewage floating on to Victoria’s beaches — but he didn’t bother to find out that the residue on the beaches was storm drain residue which had nothing to do with Victoria’s sanitary sewage. Building a sanitary sewage plant would not stop any pollution on Victoria’s beaches. Nor did Skwarok bother to find out how Victoria’s sanitary sewage system actually works. Completely ignorant of the facts, Skwarok decided that “Victoria was polluting the open ocean by dumping her raw sewage into it” Skwarok has a hound-like nose for publicity and he saw the fairy tale he’d built in his mind as the basis for a publicity stunt. He fashioned a Halloween-type costume — a large walking, squeaking representation of a human feces and traipsed around Victoria’s harbour and squeaking out a faux environmental message: “People accuse me of not knowing my science. But how can you expect hard facts from a soft turd”. As he had hoped, he made the TV news. Victoria’s local television stations loved it — they didn’t bother finding out the facts either — Canadian and U.S. networks picked up the story. A reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencier distorted the fiction further — he claimed Victoria’s sewage was floating into Seattle harbour. Washington’s governor didn’t bother to check the facts — she scolded British Columbia’s Premier Gordon Campbell — the reporter and the governor threatened to boycott Vancouver’s 2009 Olympic Games. Nor did Premier Campbell look into the facts or launch a communications campaign to rectify them. Instead he forced the British Columbia government to order Victoria to replace her 1982 organic sewage system. And British Columbia failed to obtain an exemption from Federal regulations designed for rivers requiring the construction of a land-based sewage plant.   The CRD cobbled together a land-based sewage treatment plan that would have cost, most optimistically, seven hundred million dollars and most engineers expected it would cost one billion dollars or more. Every marine scientist at the University of Victoria and Victoria’s present and past medical health officers says Victoria’s organic system renders a land-based plant totally unnecessary. In July, 2015, the CRD sent the head of the project packing with a $500,000 severance (he had originally hired on from scandal-plagued SNC Lavalin) and substituted a much more expensive multi-plant plan. The Calgary Eye Opener understands that, as of August 4, 2015, the CRD has spent from 70 to 80 million dollars for nothing.

A “balanced budget” — a sacred cow most Canadians know is toxic cow poop

A century ago North Americans believed the “balanced budget” myth. But Franklin Delano Roosevelt and The New Deal got rid of that myth. Otherwise we’d still be stuck in the Great Depression. Roosevelt spent their way out of the Depression’s misery and unemployment. And Roosevelt won the second world war with massive budget deficits — as soon as the war ended, North America’s greatest period of prosperity started and deficits ended. And everyone, the poor and the rich benefited.

What brought on the Great Depression were Rich folks and their hired guns, the conventional economists of the day. The rich boobosie of the day thought that every penny they gave to the poor was a loss to them. Blinded by greed, they couldn’t see that the poor were their customers and that, if their customers didn’t have any money they couldn’t buy.

The Globe and Mail reports that most Canadians are smart enough to support deficits in the present “recession”. Even Stephen Harper hasn’t been bull-headedly stupid enough not to create deficits. He’s supported them ever since he came to power in 2006. Tory strategist Bruce Anderson asks for common-sense in a Globe op-ed:

“When it comes to tax dollars, we’re looking for common sense.

Spend what’s necessary to provide services – without spending so much that our taxes become unaffordable. Prime the economic pump when things are sluggish. But only up to a point.”

 

 

 

Kop Kultur alive and well in Victoria, B.C.

To hear police propaganda spin-masters tell it, Kanadian Kops are no longer obsessed by the billy club and the philosophy of Fredrich Nietzsche — now —  in 2015 — the former flatfoots spend their evenings studying for online sociology, restorative justice and gender sensitivity degrees from Simon Fraser University.

Alas the leopard may not have changed his spots. Weeks ago some snitch informed  the Chief of Police of Saanich B.C. that one of his kops named Todd Lamb had joined forces with a gang of Yankee flim-flam artists, shot a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhPQBh_gfbY or see below), crowned himself “the leader of an elite SWAT team and one of the top tactical fitness experts in the world”. Lamb and, presumably, the flim-flamers told viewers they were “furious to see the sneaky feminization of the once proud male physique” and the “sissy-fication of the male population“. Lamb and the good-guy flim-flamers offered to train wannabe tough guys, rednecks and kops  kop kutur and manliness — for  $197.00 plus the opportunity “for a limited time only” to buy a gallon of testosterone laced snake oil. Todd promised to make any 90-pound weaklings or beer-bellied security guard whose “manhood is under attack” into an “alpha male … who naturally attracts women … but can still drink beer and eat burgers to his heart’s content“.   Lamb wasn’t a rogue kop — he was a sergeant on the Saanich force, the former head of the local police union and of the Victoria region’s paramilitary SWAT team. The Chief didn’t shut Lamb up for weeks. Lamb finally resigned from the force on August 27, 2015 but the Chief denied any responsibility for Lamb’s quitting. We suspect the Chief either sympathizes with Lamb or lives in fear of the local police union. Either way, Lamb and the Chief have again shown that, kop culture hasn’t changed — its best to approach kops with a keen sense of paranoia. As Alfred Hitchcock once said: “I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them”

PETER MCGONIGLE: Cut the cops some slack for the sake of decency and the Canadian way  — they’re men’s men — they’re putting their lives on the line. You want to see what the cops go thru — for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, look at Time Magazine —- this month a member of the fairer sex photo’d Philadelphia’s finest — have a look at what she saw “What It Means to Be a Cop Today“. I’m a 100% red-blooded Corn Law Tory and so George Orwell is almost always full of cow manure but Orwell (a former British colonial cop) did say one true thing about these protectors that Jesus has — in his infinite mercy — given us: “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

PADDY NOLAN: The Time Magazine police are U.S.  cops and things are totally different in the land of the free and the home of the brave. The American cops are at racial war with America’s ghetto dwellers. The police and their spouses are scared for their lives and  the U.S.military have turned American police into warriors – handed them tanks and machine guns and attack helicopters. Their spouses and their unions have ordered American cops to shoot first and ask questions later. Canadian kops watch too many American kop shows, swallow too many steroids and someone should kick their behinds. Canadian politicians haven’t got the guts to do anything about it. And lets cut out these big, taxpayer paid funerals — getting killed very infrequently is, after all, part of being a cop. A few years ago the Toronto police union sold donation stickers a citizen could paste on his windshield — a sure pass not to get parking or traffic tickets. They went too far and the public raised enough hell to stop it. Give the police too much slack and we’ll end up with a police state. And then, in the words of Orwell,  we’ll be run “for the police and by the police — only the police will matter“.

 

See more at:

 

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/saanich-sergeant-resigns-amid-investigation-into-workout-video-1.2040698#sthash.qYNjZtjx.dpuf .   And watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhPQBh_gfbY