Bovine TB and PETA BS

Sheep, Shotguns, Soapboxes and Shitshows

Its time for Bedford to sound off about the Bovine TB case that emerged in Alberta, a province already heavily beleaguered over the past year. That being said, I am of course by no means an expert on these matters. I’m just writing from my own perspective on how I see things and hope that it might present the situation in a clearer light for those people who may not see the  severity of this situation in its entirety for the people involved.

Imagine your life being flipped upside down. Everything… gone, just like that. Your whole entire life and life’s work finished in an instant. No warning given and zero time to prepare. That’s something that isn’t exactly easy for people to fathom, myself included. That is however, exactly what could happen to Brad Osadczuk when the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) phoned him up, and told him that…

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Bridging to the Future

Needing a Bridge
Bridge

First a confession. I’ve been selfishly bitter lately. I hid it with intentions of public protection, but really I was wallowing in bitterness to my molester.

The story all started a few weeks ago when I was told that the guy who molested me- who is listed on the Canadian sex offender registry and living under release conditions that prohibit his contact with minors- is now a Counselor. Yes, you read that right. But the info wasn’t quite right- he wasn’t a counselor yet, he was doing a practicum as part of his Masters in Counseling studies. The clinic he was doing the practicum at did a heck of a sales job bragging up how great a guy the rapist is. They bragged about his successful career as a teacher (which he lost due to his crimes), his successful career as a teacher(which he started when he lost his teaching job, and lost when he was convicted and sentenced), and on and on.

For any who’ve read some of my previous posts (like this) this won’t come as a major surprise. I flipped!! I called my brother who’s been with me in this from the start, and over the next few days we called everyone we could think of:
– the police who after a lot of checking said “wish we could stop this cause it’s sick, but he’s not breaking any laws.”
– the counseling clinic who’s owner said “he’s a good guy who served his time, he deserves a second chance, and just wants to help people”
– the university he’s studying at, talked to the dean of the counseling program, who consulted with their lawyer, who then wrote a carefully worded letter saying that they only care about academic performance.

To us, he’s just carrying on his trend of looking for vocations which will put him in one-on-one situations with vulnerable people.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest, I NEED TO LET IT GO!! I can’t let the bitterness over what happened yesterday ruin my today. And so, as I turn these words over to cyberspace, I turn vengeance over to God. I can’t do anything (legally) about him. And I can’t dwell on it anymore. So now, as I BRIDGE to tomorrow, I need to set boundaries, so that when anyone wants to talk about “him who will no longer be talked about”, I can change the subject of conversation.

So help me God!

Duane

The sun is setting on solar power, the money’s gone and nobody’s asking any questions.

Pointman's

If you keep an eye on the financial world, which I do, and especially the green sectors, which I also do, it’s been an interesting time of late. Within the last few weeks, Solar Trust of America (STA), owner of the world’s largest solar plant, filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, and nobody expects much of it, if anything, to emerge from it. STA joins a long list of companies in the solar energy sector, who’ve gone bankrupt, ducked into protection from their creditors, suspended production indefinitely or are simply circling the plughole.

Across the world, a few of the more prominent and expensive casualties are Solyndra, Solar Millennium AG, Energy Conversion Devices Inc, Q-Cells, Solon, Solar Millenium, Solarhybrid, Ener1, Range Fuels, Beacon Power Corp and there’s a whole lot of others. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s probably not a good idea to invest your hard-earned pennies in any company with “solar” in its…

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Who???

Photo101- day 10- mystery

There is a mystery here, and a play with lighting.  One photo is done with flash, one all ambient lighting- notice the difference, as the flash kills the shadows, which are necessary to make any sense at all of the writing.  These photos were shot in the Bentheim Castle’s chapel.  This castle dates back to the eleventh century, and is a fascinating stop near the German/ Dutch border.

I’ll let each of you puzzle over the mystery of the monument.  It is the mystery of the people that fascinates me about locations like this.

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Without flash
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With Flash