Okay. Revelation time. I’ve become interested in the environment. Just the little things like, you know, avoiding extinction. Why that seems to carry a stigma I’ll never know. It’s like someone setting your house on fire and then being considered a granola crunching, wacko tree hugger because you want them to knock it off.
I cannot imagine why every North American isn’t at least interested in discussing the lack of urgency from our government to save the planet. I suppose it’s our complete and utter lack of foresight, a great failing of our species. I know it isn’t because we don’t really care about our grandkids.
Right now it’s screaming hot in Ottawa and yet most of us seem a little surprised. “I don’t remember it ever being this hot before.” Forget we’ve been warned for 20 years about the dangers of pollution, the ozone and global warming. Screw the planet. It’s far more important that oil companies make their billions. And that I get to work on time. You know, when the end of the world comes, most people’s reaction will be, “End of the world? Hmm. Sorry. That’s no good for me. I have a 10 am con call.
So why aren't our leaders stepping up? Because oil equals money and money talks. Particularly in government. Author Upton Sinclair once wrote “It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
Meanwhile, as long as I'm in a save-the-world mode, everyone in Toronto seems surprised about the small outbreak of staph infections in the Blue Jays’ locker room. Quite a mystery. Forget we’ve been warned for 20 years about the dangers of our doctors overprescribing antibiotics. I won’t bore you with the science behind it. Suffice to say if you take antibiotics unnecessarily, that same antibiotic may be rendered useless down the road. That’s why staph infections are on the rise and harder to treat. We’ve already had the first cases of bacterial infection where the strongest antibiotic going (vancomycin) didn’t work.
There. Got all that off my chest. Back to sports and T and A tomorrow. Watch for Jungle’s cameo on Wednesday’s video blog. In the meantime, check out the trailer for Al Gore’s new movie, An Inconvenient Truth. I'm going to see it this week.