Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:09

Re-visiting some old predictions and predicaments

Written by  Dale ferrel
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Time once again to follow up on some of my concerns and predictions past, combined with some for the present and future.


What amazes me most is how, in spite of fragrant blunders and waste; the perpetrators of such diaphanous deeds, rather than admit their mistakes, perversely, ecstatically soldier on.
1. The F-35 fighter jet’s latest, ignominy besides being the most expensive $1 trillion failure created to date, was its performance in mock dog fights against the F-16, a 1970s fighter. I indicated some time ago, the F-16 was a terrible, expensive, “jack of all-trades, master of none.” It could not out-turn, out-accelerate or evade an attack from the 40-year-old F-16. My research found no less than four other fighters at half the price, proven, off the shelf and ready to instantly replace our aging, often expensively-upgraded CF-18s. Canada’s purchase of the F-35s is at least presently on hold. Time to stop hiding behind trumped up recriminations, duplicity and debauchery and buy some decent replacements.
2. Composting, either on a small scale or large, is cost effective and planet-friendly. Most food and human waste can easily be reduced to beautiful soil. Leftover fruit and similar trash left to rot gives off methane gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Why are our authorities lacking discernment about such an obvious procedure?
3. Another save-the-world program that is also simple and cost effective would be to do away with lawns. The insanity of spending huge amounts of cash and time better spent on almost anything else has long left me yearning for an anomalous solution to planting, weeding, chemically infusing and watering lawn grass.
Then rewarding your stupidity by pushing the noise bylaws, infuriating your neighbours and polluting the air with your gasoline-driven lawn mower while cutting it and hauling it away were the final exacerbated touch. Pretty easy to deride that sort of insanity. A nice layout of colourful rockery, bushes, flowers and trees such as the Japanese Gardens in Lethbridge is the answer to it all. Trees provide shade and recycle our air.
For the die-hards, during their transition period they could try plastic turf, or let the grass and weeds die and then spray them green.
4. Electronic waste, such as cell phones, appliances solar panels and their batteries are “craploading” our planet. The UN estimates only about 17 per cent were properly recycled, of almost 42 million tons dumped in 2014.
The discarded material, including 300 tonnes of gold, loads of silver, two million tonnes of copper and more than 16 million tonnes iron, could have been worth $52 billion. Caustic mercury and lead were also in the mix.
 The U.S.A.-led the acetic nefarious offenders at more than seven million tons, followed by China at six million, with Japan, Germany and India close behind. Canada contributed 725,000 tons.
5. As I predicted, automakers have the right to decide where to glean their best profits, and governments have the right to stop pouring taxpayers’ dollars into long lost bribes to keep $45 an hour jobs in Canada when Mexican workers are well off at $9 an hour. Monterrey Mexico is rapidly becoming a world hub of vehicle manufacturing. Chrysler, Freightliner, Daimler, Toyota, GM, Mazda, Honda, BMW, Ford and Kia are cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from their costs in the process. Much less red tape and savings approaching $10,000 per vehicle make Mexico a “no-brainer.”
Canada’s North American auto output fell to only 14 per cent in 2014. Mexico is approaching 19 per cent of output.  
Closer shipping and no snow/weather issues are bonuses for Mexico as well. With China adding 1.5 million cars a month to the overall demand, Mexican potential is awesome. Even Magna, Canada’s giant vehicle component manufacturer, now has 30 plants in Mexico. Reality has set in for good.
(Article written prior to the Trans Pacific Partnership deal agreed to Oct. 5)

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