Just like any responsible inhabitant of this planet I care about its state and condition but likewise accept the truth that we can’t really do much about mother earth’s natural behaviour and evolutionary characteristics. Can we really do much about continental drifts, plate tectonics and tidal waves? What can we do if the earth’s magnetic poles shift to the equatorial hemispheres? And the big hype about global warming – can we really stop it? Perhaps we can, if ALL OF US collectively do it, with no exceptions, including those African tribes that burn wood to boil their cauldrons and the rural folks in Pinas who burn garbage and dried leaves every afternoon.
I support conservation and I believe in the selective harvest principles of fishing and hunting. I changed all my appliances to modern, environmentally friendly models consuming less electricity. I strongly believe in recycling and making the environment clean. My second car can take ethanol fuel. I do have my green, blue and gray garbage bins and I am thankful that the society I live in believes and practices the basic principles of ecological management. My biggest beef, other than the die hard environmentalists who are no different that pantheists (people who believe that the earth is God which this is altogether another topic of discussion) are politicians who capitalize on EVERY opportunity to squeeze dollars off their constituents for their supposedly imperative and acute environment agenda.
Nowadays it is cool or in to promote the environment agenda. But haven’t we just gone overboard with our green insanity? I mean there are organizations nowadays that totally ban mining and extraction of anything from mother earth. Problem with these environmental activists is they not only siphon donation money from their deluded supporters – some of them had been convicted with corruption, engaging in sinister activities that contradict the very values they profess to uphold. Some governments have imposed the controversial “carbon tax“, another deceptive and hypocritical strategy to raise taxes and rake in money to fund their election promises and boost their re-election chances. Somehow they seemed to have brainwashed their constituents into believing that the stupid tax does curtail carbon emissions. I’m now reminded on my previous post about the arguable notion of money being the ultimate fixer of problems. This carbon tax crap looks like one that fits the bill.
I’m not asking people to believe every bit of word that the late comedian George Carlin says in the video clip but I am disappointed at the negativity the environmental hype had induced in people – an unfounded or even apocalyptic fear of the demise of the earth. Sad to say, opportunistic government officials and environmental groups have capitalized on people’s fear and exploited the issue to further their own self interests.
Note : Photo courtesy of National Post
I received this via email from a training services company I have attended quite a few times. It warns of the 5 blunders we must avoid to protect our careers. I’d say situations vary on a case to case basis. Most companies nowadays are quite informal and can tolerate their employee’s blunders as long as the actions are “perceived” to be devoid of any malicious intent.
Here is the list :
1. Sending inappropriate e-mail
2. Putting down co-workers
3. Contradicting the boss in public
4. Committing social blunders at a company event
5. Burning bridges when you resign
I remember many years ago, when corporate email systems were at its infancy, in the pre-internet days, a stupid colleague composed a silly email message, a joke to the CEO of our company. Heading a global, multinational corporation, this CEO was based in the HQ office in another country. My colleague didn’t mean to send the email but accidentally pressed the send key ! Since during those days email systems were so drastically slow and had to be converted to a different format, validated ,queued and sent, we all scampered to power off the mail server ! We caught the errant email and flushed it out. No, the idiot wasn’t fired. It was a real close call I tell you 😯
No. 5 is true because I am on my second tour with my current employer. Yep, I resigned and was invited back 🙂
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