Absolutely Tired (a lumber piler’s lament)
This is one of my personal favourites. It’s one of those “I lived it and then I wrote it” songs. It came to me one night in the ’80s after a tough shift piling lumber at the old sawmill in South Hazelton, BC.
Here’s the video to Hate This Mirror. I hope you enjoy the song.
Headline: Prominent Muslim cleric urges imams to vet new Islamic converts
From the article:
“I’m not sure who helped them to convert to Islam. Who was the imam? What kind of relationship did those people have with those people who converted them to Islam? Those very important questions need to be answered,” said Soharwardy.
“They should take on the responsibility of checking backgrounds and staying in touch and make sure this person is not being recruited by any radical organization or terrorist organizations.”
Soharwardy estimates 20 to 30 Canadians convert to Islam every week. He said it is the responsibility of clerics to make sure the converts are doing it for the right reasons.
The first part of the season premiere of W5 on the CTV network this past week was pretty disturbing. It focused on one pork plant in Alberta where pigs were subjected to some pretty bad conditions and were cruelly abused by the staff.
One of the more disturbing aspects of the exposé is that inspectors with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, who were responsible for, among other things, ensuring compliance with animal welfare legislation, sometimes actually seemed to be complicit in the abuse in the worst case and negligent in their duties in the best case.
I went for a walk in the bush along the Buckley River last Thursday, October 2, and enjoyed the autumn colours. Here’s a bit of what it looked like.