“But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
No. We cannot make people listen. That is most obvious after so many years of standing in the crowd yelling DANGER while providing AMPLE facts and data to support it.
As Dr Prole said the other day, they called us Cassandras.....
But, as we have learned over and over again, the Harper government is set on destroying what Canada was, and what it could be. Part of the methodology has been the death of knowledge, and the destruction of truth.
Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever.
Many collections such as the Maurice Lamontagne Institute Library in Mont-Joli, Quebec ended up in dumpsters while others such as Winnipeg's historic Freshwater Institute library were scavenged by citizens, scientists and local environmental consultants. Others were burned or went to landfills, say scientists.
The Harper Government© insists that they have digitized the information, but as always, there are others who have a different variation on the "truth".
"The Department has claimed that all useful information from the closed libraries is available in digital form. This is simply not true. Much of the material is lost forever," reports one DFO scientist who requested not to be named.
That picture of a taxpayer-funded treasure trove of information laid waste emerges from interviews by The Tyee with half a dozen prominent scientists, many of whom asked to remain anonymous for fear that their funding or other government support could be hurt if their names were connected with the concerns they were eager to share.
Earlier evidence does support the claims of these scientists, as well as widespread reports of muzzling the scientific community, hence the fear to name names.
There are harsh punishments meted out to those that go up against this Government. Not quite a horses' head in their beds, but they can find themselves on the "hit list" of a pissy little dictator.
"Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.” -Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
Added to the destruction of Canada's reputation over the world, the fast growing rate of income inequality, and the fiddling with our whole banking system, we are in fact on the centrifuge. It's a race against the clock now.
“For if we're destroyed, the knowledge is dead...We're nothing more than dust jackets for books...so many pages to a person...” Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
As I have said before:
And the burning of books and knowledge? Has never ended well. It cannot ever end well. It is the death of democracy, and humanity.