Quite entertainingly… if you do a web search of the term “shitshow” there are some similarities in definitions, mainly:
n. A messy situation, especially involving drunkenness and partying.
There’s another good one that provides the use of the term in a sentence:
Things can’t possibly be so bad at work that you’d volunteer for another trip to this shitshow.
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I actually had intentions of doing a post on the apparent Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO/shitshow) ‘modernization plan for Canada’s commercial fisheries.’
This was intended to be a follow-up to two previous posts on this disaster of a document: The future of Canada’s schizophrenic Fisheries Ministry… called into question. (And DFO gets another new name.) which ended out being quite a popular post after looking at stats for this website.
The last post commenting on:
Who’s responsible for this mess?
Producing hundreds upon hundreds of pages of documents and then labeling them nice boutique-y names like a “suite of policies” — does not a plan make…
Last thought… of which future posts will delve into…
At the moment, research and statistics suggest that just under 50% of Canadians do not have the literacy required to meet day-to-day life demands.
This means, 50% of Canadians have literacy levels below the International Adult Literacy rate survey rating of Level 3 — which is approximately the level that someone graduating from high school reads at.
Yet, Minister Ashfield carries on about:
It is estimated that 80,000 Canadians make their living or a portion of their living directly from fishing and fishing-related activities. But current practices and regulations, along with a challenging global market, are increasingly restricting the ability of Canada’s fisheries to contribute to Canadian prosperity in a changing economic climate.
Well… if close to 40,000 of those Canadians do not possess the literacy skills required to meet day-to-day demands of life — then how the hell are they going to wade through the hundreds and hundreds of pages, PowerPoint slides, pathetic YouTube videos of PowerPoint slides, and webpages to adequately “comment” and be adequately “consulted” on an issue that affects Canadians from coast to coast to coast?
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And as mentioned in that post, I was going to expand on this issue of low literacy in Canada, and true democracy.
You know that ‘democracy’ espoused by so many ‘western’ politicians these days that has its roots in the ancient Greek meaning of the word:
from Greek demokratia “popular government,” from demos “common people,” originally “district” + kratos “rule, strength”.
Good ‘ol, government rule for the people, by the people and so on and so on…
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I was then going to do a little map for the sheer number of documents that one would need to read in relation to this apparent ‘modernization’ plan, simply to be able to adequately comment on how all the pieces apparently fit together…
… in other words, translate the ‘bumpf’ and bureaucratic-speak…
When I went back to the DFO website to try and find all of these documents, I found this:
Gee… is the DFO website in this area crashed because of the sheer number of people visiting the day before the apparent… slash that… the second try at a deadline for comments, which is apparently tomorrow, March. 14, 2012??
Oddly, this is still at the DFO website (this is another screenshot):
But there’s no documents available anymore, no links…
… other than links to the “consultation” page.
One can still go provide their comments on the ‘modernization plan’, which isn’t actually on the website anymore, in the little defined, limited boxes:
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So I guess DFO subversively blocked my webpost today…
I was going to ask the question: how does consultation occur with the ‘people’ that comprise ‘democracy’ if close to 50% of them do not have the literacy they require for day-to-day life and jobs — let alone commenting adequately on hundreds if not thousands of pages of DFO documents and proposals?
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But… today, a day before the deadline for comments… ummm… literacy is not the issue…
… as there’s no document to read.
… slipped into the electronic ether… or just pulled off the site by DFO?
I’ve provided an edited cover though…
do a web search with the title of this document in it: “the future of Canada’s commercial fisheries”…
from east to west on Canada’s coast, people are pissed off.
Hmmm… wonder if that has anything to do with the mysterious document disappearance?
maybe the songwriters or poets out there can gets started on a catchy diddy on this one:
Hey, ho… we’re DFO… we don’t know,cuz we’re a shitshow. Hey ho, what do you know,about the DFO shitshow.consultation… blaahhh.modernization… yeehaaah.
(or something like that…)