Vancouver – The Most Liveable City In The World

Vancouver - The Most Liveable City In The World

Vancouver has been my home for the last 35 years.  Since 2002 the Economist Intelligence Unit has compiled a survey of the most liveable cities in the world. From 2002 – 2011 Vancouver held first place based on quality of life, stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education, and infrastructure. In 2011 it fell to third place after number one Melbourne Australia, and second place Vienna, Austria.

I suspect Vancouver`s fall from top spot might have something to do with the fact it`s now ranked as the most expensive city in North America. Real estate costs more in Vancouver than even Los Angeles or New York. Click on the link below to see a post written a few months ago about a house on the next block from mine that sold in 10 days for 1.6 million, and you`ll understand.

Vancouver is a stunning place. The first photo I took tonight while working on the roof deck of Science World – the round building shown in the photo below. The body of water is an inner harbour named False Creek; as we worked dragon boat teams broke the water to the beat of a drum, sailboats settled in as the sun set, little water taxis chugged to and fro, music drifted up from pleasure boats filled with friends out for a perfect summer evening. It was a post card evening, responsible for erasing any negative gripes about my little corner of the world.

And yes – even though you see grass and trees in the top picture; I assure you I was on the `green roof` the grass is planted on the deck at the bottom of the dome to absorb rainwater , and provide insulation.

Pondering Michael Ruppert

Flicking through the channels I stumbled upon the HBO documentary  Collapse. It featured Michael Ruppert, a chain smoking ex Los Angeles police officer sitting alone in a dark room – he talked, I listened. Ruppert appeared tired, not in the lack of sleep sense. He struck me as worn out.Without the slightest inclination to grandstand, Ruppert told a story of collapse.

Ruppert’s parents worked for the CIA. He graduated from UCLA in 1973 with an honours degree in Political Science. Declining recruitment attempts by the CIA, he became a Los Angeles police officer. He left the force, starting a website called From The Wilderness. An author and lecturer, he warns of economic collapse,” peak oil”, and the break down of society.

The fascinating thing about Michael Ruppert is his delivery. Some criticize it as arrogant, I viewed it as matter of fact; the world according to Michael Ruppert – take it or leave it. I listened as he explained peak oil, warned of economic meltdown,  suggested we buy gold, and stockpile organic corn seed. He certainly held my attention, digesting his words even if some were tough to swallow.

Ruppert believes society is working through the stages of grief. Having lost our ability to live life as we pictured it, we watch helplessly as expectations melt faster than the ice cap – denial is fueling increased violence, fundamentalist religious views, and hatred. Ruppert asserts only those who work through denial, anger, bargaining and depression to reach acceptance will make it. Take Michael Ruppert with a grain of salt, but watch Collapse. A fascinating perspective, and something to ponder.