Michael Sousa 
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Re: “Exploring Azerbaijan by mountain bike

It's all words. If you were a bird and shaped sticks into a nest is your home a bird-made object and thus not natural??
If you are a sea lion and hitch a ride on some driftwood are you surfing and leaving a wake? not natural? Please see that you're getting caught up in the words of it all and what they exclusively mean to humans. We humans are not the voice of animals please to not take on that role. If you truly see only separation between man and human and no union then I can not help you.
The aggression you express in your posts clearly demonstrate you are not open to understanding that man and animal are two manifestations of the same deeper organism. Also it is laughable that all of your attached links are articles written by you.
I understood that the moment I posted a reply, I was taking a risk in angering a narrow minded somewhat hostile person but I spoke up anyway. I'm going to let you believe what you will now and not add further comment as you've shown me you are too heavily opinionated to welcome outside information and be open to your critics.
I hope you one day have the experiences with other species that are necessary to realize that our inhabitance and footprint in this world is vital to it's going on just as every other species existence is. we need all of them they need all of us.

I am hereby removing myself of this conversation.
have a nice day

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Posted by Michael Sousa on 02/19/2019 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Exploring Azerbaijan by mountain bike

Newsflash, Humans ARE animals! Humans playing in the woods is equivalent to a bear or dear or insect walking through the woods. Ants leave trails too. Bears squash moss and break branches and leave their footprints. Understand that moving through the forest as a human is no less natural than the other species who do it. Even on a bicycle (which is human powered and has no engine and creates zero exhaust) You know how trees breath? CO2 which comes out of us to a great degree when we exhale on a bike ride.
You need to remove the idea that our species is not natural to the forest. I believe you have this idea about mountain biking as a freeway running through the natural landscapes which is simply not true. The fact that you mention kayaking and water recreation in your comment just further illustrates your trivial standard for an acceptable human footprint.
It's nonsense and if you truly feel this way I believe a pagan style life removed from modern society may be of great benefit to you M Vandeman.

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Posted by Michael Sousa on 02/19/2019 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Whistlerites have their say on the RMOW's Corporate Plan

In response to this quote:

"Several questioned why the RMOW wasn't doing more to crack down, but as manager of planning Mike Kirkegaard explained, it's a difficult issue to enforce.

"In the past this has been a complaint-driven policy, and how we move forward with enforcing against that, we need to establish a system for doing that. It's not the easiest thing to prove; you need evidence, you need someone who's rented to come forward and write an affidavit, and there's a whole legal process of going to court," he said. The RMOW is currently working with consultants to get a better handle on the scope of illegal nightly rentals."

I had also made a suggestion that would greatly aid the quoted issue. That is that we could have archives of history and cases of landlord as well as tenant illegalities and misuse of property tenancies. This would take shape in an online forum/website dedicated to publicizing these acts that are continuously ongoing and unreported. Failure to report by the victims can be largely attributed to the lack of time and financial resources of the average victim. (mostly short-term 1-3 year foreign locals) With this tripadvisor-like resource we would have a place where over time, a history of long-term tenants and landlords alike, have a voice as well as a major incentive to act within the law and in a manner that is harmonious to each party within the tenancy. Though the validity of this resource to be used as evidence in a court situation is uncertain, it is undoubtedly valuable to promote civil behaviour. Critics of this proposal are quick to jump to predictions where cases of defamation of character or public shaming could arise, however it is to be understood that just as Yelp and Tripadvsor reviews can have a very significant affect on business, all users understand that a minority of bad reviews or reviews posted by users of bias or of low integrity does not illustrate an accurate experience if the majority reports a positive experience.

Thank you very much Pique for publishing/quoting some shared thoughts.
- Michael Sousa

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Posted by Michael Sousa on 07/05/2016 at 9:46 PM

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