Friday, March 14, 2014

Cat? What cat?

 UNrapt attention? There's always one child thinking of something else ....

 Little Billy again?

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Quebec explained?

This is circulating right now,  worth a read .....
Quebec Explained...
Only in Canada...
In a busy Parisian café, a Quebec tourist is sitting alone, enjoying a crème caramel.  Another tourist approaches:
May I sit here?
No problem.
Thank you, very nice...
Are you on vacation?
Yes, I arrived yesterday.
What country are you from?
Norway. You?
From Quebec.
Quebec? I don't know Quebec...
Quebec... near the Atlantic, next to Ontario, the Great Lakes...
No, I don't know these places.
Never mind then, I'm from Canada.
Ah! Canada! Canada I know! So why you tell me you 
come from Quebec?
Because, my first country is Quebec!
Oh, you were born in Quebec and immigrated to Canada?
No, no, I was born in Quebec and I stayed in Quebec.
Oh, then your father is from Canada?
No, no, my father, my mother, my wife, my dog, 
everybody, they come from Quebec....
So why you say Canada?
For Christ sake, because you say you don't know 
where is Quebec!
OK, but if you say you not know Norway, I not say that my country is Japan.
Shit! Canada isn't Japan. Canada, it's my country.
Oh, your country not Quebec anymore?
My country is Quebec. But my country, it can be Canada, 
too, if the person I'm speaking to not know where 
is Quebec, Tabarnak!
I don't understand.
Look, it's simple: I come from the Province of Quebec, 
in the country of Canada.
Ok! But I didn't ask you what Province you're from, I ask you what Country you're from. Me, I come from Lofoten region in Norway, but I answer you Norway when you ask me what country I come from.
I know, I'm not stupid, Calisse! But me, when they ask me 
what country I come from, I answer Quebec. Even if it's 
the name of my Province. For me, it's my Country.
Oh, now I understand. You are a separatist, you want 
your Quebec province to be your country.
Are you crazy, Hostie? I don't want to know nothing 
from that shit!
I do not understand anything anymore!
I tell you before, it's simple! You ask me what country I 
come from, I answered Quebec because Quebec is my country, but I don't really want it to be my country, it would be too much trouble. I just want to say it. So, 
why don't you just let me say it?
I'm all mixed up. You have passport from what country: 
Quebec or Canada?
CANADA, Hostie!
So why you not tell me Canada right away?
Because it don't feel right. For me, Canada is Anne Murray, 
the Calgary Stampede, the Mounted Police, SARS, it's not my home all that. Home, it's La Famille Plouffe, Seraphin Poudrier, La P'tite Vie, Felix Leclerc, La Poune, Les Canadiens de Montreal, Les Bougons... Do you understand that?
Less and less...
Listen, forget all that shit. Ask me another question.
Ok, what town you come from?
Mmm... I don't know anymore!
You not know what town you come from?
Yes, yes, I know what town I come from, but my town it merged with another town, but soon it is going to demerge from the town that was supposed to be my town.
Oh, that very complicated! When you write your address, 
what do you write?
I don't know anymore. Before, I used to write Hull, but Hull changed to Gatineau, but they tell us to wait 3 years before stopping to write Hull to not mix up the mailman. But now, the Liberals they pass a law that make it okay for Gatineau to be Hull again, but I don't know if we have to wait 3 years to be able to write Hull, or when the 3 years are passed, if we have to write Gatineau for 3 years, and after we write Hull. Unless, of course, the PQ come back in power and we remerge with Gatineau, then we'll have to write Gatineau for 3 years.
I'll leave now; I my head hurts...
It's so simple, Tabarnak: My town is Hull, my country is Quebec. But if you prefer, my town is Gatineau and mycountry is Canada.
OK, I think I understand!
It's about time. Anyway, it was fun talking to you, if you come around where I live; maybe you come and see me.
OK, but where? Hull in Quebec or Gatineau in Canada?
You're a pain in the ass. Forget the whole thing.
That, my friends, may be the most accurate portrait of Quebec that you will ever get!

(author unknown)

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Ongoing dispute - Piers Morgan vs Jeremy Clarkson

Piers Morgan and Jeremy Clarkson are having a public dispute about something or other! So here is a video of the only side we care about .... Jeremy's ....

Jeremy Clarkson for the win!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Elephant in the Room

Here we go again. Quebec vs Canada.
A recent EKOS poll commissioned by the CBC found that half of Quebec's anglophone and allophone population have considered leaving the province in the past year. Allophones are those who do not claim English or French as their first language. Madame Marois has been feeding the flame of separation with English Canadians again, just as Parizeau did those few years ago, and he blamed the 'f***ing ethnics' for that loss.

The EKOS Research Associates study has 51% of anglophones and 49% of allophones wanting/trying/preparing to leave Quebec. They are finding it bleak to live there. In spite of the continuing dole the French-Canadians in Parliament handout to that province. The economy and language anxiety are large factors.

Remember the last vote? It went down to the wire, making 50.58%, and even when it was found later that the 'No' side illegally spent over half a million dollars influencing the vote, and that the people of Quebec were uninformed or misinformed, some might say disinformed.  The 1980 question proposed to negotiate 'sovereignty-association' with the Canadian government, while the 1995 question proposed 'sovereignty', along with an optional partnership offer to the rest of Canada. The question suggested that English Canadians would somehow agree to this 'partnership' with a sovereign Quebec.  And perhaps they would if we allow the present French influence to remain in our parliament. But will we want MPs elected by their Quebec constituents to negotiate the future of Canada with other Quebeckers?

On the night before the last vote, orders came to the Canadian Army serving there, that as of the morning, they would switch their allegiance to Quebec and would no longer be true to Canada! And all the military bases, along with armaments, equipment and hardware would belong to Quebec.

The people of the province were led to believe that everything would remain the same after separation: They believed Quebec would still send seventy-five MPs to Parliament in Ottawa, where they would continue trying to influence Canadian affairs and direct a continuing largess to their own province! They believed, that whatever jobs they had in Ontario would go on as normal, even as they crossed their border into Canada. That they would use Canadian money. That they would still be issued Canadian passports! French would remain the dual language throughout Canada and Canadian embassies around the world. Places like Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories and Whitehorse in the Yukon would still have the costs of a foreign language. They believed that any Federal offices of Canada would just stay in a foreign country to be operated by foreigners, They believed all the products made in Quebec would flow as usual to Canadian provinces and territories to be sold as usual. All that Quebec butter sold in British Columbia under the label Fraser Valley butter and made in Quebec would still melt into our unsuspecting toast on a Vancouver morning. The so called partnership only deceived the Quebec naivete that they would continue the welfare dole from the rest of Canada. They voted on that carefully engineered but uncertain plan. It was deception.

So they nearly did it that time under the smoky leadership of Parizeau. Is Marois a bigger threat? Yes, she is smarter than the others. Careful and calculating. She has recently said she will use no English in her new election campaign. If she gets a majority government, a new referendum will follow.

And what preparations is the Canadian government making for this inevitability? Seems like none. Why? Because the government is largely controlled by people from Quebec. They don't want anything scary falling into the deliberate mix Marois is making for her very own country.

So what should the Canadian government do? Or what should the people of Quebec know about before their crucial vote?  (During the last vote, Jean Chretien said literally nothing about the situation, and many believe he was so quiet on the issue so he could call himself the Father of his Country when the Yes vote came in. It was deception by omission.) The people of that province need to know we have no interest in any partnership that only shovels more money into their coffers.

MPs from everywhere BUT Quebec should be considering the huge backlash across the country after a province largely supported by them thumbs it's nose and leaves. Would the separation force a Canadian election? Who do you vote for? Born in Alberta Stephen Harper? Quebec Native Justin Trudeau? Thomas Mulcare who had no evidence of a Canadian flag at his Montreal convention?
And what real claims does Quebec actually have in Canada? None. General Wolfe settled those claims for the British in 1759.

And be aware Quebec, that any negotiations will take place with the balance of power in Canada, shifted dramatically to the West.
Note that aboriginals fought for Wolfe

Quebeckers should know that: Their will be no sovereignty association. If they leave they will not take the Canadian Armed Forces or their equipment with them. Companies located in Quebec will have to pass the same scrutiny to sell their goods as any other foreign country and will have to compete with any Canadian business who can supply or do the same job. Any MP in Ottawa will be sent home immediately to run for his own 'National Assembly'. We will stop all transfer payments from Canada to Quebec, no need to support a foreign country. All passports held by citizens of Quebec will be immediately cancelled. Canadian Embassies will look after Canadian business and interests. Quebec may apply for Consular status to use our stations. All military work, maintenance etc, will be shifted out of Quebec to Canadian owned and operated companies. Any jobs held by Quebeckers in Ontario will be immediately terminated, supervisors escorted from the buildings by security, and those jobs advertised for Canadians to apply for. There will be Customs and Immigration Posts at all border points. All goods manufactured in Quebec will be assessed the current tariffs equal to any other country starting up. Most Favoured Nation status will have to be applied for, no different than Korea or Togo. The only language preference for Canada will be English, with certain allowances for local populations and their dominant language. Yes that still means French in some areas, but also aboriginal languages and Chinese, Italian, Punjabi or whatever the majority in the community is.

Negotiations for the separation will be made between whom ever Quebec sends, and Canadian negotiators born outside of Quebec. Canadians with their bent for fairness will negotiate in good faith, of course, but without the prospect of continuing the 20 billion in transfer payments currently flowing into that have-not province. And with due consideration of the desires of the Northern Aboriginals in Quebec who have always expressed their strong feelings to remain, with their territories as Canadians.

Quebec will be free to follow its own clouded destiny. In their wishes to be very French we suspect they will make agreements and treaties with France, Haiti or any Francophone country that will deal with them. We wonder how they will sell goods into America with nothing but the French language on them.
But whatever the result of Pauline Marois and her political ambitions to be the head of a brand new country, she is no Iron Lady who can influence an old country stinging from a Yes vote to give her what she wants.And Pauline, please be honest with your people, you don't want your new country formed on lies or deceptions. Oui?

Wherever the progression goes for Quebec leaving Canada, we need to be perfectly clear to Canadians and the people of Quebec what will happen on the day after a Yes vote and a majority. But we need to make that clarity long before any vote.
We don't wish you anything bad, Quebec, only good riddance. Canada, now we need you to Stand on Guard for us.

Strong and free?

Bonne chance.

So be it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mistaken Identity?

TMZ - it's not just a faux pas .... 


Who ARE these guys?

Lawrence Fishburn
Wolf Blitzer
Morgan Freeman

Samuel L. Jackson

TMZ anchor reporter
Sam Rubin
Shouldn't he be fired?

What's in YOUR gullet?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fiction vs Fact

Sorry Julia, but there aren't enough push-ups in the world to make you look like the real Erin Brockovich!

Au natural. Amen.

cc: Beautiful Smart Women of the World, INC.
cc: Dr. Quick's Mammobig clinic.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

It is about YOU folks.

Is there any hope for your grandchildren in the future? Looking bleak so far! More secret trade agreements coming your way. Corporations about to take over the world, supported by your own government. New World Order is in progress!


Monday, December 30, 2013

Plans for war.

Ferry Porsche is showing Hitler the very first Volkswagen ....

Ferry Porsche - "You see Adolph. Ve hide der motor into ze boot at rear, vhen British look for motor unter der bonnet in front, ve tell za swine our autocar runs on AIR! Zey vill give up, ve win der war."

Adolph - "Ingenious Ferry! Und where is das air cumink from?"

Ferry Porsche - "But Adolph, it ist not air, ve only tellink British it is air."

Adolph - "Ve could use old air pumps from Hindenburg refueling field. Zat blimp ist not comink back anyway."

Ferry Porsche - "Ja, vee could, but zay are helium pumps for der airship. Zee autocar runs on gas."

Adolph - "Gas? Ah clever, passink wind will run zee car, you hear zat, Doenitz?  Und bratwurst is plentiful."

Officer at back - (whisper)  "Der freakin' Fartswagen."

Ferry Porsche - (sigh) "Okay Adolph, air it vill be."

Admiral Doenitz - "Und if ve run out of air, ve could fling dem beetle bugs across der Englisch channel filled mit explosives."

Adolph - "Ja, Admiral, filled mit helium zay vill float high und blow up well. Toss a few of dese vagens at der Poland volks in der mornink."

Admiral Doenitz - "Ja Mine Fuehrer. I start za war now."

Adolph - (satisfied deep inhale) "Air. Ingenious! Ferry, make tanks mit air too."

Ferry Porsche - (under breath) "Good Grief."

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Britain protecting citizens.

From the evil terrorists.
Oh wait, that's not it, this is a new protection for the people. The Pornorists are after you now.
Britain is starting internet control of pornography even before the Americans do it.  
British Telecom (BT) has activated an internet porn filter, covering virtually all the Internet Service Providers, which automatically switches on parental controls for new Internet customers.  
The move is part of a plan announced by Prime Minister David Cameron back in July, which called on ISPs to block Internet porn by default for all U.K. citizens by year's end. The so-called porn filters are being applied now. No more tittie titilation guys. No more dangling dongles ladies. Britain is about to attain world wide web purity.

Easy huh? Protecting you. Now all we have to do is define porn.  
But first, you should know that a computer science student has already come up with a by-pass for the ISP filters, allowing all you dirty old men in the basement to access what you want so badly. And we all know that the deer hunting wallpaper picture on your screen isn't fooling the wife. 
Lewd boy David?
The work-around is called 'Go Away Cameron' and allows you to see all the porn you want, in spite of BT expecting to spend about 10 million pounds implementing these censorship programs!  In Australia, they started the same type of filters and a 16 year old broke it in 30 minutes! 
Soon they'll be blocking an apple a day because Eve ate one and look what happened!

But look at what is happening right now! Oh yeah, the defining porn part. The filters are blocking web sites that give information on sex education, safe sex, rape crisis help lines have been blocked. LGBT charity sites are blocked. Health educational sights are being blocked.
What is to happen to fine art sites? Will Picasso be subject to 'reverse twist' technology to find the porn beneath his cubes? And Gauguin in the South Pacific, languoring around with those brown bodied Polynesians? What about movie poster advertising? Will they eliminate figure drawing classes websites?  Will doctors xrays be xrated? 
We certainly can't have Cosmopolitan Magazine website telling us in detail how to do all those naughty things. And all .org sites will be gone.
Is this shame on the seashore?

Is this a ba-ad woman?


And what about website shopping, booming right now as a multi-billion dollar business. No more Victoria's Secret underwear ordering from the comfort of your own home? (Maybe they could put a timer on the site so if you don't order something in ten minutes you get blue screen.) Will condoms have to be advertised on the web as big white balloon animal kits because of the clowns at Porn Prevention Central?
BTW, The British are second only to Americans for time spent on porn sites, according to PornHub statistics, which is almost ten minutes! 
Is it keywords they look for? Will they flag you if you say you like breast of chicken? What'll happen if you Google search a 'big cock in the farmer's barnyard'?  There must be a hundred Cat Fancier sites in England looking for pussy. And I bet a lot of Welsh aviarys have a pair of nice Tits. Will Aer Lingus be wiped off the net because of typo searches? Will Scottish sports sites be able to mention tossing the caber? Will breeding Angus bulls ever be horny again?

Of course ISP British watchdogs might have to consider fetish as porn too. Now that includes literally everything; OMG your socks smell wonderful! You mean dress in yellow duck suits and do it on the roof of a building? (tremolo) And some people's innate but insistent, intimate desire is to be chained naked, upside down on a wall, and have Xena beat the hell out of you! But is that porn?

Just who will define this porn? The British Parliament? The Righteous Virgin Spinster Society?  ISP CEOs wearing $1000 suits and 4 day underwear?  The Church of England?  GCHQ?  The SPCA?

Is this porn?
Is there an upside? Will Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus be banned?  Just looking at Mariah Carey arouses prurient thoughts with some. (Me!) Will we be able to submit our own definitions of porn? That might be fun. Can we get those 'How to grow your penis' ads to go away? No, it wouldn't work, too many people would define porn as an MP lying in Parliament.

Do we really expect to eliminate a billion dollar industry when 12% of ALL websites are porn sites? Twenty-four million of them! Even the purveyors of porn have asked for years to have their own extension of .xxx instead of .com to help parents with blocking. Always refused by the powers who pretend to know everything. 

Can Britain eliminate the use of porn watching in your home with filters for everyone's web access? Maybe, but does that lead back to men hanging about in parks instead of their own basements?

Is this?

Meanwhile, let's keep our children safe and have them looking at guns, violence and bombs instead. 

Scariest of all is wondering what is next that the British Government doesn't want you to see? Pornorists are just the start.

Porhub Stats 2013 - review


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dali & Disney

Candid conversation between Salvador and Walt showing off a mini train engine. 

 "Walter, I teenk this would look mucho better if we melted it a leettle bit. "

     "Sal, that's a crazy idea. Are you fucking Goofy? "

         "No, I am nod dat way, but could hit Minnie if she was available."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Separated at birth?

Minister Bill Bennett and the What me Worry kid.

Bennett is Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, and he says our BC Hydro rates will increase by 28%  ..... his association to Mad is that the people of BC are suspicious of his motives and are always mad at him!

The What me Worry kid is Mad Magazine's funny looking idiot guy whom everyone likes.

Some consider only one of them an idiot.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Spin and scam from the Federal Government

Are Canadians just dumb?

Here's a good one and a perfect example of the Federal Government putting one over on you and the municipalities across Canada. It's about the railroads and dangerous goods.
So here's what they are saying,

'Months after the deadly train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the federal government is forcing rail companies to tell municipalities when they transport dangerous goods through their communities.' 

Well, it sort of sounds that way, doesn't it?

Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced new regulations about the transport of dangerous goods on Parliament Hill Wednesday. This is unadulterated spin and a scam against all Canadians who could be put at risk just like those unsuspecting people in Quebec! The Harper government is letting the railroad companies dictate policy, which could be at the expense of lives all across Canada. 

Raitt issued what she called a protective direction Wednesday in the hope it will result in better communication between municipalities and rail companies. She acknowledged that the information won't prevent another tragedy like the one on July 6, when oil-laden tanker cars derailed and exploded into flames, killing dozens of people and devastating the picturesque core of Lac-Mégantic. 
"But what it might do is give municipalities more tools to better prepare for possible future disasters," she told a news conference in Ottawa. "This part is about response and ensuring that communities have the information that they identify that they want to have." That was double-talk! 
How the hell do you prepare when you don't get advanced notice?
Are you as stupid as Lisa Raitt thinks you are? Will this go right over the collective head of Mayors and city officials across the nation? Seems that is what the Transport Ministry is hoping for.

So I HOPE someone in Parliament actually asks Raitt how does a municipality prepare for dangerous goods a year after they pass through? Do you tell the dead people lying by the tracks in Lac-Magentic to look out for the train that went through?
If this wasn't so serious it would be a crying joke! 

The government says that Canadian Class 1 railway companies (whatever they are?) that transport dangerous goods will provide municipalities with detailed dangerous goods information every three months.
Would that be like, Hey, you little town, we shipped a nuclear bomb through your town three months ago. It didn't go off.
Any other company or person that transports dangerous goods will also have to inform municipalities what was transported through the community, but on an annual basis. No clarification whether the culprit railroad, with only a one man crew, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, is a class 1. 2 or 20, does it matter in Raitt's mind?

None of the information has to be provided in advance

Is this just an asinine announcement by an idiotic person to a totally gullible public?
Claude Dauphin, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is clearly duped by the scam, "It sends a clear message that the government of Canada fully agrees that local governments need to know basic information about dangerous goods being transported through their communities." Being transported and WAS transported is a distinction he cannot make, or chooses not to, and it is incredible that he didn't notice.

The airhead Justin Trudeau commended Raitt for issuing the 'order'! And you wonder why he's considered an airhead? What was the order?

Keep voting folks, you're getting what you wanted. 

Explosions à Lac-Mégantic: trains ou pipelines?
72 oil tankers crashed - killing 47 people! 

"Look out, a dangerous train went through!"
"It's okay, they're going to let us know."
"Before or after the funerals?"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Galloping Ghost

Red Grange tests an early football helmet behind Orville's barn.

   "Red is a great football player and a brave man." 

       "Yer Gallopin' Ghost thought he'd gallop straight through that barn wood."
             "Ol' Red's frickin' barmy, ain't he? but we shoulda told him there's a stone wall behind that wood"

Monday, September 30, 2013

Windows 8 - My Review

I bought a new PC laptop computer. Hewlett Packard Pavilion 15. 8 Gb RAM, 750 Gb hard drive, 2.9 GHz speed. Running Windows 8, right up to date. State of the Art. My old HP and a Toshiba are running Vista, 3 Gb Ram, 300 Gb HD, 1.9 GHz. 
So first impression? Nice and shiny. Fire it up to see Windows 8!

Where's the Start button?

No Start button. They seem to assume you are using your touchscreen phone and a whole cacophony of colored squares appear. Okay, let's see ........ hmm, click 'Getting Started with Windows', waiting while it fetches content, surprisingly slow. Still waiting. Well, try that later. There is a Home button down there but it doesn't work.
So I read about this - there are HIDDEN buttons off your screen, they call them 'Charms' now, you sweep your mouse into the next room to show them ... click back to start menu. Hmmm again, seems to be no Back button around there either.

So I tried another square, and got the icon for that App. (they're not programs anymore) Aha, there was an arrow to go back on that screen, er, wait, it only led me into a photo folder. Not back to the original App. Ok, back to sweeping my mouse cursor way off to the right to bring up those shy Charms again who now seem like frightened mice. Sometimes you have to coax them out of their lair with cheese. 

And this Windows 8 is like the French Language, why say one word when 8 will do, so you click many times to try to go back somewhere that required ONE click of a Back button in Vista. And right click seems unavailable in a lot of the apps.

I now try Microsoft Internet Explorer and wait .... my Trial Edition Norton is telling me a file called tiworker is using 87% of one CPU?  I am not new to computers, got my first in 1987. And have about 4 Toshibas and another HP here right now. I have been through DOS, Windows 3.1 and so on. So this Windows 8 seems like a huge retro step backward to me. Also there IS a Back button on the calendar if you want to go back a month!

I know it's not Chinese, just seems that way
I shut it down for a reboot. So it loaded 500 megabytes of Windows updates! Told me to step away from the machine until it was damn good and ready to work! Some bearded scraggly tech guy in the underground steam-pipe and gear room is trying to fix Windows 8. Or else he's a mole from Apple. 
This is kind of interesting; when I rebooted, the automatic Windows Updates downloaded and installed themselves, and they are huge and so many of them, so at this rate my hard drive will be full before the year is out!

After about an hour of fiddling, I found the Windows Explorer folders. Not because there was a Windows Explorer key or anything, just from fiddling for that whole hour! Back and forth between those hidden Charms. My mouse knows they are in there, but they don't always come out. And who knows what else they are hiding from me? This is enough to send me to the Apple Store!
By the way, I tried going to the Windows Store, the lil shopping bag square, but that wouldn't start, just the circle line going round and round. And round, until I found my way off screen again to start over with Start Menu tile. Again.

So I'm a little frustrated and usually when waiting happens I open a Freecell game and have a go. Nope, many games on that tile which seem to apply to gamer kids. Lots of xBox thingies. No Free cell that I can see. And no matter what I clicked on, it told me to get an update. And when I went back, again, to that charming secret list off screen, and tried several searches, Windows 8 assumed I wanted to search games, so I had to Start again. Gave that up.

So I'll just load all my usefull apps (programs) from disk to PC. And here's the message - This app can't run on your PC - contact softwar publisher. But I did expect this, I am now running a 64 bit instead of 32 bit machine. Fair enough. In fairness, many of my old CD based programs loaded into Windows 8. And the updated apps I downloaded from the web went fine. It remains to be seen whether I can actually be productive with them though. I tried Maps. Bing maps. After a while I saw North America gripped by the ice age, everything white and snowy! But I've been spoiled by Google Earth, mark that on my 'need to download' list along with Chrome and Firefox. Of course the same problem pops up again, no back button so although I don't want to see Bing maps now, I have to do the obscure wave to go back to Start square! Easy so far huh? Are you getting all of this?

Me neither.

Finally got to click the Mail tile, went to my hotmail email. And it goes right to your inbox. But they think you only have ONE so you do the roundy roundy again to get back, now let's see, is there a simple hotmail button so I can look at my other emails? Nope, Bill Gates only wants me to have one. I suppose to make it easier for the NSA to monitor what I am doing. Hmm. So back to right click the mail icon, maybe I can add that other email address. Nope, only make it bigger or uninstall it. Here's the way you do things on Windows 8, control + alt = delete still works, you use task manager to shut off things!
I know, I know, I don't think it's supposed to work like that either, but my head has begun spinning.

Here's another tile with clouds on it. Weather report? Nope Skydrive. Well anyone who can turn a doorknob knows that The Cloud, is done, thanks to NSA again, might as well just drop your hard drive into their mailbox. I am afraid to even click it to uninstall it for fear that it will activate a Start button somewhere and they'll think I am hiding something!

So you guessed it, I am not enamored with Windows 8, I will keep my old trusty Vista machines going for now, I have to do some real work on a computer sometime. Windows 8 seems to be made for smart phones or tablets with touch screens you can scrunch and swipe. I like to sit at my desk to work and can't imagine leaning forward to reach out and touch someone a hundred times a day. 

Hold on folks, if you haven't bought a new computer, Windows 9 might be out someday, maybe then we'll be back to something logical, like Windows XP, now there was a good operating system. I think Bill Gates ran the company in those days. 

Meanwhile I've stuck a pad of charming cheddar on the edge of my screen.


addenda: Never mind, the puter is all packed up and ready to return. Couldn't get the WIFI to work after 5 calls to HP tech support and 2 to Shaw and 1 to router. Look at these speed-test numbers = Ping = 23Ms - Download Ms = 0.27 - Upload Ms = 0.44. Old computer is Ping 23 - Dnld 17.05 - Upld 0.49.  

Previous comment about the Start button Caterwauls start-windows-8

Addenda #2 - Now have a Toshiba S50D - downloaded Windows 8.1 right away, getting Ping - 22 - Download - 12.00 Upload - .49 and most other things working well! Most. Still get lots of freeze-ups, and you can't do the Crl+Alt+Del to bring up Task Manager. You have to press the Off/On button to shut it down. BAD way to stop it all. Hmm, it is almst like no one was really ready for Windows 8, and the software makers didn't do their homework. Hopefully this will fix itself.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hollywood Celebrity News #2

It's not gossip, it's gossamer! 

In our latest installment, we reveal some of the auditions where actors didn't get the role. 

Ben Affleck seemed a natural for the part in that Aflac insurance commercial. But the director decided that Ben was more suited to play a tired and weary Donald Duck because he slurred his words and wasn't able to seem animated, and besides, the Aflac duck was a better actor.
Quack you, Buddy
Ben, caught by paparazzi outside while hailing a taxi, said, "I don' need no steenking duck job." 

Ben went right back to rewriting his Vietnam War history movie to make America the only winners.

food goes in here
Meanwhile Guy Fieri was a strong contender to play The Penguin in the latest Batman movie but his requirements for Kraft Services would have cut so far into the budget he was dropped from the project. As soon as they told him it was going to be in 3D he jumped into the Camaro for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and hasn't been seen since, along with all of the crew's lunch burgers.

Was that Ross?
 Jennifer Aniston had a strange experience lately when she entered the wrong room at Paramount and it turned out to be an audition. She was sent away because the director said the job required minimal acting skills.
The audition was for a stand-in for Jennifer Aniston. 
She only commented, as she walked right past David Schwimmer tidying up the parking lot, "WTF! Didn't they recognize my gold?"  
Never forget who your friends are, Jen. 

Paramount, afraid she might buy the studio and fire them all,  apologized profusely and Brazilian waxed her Bentley.

Jack Nicholson has announced that he will no longer be acting in movies, as Jack Nicholson, he declared he was now Orson Welles and would drink no wine before it's time and that it must be time somewhere.

When queried about reports that he might have dementia, he contested that he's had it since he was 23 and no one noticed then so what's the big deal now? When pressed for further info by reporters, Nicholson said, "You can't handle the truth, now hold the tomatoes, the bacon and the toast!"

He went off to audition for 'Rosebud', unaware it was the Ross Mathews life story.

Use the Force, Luke

Marty Feldman recently auditioned for a role as an alien hologram in the new Star Wars movie Trekkies Strike Back but the producers said it was going to be in 3D and that would be just too weird for audiences in darkened theaters. 
George Lucas said, 'We were afraid of another War of the Worlds panic. Lots of Americans think it is still 1938, you know."

So pull my finger
  And finally,  TED, the Teddy Bear who was a huge hit last year as the foul-mouthed pal of Mark Walberg,  couldn't hold his tongue long enough to complete a try-out for Toy Story Four, he disrupted the whole cast audition by calling Tom Hanks, (the voice of Woody) MorningChubby, Tim Allen, (Buzz Lightyear) Fuzz Right Here, Don Rickles, (Mr Potato Head) Mr. Rotatorhead, and Ned Beatty, (Lotso) Fatso, and kept scaring the females by singing,   "If you bump into my wood today, you're in for a big surprise." 
Ted left in disgust heading for a Ted Talk on Saving the Grisly.

Kermit was asked if he would hire Ted but declared the Muppet Show already has a Fozzie Bear and doesn't need more turmoil around the pond.  
Especially he didn't want anybody moving in on his pig.
They already had a bad experience with ALF.

Notes: The publicity agents for Jonathan Silverman and David Schwimmer both deny they are the same person.

You be the judge

That's all folks!

Hollywood Celebrity News #1


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Voyager leaves our solar system

We knew it was about to happen, and now it has, after 36 years, Voyager 1 finally crosses the threshold into interstellar space. Now it is truly in the unknown.

read here -
voyager 1 leaves solar system

and read our earlier post about Voyager 1 here -

Voyager 36-years-later

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Water spill.

Canada, the second largest country in the world, has over three million lakes, 9 % of it's huge territory is fresh water and 60% of all the world's lakes are within Canadian borders. We have lots of water, a lot that we can share with others but we need to protect it, and use it at OUR discretion.

We have the latest news that corporations are presently setting up shop in Canada, and simply siphoning our water into bottles, without paying a cent for it, and selling it world-wide for a huge profit! Nestle Corporation being the latest to grab headlines.They simply set up a facility to collect water and sell it. They didn't even ask who it belonged to.
The Canadian government has said they may set a water policy in the next year or so. The question is why haven't they done it long ago? They anticipate that we will begin charging corporations for the water they are using for profit. Nestle's answer to that proposal of course, is that if they have to pay then everyone should pay the same. Including Canadian citizens. The reasoning, if you could call it that, is that everyone should pay the international market price for whatever resource is being used. Corporations consider everything on Earth to be a Global ownership. 

Many Canadians argue that as we are the actual owners of the water, or oil, or forest, or mines, then we should get a price separate from a huge corporate entity who expects to make money from the resource. 

It can be likened to a man owning a small bakery. He makes bread and sells it for a dollar a loaf. And every evening, he brings home a loaf for his family. He IS paying for that bread in the cost of the ingredients and the time in making it. But some believe he should also pay the dollar a loaf because THEY have to. The baker replies that if he is the owner of the bakery, and he knows how to bake the bread, then he and his family should benefit from his investment and expertise by getting it at a much lower price. 

This rationale can be extended to electric power, oil and gas production, lumber from our vast forests etc. Why should there be a universal price for electric power when the resource belongs to the citizens of the region of the resource?  Why shouldn't the real owners get a break on the price?
We pay nearly $1.50 a liter for gasoline, where the Saudis pay less than ten cents! Why should the Arabs get such a break? Because they OWN it of course. If we pay 10 cents a cubic liter for natural gas, why should we sell it to others for that price? What the traffic will bear should be the criteria. 

There was a time a few years ago, when the Norwegians found oil off their coast. Their tax system today amounts to a 78% tax on oil profits. At first the oil companies wanted much less, and they were told to take it or leave it! They took it and still make billions for themselves. Today little Norway with only 5 million people has a sovereign wealth fund of about 545 billion dollars! Virtually all of it going to the country. (Alaska has about 40 billion and only pays dividends to just a few Alaskans)

We sold California electric power, and when they mismanaged their own deal, they sued us for charging too much! They owed us 200 million, balked and sued and we paid THEM 750 million! Are Canadians stupid or what? If I was the baker, and someone sued me to get his bread free too, that person would never be allowed in my bakery to get another loaf! Do we still have a contract with California? 

So now we have huge resources in fresh water. Everyone knows that. The American mid-west has been in a drought situation for 25 years! They WANT our water. Many suspect the CBC TV show Intelligence was cancelled by the Americans because the plot direction was heading towards the fact that the FBI was politically manipulating Canadian politicians toward some agreement to get our water cheap or free. That's a TV show you say, but the cancellation was sudden and unexplainable. 

The fact remains, that we have the right, and even the obligation to sell our oil and gas and logs and electricity, AND our water, at the price of whatever the market will bear, without charging the people for the resources that belongs to every Canadian that same price. That is the baker getting a break in his own bakery. 

We need to get away from any kind of global thinking about our resources, and consider ourselves first and others as a profit source. Not to say that we shouldn't share it with those less fortunate, but giving it away in certain circumstances to save lives, should have no effect on selling it to corporations for sprinkling golf course greens.

Saudi Arabia has NO rivers. Their water comes from desalinization plants and underground reservoirs. They expect to pay for water. But not gas.
Can you imagine the outcry if the Saudis suddenly put their gasoline price up to $1.50 a liter? Just because we Canadians were paying that price? Would they overthrow the Saudi princes and kings and banish them? Likely they would. 

The fact is that we are an oil producing nation and could sustain ourselves very well on what we already have. Yet we pay an international price. Sad isn't it? And many say the NAFTA agreement deems our resources as American too so we can never hold back anything for ourselves in a crunch. NAFTA only made sure any resources in that contract were not really ours.

Should we give away our water and then pay an international price for it? It is time we took a hard line and managed our resources for the benefit of Canadians. Not wealthy international shareholders.

Take it or leave it.