Friday, November 26, 2004

Movie review - Alexander

California surfer boy meets make-up and hair department.
The clean shaven, hair bleached, lost member of the Beach Boys tries to outdo Arigorn's hairstyle. Too bad they didn't have Little GTO as BG music. But we know he's havin' Fun, fun, fun 'till Daddy take's his T-Bird away. Now we know where Brian Wilson WAS all those years!

Rated MG - for 'Maybe Gay.'

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Baffin Island Drug dealers

It was pleasantly surprising today to hear former Mayor of Vancouver and former Premier Mike Harcourt talking on Bill Good's show about drug dealers. His proposal would give them a sentence of 25 years for selling life ending drugs like heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamines. He even said he'd put them up there in Baffin Island! He pointed out also, that many of the scourge of drug peddlars haunting our street corners, are illegal aliens, SENT here to sell the drugs coming from wherever. They should be picked up, forcibly deported after an immediate trial, (like within 7 days) What kind of defence can there be if you're caught red handed selling? You either sold the drugs or you didn't. If you did, you're going home to your own country in handcuffs .... or to Baffin Island.
Wow, something I've said for years. The Baffin Island part intrigues me. I've always proposed putting them in a prison above the Arctic Circle. No walls. No locks. Grow your own food when you can. Wash your own clothing. Break your toilet and you go outside to poop. In winter too. The guards merely supervise. If you want to run for it, go ahead. But we won't come looking for you. Miles of permafrost tundra. Ice flows. Dark forest. And best of all, polar bears!
They say the difference between a polar bear and other bears is that other bears think of you as a human .... and polar bears think of you as food. I love that part.
Too cruel? Crybabies crying rehabilitation? Hmm, I say give fair warning, just get the Queen's Printer to print up the new rules and give the flyers to anyone standing on a street corner with that search in his eyes that says he's looking for a buyer. You've seen it. You know who the guy is.
We need to take the sentencing out of the hands of judges who have no sense of the reality of the world. These dealers are ending the lives of hapless young men and girls for the purpose of making their cold blooded bosses millions.
Check out the pictures of the missing women in Vancouver. Those girls were not all scraggy, run down whores to begin with. They were children, treasured daughters whose parents had hopes for them. Someone addicted them. So don't cry to me about how that dealer had a hard life, he's probably ended many innocent lives with his actions. He should pay for it.
They've tried everything else, now try this? What's to lose? Better still, what's to SAVE?
Maybe a young life that would grow up to be productive, vibrant, maybe even achieve greatness.

We NEED to have cruelty for the ones who would destroy our society, to be kind to the others who are trying to live in it peacefully. Papillon went to Devil's Island and didn't do a second crime. A drug dealer goes to Baffin Island and may not be rehabilitated, but he's out of the loop for destroying other lives. If you can't stomach that, cover your eyes and pretend it isn't there. Like you're doing right now with the street corner drug dealers.
Applause for Mike Harcourt.

Conspiracy theory ... 2 - Dag Hammarskjold

Sweden's Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 10 April 1953 until 18 September 1961 when he met his death in a plane accident while on a peace mission in the Congo. An accident.
In 1960, when President Joseph Kasa-Vubu and Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba of the Republic of the Congo sent a cable on 12 July asking "urgent dispatch" of United Nations military assistance to the Congo, Secretary-General Hammarskjöld addressed the Security Council at a night meeting on 13 July and asked the Council to act "with utmost speed" on the request. Following Security Council actions the United Nations Force in the Congo was established and the Secretary-General himself made four trips to the Congo in connection with the United Nations operations there. The first two trips to the Congo were made in July and August 1960 and January 1961. The fourth trip to the Congo began on 12 September 1961 and terminated with the fatal plane accident.
Natural resources of the Congo: petroleum, timber, potash, lead, zinc, uranium, copper, phosphates, natural gas, hydropower.
Patrice Lumumba helped found the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC) in 1958. Lumumba and the MNC formed the first government on June 23, 1960, with Lumumba as Prime Minister.
Upon independence in 1960, the former French region of Middle Congo became the Republic of the Congo and began an flirtation with Marxism.
Hammarskjöld’s most dangerous problem of the newly liberated Congo, arose in July, 1960, when the new government, faced with mutiny in its army, secession of its province of Katanga, under Moise Tshombe, and intervention of Belgian troops, asked the United Nations for help. The UN responded by sending a peace-keeping force, with Hammarskjöld in charge of operations.
Despite the arrival of UN troops, unrest continued as the USA had interest to see the Belgians remain in the country and Patrice Lamumba sought Soviet aid. But in September Lumumba was dismissed from the government by Kasavubu, an act of dubious legality. On September 14 a coup d'état headed by Colonel Joseph Mobutu (later Mobutu Sese Seko) and supported by Kasavubu gained power. Lumumba was captured in Port Francqui on December 1, 1960 by troops of Mobutu, arrested and flown to Leopoldville in handcuffs. Mobutu said Lumumba would be tried for inciting the army to rebellion and other crimes.
United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld made an appeal to Kasavubu asking that Lumumba be treated according to due process of law. The USSR denounced Hammarskjöld and the Western Powers as responsible for Lumumba's arrest and demanded his release.
When the situation deteriorated during the year that followed, Hammarskjöld had to deal with almost insuperable difficulties in the Congo and with criticism in the UN. The last crisis for him came in September, 1961, when, arriving in Leopoldville to discuss details of UN aid with the Congolese government, he learned that fighting had erupted between Katanga troops and the noncombatant forces of the UN.
Sometime in the night of September 17-18, Dag Hammarskjöld and fifteen others aboard perished when their plane crashed close to Ndola airport, near the border between Katanga and North Rhodesia. The details of the crash are still unknown.
A plane crash was an easy thing to engineer and accomplish in those days of naivity among Western nations. The Soviet bloc was after uranium. The USA was trying to keep them away from a source of supply. Hammarskjöld was working toward a democratic republic for the Congo and became a stumbling block for Soviet domination of the resource rich region, especially that all important uranium.

The quarter century of experimentation with Marxism was abandoned in 1990 and a democratically elected government was installed in 1992. The Republic of Congo is one of Africa's largest petroleum producers with significant potential for offshore development.

In July 2002, documents released by the United States government revealed that the CIA had played a role in Lumumba's assassination, aiding his opponents with money and political support, and – in the case of Mobutu – with weapons and military training. Did the USA actually supply Katanga troops with weapons with which to fight against the UN peace keeping forces?

The former USSR has never released any documents saying they or the KGB engineered Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crash. Perhaps they’re buried somewhere within the permafrost depths of the Kremlin or Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow?
The Cold War was not always cold.

Vancouver gridlock

Now that the Canucks are no longer playing hockey, and as they must have paid off someone to add to the gridlock of our downtown core by CLOSING lanes for traffic, do you think they might REopen Dunsmuir and Georgia Viaducts again to three lane traffic? Seems silly to have a full traffic lane on a no access roadway dedicated to hockey fans going to the game when there IS no game. Who DID pay for that walkway anyhow? Vancouver taxpayers or the Canucks? They could easily have built a passageway BESIDE the viaducts, but instead simply took over a car lane and slowed down traffic.
Hmmm, poor thinking and planning unless there was a secret little deal for someone.

Monday, November 22, 2004

What REALLY happened Nov. 22, 1963? - News - Video Game Lets Players Assasinate JFK - News - Video Game Lets Players Assasinate JFK

They did it to us 42 years ago. And they're STILL trying to make us believe it. How about a new "game" where YOU can assassinate President Kennedy? Rewriting history won't help ... why don't they have a variation where the bullets come from the grassy knoll?
This is a game?
And they're trying to do it to us today ... check out the post below ...

What REALLY happened Sept. 11, 2001?

Look at this video and wonder and ask yourself who is doing what to us? ... Do it now, someone is having these videos removed.

Pentagon Strike Download

(copy and paste this if link refuses to work)

Sunday, November 21, 2004


Who's there?
Vancouver Canucks.
Vancouver Canucks who?
....................................... Oh no

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Indy race ... Molson's sneaky?

It seems to me that Molson's has been trying to get the Champ Car series race out of Vancouver for a few years now. Why? Costs? They no longer want to pay to sponsor the event, blaming other reasons. They jumped to Montreal, and there was a huge outcry, so they reluctantly stayed. Now they're going to Edmonton. Are there big corporate sponsors there? The Vancouver Indy was always among the top 3 in attendance in that series. And Canada should have its fair share. They can't break even? Do they expect profit? Don't they make enough on that watered down beer? Well if they don't want to stay on the West Coast, (after all, Molson's IS Easterners) The Toronto race is safe. But why can't someone else try? Molsons have the rights, the Champ Car series should put them up for grabs in Vancouver. A major event shouldn't leave just like that.
Well, I'm not drinking Molsons anymore.

Greg Moore remembered

RAV line already over cost

They have not turned one piece of sod and already the RAV line is over budget to the tune of 100 million dollars! Can you believe it? Is there some payoff going on here? Some corruption? Mismanagement? Poor contracts? This is outrageous! Will you stand for it? All to satisfy the rich 'creme-de-la-creme!
And Translink must be having a SH&T about it. Or are they? Apparantly, some of these mini-minds have an answer; we'll get the difference from the Provincial Government for the cost over-runs, that way no one is hurt! What? Translink doesn't seem to be aware that Provincial Government money IS TAXPAYER's MONEY. Governments don't MAKE money, they TAKE it out of YOUR pocket! In case you didn't know, those cost over-runs were ALWAYS assumed to be at the cost of the taxpayer.
Now I need to ask one question: Why would a company bother to keep costs down when they know the government of the day will pay for overspending, poor management, exhorbitant costs, and maybe even a little pocket greasing? Any company could bid to do the whole project for one million if they're not responsible for controlling costs. They get their money, everyone gets rich, YOU pay the difference.
This present RAV adventure should be stopped immediately! In my opinion, SOMEONE got paid off. Someone is cheating us. The whole concept is a folly and ignores the truths of the matter, and those truths are that the line should have gone via the Arbutus Connector in the first place.
Look, at Expo 86 the French pavillion showed off a marvelous idea for running trains through sensitive areas. No high ugly towers or dangerous and noisy ground level train traffic. They simply dig a TRENCH through the affected area. This trench would work beautifully along the present Arbutus rail line. You scoop out this trench, lay the tracks in the bottom, and use the overburdon to build up the sides of the trench to above the eye level of residents. Then you just plant shrubbery and flowers and everyone is happy, even the cream, they don't have to look at rusty old tracks from their hushed parlours anymore. The French idea is excellent for cheaper costs, safety, and speedy transport of people! There are NO costs of tunnelling up Cambie Street through unknown rock! Queen Elizabeth Park area is former volcanic rock. HUGE costs.
Look at the Arbutus line proposal: A natural connection with Main Street Station at Terminal and Main - then along the existing rail line to Granville Island, a major Vancouver tourist attraction, EVERY visitor wants to see Granville Island! - then further west to a connection at Broadway, (for UBC etc) - south along Arbutus to Kerrisdale, currently enjoying a renewal of those hundreds of apartment buildings - south to the bottom of South Granville and Marpole - cross at the Arthur Laing bridge into Richmond, and the new casino? - out to the airport - back across to Richmond South and on to Steveston.
This is a natural route, already there, efficient, cost effective and would serve both the community and visitors to our city. This route could use the EXISTING money earmarked for this project without further robbery of the taxpayers of BC!
It is time to smack the sneaky hands of Translink and get them out of our wallets!


Friday, November 19, 2004

Conspiracy theory ... 1 - George S. Patton

Unlike many war heroes who had no intention of ever becoming famous, George S. Patton decided during childhood that his goal in life was to be a hero. This noble aim was first inspired by listening to his father read aloud for hours about the exploits of the heroes of ancient Greece.
We are aware of General Patton’s accomplishments during World War II. But there are niggling factors after the war in 1945 which are also interesting;
Patton was not about to slow down or shut up after his military successes in Europe. No one knew quite what to do with him. He was a true hawk. One congressman even proposed that he be made Secretary of War, but Patton's lack of diplomacy guaranteed the suggestion was never taken seriously.
In Germany, while on occupation duty after a visit to the States during which he was welcomed with parades as a conquering hero, Patton's outspokenness got him into trouble yet again when he tried justifying the use of ex-Nazis in important administrative positions during the occupation of Bavaria. (In Sun Tzu's ancient treatise, The Art of War, he proposes, 'The captured soldiers should be kindly treated and kept. This is called, using the conquered foe to augment one's own strength. Of course General Patton read it.)
Patton had also been willing to make known his view that the United States and Britain should re-arm the Germans and fight the Russians. He had great respect for German soldiers. Patton knew, along with many others, who the real enemy was going to be. And he was credited with saying, “We ought to keep going.”
Other comments that set alertness and esoteric interest among his enemies were that he had expressed his views to reporters that U.S. plans for post-war Germany were "foolish and stupid" and would lead to Soviet attempts to take over Western Europe. "I was intentionally direct because I believed that it was time for the people to know what was going on," he recalled before his death. Those enemies might not have all been Russians. These comments and beliefs however, showed that Patton's temperament was somewhat of a liability in peacetime. In many ways, it would have been fitting for Patton the warrior to have died on the battlefield, but that was not to be. Despite the fact that throughout his military career he had constantly exposed himself to danger, it was a traffic accident, not a bullet, which took Patton's life. In December 1945, one day before he was due to return to the United States, Patton was severely injured in a road accident when his car was hit by a truck near Mannheim, Germany. Paralyzed from the neck down, George Patton died of an embolism on 21st December 1945.
Emboli are caused by clots from the venous circulation, from the right side of the heart, from tumors that have invaded the circulatory system, or from other sources such as amniotic fluid, air, fat, bone marrow, and foreign substances. Sudden death can occur as a result of embolism. Injecting AIR into a vein or artery is easily done.
He was buried in Luxembourg, a country which still considers George S. Patton its liberator.

Did the emerging USSR deem Patton to be far too dangerous to live? What if he returned to the US and countered his detractors by seeking political power? Was it possible that he, now a national hero, could become president of the United States? Patton was a student of war history and it’s generals, including Hannibal, the Carthaginian had been defeated by the Romans at the Battle of Zama in 202 BC after ransacking Italy for 14 years. Hannibal became a diplomatic force and a skilled trader in peacetime and guided Carthage to pay off the war reparations too quickly, and the Romans considered him such an ominous threat as to hunt him down and kill him. Could Patton have followed that idea? We’ll never know.

Surely a President Patton would have meant war against the USSR. When would agents of the Russians have better means and opportunity to murder him than in Europe? He would be unreachable back in the States. But was someone ELSE afraid of Patton? His murder would be unexplainable back in the States and not readily accountable to foreign agents. Was the USA also afraid of George S. Patton?
But then it was a simple car accident, wasn't it?

My kind of woman ...

Advertising sillliness ... 2 - Wendys

I heard that Wendys is about to do a series of new ads featuring Dave Thomas, founder of Wendys.
Dave Thomas is dead.
I can see the script now:
Knock knock.
"Who is it?"
"Dave, let me in."
"It's me Dave."
"Dave's not here."
"No man, it's me Dave, I brought the burgers."
"DAVE man, open the door."
"Dave's not here."
"No, I'M Dave, hurry up, I went through the drive thru without a car and just run away when I got the burgers ... I didn't pay and I think the cops 're coming."


(with apologies to Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong)

UPDATE: Jan 29, 2005. Welcome back to Canada, Tommy Chong, where you don't get thrown in the joint for having a joint!

Bar hours till 3am

It probably means little to you or me, even though I live downtown, whether the bar hours are 2, 3, or 4 am. It seems like city council in it's decision to extend them, is only catering to the drunks and troublemakers who frequent the street at those hours. The police say they only have to use more officers to break up fights and catch drunk drivers. Sky train service ends at 2 am.
The bars are thrilled, they can load up the drunks for another hour or two who have no idea how many drinks they have had or how much money they're spending. Voda is near me and many nights, after midnight, I hear the arguments of the men and the shrill voices of girly teenagers screaming. The young men who should never have been served that much booze ... and teeny-boppers who are obviously underaged and hard to tell apart from the street hookers.
However what really bugs me about these 'extended' hours, are the talking heads who get on TV and tell us about making our city 'fun' again, and drum the idea that the 'tourists' want it.
My question is; What kind of tourists? Are we looking for the visitor who wants to get smashed until 3 am? A tourist who likes watching drunken fights in the streets? A tourist from wherever who fumbles with his keys and can't even see the road as he drives off into the sunrise? Who are these 'fun seeking' tourists benefitting? Only the liquor companies and bar owners.
I don't know about you, but my idea of a great tourist would be the one who brings a family with him, marvels at our city's fabulous setting, dines at our varied restaurants, checks out the legitimate attractions and brings home a memento of our great city.
Is the tourist no longer the guy with a camera and a street map? Is he now the one with a beer in hand and brass knuckles in his pocket?
Telling city council and the public over and over again that tourists want these hours is really saying we are seeking drunks and street fighters to visit our city. It only makes the message more ridiculous.
Be honest.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Air Care - serious or not?

The Air Care contract is up in 2006. Translink is deciding what to do with it. I say either make it effective or forget it. Get serious or get out. At present, it is nothing more than another cash grab.
New cars are not required to pass Air Care tests, the reason is that car dealers screamed bloody murder when it was proposed. Many many new cars might not pass air care tests. That would cause problems with manufacturers and dealers. And sales.
Trucks, which produce more polution than five cars, are not required to pass air care. What is that about? It would hurt business profits to have truck engines tuned properly. Or improperly, depending on one's point of view. Truck fleet managers admit openly that the first thing they remove from truck engines are breathing restricting agents like catalytic converters, etc. The engines run better and use less gas, cost being the bottom line.
Many of those gas guzzling SUVs are classed as trucks, so the drivers drive around poluting and chatting on their cell phones with impunity. The smoking deisel rig puffing up the hill and belching black smoke doesn't go through air care. The bus spewing out toxicity beside you in traffic doesn't have to go through air care. The tank-like Cadillac Escalade doesn't need to go through because it weighs too much!
I have an older car, an old Datsun 510, it has carborators and it is not intended to run lean, the factory set it for optimum performance. Air Care neccessitated a "tune up" and all they did was lean out the engine so it doesn't run smoothly anymore. I think it uses way more gas. The technician at Air Care even admitted to me that a tune up could not anticipate guaranteeing a pass as individual repair centers do not have the testing equipment that Air Care has! So your mechanic can only guess if he's fixed the problem! The payment is $23. If your car is newer than 1992, it costs you $47! If you come back after repairs it is another $23. These costs, Air Care assures us, are not profit, however, the contract is to an American company. Ever heard of American business doing unprofitable work?

Look at the rear tail pipe of many newer cars next time you're stopped in traffic, are there drops of liquid from the tailpipe? That is called 'blow by', it is UNBURNED gasoline! A result of too lean tuning.
If Air Care is to continue, they need to make it comprehensive, and have every truck and bus in BC going through the tests. Polution control is either the bottom line or cash is. As it is Translink we are talking about, I suspect cash will win out.
From their own website ... The AirCare boundaries (from Lions Bay to Chilliwack) were established to address a serious ground-level ozone problem in the Lower Fraser Valley that is caused by the over one million light duty vehicles operating within a confined basin.
(As an aside, and apropos to the above, I wonder if Translink has anything to say about the Sumas Energy 2, the American intent to build an energy production plant at Sumas, which will add tons of daily air polution to the Fraser Valley.)
Translink , go deep or go home, it is time you got serious about automotive air polution.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Movie review - Lord of the Rings

Frodo, this lil innocent guy, has this wedding ring, see, and he wants ta marry this chick. He ain't sactly sure who she is or where she is or even what she looks like, but he keeps having this recurring image of her flaming vagina and it drives him on. Talk about subliminal sex! Bob Gandalf gives him a hand by having Band-aids available. I think Frodo gets the girl, not sure though 'cause I closed my eyes for the last 3 hours. Too scary. I like lookin' at Liv Ullman tho.

Monday, November 15, 2004

download the new Firefox 1.0

I have been using the beta Firefox .9.2 for about 6 months now and like the interface and simplicity, plus you can add other buttons on the personal tool bar for Google search, your blog etc. I think Netscape has suffered since AOL took them over and changed codes within the structure. And Microsoft Internet Explorer is just way too slow for me. Try Firefox, you don't have to just use one browser at a time if you have the RAM.
Go here for the finished version 1.0 - - -

another death during a police chase

Recently a child of 8 was killed when a car being chased by police crashed into another. The mother was severly hurt. A young vibrant eight year old boy was taken from our world while simply driving with his mom. This is nothing short of a tragedy!
Was the police pursuit after a violent criminal? Stolen car? Chasing down drug dealers? After a bank robber with a smoking gun? Terrorists? No.
The high speed chase was in response to a man who had a restraining order against him by his ex-wife, and who appeared at his daughter's school to collect the girl. The wife called 911 and the chaos began. The man was not near the wife.
The police have a lot of questions to answer on this one. The daughter was not in danger. The police had no cause to allow a high speed pursuit. This shows an absolute indifference to public safety in police pursuits and points to a machoism from the policeman involved. Should he have instigated the chase knowing that a child was in the suspect vehicle? He demonstrated a total lack of understanding of the potential dangers and the consequences have been disastrous!
Some would think there should be a manslaughter charge against the officer. The public needs to have a review of the procedures regarding police chases and perhaps the common sense of the officers. One wonders why the media are not asking some hard questions?

Baseball's sadness

Barry Bonds is nominated for the MVP in NL baseball. And at 703 homers, is closing in on Babe Ruth's 714. Hank Aaron is the lifetime leader with 755. Should there be an asterisk beside Bond's name in any record books? Should there have been one beside Mark MGuire's when he set the new home run record? Both Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds admittedly used 'strength enhancing' or 'performance enhancing' drugs. These drugs, in McGuire's case, were such as androstenedione, banned by the NFL, the Olympics, NCAA, both men's and women's tennis etc. McGuire even expressed regret that children were becoming knowledgeable about his drug use and swore off them. After his record breaking of course.
The Sultan of Swat hit his 60 in 1927, in 154 games. Without drugs. In fact, he drank too much and smoked cigars, which could be construed as strength limiting! Barry Bonds has been investigated by a Grand Jury for his connections with chemical labs and their products for athletes. Bonds contends his 'drugs' are nutritional supplements.
I contend that an asterisk should be placed beside the name of any athlete who uses anything to supplement his natural skills. The Great Bambino had no use of these 'enhancements. Hank Aaron had none. As a matter of fact, I would contend that Aaron, as a consumate sportsman, would have been aghast at such a suggestion. And one would think Ruth's .690 lifetime slugging percentage will remain out of reach in spite of the superhumans to come. However, as 'the Show' and money are more important than the influences on children, I suspect that future enhancements in baseball will aim for a robotic baseball player. Sort of an X-Box All-Star.
Meanwhile I hope Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire enjoy their 'enlargement of male breasts' which is an irreversible side effect of some of these drugs.
Perhaps the future holds a Baseball Brassier too? Bats by Louiseville Slugger, lingerie by La Senza.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Save Private Ryan?

"Nearly one-third of US TV stations affiliated to the ABC network dropped Oscar-winning film Saving Private Ryan for fear of facing indecency fines.
Sixty-six of ABC's 225 affiliated stations decided not to air the war film on Veteran's Day, which opens with a gritty depiction of D-Day and includes profanity."
The 5 Oscar winning film was considered in "bad taste". (I guess someone in the film said 'fuck'.)

Hmmm, meanwhile next on the Maury show - - - teenagers who beheaded their grandmothers after getting them pregnant! (But no one said 'fuck'.)

Advertising silliness ... 1 - Tilley Endurables

Tilley Endurables has an ad running on radio ...
"I bought my first Tilley hat on a dock at Halifax harbor ..."
Did Mr. Peterman of Seinfeld write that? Do they really think taking a Maverick tour to Reno is world travel? Do they really think silly hats are cool? Anyone I have ever seen wearing one of those hats is weird, man, the kind of person who has a CAT sticker on the car. The couple who play bridge on Saturday nights with Bridge Mixture and a smoker as East and a false teeth clacker as West. The guy wears the hat to the wilds of the local arboratum and the woman wears it to Chinatown to get ginger.
Wait a minute ... first Tilley hat? You mean it didn't last? You had to get another?

Monday, November 08, 2004

Just to let the police know ....

While walking Pender Street today, the little guy in the toque made TWO drug transactions before I got a full block. Pender and Richards, they're still there, 4 crack dealers, one even dropped a cube of crack cocaine while selling it. I wonder how the merchants like it along there? Maybe they should get together and call in every single hour to ask for police protection? Or maybe they are as frustrated as all the others. Maybe they should call Larry Campbell every day too? Do they pay for business licences? Don't they have a right to transact THEIR business before the street corner drug dealers? Hmmm.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Scientists at Dalhousie University clone fruit flies.

What? Do we as taxpayers give them anything? They cloned FRUIT FLIES!
Sheeez, if they needed more fruit flies all they had to do was leave a bottle of wine uncorked!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

NHL players

Are you as turned off as I am by the NHL hockey players? Many are running off to Europe and joining other leagues. Is it right that some players who make millions in a year in the NHL go somewhere else and take other players jobs? Many of those players who are suddenly out in the cold would love to play in the NHL but do not have the skills or situation to do so, yet we hear of one player, who held out on his team so he could make 2.9 MILLION dollars a year, now playing in Europe for $500 dollars a week? That 2.9 translates down to about $10,000 dollars a week in the NHL. Hmmm, where is the personal ethic here?
The argument on the players' side seems to be that a player should be allowed to go for what he's worth. Okay, and otherwise he doesn't want to play. Okay. Agreed. BUT, sneaking off to take some lesser man's (correction, change man's to player's, the guy in Europe is NOT lesser. One begins to think the NHL man is lesser) livelihood who is trying to support his own family with his limited skills as a hockey player doesn't say much about class ... or ethics .... or compassion. But then it's only business isn't it? Not really a sport anymore, so we shouldn't have expected sportsmanship.
Or should we?

PS: Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup in 1915. They were probably all getting about $5 per game.