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Submitted by pale on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 06:17.
Just a quickie from the road, Ill be back at my main desktop this evening.... I miss my coffeepot, my desk and my darling Eugene.... Ill be home soon Prole...heh
They are back?
Back in 1993, the PC party stripped them of their status, seized any assets, and declared them a non party. But the silliness continues....
The Party head, Brian Salmi may have the last laugh however, as it appears that the law that was written to kill off small parties may be unconstitutional.
In 2001 he was convincing enough to have a trial ordered, but the next judge refused to hear arguments from a clown.
Submitted by Dr. Prole on Sat, 08/11/2007 - 08:20.
Well, your lone blogging mistress has been working herself into a state of utter exhaustion this week, so here's the quick and dirty. *Pale - please come home soon!
This weekend, if possible, get yourself away from light pollution and outside at night to view the Perseid meteor shower. From CBC:
This year, the meteor shower will light up the skies late Sunday and be at its brightest early Monday from 1 a.m. until 4 a.m. ET, when sky watchers could see 60 to 90 streaks of light per hour, said U.S. astronomer Tom Van Flandern.
Also from CBC, 9-yr old Cedrika Provencher is still missing. Poor babe. Please go to the link, look at her picture, and call the police if you think you've seen her or know anything about her disappearance.
Submitted by Dr. Prole on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 20:49.
Steve has vowed - VOWED! to defend Canada's sovereignty over the Arctic.
Even though Global Warming is a myth perpetuated by Al Gore and George Soros and Mecha-Zombie-Hitler to impoverish and enslave the human race under a One World Super Granola government, in which case this will all be moot because the North Pole will once again solidify, everybody seems to want a piece of that sweet Arctic action.
The Russians sent a submarine a-courtin'. They planted a flag there. Is that how it's still done? You go somewhere and if you're the first flag, you get to say it's yours? Well roll over, Russia, there's four other potential suitors looking to get into the Artic's seabed: Norway, Denmark, The Republic Under Bush, and Canada. There's that whole Hans Island thing with Denmark already, which I just learned about today at this here link to CNN. What I didn't learn is why the island is such a hot property, to the point of potential boycotts of pastry. Is it filled with gold? Magic powers? Alien landing strip?
Submitted by Dr. Prole on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 20:51.
Every time I read the NYT, something royally pisses me off. If it's not the horrible, stressful, complicated and exhausting lives of multi-millionaires in Silicon Valley, it's something else. This time, it's something that I've actually joked about over at The Next Agenda in the past.
Say someone decided (4.22 / 9) the word "bitch" was declared illegal to say due to its sexist connotations. What do you think the first thing I would say upon hearing the news? "Bitch, puh-lease!" You can't make words illegal. You can confront someone about saying a word that you think is offensive or inappropriate. You can even say they're an asshole for saying it. But you can't say, "it is now illegal to utter that word". That is a patently abysmal idea.
The New York City Council is gunning for a city-wide ban of the word "bitch". Oy. Ain't that a bitch.
Submitted by Dr. Prole on Mon, 08/06/2007 - 10:00.
Ever since I figured out the best way to run an extension cord outside of my new place, I've been patio blogging. An interesting thing - I can see the Peace Arch from here. Most days it makes me laugh, as there is some irony in being able to view it from my new home. I had some significant problems with my initial immigration application, and was harshly and cruelly (IMHO) turned back at that very border, with a full U-Haul, a sedated cat, and a stack of papers that weren't even looked at by the
Submitted by pale on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 11:41.
And a note that I will be not around so much this week...So be good, or don't get caught..
Wish me luck. I'm Going to need it.
wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! see ya on the road
Submitted by pale on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 10:43.
Before North America was found by the Europeans, while we were still living in the dark ages.
Through storms and fires, while the world was busy with many wars and went through many famines, through droughts and disasters.
The silent witness withstood so many things, and grew and flourished for 1000 years. A home to many other creatures, and part of one of the last standing rainforest's of the world......
Heres a vid taken by Sunshine Coast Citizens Concerned with Responsible Development
Photo by Garth Lenz From the site: Friends of Clayquot sound.
Until last week, when a logging company downed an ancient treasure.
Submitted by Dr.Frink on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 20:37.
Minister of Agriculture and Agrifood Chuck Strahl and by extension Prime Minister Steve, were on the receiving end of a Federal Court smack down Tuesday which in essence reminds them that when they try to govern our nation by executive fiat they are breaking the law.
Submitted by pale on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 09:24.
This reads like a story from the days of the Explorers....Well, except for the part where its a mini Submarine as the vessel, and the part where its a flag in a titanium capsule.
The Russians have called dibbs on the largest part of the North Pole. Its perhaps a very lucrative and oil rich area.
Submitted by Dr. Prole on Tue, 07/31/2007 - 21:01.
File under: Well that's rich.
The US House of Representatives, while failing to begin impeachment proceedings on the most criminal administration ever, today got some real important bipartisan work done. Health care? No. Ending the war? No. Stopping the slavery of the Northern Marianas Islands? Hah!
The hell, you say.
The resolution was introduced by Reps. Tom Lantos (D- California) and Christopher Shays (R - Connecticuit). Says Lantos, this "inhumane practice is far beneath the dignity of the people of Canada". How nice, a lecture on dignity from a member of the US Congress. From California.
From the Republican:
Mr Shays said: "I oppose the cruel practice of killing hundreds of thousands of young seals, as well as the environmental impact of this practice."
Submitted by pale on Tue, 07/31/2007 - 14:50.
Its hasn't been the easiest of times for the Harper Conservatives. They are feeling pretty wounded by the lack of support for legislation they want to pass as part of their "agenda".
They feel unloved in the polls, as they seem to be stuck where they were when elected into a minority government, by only 36% of the population.
Today 149 of them go on a three day summer retreat, to "discuss" new ideas, and directions they can go in the coming year.
But as the article I read this morning points out, anything that is decided, will be by the final word of the Canadian Decider; PM Harper.
During Harper's time as the leader of the opposition, he was vocal to an extreme about pointing out perceived government corruption and secrecy.
Steve, talking about the sponsorship scandal:
Submitted by Dr. Prole on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 23:24.
If you have mid-length to long hair, or live with someone who does, you are no stranger to the clogged drains. At some point, when you get sick of taking a shower in water up to your shins, you go and get the remnant of wire hanger that you initially cut up to clean your pipe, and start ramming it around in the drain. What you come up with is the gruesome wad of hair and slime that has been preventing your tub from draining. The clog.
If you're from outside the US, you're most likely familiar with the term "brain drain". It's where a lot of the best and brightest from a country immigrate, taking their talent and capital with them, to the US. Sometimes it's to escape persecution or oppression, but often it's for lower taxes, more money, or opportunity. Shortage of doctors and nurses? Brain drain. Lacking academics? Brain drain. Can't find that special someone? Comedians suddenly missing? Yep. Brain drain.
Submitted by pale on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 10:35.
I was reading an article in the Walrus July/August edition this weekend and its made me stop and think a few times.
The Author is also pondering, his question: Charisma in politicians.
What makes regular people actually like the person that they are considering voting for? Does it help when we see them in human moments, like when they appear on the Mercer report?
Apparently for many people this causes them to receive some sort of subconscious signal that the politician must be ok, "look! Hes petting a dog!" or "awwwwwwwwww, he's kissing a baby....."
Is that really enough to sway a voter? What about policy and ideas? Does the average Canadian base what they do at the ballot box on dog and pony shows and charisma?
No matter if you loved or hated Pierre Elliott Trudeau, he stood out in the pack. Well spoken, acerbic, highly intelligent and playful at times. You never quite knew what he would say, and the press followed him like a gaggle of geese. The master of the message.
Submitted by Dr. Prole on Sun, 07/29/2007 - 10:47.
So - you've been lurking around. That's great! At this particular moment in time, our special spooky hit counter is showing 430 unique visitors. Not too shabby for less than a month of existence! We've been added to the blogrolls of the very coolest in Canadian blogging - Canadian Cynic (I LOVE YOU GUYS!), Jim Bobby Sez, and Unrepentant Old Hippie. (We're still waiting to be accepted by Progressive Bloggers.)
Submitted by Dr. Prole on Sat, 07/28/2007 - 20:29.
I'm going to admit something. Come closer, let me whisper it to you...I got influenced pretty badly by advertising when I used to watch a lot of TV and read a lot of magazines. But I had an "a-ha!" moment several years back when I was watching the "The Manchurian Candidate".
Nah, it's not what you think. I'm talking about the scene where Frank Sinatra pours himself a drink. He goes to the bathroom sink and gets the water for his whiskey straight from the tap. I thought to myself, "Gross!" And then I thought, "Hmmm. Why do I find that gross?" Yep, several years of indoctrination by the marketing departments of bottled water pimps had my impressionable young mind convinced that tap water was icky, dirty, and to be avoided.
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