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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday's Vehicle - 1967 Karmann Ghia

The Harper government still have not accounted for this money

Where the heck’s that $3.1-billion? Where’s the fury?

So is that it? There is $3.1-billion in government money unaccounted for, as Auditor-General
Michael Ferguson reported some time ago. It just kind of flew off into the netherworld. And it seems most everyone has forgotten. As in, too bad taxpayer, nothing can be done.

You have to wonder, has there ever been so large a federal sum dematerialize like this? Will there be no inquiry? Will not one head roll – not a public servant’s, not a politician’s?

The money was initially targeted for public security and anti-terrorism funding. There was $12.9-billion allocated. Only $9.8-billion has been accounted for. Mr. Ferguson asked the Treasury Board, which is supposed to track spending scrupulously, to explain the gap, to come up with some answers. It didn’t have any. It still doesn’t.

The Conservatives, who tout themselves as first-rate managers of the public purse, seem just to have brushed it off. They hoped, maybe in their wildest dreams, that the story would go away in a few days after the A-G’s revelation back in April. And that’s what happened.



The Prime Minister without a heart doesn't care about the people

Income inequality is killing thousands of Canadians every year
A new study from Statistics Canada shows that income inequality is associated with the premature death of 40,000 Canadians per year.

By: Dennis Raphael Toba Bryant Published on Sun Nov 23 2014
The crash of an airliner is a tragic disaster that triggers major investigations and quick action to make sure the same problem doesn’t occur again. As a result, these events are, thankfully, extremely rare. Imagine the response, from industry, government and the public, if a plane crashed every day.
And yet a recent report by Statistics Canada highlights a preventable cause of death that is having exactly that kind of impact, but which is being largely ignored. The study demonstrates that income inequality is associated with the premature death of 40,000 Canadians a year. That’s equal to 110 Canadians dying prematurely each day. To put that into context, imagine a Bombardier CS-100 jet airplane full of passengers falling out of the sky every day for a year.
How does this report arrive at this conclusion? It followed 2.7 million Canadians over a 16-year period and calculated death rates from a wide range of diseases and injuries as a function of the person’s income. Canadians were divided into five quintiles of approximately equal numbers from poorest to wealthiest. The researchers then compared the number of deaths of the wealthiest 20 per cent of Canadians to the other 80 per cent.



Speak out now or lose another safety net for the working class Canadian

Over 3000 rally to stop cuts to health care and to stop private clinics in Ontario

Today thousands of people traveled from all corners of Ontario and gathered at the provincial legislation (Queens Park) to stop the cuts/closure of their local hospitals and to stop the increasing number of private clinics in the province.


Finally the mainstream media is saying what I said two years ago

16×9: Taxpayers will foot the bill for cleaning up contaminated sites

Giant Mine was once one of Canada’s richest gold mines, creating jobs and yielding more than 200 tonnes of the precious metal between 1948 and 2004.

It’s often been credited with helping to build the city of Yellowknife, NWT.

TIMELINE: Yellowknife’s Giant Mine

But there is a darker side to Giant Mine as well, one which may leave taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion.

The process used to extract gold from the mine created a highly toxic dust called arsenic trioxide. Today there is a large quantity of the substance buried underground, perilously close to downtown Yellowknife and an important marine ecosystem.

READ MORE: Arsenic trioxide: What is it is and why it’s so dangerous

Environmental advocate Kevin O’Reilly says the total amount of arsenic trioxide stored beneath the mine site is 237,000 tonnes.


Happy Thanksgiving America

Purple Rain (Prince) cover by Eva Vergilova

The baddest Mustang

VOTD: The Baddest 65 Mustang You'll Ever See!

Head cold

Thanks Normand

Engineering Test Question

An excavator weighing 22 tons is on top of a lowloader trailer and heading east on the Trans-Canada Highway in Alberta. 

The extended shovel arm is made of hardened refined steel and the approaching overpass is made of commercial-grade concrete, reinforced with 1-inch steel rebar spaced at 6-inch intervals in a criss-cross pattern layered at a 1-foot vertical spacing.

When the shovel arm hits the overpass, how fast do you have to be going to slice the bridge in half?

Assume no effect for head wind and no braking by the driver, who was on his cell phone.
Thanks Randy

Ole fills in !!!

A doctor in Newfoundland wanted to get off work and go hunting, so he approached his assistant.

'Ole, I am goin' huntin' tomorrow and don't want to close the clinic. I want you to take care of the clinic and take care of all my patients.'

'Yes, sir!' answers Ole.

The doctor goes hunting and returns the following day and asks: 'So, Ole, How was your day?'

Ole told him that he took care of  
three patients. 'The first one had a headache so I gave him TYLENOL.'

'Bravo, mate, and the second one?' asks the doctor.

'The second one had stomach burning and I gave him MAALOX, sir,' says Ole.

'Bravo, bravo! You're good at this and what about the third one?' asks the Doctor.

'Sir, I was sitting here and suddenly the door opens and a woman enters. Like a flame, she undresses herself, taking off everything including
 her panties and lies down on the table and shouts: ' HELP ME -    I haven't seen a man in over two years!!' 
'Tunderin' Yeezus, Ole,
 what did you do?' asks the doctor.

'I put drops in her eyes!!

Thanks Shirley

No Pun Intended

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.
2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't you start anything."
3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.
4. A dyslexic man walked into a bra.
5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says: "A beer please, and one for the road."
6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"
7. "Doc, I can't stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home."
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
"Is it common?"
"Well, It's Not Unusual."
8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field.
Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don't believe you," says Dolly.
"It's true, no bull!" exclaims Daisy.
9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.
10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.
11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn't find any.
12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident.
He shouted, "Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!"
The doctor replied, "I know, I amputated your arms!"
13. I went to a seafood disco last week...And pulled a mussel.
14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.
15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, "Dam!"
16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Not surprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories...
After about an hour, the manager came out of the office, and asked them to disperse.
"But why," they asked, as they moved off.
"Because," he said. "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."
18. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt , and is named 'Ahmal.' The other goes to a family in Spain ; they name him 'Juan.' Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."
19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him (oh, man, this is so bad, it's good).....A super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
20. A dwarf, who was a mystic, escaped from jail. The call went out that there was a small medium at large.
21. And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Thanks Ralph

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday's Vehicle - 1966 Mustang


US, Canada & Ukraine vote against Russia’s anti-Nazism resolution at UN

UN General Assembly’s Third Committee passed a Russia-proposed resolution condemning attempts to glorify Nazism ideology and denial of German Nazi war crimes. The US, Canada and Ukraine were the only countries to vote against it.

The resolution was passed on Friday by the committee, which is tasked with tackling social and humanitarian issues and human rights abuses, by 115 votes against three, with 55 nations abstaining, Tass news agency reported.

The document voiced concern over the rise of racism-driven crimes around the world and the influence that parties with extremist agendas are gaining.

It called for a universal adoption of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Many nations including the US, the UK, China and India, signed the convention but did not recognize a mechanism resolving individual complaints it establishes, which makes the convention unenforceable in their jurisdictions.

The resolution also decried attempts to whitewash Nazi collaborators by depicting them as fighters of nationalist resistance movements and honoring them as such

It condemned any form of denial of Nazi war crimes, including the Jewish Holocaust.


Outing the Conservative spin doctors

Canada's deficits and surpluses, 1963-2014

Last Updated: March 18, 2014

The deficit is a key consideration for all parties as the federal government brings down its budget. Use the chart to explore Canada's budgetary surplus and deficit history, including revenue and expenditure figures for every fiscal year from 1963-'64 to 2013-'14.
Select a prime minister's name on the left-hand side to highlight figures from his time in office. John Turner and Kim Campbell each served for less than one fiscal year; data for their tenures is included as part of their predecessors' terms. (Go to link to see deficit by Prime Minister)