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October 11, 2009

Photoshop out of control

Lately I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos relating to how the fashion industry is getting over zealous in creating the "perfect" woman (or man).  One insider states that 99.99% of model photos in current fashion magazines have at least moderate retouching done.  Of the examples shown, these had little to do with background retouches, lighting, etc.  The majority of retouching was directly on the model herself.

The video below is from the Dove Self Esteem Fund showing a "girl next door" type of woman.  She's pretty, and looks normal.  In time-lapse the transformation from girl next door to supermodel is incredible.

Another powerful video drives hope the point that women and girls are exposed to this kind of "perfection" everywhere. 

I also found an interesting 5-minute video showing a very pretty woman being made more "perfect" as part of her experiment to become a bikini model.  I think you'll agree she had nothing to be ashamed of before the retouching.

Now, I like to think I'm not all that naive ... I know this stuff is out there.  Models have that perfect skin, and it's just... too perfect.  What I didn't realize is just how easy it is.  I've used Photoshop in the past to clean up some small logos, crop photos and maybe the simplest of retouches.

In one 6-minute tutorial, of which there are dozens on YouTube, I was able to make what I consider to be a pretty drastic change to a photo.  The imperfections are noticable, but the point I'm trying to make is that a Photoshop novice can make a significant edit in mere minutes.  Click on the photo below to see the before and after in full size.  If I can do this in 10 minutes, imagine what a true Photoshop professional can do in a few hours, paid handsomely.

* Supposedly Jennifer Love Hewitt - Cannot be confirmed.

September 29, 2009

Debtor's Revolt Now!

This is fucking awesome!!

I love it when a lowly individual takes on Corporate America and wins.  This woman, Ann Minch, posted a long YouTube rant directed at Bank of America.  In it she calls them, "...evil thieving bastards".  It seems, her rant made it to the top of BoA headquarters, as she received a personal call from Jeff Crawford, Senior Vice President of Existing Customer Credit Services.

Have a look at he video, read the CNN Money article and visit her site.  I know I'll be following this closely.

Source Links:
CNNMoney Article (Under construction as of Sept 29/09)

Four simple steps to take now:

  1. Pull your money from the big corporate banks and find a local community bank or credit union for conducting your banking business.
  2. Don't use credit cards unless you are able to pay the balance in full every month.
  3. Downsize and simplify your life to reduce stress and cost.
  4. Don't be passive. Demand fairness from your creditors.

September 22, 2009

Rogers F*cks it's customers again!

Have a look at the blurb below and form your own opinion:

Rogers is scrapping the $6.95 system access fee and replacing it with a "regulatory recovery fee" that will differ by province.
The new fee, which takes effect on Oct. 5, will range between $2.46 and $3.46 per month, depending on the region. In addition, Rogers is raising the base rates of its plans by $5 and adding three free calling features — call forwarding, Who Called and Call Manager, which allow customers to manage incoming calls and alerts them to calls received when their phones were off.
Full article...

So, if my math is correct, rates will be increasing by $0.51 to $1.51!

Two questions:
1) How does this benefit consumers?
2) "regulatory recovery fee"... Which regulation? Recovering what?

Let the bitching commence!

Thong. FAIL!

Ok, no commentary needed.  This just made me

fail owned pwned pictures
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September 18, 2009

Facebook Burgler Busted

Sometimes we need to stop and give thanks to <insert deity here> that the vast majority of criminals are in the lowest 2% of the IQ bell curve.

MARTINSBURG - The popular online social networking site Facebook helped lead to an alleged burglar's arrest after he stopped check his account on the victim's computer, but forgot to log out before leaving the home with two diamond rings.
Jonathan G. Parker, 19, of Fort Loudoun, Pa., was arraigned Tuesday one count of felony daytime burglary.

According to court records, Deputy P.D. Ware of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department responded on Aug. 28 to the victim's home after she reported the burglary.
She told police that someone had broken into her home through a bedroom window.
There were open cabinets in her garage, and other signs of a burglar.
The victim later noticed that the intruder also used her computer to check his Facebook status, and his account was still open when she checked the computer.
The victim later noticed that she was missing two diamond rings from her dresser in the same room as her computer.
The two rings were worth more than $3,500, reports indicate.
During the investigation, a friend of the victim told her that he knew where Parker was staying, in the same area as the victim's house.
Police then went to the home and spoke with a friend of Parker's.
The man said Parker had stopped by his home occasionally, but he said the man didn't live there.
He also said that the night before the burglary, Parker asked him if he wanted to help break into the victim's home but he refused.
As of Tuesday evening, Parker remained in custody at the Eastern Regional Jail on $10,000 bail.
If convicted he faces one to 10 years in prison.


September 11, 2009

Megan Fox in Toronto

I just wanted to see how many people were led to this story from Google or Yahoo. lol

Yes, Megan Fox is here in Toronto, for the Toronto International Film Festival. Smokin!
Have a look here for more TIFF pics/news.

Actress Megan Fox and boyfriend Brian Austin Green take a stroll through Toronto's Yorkville district last weekend. (PHOTO: John White)

August 30, 2009

Craigslist: 8 Reasons for Canada to invade the USA

This was an actual ad posted on the Vancouver Craigslist site. While somewhat dated, there are some valid points here...

A plea for help to my Canadian bretheren

Date: 2008-09-08, 3:21PM PDT

I am honestly making this request from the bottom of my heart. Some of us down here in the States need your help. We want you to invade the United States. We have nut jobs in this country and they are actually getting elected to office.

Now I know what you are thinking: "But you hosers have made your own mess down there, we don't want anything to do with you." And you're right, but we do have a few things to offer you, here are eight reasons why you should invade:

1. Hockey. I know, you're wondering how the US can give Canada Hockey? But the majority of the NHL teams are in the US and let's be honest, we don't exactly treat them the way they deserve to be treated, they are considered second class sports by most Americans. Ask the average American who won the Stanley cup and they will stare at you blankly. You can have all our hockey teams and give those boys the love they deserve, besides all the players are already Canadian.

2. Unlimited Expansion of Tim Horton's. Look, if you haven't noticed we Americans have a weight problem, we're fat. I'm eating a hotdog, drinking a milkshake and injecting my veins with butter as I write this. We all know that Timmy's coffee and Donuts are far better than our beloved Dunkin' Donuts down here so Timmy's will have no problem finding customers.

3. Billions of Health care dollars. We pay more per capita for healthcare than you do, but over 50 million of us do not even have insurance. Do you know what that means? You can take over the private health care industry and combine it with your national health care system and you will have billions of dollars left over. All you need is to consolidate the mess we call private health insurance here and you will be swimming in cash, just like the private insurance companies are.

4. Republican Daughters. Just look at our Republican daughters. The Bush girls have been getting drunk every chance they get since they were teenagers. We know Palin's daughter has no problem with pre-marital sex. John McCain's wife was willing to have an affair with him while he was still married. These women are the best of both worlds, lady's in public and freaks behind closed doors. You can bring these girls to meet mom then take them home for a wild ride.

5. The White Spot Restaurant. If you saw the diversity, or lack thereof, at the Republican convention then you would know that an eatery named "The White Spot" would be wildly popular here in the US.

6. Guns. I know Canada has some tight regulations regarding guns, but we have none of that here. You can shoot someone in the face and suffer no consequences, just ask our current Vice President. So for those of you who like to shoot things, come on down.

7. Comedy. We have this hilarious station down here that is all comedy, all the time. No, not Comedy Central, it's called Fox News and it is hilarious. They pretend to be fair and balanced when they are really anything but, it really is funny.

8. Canadian Bacon. Once again our fatness is our weakness. Just cut it into the shape of a gun or a naked woman and we will never stop eating, your bacon industry will explode.

So there you go, eight reasons why you need to cross the border and invade us. Please help us. You will find about half of the country will welcome you with open arms. Thanks to our invasion of Iraq there should be no problem with one country invading another sovereign country, Russia has already exercised this new option.

I have my Canadian flag ready!

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August 21, 2009

Epic Facebook Fail

Yes, I ripped this off from somewhere else.

Seriously, are there people out there this stupid? Really...?

August 18, 2009

Rifle at Obama Protest - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

This ranks up there with giving away a free gun in a bank when you open up an new account.
I'm Canadian and clearly... I just don't get it.

From the article:
A man toting an assault rifle was among a dozen protesters carrying weapons while demonstrating outside President Obama's speech to veterans on Monday, but no laws were broken. It was the second instance in recent days in which weapons have been seen near presidential events.
Asked whether the individuals carrying weapons jeopardized the safety of the president, Donovan said, "Of course not."

The individuals would never have gotten in close proximity to the president, regardless of any state laws on openly carrying weapons, he said. A venue is considered a federal site when the Secret Service is protecting the president and weapons are not allowed on a federal site, he added.

August 17, 2009

A Jamaican's First Winter

I remember reading a version of this ages ago and just laughing. It works best if you're one of those who can pull off a credible Jamaican accent!


October 8th
Yes! We have arrived in Manitoba!!! Finally!!! This marks a new chapter in our lives. It's very nice here. It's a little cool, but who needs all that HOT weather in Jamaica? This is perfect... not too hot, not too cold.

October 15th
It is getting a little cooler, but we are adjusting. We bought some nice sweaters today and went for a short walk. Loving Canada!!! This is what life's all about.

October 30th

The weather is definitely cooler now. We taped all the windows shut, so cold air cannot creep in... Outside may be cold, but it feels like Jamaica in this house. Ahhhh!

November 11th
The news reports say snow is on the way... we cannot wait!!! We have never seen snow and it should be pretty exciting to see it for the first time. Wow! We just cannot wait!

November 14th

Guess what? Started snowing! The first of the season and the first real snow we have ever seen. The wife made some Grata Cake and we sat by the window watching soft flakes drift down, clinging to the trees and covering the ground. Could never do anything like this in Jamaica. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT!!!

November 15th
We woke to a lovely blanket of crystal white snow covering the landscape. What a FANTASTIC sight! Every tree and shrub was covered like a beautiful white mantle. I shoveled snow for the first time and loved it. I did both our driveway and sidewalk. Later, the city snow plow came along and accidentally covered up our driveway with compacted snow from the street. The driver smiled and waved and I waved back and shoveled again. Canadians are so friendly!!!

November 18th
It snowed an additional twelve inches last night and the temperature has dropped to around minus eight degrees. The cold weather is not so bad... we can take this, not at all as bad as we imagined. Several limbs on the trees and shrubs have snapped due to the weight of the snow. I shoveled our driveway again. Shortly afterwards the snow plow came by and did his trick again. Much of the snow is now brownish grey.

November 19th
Warmed up enough during the day to create some slush, which soon became ice again. Bought snow tires for both the cars. I slipped and fell on my "ass" in the driveway, paid $150 for the chiropractor, but fortunately nothing was broken. More snow and ice is expected ... hmmmm.

November 20th

Still cold. Sold my wife's BMW and bought a 4x4 in order to get to work. (suck teet)

November 21st
On my way to work, de damn 4x4 skidded into the rass guardrail and did considerable damage to the right fender. Then we had another 15 inches of dat white sh*t last night. The vehicle is now covered in salt and crud. More shoveling in store for me today. Di damn snowplow man clear di friggin' street an' cover up mi rass driveway for the last time. Watch me an' him blood claat nex time.

November 22nd
Kiss mi neck... the first heating bill jus' a come! A how the hell it come to so much ???

November 30th
A minus 30 frigging degrees out a door! And more rahtid snow de pon de way. Not a tree or shrub ina di yawd whe no get damage. De power off most of the blood claat night. Wi try fe keep from freezing to death wid candles and kerosene heater, but the heater tip over an' nearly bun dung the rassclaat house. Mi manage to put out de flames dem, but end up wid second degree burns pon mi hands, bun off mi yeyebrow and yeyelash dem. Den wha' yuh tink' happen. De rass car nuh slide on the white **** (again!) on the way to de hospital and wi haffi write it off. (suck teet)

December 5th
Rahtid... dis snow nuh out fi stop??? Di ting keep coming down! Mi affi put on all a di clothes wey mi own just fi go out to di damn mailbox. If I ever catch de frigga wey drive di rahtid snowplow yuh see, I gwine light him up wid some ***** lick. Yuh know wha' mi really tink? Mi bet sey 'im hide round di corner and wait 'til me finish shovel, den come down the street fast fast and cover up mi driveway again. Him wicked nuh blow wow!!!

December 10th
A wha' kinda sh*t is did? The power still off. The toilette freeze up some part a di roof look like it out fi cave in. But a wha a de blood claat a gwan yah suh?!?!

December 19th
Eleven more rass claat inches a snow an' ice!!!!!!!!!! Jah now...dis nuh right. Ah give de snow plow driva one bumba-claat ***** lick crass him head back wid de snow shovel ... 'im run whey and scream sey 'im a ago press charges .... (suck teet)

December 21st
But is wha' dis .... de wife dun run whey and leave mi!

December 22nd
The pu**y claat car won't start and mi tink mi ah go snow-blind. Mi caan feel mi toe dem and mi nuh see the bloodclaat sun fi weeks!!!! An' guess wha? The weatherman ah predict more snow!!!!!!!! Good fi rass him. The wind chill is 30 pu**yclaat degrees below zero !!

December 25th
Merry Bumba Claat Christmas ... mi backside! Mi a move back to sweet, sweet Jamaica teday 'cause dis place yah a go kill mi!!!! 'Farin' a nuh fi everybody!!!!

Final Resting Place

We all have to go sometime. Might as well have fun with it :-)

August 13, 2009

The Perfect Day - Women vs Men

Men and Women are equal, but we're certainly not the same...


8:15 Wake up to hugs and kisses.
8:30 Weigh 5lbs. lighter than yesterday
8:45 Breakfast in bed, squeezed orange juice and croissants
9:15 Soothing hot bath with fragrant lilac bath oil
10:00 Light workout at club with handsome, funny personal trainer.
10:30 Facial , manicure, shampoo, and comb out.

12:00 Lunch with best friend at an outdoor cafe.

12:45 Notice ex-boyfriend's wife, she has gained 30 lbs.
1:00 Shopping with friends.
3:00 Nap.
4:00 A dozen roses delivered by florist. Card is from a secret admirer.
4:15 Light workout at club followed by a gentle massage.
5:30 Pick outfit for dinner. Primp before mirror.
7:30 Candlelight dinner for two followed by dancing.
10:00 Hot shower. Alone.
10:30 Make love.
11:00 Pillow talk, light touching and cuddling
11:15 Fall asleep in his big, strong arms.


6:00 Alarm.
6:15 Blowjob.
6:30 Massive dump while reading the sports section.
7:00 Breakfast. Filet Mignon, eggs, toast and tea.
7:30 Limo arrives.
7:45 Bloody Mary en route to airport
8:15 Private jet to Augusta Georgia.
9:30 Limo to Augusta National Golf Club.
9:45 Play front nine at Augusta, finish 2 under par.
11:30 Blowjob

11:45 Lunch. 2 dozen oysters on the half shell. 3 Heinekens.

12:15 Blowjob.
12:30 Play back nine at Augusta, finish 4 under par.
2:15 Limo back to airport. Drink 2 Bombay martinis.
2:20 Blowjob
2:30 Private jet to Nassau, Bahamas. Nap.
3:15 Late afternoon fishing excursion with topless female crew.
4:15 Blowjob
4:30 Catch world record light tackle marlin - 1249 lbs.
5:00 Jet back home. En route, get massage from naked supermodel.
7:00 Watch Sportscenter.
7:30 Dinner Lobster appetizers, 1963 Dom Perignon, 20oz. New York strip medium rare.
9:00 Relax after dinner with 1789 Augler Cognac and Cohiba Cuban cigar.
10:00 Have sex with two 18 year old nymphomaniacs.
11:00 Massage and Jacuzzi.
11:45 Go to bed.
11:46 One last blowjob
11:59 Let loose a 12 second, 4 octave fart. Watch the dog leave the room.
12:00 Laugh yourself to sleep

August 12, 2009

A Reversal of Tolerance - Part 3

Disclaimer: I am a Canadian born white male, married into a visible minority family. I consider myself very open minded and non-racist; however, I do have opinions - some of which may be interpreted as racist and/or prejudice. These opinions are my own, and I welcome any feedback as long as it remains civil.

In this series, I will be discussing examples of where we (society, governments or individuals) demanded our rights, often at the expense of common sense. At the end of each example, I'll include my personal opinion. (Hey, it's my blog...)

Part 1 - White Males Need Not Apply
Part 2 - The RCMP Uniform - A Canadian Institution

Part 3 - Hidden in plain sight

In recent years, the Muslim faith has gained a lot of attention for unfortunate reasons. 9/11 was obviously a major world event (to put it mildly), but was initiated by only a handful of radical Muslims. Only the truly ignorant will believe that those individuals represent the entire faith.

One positive outcome of 9/11 is the world now has a better understanding of Islam and Muslims. While headlines are occupied by tales of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, there has also been a lot of coverage of what Islam truly is. I won't profess to be an expert on the subject - religion in general never appealed to me - but I have gained a basic understanding and respect for the belief.

BUT... this series is about tolerance.

Burqas have gained a lot of headlines around the world recently as well. In parts of Europe (Netherlands, Belgium and France), there has been discussion of banning burqas in public. Why? Is is a security issue? Is it a women's rights issue? Is it simply an issue of fitting in? It may be all of the above.

Fitting in - In my area there is quite a large Muslim community; however, when I see a group of women walking together in the black burqas with only their eyes exposed, I can't help but stare. It's not what I'm accustomed to. It's not what I grew up with. And that's really my only issue... they don't fit in. I consider this as a fault in myself. They're not hurting anyone, not causing any problems... they just look different.

Women's Rights - Covering up a woman and only exposing her eyes is a man's idea. Pure and simple. Other men are not allowed to see a wife's or daughter's face, unless she is his (yes, possessive). I would be very curious to ask these women, if they were permitted, would they prefer to walk around in plain street clothes as western women do? Or are they so conditioned to consider that as unacceptable? In their day-to-day lives, are they feeling the oppression, or are they completely indifferent to it since it's just all they've every known. It just is.

Security - This is a sensitive area, where tolerance may have crossed the common sense line. Police and security forces do not like obscured faces. They are trained to read body language, facial expressions and to memorize facial features of wanted individuals. Naturally, a burqa would make these forces uncomfortable. But what are they to do? If asked to reveal her face, a Muslim woman could make a large human rights issue in public over this, possibly ruining the officer's career.

In a more specific example of taking this too far, the Canadian Government (Elections Canada) has allowed burqas to be worn when Muslim women vote. Everyone must bring photo ID to compare to their names on the voters registration list, and Muslim women are no exception, but what's the point when they're not required to remove their burqas? This has generated a lot of public resentment, including from Canada's own Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Even the Muslim Canadian Congress thinks it's a bad idea and has formally requested that Elections Canada rescind it's decision.

The freedom to practise a religion is sacred in Canada, but when does it go too far? When boarding a plane, do these women have to identify themselves? The security implications here should be painfully obvious. An extreme example, sure... but there must always be exceptions.

As I was working on an early draft of this entry, I came across an article on CNN that addressed Muslim women and Hijab's. While not exactly the same as a burqa, the do share some common controversial issues.

I found it interesting that much of the criticism some Hijab wearing American women face comes from Iranian-Americans:

Most of the trouble, though, came from Iranian-Americans, who came to the United States to escape the Islamic fundamentalists who seized power in 1979, she says.

"The Iranians here bother her more than Americans," Behnaz Hekmati says. "They say, 'We got rid of you guys. We came here because we didn't want to see you guys anymore.'"

Also from the article, one viewpoint from an unusually mature 17 year old high school student:

"It represents beauty to me," says Abdelaziz, the 17-year-old daughter of two Egyptian parents living in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

"My mom says a girl is like a jewel," Abdelaziz says. "When you have something precious, you usually hide it. You want to make sure you keep it safe until that treasure is ready to be found."

After reading this article I realized how beautiful this girl truly is, and how the Hijab seems to highlight her face even more. I have seen women like this many times on the subway in Toronto, and in my travels within Malaysia. She certainly has a point, and if she's voluntarily wearing the Hijab for her own reasons, then more power to her.

My Opinion: I'm going to be quite blunt here, and I'm sure some will be offended. What traditions people practise in their own home, as long as no one is hurt, is their business. I really don't care. But in public, you must respect the public laws. Women have equal rights in Canada (no, it's not perfect, but that's a debate for another day). Photo ID is a requirement to vote. There should be NO exceptions. Show your face, or don't vote. (Same would apply for the airline boarding example). When coming to a new country to build a new life, immigrants should make a reasonable effort to adapt to the local culture, and not expect the culture to adapt to them. You want to come to Canada, work, raise a family and contribute to the growth of my country? Then welcome to Canada! You want to come here and make it more like what you're accustomed to back home? Sorry, you should have stayed there.

However, if Lil Kim wants to wear a burqa, I'm ok with that. (Yeah yeah, poor taste. Hey, It's My Blog!)

Ok, bring it on.

Coming soon...
Part 4 - Christmas In August

August 11, 2009

Rednecks learn a lesson

Along the same lines as the Craigslist revenge ad, this one has video evidence.
Yes, it could have been staged, but I choose to believe it. It's just much funnier that way. ;)

- 2 rednecks armed with a video camera
- Yuppie and hot girlfriend in a sports car
- Rednecks taunt, follow, chase yuppie & girl
- Rednecks learn a valuable lesson

August 10, 2009

Lawyers. Suck.

For our American friends... remember, I'm only the poster, not the author. lol

This took place in Charlotte North Carolina. A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small
fires.' The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued and WON! (Stay with me...)

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!

With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine. This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award contest.


Posted to Craig's List Personals

No idea how true this is... but it's funny!
If you like this one, also look at a similar one I found on YouTube.

To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last. Date: 2009-03-23, 3:43 A M EST.

I was the guy with the black Burberry jacket that you demanded I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings. I hope you somehow come across this message.

I'd like to apologize. I didn't expect you to crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket. It was not cold, but I was wearing the jacket for a reason that evening. My girlfriend had just bought me that Kimber Model 1911 .45 A CP pistol for Christmas, and we picked up a shoulder holster for it that evening. It's a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head, isn't it? I know it probably wasn't fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with that brown sludge flopping about in your pants. I'm sure it was even worse since you left your shoes, cellphone, and wallet with me. I didn't want your buddies to come help you try to mug us again.

I called your mother, or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, and explained your situation. I bought myself and four other people in the gas station a tank full of gas on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 150 gallons and was extremely grateful! I gave your shoes to a homeless guy over by Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with the cash in your wallet. I threw the wallet in a pink "pimp mobile" parked at the curb after I broke the windshield and side window out and keyed the driver side.
I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell phone. Ma Bell just shut down the line, and I've only had the phone for a little over a day now, so I don't know what's going on with that. I got in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI with it. The FBI guy was really pissed and we had a long chat (I guess while he traced the number).

I'd like to apologize for not killing you, and instead making you walk back home humiliated. I hope you'll reconsider your choice of path in life. Next time you might not be so lucky. - Alex

August 5, 2009

A Reversal of Tolerance - Part 2

Disclaimer: I am a Canadian born white male, married into a visible minority family. I consider myself very open minded and non-racist; however, I do have opinions - some of which may be interpreted as racist and/or prejudice. These opinions are my own, and I welcome any feedback as long as it remains civil.

In this series, I will be discussing examples of where we (society, governments or individuals) demanded our rights, often at the expense of common sense. At the end of each example, I'll include my personal opinion. (Hey, it's my blog...)

Part 1 - White Males Need Not Apply

Part 2 - The RCMP Uniform - A Canadian Institution
Can there be anything more Canadian than the uniform of the RCMP? Even Monty Python poked fun at it! As Canadians, we often tire of the stereotype that our police (Mounties) ride around on horses in these elaborate uniforms. Every souvenir shop we go into that has anything remotely to do with Canada will have maple syrup and stuffed animals in these famous red uniforms. We get sick of it.

Until... Wait. Someone wants to change our sacred Mountie uniform??!! NO WAY!!! Well, yes way. Now, instead of being sick of the stereotype, many of us became loud and firm supporters defenders of this iconic red uniform

In 1990, Baltej Singh Dhillon became the first Sikh officer in the RCMP to be allowed to wear a turban instead of the traditional Stetson. On March 15, the federal government, despite protests, decided that Sikhs would be permitted to wear turbans while on duty as RCMP officers.

Comments from the public were loud and clear - mostly along the lines of "Other countries don't change their uniforms/protocols for others", or "he came to this country, he must adopt the Canadian culture", and of course it got much more rude than that.

Fortunately for Mr. Dhillon, history was on his side. From Wikipedia:
[...Sikh leaders pointed out that turbaned Sikhs served in the British Army in two World Wars and now work in many Canadian police forces.]

On March 15, 1990, policy was modified to allow for Sikhs to wear turbans while on active duty within the RCMP. The rest is history.

To this day, whenever there is a similar (even remotely) situation in the news, this always comes up as a hotly debated topic. The same arguments, the same complaints... often from the same people.

My Opinion:
When I first heard about this, I admit I was one of the complainers. I was the wise old age of 22 and knew everything there was to know about every conceivable topic. That is OUR uniform!! How dare you come here and change our country!! As I got older and added to my knowledge of everything, I became more flexible to the point I'm at today. Honestly, if this is the biggest item on our plate, we're in pretty good shape. From everything I've read, Mr. Dhillon was qualified in every way, did not get selected because he was a visible minority, went through the same training and any other cadet and has become a very accomplished officer. Hell, I even think his uniform looks quite sharp. So, if I am in need of RCMP assistance, and Mr. Dhillon shows up... I could care less what's on his head. Yes, the RCMP did modify its widely recognized ceremonial uniform. And you know what? Those damned stuffed bears are still in the souvenier shops! Life goes on...

July 29, 2009

A Reversal of Tolerance - Part 1

Disclaimer: I am a Canadian born white male, married into a visible minority family. I consider myself very open minded and non-racist; however, I do have opinions - some of which may be interpreted as racist and/or prejudice. These opinions are my own, and I welcome any feedback as long as it remains civil.

As recently as 20-30 years ago in North America, racism and prejudice were alive and well. It was normal. People were ok with it (well, visible majorities were anyway) and governments looked the other way.

It was a tolerance of the intolerable.

Today, while not totally eradicated, it is now illegal and socially unacceptable to treat a person differently because of the colour of their skin. In fact, it has become unacceptable to a point of going out of ones way to not be accused of racism. We hire visible minorities solely because of the colour of their skin. We make exceptions to laws to accommodate varying cultural and religious beliefs, often to the absurd extreme. In many cases, people are infuriated by this, and governments are proceeding blindly.

The tolerance is becoming intolerable.

Canada is a nation of immigrants. 96% of us are not considered aboriginal. This means we have done nothing but adapt, change and accomodate from day one. So to some extent, not only should be accept this as the truth, but embrace it as what makes Canada truly unique.

Having said that, we are a sovereign nation. Our traditions, cultures and laws must be respected. Change can and will happen, but it must be fair to all, and not to benefit any one race, culture, sex or religion.

In the next several entries I will be discussing examples of where we (society, governments or individuals) demanded our rights, often at the expense of common sense. At the end of each example, I'll include my personal opinion. (Hey, it's my blog...)

White males need not apply
In the early to mid-90's, the Province of Ontario had the NDP party in office, with Bob Rae as Premier.
During this time, some unusual hiring practises were put into place designed at increasing the number of visible minorities, women and disabled employees within the government's employees, otherwise known as affirmative action, or more commonly known as "White males need not apply".

Interestingly, the Federal government had a similar policy in place in 2005-2006:
"All persons recruited externally must be from designated groups (persons who are visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and women), except for cases having received ADM/CEO written approval."
Some people may justify this as "reverse discrimination", which is simply ignorant. Discrimination is discrimination.

During the first days of President Obama's administration there was a controversy surrounding a similar issue. Robert Reich, a top economic adviser to Obama, stated in a speech:

"I am concerned, as I'm sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers...

... I have nothing against white male construction workers, I'm just saying there are a lot of other people who have needs as well. There are ways in which the money can be, criteria can be set so the money does go to others, the long term unemployed, minorities, women... "
It seemed the more Mr. Reich attempted to clarify his statement, the further he dug himself into a hole. You decide what he really meant. If nothing else, this is proof that the issue is still a sensitive one.

My opinion: While I certainly support equality between race, sex and culture, there was (is?) a clear misrepresentation of the public working within the government. I am all for putting policies, procedures and controls into place to prevent this from happening in the future. This is by no means a simple task, and I'm glad I'm not charged with it's ownership; however, we cannot change history, only learn from it. Discrimination against a majority is no less a crime than against a minority.

Go on - your turn.

Coming in Part 2...
Can there be anything more sacred to Canadians than the uniform of the RCMP? The entire world identifies us with that red uniform. Even Monty Python poked fun at it!

July 13, 2009

Darwin was watching this one closely...

Omg Jill. idk where i am now. it’s 2 dark 2 C. I thk I fell :(

(Feel free to substitute "texting" for "crackberry-ing", "ipod-ing")

You know those people who bump into you on the sidewalk, or suddenly stop and you walk into them? Those drivers you see crossing over the yellow line, only to swerve back... and you notice them texting?

How important can a conversation be? You're on a cell phone typing to someone. Unless it's a two second "I'll be there in 5", why not CALL THEM? You have a phone in your hand!!

So here's a story about the latest moron to get her 15 minutes of fame. Not only did she do something extraordinarily stupid while engrossed in a text conversation, her parents are suing!! God Bless America!!


July 6, 2009

Is Universal Health Care a good thing?

Here in Canada we like to brag about our health care system, and we seem to get a lot of praise from around the world as well. The movie Sicko makes it look like the perfect system... completely free for all necessary medical procedures.

What stories like this don't get into are the politics behind the health care system. Here in Ontario, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) will only reimburse doctors for tests they (OHIP) deem relevant to the symptoms. This means that many ailments that are less common, or are masked behind conflicting/confusing symptoms may not be caught in time, or at all.

Additionally, every Canadian (certainly all of those I speak to) have a story of an incredulous wait time for a given procedure. Thankfully, I haven't experienced any serious illnesses in my family requiring immediate care, but I have heard the stories from close friends.

A recent story on CNN highlights, for the first time that I've seen, the negative side of Universal Health Care. There's a bit of he said, she said in this story, but lets just say, the numbers quoted didn't shock me. And that is sad.

My wife has been treated twice in foreign countries where health care isn't free, neither was a serious matter, and required only an exam and minor prescription:

The first was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and we expected a scary third world hospital. What we received was top-notch health care in a facility that looked more like a high end hotel than a hospital. 15 minute wait, 30 minute exam, 5 minute discharge. Total cost, CDN$183. Yes, this is a lot of money for the locals and it was a private hospital. Still... $183!!!

The second was in South Carolina, and we expected a bill of several hundred, but no... US$200. Total time was about 1.5 hours.

In both of these cases, the cost in Ontario for similar treatment would be $0. And that's great. However, I can assure you the wait time would be significantly more... in the area of 8-12 hours per visit. Is this reasonable? In my opinion, no... not as a normally expected wait time. Holidays, weather and major incidents (diseases, major accidents) will always mess up an ER schedule. But the norm??

In Ontario I have never been in and out of ER in less than 8 hours. Never.

June 25, 2009

iPhone 3GS with Rogers?

Like many technical people, I am intrigued by new technology. The iPhone is obviously one of the more popular and in-demand devices on the market right now. While there are other devices that some say are better - The Palm Pre, Android based phones and Blackberry - I have no interest in debating that here.

I live in the Toronto area and have been considering buying an iPhone 3GS. Being the type of person I am, I have also been researching it's features, capabilities and matching against my needs (ok, mostly wants). On that criteria alone, I'm almost sold. I want an iPhone.

The next thing to research is, of course, cost. Or so I thought. To most folks, cost is simply "how much do I have to pay?". Well that's simple to figure out. Ask. Then decide if you can afford it. Instead, I am looking at value, and not simple for the iPhone, but in comparison between other wireless providers.

Here's where it gets fun.

Given the new method of doing business between wireless providers and device manufacturers, each region typically has one official provider of the device. For Canada, it's Rogers Wireless. In the US I believe it's only AT&T (please comment if I'm mistaken). I haven't looked into the UK and European markets yet, and I know nothing about the Asian markets let alone the rest of the world.

This results immediately in one thing: a monopoly. And with a monopoly comes price gouging, one-sided contracts and nickel & diming. On top of that, I believe we in Canada are receiving an extra dose of love from Rogers sticking it to us in the a**. As I type this, I don't know... I only think this to be true. Below you will find a chart made up of what I think to be the package I would want from Rogers, compared to other wireless carriers. Where possible I will link directly to the source. Any notes will follow the table.

So... here goes some comparison shopping, in real time no less.
(Excuse my crappy HTML skills)

Provider Base Plan Term Extras Total Cost

  • $35 Unlimited Messaging

  • $30 6 GB Data Service Plan

  • 200 + 50 Bonus Weekday Minutes

  • Unlimited Evenings
    and Weekends from 9pm

  • 3Yrs
    $20 Visual Voicemail
    Value Pack
  • Visual Voice Mail

  • Call Display

  • WhoCalled™

  • Unlimited Text Messages

  • CAN$335*
    + $127/mo (1)
    AT&T Wireless

  • $39.99 Nation 450
    w/Rollover® Minutes

  • $30 Unlimited Data

  • 2Yrs
  • $15 Text Messaging 1500
  • US$335*
    + $84.99/mo
    Table Cell 18Mo
  • 600 minutes

  • 500 texts

  • Unlimited data
  • £275
    + £35/mo (2)
    (Hong Kong) Not yet available...

    * One-time activation fees are included in the iPhone cost

    (1) In Canada, all cell phones have a $.50 911 fee, and $6.95 "System Access Fee" on top of the selected rate plan. Included here in Total Cost. Sales taxes (GST & PST) have not been included.

    (2)The O2 website does not allow access to the store from non-UK based IP addresses. Pricing and plan obtained here. Please comment if you can provide more accurate info.

    Without calculating exact numbers, Rogers is the most expensive per month and has the longest term. In the world of technology, 3 years is a loooong time to wait until you can upgrade your device. Honestly, I don't think I've ever had a cell phone for more than 2 years.

    I invite comments, corrections, bitching and flaming. Bring it on.

    June 23, 2009

    NASA: Metric? NOT!

    I'm not sure if this is entirely a budget issue, or stereotypical Amercian arrogance. NASA choosing to keep imperial measurements on some projects, even current ones, is a recipe for disaster.

    Before you go flaming me for the "arrogant American" comment, it's a sterotype... I am well aware that the majority of American's do not fit in this mold. It is, however, a sterotype widely recognised throughout the world.

    So, is this an example of said arrogance? Is this purely a financial constraint? I'd have to believe the truth lies somewhere in the middle. While the rest of the world, including much of the US, uses the Metric system in all things scientific, this just seems... dumb.

    NASA's own Mars Climate Orbiter burned up on entry into Mars' atmosphere due to calculation errors between imperial and Metric. Following this incident, NASA reverted back to using Imperial units as their only system of measurement, starting with the Mars Rovers in 2004.


    If the US, or NASA, were the only agencies working in space I would see few problems arrising. Not a smart decision, but it shouldn't have any negative results. However, there are currently 15 other countries involved in the International Space Station alone - all of which use the Metric system.

    Wait for it... disaster will happen. The aviation world learned a valuable lesson which impacted the entire commercial airline industry. Let's hope NASA doesn't learn the hard way.

    Final Destination?

    Much like the movie (and it's crappy sequels) Final Destination, an interesting but sad news story out of Austria.

    Johanna Ganthaler and her husband Kurt must have been breathing more than just a sigh of relief last week. The couple had been on vacation in Brazil and they were running late. Despite their best efforts, they missed the plane that was supposed to take them back to Europe, leaving them feeling frustrated.

    It was a frustration that turned to grateful amazement - the jet that took off without them was Air France Flight 447, which crashed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 people onboard, including a former Guelph resident.

    The Ganthalers wound up taking an alternate flight back and arrived safely. They were driving home, when their vehicle veered off the road in Austria and into an oncoming truck.

    Johanna, who had managed to avoid dying in the plane crash, was killed in the collision, while her husband was seriously injured.

    It's not clear what caused their vehicle to lose control.

    June 22, 2009

    LCBO Workers May Be Next To Walk On Wednesday

    LCBO Workers May Be Next To Walk On Wednesday


    I get a kick out of this actually, having previously worked with the LCBO. At the time I was a student making in the area of $16/hr (late 80's) stocking shelves and occasionally working on cash. NOT a stressful job. As a casual employee, I paid minimal union dues and had the full protection of the union.

    I am not a fan of unions, as I believe they've outlived their usefulness.

    So, the LCBO wants to make the majority of their retail staff part-time based? Like almost every other retail line of business? I don't see a problem with it.

    In my mind, the only area of dispute is how they make the switch. Turfing existing full-time employees isn't the answer. Offer up early retirement or buy outs might work. Grandfathering in the part-time staff may work even better (e.g. no new full-time employees are hired, all part-time). Over time, the LCBO will get what they want, and current full-time employees will have minimal impact.

    It's a good day to die...

    But not today.

    When will you die?
    Have a look here...

    This blog will cease being updated in 33 years.

    June 20, 2009

    Why do men buy sex?

    First off, I am a man... not someone with a beef against guys who use escorts.
    The reason I'm posting here is I've just finished reading a magazine article entitled, "Why Do Men Buy Sex?" in Scientific American Mind, Volume 20, Number 3, 2009. This article discusses a number of possible reasons why men choose to use escorts, and one of the major proposed reasons is that "... these men typically want to use and dominate women".

    I've never visited an escort (you can choose to believe this or not), but I find it extremely hard to believe that to be anywhere near the majority. I'd tend to believe it's just the convenience of it. You're horny, the opportunity arises, and hey... why the hell not?

    While I know many women are forced into prostitution, many are not... they choose to do it. The money is good, demand is good, and she controls the supply. In the business world, this would be a dream come true.

    So, I've set up a poll and I invite you to let me know your opinion. No registration is required, and it's completely anonymous. I don't care if you've every visited and escort before, of you're a woman... or you're an escort. Everyone's entitled to an opinion. If your option isn't available in the poll, respond to the article with the same title and enter a comment with your opinion.

    UPDATE: The poll is closed. Here are the final statistics:
    Why do men buy sex?
    1) Intimacy on demand. 70 (39%)
    2) To use and dominate women. 16 (9%)
    3) Hidden fetishes/desires. 36 (20%)
    4) It's the only way I can get laid. 66 (31%)

    Casual Friday's

    Having been working in office environments for the bulk of my career, I'm accustomed to a variety of policies regarding what is appropriate office attire. Some have been 'business formal', meaning shirt and tie for men, and suit or skirt for women. Most these days seem to be steering towards 'business casual', which usually means no tie necessary and you can wear slightly less format pants, shirts, skirts, etc. Of course, there's also 'casual'... and many companies accept this on Fridays, allowing staff to wear jeans, t-shirts and other very casual wear.

    Now, I can stand ties and wear them only when absolutely necessary, but I do enjoy dressing up a little for work. On weekends I wear the basics - shorts or jeans, and a t-shirt. In my mind, this is never ok for office attire. Other professional will differ naturally, however, one thing should always be kept in mind. When you're at work, you are representing your company. Visitors in your office, or other staff if you go off-site to another locations, will see your attire and they will notice. Which brings me to a recent story I read...

    The council of Brooksville, Florida has decided to amend their existing dress code, enforcing employees to wear underwear and deoderant. Distracting, offensive or revealing clothing is also ver boten now, such as Spandex and halter tops, plus skirts "worn below the waistline such that the abdomen or back is exposed.

    So... I have two immediate thoughts.

    1) Who would consider going to work wearing spandex with no underwear or deodorant? In a private company, you represent your employer. In a government position (such as a city employee), you represent the city AND are paid by the taxpayers of the city, province, state, country.

    2) Ewww.

    I originally believed that this scenario simply evolved... it was a casual work environment and slowly got abused with no one responsible enough to step in until now. However, further reading has revealed that there is opposition to the new rules. Really??

    Oh yes... and who opooses this new dress code? A disgruntaled city worker? No. A slimy, greasy maintenance guy? Nope. A somewhat skanky chick in accounts receivable? Wrong again!

    Then who?!

    Well, the Mayor of the city of course.
    Mayor Joe Bernadini said the dress code is a way to bring more professionalism to the city, but he said the undergarment proviso was "a little far-fetched."
    "I think in a way it takes away freedom of choice," Bernadini said.

    EDIT: Just found this and HAD to add it..

    June 15, 2009

    Best divorce letter ever...

    This is a bit rude, but oh so perfect!
    You'll have to click on the image to see the full size and text.

    June 14, 2009

    Worst to First IS possible!

    If you're remotely close to being a hockey fan, you're aware that the Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2008-2009 Stanley Cup.

    4 years ago they were a nothing team, in a crappy run down arena and teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Then comes the NHL lockout, the draft lottery... and Sidney Crosby.

    I was skeptical at first that the Penguins could turn it around, let alone so fast (they were Stanley Cup finalists last year as well, losing to Detroit). I liked Ovechkin more than Crosby, and Malkin even showed a whole lot of promise.

    Could a team rebuild around their new Captain "Syd The Kid"? Apparently so. Crosby has played well, very well. But to date hasn't really lived up to the hype of being The Next One. Injuries, pressure from other players and some discipline issues have hampered what is already a great few years.

    What Pittsburgh did well though, is build around him. Last year and this year they really made some amazing acquisitions on top of Malkin and Crosby: Hossa, Fleury, Roberts, Gill, Kunitz, Guerin, Satan, Jordan Staal, Sykora, Gonchar and a host of others who really stepped up when needed.

    Did Sydney Crosby bring Pittsburgh the Stanley Cup. In my opinion, no. But he was the anchor to build a team around. As the youngest captain to ever lift the cup, his team mates (including many seasoned veterans) all looked to him to set the mood or pace for many games. It also shows that one player cannot win it all... It takes a team, long term thinking, strategy, coaching and a little luck to win a Stanley Cup.

    Now, can the Toronto Maple Leafs follow the same strategy that Pittsburgh did? Can they secure one or two young players of the Crosby and Malkin caliber? Can they understand that second round playoffs is no longer good enough, when over half the league qualifies for the playoffs?

    Even if the answer to all of that is a resounding YES! Even if the Maple Leafs do everything right, there is still no guarantee that it will work. See Ottawa Senators, NY Rangers, San Jose Sharks. They did everything right in past years and did not win.

    Good luck Toronto. You will need it.
    Sent via Blackberry (PIN:206E6A8F)

    June 12, 2009

    Sonny + Cher = WTF?

    What would you get if you crossed Sonny Bono with Cher?
    Sounds like one of those really bad jokes, doesn't it? Well, if you're old enough to remember, or a die hard fan (?!), they were actually permitted to procreate.

    She's actually an adorable little girl. World, meet Chastity Bono.

    Some 40 years later, times have changed. World, meet Chaz.

    From a recent article:
    Chastity Bono, gay-rights activist and child of performer Cher and the late entertainer and politician Sonny Bono, is in the early stages of transitioning from a female to a male and will be known as Chaz.
    "Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity..."
    "He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones. It is Chaz's hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his 'coming out' did nearly 20 years ago."

    Now, I'm all for gay rights, equality, etc. What someone does in their own bedroom is none of my concern. I have no particular religious opinion on this, and from the few gay individuals I've known personally, they're just regular folk like most of us.

    But this...
    1) I can't honestly say I'm surprised.
    2) Ick.
    3) Still not my business to judge. But it is my blog. ;-)

    June 10, 2009

    Actual letter to the Canadian Passport Office

    I suspect there are multiple versions of this out there, from various countries... but I'm sure we can all relate.
    I'm tempted to actually send this in, but I don't want to see an unmarked white panel van sitting down the road from my house.

    Actual letter to the Canadian Passport Office

    Dear Mr. Minister,

    I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.

    How is it that Radio Shack has my address and telephone number and knows that I bought a t.v. cable from them back in 1997, and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date.

    For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand?

    My birth date you have on my social insurance card, and it is on all the income tax forms I've filed for the past 30 years. It is on my health insurance card, my driver's license, on the last eight goddamn passports I've had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being allowed off the planes over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms that are done at election times.

    Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's name is Maryanne, my father's name is Robert and I'd be absolutely astounded if that ever changed between now and when I die!!!!!!


    I apologize, Mr. Minister. I'm really pissed off this morning. Between you an' me, I've had enough of this bullshit! You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my fuckin' address. What is going on? You have a gang of Neanderthal assholes workin' there!

    Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I don't want to dig up Yasser Arafat, for shit sakes. I just want to go and park my ass on a sandy beach.

    And would someone please tell me, why would you give a shit whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, I'd sure as hell not want to tell anyone!

    Well, I have to go now, 'cause I have to go to the other end of the city and get another fuckin' copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of $60!!! Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day?? Nooooo, that'd be too damn easy and maybe make sense. You'd rather have us running all over the fuckin' place like chickens with our heads cut off, then find some asshole to confirm that it's really me on the goddamn picture - you know, the one where we're not allowed to smile?!  (fuckin' morons)

    Hey, you know why we can't smile? We're totally pissed off!

    Signed - An Irate fucking Canadian Citizen.

    P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture and getting someone to confirm that it's me? Well, my family has been in this country since 1776 when one of my forefathers took up arms against the Americans. I have served in the military for something over 30 years and have had security clearances up the yingyang.

    I was aide de camp to the Lieutenant Governor of our province for ten years and I have been doing volunteer work for the RCMP for about five years.

    However, I have to get someone 'important' to verify who I am - you know, someone like my doctor WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COMMUNIST fucking CHINA !!!

    June 9, 2009

    SHOCKER - Adam Lambert is Gay

    And the sky is blue.
    NOW can we move on???
    Read it here...

    Adam Lambert talks about his sexuality and his "Idol" experience in the new Rolling Stone.

    Woman Sues Quaker Oats Because She Thought A Captain Crunch Crunchberry Was A Real Berry

    I copied this article in its entirety from here. It is not my own... I just think it's f***ing hilarious. I hope no one objects.

    Woman Sues Quaker Oats Because She Thought A Captain Crunch Crunchberry Was A Real Berry And She Learned It Isn't
    Ate them for 4 years for better health. In other news, eating Captain Crunch Crunchberries cereal does not improve mental health

    Janine Sugawara of California was shocked to learn that the "crunchberries" in Captain Crunch Crunchberries cereal are not real berries. She had been eating them for better health for four years.

    Pic of Captain Crunch Crunchberries should be here

    Whilst most people would be too embarrassed to tell anyone they had believed such a stupid thing, Sugawara went and filed a class action lawsuit against Quaker Oats, claiming that they purposely deceived "reasonable" people into believing that crunchberries were a real fruit. Can you have a "class" of one?

    While we are all fed up by the number of stupid lawsuits which are allowed to progress, and which often end with ridiculous awards, our hero, US District Judge, Morrison C. England, Jr., immediately dismissed the suit writing,

    "Under normal circumstances, when this Court grants a Motion to Dismiss, the Plaintiff is given a reasonable period of time, usually twenty (20) days, in which to file an amended complaint. In this case, however, it is simply impossible for Plaintiff to file an amended complaint stating a claim based upon these facts. The survival of the instant claim would require this Court to ignore all concepts of personal responsibility and common sense.The Court has no intention of allowing that to happen."

    The specific reasons for the dismissal include:
    • "Defendant chose the moniker `Crunchberries' for its brightly colored cereal balls. As far as this Court has been made aware, there is no such fruit growing in the wild or occurring naturally in any part of the world.

    • Sugawara's attorney had previously failed in an attempt to sue Kellogg under a similar Fruit Loops action. This makes him a cereal frivolous lawsuit filer.

    LexisNexis 20-May-09

    Click here to see the court's decision

    June 8, 2009

    92.5 JackFM is no more...

    Toronto's 92.5 JackFM R.I.P.

    Here's a sample of some feedback based on the recent format change of 92.5 JackFM here in Toronto:

    According to their website, "As of 3 p.m. on Friday June 5th, 2009, 92.5 JACK FM became KISS 92.5, Toronto's Hit Music Station."

    Great. Toronto was seriously lacking in crappy radio. Now we've FINALLY got a station that plays nothing but top 40 hip-hop 24/7.
    Don't get me wrong, JackFm wasn't anything special... but is was kind of like a iPod put on shuffle, with about 1,000 songs. Mostly mainstream, classic rock, etc. Still... easy to listen to without going insane.

    David returns to Italy

    After a two year loan to the United States,
    Michelangelo's David is being returned to Italy ....

    His sponsors while in the USA: