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February 27th, 2011:

The Oscars – whatta crock – instead, I’ll be watching the new chicken channel!

I’ve never been one for award shows. To me, they seem like annual self-indulgent, self-congratulatory glitzy and over the top spectacles that symbolise all that is wrong about Western culture.

And it’s not just the Academy Awards. All of those Hollywood pieces of crap with their red carpets, designer clothes (“who are you wearing” – GAG!) and fake smiles. And a gazillion folks will be wasting their time watching this smut tonight!

Get a life, people!

OK – I needed to vent. Bad day today what with the Gunners LOSING to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final. BIRMINGHAM!!!! As a friend said on Fabebook earlier,

Birmingham – don’t we do nuclear testing there…SHOUDN’T WE DO NUCLEAR TESTING THERE…Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……………….

And that’s not all! I had the fortune of being treated to the usual big telecom company crap about not giving a shit about the customer! I worked it out with a customer “service” rep last week to allow me my daughter to do the hardware upgrade thing a few weeks early (ooooo… what a favour!) as she lost her phone last weekend a need something new.

“Yes, sir!” That was the answer I was given after the rep went back and forth with her Supervisor for about 10 minutes. “She can do the full upgrade”.

Woo-hoo! BUT, we get to the Bellworld (who was the slacker who thought of THAT name for their stores?) and the upgrade is NOT in the system! I get pissed off. The kid too. And we stomp out of there having wasted a good half hour of our lives that we will never get back! What incompetence!

Yeah, switch companies, right? Sure. And the service I get from Rogers or would be privy to from Telus, et al would be any better? J’en doute! Besides, she is taking responsibility for this phone which means she really doesn’t want to pay the C note that Rogers charges for the 8 Gb iPhone.

Anyhooooo… back to work tomorrow where all will be peachy keen coming up roses. No complications. No drama.



Ontario Hydro and Agent Orange

This is a tad disturbing.

Seems as though a few decades back, Ontario Hydro went a bit crazy with that popular defoliant, Agent Orange. You know, the one used in Vietnam?

And in my old neck of the woods (so to speak).

I might have come across the after effects as a kid. I clearly recall riding in the dump truck with my Dad around about 1972 or so and seeing swaths of bush cleared out along power line corridors. It almost looked like it had been burned.

“Every power line in Ontario was sprayed,” said Sidney Rodger, a former Hydro supervisor who worked in Eastern Ontario from 1958 to 1968. “All this spraying was done in urban and rural areas with no regard for creeks and streams or residents and wildlife.”

Wow. How times have changed. We sometimes sorta care about the environment now and then – as long as it doesn’t cost much inconvenience us or create any negative publicity.

And, of course, Hydro One must be taking some responsibility for the employees’ negative health outcomes that have resulted from exposure to the chemicals? Right?

Hydro One pointed the Star to a different study, based on a questionnaire, that concluded forestry workers who were routinely exposed to poisonous herbicides were no more likely to die of cancer than men in the general population, though it did show a significant increase in suicide.

Or not.