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January, 2015:

Yet another rant about texting…

… and driving.

So here I was last week, coming home from work along my usual route. I stopped at the Heron/Riverside lights and looked around me at the other vehicles. I really wasn’t to surprised to see that every one of the drivers were “heads-down”, furiously typing away or reading whatever was on their screens.

I have included a diagram below, for illustrative purposes. I have even given my intersection buddies cute nicknames.

I mean, I’m SURE whatever they were doing was vital and important. Maybe it was the latest post from Mashable. Maybe the newest trailer from Game of Thrones. Maybe they were discussing the effect of fracking on climate change. I really don’t know.

But I’m sure it was important.

Look, I’m not pretending to be the ideal driver who obeys every rule. I speed, for example. Not in residential areas, mind you, but my cruising speed on the 400-series highways is often over 120 kph if the conditions are OK.

But using a mobile device – EVEN IF PARKED AT AN INTERSECTION – is just plain old stoooooopid!

And I’m not big on bellowing for better police enforcement on something, but this is one completely asinine act that has to be clamped down on… soon.

Here endeth my rant.

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Alberta faces recession…

Because of falling oil prices.

I predicted this about two years ago. Right here.

… and Ontario bounces back.

With the bottoming out of the price of oil and the related low dollar, it was inevitable.

And I bet the short pants in the PMO are beginning to regret their short-changing and put-downs of Canada’s most populous province. They have surely made good sport of that over the past several years.

The Grit spin-dudes should have the good sense to dig up some of these clips to use in a targeted Ontario ad campaign.

 

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Great show of strength and unity by Parisians, but….

… the participation in it by some of the world leaders takes the shine a way somewhat. If indeed the march was also in defence of freedom of speech.

For example:

– Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who had several journalists jailed for insulting him in 2013.

– Saudi ambassador to France. The Saudis publicly flogged blogger @raif_badawi for “insulting Islam”. He’s due to receive 100 lashes.

– Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, whose forces killed 7 journalists in Gaza last year.

– The Foreign Minister of Bahrain, 2nd biggest jailer of journos in the world per capita (they torture them to!)

– The foreign Minister of Russia? Seriously? Russia? That bastion of freedom of the press and expression?

A nice summary of those countries who routinely jail – or do worse to – journalists can be found here.

All I’m saying is that Parisians and the French have shown the world that they will not be cowed.

However, some of the leaders that participated in the march should have stayed home until they clean up their own houses… else their hypocrisy taints a very honourable event.

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Does anyone doubt an early election now?

First, this morning, with the ouster of the Burglar of National Defense, Harper was clearly wiping the table of any “nuisance” that may dog him during the campaign.

Now, it comes to light that Harper will deign to meet the Premier of Canada’s largest province before the junior hockey game tonight; thus deflecting criticism that he has put partisanism ahead of a harmonious relationship between the two levels of government.

The Budget will come down. Harper will pronounce that Parliament has become unworkable (how he’ll make this claim will be interesting as he has a majority). Or, and more likely, he’ll use the falling oil prices and the looming (and made-up) economic crisis as a reason to seek a fresh mandate early.

One way or another, Steve will get this nasty election business out of the way before the Duffy trial is well underway and before massive layoffs in the oil-patch hit home.

You can bet on it.

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