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Oh, marvellous…. and there was me thinking I’d left all this behind….

Big Brother Interested In Your Garbage (Castanet)
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Kelowna Council will be asked Monday to pony up approximately $1.50 to $1.70 per household per year for on-board computers, software, data collection and data hosting services not included in the initial phase of the project.

In his report for council, Utility Services Manager Don Degen says along with collecting basic data, the system makes it easy for collection drivers to gather additional information that may result in further contact with the customer, or constitute an offence such as an illegal item in the cart, a cart in a bike lane or an overloaded cart.

Er…. “illegal items” in the cart?

Now, assuming they are still going to be unlocked allowing them to picked up and emptied, and they are still left at the roadside, what happens when someone walks down the street and decides to put something in the nearest bin, being mine, for example, not intentionally, but nonetheless “illegal”? What happens? I’m fined? It’s happening in the UK, so please, get your head out of the clouds….

Also, when you tell me it’s for all our benefit, making life “easier”, bear in mind that’s also what you told me when the radio transmitting water meters were installed, only to find out a couple of months ago that there were after all, ulterior motives….

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Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says….


Thanks for asking if we wanted them, government of Canada and thanks for doing the homework on them before you forked out the cash, OUR cash. Let’s hope someone kept the receipt….

Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says

A leading Israeli airport security expert says the Canadian government has wasted millions of dollars to install “useless” imaging machines at airports across the country.

“I don’t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747,” Rafi Sela told parliamentarians probing the state of aviation safety in Canada.

That’s why we haven’t put them in our airport,” Sela said, referring to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, which has some of the toughest security in the world.

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Oh well, it’s not like we need the cash is it. I mean, who needs skool buses anyway….

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Organic Food IS Better….

So, “organic food is no better!”, I heard you all cry! “You’re mad! You’re being conned!”….

Yeah, right….

Half of all the fruit & veg you buy is contaminated.

ALMOST HALF of the fresh fruit and veg sold across the UK is contaminated with toxic pesticides, according to the latest scientific surveys for the government.

Nearly every orange, 94% of pineapples and 90% of pears sampled were laced with traces of chemicals used to kill bugs. High proportions of apples, grapes and tomatoes were also tainted, as were parsnips, melons and cucumbers.

Alarmingly, as much as a quarter of the food on sale in 2008 – the date of the latest figures – was found to contain multiple pesticides. In some cases, up to ten different chemicals were detected in a single sample.

Experts warn that the “cocktail effect” of so many different chemicals endangers health. They also point out that some of the pesticides are not only cancer-causing but also so-called “gender-benders” – chemicals that disrupt human sexuality.

I see,…. “cancer causing” as well as “gender bending” chemicals, that “disrupt human sexuality”?

What’s that? Speak up. You’ve gone quiet, you know who you are, you were happy to laud the FSA report at me the other day, what’s happened? Where’s your cocky put downs now?

So, the headline, on the BBC website, from the 29th July 2009;

Organic ‘has no health benefits’
Organic food is no healthier than ordinary food, a large independent review has concluded.

…. is basically, false, if not an outright lie. It clearly IS healthier, as I’m not ingesting pesticides capable of causing cancer or turning me into a female version of myself, or my son into his sister and vice versa. Not to mention, that the review was so large, it failed to take into account the pesticide issue, one of the main reasons people prefer organic produce.

You can believe the FSA if you want. I don’t. I’m sticking with organic food…. sorry, let me rephrase that, I’m sticking with naturally grown food. You can have the lab/chemically enhanced stuff if you want.

But then I’m going to remind you of it next time I hear you comment about how healthy my kids look compared to yours….

Rant over. For now….

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Safety First…

Interesting statistics. Canada comes in at number 8.

I was having a discussion with a friend (Nigel, you’ve made the blog!) as to the safety of some South American countries. Funnily, they seem to be ranking as safer than the UK not to mention the US.

Global Peace Index Rankings
The table provides the GPI rankings for the 144 countries analysed in 2009. Rankings for the 140 countries analysed in 2008 and the 121 countries analysed in 2007 are also included. Countries most at peace are ranked first. A lower score indicates a more peaceful country.

Click here to find out where your country comes in the league…. should you be considering a move, it gives a few things to think about.

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Candy Warning for Halloween….

Just had this forwarded to me. I already knew about this, as should you all, if you have been keeping up with the news, but if you haven’t, you have been warned….

Halloween Warning: Candy Made in China May be Contaminated with Toxic Melamine
This Halloween, children across the United States may be poisoned with toxic melamine, a potentially deadly chemical that causes severe kidney damage, liver damage and even death. This chemical is found in chocolates and candy products made in China, which is now embroiled in a global melamine scandal involving eggs, animal feed, candies, infant formula, milk products and much more.
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If you have time, 20 mins, maybe watch the following….



So, tonight, before you let your kids stuff themselves with their candy, take a moment just to look at what’s in there, especially if they are made in China or contain milk powder.

As I was told, when I started banging on about organic food, “Take care of your kids. No one else is going to.” Now might be a good time to bear that in mind.

Take care, and have a a great Halloween, one and all!


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All Hallows’ Even….

Halloween is here again! The kids are getting excited, as is the missus, who has gone off to work today in a convicts outfit….

It is certainly a bug thing here in Canada, our street is full of kids in fancy dress, with their parents supervising. In the 4 years we’ve done it, we haven’t seen any problems at all. People who want to take part decorate the fronts of their houses, so the kids know who is up for some fun. If the lights are off, they don’t want to join in, or they’ve run out of candies. Everyone knows it, everyone respects it.

So, I had to laugh a little when I heard and read this….

Halloween mission for Bond film
Police in Derbyshire have turned to James Bond for help in dealing with trick or treaters this Halloween. They are offering teenagers the chance to see Quantum of Solace for free in order to keep them off the streets and out of trouble.
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Yeah, that’s a good idea. To stop kids from going out, we’ll stick them in front of the TV, or in this case, the cinema. Good plan. I’m sure it’ll work just fine….

Anyway, All Hallows’ Even….

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samain).[1] The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes[2] regarded as the “Celtic New Year.”[3] Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

(For our Canadian readers, or anyone else for that matter, why not take a moment to read about what Halloween is about. I realised in discussion the other day with some Canadian friends, how little people actually know about it. Click here to read up on it….)

At this point, 11.50am, I have no idea what I am going to do, last year was an absolute blast, as they say. How can I top my outfit and delivering the classic, “I could murder a cup of tea. Or your grandmother….”. We’ll have to see what happens. I’m eyeing up a dress in her wardrobe at the moment. All in the name of fun, obviously….

PS. Head over to Bruce Springsteen’s website, where you can download a free song he’s put up there for people. Click here to head over to The Boss’s site and get your copy of “A Night With the Jersey Devil”….

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