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Weather / Re: April is the cruellest month
« on: April 20, 2012, 08:45:38 PM »

Those Red Admirals are everywhere.  So cute, and playful.  There's a pair here in the backyard that chase each other about.  But since Tuesday, I've seen them all over town. 

Politics / Re: Federal Budget 2012
« on: March 29, 2012, 09:05:11 PM »
No.  The 6k/year that OAS provides is the difference between eating/being able to pay rent/utilities & being homeless for a whole lot of people, not just the poor.  Plus, so many people are precariously employed/"freelance" these days which means they are contributing 2X (employer & employee) to CPP.  Not many get the $900+/mth, only the securely employed/high earners.

I remember my mother, being 35ish at the time, marching in the street against Mulroney's attempt to de-index OAS.  These days there seems to be a confluence between right-wingers that see citizens as nothing more than tax-paying drones, and progressives that assume that all 60+ people have these low stress amazing jobs they can't wait to report for day after day, year after year. 

I don't support manditory retirement, but retirement should be financially viable for 65
year olds that choose to explore what life has to offer beyond grinding out a gig when they hit 65.  In Ontario, basic physiotherapy has been delisted by the Provincial gov't.  Office jobs can be soul destroying & physically taxing.

Yeah, the baby boom is a large cohort.  But only those that believe in Ponzi schemes believe it is more than a blip. 

Politics / Re: RoboCalls scandal
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:54:00 PM »
OK - that's just weird.  In 2011 SRR was an easy pickup for the NDP from the Liberals.  Longtime Derek Lee (L) retired & did not seek re-election.  He was one of the odious Scarborough SoCon Liberals, yet always won handily (almost 80% of the vote in 2000).

Banter / Re: The YouTube thread that doesn't break my browser
« on: December 08, 2011, 09:02:36 PM »
What a cutie - this one looks very healthy - kinda like a Cairn terrier.  Serious paw-nails.  Haven't seen a porcupine in ages, never in the city.  Growing up, we'd constantly have the dumbass dogs, often repeat offenders, showing up to have the quills removed from their faces.  Speaking of pumpkins - the 2 Hallowe'en formerly pirate pumpkins have been under attack from?  First, there were a few bite marks, now one of them is pretty much hollowed out.  Wish I'd set up the time lapse camera.  Raccoon? Squirrel?  Unknown, but someone is having fun & a good gorge.

Creatures great and small / Re: Critters and Pets
« on: December 02, 2011, 09:30:13 PM »
The paper bag game is good, but the tricky treat ball is even better if you want to keep them occupied longer.  However, my dog figured out quickly that if he nosed it down the stairs it would pay off efficiently as it bounced down the steps. 

Creatures great and small / Re: Critters and Pets
« on: December 02, 2011, 08:18:12 PM »
Cute!  Love #6 - my dog's all-time favourite game is Treat in a Bag.  I put a treat in a paper bag & ask him to sit/stay while I hide the bag.  Then he goes & finds the bag & retrieves the treat.  Sometimes he ends up with the bag on his head temporarily,  but he loves to play.  Every time be sees a paper bag he gets so excited, and can't wait to play.

Politics / Re: Stephen Harper's Maj Gov 2011
« on: December 01, 2011, 09:26:03 PM »
The National says that Attawapiskat is the 12th FN community to be placed under third party administration:

It's perplexing that the Harper Gov't wants to get rid of the CBC.  The segment I just watched was most disturbing in its bootlicking efforts to portray the party of Steve as faultless.

The Arts / Re: seen any films recently?
« on: November 24, 2011, 09:35:08 PM »
Immediately, the classic Hard Core Logo comes to mind.  It's a 'mockumentary', but it features an interesting collection of Canadian artists & songs.

Some more recent featured artist documentaries:

Weather / Re: November's Cold Rain ...
« on: November 14, 2011, 08:56:44 PM »
Yes - seriously gloomy, especially after last week and its glorious, hypnotic big moon.  Then, the late afternoon downpour.  I decided to take the subway home, something I do maybe 3 or 4 times/year.  Sure enough, one stop later, we were screwed.  Packed in like sardines we are stopped, power out due to 'figure out what-the-hey the various announcers are trying to garble reason' so off it is, to walk home in the dark rain.  The TTC is dismal during rush hours.  Always has been, always will be. 

Cause we're all in this together / Re: What Hurts?
« on: October 27, 2011, 08:48:10 PM »
Boom Boom  :hug - hope you get the care you need.  They are running ads lately here promoting two hearing aids - both ears - for the price of way more than one but less than two.

Maybe it's a valid option, but it sure comes across as selling something for the sake of selling more.  Plus, the newest hearing aids, while cutting edge technology, require much maintenance, tweaking, etc.

Can you push to investigate the cochlear implants? Hate to see you getting messed around.

Politics / Re: Steve and Senate Reform
« on: October 27, 2011, 08:33:01 PM »
Perfect.  Canada's most dangerous animal (next to humans, of course) - appropriate for our new Canadian government....gotta wonder if the urban senator has actually ever found herself up close & personal with a real live polar bear...

But-the polar bear is endangered, & it would be cool if there's a backlash against "damn the collateral damage" energy extraction if the Cons make this change.

On the upside, no more "save a tree, eat a beaver" jokes....

ETA-Antonia:  Coke has been running TV faux environmentalism polar bear ads for a while now...decent  animation, but yeah, definitely jumping on the greenwashing bandwagon....not surprised to near that polar bear cans are on the way...

Canada / Re: Toronto and Ford ....
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:39:47 PM »
I constantly see drivers talking on their cellphones or texting.  Often they pass right by cops.  You'd think it would be like shooting fish in a barrel, but I've yet to see even one of these idjits pulled over.

Environment / Re: tar sands
« on: September 28, 2011, 09:16:55 PM »
Holy crap indeed :annoyed

I'm reading in the Toronto Star that council voted Velshi to this appointment last week and it's just being made public now. :confused

I can't find the vote online but will keep looking.  Curious - was it close, or one of those perplexing G20 "good job BrownieBlairie"  votes?

Weather / Re: September, Kicking Our Way Through Autumn's Golden Gown
« on: September 24, 2011, 03:46:27 PM »
Beautiful September day here...the weather peeps were wrong (again).  Lots of butterflies, so far not one nasty yellow-bottomed wasp, finches chirping away, but not much urban noise.  Pretty much perfect.

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