North Korea is in Charge of World Disarmament

Members of CD (Conference on Disarmament).
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From the very foolish file comes this tidbit.  Believe it or not, North Korea has taken over the chairmanship of, get this, the UN Conference on Disarmament.  I have no idea where this comes from but it is on par with the United Nation’s endorsement of Iran’s proposed anti-terrorism conference in Tehran.  The world is going crazy in a hurry or am I missing something logical in here.

Where is the Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup.
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The tradition when a team wins the Stanley  Cup is for each player to have the cup for a few days.  The cup is now starting it’s journey with stops in the Massachusetts area.  The team has asked for requests to be with the cup and so far it has been to a softball tournament and a victory party at the Summer Shack restaurant in Cambridge.  I will try and follow it on it’s travels.  Just think what might have been Vancouver, if only your GM understood how to build a playoff team rather than a President’s Trophy team.

Now I Believe Everything They Say About UBB

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Thanks Bell Canada, thanks for strengthening my disbelief at anything you have said, or will say, about UBB.  They have been fined 10 million smackeroos for misleading advertising about pricing of their services.  I assume the 10 million will be made up by an increase in my cell rates to pay for, let’s see, network upgrades, or carbon credits or some other fictitious reason.

Listening to Florence & the Machine

Florence And The Machine
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Not my regular taste in music, but a good song always gets my attention.  The cut is “Dog Days are Over“, a recent hit by Florence & the Machine.  I first heard this on the Grammy’s and, to my surprise, found I had downloaded it as a free single of the week on iTunes.  Bonus, didn’t even have to buy it.  The video is, well, pedestrian at best, and dumb at worst.  Check out the blue Snooki’s as noted in the comments.

Winnipeg Jets – Chills At The Draft

Logo used on the Jets' jerseys from 1972-73
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Watching it live, the announcement that Winnipeg’s team will be, once again, the Winnipeg Jets sent chills down my spine.  Thanks to YouTube we can watch it over and over.  As for the player drafted, Mark Scheifele, he is no Jimmy Mann, the very first Jet draft pick.

Paladin Restaurant in Winnipeg Burns Down

My favourite place to eat in Winnipeg, the Paladin Restaurant on Des Meurons in St Boniface burnt yesterday morning.  We made a stop here on every trip back to Winnipeg.  Very sad, although I understand they will rebuild.

Luongo Can’t Catch A Break (Or A Beachball)

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Louise, a friend of mine on Facebook, knowing how much I supported the Canucks (not at all is the current support count), sent me the attached link about Roberto Luongo.

Thanks Louise, and I hope most of my friends enjoy this.

What If They Held a Strike and No One Noticed

Jack Layton making NDP transit announcement.
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In case you didn’t know, you will be getting mail again on Monday or maybe Tuesday. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t even notice they were gone, other than my paper recycling went down. For a union in the position they are currently in (obsolete institution), you have to wonder what they are trying to accomplish. One clue would be their plea to the NDP to try and get amendments to the back to work legislation. Pay back for support I would think. The dumbest part of this filibuster is that the NDP likely LOST support because of their stand. That bastion of progressive thinking, the CBC, even had a poll that showed 58% support for the legislation. Very telling about the sympathy garnered by the CUPW.

One statement by an NDP member during the filibuster really got me. There are 50,000 families being affected by this strike, meaning the postal workers. I thought to myself, what about the millions of families that are being affected by not getting their mail.

It was at this point in my train of thought that I had an epiphany. I don’t care if they are on strike, and I would assume there are many more in my situation. So truthfully, it was about the 50,000 families and the fact that the entire gravy train is close to being flushed, partly through technology, and partly through the general public’s lack of trust in the institution.

I wonder how long it will be before the next step is taken. If I was running the corporation, attrition would be the means used to make this a profitable enterprise and be right sized to compete. What do I mean you say?

The plan is simple. A letter carrier in a residential area quits, bids off the route or retires. That route changes to a 1,2 or 3 day a week rotation for delivery. Eventually, all residential routes become non-delivery and are solely super boxes. What about businesses you say. Regular delivery is maintained in the downtown cores and industrial areas. Out of designated delivery area businesses would be handled by truck delivery. This deletion of door to door servcies only applies to pure residential areas. Businesses in those areas will be protected and delivered similar to courier routes, by subsidiaries like Purolator or subcontracted. The inside workers would also be reduced through attrition and right sized to declining volumes.

Yes, CUPW, it is over. Your ability to blackmail the country is finished. You reap what you sow, and believe me, you have sown a lot of resentment from the Canadian public over the years.

Remembering Peter Falk

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Peter Falk passed away on June 23rd at the age of 83.  He was a major star back in the day and is best remembered for his portrayal of the police officer, Columbo in the TV show of the same name.  I have posted a video of him at a Dean Martin Roast, in which he is character as Lt. Columbo.

Listening to KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall's "Eye To The Telescope"
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KT Tunstall‘s album “Eye To The Telescope“.  One of my all time favourite albums.  Every song is strong and to this day I enjoy them when they pop up on my iPhone play-list.  It was released in January 2005 and she has put out 2 others since that time, which I also like, but this to me remains her best. I chose the song “Suddenly I See” for it’s upbeat sound and that it is a good example of her style of song writing.


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