Saturday, April 28, 2007

Al Gore Hates Baird's Plan Too

According to former U.S. vice-president Al Gore, the Conservatives' new environmental platform is a ``complete and total fraud" that is "designed to mislead the Canadian people."

His comments were made
while presenting his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" in Toronto at a consumer environmental show, with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and environmentalist David Suzuki in attendance.

The Conservative plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 from today's levels (2007). Today Canada emits 30% more than in 1990 (compare to Kyoto requirement to reduce emissions by 20% from 1990 to 2012). That actually represents a 5% increase from 1990 levels, not the 25% reduction from 1990 levels that Canada has committed to.

Baird's Latest Environmental Plan

Let's face it. Kyoto is dead in Canada. Past inactivity by governments means we can no longer reach the Kyoto targets. That much the Conservatives have right. But the alternate plan announced by federal Environmental Minister John Baird is once again just "window dressing". It confirms that the Conservatives are not committed to fixing the environment but merely trolling for votes.

The Conservative plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 from today's levels (2007). Today Canada emits 30% more than in 1990 (compare to Kyoto requirement to reduce emissions by 20% from 1990 to 2012). That actually represents a 5% increase from 1990 levels, not the 25% reduction from 1990 levels that Canada has committed to. This target is woefully inadequate. The Conservatives are trying to “spin” their plan as meeting Kyoto only a little late. That is just not true.

It’s hard not to see this plan as anything but political cover. The defense is at once brilliant and underhanded, demonstrating that the Conservatives have never stopped campaigning and will not stop until they get their majority government. Meanwhile the opposition parties insist on meeting the Kyoto targets which are now impossible. Lets be frank. The Liberals have little credibility because of 13 years of inactivity despite have Dion now as leader. The NDP and Bloc both are supporters of emission controls but have been bought off by the Tories.

The Conservatives are giving the richest industries — the oil and gas industry and the power business — a free pass at our expense. The Conservative plan has no hard carbon dioxide targets for industrial polluters.

So where is the reasonable, pragmatic voice? No where.

Flick Off Campaign

The Ontario Environment Ministry has launched a conservation program to get the public to switch off electricity call "Flick Off". But the font used makes "Flick" look like Fuck. It's supposed to be edgy and directed at young people but I find it juvenile at best. It makes me wonder about the judgement used by this government with less than 6 months before the next election. It has got people upset and the entire conservation message has been lost.

Though I think that at the end of the day this is an exercise in futility that generations of parents can attest to, we have a problem. An edgy advertising campaign will not get kids to turn off lights when they leave a room.

Saturday is declared 'Jessica Biel Bottom" Day

40th Anniversay of the Opening of Expo 67

The 1967 Worlds Fair opened on April 27 in Montreal and was held in Canada because if was Canada's centennial year. It was originally intended to be held in the Soviet Union to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution (and we know how that turned out).

Friday, April 27, 2007

At what point do you think he went too far?

Are You Crazy?

I came across this photo of a hairdresser cutting a woman’s hair as they parachute toward earth.

Israeli hairdresser Oren Orkabi cuts Sharon Har Noi’s (R) hair while skydiving at 14,000 feet above northern Israel, near Haifa April 25, 2007, in this picture released by Paradive Skydiving.

Today in History: U.S. Attacked Toronto

Exactly 193 years ago today I am sadly reporting that yes indeed Toronto (York as it was back then) was captured by the Americans in the War of 1812.

The Americans managed to burn down our parliament buildings and set civic buildings on fire. The Americans likely withdrew because it was probably so wet and cold (much like today).

As a result of attack, the British decided to go into the United States and burn down Washington, which they did successfully. It's called tit for tat.


...I could normally think of dozens of good captions but I'm tired today.

Floating Physicist

Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking fulfilled a dream of floating weightless on a zero-gravity jet, a step he hopes leads to further space adventures. See article.

I hope they're going into a shower

14 guys in a porta potty

...the old venue, phone booths, were less smelly.

Dog owners 'fleeced' in poodle scam

As the say there is a 'sucker' born every day. Thousands of people have been 'fleeced' into buying neatly coiffured lambs they thought were poodles.

Entire flocks of lambs were shipped over from the UK and Australia to Japan by an internet company and marketed as the latest 'must have' accessory.

But the scam was only spotted after a leading Japanese actress said her 'poodle' didn't bark and refused to eat dog food.

Note: turns out this story is a hoax afterall. See linked story.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Vaughan Mayor Race Finally Settled

Linda Jackson is still the mayor of the City of Vaughan.

The recount has been completed and the final results showed that former mayor Michael Di Biase got 28,351 votes and Linda Jackson received 28,419 votes — a difference of 90 votes — the same as the results on election night.

Remaining were 49 disputed ballots, not enough for Di Biase to make up the 90-vote difference Jackson won by in November.

Di Biase conceded defeat and was now prepared to accept the results. Thank goodness because this process has likely cost taxpayers a considerable sum of money.

No Surprise to Me

A online celebrity site reports that Britney Spears has been tipping off the paparazzi agencies before she heads out for her daily errands. It appears Britney is anxious to show off her slimmed down body and is dressing for the occasion (as in the above photo). Though I think her appearance is the result of cosmetic surgery and not so much sweat and diet.

I'm not surprised by this revelation though. I've always suspected that many celebrities want to be photographed by the paparazzi when they want or need the publicity. The problem is that they have no ability to control or stop the paparazzi.

I don't understand it myself

...there is also a video here.

Star Wars Wedding

...but I wasn't invited.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Round 2 of NHL Playoffs Start Tonight

...and Ottawa and Vancouver are still alive. Bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada!

picture source

5-Month Truce Between Israel and Hamas is Over

The armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement has said it is ending its five-month truce with Israel. Earlier in the day the group launched a sustained barrage of rockets and mortars into Israel, the first such attack since November. The attacks included nearly 100 rockets and mortars and was in revenge for recent killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces.

The attacks came as Israel celebrated the 59th anniversary of its establishment as a modern independent state.

The Israeli cabinet decided against launching a major ground operation in Gaza. Meanwhile Hamas is said to be steadily preparing for war by smuggling weaponry and building a large Hizbullah-style bunker system. But this decision is likely only temporary. If Hamas has built up its terrorist capabilities over the past half-year, Israel will be out to neutralize them.

Doctor Dressed as Captain America Stuffs Burrito in Pants, Gropes Woman at Bar

You know this is a story that involves large quantities of alcohol. A good example of why women don't let their husbands out of their sight for too long.

403, 404, 405....

A court-ordered hand recount of about 1,600 disputed ballots cast in Vaughan mayoral race began this morning. The recount is being held at the Terrace banquet hall, on Creditstone Rd. near Rutherford Rd.

The operation involves about 125 scrutineers and City of Vaughan staff at 30 recount stations, each of which has representatives for the two candidates. Of course the always present lawyers for both sides will be not too far away.

This should take several days as the two sides examine the ballots to determine the intention of the 1600 sloppy voters who were unable to properly mark their ballot.

The rejected ballots will be examined by the scrutineers, with the city clerk then deciding on voter intent in the cases of contested ballots – after hearing submissions from lawyers for both candidates.

Sounds like a lot of fun.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Do they have the equivalent of animal rescue for celebrities?

Public Does Not Support the Liberal-Green Agreement

Most Canadians have a negative opinion of a recent agreement reached by Liberal leader St├ęphane Dion and the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, a new Angus Reid Strategies poll has found. In the online survey of a representative national sample, 45 per cent of Canadians disapprove of the leaders’ decision of not running candidates in each other’s ridings in the next federal election, while just 29 per cent approve.

Among Liberal voters, 37 per cent disapprove of the pact to support May, while 52 per cent think otherwise. NDP supporters are the only ones to give the Dion/May pact a favorable grade, 43% support, 40% against.

So will the deal have an impact on the next election? Hard to tell. It might in close ridings though May has no chance of beating MacKay. However, if the public continues to give the deal a thumbs down, will the Liberals try to back out?

Chinese Pirates Already Have Spider-Man 3

China's infamous movie pirates have done it again -- "Spider-Man 3" is already being sold on Beijing's streets almost two weeks ahead of its U.S. premier.

The pirated DVDs appear to be of the actual movie, complete with a picture of the hero in a new, black spider suit which he wears for some of the film.

There is even a warning on the back, printed in Chinese, against pirating the product.

Waitresses in Nurse Outfits

Girls dressed in modified nurse outfits serve wine with syringe-shaped flasks in a bar in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. The bar's owner thought of the idea to attract customers . [Southern Metropolitan News]

So what's next, an I.V. drip?

World's Tallest Dog

Gibson, a Great Dane who is the world's tallest dog at 7'2" (2.18 metres) according to the Guinness World Records, stands with his friend Zoie, a 7.5" (19.05cm) Chihuahua.

Hey Barbra is 65 Today!

Wonder if anyone cares that the meter has expired?

Violent Storm Hits Toronto

That was a nasty storm that hit Pseudonym's home yesterday afternoon. The storm produced easterly winds of up to 100 km/h (or 60 m/hr) and about 20,000 residential and commercial customers were left without power including me for several hours yesterday. York Region was one of the hardest-hit areas, especially in the area of Yonge St. and Highway 7.

Drive home yesterday was murder because of road closures caused by downed power lines. Roads were partially open this morning and I was quite surprised by the damage. The powerful winds knocked down hydro and telephone poles on stretches of roads on Keele St. north of Highway 7 and along Bathurst and Yonge Sts., south of Highway 7. I will try to post pictures of the damage tonight.

Sheryl Crow uses single sheets

Didn't realize it but when Sheryl Crow lectures the public about using single sheets, she is talking about from toilet paper rolls like this one.

Not so sure dummies should be teaching kids

Monday, April 23, 2007

I could just stare at Jessica Biel's butt for hours

Click on Jesssica to get her butt moving.

La Dolce Vita - Trevi Fountain Scene

In honour of the recent nude swimmer in the Trevi Fountain, here is the famous scene with Anita Ekberg from La Dolce Vita.

American Top 20 with Casey Kasem

Yesterday morning I was in the car when I picked up Casey Kasem's radio show. Hadn't heard him in a while and didn't realize he was still doing his thing on the radio. The guy turns 75 this Friday and has been doing some type of top hits list and music trivia show since 1970.

Hey rock on Casey!

Not sure what to make of this

But it's a creation by Dutch design students during the ‘Usedom Baltic Fashion Guest’ fashion show at the Baltic seaside resort of Heringsdorf, Germany.

Sheryl Crow must be a frequent hand washer

Laurie David, wife of Larry and Producer of "An Inconvenient Truth," and Sheryl Crow approach Karl Rove at the White House Correspondents' Dinner demanding to talk about global warming. The interaction got ugly and both sides are accusing the other side for being arrogant and rude. Hardly unusual in the politics so who cares.

The weird part is that Sheryl Crow wants global restrictions on using toilet paper in an attempt to save the environment. She is touring American colleges to raise awareness about global warming and has told students to only use “one square per restroom visit”.
Ummm, I have to remember that should I ever meet Sheryl Crow, not to shake hands with her. And no autographs either.

How to get your 15 minutes of fame...

...try swimming naked in Rome's Trevi fountain. That's what Roberta, a 40-year-old office clerk did in front of a crowd of tourists. Supposedly she was just hot.

The swim will cost her because swimming in the fountain is prohibited and she also risks a hefty fine for public indecency.

Why Guys Drink Beer

Soap With a Kick

Someone has come up with a caffeinated soap to help wake you up in the morning.

The soap is called Shower Shock is an all vegetable based glycerine soap which does not contain any harsh ingredients like ethanol, diethanolamine, polyethylene glycol or cocyl isethionate. Scented with peppermint oil and infused with caffeine anhydrous, each bar of Shower Shock contains approximately 12 servings/showers per 4 ounce bar with 200 milligrams of caffeine per serving. Each shower should give you the equivalent of 2 cups of coffee which is absorbed through your skin.

Software Blamed for Racist Couch Label

The problem regarding the racist couch label has been identified.

A software problem is to blame for a packing slip on a couch that read "nigger-brown," according to a manger at the Chinese computer company that provided the translation. It seems the definition came from a computerized Chinese-English dictionary. When the Chinese characters for "dark brown" are typed into an older version of the company's Chinese-English translation software, the word "nigger" comes up.

The description ended up on the packing label on a couch delivered to Toronto resident Doris Moore, whose 7-year-old daughter asked her what "nigger" meant. Moore, 30, is consulting with a lawyer and wants compensation. Last week, she filed a report with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Which only shows there is no limit to how silly people can be. Obviously an apology isn't good enough. Only cash can heal these wounds.

Toronto! Stay at Home Today!

Photo: "Queens Park 3S" by blogTO Flickr pooler jcaires79.

What a terrible start to the week!

The Yonge subway line is shut down between Eglinton and York Mills, the Spadina streetcars are being diverted to Bathurst, highway 401 is a mess after an accident forced closure of all lanes east of Toronto, and a water main has forced the closure of Lakeshore Blvd in the core. It'll may be hard to get to work today, whether you drive or use public transit.

The worst part is the subway closure. Details are sketchy, but there's been a tragic accident that has resulted in a fatality in the tunnels between Lawrence and Eglinton Stations. TTC workers finishing their shift cleaning asbestos were struck by a train at around 5am. One person is reported dead and two others injured, one critically.


Less than 2 weeks ago I reported that Cheeta from the Tarzan movies was celebrating a 75the birthday which is unheard of from chimps. Well he didn't make it much past his 75th.

Everyone assumes that Hollywood animals are treated humanely, 24-7, thanks to that ubiquitous disclaimer: "No animals were hurt in the making of this blah blah." Few people consider what happens to animals after the movie wraps. Believe me, retirement is the next great challenge for animal-rights activists, because if you're a Hollywood animal, retirement can be hell.

Read his words at the LA Times

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Secret Campaign Team being Assembled for Gore

The Telegraph is reporting on something that many of us always suspected: Al Gore might indeed be planning a run for the Democratic nomination in 2008. The paper suggests that friends of Al Gore have secretly started assembling a campaign team in preparation for the former American vice-president to make a fresh bid for the White House.

Gore has said he wants to concentrate on publicising the need to combat climate change, a case made in his film, An Inconvenient Truth, which won him an Oscar this year.

His denials of interest in the presidency have been couched in terms of “no plans” or “no intention” - politically ambiguous language that does not rule out a run.

Dion To Explore Electoral Reforms

The Star reported today that Liberal Leader Stephane Dion has agreed to explore reforms to Canada's electoral system as part of his non-compete agreement with Green Leader Elizabeth May.

Interesting but let's be clear.
The Liberals have long benefited from the first-past-the-post system and are not about to endorse the kind of proportional representation championed by many Greens as a means of finally gaining a toehold in Parliament.

In an interview, May said Dion's willingness to study electoral reform was not a condition for her participation in the leaders' non-compete pact. But she said it was important in helping to make the deal more palatable to Greens.

Reform proposals were shot down in plebescites held in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island. Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are planning to hold plebescites.

The Landlord

You have to see this Will Ferrell video.

This video had 7 million hits in 24 hours.

Jack is 70 Today

The Many Hats of Bald Britney

It's Earth Day I planted these scrawny trees. Takes time to heal the Earth.

That's One Big Cheerleader