Saturday, September 08, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Apple did announce that people who bought early would receive a $100 Apple store credit. That credit costs Apple far less than $100 and lets face it, you can't find much under $100 in an Apple store so Apple will likely recoup the credit through additional sales.
Some people have interpreted the price drop to mean that sales have been poor. That is probably not the case but you wonder how it will effect product launches in the future. Mind you, for those who have to own the latest gadget, they won't care.
To his credit he did not tell the agents he was an elected official. He was unaware about the peaches and did not declare them. They demanded he pay a $300 fine or he would be arrested and jailed.
Somewhere in the course of protecting America from foreign threats, Homeland Security appears to have gotten offtrack. Harrassing their own citizens over a few peaches doesn't appear to be an appropriate use of resources when considering the big picture.
How many more horror stories are there out there just like this one.
But the camera is not exclusively designed to take pictures of happy moments. The user can turn off the function and use it as a normal camera.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
He was asked whether Christian schools would still be able to teach creationism, even if they got public funding. He responded saying, "They teach evolution in the Ontario curriculum, but they also could teach the fact to the children that there are other theories that people have out there that are part of some Christian beliefs."
He was later forced to issue a clarification that his proposal would allow creationism to be discussed only as part of religious studies programming, as is now the practice in Ontario's publicly funded Catholic schools, and not in science classes.
This calls for some new briefing notes for the candidate!
Arnaout, who is charged with attempted murder and explosives-related offences over three letter bombs, was a former client of one victim, a Toronto lawyer, and lived in the same neighbourhood as another intended bomb target, a Guelph construction contractor.
Police sources said Arnaout had been convicted of criminal harassment and was on the run from another harassment charge during the time he is accused of making and delivering the letter bombs.
Arnaout had a history of harassment charges -- an April, 2003, conviction for criminal harassment for which he received a conditional discharge. The case file has been sealed by the courts, but Global News reported Wednesday that Arnaout was convicted of harassing managers of a Toronto modelling agency with which he had signed, hoping for a career as a male model. When Arnaout failed to get any work as a model, he allegedly began calling the agency repeatedly and threatening them, claiming to be a member of the Russian mafia.
Toronto lawyer Terrence Reiber, who specializes in real estate law, represented Arnaout in at least two civil suits in the past five years. However, he turned down Arnaout when he was asked to file another suit on his behalf.
The 249-page report follows one on Hezbollah last month in which HRW said the guerrilla group fired "thousands of rockets indiscriminately -- and at times deliberately -- at civilian areas in northern Israel" during the conflict of July 12 to Aug. 14, 2006.
HRW disputes Hezbollah systematically used civilians as human shields "as claimed by Israeli officials," but acknowledges the guerrilla group may have sought cover behind various UN bases installed to monitor an earlier ceasefire in southern Lebanon.
Although the report focuses on Israeli and Hezbollah military operations during the war, some commentators say the wider context of the conflict needs to be continually emphasized. "The war itself was not between two internationally legitimate entities," explained Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based monitoring group UN Watch. "Hezbollah should by that time have disarmed according to international law, and its actions in seizing the Israeli soldiers were also illegal."
Under the current electoral system, each voter in the province’s 107 ridings gets one vote to choose a local representative in the provincial legislature. The political party that wins the most ridings forms the government.
Under the proposed mixed-member proportional (MMP) system, each voter would mark two ballot boxes, one for a local representative and one for a political party.
The legislature would expand to include 129 members from 107, but the number of ridings would be reduced to 90. The other 39 representatives would be so-called “list members,” who would be distributed among the political parties so the balance of power in the legislature is roughly equal to the vote totals for each party.
I personally like it because it would end the trend of political parties forming a majority government after winning only a fraction of the total popular vote. It also means that if you are a Green Party supporter your vote will count because although they will not win any riding, they will get enough of the popular vote to get some seats. To me that is more democratic.
However, some people think this system is less democratic. Their concern is that voters don't decide who gets on the party lists which will fill 39 seats in the Legislature. But the lists will be made public so if you don't like who is on the Liberal's list that might be another reason not to vote for the party. In fact you could vote for the Liberal candidate in your riding but not for the party.
This is not a unique system. It has been tried elsewhere and has been successful in reducing the power of traditional governing parties (like the Liberals in Canada) and empowering smaller parties.
I think it's a good thing!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
60% said he should admit he's gay and come up to Toronto to get married.
5% said he should admit to substance abuse and go into rehab.
25% said he should declare he has found Jesus and intends to serve God.
10% said he should become a regular on Howard Stern's radio show.
Well it looks Senator Craig may not be resigning to come up to Toronto after all. His announcement on the weekend has been rescinded and he plans to overturn his guilty plea and fnish his Senate term.
I don't buy the "fresh start" angle I see this decision as the Conservatives orchestrating their own defeat in the hands of more vocal opposition in the House who have all stated over the summer that they will be giving the Conservatives a rough time this fall. Even if the Conservative intention isn't an election, it forces the opposition to ramp up their election preparedness, which creates a momentum that isn't easily abandoned.
Harper's announcement today sets everything in motion, and with a full six weeks before Parliament returns, the rhetoric will only intensify. In many respects, all three opposition leaders have backed themselves in a corner, it is hard to see how they can tactfully withdraw and look credible.
This is as good of a time as any for the Conservative to attempt to gain a majority. Their agenda is stale and their attempts to increase their popularity have failed. All the parties have been stuck at the same level in the polls for quite some time. Perhaps a campaign will break up the current log jam. Or we could end up with the same result as the previous election.
Canada ranks second last of nations belonging to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in per capita public support for dental care.
So the announcement yesterday that Ontario's working poor would get basic dental care at a cost of $45 million-a-year program under a Liberal government is long overdue. New Democrat Leader Howard Hampton promised a $100 million-a-year denticare program two months ago. The Liberal proposal would cover about 500,000 people at a cost of about $900 per person.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
I guess the prank is worth a suspension but you have to give him A+ for effort.
It seems he violated company policy. The Home Depot said its policy, which directs workers to notify loss prevention specialists or police to handle criminal situations, is in place to protect its employees and customers.
I know this area is a legal minefield which is why companies don't want staff to aprehend criminals. But couldn't they have just thanked him and then warned him not to do it in the future?
Hmm, throw in a weekend at Fern Resort and they have my vote.
Monday, September 03, 2007
SES Research has a poll out on the Ontario election and this one is pretty easy to spin but both the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives but to my reading it is mostly good news for McGuinty. My earlier post had similar numbers.
First the signs pointing to a minority Liberal government but within striking distance of a majority.
Progressive Conservatives: 34%
New Democrats: 19%
This is going to be very close. However based on the numbers over the summer, the election is for the Liberals to lose. Even another majority is possible.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
So check out the Larry Craig poll on the right sidebar.
Clearly the public appears disinterested and the politicians have been overwhelmingly boring. The McGuinty government has been neither spectacular or a disaster. Their many broken promises over the last 4 years has caused the government to not really make any promises this time around. Taking a cue from the federal Liberals, the provincial counterparts have been talking up the environment but their initiatives on the environment have miserly - like using more efficient light bulbs.
But the Conservatives under John Tory haven't exactly come out with a dynamic policy agenda either. Tory has been careful to distance himself from former Premier Mike Harris and selling himself almost as a Conservative version of centrist Dalton McGuinty. Tory's biggest splash in the policy area has been public funding of faith based schools. Yeah, really exciting stuff. We haven't even heard from the NDP and Howard Hampton.
The big issue should be the referendum on a new electoral system but most voters aren't even aware of this issue being on the ballot. I suspect when they see they will vote for the status quo. If they aren't aware that it's broken then why fix it. Which is too bad.