Category Archives: Slams & Salutes
Remember the original and somewhat tame warnings on cigarette packages declaring adverse effects on health? Just the warning. No pictures. Ah the good ole days!
Well, Kraft Macaroni Cheese imported into the UK must now bear a label declaring adverse health effects on activity and attention to children. One can only presume different effects on adults… I digress. This is because Kraft Macaroni Cheese contains GMO Wheat.
In future one wonders what adverse health pictures are to appear on our food labels. Perhaps the Monsanto Rat that was fed GMO Corn.
First however we must get our government to adopt GMO labeling codes. But there is time for all that.
Choices are nice; choices are good. Informed choices are a right. GMO labeling is only right in order to make a good choice.
Greater awareness and information helps one make better choices. That is why our Sunday Salute tips the hat towards GMO Awareness, a website that provides awareness about the risks of genetically modified foods.
Regardless, the information is engaging, enlightening and helpful in making a good choice. Nice.
Choices and Mothers Day; seems appropriate.
Have a happy day.
How does one measure stupid? Well if you are Canadian you can use Stephen Harper. Use the Harpie Stupid Measure sparingly lest you embarrass and disgrace.
For example: Two-Feet Harpie Stupid is defined at about $2-million or the same amount Harpies spent for the Toronto Tourism Pavilion at the 2010 G8/G20 summit media centre, that included an artificial indoor pool to simulate Ontario’s cottage country. Chest-Deep Harpie Stupid is closer to $1-Billion or the amount Harpies spent on the 2010 G8/G20 Live Art Installation when 20,000 police descended upon Toronto streets during the summit meetings. Neck-high Harpie Stupid is spending way over $1-Billion for the 2010 G8/G20 Summit Meetings when the original price tag was budgeted at $179-million.
Understatement is an admirable quality in a jazz singer but not in a federal budget.
Then there is Federal-up-to-here Harpie Stupid: Scandalous. God Forbid.
The Saturday Slam #7 shines the spot light upon ‘Harpies’ and the embarrassing and disgraceful stance they have taken on the Experimental Lakes Area research facility. For over forty years the ELA, a unique and prestigious research facility dedicated for ecosystem-scale experimental investigations and long-term monitoring of ecosystem processes, will stop operations due to federal cut backs. Cut backs designed to save all of $2-million dollars.
If that weren’t enough to get one to rethink the competency of Stephen Harper and the gaggle of Harpies roosting in Ottawa how about the fact that prior to closing the ELA facility Harpies did not consult with ELA scientists who all have ongoing projects there. How about the fact that ELA researchers had to contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to discover their work was being scuttled.
How about the fact that Harpies plan to dismantle the ELA facility at the end of this month preventing private sector interests from continuing the research. Years of unique data and research in jeopardy and for what? Two-Feet Harpie Stupid? One-Foot?
Lets fly above the Harpies and put this into perspective shall we. The ELA researchers have collected long-term records for climatology, hydrology, and limnology based on whole-ecosystem experiments that address key issues in water management. The ELA has influenced public policy in water management in Canada, the USA and Europe.
The ELA facility closure can only equal something close to madness. No price tag. Something close to Federal-up-to-here Harpie Stupid. Scandalous. And God Forbid one should forget this come 2015 in the polling booth when asked which kind of stupid one wants for the next four years.
The spotlight of the Saturday Slam shines upon the CRTC. However, I have been known to digress and digress I shall.
Decision time has arrived. Time to to decide which wireless providing leach is allowed to attach itself to our wallet.
With the plethora of phone styles available one would think deciding upon the phone would be the difficult task when undertaking a new wireless contract. Providers by comparison should be easy. Well the phone, like our last, are iPhones. We like them and they serve us reasonable well.
We had basically decided to switch. But farmersdotter, ever cool and rational, thought there may be an opportunity to negotiate a better deal from the devil we know. I had my doubts because we had already confirmed from the Rogers store in Penticton that we could indeed port our phone numbers over to a new provider once our sentence was pardoned.
Now you would think any sales representative worth their pay cheque, once confronted by a client desirous to switch providers, would seek out the nearest phone booth to don the ever powerful cape of retention and leap into sales hyper-drive. But no. Blank stare. *blink-blink*
What we didn’t realize at the time was the cape of retention resides deep within the steamy bowels of Roger’s retention department. That hideous department mortals must enter in order to pass through the intestinal clutches of their wireless service provider.
It worked. We got shat out the other end with a new arrangement and a Rogers customer “interaction number” to prove it. Basically, the Rogers retentive voice told us to return to the Rogers store in Penticton and all shall be well and truly magnificent.
But no. Upon return. Blank stare. *blink-blink*.
The attending shoveler of all things poopy informed us that in the past he had told Rogers a ‘million’ times that the Penticton Rogers store is not designated as a dealership. *blink-blink*. Translation: poopy boy is not privy to the crucial codes contained in the all important customer “interaction number” and can not help us.
And lo fell away the mighty cape of retention. We (farmersdotter) valiantly tried one final time with a call to the Rogers customer service centre but to no avail. The cape lay motionless. Retention-less.
Bye bye Rogers. Been nice to know ya but never again will you be rewarded from our wallet for such a grand display of ball dropping on the same play. Were are now with Telus. *heavy sigh* Talk to me in three years..
Perhaps the real culprit here, to get back on topic, is Saturday Slam recipient Canada’s Radio-Television Communications Commission who’s regulations allow for three year contracts. The CRTC launched an online discussion to get input on what a new code for wireless service should contain. First off it should be noted Canadian consumers pay more for wireless services as compared to other OECD countries primarily because of three year contracts.
NDP consumer critic Glenn Thibeault noted in his own submission to the CRTC that three-year terms offered in Canada lock consumers into contracts that often go far beyond the typical lifespan of a heavily used wireless device.
The CRTC is expected to soon issue a draft code after which a second round of online consultations will be launched. Public hearings will begin in February.