Thursday, April 27, 2006

The Bay US Casino

How long now has the Hudson's Bay Company been owned by American Jerry Zuckerman? Two weeks? Maybe three?
Was in there today. You can still buy clothing, furniture, blankets etc.
But now you can also play roulette and blackjack!
Didn't take long to casinoize it, did it?
Bring money.
Will this be on your Bay card, Ma'am?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

BC Ferries vs the people of the north

They want to build a new ferry for the Prince Rupert service.
British Columbia shipbuilders have bowed out of the bidding to construct a new ship because they've been told they need to do it by 2008. Far too little time for the job.
Is it political? Gordon Campbell sees BC shipbuilders as a union problem. He's proven time after time that he favours foreigners over British Columbians.
The Fast Cats are sitting in the dock waiting for use. It would be instant and easy to press them into service for the upcoming tourist season's walk-on traffic. Indeed, they might be seen as a tourist attraction themselves.
Is it political? You bet it is.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Flight 93

The movie is out. The fix is in.
The first plane hit the World Trade tower.
The second plane hit the second World Trade tower.
Then a Global Hawk missile hit the Pentagon in a section under reconstruction.
The fourth plane went a long way around before turning back toward the White House.
Giving lots of time to scramble F16s.
The intent became clear as to where the fourth plane was going.
An F16 fired a missile at Flight 93.
The tail section of Flight 93 fell in a field 3 MILES away from the fusilage. Papers were found 8 miles away.
How could that happen?

No real time video is available to dispute any speculations. The FBI removed everything. No one is allowed near the sight. It is guarded 24/7. Early viewers on the day say there was no evidence of aircraft parts from a plane. Only a blackened hole. The cockpit voice recording stopped at 10:03. Siesmologists say the impact was at 10:06. What could have been recorded in that 3 minutes?
The movie is out. Believe it if you like.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Let's play doctor

A 76 year old man in Florida, was charged with sexual assault after going door to door, posing as a doctor giving free breast examinations. He examined at least two women's breasts after they allowed him into their homes to accept the offer. Phillip Winikoff even carried a black doctor's bag and was found out when one woman allowed a genital inspection, but Phillip, in his excitement, forgot to don rubber gloves. His real occupation is a shuttle driver for a car dealership.

One can almost see the upcoming trial ...

Mr. Winikoff is on the stand.

Prosecutor: Judge, and Jury. This white haired old man perpetrated a heinous criminal act of fraud on women in their early 30s; sexual assault, false pretenses, impersonation, performing a free service without qualifications, and everyone in America knows we don't do doctor stuff for free, furthermore and wheretoever, he caused embarrassment to other women who will not come forward. And lastly, he caused many policemen to sideline their other cases while they assessed the victims themselves for first hand evidence, um ... so to speak. I rest my case.

Defense Councel: Doctor Winikoff, would you have ...
Prosecutor: Objection your Honor, he is not a real doctor!
Defense Councel: Sir, did you offer free breast examinations door to door?
Prosecutor: Objection to Defense Council's giggling, your Honor.
Winikoff: Yes sir, I did.
Defense Councel: And some ladies allowed you into their homes for this ... ah, service?
Prosecutor: Objection on service! This terrible criminal only wanted to "service" the women. And they were FAKE breast exams.
Defense Councel: Doctor Win ... er Mr. Winikoff, and then you actually DID do a breast examination, correct?
Prosecutor: Objection ...
Winikoff: Correct Sir. I did a thorough examination, nothing fake about it.
Prosecutor: ... counsel is laughing again!
Defense Councel: Thank you, Doctor Winikoff, and can you tell us how you did it?
Winikoff: I caressed ... er ... fondled ... um, examined them all with gentle care, Sir. I even listened to the heartbeat with my nice warm ear.
Defense Councel: And why did you choose this community service for young women?

Winikoff: When was the last time you tried to get a doctor to actually come to your home? And those mammary gram machine things hurt like hell.
Prosecutor: Objection. Community service? His intent was strictly sexual, your Honor!
Defense Councel: That is speculation and conjecture, my learned friend ... Winikoff, sir, were any Viagra pills found in your little doctor's bag?
Winikoff: There was nothing in my bag except my lunch. When you're 76 years old it gets kinda heavy to carry around.
Prosecutor: It was the rubber gloves did him in, your Honor, he didn't have any.
Defense Councel: Sir, did these women invite you into their homes voluntarily and remove their clothing of their own accord?
Prosecutor: Objection! They thought he was a doctor.
Defense Councel: He kind of looks like a nice old doctor, though, doesn't he?
Prosecutor: He's a dirty old man!
Defense Councel: Doctor Winikoff, had you found a lump or anything would you have recommended the woman see another doctor for more tests?
Winikoff: I always believe in second opinions, Sir, as a matter of fact my friend Harry, the wash guy down at the car dealership ...
Prosecutor: Oh my gawd!
Defense Councel: We rest too, your Honor. No harm no foul.
Prosecutor: Objection to your Honor's giggling, your Honor.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Eagle Eye Cam

Last winter, a man living on Hornby Island, BC, decided, after watching two eagles nesting in a tree on his property for several years, to share it with the world. He secreted a camera close above the nest and fed the output into his home, and subsequently onto the web.
The Eagle cam was born. The nesting pair returned, and laid two eggs. Now it seems the world is watching Doug Carrick's eagles.
Schools are broadcasting the LIVE stream. Banks have it above waiting lines. Office computers have it running behind work stuff. And the website is getting upwards of two MILLION hits a day. People from everywhere in the world are now enthralled with the vicarious daily show of the parents tending their aerie and awaiting the birth of two new eaglets!
An accompanying forum allows visitors to leave messages and information. Some are capturing the stream and posting pictures. There have been tender moments when the male returned with a fish for his mate. Another when he gently nudged her off the nest for his turn. (they switch about every two hours) Another when he lay his head on her shoulder in a wonderful moment of tenderness.
The world has adopted these great birds, and in spite of their strength and world reputation as fierce preditors, we are seeing live, what the creatures that we share this planet with have to do to survive. And as always, their fate is in our hands.
If you too, want to become an addicted eagle watcher, go to the link. It will be a humbling experience. Doug Carrick and the folks at Infotec have used the wonder of the latest technology to bring us this glimpse into the lives of two very special eagles. And when it is too dark to see, they replay the day for you!
Thank you, Doug, for enriching our lives.

UPDATE: Eagle Eye cam is now getting 3.3 million hits a DAY and over 73 million views in the last month!

UPDATE 2: After getting upwards of 10 million people a day looking to see eaglets, sadly the eggs didn't hatch. It was still an exciting experience to observe these beautiful eagles nesting. And the lesson for the future is an awareness of our environment and how fragile the lives of wild creatures are. We all have an obligation to make sure we share the planet as it is theirs too. Hopefully we'll have an eagle cam next year too.

For a fabulous insight into the life and personality of an eagle, please read Conversations With An Eagle by Brenda Cox, available at your local bookstore through distributor HarperCollins - ISBN # 15550548115. (also at It is an entertaining, humourous and informative book about an intimate relationship between Brenda and an eagle.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Living Longer - Choices

There are many things you can do to increase your life expectancy: exercise, eat well, take your medication etc. It is known that regular physical exercise can add 3.0-to-5.1 years.
However two new studies seemed to add making a serious decision to the process.

Study #1 - Church
The role of religion can be important to your longevity. Regular weekly religious church attendance could add 1.8-to-3.1 years to your life.
"Religious attendance is not a mode of medical therapy," said study leader Daniel Hall, a resident in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "While this study was not intended for use in clinical decision making, these findings tell us that there is something to examine further."
The findings are detailed in the March-April issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Study #2 - Breasts
This from the New England Journal of Medicine:
Ogling over women's breasts is good for a man's health and can add years to his life, medical experts have discovered. "Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female is roughly equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out," declared gerontologist Dr. Karen Weatherby. The study revealed that after five years, the breast-watchers had lower blood pressure, slower resting pulse rates and fewer instances of coronary artery disease. "Sexual excitement gets the heart pumping and improves blood circulation," explains Weatherby. "There is no question: Gazing at breasts makes men healthier. Our study indicates that engaging in this activity a few minutes daily cuts the risk of stroke and heart attack in half. We believe that by doing so consistently, the average man can extend his life four to five years."

So ... um ... er ... decide, go to church, live 3.1 years longer. Stare at breasts, live 4 to 5
years longer.

There were no comments on whether jogging with a well endowed woman or staring at the preacher's wife would have any effect.

Enjoy your lives, guys, focus on living a long life ... just don't get caught focussing.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Barry Bonds vs Babe Ruth

Barry Bonds is nearing Babe Ruth's home run record. But the comparison should be put in perspective. All things must be equal to have a realistic comparison -
presently - - - Bonds = 700+ - - - Ruth = 714
Equalized comparison = Bonds drug enhancement record = 700+
Ruth = if he didn't smoke = add 15 runs ... if he didn't drink hard = add 25 runs ... if he didn't carouse around all night = add 30 runs ... if he also took steriods for strength enhancement = add 100 runs. Therefore the equalized comparison totals should be = Bonds = 700+ home runs, Ruth = 884 home runs.

Not taken into account =
Bonds - detested by fans
Ruth - endeared by fans.

The Sultan of Swat eyeing another homer.

UPDATE: The US government has now launched a lawsuit against Bonds for perjury in a previous testimony regarding his denied use of steroids. In a related issue, four junior league baseball players have been suspended for using banned drugs. It's working its way down. We'll be seeing muscular, bald ten year olds in Little League soon.

Saturday, April 01, 2006


Paul Martin, please come back, we're sorry, we didn't know what we were doing, we lost our heads for a minute there, we didn't know THIS would happen!
Come home, Paul.