December 2008

videos23 Dec 2008 08:40 am

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Oh, come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;

* Refrain:
Oh, come, let us adore Him, oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
Oh, sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;

money22 Dec 2008 10:48 am

Lots of bailouts happening all over the world:

We’re giving huge sums of money to unhealthy companies.  In effect, taxpayers and profitable companies are being penalized.

I have a novel idea: let’s stop giving money to losers, and these savings can be reinvested elsewhere, perhaps in lower taxes for profitable companies and taxpayers.  That way, Canada would be more attractive to profitable self-reliant companies, less attractive to needy losers.

Specifically, if Toyota, Hyundai and Honda didn’t see their taxes go to unprofitable competitors, wouldn’t they be more likely to invest in Canada?  The same goes for companies in other sectors, but it’s there’s added irony when your taxes and your employees’ taxes subsidize a direct competitor.

Stop watering your weeds.  I bet nobody thought of that ever…  where’s my economics Nobel prize?

driving22 Dec 2008 09:05 am

Julian Fantino, of Toronto and OPP police fame, will propose legislation to hold careless drivers responsible for their negligence by making them pay for accidents, not their insurance company.

I think this proposal is logical and should work, but people aren’t rational.

Maybe insurance companies can do even more: add clauses in insurance contracts that say “no coverage if you were talking on a cell phone at the time of the accident”, “no coverage if going faster than the speed limit on icy or slippery roads”, etc.

I sort of agree with Fantino, but as a driver I’m wary of any sort of legislation that could expose me to excessive liability; as a human being, I’m really grateful for anything that will take away the protection that weasely drivers need to keep endangering us all.

And speaking of dangerous driving, the Toronto Star has a map of traffic fatalities in the GTA:  Keep in mind that not all fatalities are the drivers’ fault; many cyclists and pedestrians firmly believe that everybody but themselves is accountable for their safety, laws apply to everybody but themselves, red lights are only for cars.  Similarly, many drivers think that they can kill someone and get away with it by telling the police “I didn’t see pedestrian/baby carriage/cyclist as I was speeding through that traffic light that just turned red.”

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dogs and videos10 Dec 2008 07:49 pm

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Stellarium allows you to see a realistic sky, in real-time,  from many locations in the world.  Zoom in on a star or some other object, and you’ll see it move relative ot the earth.

cats and videos03 Dec 2008 09:11 pm

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