Water, No Ice


Last night a client asked for water, no ice. Seems she disapproved of Pellegrino served at the bar. No problem, I’ll be right back. Oh, you want to come with me? Have it your way. Following me to the kitchen, she watched as I turned the faucet to run cold water. Her jaw went slack, unable to support quivering lips on a face now drained of colour.  Horrified, she mustered “you only have tap water?”. “Excuse me” I replied, handing her a glass of water, no ice. “I can’t drink that” she sputtered, “I need bottled water”. Propriety screamed “easy now, be cool, you’re a professional”. Rather than snap “are you thirsty or not?”,  politest admonishment ahead of “what’s wrong with you”, I smiled, shrugged and replied “there’s bottled juice at the bar”.

Water, no ice lady’s delusion isn’t unique. Convenience, accessibility, marketing and collective apathy sustain bottled water dependency. Why no ice, because it’s made from tap water?

Society resides in a plastic bubble. Insulated from common sense by convenience, consumers take the path of least resistance. Bolstered by marketed delusions, society dwells on plastic bottles and deems the contents crystal clear. Water, no ice lady doesn’t know 93% of all bottled water contains micro-plastics. Nor is she aware of Canadian law as it pertains to drinking water.

Canadian tap water is regulated by Health Canada which sets guidelines for potentially harmful contamination. Municipal water sources are tested constantly to assure quality. Bottled water is another matter – legally defined as “food”, it falls under jurisdiction of the Food and Drugs Act. Translation – “Aside from arsenic, lead and coliform bacteria, the act does not set limits on specific contaminants but says simply that food products cannot contain “poisonous or harmful substances” and must be prepared in sanitary conditions.” Bottom line, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspects water bottling plants – on average once every 3 years. Bottled water producers claim strict adherence to testing practices, legally they’re not obliged to make results public.

With the exception of “spring” or “mineral” water printed on labels, water producers aren’t required to reveal their water source. The Canadian Bottled Water Association claims less than 8% of water bottles in Canada contain municipal water sources. In the United States roughly 45% flows straight from the tap.

“In the U.S., Nestlé’s Poland Spring water, which is not sold in Canada, was the subject of a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company was mislabelling the water as “naturally purified” spring water from “pristine and protected sources… deep in the woods of Maine,” when it fact it was groundwater being drawn from man-made wells, some of which, the lawsuit alleged, were at risk of contamination.” – Kazi Stastna, CBC News

Ponder the link below –

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/bottle-vs-tap-7-things-to-know-about-drinking-water-1.2774182

Water, no ice lady is a cautionary tale. Bottled water is unregulated, unethical, unhealthy and undeniably unscrupulous.

In plastic bottle news – earlier this week Justin Trudeau held a press conference to announce a nation wide ban on single use plastics by 2020. All good until a reporter asked what Trudeau’s family did to reduce plastics. Ponder his cringe worthy response –

 

 

 

Yesterday


 

It was late September, 2007 when chance ushered us to a movie theatre playing Across the Universe. We knew nothing about the movie, had no idea who director Julie Taymor was, let alone watched trailers or checked reviews. Void of external interference, untainted by collective jibber-jabber or prickling with tabloid expectation – we entered blank slates, emerged transformed. Walking to the car in silence, unabashed grins said it all. From that day forward Across the Universe served as a silent barometer – get it you’re in my tribe, miss the point I have serious doubts.

Despite Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band being one of the first albums I owned, I wouldn’t say I was a Beatles super-fan.  What Across the Universe did was use Beatles music to transcend time and place, delivering social commentary as relevant today as it was in 1967.

A few days ago a still of the movie Yesterday appeared on my news feed. Starring Himesh Patel as a floundering British singer-songwriter who wakes from a freak bus accident to find himself in a alternate universe where The Beatles never existed. Patel’s character Jack seizes the opportunity to perform Beatles songs to a world that’s never heard them. Directed by Danny Boyle ( Slumdog Millionaire ), Jack finds fame and risks losing everything he loves. Sounds pretty lame, right? Not so fast.

https://www.yesterdaymovie.com/

Across the Universe proved Beatle’s music more powerful than quaint skips down memory lane. Those who didn’t get Across the Universe likely described it as a frivolous love story. Here’s hoping Boyle’s Yesterday delivers an equally surprising gift. Scheduled for general release on June 28, 2019 we’ll have to wait and see if Boyle delivers. Until then I’ll avoid media contamination. No reviews, hype, praise, condemnation or analysis of Yesterday shall touch me until seeing it for myself. Stay tuned…..

 

Straight Pride Absurdity


News broke this week of plans for a “Straight Pride Parade” to be held in Boston late summer 2019. Listen to John Hugo, one of the organizers spew validation of straight pride – https://news.yahoo.com/straight-pride-parade-organized-boston-010718302.html

While that sinks in, allow me to introduce a handful of other equally despicable straight pride players. Meet Mark Sahady,  far alt-right muckraker extraordinaire and “great” American behind “Super Happy Fun America”, and the juvenile moniker “make America fun again” of straight pride. Sadahy heads the Boston Chapter of Resist Marxism, a white supremacist organization founded by Kyle Chapman. Between criminal convictions and jail time for armed robbery, shoplifting and weapons offenses, Chapman managed to form Resist Marxism and the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights. With Chapman facing felony assault charges in two states, Sahady’s hate stock is rising. In a recent Facebook post Sahady wrote, “We may get to throw anti-American communists from helicopters sooner than we thought”. (In reference to the far-right helicopter meme calling for liberals to be thrown from helicopters as in Pinochet’s Chile)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/bostons-straight-pride-parade-is-even-worse-than-you-think

When asked to define oppression of straight men, John Hugo answered – “we talk about our issues, we don’t want to see children having sex changes because their parents don’t like the gender of their child, and we’re immediately called villains in the mainstream media”. Villain? Try Knight of the Royal Order of Morons on for size.

Straight pride is pathetic testament to unchecked hatred in America. Another reason why America is anything but great.

Goop Dupe


If Karma is a bitch, she has one heck of a slap waiting for Gwyneth Paltrow. Next in line are the Fembots marching catatonically to her pop-up goop circus (June 7 – September 22, 2019 ) at the Hazelton Hotel in downtown Toronto. Who am I kidding, goopsters can’t march, they have jade eggs clenched in their vaginas to regulate menstrual cycles and harness the power of energy, stickers made of the same carbon NASA uses in spacesuits, plastered on their bodies to promote healing. (Never mind that NASA doesn’t use carbon in spacesuits, and that’s the least offensive contradiction ).

Health Canada inspectors wary of Paltrow’s goop dupe were no match for the queen of lifestyle sorcery. Despite their unannounced inspection, two sunscreen products not approved for sale in Canada were all they could deny drooling wellness devotees. Fear not goopbots, unapproved goop is available online and there’s nothing Health Canada can do to stop it.

Gwyneth is a quack who believes a bee sting heals scars. Her lifestyle brand is snake oil. Muster some self respect people! Goop is a dupe!

 

Noah’s Ark Not Covered By Flood Insurance


Owners of a roadside attraction in Williamstown, Kentucky are suing their insurance company for one million dollars. “Ark Encounter” accuses their insurance provider of acting in bad faith for refusal to cover full cost of damages caused by heavy rain in 2017 & 2018. Star attraction of the Biblical theme park, a 510 foot replica of Noah’s Ark miraculously escaped flood damage, due in part to placement on solid bedrock. At issue is a major landslide from a slope above which eroded structural stability along the access road. A road which carried a annual average of 2.2 million visitors since the park opened in 2016.

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Ponder replica baby dinosaurs caged in the Ark. WTF?!!! http://kentuckytoday.com/stories/group-says-its-warning-schools-about-noahs-ark-attraction,4679

Ark’s insurance provider denied liability compensation on the basis of “design deficiencies and faulty workmanship”. Ark Encounter’s lawsuit accuses the insurer of breach of contract and acting with “oppression, fraud and malice”, a portion of the $1 million they’re after includes punitive damages.

Here’s the thing – Ark Encounter which opened in 2016, received substantial tax credits from the State of Kentucky. Activists like Jim Helton, spokesman for Tri-State Freethinkers cried foul, saying “Basically, this boat is a church raising scientifically illiterate children and lying to them about science”,  “It’s a clear violation of separation of church and state. What they’re doing is utterly ridiculous and anywhere else, I don’t think it would be allowed”, he added.

Ark Encounter spokesman Ken Ham, president of Answers In Genesis, the Christian organization behind the project said the attraction was designed to be “the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history”.  The park website says – “Many of the animals that lived during Noah’s lifetime didn’t look much like the animals we see today”.  (Creation speak for hey kids you can still play with plastic dinosaurs because God made them 6,000 years ago, look there they are, caged just where Noah put them next to the goats. Don’t see a T-Rex? Read your Bible child and stop asking questions! Look, see the baby dinosaurs? God is wise, God is great. )

I digress. Promise to keep you posted.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/articles/noahs-ark-theme-park-unveiled/

 

 

 

Gunning For The Jibber-Jabber Grand Prize


Seems I twisted a few gun metal gray panties. Silly Canadian, what was I thinking? Who but an idealistic fool posts a question on Quora asking Americans if they’re bothered by the Virginia Beach massacre taking 148th place in number of 2019 U.S. mass shootings.

Reaction was swift and prolific, capsulated in overwhelming contempt. “Are you a stupid child?”, “Go crawl in a hole somewhere”, “It doesn’t impact my life, why are you making false claims?”, “Do you enjoy being a liar?”, “You’re a weak minded pussy”, “Cry to someone who cares” – those are the nice comments. No measure of “easy now” could placate collective wrath.

Take a deep breath, I said. This isn’t a personal attack, can we exchange perspectives without resorting to juvenile bullying? Apparently not. “You’re pathetic” they quipped. “A pathetic fool repeating lies by self interested political agendas”. Excuse me? You take issue with the definition of mass shooting? Only 3, not 148 in 2019, you say? Wikipedia says –

Wikipedia says –

“There are many definitions of a mass shooting:

Mass Shooting Tracker: 4+ shot in one incident, at one location, at roughly the same time.

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Gun Violence Archive: 4+ shot in one incident, excluding the perpetrator(s), at one location, at roughly the same time.

[5]

Vox: 4+ shot in one incident, excluding the perpetrator(s), at one location, at roughly the same time.

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USA Today: 4+ shot and killed in one incident, at one location, at roughly the same time (same as the FBI‘s “mass killing” definition).

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Mother Jones: 3+ shot and killed in one incident, excluding the perpetrator(s), at a public place, excluding gang-related killings.

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The Washington Post: 4+ shot and killed in one incident, excluding the perpetrator(s), at a public place, excluding gang-related killings.

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Only incidents considered mass shootings by at least two of the above definitions are listed.”

Interested in reviewing their tally of events linked below?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2019

No? I’m still a stupid child?

Not since posting support for abortion rights and being told I deserved to watch everyone I loved murdered before my eyes to teach me a lesson, have I encountered such absurd jibber-jabber. Fortunately this Canadian can turn and walk away.

The Myth About Congress …


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The United States Congress.  A diverse body of people from every state in the nation who take an oath to uphold the Constitution, to represent the people in their state/district, right?  Maybe on paper, but the reality is that these days I think most of us have the feeling that we are misunderstood and misrepresented not only in the executive, but also the legislative branches of our government. CongressI speak from my own experience with the ‘representative’ for my district, Warren Davidson.  His values and priorities are so far away from my own that I wonder how he ever got elected.  He annoys me on a daily basis, and I let him have it back, tit-for-tat … not that he likely ever reads my tweets or emails, but I try.  Now, I do realize that within any district, not everyone will have the same views, however an elected official is…

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