Archive for the ‘General Interest’ Category

Monkeys and politicians: Mind-conditioning 101

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Found on the internet, author unknown…

If you start with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string and then you place some steps under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the steps and climb up towards the banana.  Seems logical enough.

But, as soon as he touches the steps, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result… all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the steps, the other monkeys will stop him.


Meteorite fright

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

The meteorite which hit Russia recently was a shock to us all.  It could have landed anywhere, and if we fear anything at all, it is things over which we have no control.


No more pennies for Canada as of February 4th!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Starting tomorrow, the Royal Canadian Mint will stop putting one-cent coins into circulation, and the banks will begin to take them out of circulation.  In my opinion, not enough notice has been given, and many people will be taken by surprise when making purchases next week.  And when stores “round-out” the amount that people have to pay to the nearest nickel, there is going to be a lot of bad blood and complaints from customers about being “ripped-off” etc. if they have to pay more.


Good grammar reduces password security

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The following is a press release from Carnegie-Mellon University earlier this month.

– Grammar Undercuts Security Of Long Computer Passwords –

“Pittsburgh – When writing or speaking, good grammar helps people make themselves be understood. But when used to concoct a long computer password, grammar — good or bad — provides crucial hints that can help someone crack that password, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated.”

Read the full release here.

French politicians freak over article in The Economist

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Britain’s Daily Mail ran a great story yesterday describing the French response to an article in  “The Economist” which describes France as “the time-bomb at the heart of Europe”; it would seem that while The Economist supports the continuation of the Euro, it thinks that French plans to tackle the financial crisis are “not ambitious enough”.


Ancient synagogue irreparably damaged by Jewish extremists

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

“The Israel Antiquities Authority suspects extremist ultra-Orthodox Jews who say the authority damages ancient graves during excavations… Similar acts have been carried out at other archaeological sites; one slogan sprayed Monday night read “A site for every grave [desecrated].” Another read “For Shuka,” probably referring to Shuka Dorfman, the head of the antiquities authority. ”


Fukushima: How much are we not being told?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

“When the document was presented (in March), a discussion ensued about keeping its existence secret… The content was so shocking that we decided to treat it as if it didn’t exist” – Japanese Government sources.


Another Veteran abandoned by the DVA

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

I am reproducing an e-mail I received from Brian Bradley, a Canadian Forces Veteran who feels that he has been very badly treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding injuries he sustained while on board HMCS Qu’Appelle in the early 1990’s.


Wills: Don’t die without one!

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

One reason I have a valid, up-to-date Will is that in Ontario, if you die without a will, then the province is likely to seize your estate for general revenues.  There are exceptions, but unless you want to risk the likes of Dalton McGuinty lucking into your assets when you die, make out a will.


Dangerous move to privatize search and rescue services

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

While retired Maj.-Gen. Marc Terreau and other Air Force veterans seem OK with the government’s move towards outsourcing search and rescue missions, I for one am most definitely not.