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Sunday, 9 September 2007
I Remember Former Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney

Tonight, I saw Brian Mulroney's interview with Lloyd Robertson on CTV. The interview didn't make me think more of the man. He still thought that the constitutional accord, Meech Lake was scuttled by the efforts of former prime minister, Pierre Trudeau and Newfoundland premier, Clyde Wells. The Meech Lake Accord was designed to get Quebec fully on board as a member of the Canadian Federation. This fascinating subject was a source of much debate from 1987 to 1991. It lead to a second Quebec separation referendum in 1995 which was narrowly defeated.

Getting back to Meech Lake, it was Manitoba Legislative Representative, Elijah Harper, who stopped the Manitoba assembly from ratifying the accord. Mr. Harper, who's a Native-Canadian, claimed that Meech Lake was created without any imput from Canada's first nations. 

Mr. Mulroney never mentioned Mr. Harper's name or Indian issues in the TV interview. He focused on the betrayals from political enemy, Pierre Trudeau and his "friend" for thiry years, Lucien (the separatist) Bouchard. How could Mulroney not know about Bourchard when he fought for the separatist cause in the first Quebec referendum in 1980???

There were other issues which I have against Mulroney, but the biggest one was his decision to step down before the election in 1993. He was like a rat leaving a sinking ship. 

In 1984, the Conservatives won a record 211 seats, but in the 1993 election, they were almost wiped out with only 2 seats nation wide. Did Mulroney retire or did he cut and run? The decision is yours.





Posted by qualteam at 10:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 September 2007 10:57 PM EDT
Friday, 7 September 2007
My Top Ten Inspirational Songs Of All Time

The songs below can all be heard at . Irene means peace.

  1. Put A Little Love In Your Heart/Jackie DeShannon
  2. Keep On The Sunnyside/Alison Kraus
  3. Jesus Take The Wheel/Carrie Underwood
  4. Live Like You Were Dying/Tim McGraw
  5. Turn Your Radio On/Ray Stevens
  6. Bridge Over Troubled Waters/Simon And Garfunkle
  7. I Shall Be Released/Joan Baez
  8. The Dance/Garth Brooks
  9. Before The Next Teardrop Falls/Freddy Fender
  10. Wings Of A Nightingale/The Everly Brothers

Posted by qualteam at 10:22 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 7 September 2007 10:28 PM EDT
Thursday, 6 September 2007
How Are You Doing On The Phys-Ed And Health Courses?

In the quest to do well academically, sometimes students ignore some important subjects like "Physical Education and Nutrition" for example.

The fact is humans have a high maintenance body that has to be treated properly to work at proper efficiency. Junk food, inactivity are not the "fuels" that make your body engine work well.

As a young person, I played at every sport imaginable, but I ignored my diet. Slowly my weight increased and I developed gall bladder, prostate and cholesterol problems. I was determined to handle these irritants before they handled me. 

I worked out everyday at work for 15 minutes. I increased my intake of fruits (e.g fruit/protein smoothies) and vegetables. I also took digestive enzymes, saw palmeto, garlic and other nutritional supplements for my condition. After many months, I lost 30 pounds and my other physical problems are near normal.

It isn't enough just to know that one should exercise and eat nutritious foods. One has to put it into practice to get results.

Be honest with yourself. Are you passing or failing physical exercise and nutrition?

Towards A Healthy Lifestyle

Reducing The Risk Of Disease




Posted by qualteam at 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 6 September 2007 10:36 PM EDT
Monday, 3 September 2007
Remember The Working Poor On Labor Day
Mood:  hungry

The working poor are those who pay half their pay checks for an apartment or room. Often, they have to work at two or more jobs in order to raise their families.

Sometimes, they don't qualify for benefits and/or employment insurance because they have no choice but to work on contract.

Often, they can't afford skill training so they're forced to work at minimum wage jobs.

These people aren't looking for a hand out, but a hand up.

Please check out the classic movie "Grapes Of Wrath" by John Ford. The message is a clear today as it was in 1940.

Whenever you hear about hedge fund managers  making over 270 million a year selling subprime junk mortgages, remember the haunting last words of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath.

"I'll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build - I'll be there, too".

Posted by qualteam at 5:12 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007 8:13 PM EDT
Saturday, 1 September 2007
Personal Notes On The Barron Blog

Basically, this blog is about my life on earth in the 20th and 21st century. If I make it to the 22nd century in this life or an afterlife, perhaps, I might be able to plug my consciousness into the internet and continue this blog.

I hate barriers that would block communication between different kinds of life forms(i.e. humanoids, spirits, aliens, photonic beings, androids, intelligent animals, etc.). I'm not so egocentric or limited that I consider humans on earth as the best that life can evolve into.

I try to present the most interesting parts of my existence to my reading public.

I try to give insights to others from my diverse studies into human experience, and the paranormal.

Life is full of puzzles, challenges and extreme volatility. Just look at the stock markets of the world.

Life is also full of great music, literature, films and comedy. A great thinker once said "that dying is easy, comedy is difficult". The easy paths in life are not always the most rewarding.

I try to touch bases with you on the things that matter most and the things that we crusade against like poverty, ignorance and war, etc.

Maybe I succeed somewhat and maybe I fail somewhat. Whatever the case, this blog soldiers on and on and on. 

Posted by qualteam at 11:55 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007 8:51 PM EDT
Friday, 31 August 2007
The Long Hard Road Of Steven Truscott

Apart from the fact, that it's good Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976. Please remember that Steven Truscott was sentenced to death in 1959 and it would have occured except for the intervention of the Government of the day.

He was then sentenced to life in prison and released on parole in 1969. He had to live under an assumed name for many years because of the stigma connected with his murder conviction. However, he never lost hope and he continued to fight to clear his name.

On August 28/2007, he was acquitted of the murder of 12-year old, Lynne Harper.

What Steven Truscott's life communicates to me is that there's no time limit on your goals and what you believe in.

Historical Quotes On Being True To Yourself


Posted by qualteam at 10:55 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007 11:06 PM EDT
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Top Ten Rare Elvis Songs
Keep rocking Elvis.

The Elvis songs below aren't heard much on the radio these days.

  1. King Of The Whole Wide World (from the movie "Kid Galahad")
  2. Kissin' Cousins (from the movie "Kissin' Cousins")
  3. Puppet On A String (from the movie "Easy Come Easy Go")
  4. Follow That Dream (from the movie "Follow That Dream")
  5. I Gotta Know (The "B Side" of "It's Now Or Never")
  6. Way Down (Album track, never released as a single)
  7. I Got Stung (Rare hit from the 1950s)
  8. Moody Blue (A song reflecting Elvis Presley's state of mind in the middle 1970s)
  9. Rock-A-Hula (from the movie "Blue Hawaii")
  10. Bossa Nova Baby(Small hit for Elvis in the early 1960s)

Lyrics For "Bossa Nova Baby"

Posted by qualteam at 10:31 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007 10:46 PM EDT
Monday, 27 August 2007
Not Much Competition In This Year's Canadian Idol


With many of the good singers already gone on Canadian Idol, it looks like clear sailing to the #1 spot for Jaydee Bixby.

While Jaydee still sounds too much like Elvis on many of his performances, he does have a boyish charm and an ability to stay in tune that the remaining artists often lack. 

Other contestants like Matt Rapley, Martha Joy, Greg Neufeld and Tara Oram could have given Jaydee some competition, but the alternate pop/rock fans voted for Brian Melo, Carly Rae, and Dwight D'Eon.

Remember the American Idol finals between Jordon Sparks and "beat-boxer", Blake Lewis. Middle of the road America voted Sparks over the hip hop noises of Lewis. 

Hearing Brian, Carly Rae and Dwight sing classic standards was painful. However, Jaydee singing "When You're Smiling" made my night. I wish him good luck in his career.

Jaydee Does "It's Only Make Believe".


Posted by qualteam at 10:45 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 27 August 2007 11:02 PM EDT
Saturday, 25 August 2007
One Tired Postie With Newfoundland Memories

I call this picture "Rabbit Ears Newfoundland." my wife's brother, Fred Noseworthy is on the right and his wife, Evonne is on the left. 

After getting back from Newfoundland, I had to get up every day at 5:30 A.M and sort mail parcels for seven hours at the Gateway Post Office. When I got home, I was too tired to do much even write in this blog.

In Spaniard's Bay, we slept in for two weeks until 9:00 A.M. or 10:00 A.M.

We never brought a camera with us, but Kelsey Noseworthy our niece took some pictures which she sent to us by email. Kelsey also sent us this great email below: 

"Hi Aunt Irene And Uncle Dave,

It was so nice to have you home in Newfoundland for a while, although
it had to be under the circumstances. I hope you had a good time at Pop's birthday Saturday night, having a fire and singing songs is nothing new to us, so  needless to say we always have a good time, and hope you did as well. A  few minutes ago, I was on your websites, and they're pretty fasinating. I had no idea you knew so much about that stuff. Whereas my nan and pop, probably wouldn't be able to turn it on. I hope you had a good flight back, and come home soon for another visit. Hopefully before I get married in twenty years or so. Right Aunt Irene? Keep in touch, and hope to hear from you soon." 
xox Kelsey      *Attached are some pictures*

In the picture below, we're in the centre and Kelsey is on the right, Taylor, Kelsey's younger sister, is on the left.

Sing along with a couple of Newfie songs below. The lyrics are easy to learn.

Newfie Stomp/Derek Pilgrim

Newfoundland Welcome/Roy Payne


Posted by qualteam at 10:46 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 25 August 2007 12:07 PM EDT
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
One Man's Subprime Junk Is......

In the topsy-turvy world of finance, just about anything can be a "security". Securities, basically, are candy coated financial paper of something that's worth less than it looks.

In the wonderful world of subprime finance, mortgages are assets that can be bought and sold for a profit. If that doesn't happen, there's always BANKRUPTCY.

It's remarkable that so many get caught in these irresponsible lending practises that disguise a borrower's credit record by starting him/her at ludicrously low interest rates and raising them up much higher later.

Fortunately, most  people in the U.S. are responsible with their lines of credit and don't need to bailed out or to go bankrupt.

In financial matters avoid fear, greed and stupidity.




Posted by qualteam at 10:04 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 21 August 2007 10:29 PM EDT

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