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Sunday, 30 August 2009
Ted Kennedy Remembered

Ted Kennedy was proud to a "Liberal" in a nation that looked down on liberals. They were often called socialists and worse by Republicans.

When most Americans supported the war in Iraq, he didn't. 

Throughout his 47 years as a senator he supported the underdogs in the U.S. like the poor, the sick, the disabled, children and immigrants.

From the eulogies of his sons Ted Jr. and Partick, he was a role model and a loving father.

President Obama admired Ted for the personal concern that he showed to him when he became a senator. He also talked about the letters that Ted wrote to the families of the victums of 9/11.

Personally, I remember him giving the eulogy for his brother Bob in 1968. The words he used could be applied to Senator Kennedy today:

"My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:"

"Some men see things as they are and say why.
I dream things that never were and say why not."

Posted by qualteam at 4:39 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 30 August 2009 4:44 PM EDT
Friday, 28 August 2009
We're Lucky It's 2009 Rather Than 1909
Mood:  special

THE YEAR 1909

This may boggle your mind! The year is 1909. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!  Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 : 
  • The average life expectancy was 47 years.
  • Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the   Eiffel Tower!
  • The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.
  • The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year
  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .
  • Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '
  • Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into our country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke  

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet. There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day. Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health. 

I prefer early 21st century to early 20th century any day. We are truly fortunate and blessed.


Posted by qualteam at 5:46 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 28 August 2009 5:54 PM EDT
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
My First Beach Boys Concert: Aug/19/09

 

I've seen many concerts in my lifetime and the Beach Boys performance at Casino Rama ranks up there with an Eagles concert in 1998 and a Roy Orbison concert in 1985.

It is hard to believe that the Beach Boys sound of 2009 is produced without the aid of Carl, Dennis or Brian Wilson. Most of the credit goes to Mike Love who now has ownership over the group's name "Beach Boys". 

Like McCartney and Lennon, there was a falling out of Mike Love and Brian Wilson over musical directions in the late 1960s. Mike Love continued on "The Beach Boys Greatest Hits Bandwagon" while Brian Wilson formed his own band in the 1990's to promote "Pet Sounds" and other highly original creative works.

While Brian Wilson is a songwriting genius, his singing (I listened to him on YouTube) leaves something to be desired. In the meantime, the Beach Boys sound was recreated with high fidelity at the Casino Rama concert. Four stars!


Posted by qualteam at 10:27 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 27 August 2009 8:40 AM EDT
Monday, 24 August 2009
Last Week Was A Busy Week
Mood:  energetic

After seeing the Beach Boys on Aug/19/09, my wife and I drove to Nottawa, Ontario (near Collingwood) to pick up our nephew, Clarence Noseworthy, his wife, Renee and their kids, Michael and Olivia. They are pictured above.

The Noseworthy family is from Newfoundland and they only had a few days to see some of the hot spots in Ontario.

The first one was "The African Lion Safari" between Hamilton and Cambridge. There wasn't as many animals here as in The Toronto Zoo, but the bamboons were a delight when they jumped and hung on to the cars and the bus we were riding in. It was a hoot when a monkey crapped on the roof of an SUV.

Marineland in Niagara Falls was entertaining as always. The Dophins did their jumping routines with precision, The Killer Whales splashed the spectators with gusto and the Beluga Whales poised for pictures with the kiddies.

Anyone going to these places should get discount coupons first because the prices were not cheap even for the children.

After Marineland, Clarence and his family went on "The Maid of the Mist" which gave them the closest view of the Falls. My wife and I had been on The Maid of the Mist during our honeymoon. It definitely was very exciting looking at and feeling the water from the nearest point to the Falls. We didn't go with them, instead, we went to the Casino where we both broke even.

Next day, I took Michael and Olivia to a recreational center in Brampton. While I worked out in the gym, they entertained themselves in "The Kid's Zone" where they worked out with Wii games and small gym equipment. Apparently, there're no kid's recreational zones in Newfoundland.

The week was capped off with a reunion of Noseworthy cousins, aunts and uncles in Bradford Ontario. We played cards, sung country songs and chit chatted together.

Today, I got Clarence's family to the airport on time. Hurricane Bill died down before they arrived in St. John's, so everyone was safe and sound.


Posted by qualteam at 3:41 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 25 August 2009 12:43 AM EDT
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Poker Addiction???

Last year, I made $250 playing online poker. This year, despite the fact that I've played more games and I'm a better player, I've only managed to break even.

Why is that? Well, other players improve their games too. It's more competitive now. That's part of the challenge and fun.

However, you can waste too much time playing this game. 10 hours a day is not uncommon. Poker games can run close to two hours.

Poker is exciting and interesting and no two games are alike.

I'm not a poker addict, but it was taking up too much of my time.

I've decided to limit myself to two games a day and a third one if I win one of the two (That's a reward for lucky/good playing). I don't usually play for more than a dollar a game. Know your limit and play within it.

Either the game controls you or you control the game. 

 


Posted by qualteam at 1:18 PM EDT
Friday, 14 August 2009
Les Paul: The First And Best Guitar Hero

During the 1960s, I learned songs like "Wipeout", "Dance To The Guitar Man" and "Apache" for the guitar. During the late 50s and early 60s, guitar instrumentals were very popular and some songs like those above reached the top ten.

Without a doubt, Les Paul popularized the guitar as a solo instrument. It's interesting how he lays multi guitar tracks into a performance he does with a drummer in the youtube video above.

For a short while, I played like a guitar hero in the 60s, but basically, I wanted to be a singer and my dreams were realized in karaoke bars. I even won a few singing contests.    

Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Chuck Berry, and Les Paul were the best of the 50s guitarists. Les Paul ranks as the best because he was an inventor who created the first solid state electric guitar along with multiple music tracks

"Tiger Rag" is my favourite Les Paul and Mary Ford song. You can listen to it on this website.                                  


Posted by qualteam at 11:33 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 15 August 2009 4:46 PM EDT
Saturday, 8 August 2009
First Contact With Superbeings

Many writers, inventors and successful people are able to see a greater reality in the past, present and the future by "Seeing in the Mind's Eye". Part of this is imagination, part is memory and part is mystical communication or linking. Science fiction writers such as Steven Speilburg, George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry and L. Ron Hubbard have used to this ability to create their cosmic views of the universe.

Much of the material on aliens on the internet is very negative. Probably because alien abuctions are not the legal or proper ways to meet strangers. Therefore, it recommended that alien seekers stay away from the Greys, Nephilim, and Marcabs.

Most of us would like to meet a cute E.T., a Jedi Knight or someone from the Q Continuum.

The aliens connected with the illuminati or other weird groups are the bad guys and there is protection from them through "The Brotherhood of Christ" which I wrote about in my blog entries on the right.

There are rewards and risks from first contact with more advanced civilizations. Hopefully, the new contactees will be hand-picked for their independent viewpoints which doesn't include bias political and/or religious agendas.

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:09 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 August 2009 10:43 AM EDT
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
First Contact With Alien LIfe Forms
Mood:  spacey

I believe that aliens have attempted to contact humans many times in the past, but have failed. The outcome of these "contacts" have resulted in fanatical religious faiths that claim they are the only way to "heaven".

You can't put all the blame on the aliens for these failed encounters. Perhaps, mankind wasn't ready for advanced civilizations.

There is much on the internet about alien organizations and encounters.  Information is available for those who want to seriously consider these possibilities.

Perhaps, your first contact with an alien will be after you die and you follow the light to a space vehicle.

The universe is a big place and we should be prepared to encounter diverse life forms in the heavens.

I have written many blog entries on this subject under the heading on the right called "Cosmic Views of the Universe".

It is time for us to prepare for "First Contact" with whatever is out there. 

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:11 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 August 2009 10:14 PM EDT
Thursday, 30 July 2009
It's Either "Miller's Way" Or The Highway
Mood:  down

It looks to me that Toronto Mayor David Miller gave in to union demands to end the 39 day garbage strike. There was no buy out of union sick time. Anyone with 10 years of service or more can continue to bank and get paid for their sick time after they retire. Even the lib-left Toronto Star had reservations about Miller's "mistakes".

Unfortunately, Toronto taxpayers will have to flip the bill for Miller's decisions. It makes me happy that I live in Brampton rather than Hogtown.

Please enjoy Kermit's version of "My Way" (i.e "Miller's Way") above.

P.S. On July/31/09, Toronto City Council voted 21 to 17 to accept the new contract. There were six no shows. After that, the Toronto Mayor returned to "Miller's Cave".


Posted by qualteam at 4:38 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 1 August 2009 10:31 AM EDT
Sunday, 26 July 2009
VIA Rail Back On Track

I was happy to hear that Via Workers and Via Managment did the sensible thing and referred their dispute to binding arbitration.

For the last one month, all we've seen from the Garbage Workers' Strike is one confrontation after another. The atmosphere for negotiations has become toxic because Toronto Mayor, David Miller seems intent in forcing the union to accept rollbacks on employee sick leave.  

I am familiar with the union's brinkmanship tactics of walking away from negotiations. Midnight tonight is the deadline. 

If the parties are still far apart, why not throw in the towel with binding arbitration? Both CUPE and the City should agree to this. It's a sensible solution for the good of everyone. The VIA rail strike lasted only two days.

Why does Miller have a problem with presenting his case to an arbitrator? An arbitrator would consider Toronto's dire financial state. The union would get a fair hearing rather than confrontation from City negotiators. Perhaps, an atequate buyout for sick time would be awarded by an arbitrator.

Most Torontonians agree that the Government of Ontario should legislate the municipal employees back to work ASAP.

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:17 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 26 July 2009 10:31 PM EDT

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