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Tuesday, 29 August 2006
Hightlights And Lowlights Of Hurricane Katrina

The most memorable thing about Katrina was the force of the hurricane, itself. This was captured on video by someone in Biloxi Mississippi. It has never been shown on television.

Of course, a lot negative things stick in my mind like the dead body two National Guardmen passed by because they weren't ordered to "pick up corpses". The body lay on the street for over two weeks.

While the repairs were quickly made to the tourist's area of New Orleans like "Bourbon Street", the districts inhabited by poor blacks were almost completely ignored. None of the 110 billion dollar relief fund apparently has reached there yet.

And the statistics are grim: 2,000 dead, 60% of population still somewhere else, 180,000 jobs lost.

However, there are some angels of mercy out there like Oprah Winfrey and "Habitat For Humanity." Homes are being built for the poor along a new road called "Angel Street".

I'll never forget the expressions on the audiences' faces when they were told that they would all get houses on this street. It moved me to tears.

See it for yourself. There are good people in America who care deeply  for their fellow citizens. (Oprah's Website) (Hurricane Katrina Up Close)

Posted by qualteam at 9:52 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 29 August 2006 10:05 PM EDT
Monday, 28 August 2006
My Choice For Canadian Idol
Mood:  sharp

1. Craig Sharpe: His performances of "Careless Whisper" and "Tears of a Clown" were very memorable. He even did a little of American Idol's Taylor Hicks dancing on his last number. Craig is from Newfoundland and so is my wife. He can depend on, at least, 20 votes from her.

2. Eva Avila: She's a great performer with an excellent voice, but I felt she concentrated too much on technique rather than the lyrics of the song.

3. Tyler Lewis: He's a likeable performer with some good renditions of country and rock songs. Tonight, he seemed a little stiff and wooden.

4. Chad Doucette: When his voice gets too nasally, he's a real turn off. He does alternate music reasonably well, but he's limited in vocal quality.

The American Idol judges are more individual than the Canadian ones who look like their minds have been molded together.

If you've missed any or all of the performances, you can pick them up at this website below: (Canadian Idol Stuff With Links To Singers Who Have Been On The Show Like Martina McBride And Dennis DeYoung)

Posted by qualteam at 9:59 PM EDT
Sunday, 27 August 2006
Star Trek's 40th Anniversary

I'm a big fan of many of the Star Trek series and movies. When I get the chance, I'll list my ten top movies/episodes from all the stories.

In putting together, my concept of 21st century Christianity, I used the inspiration from many different sci/fi sources including Gene Roddenberry.

For hundred of years, Christianity was shackled by medieval visions(e.g. heaven, hell, etc.) and rigid dogmas(e.g. the Nicene Creed etc.).

As computer and space science developed in the 20th century, so did the ideas of what advanced civilizations would be like. This lead to the incredible growth of science fiction(e.g. Star Trek, Star Wars)in the latter part of the century.

The two dimensional Christian Universe with Heaven above, Earth in the center and Hell below changed to a multi-dimensional universe where space ships flew faster than light and the heavens teemed with different life forms that were similar to humans and sometimes quite different.

The abode of God or gods changed from 7th Heaven to "The Q Continuum".

I believe detailed science fiction stories triggered hidden memories of past lives.

The fans of Star Trek, Star Wars and Harry Potter are astronomical. Are they all remembering common realities?

The souls of human beings come from somewhere. The journey to find that "somewhere" is partially what life is about. (Star Trek After 40 Years) (The Bibles of Comic Books, Fantasy Land and Science Fiction)

Posted by qualteam at 11:11 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 27 August 2006 11:17 PM EDT
Friday, 25 August 2006
Inspirational Blog Of The Week

In a world that is often negative to our fondest dreams, it was refreshing to find this blog by Saleen Rana. She writes short stories and puts powerful inspirational messages in them.

Let me share one with you:

"No matter what tribulations and heartaches you’re currently experiencing, no matter what obstacles and setbacks, no matter how great your frustration at the relentless forces opposing your dream, remember one thing—it isn’t over until you win.

If you can truly believe that it is possible—regardless of your current reality—then somehow and in someway, you will make the greatness that is you come into reality.

Follow your dream. Even if it is an impossible one. You can never hope for too much. You can never dare too much.

“It isn’t over until I win.” Make that your mantra." I (Saleen Rana's Blog)


Posted by qualteam at 11:59 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 26 August 2006 12:07 AM EDT
Thursday, 24 August 2006
The Wellness Lifestyle
Mood:  bright

I practice my own variations on the wellness lifestyle. I love working out at least five days a week. I eat leafy green vegatables and drink V8 juice as a supplement.

I also take a mixture of dietary supplements that help me with cholesterol, bile and fats. I use garlic and lecithin for cholesterol which has proven effective. I use digestive herbs for my gall bladder which at one time caused me great pain, but no more.

For high blood pressure, I work out intensely, and use breathing exercises.

For the prostate, I use a supplement called "Prosta Ease" containing Saw Palmetto.

The results so far are excellent health and a feel good body. (Wholistic Lifestyles) (Antioxidants) (Chinese Medicine)

Posted by qualteam at 11:03 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 24 August 2006 11:11 PM EDT
Wednesday, 23 August 2006
Top Coffee Shop In The World

This award would go to Tim Hortons Coffee Shops. "Timmy" restaurants and drive-throughs are located in practically every town and city across Canada(even in the U.S.).

You'll also find Tim Hortons service areas in gas bars and company cafeterias. We have one where I work in the Mississauga postal plant.

When we bought our house in Brampton,  a Tim Hortons shop was located in an Esso station close by. It's only a ten minute walk from our home.

My coffee fix consists of two "Timmys" a day.

I must add, however, that "Country Style Donuts" has better donuts and muffins than Tim Hortons.

The original Tim Horton was a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey player. He died in a car crash in 1971. (Tim Hortons Are Here To Stay) (Tim Horton, The Hockey Player) (Country Style Donuts)

Posted by qualteam at 11:11 PM EDT
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Canadian Beer: My Top Ten Brands
Mood:  celebratory

While other Canadians love killing a 6, 12 or 24 pack on a warm summer's evening, I'm content to have one or two beers a night.

Nothing beats a cold beer when you're thristy on a humid day. Here's my top ten:

1. Lakeport Pilsener( Nice flavour at a buck a beer)2. Molson Canadian(The king of beers, but a little on the pricey side)3. Alexander Keiths(Makes the best draught around.)4.Sleemans(Premium brew at a premium price)5.Moosehead(With a name like that, how can you not like it?)6.Molson Golden(A great beer that isn't made anymore.)7. Black Horse(Great Newfoundland Lager)8.Labatt's Blue(Really, it's great p--- water)9.President's Choice Draught(Great cheap draught)10. Creemore Springs(I never tasted it, but I like the name.)

What's your favourite brew? E-mail me at (Real Beer For Real People) (The Great White North) (What Is A Canadian?)

Posted by qualteam at 10:53 PM EDT
Monday, 21 August 2006
Who's Philo Farnsworth?
Mood:  surprised

No, he's not the geek that looks after my computer or any other computer for that matter.

He's the genius who invented television back in 1927. If you haven't heard of him, it's probably because people from RCA stole his patents and pushed him out of the picture. It's highly likely there will be a TV movie about his life and conflicts in the near future.

His wife died at 98 in April of this year still seeking to get recognition for her husband's invention.

Television was one of the greatest communication devices of the 20th century. The man who invented it should be on the same level as Bell, Edison and Marconi. (The Father Of Television)

Posted by qualteam at 10:55 PM EDT
Sunday, 20 August 2006
The CNE: A Canadian Tradition
Mood:  party time!

It's been 10 years since I last went to the "EX".

I started off badly at the Midway games which were too difficult for the coordinately challenged like myself. At the Casino, I broke even at "Blackjack" while Irene won $50. It's exciting to play as long as you don't lose too much money.

While the Human Cannonball was a brief interesting sideshow act, the IAMS Superdogs were genuinely entertaining with their tricks and racing speed.

The star superdog was the dancing miniature Collie. She "danced" equally well backward as well as forward. She was a pure delight.

The star of the CNE, however, was hypnotist, Mike Mandel. He mixed hypnosis with comedy that had his subjects doing a wide range of ludricous things like quaking in fear when he made a face, complaining about being pinced when he snapped his fingers and becoming weird superheroes when he said "superhero". 

The subjects were mostly teenage girls and he didn't get them to do anything lewd or in poor taste. Four stars.

Unfortunately, we never got to see the Chinese Lantern Festival at Ontario place because it costs $15 a person in the evening.(Ontario Place is free in the morning and afternoon if you come through the CNE fairgrounds at that time.)

I'll give the CNE three stars. It's well worth a visit if you're in Toronto in the latter part of August. (The IAMS Superdogs) (Who Is Mike Mandel?)


Posted by qualteam at 5:06 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 20 August 2006 5:14 PM EDT
Saturday, 19 August 2006
Favourite Blog Entries
Mood:  special

Out of the 927 entries in this blog, I've managed to pick some of my favourite material. These are located on the right hand side under "Personal Favourite Blog Entries", "Message Statements" and "Some Top Ten Lists"

Putting together  "The Best Of The Barron Blog" is quite a task. I'll probably have to wait for my next weekly vacation in September to complete this project.

My blog covers my different areas of interest and reality, both personal and universal.

Posted by qualteam at 10:18 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 19 August 2006 10:31 AM EDT

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