Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Taylor wants answers from roadbuilders

I think I can give him an insight into what the problem is.

I've actually been thinking of late that all of these small road contracts all over the place must be a nightmare for contractors bidding. The reality is most if not all business ventures nowwadays are the bigger the better but not just bigger but bigger and all in generally the same location. Especially since the set up and prep required for an ashpalt plant isn't something to be taken lightly and bid on willy nilly. If it was cold ashphalt Chinese ashphalt it wouldn't be so bad but the majority of these jobs require hot ashpalt.

Personally I think they could get lower bids and more if they concentrated their road work to a certain part of the province each year with just maintenance for the remainder of the province for that year. contractors could also form alliances to bid on these larger contracts or subcontract out if one larger contractor wanted to out bid others. This kind of strategy would have to be cyclical with different sections of the province getting attention each year.

Now Labrador is going to need an Ashphalt plant this year what with the proposed paving of of the section between Happy Valley Goose Bay and Lab West. Supposedly this is going to be done with cold ashpalt but it still needs to be made and mixed with a ashpalt plant just the temperatures and distances can be more forgiving.

The other area of the province I would recommend concentrating on this year would be the northern peninsula seeing as it is now apart of the National Highway System NHS.

I'll always remember German work crews repairing a pot hole. They would cut out a 3 square metre hole and dig down to the subgrade 6 feet below frost and rebuild the road bed from their up compacting the differnet grade fill and using geotech as they went. This was no small task they would use sheets of 1 inch thich steel to make the road usable at night and would take generally speaking a month to repair one pot hole.
But it never came back I'll guarantee you that.

If you have a different hypothesis drop Mr taylor a line.


Don't buy a new computer now

Windows Vista the new Windows operating system is set to be released the second half of this year. Formerly known as Long horn this new OS has been long awaited.

As soon as this ne OS is released every computer with windows XP on it will instantly become obsolete unless you buy the new OS and update. generally an update costs somewhere in the range of 150$ AND A FULL VERSION will run you somewhere in the range 500$.

Now most new OS's ususally have bugs upon first release but this release has been going through alot of Beta testing so it may not have as many bugs as previous releases which required updates immediately upon release. Windows Vista

'Public court' holds Bush guilty of perpetrating terrorism

Hyderabad: A 'praja court' (public court) here Sunday held US President George W. Bush guilty of "perpetrating terrorism in the name of fighting terrorism and killing people including women and children".

Bush, who is scheduled to visit the Andhra Pradesh capital March 3, the last day of his three-day visit to India, faced charges ranging from war mongering and mass killings to violation of all international charters and aggression against sovereign countries.

Eye in the Sky

It makes me laugh when our military leaders say we are prepared for any eventuallity with regard to operations in Afganistan.

Just of the top of my head i can come up with two things we could do to ensure the safety of our troops in Afganistan not to mention some of my more recent posts with reference to winning hearts and minds and combating the negative publicity and counter espionage efforts of the insurgents and the Muslim community as a whole.

One thing we could do immediately is put an eye in the sky for every ground patrol either with helicopters shadowing each and every ground patrol to view the ground in front of each patrol for suspect individuals and locations. This eye in the sky would also be able to track or Identify any threats if an attack were to take place. Another added bonus of having a helicopter shadow any ground patrols would be immediate medical aid and evacualtion if any thing were to happen requiring immediate evacuation.

Another thing that could be done would be to add jamming either to the ground patrol section or the eye in the sky part of any patrol because alot of the IED's (Improvised Explosive Deices) of late are being set of using remote means like Radio frequency or cell phone activation. So if we were to use Jamming in and around our patrols this would remove this means of activation for IED's.

At one time Canada had developed the sentinel a remote controlled observation device that was intended to shadow ground troops and give them an eye in the sky to view terrian in advance to our troops. We only see these Sentinels now in Museums and military buildings on display.

CL-227 Sentinel The Sentinel, known familliarly as "the flying peanut" due to its apprearance, is an unmanned aerial drone used for multi-service close- and short-range intelligence g athering. The aircraft is vertical take-off and landing capable. It is designed for rapid and simple deployment and one- or two-man flight operation. The Sentinel is not armored; special emphasis is placed on survivability through low thermal, visual, aud ible and radar signatures. Developed by Canadair, the Sentinel is used by the Canadian Army as well as by various services in other countries, such as the United States and Israel.

This is just one example of UAV I would think a UAV blimp would actually have a longer endurance time but be less durable. All in all the best possible scenario would be a manned helicopter escort IMHO. But that would require money and commitment which Canadians aren't willing to pay for nor support sadly.


Ok I stand corrected apparently they have something like this in use in Afghanistan. It's called the Sperwer and from what I've read it is quite the rig albeit low on endurance. The launch is exactly what I would want being in the army same goes for it's recovery.

I am really at a loss as to why they chose a two stroke engine for the power plant though. I know two strokes have a great power to weight ratio but they are terrible on fuel meaning low air time as well they are very loud if you want to get the real power from a two stroke because they run in power ban.

Just about all ultralights nowwadays use the RX7 Rotary engine as their power plants the power to weight ratio should be comparable to two strokes. While they are not a true 4 stroke because it is a wankel style engine the power from one of these RX7/RX8 now is somewhere in the range of 200HP.
Oh well can't have it all.

Monday, February 27, 2006


Support our troops!

If you want to send anything over to our troops or the people in the area where our troops are currently serving you can drop off packages at your nearest Military base. I would advise keeping the package open untill the proper authorities have a chance to look at the contents mainly due to international law about imports etc.

Since not everyone lives near a base or aren't allowed or arent comfortable about going onto a base I'm thinking the next best thing location wise to drop of items for Afganistan or our troops in Afganistan would be for the Legion to take a role in forwarding any items collected on to the nearest base where it can be forwarded to Afganistan.

If Canada Post and the government can be brought onboard this would allow any Canadian living anywhere to help support our troops by helping the countries in which they are trying to bring peace and order.

Since most of our military planes flying over to these missions aren't quite full there is a great opportunity here for normal everyday people to donate new or used things that can be distributed by our troops to the people of the country in which they are serving to help win hearts and minds. With little to no cost to the donator since this is generally the most prohibitive reason why donations can't be sent over to foreign countries.

Some of the things I noticed were especially welcome by people in these third world countries were Ballons and candy for the kids. Hand held radios for the adults. Clothes, blankets, If you can put items into tupperware or plastic containers these are always welcome because they allow for items to be stired such that the sand and dust is kept out. These hand held radios would be of much more use in winning hearts and minds if we had our own radio broadcasting station in each base. Look at previous post where I mentioned Suitcase FM broadcasting radio station for 5000$.

The old saying one mans junk is another mans treasure really is true for these third world countries where they have little to nothing in comparison to our life style.

Might be a good idea to have a common emblem on all the boxes. Something like the support our troops ribbon emblem.

On the Bus off the Bus!

When I was in Alberta I used to have to take a bus ride for one hour every morning and night to get to work. Just like the old school days bus in the morning bus at night.
Now for anyone who has had to ride a bus to and fro from School everyday they probably remember the back of the bus and the antics or bordom. But I actually enjoyed those bus rides in Alberta why?

Well we used to have table cut outs that we wedged in between the seats and played cards the whole time to and from work. Euchre was the game of choice sometimes we played hearts or what ever but it sure made the time fly by and even made you look forward to going to work.

Now if we were to do something like this for our increasing number of students who are having to take buses to and from school I think it would make a big difference in how our kids would look at going to school specifically riding the bus.

They could even put satellite dishes ontop of the buses with wireless routers so our kids could access study information while traveling to and fro if they have access to a lap top. It is the least governments could do considering all the money they are saving from school closures and busing kids increasingly longer distances at lower ages.

They could form study groups on the buses or tutorials.

If you think this would be a good idea just cut out a piece of ply board the right size to fit in between the seats and give it and a pack of cards to your son or daughter.
The best ones actually have a notch so that it fits snuggly around the seat side in the form of a H.

Newfoundland Rips Wind surfing and Surfing

With the advent of semi dry wet suits costs coming down there is no need to fear swimming or surfing in the Atlantic ocean like we used to. These suits can now be bought for as low as 40$ for a shorty and the low $100's for a full suit.

We have lots of wind lots of ocean and lots of waves to take advantage of this adenturers paradise.

Sunday, February 26, 2006


Ramble Outmigration, Sex and water, Cash Cow

So you want to stop the outmigration.

I heard a show on CBC a while back where a Quebec town was in dire straits of losing their school.
They formed a committee to brain storm on ideas on how to curb the outmigration and how they could retain their school. Losing your school isn't anything personal it is just numbers. This town which I think was in the Eastern Town ships decided to offer free or subsidized housing to any family that had 3-4 kids to move to their town. They started the ball rolling by buying a couple of vacant houses and offering them up. Since small town living is a good atmosphere for raising kids they were innundated with requests. They caught the attention of the national media at least Quebecs national media and it snow balled from there.

Another route would be to promote adoption to increase your numbers since there are lots of kids in the world needing a home this should be an easy sell to the local populace. What better way to integrate immigrants that to accept them into your home as a member of your family. There won't be any segregration with different communities forming to feel at home home will be amongst the locals.

As far as work goes with the increasing availability of High speed internet and work from home there are lots of job opportunities out there that can be done from anywhere. I'm surprised they haven't started telemarketing from peoples homes. What with three way calling and VOIP it Online courses it would be to easy to implement something like this.

You would also think that NL would be using their infamy for the most passionate/often lovers as a advertising slogan as well. I guess governments can't use Sex Drugs and Rock and roll like private companies do not politically correct. Oh well arms length always seems to work at transferring the blame somewhere else. If I were a water bottling company I would be using these studies to my benefit. Buy and drink NL water it is the most passionate love making water in the world.

Is it time to kill the cash cow and feed the people?
Cash Cow is Hibernia. While our province may be leading the way in growth and GDP money without jobs and security doesn't put food on the table or give people a sense of purpose or well being at a job well done and pay check well deserved.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Bar codes on Money

The recent robbery in Britain from a cash sorting company made me think how can this be prevented.

The most obvious thing occured to me Bar codes on Money!

What use would it be to steal money if it was traceadle. Every dollar in a cash register, Bank, Instant teller everywhere had it's own unique bar code so that if it was stolen the minute it was used the and scanned the vendor would know that it was stolen money.

Since money is already traceable by serial number it wouldn't be much of a leap to add a bar code to coincide with this serial number. Since almost every transaction nowwadays is done using bar codes the infrastructure to implement this new security is already in place. Even in store theft would become traceable because all incoming money and outgoing money could be traced at all times. Exception being coins which wouldn't be such a big deal as compared to 50$ bills and 100$ bills.

Counterfitting would also become almost erradicated over night exceptions being stores or countries where bar code scanners aren't used. Then of course there is plastic money.

Where theres a will theres a way but at least one way would be eliminated.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Improved (weather) Forcasting ahead for NL

This is great news. The Harper government promises to fullfill their promise to return the weather forcasting office to Gander.
I wonder will the Liberals push to have the Ice research Institute move to NL like they promised during the campaign?
When you consider NL doesn't have a real manned military base in NL this Ice research centre would go along way towards increasing federal presence in NL unlike what the Liberals did over the past 13 years where they removed.

Gander weather services to be restored: feds
Last updated Feb 22 2006 06:57 AM NST
CBC News
A spokesperson with the federal Environment Department has confirmed that the Harper government will reinstate the Gander weather office.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Moose War Update

>Dear Mr. Byrne:
>Thank you for your recent correspondence with regard to moose on our highways.
>In my correspondence of November 29, 2005, I outlined the efforts government is taking on this serious issue including our public awareness campaign. In the three months following the start of that campaign, there is a 13 per cent decrease in the number of reported moose-vehicle collisions, and less than one per cent of accidents resulted in severe injuries compared to a historical average of three per cent.
>Your comments are duly noted and will be considered as Government continues to look for ways to reduce the occurrence and severity of moose-vehicle collisions.
>Sincerely yours,

Dear Mr Osbourne

Thank-You for your reply. I appreciate your response and explanation of your efforts and results to try and deal with this problem.

The more I investigate this problem and the steps taken to curb it the more I am coming to the realization that while fencing and such costly initiatives work they are not the only or in some cases best long term option. From my hunting and watching of animals I am coming to the realization that a viable option might be to clear the right of ways along roads and highways further out so that animals especially the male of the breed don't like to cross big wide open spaces. Also this initiative of widening right of ways would also allow drivers to have a clearer line of sight away from the road to see any approaching animals. This widening of right of ways initiative would be especially poignant for the rural side and access roads where other initiates would never be viable.

Maybe if there was an accepted warning standard like if every car carried a flare or Chem Light which upon seeing an animal in the ditch, lite and threw that flare out near the animal to warn any vehichles of the impending danger. The Flare might even scare the animal back into the woods since animals don't like the smell of smoke. Even if there was an accepted practice like flashing your high beams and putting your emergency lights on to warn other motorists. Even using your horn to warn other motorists. Fire and flares would have to be addressed.

As for widening the right of ways since our roads in NL are mainly two lane the right of ways are half the size as those in the rest of Canada on the TCH which by and large are four lane with twice the open ground for which to see animals and which the male animals are afraid to cross open ground. With the advent of brush cutting heads for excavators the enlarged clearing of right of ways has become much easier than the old method of manual labour. This clearing of the right of ways to a larger area could also be apart of an initiative to twinning the TCH in the future where the traffic merrits it.

Greg Byrne

Seal Hunt protestors attack Canadians and Canadian Parliamentarians

Here is an excerpt By Veganesh from TRIBES.

For non-Canadians, this is a little primer on the current elected
members of the Canadian government.

Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 300
employees and has the following statistics:

30 have been accused of spousal abuse.
9 have been arrested for fraud,
14 have been accused of writing bad cheques.
95 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses.
4 have done time for assault.
55 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit.
12 have been arrested on drug related charges.
4 have been arrested for shoplifting.
16 are currently defendants in lawsuits.
62 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year.

Such is the record of the 301 Members of the Canadian Parliament.

I guess the fact that many of the fish on the brink of extinction or being listed on the endangered species list in the same area where there are some 10 million seals doesn't contitute the protection of these Vegans since they aren't cute and cuddly.

IMHO these Animal Rights Activists are doing more harm than good to the enviorment by protecting one species to the detriment of all others.

Balance of Nature VS Balancing their check book.

Monday, February 20, 2006


Root cause behind Cartoon Carnage

This is from the comments section over at Small Dead Animals. Well worth the read.

from newsbeat1

We gather here today to share information and knowledge. Intelligence is not merely cold hard data about numerical strength or armament or disposition of military forces. The most important element of intelligence has to be understanding the mindset and intention of the enemy. The West has been wallowing in a state of ignorance and denial for thirty years as Muslim extremist perpetrated evil against innocent victims in the name of Allah.

I was ten years old when my home exploded around me, burying me under the rubble and leaving me to drink my blood to survive, as the perpetrators shouted “Allah Akbar!” My only crime was that I was a Christian living in a Christian town. At 10 years old, I learned the meaning of the word "infidel."

I had a crash course in survival. Not in the Girl Scouts, but in a bomb shelter where I lived for seven years in pitch darkness, freezing cold, drinking stale water and eating grass to live. At the age of 13 I dressed in my burial clothes going to bed at night, waiting to be slaughtered. By the age of 20, I had buried most of my friends--killed by Muslims. We were not Americans living in New York, or Britons in London. We were Arab Christians living in Lebanon.

As a victim of Islamic terror, I was amazed when I saw Americans waking up on September 12, 2001, and asking themselves "Why do they hate us?" The psychoanalyst experts were coming up with all sort of excuses as to what did we do to offend the Muslim World. But if America and the West were paying attention to the Middle East they would not have had to ask the question. Simply put, they hate us because we are defined in their eyes by one simple word: "infidels."

Under the banner of Islam "la, ilaha illa allah, muhammad rasoulu allah," (None is god except Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah) they murdered Jewish children in Israel, massacred Christians in Lebanon, killed Copts in Egypt, Assyrians in Syria, Hindus in India, and expelled almost 900,000 Jews from Muslim lands. We Middle Eastern infidels paid the price then. Now infidels worldwide are paying the price for indifference and shortsightedness.

Tolerating evil is a crime. Appeasing murderers doesn't buy protection. It earns one disrespect and loathing in the enemy's eyes. Yet apathy is the weapon by which the West is committing suicide. Political correctness forms the shackles around our ankles, by which Islamists are leading us to our demise.

America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam. You hear about Wahabbi and Salafi Islam as the only extreme form of Islam. All the other Muslims, supposedly, are wonderful moderates. Closer to the truth are the pictures of the irrational eruption of violence in reaction to the cartoons of Mohammed printed by a Danish newspaper. From burning embassies, to calls to butcher those who mock Islam, to warnings that the West be prepared for another holocaust, those pictures have given us a glimpse into the real face of the enemy. News pictures and video of these events represent a canvas of hate decorated by different nationalities who share one common ideology of hate, bigotry and intolerance derived from one source: authentic Islam. An Islam that is awakening from centuries of slumber to re-ignite its wrath against the infidel and dominate the world. An Islam which has declared "Intifada" on the West.

America and the West can no longer afford to lay in their lazy state of overweight ignorance. The consequences of this mental disease are starting to attack the body, and if they don't take the necessary steps now to control it, death will be knocking soon. If you want to understand the nature of the enemy we face, visualize a tapestry of snakes. They slither and they hiss, and they would eat each other alive, but they will unite in a hideous mass to achieve their common goal of imposing Islam on the world.

This is the ugly face of the enemy we are fighting. We are fighting a powerful ideology that is capable of altering basic human instincts. An ideology that can turn a mother into a launching pad of death. A perfect example is a recently elected Hamas official in the Palestinian Territories who raves in heavenly joy about sending her three sons to death and offering the ones who are still alive for the cause. It is an ideology that is capable of offering highly educated individuals such as doctors and lawyers far more joy in attaining death than any respect and stature, life in society is ever capable of giving them.

The United States has been a prime target for radical Islamic hatred and terror. Every Friday, mosques in the Middle East ring with shrill prayers and monotonous chants calling death, destruction and damnation down on America and its people. The radical Islamists’ deeds have been as vile as their words. Since the Iran hostage crisis, more than three thousand Americans have died in a terror campaign almost unprecedented in its calculated cruelty along with thousands of other citizens worldwide. Even the Nazis did not turn their own children into human bombs, and then rejoice at their deaths as well the deaths of their victims. This intentional, indiscriminate and wholesale murder of innocent American citizens is justified and glorified in the name of Islam.

America cannot effectively defend itself in this war unless and until the American people understand the nature of the enemy that we face. Even after 9/11 there are those who say that we must “engage” our terrorist enemies, that we must “address their grievances”. Their grievance is our freedom of religion. Their grievance is our freedom of speech. Their grievance is our democratic process where the rule of law comes from the voices of many not that of just one prophet. It is the respect we instill in our children towards all religions. It is the equality we grant each other as human beings sharing a planet and striving to make the world a better place for all humanity. Their grievance is the kindness and respect a man shows a woman, the justice we practice as equals under the law, and the mercy we grant our enemy. Their grievance cannot be answered by an apology for who or what we are.

Our mediocre attitude of not confronting Islamic forces of bigotry and hatred wherever they raised their ugly head in the last 30 years, has empowered and strengthened our enemy to launch a full scale attack on the very freedoms we cherish in their effort to impose their values and way of life on our civilization.

If we don't wake up and challenge our Muslim community to take action against the terrorists within it, if we don't believe in ourselves as Americans and in the standards we should hold every patriotic American to, we are going to pay a price for our delusion. For the sake of our children and our country, we must wake up and take action. In the face of a torrent of hateful invective and terrorist murder, America’s learning curve since the Iran hostage crisis is so shallow that it is almost flat. The longer we lay supine, the more difficult it will be to stand erect.

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This isn't a war against terrorists it is a war of cultures being driven by religious leaders. Gihad Fatwah

Stephen Brereton the Canadian Consul General in Buffalo spreads light on the lies being propagated towards the seal hunt.

AFeb. 10 commentary in The Buffalo News titled, "Let's urge Canada to stop killing baby seals" included a number of misleading and erroneous statements regarding the seal hunt in Atlantic Canada. While respecting an individual's right to support or oppose the seal hunt, as Consul General for Canada in Buffalo, I feel compelled to respond to this criticism with accurate information on the policies and principles governing the seal hunt.

It is good to see some politicians and diplomats standing up to correct the misleading and erroneous statements still being used to promote the fund raising ARA's at Our expense.

Sunday, February 19, 2006


Spains response from 1995 to the Turbot wars

I realize that this is an old press release but the underlying subject and dispute still remains. Here are a few exexpts from the release.

Minister: The Government keeps doing what it can do and it does it in the following manner. I have stated a thousand times and I state once again that Spain will behave in conformity with international legality. Spain and the European Union cannot respond to a violation of international laws with yet another violation of international laws. We will always act with the utmost respect of international law.

The European Union and Spain in particular have the right to fish in those banks which allow me to add, were discovered in great part, by Spanish fishermen. Therefore, we feel we are in our own right to fish there.

We are all aware that fishing is a very debatable issue, in New York, today, for example, but I insist, what is important is that the outcome of these conclusions not be applied mainly on this or that country, but that the resolution be such that the whole International Community take responsibility, and we cannot accept that one country, in this case Canada, take jurisdiction in its own hands.

So I guess the United Nations Article 76 from the international law of the sea


Signed at Montego Bay, Jamaica, 10 December 1982

Entry into Force: 16 November 1994

doesn't apply to Spain because as the minister states "were discovered in great part, by Spanish fishermen."

So should we be sending royalties over to Spain for all of our natural resource revenues? Maybe we should have to send our first born child over to Spain in gratitude for their discovering of North America?

Labradors Untapped tourism Fire and Ice

Here is an article about tourism initiatives in Canada's North Churchill Manitoba.

A five day excersion will cost you 3,200$ US to see Polar bears, Seals, Dog sled rides, Northern lights viewing and Igloo building just to name a few of the memorable moments and picture taking opportunities this trip will avail to the partakers.

Update :
Another article on a tourists experience in Churchill this time the article is in the Washinton post.

Saturday, February 18, 2006


Cuban spin on the news/Winning hearts and minds

You wonder why the Muslim communities and other non west communities have such a hate on for the west well try listening to some news from sources other than the west.

I'll give you an example of one such news story and the spin non Western news agencies give to certain stories.

I was listening to Radio Havana Cuba last night and they were discussing how the US was hypocritical towards Iran reference to their desire for Nuclear generating capacity.

From the memory hole so I'm paraphrasing.

The Announcer say that the Us was hypocritical towards Iran because Israel has some 200 nuclear weapons I think it was actually war heads not sure. The US supports and condones Israels possession of these weapons even though Israel hasn't signed onto any of the nuclear non proliferation treaties and such. While at the same time the US is about to invade Iran because it wants to develop Nuclear energy.

They also talked about the cartoon debolicle and the reasoning behind invading Iraq but My memory is to sketchy to quote. Sorry I tried to find some links to the program but couldn't find any.

This is the normal spin Cuba puts on its news always a anti US spin but with enough truth to be believable. I could just imagine what the spin being put on the US invasion of Iraq is being put on by the Muslim extremists and Immans.

This isn't a war of bullets but a war of media spin. It isn't enough to convince the west that we need to spread the truth and democracy in Muslim countries we need to spread the truth and democracy in Arabic in the Muslim countries to the Muslim people to counteract the anti and negative spin being put out there.

How do you go about this? Short wave radio in all the pertinant languages to all of the pertinant countries. When I was in Africa the one thing that stood out to me was every man woman and child mainly men walked around with a portable radio glued to their ear. I don't imagine alot of them were Short wave radios but mainly Am/FM.

If our troops are going to be deployed in these areas they need a ways and means of reaching the people. Winning hearts and minds.

Now IMHO these radio stations should be set up in our camps for security reasons and mild censorship. Be run mostly by native people speaking their native language.

Once we leave the radios should be donated to the town or country.

Here is a suitcase broadcasting radio station that can run on solar or batteries at a cost of 5000$ US per unit with a broadcasting range of 50 KM basic and upgradeable to higher levels with additions this should be an essential to any UN mission.
This invention or innovation is also a canadian initiative. The innovaters want to see every country and village have its own broadcasting radio station.

Friday, February 17, 2006


Eternal World Television Network EWTN online

This is a catholic radio station that I sometimes tune into while surfing the Shortwave radio waves.
I just found out last night that they have a web cast as well as pod casts for those who don't have a shortwave radio.
There is even a talk radio segment if you have questions or comments to make.

Quite interesting to listen into talk and sermons coming out of Rome. There is a sister on there some nights she reminds me of a Catholic Dr Sue. I always find it so funny to hear priests, Sisters and Brothers talk about sex and what not LOL.

I have also listened to the sermons from the evangelicals coming out of the deep south US as well when I'm bored or there is a good one on. Kinda hard to avoid them there are so many.

I've yet to tune into a muslim one I would be very curious though as to what they get on with.

Garbage OUT Garbage IN

Holly nut bar. This guy threw a hamburger and associated napkins bag etc out the window of his car in downtown Toronto. This off duty courier sees/hears people complain to him and goes over picks it up and throws it into his car where it belonged. The guy freaks.
Check out the whole story captured on film here and the comments in the forum city Noise.

Reformers Fire Brand

The Toronto Star story
Me thinks this guy needs some anger management and peoples skills. Personally the inside of my car generally looks like a pig pen not because I'm dirty but because I refuse to throw garbage out the window so I put up with it until I get a chance to clean it out.

Nominate your choice for an elected Newfoundland and Labrador Senator

My choice is Tom Hickey leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador First party.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Help for Soap Stone Quarries in Labrador

I emailed this to our elected officials but as is the norm I received neither conformation of receipt nor correspondence regarding the subject contained within. So here it is for all to judge comment or pass along as you see fit.

Dear Elected officials

It is my understanding that the native soap stone carvers in Labrador have to buy their soap stone from outside sources because they don't have the ways or means to mine their own native soap stone. This lowers the value of their carvings as well as means we are not utilizing a valueable resource to the best of it's potential in Native carvers and native soapstone.

I'm sure the reason they are not mining their own soapstone is because they either don't have the expertise or resources in explosives to make the soapstone accessable. It isn't mining as such more like explosive work to fracture the face of a outcropping and allow for the smaller pieces to be handled. One shot a year should suffice to fracture of enough stone for a whole year of carving I'm thinking.

This one shot a year could be done by the military engineers or militia from St John's. Better still some of the Northern rangers could be taught how to drill the holes and prep the charges over the next few years by the Military engineers so they can become self sufficient in case there are years the Military engineers don't have the time or man power to do the shot.

IMHO this is a enterprise that should be supported and built upon by government help and investment. It would go along way in showing your support for Labrador as apart of the province.

Similarly labradorite could be exposed by some explosive work to allow for further jewelry production in Labrador with Rock tumblers and jewelry manufacturing training.

Here is a good book on the basic principles of mining.

Dremels tools and hand held grinders have made this industry much more productive and as such a great source of income for our northern economy.


PS: I have no solid facts to back up this just a show I saw on CBC about native northern carvers having to but their stone from outside sources. This show stated that the local Co-op provided the stone and helped sell the carvings so taxes could be collected. Ebay would be a great way of getting some higher prices for these carvings IMHO, plus more exposure.

PSS: I may be way of base on this so please don't take my word for it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Letter of thanks from Mayor of Iraq city Tall Afar Ninewa to 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment

From: Mayor of Tall ‘Afar, Ninewa, Iraq

In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful

To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall’ Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life.

To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months.

To those who spread smiles on the faces of our children, and gave us restored hope, through their personal sacrifice and brave fighting, and gave new life to the city after hopelessness darkened our days, and stole our confidence in our ability to reestablish our city.

Our city was the main base of operations for Abu Mousab Al Zarqawi. The city was completely held hostage in the hands of his henchmen. Our schools, governmental services, businesses and offices were closed. Our streets were silent, and no one dared to walk them. Our people were barricaded in their homes out of fear; death awaited them around every corner. Terrorists occupied and controlled the only hospital in the city. Their savagery reached such a level that they stuffed the corpsesof children with explosives and tossed them into the streets in order to kill grieving parents attempting to retrieve the bodies of their young. This was the situation of our city until God prepared and delivered unto them the courageous soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who liberated this city, ridding it of Zarqawi’s followers after harsh fighting, killing many terrorists, and forcing the remaining butchers to flee the city like rats to the surrounding areas, where the bravery of other 3d ACR soldiers in Sinjar, Rabiah, Zuma and Avgani finally destroyed them.

I have met many soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment; they are not only courageous men and women, but avenging angels sent by The God Himself to fight the evil of terrorism.

The leaders of this Regiment; COL McMaster, COL Armstrong, LTC Hickey, LTC Gibson, and LTC Reilly embody courage, strength, vision and wisdom.

Officers and soldiers alike bristle with the confidence and character of knights in a bygone era. The mission they have accomplished, by means of a unique military operation, stands among the finest military feats to date in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and truly deserves to be studied in military science. This military operation was clean, with little collateral damage, despite the ferocity of the enemy. With the skill and precision of surgeons they dealt with the terrorist cancers in the city without causing unnecessary damage.

God bless this brave Regiment; God bless the families who dedicated these brave men and women. From the bottom of our hearts we thank the families. They have given us something we will never forget. To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives. They have sacrificed that which is most valuable. We see them in the smile of every child, and inevery flower growing in this land. Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.

Finally, no matter how much I write or speak about this brave Regiment, I haven’t the words to describe the courage of its officers and soldiers. I pray to God to grant happiness and health to these legendary heroes and their brave families.



Mayor of Tall ‘Afar,

Ninewa, Iraq

H/T Kate

No comments needed this letter says it all and then some.

Monday, February 13, 2006


Beavers to the rescue in Drought stricken Africa

I saw a documentary the other day where Beavers were introduced to some south American country sorry can't remember which country or why they were introduced. The gist of the story was they the beavers had become a nuisance causing flooding because beavers do what they do best and that is dam rivers. In this particular case they were running amock because they didn't have any natural predators. I would also guess that the locals don't know how to deal with beavers. A beave will only dam and cut trees if he hears running water so if you install sumberged slanted pipes or some such thing which there are lots of examples the beaver will only cut enough wood and sapplings to feed himself. I guess it is a natural inborn instinct to stop anything that sounds like running water. Remove the sound he stops building.

Tonight I was listening to short wave some South African country reception was bad but they were saying how a famine was looming if the rains didn't come soon. The affected areas were the East coast of africa and ivory coast.

Having been to Eritrea and Ethiopia I have a little experience with their landscape at least in that area.

I have blogged about this before how I and the locals were impressed and hopefull about the possibility of salt water irrigation.

That is the reason for this blog though. I got to thinking about the landscape, and it occured to me that there were lots of river beds where I was but more often than not they were dried up and only saw water during the rainy season. So how to retain this water for the rest of the year without entailing astronomical costs involved with man made dams? BEAVERS

You might say it is to hot for beavers in Africa but according to the experiment in South America it shouldn't be. Because it would seem they thrived and actually worked to well at retaining water.

Just a thought.

It wasn't a documentary it was a news clip on Global and while this particular story is negative in nature with reference to introducing beavers to a foregn land I still think the benefits for the South African drought prone areas would far out weigh the negatives.


In the thick of it.

This guy egyptiansandmonkey is living and breathing for now, in downtown Cairo. He is blogging on what he is seeing there on the streets and in the synagogs with reference to the Muhameed Cartoon Farce.

Why are Newfoundlanders so Dumb? By Myles Higgins from Web Talk Newfoundland and Labrador

I'm sure lots of upalongs will find agreement with this post.

25 signs you have grown up

Hey everyone, This is hard to read through! I suddenly realized that I am
a grownup now. I challenge you to even find two that do not apply to you.

> 1. Your houseplants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.
> 2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.
> 3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
> 4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
> 5. You hear your favorite song in an elevator.
> 6. You watch the Weather Channel.
> 7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of "hook up" and "break up."
> 8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
> 9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."
> 10. You're the one calling the police because those %&@# kids next door
> won't turn down the stereo.
> 11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
> 12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
> 13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.
> 14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's leftovers.
> 15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
> 16 You take naps.
> 17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of
> one.
> 18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset,
> rather than settle, your stomach.
> 19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and
> pregnancy tests.
> 20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff."
> 21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
> 22. "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces "I'm never going to
> drink that much again."
> 23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.
> 24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
> 25. When you find out your friend is pregnant you congratulate them
> instead of asking "Oh S*$# what the hell happened?"
> Bonus:: You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that
> doesn't apply to you and can't find one to save your sorry old
> butt. Then you forward it to a bunch of old pals & friends 'cause you
> know they'll enjoy it & do the same.

Sue Kelland-Dyer speaks out

I've been a long time supporter of Mrs Dyer but on this one i am one the fence. Not so much about recalling Harper but on why. I couldn't agree more with her reference to the appointment of Fortier to the Senate to represent the unrepresented Montreal Metropolis area all the while leaving an entire province PEI out in the cold.

As for Emerson Crossing the floor it isn't so much his crossing the floor that bothers me but the fact that he was enticed to do it with a cabinet post. Since I think independants is the only way for people to really have any say outside toeing the party line I would be a hypocrit to disagree with this. I wouldn't have been half as upset if he became an independant. Lord knows there are enough reasons to want to jump of the Liberal ship latest being the withholding of the I'm entitled to my entitlements fired/ quit/ resigned I can't make up my mind Mr Dithers which lie to use.

Although being a big supporter of the elected senate looking forward towards an equal and effective one this latest move by Harper to appoint an unelected Mr Fortier for all the wrong reasons smacks of Hypocracy and does nothing to further the cause of some sort of equal representation for the provinces which doesn't exist now.

Unfortunately a recall won't help further the cause towards equal representation of the provinces and the eventual break up of the country if nothing is done. Since the Liberals won't entertain the idea of Elected, Equal or Effective senate reform. The only other option along party lines is to abolish the senate all together which is what the NDP are Advocating. This would be unfortunate because personally I think that senate reform is probably the only solution for keeping this country together with some sort of equal representation for the provinces.

Sue Obiously hasn't grasped this Blogging medium just yet. She continues to creat one trick pony blogs with only one cause or issue at heart and as such are doomed to oblivion.

I Suggest she make a blog named HydroQueen like her nik that way all will see her priority is Hydro but she will still be able to post about other issues affecting NL.

Here is another one trick pony Blog of hers that I found.


Friday, February 10, 2006


More Military bashing this time by Esprit De Corp Editor in chief Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor Esprit De Corp editor now lumps our military in with the Hells angels. Specifically Young Single white males.

Mr Taylor, meanwhile, said not having the Rapid Reaction Army Battalion in Goose Bay would be good for the people of the town in a social sense, even though it could be disastrous economically.

“How would the town react to having [a force] where 80 per cent of the troops are single? Paratroopers worldwide…it’s one of those things, they have a certain reputation,” Mr Taylor said.

“If they did go to 5 Wing, you would have a lot of unhappy troops on your hands.

“In bigger urban centres, where [the soldiers] don’t stand out so much, it’s not so bad. But they would really stand out in such a small town.

“The air force seems to have more sensible types, more of their members are married and have families. These [army forces] are mostly single. At one place, they even had a whole bunch of them who were members of the local bike gang. And that’s not going to change. You don’t have a chapter of the Hell’s Angels in Goose Bay, do you?

“It may be better for you not to get them…you may have dodged a bullet.”

So I guess the Blue angels and other such Harley driving Lawyers and policemen are the spawn of satin because they like riding Harleys.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


U.S. Supports and Protects Known Terrorist Group BY Myles Higgins from Web Talk NL


WallyBall for all

Ever since I first heard about this game I've been intrigued. What with having played regular volley ball and being a great lover of beach volley ball I've always wanted to try this but never had an opportunity.

The only reason I mention it now is because of all of the press releases from the NL govt about sport and volley ball in particular in NL.

WallyBall rules and how to play.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Hunting > Hide Collection Program

When I was in Alberta they had this program where you donated your deer hide to an organization who tanned it and used the profits to help promote and conserve wild life.

I don't know if a program like this exists in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Of course it wouldn't bee deer hides on the Island anyway I'm not sure if Labrador has deer but they do have lots of Caribou as does NFLD.

These hides could be donated to native groups or a wildlife foundation for fund raisers instead of leaving them in the woods to rot.

These hides could be used to make mitts or traditional parkas instead of being wasted. I remember having a pair of Moose hide ski doo mitts as a youngster an they were awesome! But the best pair I even had were made from Seal skin.

The same could be said for the guts and non consumable parts they could be sold to rendering plants to turned into fish or animal food, Not cows because cows are vegetarians. .50$ a pound to help offset the cost of butchering maybe?

The tanned hides could be used in a Geodesic Dome igloo cabin or hotel more for show unless of course sleeping bags are used and the hide doesn't come into contact with skin because the cleaning costs would be astronomical.

Even Rabbit skins are being wasted in our province.

The waste from Moose combined with the discarded carcasses from the seal hunt would make a substantial source of raw materials for a fish and animal feed enterprise.

Hunting > Hide Collection Program

Gander Mayor Elliot knowingly Thwarts CPC election chances

The letter in question can be found in a previous blog.
H/T to Patrick Dwyer and associates for heading up the fight to return the Gander Weather office.

Monday, February 06, 2006


I have Good News and Bad News. Which do you want first?

It's always a good idea to take the bad news first that way you walk away with the good news being the last thing you heard. Thus feeling good.

As much as I am disgusted about Emerson and disappointed by the Fortier Quebec pandering once again. You've got to admit it is smart politicing.

Harper was doomed to defeat in a very short time flash backs of Joe Who especially with his supposedly very very right wing hidden agenda.

Me thinks Martin was just waiting in the wings and letting Harper think he had a free pass untill the Libs held a leadership race but the Libs would move sooner rather than later to make the govt fall and Martin would be right there to step back into the role of Liberal leader in the next election. The numbers weren't good for Harper alot worse than MSM and people were led to believe IMHO.

Martin is a Megalomaniac and will always be one he didn't change his stripes just because he lost if anything getting 103 seats after all of the scandal and corruption just confirmed in his mind his devine right to rule.

Now at least Harper has time to prove that the proof is in the pudding. The softwood Lumber thing is already a fait accompli and will justify Emerson's Whoring ways which will convince many that the end justify's the means.

Fortier's appointment to Public works confirms in my mind the future completion of the Lower North Shore road finally putting in place the frame work to drive the final spike in Canada's national highway system with Newfounldand and Labrador becoming united with Canada once and for all with a fixed link. Also the completion of the Trans Labrador Highway will entice more Canadians to pass through Quebec either to go to NL or just do round trip tourism through Quebec and Newfoundland and LABRADOR. Enticing more Canadaians to visit and tour Quebec will further bond this great country of ours!

The one thing I didn't want anytime soon was another election.

This is actually a comment I posted over on Steve Janke's Angry in the Great White Norths blog. But since it was like the 104 comment I felt it deserved it's own post.

Sunday, February 05, 2006


Ontario Energy plan press release Working with Quebec to develop Lower Churchill.

Here is an excerpt from the recently released Ontario Government Moving Forward On Energy Plan.

-Working with Quebec to develop a major hydroelectric generation project at the Lower Churchill River in Labrador, from which 670 megawatts would come to Ontario.

So Ontario is planning on working with Quebec to develop Newfoundland and Labradors Lower Churchill Hydro project HMMM. Did anybody happen to look at a map and realize that the Lower churchill is within the province of NL and that any discussions to develop the Lower Churchil should be done with Newfoundland and Labrador?

Sounds like little old NL is getting ganged up on once again. In fact they have even worked out some of the specifics, that is 670 Megawatts that Ontario would get from such a partnership with Quebec for Newfoundland and Labradors resource.

Saturday, February 04, 2006


The truth hurts!

Update roundup:
For those who still don't get it

Thursday, February 02, 2006


Nope Seals don't eat Cod, Capelin or Salmon Or 6 foot Sturgeon

We have a responsibility to ensure the balance of nature is kept as best as possible and don't fall prey to the pressures of enviromentalists or Political policies for other reasons.

Click link to go to web page and follow link to video.

Here's the direct link to the video.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Quick whats the number for 911!

No this isn't a newfie joke.
Since NL is the only Atlantic province without a 911 emergency number setup you figuratively have to ask whats the number for 911.

Apparently 10 million$ is to high a price for public safety and well organized safety net where a 6 year old will know they number to get help.

What's the number for 911 in your area?
It could actually be three numbers one for Police two for the Ambulance and three for the fire department. There might even be others for things like hazardous materials spills and such.

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