Stop Global Warming – Do Your Part and EAT!

I keep reading all these articles about how the solution to global warming is to stop eating beef.  The reasoning being the methane production from cows increases the greenhouse effect.

Worried Cows

This is from so called  “scientists” apparently that have complied “real” theoretical data.

I gave this some thought and I hereby put forth a my own theory based in pure logic.

The solution isn’t to STOP eating beef, the solution is EAT ALL THE BEEF.  That’s right,  eat all the beef in existence and don’t breed more cows or leave any alive .  Complete extinction of the bovine species is the only solution to eliminate their harmful emissions.  So get your BBQ’s ready and mow down like there’s no tomorrow! If you leave any alive they will continue to breed in the wild.  Do your part and cull the herds of the world! This is a call to arms against the domestic cow threat! I am calling this the “Eat all the beef moo-vement”.
Now some of you are probably thinking.  Well, what about milk?  Have no fear, Ben Stiller assures me that anything with nipples can be milked… except of course for Robert DeNiro.
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The “Eat All the Beef Moo-vement” will invariably be followed by a resurgence of the “Where’s the beef?” campaign that was introduced in 1984.
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This will continue into the 22nd century except it will be used as a social statement instead of an advertising catchphrase.
Once the greenhouse effect dissipates we will then see an increase of parka sales in Canada as things begin to cool down. This will be joined by an increase in fuel energy costs as demand for heating increases.  This will be know as the “Wynn/wins” effect.
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The lack of leather to create parkas will propel synthetic clothing material production to an all time high.  The production of synthetics will then increase the harmful carbon emissions and again the greenhouse effect will begin.  Around the turn of the 23rd century once again liberal campaigns run by sympathetic actors and a documentary narrated by a now 220 year old Leonardo Di Caprio will begin to circulate and the cycle will begin anew.
Please remember to do your part and “Eat All the Beef!”
This has been a public service announcement brought to you by the Society for the Protection of Humankind and small furry little creatures from Alpha Centauri.
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New Original Song Recorded in Prince Edward County

New Original - You can count on me - Words & Music by Wil Rosenblath

For Amber <3



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Post US Election Economical Concerns | Trump & the Canadian Economy

How will the outcome of the US Election effect the Canadian Economy?   If this isn’t a question you are asking yourself, it should be!

Why should you care ? You ask.   I’ll tell you why.

Foreign Investment in Canada is both direct (made to manage and control actual enterprises) and portfolio (made only for the interest or dividends paid, or the possible capital gain to be achieved). The amount of both types is very large, with the consequence that a considerable amount of the Canadian economy is controlled by foreigners.

Canada and the United States share a common trading relationship.   The United States is by far Canada’s largest trading partner, with more than $1.7 billion CAD in trade per day in 2005. In 2009, 73% of Canada’s exports went to the United States, and 63% of Canada’s imports were from the United States.[63] Trade with Canada makes up 23% of the United States’ exports and 17% of its imports.[64] By comparison, in 2005 this was more than U.S. trade with all countries in the European Union combined,[65] and well over twice U.S. trade with all the countries of Latin America combined.[66] Just the two-way trade that crosses the Ambassador Bridge between Michigan and Ontario equals all U.S. exports to Japan. Canada’s importance to the United States is not just a border-state phenomenon: Canada is the leading export market for 35 of 50 U.S. states, and is the United States’ largest foreign supplier of energy.

Bilateral trade increased by 52% between 1989, when the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA) went into effect, and 1994, when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) superseded it.[citation needed] Trade has since increased by 40%. NAFTA continues the FTA’s moves toward reducing trade barriers and establishing agreed-upon trade rules. It also resolves some long-standing bilateral irritants and liberalizes rules in several areas, including agriculture, services, energy, financial services, investment, and government procurement. NAFTA forms the largest trading area in the world, embracing the 405 million people of the three North American countries.

The largest component of U.S.-Canada trade is in the commodity sector.

The U.S. is Canada’s largest agricultural export market, taking well over half of all Canadian food exports.[67] Similarly, Canada is the largest market for U.S. agricultural goods, with nearly 20% of American food exports going to its northern neighbour.[citation needed] Nearly two-thirds of Canada’s forest products, including pulp and paper, are exported to the United States; 72% of Canada’s total newsprint production also is exported to the U.S.

At $73.6 billion in 2004, U.S.-Canada trade in energy is the largest U.S. energy trading relationship, with the overwhelming majority ($66.7 billion) being exports from Canada. The primary components of U.S. energy trade with Canada are petroleum, natural gas, and electricity. Canada is the United States’ largest oil supplier and the fifth-largest energy producing country in the world. Canada provides about 16% of U.S. oil imports and 14% of total U.S. consumption of natural gas. The United States and Canada’s national electricity grids are linked, and both countries share hydropower facilities on the western borders.

It should be noted that neither Trump nor Clinton were supporters of the TPP and so the fate of the TPP which by all economists estimates would be good for Canada was in the balance regardless of which candidate was successful in the US election.

How will a Trump Presidency effect our economy?  The election is over and Trump has been voted in, so now we have to ask, how will this affect us?

“I am going to bring our jobs back to Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York and Michigan and all of America and I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way, without consequences,” – Trump – July’s acceptance speech.

If Mr. Trump carries through with his promises, shock waves could be sent through the global economy and financial markets and Canada could be the most affected country.

With that in mind, here’s how a Trump presidency might affect Canada’s economy:

“This wave of globalization has wiped out totally, totally our middle class, It doesn’t have to be this way. We can turn it around and we can turn it around fast.” – Trump – June 2016

Mr. Trump plans to axe the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an ambitious trade agreement between 12 countries (including the U.S. and Canada) that account for 40 per cent of global economic output. The deal, which has yet to be ratified, “would be the death blow for American manufacturing,” he says.

Likewise, in a 2015 interview on 60 Minutes, Mr. Trump described the North American free-trade agreement as a “disaster” he would renegotiate or even “break.” He’s reiterated those comments on the campaign trail.

Mr. Trump now has the leeway to further his protectionist platform.

For instance, he could terminate any free-trade deal, though such a decision would likely get dragged through the courts, a trade expert tells Reuters. (Under the NAFTA agreement, any party to the deal can withdraw with six months’ notice.) However, Mr. Trump’s plans for tariffs – he’s proposed steeper taxation on goods imported from China and Mexico – would need congressional approval.

The implications for Canada could be significant.

The TPP would lower trade barriers, allowing Canada to import goods at lower prices. Broadly speaking, the deal would facilitate “higher productivity, higher GDP and higher incomes,” economics professor Trevor Tombe wrote in Maclean’s, though not every industry would benefit.

Moreover, Canada is highly dependent on a healthy trade relationship with its southern neighbour. The vast majority of Canadian exports end up on U.S. soil.

Approximately 78% of all of our exports are to the US.

Conclusions

So what can we do?   The relations between Canada & the US have always been of paramount importance to Canada.  Now that Donald Trump is president, it is essential that Canada foster these relations and ensure that US investment in Canada is maintained.

If you look at all the Foreign ownership in Canadian Industry  (approximately 50%) and then consider 50% of that is American, that means that in just the industrial sector alone, the United States accounts for approximately 25% of all goods produced for export in Canada.  Considering they buy approximately 78% of all of our exports, this puts us in a very dangerous position if Trump decides to reduce imports and/or put higher tariffs on imports to the US.

It is of vital importance that Justin Trudeau work to ensure maintained import/export relations with the US as these things alone will influence US presence in the manufacturing sector in Canada.

The success or failure of economic relations between Canada and the US has a trickle down effect on all of us.  The less we can export, the less gets manufactured.  Lowered manufacturing means fewer people required.

I urge everyone to do your part and speak your voice to send a clear message to the Trudeau government that we must work to ensure maintained economic relations with the US and work together as a North American Society.  Our livelihood depends on it!

Sources

The Globe & Mail | How much of Canada’s energy resource lies in foreign hands?

Wikipedia | Economy of Canada

The Globe & Mail | How a Trump presidency would affect the Canadian Economy

The Canadian Encyclopedia | Foreign Investment

In bed with an elephant | A gripping retrospective of United States-Canada relationships as personified by successive presidents and prime ministers. Explains the continuing fight for Canadian independence in North America. | Parts 1-5 on Youtube |

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Let the Games Begin!

The United Games affiliate program is now closed.
Congratulations to all those that Joined the affiliate program
Also , I wanted to say thanks to those that signed up to be players. Now the fun part…Let the games begin!
United Games will be releasing the game soon, stay tuned…
I expect there will be some kind of pre-launch incentive for new subscriptions etc. As soon as I know more, I will post on FB, Twitter, Linkedin

To all my Friends that like watching sports, both the fanatics and the casual watchers…This game looks like it will be a lot of fun!
Here are a couple videos to wet your appetite.

One Minute Game preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyr8JhzwNlA

Comprehensive Game play walk through with Mark Mongie Here: https://youtu.be/tlr5tmch_Qk

Comment below for a player invite or text me @ 416-357-9457

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Memories of Prince – R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson | June 7 1958 – April 21 2016

I didn’t know him personally and obviously the loss that fans feel is nothing compared to the loss that his friends and family are feeling. My heart goes out to the family of Prince. When a musician who’s music brought so much joy to your life and inspired you dies it leaves a small hole in your heart. It’s not the same as when a loved one dies, it’s hard to really put a finger on it.
When I was in my early teens I heard when doves cry on the radio and spent all of that summer trying to sing like Prince, learning every word and intonation. I’m sure i drove my parents nuts. I took the few dollars I got for my allowance and I bought purple rain on tape cassette.
I remember opening the plastic wrapped cassette tape and finding out it smelled like grapes. I spent weeks listening and digesting every song. I spent countless hours reading the lyrics and trying to memorize every word of every song from the jacket.
I remember hiding in my grandmothers pantry and listening to Darling Nikki hoping my grandmother wouldn’t hear.
At least 20 years later my brother James sat me down to play Darling Niki on his guitar for me because he understood.

Thank you Prince for the privilege of knowing your music and the influence you had on me and so many others. RIP.

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life

Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here 2 tell u
There’s something else
The afterworld

A world of never ending happiness
U can always see the sun, day or night

So when u call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
U know the one – Dr Everything’ll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby

‘Cuz in this life
Things are much harder than in the afterworld
In this life
You’re on your own…

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It’s True doh

Ever since Justin Trudeau won the election Canada has seen an amazing amount of U.S. exposure compared to the usual disregard for Canada as a whole.  I remember when I studied political science as an option at the University of Waterloo,  one of the Films we watched and analyzed was entitled “Canada, In bed with an Elephant”.  This was part of the Canadian foreign politics section of the course.  The U.S is the elephant and the film is a gripping retrospective on United States-Canada relationships as personified by successive presidents and prime ministers. It explains the continuing fight for Canadian independence in North America.  At the very beginning of the Film, Brian Mulroney is meeting with Ronald Reagan.  The commentary states that in the US, this meeting between two leaders will only make the backpages of some newspapers and maybe get a 20 second spot on the evening news if it isn’t preempted by a natural disaster.   Yet in Canada this is the day’s top story.  Fast forward to 2015 and According to Daniel Dale the Toronto Star’s Washington correspondent.

“Americans’ first reaction to Canada getting its first new prime minister in 10 years: Googling and ogling shirtless photos of the new prime minister.

On a slow U.S. news day, the victory of a handsome and liberal political heir with a history of sporadic half-nakedness generated a rare wave of media coverage that ranged from sober policy analysis to fawning fluff. Even mainstream outlets could not resist a little beefcake.

Under the headline, “Meet Justin Trudeau: Canada’s Liberal, Boxing, Strip-Teasing New PM,” NBCNews.com posted a photo of Trudeau flexing his biceps. The attached article: a light-on-policy explainer that included four sentences on Trudeau’s biceps tattoo.

E! Online, unburdened by the pretense of providing news, was somehow more breathless: “Canada’s New Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Is a Smoking-Hot Syrupy Fox.”

Justin Trudeau and Patrick Brazeau in fighting form for charity boxing match (Torstar News Service)


The New York Times put an analytical story at the top of its Tuesday front page and then all day at the top of its website. The Washington Post ran a profile of Trudeau in its own primo web location.

Other outlets focused on the Keystone XL pipeline debate that is the only Canada-U.S. issue on the radar of most Americans. “Canadians oust Keystone champion,” read the headline on Politico. Mother Jones, the left-wing magazine, took the opposite approach, emphasizing Trudeau’s “close ties to Keystone.”

“Justin Trudeau is better on climate than Stephen Harper. But he’s no Barack Obama,” the subhead went.

Secretary of State John Kerry and a spokesman for President Barack Obama, Josh Earnest, said Trudeau’s win would have no impact on Obama’s final decision on Keystone.

Obama planned to phone both Trudeau and Harper, Earnest said, a show of appreciation for Harper’s efforts to strengthen the bilateral relationship. And he said he hoped Trudeau maintains two of Harper’s policies: support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and involvement in the fight against the Islamic State.

On climate change, though, Earnest said, “We believe it’s possible there’s more that Canada can do.”

Two experts on Canada-U.S. relations, consultant Paul Frazer and Scotty Greenwood, a senior adviser to the Canadian American Business Council, said in interviews that it is too soon to tell how the relationship will change.

“Sure, there will be changes. But we’re in a let’s-see-what-happens mode,” said Greenwood.

Former vice-president Al Gore welcomed Trudeau on Twitter, saying he hoped the election “will put Canada back in a leadership position” heading into the fall climate conference in Paris.

The harshest official words for Trudeau were from U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican and a backer of the problem-plagued F-35 fighter jet program the Liberals have vowed to abandon.

“They have the right to do whatever they want to, but it’s stupid,” Hatch told Defense News.

The election was watched closely by U.S. progressives. Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress think tank and a longtime adviser to Hillary Clinton, noted on Twitter that Trudeau, like Obama, had won “after rejecting austerity.”

Neil Sroka, a spokesman for Democracy for America, said his colleagues were “really cheered” by the Canadian result, which he sees as evidence of a global leftward shift also apparent in the Democratic primary.

“Our neighbours to the north: not only did they successfully end the reign of Canada’s equivalent of George W. Bush,” he said, “Trudeau won largely by pulling the Liberal party to the left. And I think that’s a reflection of a dynamic that’s happening all across the world.”

Another happy man: the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “From an American Muslim: God bless Canada. Tonight, you’re giving us hope again in tolerance,” Nihad Awad wrote on Twitter. “Thank you!”

So what does this mean for Canada.  IMHO it means Canada is finally getting some long deserved focus in the press.  It means people in the US of A are actually talking about Canada in a context other than igloo’s,  hockey players and strange accented down easterners saying “aboot” for everyone’s amusement.  You may ask yourself, is it good press?  is it a good thing that people are posting male model like pictures of Justin lounging in a comfy chair?  I believe the answer to this is a resounding yes.  What this does is put the focus on Canada.  The initial reason may not be the greatest, but it will still bring people to read about our Prime Minister and maybe some of those people will actually take the time to learn more about our tiny (in comparison to the U.S.A) population to the north.  Canadian PM’s have a longstanding history of beginning their tenures by making overatures to their American counterparts.  It will be interesting to see how this goes with Trudeau and the Obama or the soon to be New POTUS.  Lets just hope Trudeau has better luck than Diefenbaker did with Kennedy.  Let’s also hope that Trudeau can help in setting Canada apart from the U.S and ensure that our distinctly Canadian attitudes are well represented in all aspects of the relationship between our countries.

 

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