Tuesday, February 28, 2012

80 Years Old Today

   The BBC World Service is 80 years old today.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gerald Ford

   A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. - Gerald Ford

Monday, February 20, 2012

She Is Very Smart

   A 12-year-old Florida girl, Anastasia Megan, was more than academically qualified to study at a two-year community college. However, college administrators denied her. After two years of resistance, the college finally relented.
   But now the 14-year old is going to Queens University in Ontario instead.
   Full Story >> http://www.boundaryfreepress.com

Canadian Airport Screeners Steal From Passengers And Receive Zero Jail Time

    It all happens very quietly in a closed Canadian society.
   The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority told the QMI News Agency they were unaware of any Canadian airport security screeners ever being arrested or convicted for stealing from airline passengers.
   How safe can we be if management doesn’t know what is going on around them?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Census Shows 11.8% Of Area E People Disappeared

   The 2011 Canadian Census results show a 5-year population increase in Greenwood from 625 to 708 and in Midway from 621 to 674.
   Area E, however, plunged from 2,234 to 1,970, an 11.8% loss of 264 people.
   Grand Forks dropped from 4,036 to 3,985.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Few Small Observances From A City Finance Meeting

 At Greenwood City Hall 
Friday February 10
  •    Five elected officials and two office staff sat at the council table. There were two observers.
  •    The partakers started their day early, when minds are fresh, and met for the meeting at 9am.
  •    The council make-up is now to the male side after years of being mostly female.
  •    There was a noticeable atmosphere of politeness. For example, the meeting participants instantly yielded to each other if there was a conflict in speaking space.
  •    There was no prayer to open or close the meeting.

Swat Overkill

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Outer View ... By Old Willy Longbeard ... February 5, 2012

Outer View
By Old Willy Longbeard
   The other day I was chatting with someone in Greenwood City and I found out something interesting. Back in the 1950s there were 1,000 souls, or more, living in the big place. 
   Today the number is only in the 600s.
   Back in the 1950s, that nice City Hall building had a total of two people working in the office, the City manager and one other. On top of all the City work they did, those two had to be the Gold Commissioner for the district all around too. And they also had to be the Mine Recording Office during a time when there was lots and lots of mining.
   Back then, they had to carefully manage all their financial books with paper, pencils, erasers and them there adding machines. They didn’t have any of those fancy ‘puters around.
   Today, even though most of the population up and went someplace else, they gots five people working away in that same office.
   Yeehaw, that be an odd thing methinks. A real puzzler!
   And they don’t do the all books with no pencils and paper no more. Nope. Now they got an expensive $10,000 ‘puter ‘counting program to use. I hear tell it comes with a $1,000 a year support program or some such thing. 
   In fact, that office now gots ‘puters all over the place. I reckon that’s to help the workers do all their extra work easier.
   Just seems funny that they need five people now to service 600 or so citizens, when way back then they just needed two folks to help a 1,000 people.
   Must be a busier world or somethin’. Or maybe it’s that new math and those complicated financial instrument thingys that they teach in school nowadays that just make everything harder.
   In my corner of the woods, though, thank goodness, one plus one still equals two.
   ‘Til next time.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Listen to the Story ... IMF

   Why IMF Loans Always Get Repaid  

   Full Story >>    http://www.npr.org/2012/02/03/146327391/why-imf-loans-always-get-repaid

Another Puffy Sentence By BC Courts

   Steal $460,000 from UBC and Children's Hospital? ... no problem ... a little house arrest for you ... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/01/27/bc-ubc-accountant-sentenced.html

   Compared to Florida woman who stole $510,000 and got ten years in prison and ten years probation ... http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-woman-to-prison-for-embezzlement-20120131,0,6892600.story

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Uneven Plowing

   South Government Ave one day after snow fall ... plowed very wide and quick ... government and business people nearby.


   North Government Avenue seven days after snowfall ... who? where?