A Letter To Canada’s Taxpayers

Dear Canadian TaxPayers Who Control Your Politicians:

Whilst the men and women in Canada’s Armed Forces may not be your sons and daughters, they are still someone else’s children.

Being cavalier with the lives and safety of Canada’s military personnel just because it’s not your child… by allowing your political leadership to chronically underfund, and shortchange the military is sickening.

All of this might be a different story if it were your children sent to protect Canada and its interests with aging equipment and a military budget that is less of the GDP than places like Bangladesh, Burkino Faso, Fiji, Peru, and many other countries who have less of an international presence than Canada.

The military needs a healthy budget, constant investment in the latest technologies, researching new technologies and weapons systems, and above all it needs the Canadian taxpayer to stand behind it politically and financially so it can stand in front of Canadians physically.

In short – Dear Canadian Taxpayer – stop being niggardly and parsimonious with defense spending before Canada is relegated to insignificance and irrelevance. Thank you.

Websites That Got Better


Having worked in the industry for ten years, web development and design is something I care about.  Especially when it comes to spending taxpayers money.

Some things in life aren’t about opinion – but factual things like loading times, color schemes being easier on the eyes than others, absence of long paragraphs of text etc.  So I decided to compile a list and show some before and after photos of various official websites of governments etc, that are built from public taxes.

The White House

Dubya’s Whitehouse website was far better than the previous.  But it still sucked compared to Obama’s.  http://www.whitehouse.gov

whitehouse-1 whitehouse-2

 10 Downing Street

Again… no opinions needed – just a statement of the facts.  Crappiness to responsiveness wins every time.  Their webmaster needs to be fired because there’s no ‘A’ record to reach this website without the triple WWW. http://www.number10.gov.uk

10 Downing Street - Tony Blair 10 Downing Street - David Cameron

Government of Canada

This is probably my favorite redesign.  Responsive and easy to navigate. Incidentally – the Canadian Prime Minister’s website has always sucked. http://canada.gc.ca

Government of Canada - 2010 Government of Canada - 2015


Neither design is responsive – both are lacklustre – but at least the second is an improvement over the first. http://kremlin.ru

Kremlin - 2006 Kremlin - 2015Sweden

At first look I thought this was junk.  Kinda hate the front page – maybe it’s the ridiculous side menu.  But this is actually my favorite.  The responsiveness on the second one is amazing, and you can tell someone younger was in charge of this project.  Well done Sweden. http://www.sweden.se

Sweden - 2005 Sweden - 2015

Just Another Typical Kenora Resident

Today I was in the hot tub at the recreation centre having a blast by myself waiting for a certain lady.  After having skillfully dived for golf balls and made my ears ache I went back to the hot tub.

I ran into someone I used to be close with (who I shall call Abee) and at one point was higher on my priority list than my own family.  Abee was the subject of a previous blog post I wrote after I’d heard some things from a former short mutual friend.  A very short recap…

Many moons ago I was very good friends with Abee.  We were going through similar situations which helped us get along I’m guessing.  Anyways, some time after we stopped hanging out regularly I had a chance encounter with Abee in the playground of a local school where she told me (I’m paraphrasing) – that she didn’t want to hang out or talk to me anymore.  Apparently some of the juvenile delinquents (known for their honesty and truthfulness of course) she worked with at the time were telling her that I was picking up young girls and had said something else which she wouldn’t elaborate on.  Pretty clear what it was though.  In any case – Abee was supposed to be a friend.  A real friend would have given me the benefit of the doubt and at least asked “what’s the deal with these rumors”.  Instead – Abee took the word of these gossiping juvenile delinquent pissants over mine and the friendship ended there.

Some time after that a rather short mutual friend of ours stated that Abee saw my car once and remarked how she hated me ( and some other stuff too).  Hating me pissed me off because I’d done nothing to her and Abee knows it.  I never spoke a bad word about her, I never gossipped, and every time someone talked shit about her I defended her.  The fact Abee hated me after I was what I thought was a decent friend spurred a blog.

In any case – I saw Abee today and in an attempt to be civil and mature, figuring mature adults could get over shit in the past… I said “Aren’t you even going to say hi?”  Abee said “Nope, not after what I read online”.  I was puzzled as I couldn’t remember so I looked when I got home and reread the blog post.

Maturity is more than being married and raising a family – maturity is supposed to be about forgiveness… about hospitality… about kindness… about righteousness.  None of these traits were displayed today when Abee was beefing over something three years old that wasn’t even fucking started by me.  Marriage, kids, responsibility sadly doesn’t change some people’s tendency to act like just another Kenora resident.

Bastards. Complete Bastards.

Usually I can come up with decent subjects or stuff to show people on my blog.  It’s not often that I feel so gutted and low that I have no desire to blog about anything other than the way I feel.

There’s a genocide brewing in Iraq on Mount Sinjar with thousands of a minority group surrounded by terrorist bastards from the Islamic State group, and all the U.S can do is commit air strikes and do aid drops with parachutes which shatter when they hit the ground.

Let’s face the fucking facts – the U.S, France, Britain, and to a lesser extent Canada could all band together and end this bullshit in a couple of weeks.  But they won’t because it would cost more money.  Non stop carpet bombing of all Islamic State terrorist held areas until there were no signs of life would help.  Parking a battle group in the mediterranean off the coast of Haifa, and send another battle group up the Persian Gulf would allow America to send almost non-stop bombing missions. Why aren’t they doing it?  Logistics?  I don’t know all the facts?  BULLSHIT!  It’s complacency.

A battle group usually has 65 F18 Hornets – each of those can carry 13,700lbs of weapons.  So a battle group near Haifa, and one in the Persian Gulf could drop 1,781,000 lbs of ordinance on those religious extremists head and send them all straight to hell.  But will that happen?  Of course not.  Always got to remember the budget is more important than people’s lives.

Just like the Canadian government stood by in Rwanda and let nearly a million people be murdered by preventing Lt Gen Dallaire from doing anything… the same thing is happening with America and the Yazidi people on Mount Sinjar.

Arming the Kurdish fighters, commonly known as the Peshmerga, would also help but nobody will do that because 1. It might look bad.  2. They’re scared the PKK might get the arms. 3. Nobody wants to take the responsibility.

I’m past caring about the reparations of my blog anymore.  If I didn’t have children to care for, I might be in the middle of a desert saving innocent people’s lives.  They’re a group with a history of stability.. no links to militants, no extremist tendencies and for all intents and purposes completely normal army even if they aren’t a national army yet.

As it happens I have to sit back and be content with hating you all for not caring enough to speak out, or not caring enough to study and post statuses on Facebook, or not caring enough to write to your government urging them to help.


Women who abuse men

Way back in 1999, Stats Canada did a survey of 11,607 men1 over the age of 15. Out of all of those blokes, between 1994 – 1999 – seven percent experienced some type of spousal abuse on at least one occasion, compared with 8% of their female counterparts.

Feminists and men-haters out there always yap on about how the overwhelming majority of domestic abuse perpetrators are men.  The Stats Canada survey clearly sends a loud and clear message to feminists which is:


Another study of 12 married blokes between 25 – 47 showed that the men sustained injuries such as multiple bruises and abrasions, dislocated ribs, injured genitalia, minor head trauma, numerous lacerations, and internal injuries. Weapons used by the wives included clothes hangers, steak knives, scissors, screwdrivers, cellular phones, fingernails, metal pots and pans, rolling pins, keys and other thrown objects. This study provided some insight into the respondents’ feelings about their situations and the effect those situations had on their self-identity:

The surveyed blokes indicated that they were often met with reactions of disbelief, surprise and skepticism from the staff of domestic abuse shelters, legal-based institutions and hospitals, as well as friends and neighbours.

Of the 495 American couples in the 1995 National Family Violence Survey for whom one or more abusive incidents were reported by a female respondent, the husband was the only violent partner in 25.9% of the cases, the wife was the only one to be violent in 25.5% of the cases, and both were violent in 48.6% of the cases.

Decreased Walloping Rates

According to the Department of Justice2, an estimated 7 percent of Canadian women and men aged 15 years and over who were in a current or previous, marital or common-law relationship, experienced some form of spousal violence between 1999 – 2004. This includes a rate of 7 percent for women (653,000 women) and 6 percent for men (546,000 men).


If you’re a feminist – quit with your sexist bullshit.  These are the facts. Not my opinions.  Instead of being female rights campaigners, become equal rights campaigners.

Domestic violence is abhorrent and should not be tolerated for one single second.  Neither should sexist women who try to minimize the importance and gravity of abuse that men suffer at the hands of women.

Lastly – sorry feminists, but the Duluth model is flawed.  It is severely hampered by its rigid insistence on a gendered concept of violence, defined as something done only by men, and only to women. I think I’ve showed here that that is not the case.

  1. Stats Canada survey 

  2. Department of Justice 

Chiropractic quackery and whether it works

This past weekend I was on top of an extremely sketchy and rather high roof that had a measure of buoyancy in it.  I was about to try and conquer a fear and rappel off the side of a brick building about fifty feet high.  To help dissipate the mounting fear and hyperventilating I was rapidly experiencing I started speaking to a couple of colleagues about chiropractors and what they do.

I asked two colleagues something to the effect of “isn’t chiropractic ‘fake’ medicine”, and told them that I’d been told by some very qualified people that chiropractors are engaged in quackery.

The best summary of chiropractice I could find was from Dr. Thomas Ballantine, Harvard Medical School who said:

The confrontation between medicine and chiropractic is not a struggle between two professions. Rather it is more in the nature of an effort by an informed group of individuals to protect the public from fraudulent health claims and practices.

Let’s be real – chiropractic therapy was founded by what seems to be a quack.  Daniel David Palmer1 apparently healed a deaf man by repositioning a vertabrae in his spine, then some time after that he healed someone with heart trouble using the same technique.  Apparently Palmer also claimed that 95% of all diseases were caused by displaced vertebrae, and invented a new word – ‘subluxation’ which he used to describe ‘a displacement of the spine’.

There are some things about chiropractic2 that I’ve recently found out. Someone with a DC after their name is NOT a medical doctor.  That is a fact.  Whilst they might have a ‘Doctor of Chiropractic’ degree – they simply are not doctors in the commonly accepted meaning of the word.

For a profession that was founded by a quack who was murdered by his own quack son responsible for spreading the quackery it seems rather silly to put faith into something that is no more effective than therapeutic exercise, more expensive and FAR MORE risky. It is a fact that you can die from going to a chiropractor as did Laurie Mathiason.

Laurie Mathiason was a 20-year-old Canadian waitress who visited a chiropractor 21 times between 1997 and 1998 to relieve her low-back pain. On her penultimate visit she complained of stiffness in her neck. That evening she began dropping plates at the restaurant, so she returned to the chiropractor. As the chiropractor manipulated her neck, Mathiason began to cry, her eyes started to roll, she foamed at the mouth and her body began to convulse. She was rushed to hospital, slipped into a coma and died three days later. At the inquest, the coroner declared: “Laurie died of a ruptured vertebral artery, which occurred in association with a chiropractic manipulation of the neck.”

The British Chiropractic Association sued Simon Singh for an article he wrote3 because he said they happily promote bogus treatment.  They lost.  This is the same organization that claimed chiropractic could heal asthma and infant colic.

After it’s proved that chiropractic can be deadly… would you really let someone do the same thing to YOUR child?

  1. Wikipedia Article on Daniel David Palmer 

  2. Chiropractor vs Doctor – Difference and Comparison 

  3. Beware the spinal trap 

Tibi Ram: The Holocaust Survivor Who Fought in Every Israeli War

During the Holocaust Ze’ev Tibi Ram lost his whole family. He survived Auschwitz, a labour camp, and Bergen-Belsen. After being separated from his mother and eventually finding her at the end of the war, she disappeared and Tibi never saw her again. His brother survived until the end of the war, but died shortly after.

Now, Tibi gives lectures to soldiers about the holocaust and his extensive military experience. He is also the proud grandfather of an IDF soldier.