Inching towards mediocrity.

The Canadian Hero Fund

As we head into the dismal days of November, the brisk winds and chilly air reminding us that indeed, once again, winter is coming (get used to it Canada – it happens every damn year) we are reminded of many things. Setting our clocks back an hour is pointless and annoying; Americans celebrate Thanksgiving at a weird time; and, of course, Remembrance Day.

Whatever your views on war or the military or politics may be, you cannot deny the sacrifices, heroism, and just plain courage that radiates from our soldiers. Over the years they have done and seen things that no human being should ever have to face; but had to regardless, whether for freedom, peace, or just because it was the right damn thing to do.  You may be anti-war, and that’s fine. You may even be anti-military, and that’s fine too. But blame the policy makers, the politicians and the war-mongers; leave your vitriol and condemnation for them. Soldiers – the ones doing the hard shit because it’s their job – deserve nothing but your utmost respect and compassion. Without them, where would we be? Canada is a great country, there’s no denying that. But without the thousands of brave men and women who gave their life over the course of our rich history, we wouldn’t have the same freedoms and liberties we take for granted now. And if you get right down to it – isn’t that what makes Canada so amazing? Food for though, oh world of the internets.

On that note, I would like to ask anyone reading this to check out The Canadian Hero Fund, a charity organized to assist the children of our fallen heroes. Few, if any of us, don’t owe something to these people. We all have family members or friends that have at some point served in the military  – whether during one of the world wars, or currently in Afghanistan.

So take a moment to remember their valiant efforts…head over to the Canadian Hero Fund, and give it a look. Or join their Facebook page, as I have. There is literally nothing we can do to even begin to pay them back for what they have done, and what they have accomplished. But there’s no reason we can’t try.

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Urine for a real treat.

So, while out interwebbing my day away (a common – and, at times, dangerous – hobby of mine) I stumbled upon an interesting theory. A theory that will affect our very lives in the near future.

And, as with most good theories, it involves drinking copious amounts of urine.

Your move, toilet.

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Thames as it ever was.

The Thames River in London, England, was declared biologically dead in the 1950’s – which is basically just a nice way of saying “you’re gross and awful and nothing will ever live in you.” Good news on the horizon, though – the Thames, apparently are a-changin’.

Things are looking up, river.

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James Bond Goes Green. (Or he would, if he were, you know…real).

I was daydreaming at work the other day (as I’m want to do from time to time) when I started thinking about James Bond. Not in any weird way, mind you (minus the general weirdness of a grown man thinking about James Bond in the middle of the day while, ostensibly, hard at work) (I wasn’t). No, I was thinking about James Bond’s penchant for gadgets, and the environmental part of my mind began to wonder what it would be like if James Bond went green. Would he still have those wonderful gadgets? Or would his desire to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the planet he’s been saving from cat loving super-villains for since the early 1960’s curb his gadgetry excess for good?

The majority of his enemies lairs and schemes run on natural volcano power. So they're good.

As with most things in life, the internet provided me with my answer.

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Alberta River Toxic; Politicians Remain Unconcerned.

Toxic pollutants have been found in the Athabasca River in Edmonton, near oilsands sites, but luckily the pollutants are at “insignificant levels.” So naturally no one seems to be concerned. Including Alberta’s environmental minister, the Honourable Rob Renner.

Pretty. (Also, toxic).

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