Food

Man tries to sell 6 year old Mcdonalds cheeseburger and fries on Ebay and item is delisted by Ebay

A southwestern Ontario man tried to sell a six year old Mcdonalds cheeseburger and fries on Ebay. Ebay removed the listing from their site because of Ebay policy that states any food sold on the website must be clearly marked with an expiry or use-by date.

Read the whole story as reported by Global News here.

There is a picture of the cheeseburger and fries in the Global News article. I could not see any mold or fungus on the hamburger bun. That is amazing!

Somebody actually bid $150 on the burger and fries.

 

 

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Politics

Doug Ford violated Toronto City Council’s code of conduct

The Ontario Provincial Election is just a week away. I watched the first debate between the three leaders. I was surprised no one brought up this finding by the Integrity Commissioner.

In her report, Valerie Jepson concluded that Doug Ford had improperly used his influence as a City of Toronto Councillor in 2011.

Doug Ford made inquiries and arranged meetings between city officials and two companies who were also clients of the company owned by the Ford family. The name of the Ford’s company is Deco Labels and Tags.

Doug Ford arranged meetings for two companies. The name of the first company is Apollo Health and Beauty. The name of the second company is RR Donnelley and Sons.

According to a Globe and Mail investigation, Doug Ford helped Apollo lobby Joe Pennachetti, who was then the city manager, for a larger property-tax break than it had received under an incentive program.

Ms. Jepson says in her report that Deco refused to provide documents she sought in a summons. Apollo provided some records, but refused to hand over specific information about the value of its business with Deco.

Mr. Ford, she says, after agreeing to provide information about the value of business relationships between Deco and the two companies, “failed to do so.”

Sources:

Integrity commissioner finds Doug Ford improperly used influence as a councillor. CP24.

Doug Ford violated Toronto city council’s code of conduct, watchdog rules. Globe and Mail.

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Politics

I will not be voting for the Conservatives in Ontario elections

The poll numbers show Doug Ford and the Ontario Conservative Party with a sizeable lead over the Liberals and the NDP.

Doug Ford has no platform. The PC platform written by Patrick Brown is not supported by Doug Ford.

I don’t like to vote for a party when I don’t know what they will do once they attain power.

Doug Ford has promised to find $6 billion in inefficiencies to cover the deficit. It is going to be extremely difficult for Ford (in my opinion, impossible) to find $6 billion in efficiencies.

Doug Ford has so far refused to say exactly where he is going to make the cuts.

Some people might remember that Rob Ford once claimed that he found $1 billion in savings while he was mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014.

Some people are probably thinking “if Rob Ford can find $1 billion in inefficiencies, surely Doug Ford can find $6 billion in efficiencies at Queen’s Park”.

But when you look at the numbers, a lot of what made up the $1 billion dollars was not savings generated through cutting inefficiencies.

Click here to read Toronto Star article and see what actually made up the $1 billion figure.

I am going to vote for the NDP.

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Animals

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel

Interesting facts about the bactrian camel:

The bactrian camel is the largest mammal in its native range and is the largest living camel.

The two humps on the back are composed of fat (not water as is sometimes thought).

They have a remarkable ability to go without water for months at a time, but when water is available they may drink up to 57 liters at once.

Speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph) have been recorded, but they rarely move this fast.

They are primarily herbivorous. They have tough mouths that can withstand sharp objects such as thorns. They are able to eat plants that are dry, prickly, salty or bitter, and can ingest virtually any kind of vegetation.

The first time food is swallowed, it is not fully chewed. The partly masticated food (called cud) goes into the stomach and later is brought back up for further chewing. Wow, I didn’t know camels could do that!

Notes:

All information gathered from Wikipedia entry.

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Activism, Photography, Politics, Sports

The forgotten story behind this photo from the 1968 Olympics

Black salute 1968 Olympics

I will admit that I never paid any attention to the third Caucasian sprinter in the above photo. He is Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter who won the silver medal in the 200 meters sprint event at the 1968 Olympics. I never noticed that he wore a button promoting the Olympic Project for Human Rights campaign.

He paid a heavy price for wearing that button. According to published reports, Norman was left off Australia’s team in the 1972 Olympics in Munich despite running times that would have qualified him. He was also left out of any role in the 2000 Sydney Games.

In 2012, Australia formally apologized to Norman, with one MP telling Parliament that Norman’s gesture “was a moment of heroism and humility that advanced international awareness for racial inequality.”

All information for this post gathered from this article published by the Toronto Star.

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Music, Personal, Travel

Lemon

I was listening to Spotify and this song started to play. Its funny how one song brings back memories from a certain period in your life. I was teaching English in Taipei at the time this song was released.

I remember this song well. It was my favorite song on the album “Zooropa” by U2.  I was in Taiwan when this album was released. Listening to this song brought back memories of scooters, motorcycles. a large gaping hole in the middle of the street, some truly weird roommates and dancing to the song “Killing In The Name” by Rage Against The Machine. That song was quite popular at the time in one particular Taipei bar. Every time it was played, a large crowd would start dancing on the dance floor.  I don’t remember the name of the bar. It was a bar not too far from where I used to live at that time. I think there was a 7 Eleven convenience store nearby.

After twenty five years, I still like this song. It has some some of the most memorable lyrics in music

According to some reviews of the album:

Jon Pareles wrote that the songs are about how “media messages infect characters’ souls”, while music journalist David Browne said the songs are concerned with “emotional fracturing in the techno-tronic age”.

Notes:

Pareles, Jon. A raucous U2 moves further out on a limb. The New York Times. July 4, 1993.

Browne, David. Music Review: Zooropa. Entertainment Weekly. July 9, 1993.

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