Friday, April 24, 2015

The Thing I Learned Today...


The thing I learned today is, that when it comes to real policemen at least, Don Cherry just might be wrong.

Because, as Travis Getty's writes in Raw Story, a Swedish boy bandish quartet of cops who look to have more in common with Borje Salming and Inge Hammarstrom than Stan Jonathan and Terry O'Reilly can really get the job done.

Without anybody getting hurt:

Four vacationing Swedish police officers helped out after two homeless men began fighting on a New York City subway – and showed it’s possible to subdue violent suspects without hurting them.

The officers — Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, Eric Jansberger and Erik Naslund — were riding an uptown No. 6 train Wednesday on their way to see “Les Miserables” when they responded to the subway driver’s call for help, reported the New York Post.

A bystander began recording cell phone video after the officers pulled the pair apart.

The video shows one of the brawlers sitting calmly on the floor, flanked by two of the Swedish police officers, while two others kneel on the other man – who is more unruly – to hold him face-down on the floor.

“How do you feel?” one of the officers asks the seated man, who says he feels fine.

The other man struggles, but the pair of officers calmly keep him pinned to the floor.

“I can’t breathe,” he screams, as he rises occasionally from the floor but is unable to escape.

“Take it easy,” one officer repeatedly tells him. “Sir, calm down, OK? Everything is going to be OK.”

The man eventually calms down, and he admits to the officers that he’s not injured after they ask.

The Swedish officers held the men until New York City police could board the train and take them into custody.

“We came just to make sure no one got hurt,” Asberg said. “We were trying to stop the fight.”...

Look, Ma.

No Guns.

Photo credit.... Stefan Jeremiah in the New York Post.


BC Ferry Fares...The Hahn In The Seawest Lounge Machine.


I remember a time, back when the man with the gold brick lined parachute was still in charge, when it was almost impossible to get the BC Liberal government minister kinda/sorta responsible to even consider the possibility that 'fares up = ridership down' was a valid equation.


It would now appear that the current CEO of BC Ferries, Michael Corrigan, has jumped all the sharks in the toll booth.


Because Mr. Corrigan figures the real problem is the fact that folks are actually talking about how high fares are causing less people to take a ferry.


John Gleeson of the Coast Reporter has the story. Here is his lede:

BC Ferries CEO and president Mike Corrigan says the public campaign against high ferry fares is keeping tourists away and could become “a self-fulfilling prophecy” that hurts coastal economies along with the ferry system they rely on.

“At some point in time it becomes almost a pile-on effect,” Corrigan told Coast Reporter in an hour-long interview last week in which he also defended the current BC Ferries business model.

Corrigan said he knows of potential tourists who are avoiding the coastal ferry system due to the negative publicity...


If the good Mr. Corrigan really wants to get some proMedia traction on this latest bit of shim-sham-flimmy-flammy-jambalaya, perhaps he should call up the Keef and offer him a fun-filled plane ride to all the terminals in the realm rather than talking to folks like Mr. Gleeson.

Why would I say something like that?


You know.

Do not get the wrong idea based on the link immediately above...This is not an official 'Keef Report'....However, if you would like to read seven or twenty of those they can be found...Here.


This Afternoon In Clarkland...The Third Day In The Ol' Turdstormer's Valley.


Days One and Two in the Valley are described....Here.

Day Three is described by the Globe's Justine Hunter. Here is her lede:

BC Hydro is missing its energy conservation targets by a wide margin and may have to turn to private power producers to make up the difference, Energy Minister Bill Bennett said Thursday.

The Crown corporation spent $150-million last year on its annual program that is designed to persuade industrial, commercial and residential customers to reduce their energy demands. It is a critical part of BC Hydro’s long-term plans to meet the province’s future electricity requirements...


What's this (pre-planned?) failure really all about Alfie?

Well, if Hydro misses it's targets it will be 'forced' to turn to the rapers of rivers for help.

And pay a pretty penny for it.


Why might the current CEO of BC Hydro want to have a plan like that in place I wonder?

Ol' Turdstormer?.....You bet.


Federal Election (Not So) Slow Train Comin'...Where To Find Local Coverage.


First, for some really good stuff on what's up in various and assorted ridings province-wide, check out proMedia guy Justin McElroy's amateur blog (it's kinda/sorta like McSushi Boy's place back in the old days). Today he's got a post up on the 13 ridings where anything could happen.

The following, on Vancouver South, is but one example of Mr. McElroy's insight and sense of humour:

...Wai Young, who defeated Oscar Bluth Ujjal Dosanjh in the Conservatives’ only Vancouver win in 2011, faces a tough battle against Harjit Sajjan, a lieutenant-colonel who also served on the Vancouver Police’s gang squad. This is one of those ridings the Liberals have pencilled in if they have any chance of forming government come October, and with no declared NDP or Green candidates yet, it could shape up into a de facto one-on-one battle with the CPC that would favour them.

Having said that, the effect of a nasty dispute over Sajjan’s nomination that went public late last year won’t be known until campaigning begins in earnest. And the riding has increasingly favoured right-wing candidates in municipal and provincial election...

And for those that won't real detail a good starting place is the Port Moody-Coquitlam Election 2015 blog. It's a bland name, but a most interesting hunka hunka burnin' notlove for all things Con, at least so far, in that riding.

Tip O' The Toque to Alison for the heads-up on the PoMoCoq blog.


This Day In Clarkland...Two Day's In The Ol' Turdstormer's Valley


Day One, courtesy Cassidy Olivier in The Province:

Energy Minister Bill Bennett accused B.C. Hydro critic Adrian Dix of cherry-picking on Wednesday following claims by the NDP MLA that the number of employees at B.C. Hydro who are making more than $150,000 a year has more than tripled in the past decade...

{snippety doo-dah}

... Bennett claimed Dix, whom he called “a very smart guy,” was “cherry-picking” figures. Bennett said Dix used 2006 as a starting point because that was the year that Bennett said the B.C. Transmission Corporation was folded into B.C. Hydro. That “jacked up” the global number of employees earning over $150,000 a year as of 2006, Bennett said...
Day Two, also via Mr. Olivier:

...(Opposition Hydro critic Adrian) Dix said Wednesday the number of employees at the Crown corporation and its subsidiaries making that amount or more had tripled in the past decade, from about 220 in 2006 to just under 700 in fiscal 2014. The bulk of that increase was in middle management, Dix added.

Bennett replied that Dix was using 2006 as a starting point because that’s when the B.C. Transmission Corporation (BCTC) was folded back into B.C. Hydro. In reality, the BCTC wasn’t folded back into B.C. Hydro until 2010, at which time about 100 employees earning $150,000 were added to the payroll.

“I made a mistake,” Bennett told The Province on Thursday...

I guess that's what the good Mr. Bennett, who some say is a 'very smart guy', call's 'bringin' it'.

Here's hoping the good minister is a wee bit 'smarter' when it comes to those Sparkle Pony power ranger numbers for Site C.

Of course, we're still waiting to hear if the Wizards of Clarklandia are going to invoke their lightning rod of total logic and absolute reason destruction deflector spin strate(r)gy by replacing Mr. Bennett as energy minister with the good Mr. Virk. 
Don't know about you, but I kinda think the proMedia herd might have turned a little over the past week...More on that to come.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Thing I Learned Today...


In the thread to the Ska-Punk post from the other day Scotty, following up on a helluva comment from Don F, suggested I should go have a listen to Muddy Waters' 'Electric Mud'.

So I put it on.

A whole lotta crazy psyching-up of a bunch of  Mr. Morganfield's classics there, that's for darn sure.

I mean, heckfire, there is even distortion and wah-wah pedals on the guitars.

Which is, to an ear like mine at least, super cool.

But that doesn't mean it was all that satisfying for Waters himself:

"...When it came out, it started selling like wild, but then they started sending them back. They said, ‘This can’t be Muddy Waters with all this shit going on, all this wha-wha and fuzztone.'..."


I get that I guess.

Not going to keep me from getting a loop pedal to call my own though.


Always Good To Know That The Established And Credible Can Mess Up A Headline Or Seven.


What's it all about this time Alfie?

Well, it turns out the Clarklandians want a 'new deal' with folks in Northeastern BC.

Rob Shaw, of the VSun has the poorly headlined story:

Premier Christy Clark says she’s confident her government can ink a new deal with Peace River-region municipalities on oil and gas revenue, even as her self-imposed deadline looms and negotiations are at an impasse with some communities.

Clark brushed aside skepticism Wednesday over whether she can settle a new “Fair Share” agreement with northeast municipalities to provide grants in lieu of property taxes from the oil and gas sector. She likened the dispute with some northeast mayors to the contentious provincial teachers strike last year.

“We’d like to get to an agreement as soon as we can, to settle things,” the premier said at the legislature...

But, as you might expect, there is a kicker hiding in the happy talk for the folks that actually live in Northeastern BC:

...Clark’s optimism contrasts with the outlook of the Fort St. John and District of Taylor mayors, who have refused to sign any new deal and questioned why the government is trying to replace the existing fair share agreement with a new one that will mean millions of dollars less for the region.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman travelled to the legislature this week to try and convince Community Development Minister Coralee Oakes to pause negotiations and honour the existing fair share deal, which doesn’t expire until 2020. She said Oakes wasn’t receptive...


Why, exactly, are the Clarklandians doing this?


...The government has said the current funding formula, which grows at the rate of the oil and gas industry, isn’t affordable for a province that has seen natural gas revenues decline 80 per cent since 2005....


Somehow I think Ray Blessin and Norm Farrell might have a thing or fifty to say about that 'revenue thing'.

Tip 'O The Toque to Matt Lamers of the non-Lotuslandian Alaska Highway News for the corrected header image shown above via his Twittmachine feed.


The Best Take I Have Read On The Federal Budget So Far...


...Comes from Michael Harris writing at iPolitics.

Here is his one liner on the winners:

..(T)here are some winners in Budget 2015. If you’re a wealthy CSIS agent with a stay-at-home wife who believes the beheaders are coming to the 905 belt — this, my friend, is the budget for you...

To see how much the rest of Canada will lose go read his entire piece on Mr. Harper's murdering of the math...Here.


This Day In Clarkland...We Don't Need No Stinking Public Consultation On The Jericho Lands!


Yup, that's right.

In case you've forgotten, the Jericho lands on Lotusland's far western edge are up for sale.

And while the province once claimed it would consult with local residents about the deal those same locals (at least the ones that live a little further east, in Kits) went out and voted for a guy named Eby.

So now, according to the words of the very fine Minister for all things Clarkland, Mr. Amrik Virk, at least, there will be no consultation.

Mr. Eby himself has the story.


I wonder who will win the 'fair market value' bid on this one?

Also have to wonder if the wizards have decided to go all in with the good Mr. Virk and let him take all the heat for all the badness in all of Clarkland so that that the puffed-up punditry will just dismiss said badness as an offshoot of Dipper grandstanding...Guess we'll know if this really is the strate(r)gy if they suddenly make Mr. Virk the Minister in charge of Hydro and move the ol' Turdstormer to Minister of Hockey Rinks and Ski Resorts....Or some such thing.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Thing I Learned Today...


...That the irrepressible Limeliters will never let you down.

Tip 'O The Toque to NVG (in the comments to the 'Les Leyne's Missing Trees' post)...