The more I hear about Rob Ford, the more the term “white trash” comes to mind!
One of the first members of Rob Ford’s campaign team is the co-host of an online marijuana show, High F—ers, in which he smokes joints until he vomits, tells profane stories while high, and dedicates his drug use to Ford.

episode_2_inhaling_flag_jpg_size_xxlarge_promo“In honour of Rob Ford, I think we should smoke the ‘green crack’ kush today,” actor Sam Tarasco, best known for his role on the show Trailer Park Boys, said at the beginning of the second episode.
Ford, who is asking voters to look past his own drug use, announced Tuesday that Tarasco and disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson will be working on his campaign, playing “a lot of roles.”
Folks the TV people lied to us!
untitledRemember about a year and a half ago when the sound level of commercials was supposed to be turned down so that they didn’t blast you out of your chair?

Never happened kids!
Now I discovered something else!
When I went to bed last night, shortly after midnight, I just turned the TV off……………………….., nothing else. No volume, no channel, nothing!
When I turned the sucker on again this morning, to the same channel, volume, etc……………….. , THE DAMNED THING WAS BLASTING!
Seems they turn the station volume down at night, and then blast you in the morning to wake you up!
Look kids, I love living in London, but if what this guy says is true, I might have to consider moving!
If we’re ever overrun by brain-eating zombies, better hoof it to Regina, St. John’s or Edmonton.London — and most of southern Ontario — is no place to survive the apocalypse.
That’s what an engineering graduate student in Alberta has figured out, after developing a scoring system that rates Canada’s 20 biggest cities on their ability to fend off an invasion by the undead.
The best advice from Michael Ross of the University of Alberta?

Avoid southern Ontario like the plague.
He calls it a “zombie playground.”
Amid the uproar of yet another temporary foreign worker scandal, some observers insist that many Canadians in various regions of the country simply won’t work the jobs coveted by those eager to start a new life in Canada.
Hotel chambermaids and restaurant workers, particularly in regions of the country struggling with labour shortages, are among the positions that small businesses are having trouble filling, said Daniel Kelly, head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
“If we’re not prepared to do these jobs, and we don’t want our kids to do them either — yet we still want to go to the mall and find a clean bathroom and we still want someone to clean our hotel rooms — why are we so afraid to allow people to come to Canada to happily do these jobs?” Kelly said Wednesday.
“Why wouldn’t we allow that to happen?”
Many employers say temporary foreign workers work harder than their Canadian counterparts, said Kelly — they volunteer to work long hours, weekends and holidays in order to improve their lot in life and perhaps increase their chances of a permanent life in Canada.
Homegrown employees often lack that dedication to performing what they consider menial labour, he said.
“Employer after employer is telling us they have tons of workers who don’t show up for shifts, don’t call, and when they finally show up, they have a very questionable excuse for their absence,” Kelly said.
image“I don’t blame the young Canadian graduating with a liberal arts degree for having no enthusiasm for this kind of work. But that doesn’t help the quick-service restaurant owner who needs hard-working staff.”

Kelly’s comments came as Employment Minister Jason Kenney alluded to the problem again Wednesday in the House of Commons, reading out a 1-800 snitch line that Canadians can call to report any businesses they suspect are illegally hiring temporary foreign workers.
Well, well, Patrick Brazeau was arrested yesterday for being an asshole!
(And what does an asshole look like, you ask? Google it and you will see this picture! –>)
He is also facing charges of possession of cocaine, assault, breaching release conditions and uttering threats!
Brazeau was arrested at a private residence on Boulevard Labrosse at about 4 a.m. ET, police told CBC News, after officers responded to a domestic disturbance call.
(For some reason this guy reminds me of Steve Fonyo!)
Folks I don’t know why we are giving you this whole article ……………, is it some deep sense of public service, an expose’ of a major North American middle-class problem, or just because of my twisted, dark sense of humour?
Whatever the reason, the article does make a point! And remember, ya don’t have to have a point, to make a point! -Oblio! (The Point! is a fable and the sixth album by American songwriter and musician Harry Nilsson about a boy named Oblio, the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything had to have a point.)
Susan Freinkel is the author of “Plastic: A Toxic Love Story” and “American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree.” She has also written for the New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, Mindful and other publications. This article was originally published by OnEarth magazine. Mahony contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
When I was a kid walking the family dog, I never once thought about picking up her poop. It wasn’t something people did in the 1960s and ’70s — perhaps because the plastic bags that now overflow our kitchen cabinets had yet to be invented. Today, cleaning up after your dog is the urban norm, so much so that as California considers passing the first state ban on plastic bags, one of the loudest concerns comes from pet owners asking: How will we scoop our dogs’ poop?It’s not an idle question.
North America’s 83 million pet dogs produce some 10.6 million tons of poop every year.
That’s enough to fill a line of tractor-trailers from Seattle to Boston, one waste removal service has calculated. Add in litter from our more than 90 million cats, and you’ve got enough pet waste to fill more than 5,000 football fields ten feet deep, according to another poop-scooping company. Indeed cleaning up after our pets has spawned an entire industry with its own professional organization, the Association of Pet Animal Waste Specialists, complete with pun-filled newsletter (“What we doo”).
This probably wasn’t one of the issues that biologist Eugene Stoermer and ecologist Paul Crutzen had in mind when they coined the term “Anthropocene” to refer to the human impact on the planet. But there’s no question that our heavy footprint includes the paw prints of our pets.
dogs-poopTrue, poop is not exactly an environmental threat on the order of carbon pollution, nuclear waste or a Superfund site. Still, the risk from poop can be more than just a mess on your shoes. Dogs can harbor lots of viruses, bacteria and parasites — including harmful pathogens like e coli, giardia and salmonella. (A single gram contains an estimated 23 million bacteria.) Studies have traced 20 to 30 percent of the bacteria in water samples from urban watersheds to dog waste. Just two to three days of waste from 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria, nitrogen and phosphorous to close 20 miles of a bay-watershed to swimming and shellfishing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It also can get into the air we breathe: a recent study of air samples in Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit, Mich., found that 10 to 50 percent of the bacteria came from dog poop.
So while the stakes may be lower than say, radioactive waste, the question remains: What do we do with this s**t?
It’s a question that has nagged me for years as I’ve followed my dog on walks, plastic bags at the ready. Aimee Christy, a shellfish biologist in Olympia, Washington, has also been grappling with it. She’s a dog owner herself, but her real concern stems from her work at the Pacific Shellfish Institute. She helps to safeguard the region’s clam, oyster and mussel beds, which can be polluted by dog poop. Christy was part of a decade-long campaign in Olympia and surrounding Thurston County to encourage people to “SCOOP IT, BAG IT, TRASH IT.” It helped, but not enough. For one month last year, Christy spent many of her lunch breaks picking up dog poop in public parks. She counted her bounty: 1,200 piles of poop. “It was everywhere,” she says.
That’s because only about 60 percent of dog owners pick up after their pets, according to surveys. Among the excuses offered by the 40 percent who don’t pick up: “Because eventually it goes away;” “too much work;” “small dog, small waste;” “it’s in the woods;” or, in a reverse NIMBY: “It’s in my yard.”

imagesT1F3NMEGSocializing dog owners is the front end of the problem. The back end is what do we do with the poop once it’s collected. In most places, it goes to a landfill. There’s something unsettling, if not downright disgusting, to think of tons of plastic-wrapped dog turds being entombed underground. What will future civilizations make of our dedication to preserving dog crap?
That unease has helped fuel a booming market in biodegradable dog waste bags. Market leader BioBags sells more than 19 million a year. I’ve seen dog parks stocked with them. Unfortunately, this seemingly green solution can backfire. The bags are designed to be composted, not landfilled. But in the absence of composting programs — I’ll come back to this — many will end up in landfills, where they are more likely to degrade than a conventional plastic bag. “Anything that goes into the landfill and degrades is worse than something that goes in and doesn’t,” says Jack Macy, commercial zero-waste coordinator for San Francisco’s Department of Environment. A compostable bag of poop that degrades in that circumstance would start producing methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
San Francisco has an ambitious goal of achieving zero waste by 2020 — the city already diverts 80 percent of its garbage from the landfill. Dog poop, at four percent of the waste stream, is one of those vexing fractions standing in the way of getting to zero.
Most commercial composters are already processing dog and cat waste that gets swept up in municipally collected yard trimmings.
Flushing it could be an option — the EPA even recommends it. You can buy special bags designed to be flushed down the drain. But as Macy points out, sewage treatment facilities use a lot of chemicals and energy to remove contaminants from human waste; adding our pets’ waste could burden some systems and would pose an extra drain on water when there’s a drought, as Californians are currently suffering.
Maybe the problem is that we are looking at poop as waste, rather than what it really is: a resource that could — and should — be recycled for compost or energy. (Cat waste is a more complicated matter because felines can harbor a hardy toxoplasmosis parasite you wouldn’t want in your compost, and many kinds of kitty litter aren’t degradable.) Dog poop, like many other kinds of manure, can be composted — but rarely is. Even cities with curbside programs that compost food scraps and other organic waste discourage people from putting dog waste in their compost bins, because commercial composting facilities don’t want it. Toronto’s program for composting pet waste (as well as dirty diapers) is a forward-looking exception.
Composting dog waste in a backyard bin can be iffy. It’s hard to achieve the temperatures needed to kill off pathogens, so you should never use composted pet waste on plants you’ll be eating. But commercial composting facilities are required to keep the compost at hot enough temperatures, for a long enough period of time, to get rid of harmful pathogens. If properly treated, the resulting compost is “perfectly safe,” says Will Brinton, president of Woods End Laboratories, a compost research lab in Mount Vernon, Maine. In fact, most commercial composters are already processing dog and cat waste that gets swept up in municipally collected yard trimmings. But none of them like to trumpet the fact, says Brinton. “It’s bad for marketing.”
A handful of private companies are stepping in to fill the void. GreenPet Composting, a poop-scooping service in Portland, has begun trucking the poop it collects up I-5 to a composting facility in western Washington. In Boulder, Colo., retiree Rose Seeman started EnviroWagg to address the waste “twilight zone that no one is doing anything about.” She is currently processing about three tons of poop a year into her “Doggone Good Compost” but hopes to expand the operation. “It’s very, very potent.”
The same biology that makes poop good for compost also makes it a potential source of energy. It can be anaerobically digested — a process that breaks down organic materials, producing a biogas that can be used for energy and a residue that can be used as a compost on plants. That’s what Toronto does with the dog waste it collects through the curbside bins. There have been several experiments with anaerobic digesters at dog parks in the United States. Arizona State University students teamed up with the town of Gilbert to place an underground methane digester in a dog park that draws about 200 animals a day. (They call the project e-TURD.) Eventually, says Macy, San Francisco plans to build an aerobic digester to handle the city’s organic waste — including the droppings of its 120,000 dogs.
After researching the options, Christy (the shellfish biologist) is hoping to persuade county officials where she lives to make the investment in aerobic digesters. (You can find her excellent report outlining various options here.) Meanwhile, she jerry-rigged a system to encourage better scooping habits. She set out a trashcan in front of her house where people could deposit their bags of poop every day. For awhile, the system worked wonderfully — the can filled up every week. But even the simplest solutions can go awry. “Somebody stole it,” she said.

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