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Ya ya ya. We keep hearing this bullshit from Uber. In a statement to CBC News, an Uber spokesperson called the allegations "deeply upsetting." "As soon as this was reported to us, we removed this driver's access to the app. We have provided information to the Waterloo Regional Police Service and will continue to fully support their investigation," the spokesperson said. Yeah. They removed this driver's access to the app, as if they don't have enough "skilled" people to fill the void. Just wait until something happens and remove the driver from the platform. Talk about a dirt cheap (and brilliant) way of avoiding any liability for the business model our politicians have aided and abetted. Funny enough, to date, I have not heard of one single Hamilton politician acknowledging that in their zeal to embrace the future, they might have forgotten to consider the implications of endorsing a taxi service which operates anonymously due to their …
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Tuesday's Puke Yeah. He really cared about "the little guy. Particularly for new Canadians" - Like those in the taxi business. I'll never forget the meeting I attended at city hall where one cab driver appealed to the city to stop recklessly issuing taxi licenses because the market was already flooded and drivers were suffering. Mayor Morrow was so concerned, or might have been, had he not been up there snoozing on his throne. It was obvious he didn't give a shit about the "little guy" who was speaking.
Your Monday Puke I have been waging my own "take a knee" campaign for about forty years by refusing to stand for, or sing the national anthem. I had my reasons. Mostly, it was a protest against the lies I had been told as a youngster in government-run private schools, about Canada being a free country. I realized the truth in 1974. Since then, it has only become increasingly obvious. It has come to the point where freedom of speech is being denormalized, just as tobacco has been. Criticizing a certain religion has become taboo as well. Free speech zones on university campuses are the new smoking areas. Give it a few more years and you will see signs that prohibit free speech within 27 meters of all hospital and government building entrances. The surveillance technologies for enforcement are now ubiquitous. The bogus claim that second hand smoke is harmful to bystanders is now being used to claim that there is no safe level of exposure to free speech either. The new commu…
Religionphobia I'm not really too put off by the Muslim practice of having more than one wife, but it does lead to the question, how does that add up? Assuming the gender balance is about 50-50, notwithstanding the plethora of new genders that have been recently introduced, if some guys have more than one wife, others will have none. It's a zero sum game. Maybe balance could be achieved by allowing women to have more than one husband. I'd be cool with that. So, I would expect, would be Kathleen Wynne. Whether such a policy would garner much support from Muslim voters remains an open question. Warfare, where most of the dead are males, could also relieve the imbalance, along with life-like robots and cloning. I don't have a problem with Islam. Many of my coworkers in the cab business are Muslims. I am fortunate to be friends with many of these people, and to learn that they are the same as everyone else, or perhaps more precisely, as unique as everyone else. On th…
Politics 101 I'm sitting here watching "The Peaky Blinders." It's not for everyone, but I love it. The musical accompaniment is worth the price of admission alone. Especially if you add a little of that, soon to be legalized, recreational spice. Anyway, in one scene this guy came up with one of the best descriptions of politics I have ever heard. "Politics is deliberately making things better for some people, by deliberately making them worse for others." So simple, yet so true. Think of Kathleen Wynne and her Ontario Liberal party, for example. Or bike lanes. A few avid cyclists, (and crack-heads) get their very own special bits of road space, while countless drivers rip their hair out of their heads. Pollution increases from eons of pointless idling. And there's the excessive brake dust generation from a multiplication of unnecessary, and pointless stops. "Politics is deliberately making things better for some people, by deliberately mak…
A Blast from the PastFrom blockrants, April 8th, 2012 (Editor's note: After reviewing this essay, I am reminded of the number of times I have wondered about why they haven't yet come up with something real to go after Donald Trump with. Those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome have left no stone unturned in their efforts to overrule the decision of the American electorate in 2016. Given the complexities involved in running any business, and in Trump's case, a large number of businesses, it puzzles me that the anti-Trumpers have not yet come up with one single technical felony with which to attempt to invalidate the decision of the American electorate.) April 8th, 2012 Those man in the street interviews where respondents are asked how they like the newest form of Gov. Inc. surveilence always feature some respondents saying, "Well I don't mind the [cameras, microphones, income tax audits, digital money trails, interrogations, checkpoints, naked body scans and…
My Conversation with an Autophobe After my March 30, 2014 rant, Hamilton Ontario - The City of Stupid Ideas I received a response from a prominent Hamilton pro-bicycle lane, pro-government social engineering activist. His remarks, in quotes, appear below along with my rebuttals. “OK, I'll bite.” “1. The capital cost is a one-time cost and is a tiny fraction of what the cost of infrastructure to carry an equivalent number of people in cars would cost. I don't recall your outraged blog post when the city decided to spend millions of taxpayer dollars replacing the highway-style overpass system at the intersection of King and Kenilworth, instead of making it a regular intersection. We're also forgoing around $200,000 in property tax revenue on all the land being wasted for the on-ramps and off-ramps. And we'll have to spend millions more to replace it all again in 25 years.” The key phrase here is "equivalent number of people." That's like Taco Bell anno…