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Why, as a driver, I prefer the "Luddite" version of the taxi business. When the pukers come out, en masse, usually around the government-mandated bar closing time, I would much rather be a non-exempt cab driver than a politically favoured Uber cab driver. This is because I don't have to rely on "pings" to let me know where the customers are. I already know where the customers are, and, go figger, that is usually where I direct my cab in pursuit of commerce. But I have a big advantage over the Uber cabbie, at least the Uber cabbie who is mindlessly compliant with the Uber model, which dictates that they shall restrict their sphere of activity only to those who have a credit card on file, and who use their smartphone to hail a cab. (And, of course, Uber corp and their political cronies like to play up Uber's lack of payment flexibility as a positive, rather than the negative it really is.) My advantage, given that I am driving a fully insured taxi, is that…
Fat and Stupid I don't think it's right to make fun of fat people. As a person who has had repeated success in the practice of gaining unnecessary weight, I am veering perilously close to the threshold of being called a "fatso" myself. Rather than trying to normalize or glamorize this unhealthy, and unsightly circumstance, I vote to continue the practice of "fat shaming." Whenever I see a fat person, my opinion of that person's credibility tends to be diminished. Especially in the field of health or politics. My thinking goes parallel to the old last resort of people I am winning arguments with, "If you're so smart, how come you ain't rich?" (I remember this one, fat, I mean morbidly bloated co-worker, who tried to shame me for smoking cigarettes while he stuffed his face.) I guess if I *were* rich, my opponent might resort to, "If you're so smart, how come you are so fat?" I think there is a negative correlation…
Public School Brainwashing About ten years ago, I asked my son, then in grade 8 what he was learning in science class. He replied, "Global Warming." That was one of many high blood pressure moments for me. They should be teaching science, not left-wing politics in publicly funded schools. Around the same time while I was driving somewhere with my daughter, then about 12. One of those government funded bullshit propaganda ads came on the radio. I turned to my daughter and asked her if she'd ever heard of Al Gore. "Yes, we watched his movie in school." Another BP spike followed. It was another example of public money being misused to reinforce a political agenda. At the time, I could not have imagined things could get much worse. Boy was I wrong, as Allen Small demonstrates in this short video.
A Non-Uber Rant The petty crimes of local politicians, manifest by their obvious collusion with the Uber corportion, pale in comparison to the colossal crimes being committed by national governments. Uber collusion merely eliminates lifetime investments. Military-Industrial collusion eliminates flesh and blood. Okay. So, Trump's Tomahawk missile attack on the Syrian air base is said to have killed 15 people. How do we know that any of those 15 people were, in any way, responsible for the *alleged* chemical attack? How do we know they weren't just, for example, janitorial and kitchen staff? Even if the 15 casualties were military personnel, how does that really "hit back" at Assad any more than taking someone's pawn in a game of chess? And how can such an action possibly make Ivanka Trump feel better about the ten dead children? And if 59 cruise missiles can be fired into a nation with which the United States is NOT at war, what if Ivanka had been shown pic…
Uber's Ace in the Hole is Regime Uncertainty The "Success" of Uber does not come from its technology, but from its ability to recognize and exploit regime uncertainty. I quote from Peter Schiff's article, "Making America Confused Again," "It looks likely the next four years will bring an unprecedented level of regime uncertainty. This is a term coined by economist Robert Higgs. It describes a pervasive lack of confidence among investors in their ability to foresee the extent to which future government actions will alter their private-property rights. Higgs uses this concept to explain the seriousness and prolonged duration of some economic crises, like the Great Depression." Those engaged in the taxi industry know only too well how government actions alter their property rights. The sudden, pivotal re-writing of taxi bylaws across North America over the last few years has completely destroyed the lifetime investments of thousands of taxi driver…
I Smelled a Rat in Ontario Right from the Beginning re: Uber And though I could not prove it, the outward manifestations of the back-room dealings were explosively obvious. From Tim Hudak's aggressive shilling for the Uber corporation, to the surprisingly quick approval of "Ride-Sharing" insurance by the FSCO. To the fake corporate news media outlets publishing every complaint that a dissatisfied taxi passenger ever had, to the sickeningly disingenuous responses from local politicians, ‘we can’t turn our back on technological progress,’ "Uber is here to stay," and so on. From the point of view of this cab driver, the fix was in. Now, finally, we are getting a really good picture as to how Uber works with a corrupt political system, to dramatically tilt the playing field in favor of a politically powerful organization, and devastate thousands of smaller operators who lack sufficient political pull to effectively fight back. I can't prove it, but I know…
Can't Get Away from Politics Okay. So I have had my fill with trying to make sense of the political chaos that abounds today, especially after Trump seems to have finally collapsed under all of the peer pressure and started firing missiles around the globe like the WWIII maniac many of his opponents predicted he would be. Ironically (perhaps, so far as it shows up in my periscope) most of his strongest opponents are now applauding the bastard, including that clueless teenager who inherited the Canadian throne. You can't make this shit up. I said it before, in one of my status updates. I am not a Trump supporter. I am a Trump opposition opposer. Now I am seeing, in addition to the Prime Minister with the nice hair, vermin like Pelosi, Schumer, HRC, McCain, and many others applauding the guy. I suddenly find my own enthusiasm rapidly waining. After all, what do you do when the Trump opposition are no longer opposing him? It's just too much to take. Especially when the …
How to Solve the Health Care Problem My theory on how to solve the age-old medical care problem has always been very basic. Remove the criminal element, I.E. the government. My theory gave me the tools to recognize, right from the start, that Donald Trump would not be successful in "fixing" the health care business. So long as any proposed fix involved the corrupt hand of government, it could never work. So long as the delivery of medical care remains tied to political careers, and politically influential corporations, and organizations, the consumers of health care will continue to be ripped off. It's a mathematical certainty, like the sinking of the Titanic. My Vision The idea first began to percolate into my mind when I read the Fraser Institute book, "Canadian Medicine: A Study in Restricted Entry." That was about thirty years ago so, pardon me if my recollection of the details is a little foggy, and without going to the trouble of re-reading that book, he…