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Hamilton Taxi Industry Running Out of Gas Last night I was having a bad day because of a persistent mechanical problem with the cab that, despite several diagnoses and repairs continues to persist. Then I started a conversation with a fellow driver who drives a Ford Taurus. I asked him how his car was running and he responded with a litany of complaints and tales of woe. A couple of weeks ago, while running a fare in Hamilton's industrial sector, his vehicle was damaged by falling debris. At least one window was broken, and some body damage occurred. While in the taxi repair shop, rats got into the trunk and began chewing on the wires. As a result, the instrument panel went haywire and the fuel gauge stopped working. To date, the mechanics have been unable to diagnose the problem. As a result, he's been driving the cab without a fuel gauge for a while. Given the difficulties Hamilton's politicians have imposed on rank and file drivers, especially with respect to it…
Coming Soon: Shock Collars for Population Control“You know, there’s a level of admiration I actually have for China ….” China? Why China? “Because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime." -- Justin Trudeau It seems that technology now being deployed in China will allow them to turn more than their economy around on a dime. They'll be able to turn their entire population around on a dime. Intelligent Classroom Behavior Management System Our politicians will finally be able to get everyone to quit smoking and drinking Big Gulp sugary drinks. It will be followed by the prohibition of a never-ending and growing, list of behaviors that "liberals" disapprove of. (driving, eating meat, free speech, and so on...) This "intelligent classroom behavior management system," will become ubiquitous in a few years. Along with a cashless economy, the behavior of every citizen will be monitored. Government schools are…
I am probably going to vote Conservative on June 7th. (if I vote at all.) It's not that I like the Conservatives. It's just that they give me the least taste of political sewage in my mouth. For example, just look at Kathleen Wynne. Never have I witnessed such unabashed moral corruption. She is so consumed by her own hubris, that she truly believes she is capable of "building" Ontario, and giving out oodles of free stuff. What kind of idiot actually believes that shit? Well, apparently lots of idiots. Enough to make her a political force to be reckoned with. I recommend everyone join Twitter and subscribe to Kathleen Wynne's Tweets. Here is Kathleen's smiling face as she "gives" free prescription drugs to a certain demographic group. There she is, smiling again, as she "gives" millions of dollars to some private company to "create jobs" and other such bullshit. Oh, and here she is pretending she gives a fuck about some mi…
How Uber Silences Women After Sexual Assaults"Our job is to tell the world that Uber has its lights on." Ha ha! That is truly amusing, coming from a company who, at least in my city, continues to operate with unmarked private vehicles, largely to evade local enforcement efforts. As one local officer told me, the reason they only come down hard on identifiable (A.K.A. - non exempt) taxis, is because they can't find the Uber cabs. And even though the city has mandated that Uber cabs have identifying stickers affixed to their windshields, few Uber drivers comply. And why would they? The mobile enforcement officers are too busy rooting out "check engine light" violations on the cabs with roof lights, decals, ID numbers, and taxi license plates. Uber drivers, as with their parent company, consider compliance to be optional.... for them. Duh! This may be an old fashioned idea, but I will state it nevertheless... the law should apply equally to all citizens. B…
A Horny Man is Not FreeAn Exploration of Proposals for the Achievement of Greater Human Equity. It's Time to License/Regulate SexPreface I am re-posting an essay I wrote over two decades ago. I neglected to record the original date, but the context indicates it was written during the early years of the Mike Harris regime in Ontario. This same essay appears on an old website I built in 1998. Therefore, these data points indicate the essay was written after Mike Harris was elected 1995, and before the website was built in 1998. The idea of this essay was to take the state of the world at the time, and apply "progressive," (I.E. leftist, communist, socialist, "liberal," Liberal (Ontario and Canada today) and fascist,) "thinking" to sketch a rough outline as to how we should expect the left to react once they got around to sticking their noses deeper into human affairs. I have attempted to correct some of the common spellig and gammatical errors as of t…
Blame Hamilton's Politicians for the Accessible Taxi Fiasco. Hamilton City council voted unanimously to grant unlimited, flexible taxi licenses to the Uber cab company back in January of 2017. Along with granting generous exemptions from the plethora of regulations burdening the other two taxi companies, it's worth noting that the Uber cab company was also exempted from accessible taxi mandates in return for a pittance of $20,000 per year. (Less than half the cost of a single accessible taxi.) Predictably, the decision to double and triple taxi capacity, in a city that was already saturated with cabs, resulted in a massive blow to the earnings of the city's non-exempt taxi drivers. We've had more than a year now to assess the damage. What has surprised and puzzled me, is that the day business for non-exempt taxis, has experienced far less of a decline in volume than has the night shift. Many day drivers report an imperceptible impact. The reason for this is that, a…
Does everyone have the right to loiter? Or does it just apply to black folks? ​ The nerve of Starbucks for kicking two black guys out of one of their shops. No matter what the actual circumstances are, many people think this is a prima facie case of racial discrimination. I can see the day when some convenience store owner gets accused of anti-black discrimination because he insisted on being paid for the chocolate bar. "We wasn't doin' nuthin'. We was just grabbin' a few chocolate bars and this shopkeeper called the cops!" Desmond Cole, Matthew Green, Andray Domise, (all of whom have blocked me on Twitter,) and a raft of other race-obsessed "activists" will be emboldened enough to declare that expecting to be paid for goods and services is just another example of "white supremacy." What I would like to know is this, is it Starbucks corporate policy that anyone can occupy space in their stores, and use the washrooms etc. even if they ha…
Information Overload; and how to Counter It. There is too much shit going on right now. I can't get my mind around it all. Buzz. Click. Information overload. Until a minute ago, I would have attributed the term "Information overload" to Alvin Toffler. I read his Future Shock in high school, and for reasons I can no longer remember, I still count it as one book that strongly influenced me. Curious as to whether "Information overload" had earned a place in today's lexicon, I googled it, only to discover that Toffler was not the originator of the term. /quote/ The term is popularized by Alvin Toffler in his bestselling 1970 book Future Shock, but is mentioned in a 1964 book by Bertram Gross, The Managing of Organizations.[4] Speier et al. (1999) stated:[5] Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overl…
Intelligence Vs. Knowledge​​ I had my picture taken with Ezra Levant during a talk he did a few years back in Toronto. The man is, IMHO, quite brilliant, notwithstanding the horseshit he, and some of his Rebel Media associates, put out to support the Uber taxi brokerage. It only goes to show that, no matter how razor sharp a mind you have, you can still be lulled into talking absolute nonsense if you lack sufficient knowledge. The flip-side of this coin, of course, is the so-called "knowledgeable fool." I have known many of these in my lifetime - people who seem to have encyclopedic knowledge of every subject under the sun, but remain nevertheless, utter fools. ​​ I am sure you all know such people. ​​ Then we have, on occasion, spectacular exceptions, like those who lack both knowledge and intelligence, like our current Prime Minister, yet who are taken seriously by dangerously large numbers of people.... including those who like his hair. ​​ I liken it to a computer. A …
Once again, the members of Hamilton City Council demonstrate their lofty devotion to principle, and their statesmanlike courage, by boldly supporting Matthew Green's motion to condemn a form of mental illness, namely "Islamaphobia." Here is the report I got from Hamilton's CATCH newsletter,Islamophobia A motion by Green to recognize January 29 as the Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia and to ask the province and federal government to do the same was approved unanimously. It also reaffirms council’s “strong opposition to Islamophobia, like all forms of racism, hate, xenophobia and bigotry." At City Council, January 24 Minutes p9-10 (16-0) For: Collins, Conley, Eisenberger, Farr, Ferguson, Green, Jackson, A Johnson, B Johnson, Merulla, Partridge, Pasuta, Pearson, Skelly, Vanderbeek, Whitehead Against: none Right off the bat, the faliliar rat smell ought to be tickling your nose. Why single out one out of a long list of phobias for condemnation? Is…
Interesting Hitler stuff. Personally. I think the guy was full of shit, just like most politicians. I'm confident that, had I been alive at the time, I would have ended up in one of Hitler's gulags. Or maybe on the Russian front. Or maybe not. I might have caved in to popular opinion, kept my thoughts to myself, bowed and scraped, and hoped for a job or posting that didn't actually involve blood, and guts, and killing. I remember the time I saw a dead guy lying in the street. I had just finished a taxi shift, when the gas guy pointed down the street and said to me, "dead guy over there." I then walked up to the yellow tape to get a closer look. A detective came up to me and shooed me away. He said, "you don't want to see this." But he was wrong, because I want to know about this world I live in. I don't see an advantage in denying to oneself full knowledge of the situation we are all in, nor hoping to glean some insight into the question…
The Right to be Racist I just had a brand new thought. I haven't had much time to mull it over yet, but I think I'll just throw it out there in its raw form. (and wait for any hateful invective it might generate.) Racism is a normal, and natural human characteristic. That is why it is such a useful political tool. Since almost everyone is a racist, almost everyone is guilty. Guilty people are easy to control. Socialism (and religion) loves guilty people. (So does Kathleen Wynne.) The politically correct position is that everyone is the same regardless of the superficial attribute of skin colour. Anyone who questions this belief is automatically considered evil, a fascist, a Nazi, a KKK Dragon etc. etc. even as the left continually tries to use race as a primary determinant of one's success and happiness in life. (Duh!) The result is that everyone feels a need to publicly oppose racism, while privately practicing it. Why do they privately practice it? Because they kn…
Haha! There is still time. Having watched the Corbett Report's "5 Privacies You Didn't Know You Lost," I decided to do an experiment. I've been active on the internet for some time now. And various different photos of me, including me with a butt hanging out of my mouth have been uploaded to the internet. For example, there is this one, And others, So I took a new photo using my personal tracking device and did a google image search on that photo. Sidetrack For those unfamiliar with how to do this stuff here is a short tutorial. How to perform a Google Image search. Step one: Pick an image you would like to search for, for example, Step 2 Save the image you want to use in your search by hovering your mouse cursor over the image. The pointer will turn into a little hand with the index finger pointing upward. I would have chosen a different finger for this example. Then you simply click the right mouse button once and a drop down menu should appear. Selec…
The Human Cost of Uber and Lyft: Life in the Dying Taxi Industry The article I have linked to below details some of the destructive impact that has resulted from the cowardly, opportunistic, malicious, and often just plain ignorant decisions lawmakers have made by radically revising the taxi bylaws. Some of the terminology used in the report is misleading. For example, the title itself is misleading. The taxi industry is not dying. Uber and Lyft are taxi companies that are exempt from most taxi regulations because of their political pull, and they are quite definitely not dying. It is not Uber and Lyft that are killing the drivers of non-exempt taxis, it is their local politicians. The politicians in most North American jurisdictions have slyly, and dishonestly revised their taxi bylaws in order to give Uber and Lyft a massive competitive advantage over smaller operators with less pull. Here is the report from KQED in California. Despite their nauseating virtue signaling over …
Does "White Privilege" Really Exist?Part 1 Definition of Privilege "a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people." Like having your religion singled out as being beyond critisism or reproach. Lately... Or, not so lately, there has been an alarming increase in examples of racism against white people. It's okay for any other designated group to vilify a collective based on skin colour, so long as the colour is white. And I've been aware of the subtle planting of the seed of white evil for decades now. I found it amusing at first. Overt racism was being accepted as anti-racism. In it's earliest stages it was called, "affirmative action." affirmative actionOrigins The term "affirmative action" was first used in the United States in "Executive Order No. 10925",[9] signed by President John F. Kennedy on 6 March 1961, which included a provision that government c…
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 …
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…