Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Last known WWI veteran dies at 110

Florence Green, the world's last known veteran of World war 1, has died at the age of 110, the care home where she lived said Tuesday.
Briar House Care Home in King's Lynn, England, said Green died Saturday, two weeks before her 111th birthday.
Born Florence Beatrice Patterson in London on Feb. 19, 1901, she joined the Women's Royal Air Force in September 1918 at the age of 17.
She went to work as a waitress in the officers' mess at RAF Marham in eastern England, and was serving there when the war ended in November 1918.
Green remembered her wartime service with affection.
"I met dozens of pilots and would go on dates," she said in an interview in 2008. "I had the opportunity to go up in one of the planes but I was scared of flying. I would work every hour God sent. But I had dozens of friends on the base and we had a great deal of fun in our spare time. In many ways, I had the time of my life."

Monday, 6 February 2012

Who knew? STD's And Seniors...Kaboom!

The 'dramatic' rise of STDs among senior citizens    

The good news: Adults between the ages of 50 and 90 are having more sex than ever before, according to a new British study. The bad news? There has been a corresponding rise in HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, and other STDs among these older adults. Here's what you should know about the "dramatic" uptick:

(Why is 'dramatic' in quotations? I would have done, 'rise'...)

 Between online dating and Viagra, elderly people are having more sex, which has given rise to more sexually transmitted diseases among the senior set.

Is it 'caveman' of me to think it's simply a good idea to have (ideally) one partner for life and wait until marriage for sex? 
The article suggests, 'be cautious'. Perhaps there is more to it then being cautious...?

"I just f------ killed someone. Kay, I gotta go to church now...lol."

Missouri teen describes killing as 'pretty enjoyable' experience

A U.S. teenager who admitted stabbing, strangling and slitting the throat of a young neighbor girl wrote in her journal on the night of the killing that it was an "ahmazing" and "pretty enjoyable" experience -- then headed off to church with a laugh.

 "I just f------ killed someone. I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they're dead. I don't know how to feel atm. It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the 'ohmygawd I can't do this' feeling, it's pretty enjoyable. I'm kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now...lol."
Defense attorneys Monday highlighted Bustamante's troubled childhood, referring to numerous references in her journal describing her suicidal feelings and the urge to hurt herself and others.

6min to close my jaw and here I am.


Is it possible that the most loving thing to do could be to end someones life (or give them a rope)?  I am just asking, not saying.  I am not talking about the death penalty to punish someone, but as an act of love.  Is it possible that the death penalty could ever be an act of love, for that person's benefit (either with this lady, or anyone)? 

You Are Greedy, If You Make More Then Me

There is NO compassion if you are making much more than someone else for your work. We all owe our daily existence to the labours of other persons. Our public washrooms need to be cleaned, people are employed to check us through airports, no one gets well in a hospital unless the hygiene is maintained, and nobody eats unless the food is harvested.Thinking your work is much more important and deserving of a bigger wage/salary with plenty of perks is NOT compassionate. It is selfish, and ultimately GREEDY  (A person who commented on my blog)

Lot's of people were employed to make this boat.  In our world, this boat may seem like complete access and 'overkill'. 

In other people's world, buying a pair of shoes may be viewed as complete access and 'overkill' because it has nothing to do with the centrality of the next meal. 

It's easy to 'lash out' at the seeming greedy purchase of this boat.  It's equally easy for a starving child to lash out at the "greed" of a Canadian having more then 1 pair of shoes. 

I am extremely tempted to reply in greater detail with the individuals comments above.  I humbly request you to offer your 2 cents.  Is she on to something?  Are you greedy for making more then someone else? If you make more then someone else, are you claiming your work is more important? Dear Canada, what do you think? 

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Earth To Union Leaders: Look At Greece

Greek debt talks to stretch into weekend

Greece desperately needs to secure the second bailout and the bond swap deal that seeks to halve its debt load in order to avoid a catastrophic default within weeks.

"And one of the main problems of the Greek economy as we have said time and again here is the chronic loss of competitiveness over the past decade. ... Therefore all the elements, including elements linked to the labor market, wage formation, are part of these discussions."

"The IMF rightly is demanding a reduction in the minimum wage and a major reduction in the number of civil servants," he said. "We will not agree to the second loan package until Greece has shown it is seriously working at this."
Free markets increase wealth for all.

Exactly what I am calling for in Ontario is exactly what the Greek people are having forced on them.  "Chronic loss of competitiveness," due to entitlement and irrationally high wages is at front and centre of the debt talks.  Lowering minimum wage is the solution to their problems: go figure.  Obviously too little, too late to figure this out.  Unions don't seem to be fairing well in Greece.  I predict similar unrest developing in Ontario over the next 5-10 years as we watch similar mechanisms at work (high debt, unemployment, lack of innovation, uncompetitive wages, etc).  Caterpillar leaving is just the beginning.  The free market does not tolerate entitlement either from a highly paid executive or an individual working hard at a lower paying job.  The free market is tough, but not our enemy.  Let the market be free, when we do...we give rich and poor the best chance possible.

Ontario, please observe the pit Greece has dug themselves into.  Get scared that we are on the same path. Turn and run from the entitlement, big government and big spending attitude that has captured our province; quickly, while there is still time!

Greece Unions: Bankruptcy or Wage cuts (not rocket science)
Ontario Unions (who has workers under them who are not competitive): Something is better then nothing!  You are not going to shut down the free market,  so you can lose out, or get competitive.  Or you can start your own company with your own capital. 

A Conservative Compassionate Response To Caterpillar

Just because a person appreciates the free market being free does not mean they are void from caring for others.  Quite to the contrary of typical stereotypes, I believe a conservative position best enables us to express true compassion because it is done from our free will and not forced by taxes/debt and laws.

With this being said, I feel sad for the families affected by Caterpillars decision to move their operations down south.  It's a terrible thing when you invest your time and talents into an organisation and you feel they do not value you as a person.  I know there are several employers out there who desire to earn a profit and value people all at the same time. 

In my last entry, I pointed out that shareholders made a decision with respect to what they own.  I have no control over their choice however, I do have control over how I choose to use my time and talents.  This is quite likely an incredibly small offer, however it is something: I am offering to review resumes of anyone who was recently laid off from Caterpillar.  I have viewed 1000's of resumes in my day and am passionate about helping people put their best foot forward.  I have received a lot of feedback over the years as to how I have helped developed resumes that best suit the employers needs.  If that initial edit goes well, I would agree to stay in touch via phone to provide encouragement, advice and support to help you find your next job.  Again, it's not much, but something*.

Furthermore, keep your eyes open for Canada Job bank as each of my companies either have ad's out or will have adds out shortly.  I agree to personally review every resume from Caterpillar to ensure careful consideration with respect to possible employment (put on resume: Attn Ryan, per Ryan and it will be directed accordingly).

Finally, here are some resources for your review if you are looking to get ahead or simply trying to make ends meet and find a job. 

How to get a raise:
Top Tip On Your Resume:

Finally, the 'free market' almost crushed me and my operations.  I was tempted to be angry with the big banks and government, the 'crushers of my dreams'...only to realize, I am the only one who can crush my dreams.  Keep dreaming.

*I don't have 24/7 open for time, but I will do as much as I resonably/possibly can. 

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