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SOTU, Deflate-Gate, American Sniper... and more! Happy weekend, y'all.
Not much more to say about Obama's deflated football of a State of the Union speech, but is there some kind of way we can float Obama and Michael Moore away on a one-person life raft somewhere? And...
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Canadian Grouchy Old Cripple

As I have temporarily taken over the position of Canada’s Grouchy Old Cripple, I find myself spending a lot of time on the internet.  

On Google+ I find myself following leads to some very interesting articles, press releases and videos on a huge range of subjects.  These range from geopolitics, health, medicine, tech, business and cats.  Given that the internet is miles wide and inches deep, I take in a lot of knowledge that may or may not be true.  Having been on the internet since the $ Unix prompt days, I’ve developed a fairly good BS filtering system, and waste a lot of time trying to verify items of interest, though it is usually available one way or the other.

On Facebook, on the other hand, I find it a different demographic.  Other than family posts, I follow fairly diverse groups, and due to the design and limitations of Facebook, there are much small groups of people beating the same issues over the head again and again.  After spending far too much time on Facebook the last two days, I see several trends across some of the Canadian groups.  I follow local politics with Maple Ridge Council Watch, Metro Vancouver Translink Watch, Laila Yuile and Bill Tieleman.  Federally, I follow the Conservatives and follow the Canadian National Firearms Association.  Reading the posts and comments, the trends I see across all these groups are huge divide over the size and scope of government at all levels, and a continual bashing of the Parties in power at all levels from both sides of the political spectrum.
 
On the first issue, the issue is actually subdivided between taxation and freedom.  We have people both for and against increased taxation, and the same split over freedom, (largely looking at the size and scope of government).  What is interesting Is that neither split is along typical left/right political lines.  If I had to guess, it seems more age related.

As for dissatisfaction with governing parties or groups, as a former politician, one thing I quickly learned was that if you are doing your best to represent the needs of all the people, the quickest way to know it was that everyone was unhappy with you.  When you are elected, you must represent all the people, not just the ones that voted for you.  By doing this, you don’t go far enough for your supporters and the others won’t like most of what you do anyway.  By this measurement, I’d say we’ve got the governments we deserve, and that we have a democracy that is working fairly well.
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So, my Nexus 7 updated to 5.0.1, and I did the little security check from my laptop yesterday.  This morning my Postbox email program has had all my separate email accounts merged into one giant inbox.  If I'd have wanted this, I could have switched to Opera a couple of years ago.  

Now , how do I roll this back?   
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More from the Grouchy Old Cripple-

I came across a comment on Facebook today that got me thinking about divides in culture.  The post was a picture of a cut up pork leg getting ready for the freezer, and a poster objected to it because they didn’t like to see where their food comes from.

Being an old geezer, it made me laugh at first.  From my point of view, if you don’t want to know where it came from, you shouldn’t eat it.  I grew up in Egmont back in the days of no road, no hydro, and no telephone.  People and freight came and went on boats mostly with the occasional aircraft.  Hunting and fishing was a daily occurrence.  
I was about 8 or 10 when I was allowed to take a .22 out and hunt grouse in an abandoned orchard up the road.   I had a skiff, and used to fish rock cod year around for spending money, and in the winter, would catch the occasional octopus.  Wanted clams or oysters?  Go the beach and get some.
  
In a lot of ways, I feel sorry for the young people today, not having the opportunity to experience what we did in years past.  A bunch of others who also grew up in rural areas chimed in in favour of cutting and processing your own meat.  

Sandy and I got married a bit over 40 years ago, and moved back to Egmont after a couple of years, and raised three daughters in a rural setting.  Our kids grew up around pigs, chickens, goats and cows.  All learned to fish, light fires, find their way around the water and bush.  All live in the city, and are doing well.  Many of their contemporaries would freeze to death or starve if left on their own without sidewalks and traffic lights.  

Last summer, I saw a map of Canada that showed where a voting majority of people in Canada lived.  It was a series of tiny red dots along the southern border.  This was a stark warning that our democracy is going to fail.  When an overwhelming majority of the voters live in such a small urban area of the country, how can we expect them to even understand the life we live in rural and northern Canada never mind respect our diversity and way of life?
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2015- looking back at 2014.

As we finally can turn our backs on 2014, I have to say it was a year of sadness, disappointments and pain, punctuated by flashes of hope and joy. Two injuries in the first few months changed my life. Working through pain and recovery limited my activities both at home and as a TCRG non-skating official in Roller Derby. By the time I was recovered enough to participate, the season was over.

Home projects had taken a hit too, but the summer saw them stagger back to life. The veggie garden got rebuilt, the displaced fountain didn't. The front courtyard got irrigation and fountain piping done, then turned into a temporary firewood storage area.

We started Vaughan Insights Inc. as a means to leverage our experience and knowledge and to help with our finances. Two tool designs and an innovative tool support item are in limited production, and are starting to sell. We have a store on line at Big Cartel for our tools and our daughter's art.

Our youngest daughter Gabrielle, (our resident artist), had our sixth grandchild, (and our second grandson), Hunter, this summer. In August, we lost Sandy's mother to an aneurysm, and that put her into a pretty much full time job looking after her father who is 83, and in failing health. A few exciting things later, (like the Feds declaring him dead, and her mother still collecting her pension!), a trip to emergency resulting in a pacemaker, then back to emergency when it didn't work right! He made it to Christmas dinner under his own power, and is doing better.

After ten years of planning and design, I finally got around to renovating the main bathroom. Biggest step was stiffening up the floor from below, and re-routing the plumbing into the wall to fit the new vanity. Slate floor from India, vanity, mirror and lighting from Home Depot. New molding, paint and hardware to finish it off.

Just in time for Christmas, I tore the medial collateral ligament in my right knee at work, and have been hobbling around with a Donjoy knee brace.

We had the whole family here for Christmas, 16 for dinner.

We stayed home for New Years, and as we cut the cable this year, had to watch the Space Needle fireworks via Alice the  laptop HDMI'd to the TV, and watched the great free fireworks display complements of our neighbors on the other side of 232 St on 123 Ave.   Being this is the third year with us, our California rescue dogs Ralph and Ryan reacted much better to the fireworks this year, I guess the memories of gunfire are fading.
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I don't know anybody that had a good year last year. Congrats on the growth in your business. 
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I work as a Transport Safety Specialist. My interests include politics, management policy, technology, (particularly counter-culture solutions), and studies on the mind and thinking, These have grown together into an interest in education, particularly teaching methods.I have three daughters in Roller Derby, I garden, build wooden boats and other nick-nacks, and read a lot, both fact, (history, political and military), and fiction. I read a lot of science fiction. My current Favourite writers are Bujold, Stephenson, Drake, Ringo and Weber.
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