More tornadoes. Or not.

From Google News:


Here’s the CTV scare headline:

Experts warn Canadians to prepare for tornadoes

Funny though – there are no experts quoted as saying anything of the kind in the article.Here’s the only quote:

Jay Anderson, a meteorologist at the University of Manitoba, says that’s "because (the region is) tapping into the high humidity that fuels these storms, and the particular jet stream and wind pattern that causes the tornadoes."

Meanwhile, over at CBC, the story is just the opposite:

Danny Blair, a climatologist in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg, says he expects Manitoba will be hit by roughly the same number this year.

"I’m not aware of any data that suggests that tornadoes are becoming more frequent in Manitoba or on the Prairies," Blair says.

Two experts, both in Manitoba, with completely different views.Who to believe?


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Just saying Thanks.

I would gladly pay for my subscription to the New York Times just for the privilege of reading Ben Stein’s column on Sunday morning. It is quite simply my favorite read of the week.

Today, a week before Father’s Day, Mr. Stein writes about how little we as children appreciate the sacrifices out fathers make for use as we grow up, so that we may live pleasant lives.

He mentions that he recently found a memoir of his father’s that gave him some insight into just what his father had to deal with as he provided for his children. He says that he thinks of that as he slogs through another airport, or another day. He admonishes us to that our parents for what they did for us:

Be smarter than Ben Stein ever was. Be a better person than I ever was. Right now, today, thank your parents for working to support you. Don’t act as if it’s the divine right of students. Get right up in their faces and say, ‘Thank you for what you do so I can live like this.’ Say something. Say it, so that when they’re at O’Hare or Dallas-Fort Worth and they’ve just learned that their flight is canceled and they’ll have to stay overnight at the airport, they will know you appreciate them.

My father was a teacher – he didn’t travel much. My mother was a homemaker and was always home for my younger brother and I. I can’t attest to what passed through their heads as they went through their days as I was growing up. But I had a wonderful, almost idyllic childhood as I look back on it now. And I know that in their way they paid dearly for me to have that, though I probably never showed them nearly enough how much I appreciated it, mostly because you never appreciate anything when it is good. You have to see bad so that you know how good it was.

I’m a father now too. My sons are 20 and 22, and when they were growing up I did travel – a lot. But my wife was always home for them, just as my mom was for me. And when I worked and travelled, I didn’t see it as a bother. I just understood that it’s what you do for your kids. I guess my parents just taught me that by example. And if my wife and I have done a good jobthen our kids will do the same for theirs.

I called my Mom on Mother’s Day, and I’ll call my Dad on Father’s day next week. But those phone calls will never quite convey what I’d really like to say. Ben Stein got to say it in the New York Times, and though I would never clajm to be as smart as Mr. Stein, I guess that I can say it here.

Thanks Mom and Dad. For all you’ve done for me. For everything.

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Protecting Canadians from themselves.


Why don’t Canadian Industry Minister Jim Prentice and Industry Canada want you to see the above paragraph on Wikipedia?

Industry Canada efforts to mitigate copyright controversy have extended to Wikipedia, with references to the new legislation removed several times by users inside Industry Canada.

Is it because they are about to sell out the rights of mere citizens of Canada in order to industry groups like media and record companies?

Michael Geist has this and much morethat you should read before the government takes aways your rights. Keep in mind that Canadians already pay a levy on blank CDs because it is assumed that they are used to copy music. So Canadians are already paying for the right to copy music. But now Mr. Prentice wants to introduce a $500 per download fine.

Mr. Prentice doesn’t appear to be the least bit concerned with the people that elected him and pay his salary.

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