Monday, January 04, 2016

For A Monday

Lots to talk about...

Go to the Fur. You know you want to.

I'm sure PM Trulander could pony up some cash:

The federal Liberal government will need to find $3.5 billion more to pay for a new bridge at the bustling border crossing between Canada and the United States.

Documents show Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been warned that the cost of building the new Windsor-Detroit bridge has likely gone up by at least $2 billion, thanks to the declining value of the Canadian dollar.

Government officials told Trudeau the project would also need an extra $1.5 billion in a contingency fund to bear the shock of any interest rate increases should the loonie decline further against its American counterpart. The Canadian dollar closed Monday at 71.73 cents U.S., down 0.52 of a cent from Thursday's close and its lowest point in the last 10 years.
Maybe use up some pension money. That would help, right?

If it helps, Mr. Alward, perhaps a Mexican stand-off would keep both countries honest on their toes:

The talk of building walls or having troops patrol the Canada-United States border in the U.S. presidential campaign is putting more pressure on diplomats to remind Americans of the long-standing relationship between the neighbouring countries, says consul general David Alward. ...

Alward, the Canadian consul general to New England, said these border threats made during the campaign mean extra work for the diplomatic corps.

"It is concerning when we hear that rhetoric take place. That is why the role that I have as a diplomat ... a big part of what we do is reach out to policymakers, whether that be at the federal level or whether that be at the state or local level," he said.

"So there is a better understanding of just how much we have in common, what that trade means not only in New Brunswick but very importantly in Massachusetts as well and what that translates into real jobs in real communities."

Perhaps, Mr. Alward, but considering that the US' and Canada's respective leaders are Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle Dum, maybe neither country can be trusted to look after itself or anyone else.

That's what happens when idiots are allowed to vote. The quality of leadership makes everyone nervous.

Case in point:

President Barack Obama moved Monday to expand background checks to cover more firearms sold at gun shows, online and anywhere else, aiming to curb a scourge of gun violence despite unyielding opposition to new laws in Congress.

Oh, like the way someone did for the San Bernadino shooters?

A restaurant review for a chain from a country where the average person has little or nothing to eat:

Generally considered Pyongyang’s finest restaurant, the cavernous Okryugwan—literally “jade stream pavilion,” named for the nearby Okryu Bridge—has served up traditional North Korean food since 1960. But starting in 2003, it began its slow international expansion, first with a Beijing location replete with waitstaff trained at North Korean culinary schools. After that restaurant eventually started pulling in more than US $6000 per day, Okryugwan locations sprouted up in Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, Russia, Cambodia, and the United Arab Emirates, with rumored branches on deck for Scotland and the Netherlands. (Not all of these branches are still open today, and not all of them are called Okryugwan—a few go under the nom de guerre “Pyongyang.” Perhaps not surprisingly, the connections among them are somewhat unclear, but all are said to funnel money to the North Korean government.)


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