07/18/12

Happy Birthday Hunter S. Thompson

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Hunter S. Thompson would have been 75 today, but he didn’t really want to become old.  The man is gone, but his words live on:

 

“I have never felt comfortable around people who talk about their feelings for Jesus, or any other deity for that matter, because they are usually none too bright… Or maybe “stupid” is a better way of saying it; but I have never seen much point in getting heavy with either stupid people or Jesus freaks, just as long as they don’t bother me. In a world as weird and cruel as this one we have made for ourselves, I figure anybody who can find peace and personal happiness without ripping off somebody else deserves to be left alone. They will not inherit the earth, but then neither will I… And I have learned to live, as it were, with the idea that I will never find peace and happiness, either. But as long as I know there’s a pretty good chance I can get my hands on either one of them every once in a while, I do the best I can between high spots.” – Hunter S. Thompson. Rolling Stone (1976)

07/13/12

1990s

What is this 1992?! I’m on the phone trying to buy tickets. The interweb site is down.

UPDATE: I was unable to procure said tickets because the people at the call center just use the website as well (when it’s up). So nevermind, it IS 2012…nothing can get done unless the internet is fully functional. Basically WHEN the interweb breaks, we’re totally screwed as a society.

07/13/12

friday the 13th

Friday 13

Children are NOT the problem. Now everybody pray to the mighty flying spaghetti monster for this glorious Friday the 13th.

07/12/12

Ontario PC Caucus Auto Insurance Consultation Summary

I recently had the opportunity to attend a town hall in Brampton hosted by Jeff Yurek. I wanted to share his position on Ontario auto insurance with some people in the brokerage world, but couldn’t find it online. So, here it is! Please note that this is my personal blog, and as such contains a lot of random, humorous posts. This site is not at all affiliated with McClelland Insurance; a proper insurance blog is in the works and will be launching towards the end of the year.

Ontario PC Caucus Auto Insurance
Consultation Summary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2012

Ontario PC MPP Jeff Yurek has spent the last 8 months as Auto Insurance Critic actively consulting  with stakeholders and community members about Ontario’s auto insurance system. This is part of the Ontario PC Caucus’s grassroots initiative to bring forward bold and new auto insurance policy reform ideas. Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals continue to deny problems exist in the auto
insurance system. The Ontario PC Caucus on the other hand acknowledges  that auto insurance is a key issue that demands immediate  action. The Ontario PC Caucus looks forward to the input from the community  in their effort to provide Ontarians with an auto insurance product that is affordable, transparent,  and adequately covers those injured in an accident.

Guiding Objectives:

•    Recognize that owning a car is a vital necessity and we need to ensure that premiums  are fair and reasonable  so that everyone can afford it.

•    Ensure people have access to the coverage they need if they find themselves  injured from an accident.

•    Ensure that access to medical benefits is prompt and timely; medical rehabilitation is most effective when conducted  immediately  following an accident.

Suggested Policy Ideas:

1.  Eliminate FSCO Red Tape

•    Red Tape and bureaucracy  cost the system money which pushes premiums  up.

•    With 60 companies  providing auto insurance,  the Ontario PC Caucus wants to streamline processes at FSCO to make the industry more competitive  which will in turn lower auto insurance rates.

2.  Reduce Mediation/Arbitration Backlog

•    Currently, there’s backlog of 30,000 cases in mediation  and arbitration.
This backlog adds costs to the system and prevents people from getting the timely medical services they need.

•    The Ontario PC Caucus will look at ways to reform the mediation  and arbitration  system, costing the system less and allowing people to access their insurance benefits in a timely manner.

3.  Increase Transparency

•    Auto Insurance customers deserve to know the details about their policy and how their rates are established.

•    The Ontario PC Caucus will look for ways to make the system more transparent,  giving the insured in depth details regarding their policy.

4.  Tackle Fraud

•    Auto insurance fraud costs the system $1.3 billion each year. This accounts for 15 cents of every dollar in premium paid going to fraud costs.

•   The Ontario PC Caucus will establish a special unit of the Crown Attorney’s  office to investigate  and prosecute fraud cases. This will bring down costs in the long-term.

For further inquiries, contact Jeff Yurek’s office at:
P: 416-325-39651 E: jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org

07/11/12

welcome to futureland!

Now this is my kind of hybrid, the car-plane kind! Only $1.25 mil:

“For anyone raised on the retro-futurist notion of flying cars, this literal-minded, nuts-and-bolts incarnation should make for some incredulous swooning. Looking much like a 1950’s interpretation of a subcompact that wandered into the wrong alleyway and wound up in a Wright Brothers-sponsored chopshop, the Taylor AEROCAR — one of five made — is a very real vestige of American auto engineering’s past and, more importantly, it’s up for grabs. At $1.25 million, this relic of a bygone era’s mainly an exorbitant lure for the deep-pocketed collector, but as a rare curiosity, it’s free for all to gawk. It’s a hybrid in the truest sense, melding a cozy two-seater with front wheel drive, a Lycoming O-320 4-cylinder engine and a wingspan of 30 feet, all conspiring to get it off the ground at 55mph and up to a cruising speed of 100mph. Should you want to merely take it for a test spin out on the open road and not accidentally take flight, rest assured, those mighty wings can be folded out of the way with relative ease. But that’s not why you’d want to part ways with a cool chunk of cash, if you’re so inclined. This bit of memorabilia’s a make-good for all those broken, scifi promises from once upon a TV time. This was the future — as ridiculous as it may seem.” – from engadget

07/9/12

zombie apocalypse test…GO!

I failed, a pen and a mouse.  I’d probably have to fall back on rule #1 – Cardio.  So unprepared…

07/6/12

atlantis?

doggerland

Now this is cool:

• Divers have found traces of ancient land swallowed by waves 8500 years ago
• Doggerland once stretched from Scotland to Denmark
• Rivers seen underwater by seismic scans
• Britain was not an island – and area under North Sea was roamed by mammoths and other giant animals
• Described as the ‘real heartland’ of Europe
• Had population of tens of thousands – but devastated by sea level rises

doggerland map

Wish they came up with a more evocative name than “Doggerland”.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2167731/Britains-Atlantis-North-sea–huge-undersea-kingdom-swamped-tsunami-5-500-years-ago.html

There is so little we know about this little blue planet. Makes you wonder what else is waiting to be found beneath all this water. Maybe the real Atlantis as described by Plato?

baltic uso

‘It’s either the Millennium Falcon or a gateway to hell’: Shipwreck hunters find mysterious object at bottom of Baltic Sea:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2093279/Shipwreck-hunters-mysterious-UFO-like-object-the-Baltic-Sea.html

07/5/12

news man golfs length of Detroit

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Charlie LeDuff takes on an epic challenge of golfing his way from 8 Mile Road to Belle Isle… literally. It’s a par 3,168, 18-mile, single hole course. The 46-year-old Pulitzer Prize winning writer carries only four clubs in his bag while facing extraordinary hazards that took years to form. He strokes his way through grassy fields, abandoned houses and crumbling landmarks. The half-way houses on this course are real. On the loop, Charlie interacts with the gallery, capturing the spirit of the people of Detroit. No Mulligans here, you play it as it lies…

 

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