Monday, June 30, 2008

12 million bees swarm northeastern New Brunswick!

The latest buzz in New Brunswick is the sound of millions of honeybees making a break for it! According to the The CBC, 12 million bees swarmed the Trans-Canada Highway after a transport truck carrying 300 crates of the insects overturned in an accident. While the morning rain managed to subdue the bees' activity, the afternoon sunshine gave way to more aggressive bee-haviour (sorry I couldn't help myself) as bee handlers started to feel the pinch of those darn stingers! Read the entire story here....

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

In the wake of Typhoon Fengshen...

Magdasal dahil sa ang Pilipinas (pray for the Philippines)...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin 1937-2008

From his "Seven Words" routine that got him thrown in the slammer by the censor police, to his memorable stint as the Buddy Christ-slingin'-Cardinal on Kevin Smith's Dogma, Carlin was a comdedic trailblazer who brought a no BS approach to his comedy where no stone--be it sex, religion, politics--was left un-turned. So in memory of Mr. Carlin, I''ll leave you with his most
(in)famous stand-up act...

George Carlin--Seven Words

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Holy Moses! BC Government introduces new carbon tax as gas prices soar to nearly $1.47 a litre on Vancouver Island!!

As I take the leisurely ferry ride from Victoria to Vancouver via the Spirit of Vancouver Island, I chuckle about how much cash can be dropped on a single 1 hour and 30 minute trip to the mainland. If you're smart (ie. thrifty), you'll sacrifice the relative inconvenience by parking your car at home to avoid the $43 vehicle charge which many of us have grin and beared in order to escape the plague of island fever. If you're even smarter, you'll pack a lunch. Even if you attempt to pinch your pennies with pre-made deli sandwiches from the ferry's concession, a dollop of tuna salad on a tiny bun will still set you back a ridiculous $6! God forbid you want a refreshing beverage to go along with that!

And this is before the introduction of new fuel charges that will begin to take effect sometime this summer, not to mention the corresponding prices of food. Imagine what a tuna sandwich and bottled water will eventually set you back on a BC ferry?

As global energy consumption continues to far surpass the world supply, West Coast gas prices are following suit. Gas station marquees are displaying a mind-blowing $1.469 a litre, with many grimly predicting that fuel prices will soar to nearly $2.00 a litre by the end of the summer...ahhhhh!

And British Columbia's provincial government has responded. While Bush calls to lift the ban on offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters in order to increase oil production, B.C. unveiled a new plan to encourage those to conserve energy. On Tuesday, CTV reported that B.C. Finance Minister Carole Taylor introduced a new green budget in which a carbon tax will be phased in startng July 1st. According to this legislation, consumers of diesel and home heating oil will pay 2.7 cents a litre, rising to 8.4 cents a litre by 2012, while those at the pumps will be charged an extra 2.4 cents a litre, and by 2012, this tax will rise to 7.4 cents a litre by 2012.

Many B.C. residents will be less than thrilled by this new tax, but ultimately, all of us still have the choice to use as little or as much fuel as we want. Now, the only difference is that we are being charged accordingly for this precious resource as the days of the seemingly bottomless oil pit have now come to an abrupt end...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bamboo Blitz M. I. A.....

I know, I 've been the crappiest blogger ever lately!! I do assure all of you that I'm still alive and kicking in the blog world, however I've been swamped with what seems like a bazillion moving parts all moving at once--settling into a brand new house, re-adjusting back into the good ol' island life, searching for a new job, and other demanding family obligations...

But now that I've finally gotten my crap together, I will honestly start pumping out some new and (hopefully) interesting blog material. And of course, I look forward to catching up on all of your awesome blogs...

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