Remember French architect Roger Taillibert? Come on. Ok, we’ll tell you. He’s the architect of the Big Owe aka the bottomless money pit that is called The Olympic stadium here in Montreal. Well, he’s back. He says that he can and possibly already did create a design for the new Champlain bridge. Can we talk?
It’s one thing to build a cement stadium with a roof that leaks incessantly, cement pieces that come crashing down and is beyond ugly inside. But a bridge? Let’s just say ya can’t make a mistake. There’s no oops, we didn’t take into account the cold weather and a railing falls into the river. If Taillibert is still in Paris he should stay there. And if he’s here, please have someone buy him a one way ticket back home.
Got your snow tires on yet? Minnesota got over 2 feet of snow in the past couple of days. It’s coming…
Did you know it’s singles day in China and the shopping online is compared to both Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Get this: Alibaba, the online shopping site in China akin to amazon, ebay and other sites put together made, in one day, a startling $9 billion. Yes Blanche, you read that right. To put this number into perspective, it takes Amazon a month or so to make that kind of money. Jack Ma, who owns alibaba made it in 24 hours. The buying power of the Chinese consumer is staggering.
Remember Malaysia Airlines flight MH370? The flight that disappeared off the face of the earth on March 8? It seems at the end of this year the plane will be declared officially lost and then the families will be ‘compensated’. On many levels this is horrific. For the families there will never be closure – they will never know what happened. And how exactly can a family be ‘compensated’ for their loss?
It seems that Australia is still searching for the plane, although – pardon the pun, it’s completely off anyone’s radar.
In the ‘quel surprise’ department, researchers are reporting that just about everyone starts gaining back weight after a year or so of dieting. They needed a report for that? They could have called Blanche and we could have been the entire research project.
Dr. Mark Eisenberg of Jewish General Hospital/McGill University in Montreal and colleagues reviewed major studies looking at four of the most popular and medically lauded diets: Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, and the Zone. “Despite millions of dollars spent on popular commercial diets, data are conflicting and insufficient to identify one popular diet as being more beneficial than the others.” Really now?
As someone who has been on three of those four diets, we can attest that although we lost weight on all of them, we also gained it all back and then some. Metabolism, genetics and habits play a huge part of the yoyo dieting industry. And of course, there’s the emotional component. Hey, maybe Blanche can start the Blanche Diet. Eating without guilt.
In the ‘random Jewish facts’ section here ya go – some ditty’s about Alaska:
…Western lawman and sheriff Wyatt Earp and his Jewish wife Josie ran a saloon in Nome.
…Russian-born Jew Abe Spring was the first mayor of Fairbanks.
…Ernest Gruening, who served as governor of the Alaskan territory from 1939 to 1953, became one of Alaska’s first official senators when the territory was turned into a state in 1959.
…Four of the state’s legendary mountains are named after Jews.
…Alaska Airlines helped airlift Yemeni Jews to Israel.
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