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So you go to Home Depot and get what your plumber told you to buy: a wrench and a new plunger for your terlit. You pay for said items and race home so the plumber can fix the terlit. Later on you find out that punkt - Home Depot gave all your personal information to Meta aka Facebook.

It also seems that Home Depot has been collecting your email address when you checkout to ostensibly send you an electronic copy of y0ur receipt. Would you look at that - Home Depot then gave your email address to Facebook.

What's going to happen to HD? Nothing. The executives will apologize profusely, promising to never to this again. Maybe they will be fined. In the meantime, we hope you have nothing to hide because everybody and his uncle Moishy has your email address and knows what you like when you go shopping.

One more thing. If you think for half a second that it's only HD doing this, you are dreaming in technicolor. Everybody knows everything about you except when you change your sheets and underwear.

Blanche, remember the fake meat craze a couple of years ago? When meat was becoming a dirty word?

And if you ate meat? You were looked at as one of those helping to destroy the planet because cows eat grass and then cause carbon emissions aka cow farts.

Well, it seems that the fake meat business didn't measure up to all their inflated hype. Basically it tastes fech and the consistency is mush.

Impossible Foods Inc., (remember impossible burgers) whose CEO once boasted to a reporter that he would push the “fragile” beef industry into a death spiral, is now worth about half of what it was worth a couple of years ago.

As well, not one food chain, like McDonalds, put a single plant-based burger on their menu.

Fake burgers were supposed to be better for your health, better for the planet, and better for animal welfare. Not quite peeps. Food gurus realized that those plant-based burgers were even less healthy than eating meat: "When we told people to eat more plants, we meant eat plants, not processed high-sodium pucks of seed oil and vegetable protein.”

There ya go. Enjoy your next all dressed hamburger with fries and an ice-cold diet coke. Yum.

A short little ditty which intrigued us. Anybody see that the US sent 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine? Our curiosity was peaked when we heard the name Abrams. Was he a Jew?

In fact he was not. His father converted from Methodist to Catholicism. Plus his first name, Creighton, was a giveaway.

Oh yes, Canada is sending - get this - four tanks to the Ukraine. We hope they still work.

In the there-are-no-words department, Quebec's education minister, Bernard Drainville the czar legault's erstwhile education minister, has realized that there are not enough teachers in Quebec. Good morning your honor.

Seems that he was looking at the fact that many kids graduating from grade 11 cannot pass the french exam. Here's a headline for Mr. Drainville - french schools have a hard time graduating students in general. And it seems francophone university students can't pass the french exam. What the heck is going on here?

This is his big problem? This is what made him go to over 50 schools - like he was on a reconnaissance mission - to come up with some kind of 'plan', as yet unknown.

One thing he alluded to was that the requirements to teach will drop. Here's a headline: If you can walk and talk you can go into a classroom. Teachers are loaded with 30 or more kids in a class of whom perhaps four or five have ADHD. That means those kids can't sit still, that they 'disrupt' the class.

The teacher, who usually has no assistant, has to spend half her day just getting the class under control. Unless she does have an assistant who most likely is not educated enough to be a full-out teacher.

We really hope that Drainville (we still can't get over that his name starts with drain, ergo the picture) doesn't hire 50 bureaucrats to develop said plan which won't go live ever because by the time it gets off the ground the czar legault will be gone. Just saying.

If you are still in the dinosaur age and get a newspaper delivered to your house, it appears that it won't be long before Montreal's English paper - the Gazette - is gonzo.

Seems they are firing 10 of their editorial staff. Half the paper is already the National Post. The other half is mostly ads, leaving precious little to read in the paper.

We sincerely hope Montreal doesn't lose its one and only daily English newspaper. It will not be a good thing and it's not time to say goodbye.

Why isn't this next story being reported by CNN, Morning Joe and all the other we-would-walk-over-hot-coals-for-the-democrats?

Paul Pelosi, the multimillionaire husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sold 30,000 shares of Google stock a month prior to the Dept. of Justice's announcement of an antitrust lawsuit against Google.

Pelosi reported the sale of Google stock in three different transactions between Dec. 20 and Dec. 28, 2022, each of which involved the sale of 10,000 shares of stock in Google's parent corporation Alphabet Inc.

Each transaction involved an amount between $500,001 and $1,000,000 and yielded capital gains of more than $200 — although it's unclear how large the profit was. Taken together, the trades involved 30,000 shares and between $1.5 million and $3 million of assets.

We are far from stock market mavens, but we can smell something off when we read it. And this stinks. Can you say entitled?

This should not come as a surprise to anyone. Southwest Airlines reported a $220 million loss for the fourth quarter after the carrier’s holiday meltdown during what was the busiest travel period since the pandemic.

Thus far in January 2023, the company has experienced an increase in flight cancellations and a deceleration in bookings, primarily for January and February 2023 travel. FYI the December meltdown resulted in 16,700 flights cancelled.

Get this: The U.S. Department of Transportation confirmed that it is investigating Southwest Airlines over the potential “deceptive practice” of “unrealistic scheduling of flights.” Ouch.

Erstwhile Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has taken aim at Southwest over the holiday disruptions and has promised to hold the carrier accountable to refund and reimburse passengers who flew during the debacle.

With Buttigieg investigating them, Southwest must be quaking in their boots. Not.

And seriously Blanche, could this guy not pass for alfred e. neuman of Mad Magazine fame?

Good Shabbos

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