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How Do You Take Your Coffee? Seriously, very seriously.

A few months have passed since the horrific murders in the supermarket in Paris. For Jews living elsewhere in the world, life picked up as usual a few days later. For those in Paris, the ramifications of that day are being felt on a daily basis.

There was a wedding held in the Le Marais district in Paris very recently. Standing guard outside the wedding hall were heavily armed soldiers in addition to security guards. Some of the guards had their guns drawn, as though waiting for something to happen.

According to reliable sources, there are three anti-Semitic attacks daily. Treasure the freedom we have to practice openly as Jews where we live. The first piece is a great segue to the confederate flag issue. Lest you not know exactly what that flag represents, we will give you a very short history lesson. It is the official flag that was used to represent the Confederate States of America during the Civil War at a time when the South was vehemently fighting to keep slavery around as a means of economic prosperity for white plantation owners.

Blanche is the furthest thing from a tree-hugging liberal, yet this confederate flag business is outright racism. Everyone knows what it stands for and yet in the southern US confederate everything is sold – tshirts, caps, flags – you name it. The following five states buy the most confederate flags: Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois and Texas. Figure the rest out yourself.

Americans still have a long way to go in terms of  tolerating each other.  Oh yes, one more thing. Guess which store sells the most guns? Walmart.

Guess the mayor of a little town in Quebec called Longeuil didn’t get the memo. Her town, as all towns in Canada, have a bilingual status. That means that there are two official languages, English and French. No surprise there. The mayor of this town however, doesn’t think like the rest of Canada.

She wants only French spoken at council meetings. Here’s what she said, “We are in Quebec and the council debates MUST be in French. The city of Longueuil is not a bilingual administration, period. It is French and it will remain so as long as I’m there to run it!” Sounds like she has severe anger management issues. Blanche, go out and buy da mayor a brown paper bag so she can hyperventilate into it. What a dufus.

The coffee industry ain’t happy. The worst thing to have entered their lives is the coffee pod. Remember when we made coffee in the morning in a drip machine? Who measured? We took a tablespoon and eyeballed how much coffee was needed, usually too much. Today?

The exact amount is pre – measured into a teensy, weensy pod. Use one and you have the best cuppa java. The coffee industry isn’t happy. Seems about 25% of all households have a machine that uses pods. Such is life dudes. Move it along.

We just watched the absolute coolest thing. Monitors mounted on the back of a huge 18-wheeler or other large vehicle are connected wirelessly to a camera in front, allowing people to pass them safely.  It’s Samsung  technology and shows drivers what’s ahead day or night.

In other words if you are driving behind one of those monster trucks and want to pass them, there’s a screen that shows up on the back of the truck. It shows very clearly if there are oncoming cars, enabling you to pass the truck safely. It’s not yet in North America. Stay tuned. This next piece was just too nutty to pass up. The search continues for a 1.7 metre-long snake that escaped from its owners’ guitar case during the Fernfest community celebration in Victoria over the weekend. Fernfest? Where’s Jim-Bob when ya need him?

The snake, which is named ‘snake’ is non-venomous, but it could “pack a powerful bite.” Perhaps, fortunately, the owner told police, it is well-fed and “a bit chubby.” A fat snake? Probably can’t slither too fast. Ich. Here’s some good news. Gmail has introduced an ‘undo send’ button. Do we hear a collective sigh of relief? Here’s how to find it: Go to the little cog icon in the upper righthand corner and select “Settings.” About a third of the way down the page you’ll see the “Undo Send” section. You can choose between 5, 10, 20 and 30 second windows of unsendability. Make sure you hit “Save Changes” at the bottom and you’re all set.

Don’t say Blanche doesn’t give you some useful information. Of course we dislike gmail as it is virtually impossible to follow a long thread of emails. But we digress.

We’ll talk…

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