We have been saying the following for a very long time and now we are finally being proven right. Banning plastic bags, straws and anything else that some people deem polluting the US and Canada is not going to make a dent in the world’s problem with garbage in the oceans.
Here ya go: About 60% of the plastic in the Ocean comes from five Asian countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. Now there’s a surprise. Indonesia’s Citarum River, the most polluted river on Earth, is essentially a massive trash heap on a giant aquatic conveyor belt. Every day, 20,000 tons of waste and 340,000 tons of wastewater are dumped into it and then ferried to the ocean.
Stop eating before you read this next part: In places like Vietnam, plastic in the water is the least of anyone’s concerns. Raw sewage is discharged directly into water ways, turning the rivers toxic. Ergo, don’t drink the water when you visit.
Asia and Africa account for 95% of the problem. That leaves only 5% of the ocean’s plastic debris to be split between the continents of Europe, North America, South America, and Australia.
Of course we all have to do our bit to keep garbage out of the ocean. One minute. Blanche, did you ever think what happens to all the garbage on all those cruiseships? Don’t think about it, it’s beyond gross. But we digress.
If every single North American person would stop using plastic bags and straws, it would not make a dent in the problem. Perhaps someone should send this piece to Montreal’s mayor Valerie Plante who, as it turns out and was well hidden during the election campaign, she’s an uber-over-the-top insane environmentalist. Problem is, she didn’t do her homework. Do your bit to save the world, but know that you are making .00000001 of a difference.
Turns out not everybody cowtows to cyclists. None other than the Mount Royal Cemetery has announced that bikes will be banned from the cemetery property as of August 1 because pleas to slow down have gone unheeded. Really? No way. Cyclists didn’t care about people or cars? Blanche, could this be true?
If anyone has ever crossed a street with a bicycle path alongside and you didn’t look left or right – especially if you have a green light to cross – you need to walk around with a helmet. Who has not had a cyclist whizz by them, sometimes blowing a whistle. Get out of their way or be run down. Nothing in between. Finally, at long last, someone is standing up to those who think they are saving the world.
Montreal is trying to make its city a haven for cyclists. In the summer and part of the fall that might work. But from oh, say October until mid-April at the very least, Montreal’s weather is not the least bit conducive to bike-riding unless you are one of those who cycle during a sleet storm or love driving through slush. Kudos to Mount Royal cemetery. Now let’s see if the cyclists will heed the new rules.
No need to start a tag day for Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame. Although he lost about $16 billion in the past two days, it didn’t make much of a dent in his $70 billion total.
Of course he can’t be happy that people are not putting their trust that he will be able to control the fake news that infiltrated Facebook during the last US election, but we have faith that he will come through. Don’t forget he has about 2 billion active Facebook members.
Does the name Omarosa ring a bell? Keep it in your head. As a black woman working inside the White House, her title was a long one: assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison.
When she unceremoniously left a few months ago, she did so with a massive temper tantrum, apparently becoming unhinged that someone would dare to let her go. Well, said temper tantrum has morphed into a tell-all book which will be published very shortly. Seems she will, for now, have the last laugh. Unfortunately, her credibility has been seriously compromised so we’re not quite sure if people will take said book very seriously. A woman scorned…
Asylum seekers are taxing Ontario’s resources and Trudeau is nowhere to be found. He was sent a letter from the government of Ontario asking for $200 million to help defray the costs of taking care of illegal immigrants who were welcomed here with open arms by Trudeau.
Here’s the breakdown: $74 million for shelter costs for the City of Toronto, $12 million for shelter costs for the City of Ottawa, $90 million for social assistance costs her ministry is footing, $20 million for education and $3 million for the Red Cross.
So far the federal government has offered up $50 million to provinces, which includes $36 million for Quebec, $3 million for Manitoba and $11 million for Ontario.
Sorry to say that Trudeau is no better than Trump in shooting off his mouth before he has the facts and some kind of game-plan. Not the brightest chip in the box, eh Blanche?
And speaking of Trudeau, where in the world do you think he went for his summer vacation? Blanche, go get the binoculars and start looking. In case you need help in guessing, we have a list of places he visited since taking office in 2015:
As of July 2018, Justin Trudeau has made 35 international trips to 27 different countries. The number of visits per country where he travelled are:
One visit to Argentina, Cuba, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Liberia, Madagascar, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland, The Bahamas, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City, and Vietnam Two visits to China, Germany, Italy, Peru, and Philippines, Three visits to Belgium, France and the United Kingdom, Sixteen visits to the United States.
It’s anyone’s guess where he went on vacation. Don’t worry, you can be sure he took his nanny along. After all, he is the Prime Minister and has the right to spend your tax dollars any way he sees fit. Hehehehehehe.
Good Shabbos We’ll talk…