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The Sound of Silence

The best thing about Pierre Karl Peladeau’s election as leader of the separatist party in Quebec is that we got to see princess pauline again – in all her glory.

It appears that Madame Marois left her garden or whatever else she was doing to attend a gala crowning PKP. One thing we can say for sure: since her departure as head of said separatist party, she has not become anymore photogenic. On the contrary, her pose in today’s paper puts her in the running for the before picture in a double chin surgery ad. Blanche, did you just say that? You’re dizguzting.

Anyway, back to the illustrious new leader. Not much to say about him, as its too early in the game. Today he behaved himself in the National Assembly. Let’s wait about two weeks, till he gets comfortable and then people start pushing his buttons. Seems he has a very short fuse. Da fun is just beginning.

Hillary Clinton is not endearing herself to the press and that’s an understatement. One of today’s headlines on Drudge: After 40,150 minutes, Hillary Clinton takes some questions from the press.

This little headline tells a very big story. Hillary is obviously not comfortable talking to the press and instead of finding someone to fix her problem, she’s hiding. Earlier today, a news reporter interrupted her scheduled sit-down with Iowans to ask if she’d field questions. Her answer: “I might. I have to ponder it. I will put it on my list for due consideration.” After that ‘consideration’, she agreed.

Can we talk? She either starts communicating or she’s going to be toast before very long. By not talking she is putting herself into the ‘do you know who I am’ category, and that’s the last place she wants to be. Remember that little talk in front of the picket fence when she announced she was running? That’s she understands the ‘little folk’. Well, one of her handlers best get to her and remind her of that little talk. For sure she’s listening to Simon and Garfunkle’s Sound of Silence.

Most likely you have never heard of the Takata corporation. Best you listen up. They are the manufacturers of faulty airbags. What’s a faulty airbag you ask? The one where the chemical that inflates the airbag can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Nice eh?

Today 33.8 million vehicles were recalled, breaking all recall records. In case you want to find out if you are one of these 33 or so million people, here’s the link. Good luck, we hope that your car is not on this list. Then again, maybe we should hope your car is on the list. Confusion Blanche. A few months ago, there was a daring heist of safety deposit boxes from a London bank. No one knows what’s in those boxes except the people who own them. We don’t have to spell out that much of the stuff is, shall we discreetly say, unknown to the government. Zut alors, they have captured nine of those involved and recovered some of the booty. Of course the problem now becomes will those who own the stuff come forward, knowing that it may expose themselves. Tricky, very tricky.

It must be a very slow news day as juice topped the list of items. It appears that someone from the Canada food guide, we would venture to say a nutritionist or dietician, just realized that juice, as in apple juice or orange juice is very high in calories and not that healthy.

Really? Quel revelation. How is it that we, who are the furthest thing from a dietician, knew this, oh, say about twenty five years ago. They just woke up and made this discovery? Working for the government is a great job. You get a gzillion perks and can obviously do very little to earn your pay if they are only discovering this now.

Edward Snowden gets around without ever leaving mother Russia. In May alone he has made video appearances so far at Princeton and in a “distinguished speakers” series at Stanford and at conferences in Norway and Australia. He is scheduled to speak by video to audiences in Italy, and also in Ecuador, where there will be a screening of “Citizenfour,” the Oscar-winning documentary about him.

His woes are not over however, as he must remain exiled in Russia with, as it stands now, a three year visitor permit. He has however, seen some victories as two weeks ago, a federal appeals court ruled that the first N.S.A. program he disclosed, which collects the phone call records of millions of Americans, is illegal. This story is far from over.

We’ll talk…

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