When It Stinks, It Stinks from the Head Down

Justin Trudeau is a good example of someone who one cannot determine what kind of brain one gets at birth and definitely got the short end of the stick. Alas, there was something he could have done when elected Prime Minister to correct the situation, which he didn’t – surround himself with smart people. Seems the mean IQ of our bureaucrats is on the rather low side.

So what’s the issue today? When going to Service Canada to, let’s say renew your passport, new edicts have been given to the bureaucrats:

Instead of using Mr., Mrs., or Ms., they now have to use the client’s first name or ask how they want to be addressed. Mother or father is also out. So how are those people behind the counter going to address you after your number is called? Person? Or, are we all going to have a ten minute discussion on what to call each other, making the already interminably long lines even longer?

All of this of course in Trudeau’s endless quest for gender equality. Seriously? This is the most important issue in the country?

You are paying for someone to sit in the top office of the country surrounded by his underlings and think up inane and useless directives. There’s a saying that applies perfectly here: When it stinks, it stinks from the head down. No need to read between the lines here Blanche. Sunny ways stinks as a prime minister and is embarrassing the entire country while he’s at it. Wait till CNN gets wind of this.

Trump unveiled tariffs designed to punish China for intellectual property theft, imposing about $60 billion in retaliatory charges. Add this to his previous threat of the implementation of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and you have a recipe for a very unstable stock market.

Nobody has the stomach for a trade war between the US and China, which cannot be controlled. But if you don’t have the stomach for the stock market, may we suggest that you turn off all your devices. This too shall pass.

White South African farmers have a very serious problem. A few weeks ago, the National Assembly ruled that white South African farmers will be removed from their land.

The background of the story is that last month, president Jacob Zuma was finally forced to resign. Cyril Ramaphosa the new president made it clear that his priority is to heal the divisions and injustice of the past, going all the way back to the original European colonists in the 1600s taking land from the indigenous tribes.

Ramaphosa called this “original sin”, and stated that he wants to see “the return of the land to the people from whom it was taken… to heal the divisions of the past.” How does he plan on doing that? By confiscating farms without compensation.

The same thing happened when president Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe initiated a land redistribution program in 1999-2000. The result? Zimbabwe went from being the breadbasket of southern Africato having to rely on handouts from the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

Farmers in South Africa were told to leave the keys to their tractors and homes and move to Australia. This law will be reviewed and the results reported back to the government by August 2018. This doesn’t sound like it’s going to have any good ending.

Seems Mark Zuckerberg was in a meeting for six days. Well, maybe he had to leave to go to the bathroom once in a while, but that was his excuse for not responding to the huge scandal revolving around his company/invention/baby – Facebook.

So what did he finally say when he emerged from said ‘meeting’? I’m sorry. That Facebook didn’t do as good a job as it should have in managing Russian interference or fake news around the 2016 US election. Really? Could have fooled us.

That’s not what he said right after the US election in 2016. At that time he said “The idea that fake news on Facebook — of which it’s a small amount of content — influenced the election in any way” a “pretty crazy idea.”

Here’s a headline Blanche: Zuckerberg is one of the smartest businessmen in the world. (Wait, Justin would not like the word businessman. Let’s change it to businessperson.) He did not come forward without consulting an army of lawyers. This story is just warming up.

And finally, one of Blanche’s travel tips: When sitting in one of those squishy airline seats, part of the problem could be what you are wearing. Yup. Lose the big hoody.

Wear slip-on shoes and loosen your belt at least one notch. Open your collar and take off your tie.

Last but not least, be a voracious water drinker—even if you don’t think you’re thirsty. More is more. That can help you combat DVT—Deep Vein Thrombosis—which is caused by the nasty combination of altitude and dehydration.

If you have to make more than one trip to the bathroom on your flight, that’s a good thing. It means you have to stand up and walk.

What? More than one trip to the loo? Unless we’re flying more than four hours, the loo is not part of our vocabulary, especially if someone has been in there for a very long time. Get the drift? Feh.

Good Shabbos We’ll talk…

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