Jeers: to stomping little feet. So, at least one St. John’s councillor is taking petty to new levels: Jonathan Galgay jumped into the fray about Mount Pearl’s continuing decision not to help pay maintenance and snowclearing costs for the extension to the Team Gushue Highway by suggesting that exits to Mount Pearl should be blocked with concrete barriers if Mount Pearl won’t pay. And if Mount Pearl doesn’t want to pay rec centre costs, St. John’s should take its ball and go home, and if Mount Pearl doesn’t like dump fees at Robin Hood Bay, St. John’s staff should throw trash all over Mount Pearl yards and. … Grow up and address the problem. Mount Pearl’s concern is a legitimate one: the province and the federal government are building the road (price tag: $45 million), but then just want to download all future costs on the municipalities (while ordering municipalities to have balanced budgets). Mount Pearl is concerned about the financial impact on its taxpayers. Now, there’s a novel concept.
Cheers: to summer, and the complete inability to please everyone. So it was hot enough to poach you like an egg last week — and hot enough that people are actually starting to complain and whinge about this kind of weather. Don’t worry, folks — be sweaty. The sleet will be back any day now.
Jeers: to electronic peeping toms. Just imagine what happens when 20-year-olds get the keys to the electronic kingdom, and have the opportunity to sample a world’s worth of emails in the war on terror. “So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and show their co-worker. The co-worker says: ‘Hey that’s great. Send that to Bill down the way.’ And then Bill sends it to George and George sends it to Tom. And sooner or later this person’s whole life has been seen by all of these other people. It’s never reported. Nobody ever knows about it because the auditing of these systems is incredibly weak. The fact that your private images, records of your private lives, records of your intimate moments have been taken from your private communications stream from the intended recipient and given to the government without any specific authorization without any specific need is itself a violation of your rights. Why is that in a government database?” That’s Edward Snowden, in an interview with The Guardian, discussing how National Security Agency staff trade nude and compromising photos they find while intercepting emails.
Cheers: to unlikely excuses. Here’s a web commenter on why motorcycles need to have window-shakingly loud exhaust systems: “You have an accident in a car or truck you have steel to protect you, on a motorcycle, you have nothing. That is precisely the reason why some bikers want loud pipes.” And explain just why that means bikers had to rev up their announcement-mobiles at every single stop sign at
7 a.m. in one east-end neighbourhood last Wednesday. What are you protecting yourself from? Stray cats?