Monkey Cakes 
I just ate a little muffin thing shaped like a monkey.

It was like a gummy bear, but it was bigger and made of muffin and shaped like a monkey.

It made me happy. I'm not sure why.


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Now we pay bottle tax? 
I'm forced to question the motivation behind the new return system for bottles to the LCBO.

What is the value in this? Why do they want you to bring them the bottles rather than just leaving them at the curb in the recycle bin with the rest of your glassware?

With Brewers Retail (The Beer Store), it is understandable. They want the bottles back because they are an integral part of the network that allows beer bottles to be efficiently reused in Ontario. By taking them back in an unbroken state, nicely organized, they are reducing the cost of recycling them and helping keep the cost of beer down for those who use them. I commend that.

The LCBO is different though. They have no such network. They are not part of any recycling system that will benefit from the bottles going through them. So far as I can tell, there is no good reason for them to accept returns other than to collect the deposits as a tax and profit on any bottles that get recycled through more convenient methods.

The Ontario Liberals can pretend they're being environmentally conscious with this nonsense, but the fact is that we already have perfectly good ways of recycling bottles and this isn't helping things. I don't think that people who can't be bothered to put the bottles in the recycle bin instead of the trash will be driven by the prospect of a shiny new dime to pack them over to the LCBO and return them.

In the end, it's just their way of stealing a little more from us.


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The Gas Station of the Future 
This is cool. It's the gas station of the future, in your own garage.

Solar Powered Hydrogen Station

I'm sure it's still quite some time away, but imagine a future where you're no longer dependant on others for your daily energy needs!

I don't really know enough about hydrogen use as a fuel to know how far reaching this will be, but it's nice to dream about a future where your weekly and monthly expenses don't fluctuate at the whims of the gas companies.

I wonder what sort of fuel cell installation you'd need to power your entire house...

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The plight of modern youth. 
All I've really got to say about this is Amen.

Article from The Star

I don't seem to qualify as "youth" anymore for the purposes of this article, but it really addresses all the things my generation has to deal with.

I hate to sound like I'm whining, but it's nice to see things quantified in such a way that you can immediately see how much harder we have it than our parent's generation did.

It seems that as we enter our 30's, we're only now entering the same stage of life as our parents were in when they were barely midway through their 20's.

And really, I've got nothing to complain about. Things have worked out for me about as well as I could have expected them to given the cards I've been dealt. For others, there's far more obstacles to deal with. What does society expect us to do?

Of course, I don't agree with the solution offered at the end of the article. We don't need to give the poor more money by raising the minimum wage. What we need to do is allow everyone a greater percentage of their earnings to be of actual use to them.

We need more tax dollars to go into education to make it more accessible or at least some sort of interest free student loan program. We also need lower taxes in general so we're not using such a high percentage of our earnings for the bare necessities.

If our parents could pay less taxes and the country didn't go bankrupt for lack of funds, then surely we can do the same.

Of course, first the government would have to stop squandering our money away and actually be accountable for their fiscal actions. Hopefully the current government continues on their path of ferreting out waste and trimming the fat. We can only hope.


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Just Leave The Poor Folks Alone! 
Day after day, I'm hearing new updates in the news about the sextuplets born to some people in Vancouver who don't want anyone talking about them.

So my question is this... why can't the press just respect their privacy and let it be?

What value is this story to the rest of society when the family doesn't want it to be news? It's not something important that affects the rest of us.

Sure, it's a little interesting, and if the family didn't mind then they could stand tall and proud and enjoy the attention, but they're obviously not that sort of people. If they want to be left alone, I think they should be.

It seems that the more they ask for privacy, the more the press seems to want to stick its collective nose it.

If ever I get the urge... remind me not to go having a whole litter of kids all at once.

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