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THE JOY And Effects OF MUNCHING On Chinese Imports – Professor Bob

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

It’s of some importance for all of us.  Very interesting. I was
 surprised by the “NO NAME BRAND” and “PRESIDENT’S CHOICE”, I thought they would be both the 
same.

 Well, add Safeway brand to this list… A couple of weeks ago I bought 
bread & butter pickles… they were disgusting, soft & mushy…they
 were made in India. I checked a jar of the Safeway brand relish (I 
bought it because I wanted a tall jar) – made in India! What the heck, 
don’t we have cucumbers in Canada?

 Anyway, I returned the pickles to Safeway, no problem there, 
explaining the situation, the customer service person said, “What?” - 
checked the label and said, “I would never dream they were made in 
India and I am not a pickle person although I just bought a jar to 
take to a function but I will bring them back tomorrow.” I told her I 
would be phoning head office to tell them that Safeway Canada products 
should be made in Canada not India.

 Next day I phoned the Canada Safeway head office customer service. I 
had a nice, long and very funny chat with the rep. After telling my 
story, she asked, “Why are pickles made in India, what type of pickles 
were they…?” [Bread & Butter]. She said, “I just bought a jar last 
night being true to my Safeway brand…. but I never read the label.” 
She could not believe that the pickles were made in India and said 
that she will return them.” In awe she said, “we have tons of 
cucumbers in Canada.”

 She said she was writing up two reports, one to Corporate and one to 
buyers with my concerns. We both had a good laugh when I said, “… 
well there is some good in this — I will be reading my Safeway labels 
and not assuming because it says Safeway Canada that it is Canadian 
produce.” I told her I will not be buying any products like this. She 
was really funny, then she said, “What about the relish?” I said it 
was comparable with other no name products and I only bought it 
because I wanted a tall jar to put my Bick’s relish in it but I will 
not be buying it again because it is made in India. She then said, “I 
am going to write that one up as well… I just cannot believe it!”

 Now you’re telling me Bick’s is not made in Canada ….. anyone got a 
home canner?  Time for a revolt!

 Imported food we eat – interesting & scary food info here. Look even 
more carefully at labels now.

 Did you know, Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China and so are
 most of Europe’s Best!  Arctic Gardens is OK.

 Never buy the grocery store garlic unless it is clearly marked product 
of USA or Canada, the other stuff is grown in people poop (even worse 
than chicken poop).

Buy only local honey, much honey is shipped in in huge containers from 
China and re-packed here.

 Cold-FX is grown and packed in China and is full of fecal bacteria.
 Doesn’t work anyway, big scam. If the country of origin is not clearly 
marked – beware… if unsure, ask an employee.

 Watch out for packages which state “prepared for”, “packed by” or 
“imported by”. I don’t understand the lack of mandatory labelling in 
BC, especially the produce. In Ontario, the country of origin has to 
be clearly shown on the item in the store; not sure about other 
provinces.

 I go to the local farmers’ markets in season and keep a wary eye open 
the rest of the year.

 Please read this very carefully, and read to the very bottom. It’s of 
some importance for all of us.

 How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper — than having it 
produced in Canada or at least the U. S.?

 For example the “Our Family” brand of the mandarin oranges says right 
on the can from China… so for a few more cents buy the Liberty Gold 
brand or Dole from California.

 Beware: Costco sells canned peaches & pears, in a plastic jar, that 
come from China.
 In fact watch Costco carefully in every respect – they claim to be 
“wholesale”
 in their name but are rip-off artists – you pay a “membership” to be 
screwed big dollars on most stuff they offer.

 All “High Liner” and most other frozen fish products come from China 
or Indonesia. the package may say “pacific salmon” on the front, but 
look for the small print.

 Most of these products come from fish farms in the Orient and there 
are no regulations on what is fed to these fish.

 Recently the Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Gov’t how 
Chinese feed the fish… they suspend the chicken wire crates over the 
fish ponds, and the fish feed on chicken excrement.

 Canadian Government recommended and stressed NOT to buy any type of 
fish imported from China. If you search the Internet and learn what 
the Chinese feed their fish you’ll be alarmed, eg. growth hormones, 
expired anti-biotics from humans…
 Never buy any type of fish or shellfish that comes from these countries:
 Vietnam, China, Philippines….

 Check this out yourself.

 Bick’s have recently ceased operations in Canada – don’t buy them.
 Stienfeld’s Pickles are made in India – just as bad! But many NoName 
pickles are made in Canada ..

 Another example is canned mushrooms. NoName brand came from 
Indonesia… Next to them were President Choice brand… Product of 
Canada!!

 Also check those little fruit cups we give to our children. They used 
to be made here in Canada in the Niagara region, until about 2 years 
ago…..They are now packaged in China!

 While the Chinese, export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous 
toys and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings 
its hands and criticizes the Obama Administration and the Harper 
Government for perceived errors. Yet 70% of North Americans believe 
that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be 
suspended!! Well, duh. Why do you need the government to suspend 
trading privileges?

 Simply do it yourself… buy only items from Canada & USA.

 Look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says ‘Made in 
China’ or ‘PRC’ (which now includes Hong Kong), simply choose another 
product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are 
on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do 
without.

 Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use 
real ones and benefit some North American farmer. Easter is just an 
example; the point is not waiting for the government to act… Just go 
ahead and assume control on your own.

 Canadian Thermos bottles were made here for many years. Thermos sold 
out in the 1990’s and now the bottles, those that keep our food warm > or cold are now made in CHINA. We lost—about 200 jobs!

 THINK ABOUT THIS:

 If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese 
goods, that’s a four billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our 
favour… fast! The downside? Some Canadian/American businesses will 
feel a temporary pinch from having stockpiles of foreign inventory.  
Too bad…

Just one month of trading losses, will hit the Chinese for 8% of their
North American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves 
if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.

START NOW and don’t stop.
Send this to everybody you know. Let’s unite and show them that we are
intelligent Canadians /Americans, and NOBODY can take us for granted.

If we can’t live without cheap Chinese goods… well we deserve what
we get!

Professor Bob – Mitchieville Marathon

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Professor Bob is a wise man living at the top of a mountain in Toronto. But the people do not want to climb the stairs. Professor Bob introduced me to the meme of The Money Tree. This piece * was written November 22, 2008.

I knew a lady, single, two kids. She is blond, slim, smart and good looking. She lived on welfare in No Dad City, up on the west hill in Owen Sound, in Ontario. I met her on a beautiful August evening, perfect for sitting with the neighbors on the patio, sipping beer, talking and smoking. I heard her laugh before I saw her.

Later, as the evening passed, we talked. Music, dreams, likes and dislikes.

She believed in the money tree. She thought that “ they “ should provide better schools, clean up the environment, provide “ good jobs “ and end racism.

She had been told, I guess, that with her brains and good looks, she would be a success. She was hanging out, going to school, volunteering, waiting to get hooked up to the money tree. Don’t ask about the man she married, right out of high school.

Maybe Prince Charming is supposed to have a Money Tree in the garden of his castle ???

All the politicians have one.

OJ got off and “ they “ put Martha Stewart in jail.

Hmmmmm. Professor Bob

Should Professor Bob Stay In Mitchieville?

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

About a year and a half ago I introduced my constituents to Professor Bob. The Professor came in like a lion and left like a lamb. He wrote tons of posts in a few shirt weeks and then dropped off the face on the earth for nearly a year. What happened? I have no idea.

A few months ago, Professor Bob reappeared on the scene again and asked The Mayor if he could resume blogging on Mitchieville. Seeing as though I was high as a kite on cement glue and cheap brandy, I decided to let bygones be bygones and gave Professor Bob another chance.

Well, that may have been a mistake.

Professor Bob has a variety of unique opinions and a distinctive writing style. Many of his posts have made me think, while many of his posts made me want to hit him with a shovel. I know many of you feel the same way, because I have received many emails telling The Mayor how to dispose of Bob’s body.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to run a poll and let you–my savvy, intelligent, and discerning reader–decide whether I keep Professor Bob or toss him to the curb like a small bag of crushed egg shells and banana peels.

The question is simple, the answers are simple, Paris Hilton is simple.

I will keep this poll up until next Monday, when at that time I’ll reveal the results.

You can vote more than once. Tell your friends.

Dinosaur Hunt

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

I like to read. It’s a bad idea. I’m sure Fenris would agree. It confuses the mind with information and various viewpoints, removing the clarity and focus of my preconceived notions.

Recently, I saw an article in a magazine I read, called, “Learning from the internet.” The author is a respected venture capitalist, a Mr. Robert Metcalfe. It was in a special interest issue of Scientific American, Earth 3.0. These guys are environmental bull terriers, deadly. They always have “ their ducks in a row.”  (more…)

Build Me a Machine.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Build Me a Machine.

Technology is a mighty tool, a terrible master and a marvelous servant.

A gun is a mighty tool. People are the dangerous things. To attack an inanimate object as being dangerous is to engage in magic thinking. Our tools can be used for great good or great harm. 

The result lies in the hands of the user. A hammer can be creative or destructive.

It can be used to commit murder or sculpt marble. To take away all hammers is to make the world a somewhat safer place. The outcome is ridiculous. We cannot build an inherently safe hammer and those who would employ hammers must accept the risks. Perhaps a law to require hammers be properly secured when not in use would work.

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Magic Thinking

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Magic Thinking

The pretty lady does a pirouette, and asks, “ Am I not beautiful? ” and what else can a gentleman say??

“ My dear, you look radiant. “

Radiant?? Hmmm I looked it up in the dictionary and saying she is radiant is a little bit of a stretch. Poetic license. Repeating what you saw in a movie.

 I am not Scrooge!!

 But this is an example of magic thinking. The ad man at Lever Brothers is trying to sell shampoo, and he knows that it will not make her hair “ radiant. ”

 That would probably be dangerous. And we all know that the ad is a bit over the top. If you believe the ad man, though, her choice in shampoo is the most important choice in her life, with her future success as a woman hanging in the balance.

 The ad man knows that if he can “ push “ her buttons, she will buy his shampoo.

 “ Buy my car.” You know, the one with the drop dead gorgeous blond in the passenger’s seat. Almost every car commercial is full of pretty women. What use is a Mercedes convertible coupe??? Picking up girls. Who said that??

Yah, right. If you believe anything else, you’re lying to yorself.

The saleswoman knows that if she can “ push “ his buttons, he will buy her car.

They’re all real people. That’s just human nature. Laugh Out Loud 

But, don’t be guilty of magic thinking.

If you own a convertible, don’t show this to your wife. She will not believe what you and the car salesman say. 

An ad man, a salesman, has his own agenda. He has a boss who keeps him motivated, who teaches him what to say to those awkward questions. The best salesman is, surprise, the one who believes his own pitch. 

Everybody is selling his own gig, all sincere as hell, and the way forward is muddy as hell.  

Where am I going?

The environmental movement is chock a block full of salesmen and magic thinkers. Just go ask Mr. Suzuki. He’s doing spots on the weather network to get the message out. Hmmmm

How can we move ahead ??                       Professor Bob

All At The Same Table

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

All At The Same Table

Been there, done that, got the bumper sticker. I’m on the leading edge of the baby boom and, like many of my cohort, I felt a need to sort out the environment, end the Vietnam War and ban the Bomb. 

The war ended. The Cuban Missile crisis, Doctor Strangelove and the JFK tragedy all confused the issues of the cold war and politics. Welcome to reality. The Yankees believe they are the protectors of the free world and, realistically, there is some truth to that. No magic thinking allowed. 

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Just Say No

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Just Say No 

Sometimes it pays to be dogmatic, sometimes it doesn’t. . It is a choice. It is a tactic that is part of the various ways that people interact and negotiate. 

The father of a teenage girl says no to co-ed vacations. Period. The issue is closed, permanently, negotiation is not possible. “ When you live under your own roof!!” 

There is the default option. What to do when you don’t have the time to think about what to do. A choice made in advance. 

To a soldier, the default option when someone starts shooting is to hit the deck and shoot back. Hesitation could be fatal. Later on, you can refine the training, if your soldier survives. “ When the unexpected happens, do this. “

The decision to employ these tactics in our interactions is just that, a decision. We can decide not to go there. As tactics, they both lack the ability to be flexible, and adapt to new data and changing situations. The weakness is obvious in classical situations. 

The teenage girl says,“ Martha and Kim got their own place. They say I can move in with them. “ 

The reporter reporting on the war says,“ …And in another friendly fire incident…”

 Dogmatism and default options can damage your own cause.

Now, a quick change. A fictional meeting about the fictional McAdams mine takes place in fictional Dirkland Lake. Very quietly, discretely, incognito. The mayor, the banker, the barber and a few close friends. They golf together, curl together, fish together and talk. Their parents are buried In the same graveyard and their kids shop in the same stores. 

There are important guests. Their presence must be kept under wraps. The guests are the owner of the McAdams mine, the president of the fictional Wild Goose Railway and the mayor of fictional Hogtown. 

The mayor of Hogtown says that trucking garbage hundreds of miles is breaking the highways, and polluting the air and farmland. The Railway man says he can do a much better job of moving the garbage. 

The Mayor of Hogtown says that recycling only goes so far, and buying existing landfills makes the locals angry and leaves mountains of garbage scattered around. The owner of the mine looks at the mayor of the town and says,

“ What will we do if the environmentalist find out? You can’t talk to them and they can cause so many problems.”

And that’s their biggest problem. Hmmmmmm.          Professor Bob  

Who Remembers Ad Scam??

Monday, November 24th, 2008

 That is so a couple of years ago.

 Yah, yah, I know. Brian who & Karl who? How much cash??

 Do some math with me. A number I recall, from the time, was $ 250,000,000.00, some legit, some mysterious.                    

 Some promoted Canada to Quebecois. Some disappeared.

 Exclusive of land, services and fees, a modest one bedroom unit in a modest apartment building in modest area of Montreal could have been assembled at the time, for, lets say, around $60,000.00. If you like another number, use it.

Help me with this, now. How many homeless people off the streets??

How many retirees out of cold dark basements?? How many?? 

How many modest brass plaques proclaiming who to thank??

How many permanent reminders to our friends and brothers of just what the rest of Canada feels toward Quebec?? 

Yah, yah, I know. One bunch is as bad as another. I agree.

G. D. politicians. 

So what’s broken, what needs fixing??                Professor Bob

Money Tree 1

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

I knew a lady, single, two kids. She is blond, slim, smart and good looking. She lived on welfare in No Dad City, up on the west hill in Owen Sound, in Ontario. I met her on a beautiful August evening, perfect for sitting with the neighbors on the patio, sipping beer, talking and smoking. I heard her laugh before I saw her.

Later, as the evening passed, we talked. Music, dreams, likes and dislikes.

She believed in the money tree. She thought that “ they “ should provide better schools, clean up the environment, provide “ good jobs “ and end racism.

She had been told, I guess, that with her brains and good looks, she would be a success. She was hanging out, going to school, volunteering, waiting to get hooked up to the money tree. Don’t ask about the man she married, right out of high school.

Maybe Prince Charming is supposed to have a Money Tree in the garden of his castle ???

All the politicians have one.

OJ got off and “ they “ put Martha Stewart in jail.

Hmmmmm.                         Professor Bob

Peel and Stick

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Peel & Stick Light Fixtures

Sorry, but they’re not on the horizon. Unless you use a battery or some sort of broadcast power system, then wires and generators, and everything in between are inevitable.

Really, we are spoiled here in North America. The lights work, 24/7, 52 weeks a year, all across the continent. It takes a major malfunction to cause the lights to go out for long, or over a large area.

North Americans and Europeans use electricity for industry, food processing and preservation, transportation, and lighting. Without a moments thought. The professionals who make it happen are so good, we forget that they are there.

If we build a new house, we assume that we can hook up and turn on. If we build a new factory, we expect that the power to run it will be available.

This isn’t inevitable. There is no natural law.

And an electrical system is different from other kinds of supply system.

Water pipes can be topped up from water towers and reservoirs if the pumps are down for a while. When there is a break in the Superbowl action, the system can handle the simultaneous flushes, even if the pressure drops a little. Natural gas systems are the same. Fluctuations and changes in volume are no problem.

Within limits, you can’t store electricity. A very large system is more stable and can handle minor variations better, but within tight limits. There is no “ give.”

We must make exactly the right amount of power at exactly the moment we need it, Too much and the magic smoke comes out of your TV. Too little and the system collapses completely, within seconds.

There is a fine balance to maintain. And therein lies the rub.

Solar and wind and tidal only work when the sun shines or the wind blows or the tide is running. They will not serve as base load.

If they are not available, you must have sources available to step in; sources that come on line when needed, as fast as the wind drops. Otherwise, the system collapses completely.

Not like a water system. If the pressure drops for a moment, no-one cares. Well, maybe the guy in the shower, but no big deal.

Electricity is a whole different kettle of fish.

I, Professor Bob, wrote this.