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Price Chopper, Ontario, Canada Stopped its Advertising Flyer

Price Chopper at Brimley/Huntingwood, Toronto, Ontario,Canada, not closed but not forgotten

Price Chopper at Brimley/Huntingwood, Toronto, Ontario,Canada, not closed but not forgotten

Four weeks ago Price Chopper, Ontario, Canada stopped delivering their weekly advertising flyer. They also removed the flyer from their web site. Price Chopper, owned by Sobey’s. I sent them an email from their site on 2019 Sep 19. It is only today that they responded, 10 days later. I actually resent them an email yesterday because I thought my first email was lost.

Their response was that they recently made changes to distribution, but what about their online flyer, which has also disappeared? Very odd. No matter, there are other stores to go shop.

Sweden’s Greta Thunberg Chastises Adults for their Climate Change Failure

She’s 16 and very cute, though she has a temper. In fact, she is correct. The adults of the world are ruining the environment, and her generation and beyond will need to repair it. While the outcomes are irrefutable the contributing issues are complex. While there is no excuse for wrecking the environment, there are reasons why adults are not more proactive.

People need jobs or they cannot live. Many of these jobs involve natural resources. Canada, for example, has oil in the ground that has been traditionally extracted and sold to customers around the world. If we stop the burning of oil completely, these jobs will disappear and people’s lives and families will be destroyed. While this can change, in the long run, we have no mechanism to do this yet.

To Diet and Lose Weight: Not As Easy As Reduced Intake

Flippant, I was, when I was younger, when I said the way to reduce your weight is to simply eat less. In a way I was right, but in my naivety I did not know the complexity of the problem. Age has a way of providing more wisdom to the problem. It turns out that I am not alone, as the percentage of obese people in the Western world is now alarming and rising. This is a big problem that needs to be solved.

Language Differences for Passwords: English vs Chinese

No doubt that Western and Chinese language and culture are very different, so it should not be surprising that passwords will also be very different. Here’s an interesting article about some of the language differences.

Password cracking hack software often uses a master password vocabulary file, but usually in a single language. If you know multiple languages and use them in your passwords it will be even harder for hackers to crack your sites.

I hope these researchers keep up the good work.

Book Review: Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order

Stephen Mosher, Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order
2017
This book provides a historical perspective to try to explain China’s current hostile behaviour to the US, ASEAN and the world.

Intro
-While other conquerors allowed subjects independence, China rules with dominance in all aspects of life, using the mandate of heaven
-China looking to dominate the world in order to bring harmony, peace
-US idealists: work with China, find common ground, find a mutually beneficial solution
-US offensive realists: world is a perpetual competition, China wants to dominate
-China are offensive realists, for a very long time, always perpetual war, which is why they want to dominate SCS, the world
-China need for domination deeply rooted in history
-in order to maintain order, China uses nationalism, patriotism

Vintage Canadian Bicycle: Nice Lines, Dubious Quality

Vintage Canadian looper bike, no brand nor model, est circa 1950s. Photo by Don Tai

Vintage Canadian looper bike, no brand nor model, est circa 1950s. Photo by Don Tai

A neighbour here in Canada gave me this bicycle. She had started riding this when she was 8 years old, and the bicycle was well used and handed down at that time, so this bicycle could be over 70 years old.

This bicycle is a “loop bike”, for its classic swooping top bar, single speed with a coaster hub, a reverse pedal brake. The bike runs on 800c, 28×1.5″ tires. Vintage it is, with a slew of problems. Overall I do like the look, but the ride is pretty bad and somewhat scary. For cruising around in a flat are this might be Ok.

Dark Patterns: Online Shopping Tricks to Fool Shoppers

Dark patterns are everywhere. When I spot a dark pattern I immediately do not engage. For me this is instinctual. Web sites lure you in with gimmicks such as a great sale, these are the last before they sell out, limited time offers. Most of these are not really new and have comparable examples in real life.

WHAT ARE DARK PATTERNS?
Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you do things that you didn’t mean to, like buying or signing up for something.

2016 Honda Fit: Fuel Economy

One of the reasons we bought a Honda Fit was for fuel economy. The stick is fun to drive, and the car has enough power for regular driving. In three years the fuel economy has gotten a little bit worse, but still ok. We use winter tires in the winter, and change tires in the summer.

Winter driving is in snow and ice, resulting in fuel economy dropping in January-February.

Honda Fir 2016: 3 year Fuelly numbers in L/100km, almost all city driving

Honda Fir 2016: 3 year Fuelly numbers in L/100km, almost all city driving

Unexpectedly in Aylesbury, UK, on a Hope for Safety

A friend has traveled to Aylesbury, UK, and needs a bit of backup. May she not need this, but if she does, then it is here, ready to go.

Midand House, 42 Buckingham St, Aylesbury HP2 2LH, UK
GPS: 51.818926, -0.814910
Plus Code: 9C3XR59P+H2

Unexpectedly in Aylesbury, UK, with hopes that she will be safe and that good luck will keep her well. GPS: 51.818926, -0.814910 Plus Code: 9C3XR59P+H2 Google Maps.

Unexpectedly in Aylesbury, UK, with hopes that she will be safe and that good luck will keep her well. GPS: 51.818926, -0.814910 Plus Code: 9C3XR59P+H2 Google Maps.

The Chinese says:
搜索”加油站”,自动取款机 sousuo jiayouzhan,zidong qukuanji: search for gas station, ATM