JFK Airport Experience

“Saskboy doesn’t recommend John F. Kennedy International Airport.” Here’s the summary I left for them on Facebook:

They weren’t able to let us deplane for an hour due to a thunderstorm when we arrived.
New York
New York

We departed late, in part because there was another plane at our gate for longer than expected, so hard to know where the fault was there.

The things they could directly fix:
-There are NO BENCHES or chairs (aside from about 6 at the accessibility wicket) in Terminal 4 before you enter a secure area.
-The disposable cutlery in restaurants could be biodegradable.
-Alcohol prices in the restaurant was $11US and up, which is exorbitant.

One thing that was alright was the Air Train, except it’s not clear to a traveler that you’ll be paying $5 for using it, until you’re already on it. It would be nice if the MTA card options were made more clear, but the experience was helped by a retailer near the exit of the Airtrain who explained the unlimited 7 day MTA pass ($33), and reloadable $5 MTA Airtrain card were the best options for our trip.

Once we were on the subway car at Jamaica Station, we were using the map on the wall to figure out where our next transfer was going to be, and where we’d be getting off. We hauled our bags up some stairs, and found our AirBNB about a block away. There was no elevator, as we knew, so we climbed the old stairs, and then headed out to find a place to have supper. The waiter was a jovial and helpful fellow named Justin, and we had an excellent meal with some complimentary ‘slaw too. I enjoyed a bourbon barrel flavoured ale, and we made a point to come back the next evening after supper elsewhere, for a nightcap.
New York

Hursh Lights A Match

And the fields are dry.

“As a farmer in southwest Saskatchewan, this isn’t a great year. It’s been dry and hot. Crop yields as well as prices are down. Many of my neighbours have had their crops destroyed by vicious hailstorms.”

Hursh has made it clear. Yes, it’s clear that he’s “a climate change denier, a stooge of big oil and big agriculture”.
“…the weather has not become unsuitable for agriculture.” Until it isn’t, and we’ve hit tipping points that have blasted methane out of the permafrost, and our ice caps can’t reflect enough heat, and our oceans have acidified past livable conditions, and our coastal cities are destroyed by flooding. It’s frustrating that the Leader-Post lets such a poorly considered editorial meet its pages. It doesn’t meet the most basic levels of logical thought.

I used to have respect for Hursh’s long agricultural journalism career, but now he’s spouting nonsense that will finish the industry if too many listen to his trap of apathy and ignorance.

“I could blame it on global warming or climate change, but it’s really no different than many of the years faced by my father or his father before that.”
Except it is different, and he’s not listening to scientists telling him it is.

“If some of the climate change models are correct, and that’s a big if (sic), there will be winners and losers when it comes to agriculture. Many of these models show Canada as a big benefactor.”

What the hell is that? He thinks there are models that don’t show Canada being hurt from Halifax, Victoria, and Vancouver being destroyed by flooding, and crops not made less viable with extreme droughts and rain spells? Remember 20 years ago, when the Deniers were ranting about growing crops further north (where there’s no topsoil to speak of) if Canada warmed up? Some of the more out-of-touch ones still bring up that lark. The Regina daily paper does its readers no favours by printing such equivalent wishful thinking (if you can call parroting Denislist memes “thinking”).

Ford and Trump and Moe Peas In a Rotten Pod

That movie about the incapable political leadership from the future is actually already here, it won’t take 500 more years.

Ontario has their Harper-style Fake News now too https://twitter.com/OntarioNew…/status/1026965194243751936
Some of it is due to this bad man.

A host of the Ford videos, Lyndsey Vanstone, presents as a news reporter or anchor, and the Tweet says:

Buck-a-Beer is returning to Ontario! Remember the days of $1.00 beer in Ontario? Premier Ford does, and that’s why brewers across the province are being encouraged to take the ‘Buck-a-Beer Challenge.’

These are the depressingly stupid headlines from Canadian leadership, as reported by the very real news, National Observer:

Trump and Ford

Here are some other ideas for stupid political announcements:

  • ‘Feds to offer a Jock At Every Party’
  • ‘Trump to bring lead back to paint and gasoline so they work better’
    Make Paint Taste Great Again
  • ‘The Trudeau Liberals have conceded the 2019 election to the Scheer Conservatives, stating that Scheer does a much better job of gutting environmental policies, and keeping Bay St. happy, and they want to put Bay St.’s wellbeing over their partisan politics.’
  • Ontario schools to replace music class with reruns of 1990s Much Music videos

Busless

Saskatchewan used to bustle, but soon it will be busless. It would literally rather provide mobility to tarsands than people.

https://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/i-dont-like-the-sound-of-it-one-bit-sask-riders-react-to-end-of-greyhound-in-province/

https://thestarphoenix.com/business/we-simply-cant-leave-people-stranded-by-the-road-alberta-expands-rural-bus-service-pilot-project/

“The announcement came 14 months after the Saskatchewan government shut down the money-losing Saskatchewan Transportation Co.”

That’s a bad perspective Star Phoenix. There is no expectation to make profit on public services. You wouldn’t say, “Shut down the money-losing Plains Hospital”, for example.

 

“Since Greyhound made their announcement, we simply can’t leave people stranded by the road,” Notley said in Medicine Hat on Wednesday.

“Rural Albertans, and rural Alberta communities, make an enormous contribution to our province and we owe it to them to protect the transportation options that they have.”

Warning, Don’t Read This About the USA

It’s a crime against humanity that #BabyJails are not shut down in the USA. The extreme human rights abuses taking place each day are horrifying. Many medical staff are going to need to lose their license and go to jail to come close to delivering justice to the victims.

Mr. Anderson of Cypress Hills-Grasslands

I once sat across a chair circle from this guy because he’s the MP for the area I grew up in. It doesn’t surprise me he’d defend and believe Trump over taking an opportunity to condemn the caging of children.