I once agreed that masks were probably not of much use outside of hospitals, but have revised my stance to agree with the recent CDC and Health Canada findings. Now that our masks shouldn’t run out in hospitals, it’s best if people in stores and elsewhere they might meet people in public, have a mask on.
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Post From the Past: Tesla vs. Ford GM
These tweets brought to you by April 3rd, 2017, the past when I wrote this blog post, and probably have since forgotten about it.
UPDATE Nov. 20, 2018, Mims deleted his tweet, sadly, so I don’t see the prediction he made any longer.
ADDED: I think it must have been a comment about Tesla not being worth as much as Ford and GM in reality.
“What Is Tesla Really Worth?
Auto maker rivals Ford, GM in market cap; profits are far behind
By Charley Grant
Updated April 16, 2017 11:13 p.m. ETTesla Inc. is valued as though it will soon conquer the U.S. auto market. Now, it has the small task of actually doing so.Tesla shares have been unstoppable ahead of the Model 3 launch, having gained 40% this year. The upstart auto maker is more valuable than Ford and slightly less valuable than General Motors on a market cap basis. The crux of the excitement is the all-electric Model 3 sedan that Tesla says will start at $35,000. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.
“UPDATE April 3, 2020:I can’t believe the future is here. Recommended reading provides the answer to my claimed prediction from 2017:
And here’s a stub from 1966:
Queen Survived New Zealand Assasin
This is a wild tale of a misguided 17 year old kid who later killed himself after being in and out of jail.
I remember some about this story a few years ago. I don’t think the formula for the Roman mix was well understood at that time. Portland Cement doesn’t cut it. Glad they made this breakthrough, it should help build more durable structures.
A Look Back At Moose Jaw High Street
This mural was destroyed by a fire.
STC Bus Shut Down By Callous SaskParty
Today is a terrible day in Saskatchewan history. The Brad Wall government has ended public transportation to most Saskatchewan communities. There is tomorrow no bus service between Saskatoon and Regina, a sort of event you’d expect after a major natural disaster, not an incompetent government decision poised to directly harm thousands of people, and inconvenience tens of thousands more.
Cody, who served as the minister overseeing STC back in 1978, argues the decision to shut the bus service down was philosophical, not economical.
“There’s no such thing as a profitable transportation system,” he said. “It simply isn’t there. They tell us you can’t afford $15 million or so over the next five years. If that’s the case, then why would you sell SaskTel, which makes $130 million? There’s a philosophy here and I don’t think it really has anything to do with the money.”
CBC Interviewed a Gunman?
This is a wee bit outrageous.
On March 21, 1977, Robert McLagan held 11 employees at Toronto’s Banque Canadienne Nationale hostage for nearly 12 hours.
Frum and her producers were able to get McLagan, one of his hostages and a police officer on the line as the situation was unfolding — even giving CBC Radio listeners the chance to hear the beginning of a negotiation that would eventually end in a peaceful surrender.
“I’ll maybe release them a little bit later,” he says. “But I see your boys out here getting a little bit psyched up, but the front door’s unlocked and I’ve got a damned good vantage point where I can see the door and I can see the stairwell. So outside of a gung-ho charge or anything, there’s not really a hell of a lot you can do.”
The interview ends there, but according to the Toronto Star archives, the suspect eventually surrendered quietly and nobody was harmed.
The new Canadian $10 Bill
Canada is finally putting a woman on the front of a bank note (other than the Queen, of course). The first will be Viola Desmond, who will replace Sir John A. MacDonald.
“Asked by one young student why more women couldn’t have been represented on money, Morneau said it was important to pick just one single woman so their story will be remembered, and serve as an inspiration to all.”
An excellent article written earlier this year explains why that’s a bit of a silly answer. There’s bigger fish to fry though, and more women should appear on currency in the coming years.
Gull Lake Hotel Fire
I didn’t hear until last week that the town of Gull Lake, on the Trans-Canada Highway, lost its Hotel building on Thanksgiving weekend. It was arson.
This Summer we spent a night in Gull Lake on our way through to Alberta on vacation, so I got some photos of the town, including the Hotel.