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London Ontario's growing "Sharps" problem

The other day, I was waiting for my morning bus to work (Dundas and Maitland). The groundskeeper from the church (Dundas Street Central United Church) came over and disposed of material in the street garbage container. He came back a short time later with more material to dispose of, and he remarked to me, “It’s a sad state of affairs”  then told me he had collected fifty (50) used “needles” (syringes) on the church property that morning. At first, I was concerned he was disposing of the used syringes in the City garbage, but I soon didn’t care if he was. If the City is going to give free syringes to irresponsible drug users, then the City should have to deal with the discarded used syringes private property owners have to collect.

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Local faces of Communism

M.P. Peter Fragiskatos has his photo on LTC busses and LTC bus shelters. Seeing those images makes me feel I live in a communist country (maybe I do). That is what communist leaders do, put their faces in large images in public. I have seen the Liberals (Peter Fragiskatos), the Progressive Conservatives (former M.P. Susan Truppe), and the New Democratic Party (M.P.P Terence Kernaghan) all do it here in (communist) London, Ontario. I will be voting for anticommunist Salim Mansur in the October 2019 Canadian election.

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Instructing workers on the job

One of the worst things for an employee to go through while new to a job is having a lack of training. Employers today seem to have no idea how to properly instruct new employees to do the jobs they hired them to do. How many times has a new worker been told that he or she is doing it wrong well into the job? How many times has a new worker wondered what he or she is to do because the job has not been correctly explained? It has happened to me more times than I can remember, and having to now go through it again with a new job, I am long since fed up with it.

Poor job training decreases employee moral, makes a worker miserable on the job, and causes an employee to become anxious before the start of each work day. It does not benefit the employer either with low productivity, missed work days, costly job errors, and a high resignation rate by employees who just cannot take the job anymore. If a worker cannot do his or her job with confidence he or she feels worthless making demoralising mistakes on the job that could easly be prevented with correct instruction. Employers today need to learn how to instruct workers on the job.

Problems in Supervision: Instructing Workers on the Job

Problems in Supervision: Instructing the Blind Worker on the Job

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Shortwave radio display failure

It looks like my Eton Solarlink FR600 radio receiver is about done. After years of use, the digital display has failed. I am not able to visually determine which frequency I am tuned into. For the time being, I can still listen to short-wave radio broadcasts, but for the most part, I will need to guess where I am on the dial. It may be this way until I can afford a replacement radio.

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Mac Siri, Dictation, and Speakable Items privacy

Having recently upgraded my OS to High Sierra, I now have the Ask Siri application. When one asks Siri a question, or gives Siri an instruction, the request is sent via the Internet to Apple.

When you use Ask Siri and non-Enhanced Dictation the things you say and dictate will be recorded and sent to Apple to process your requests. Your device will also send Apple other information, such as your name and nickname; the names, nicknames, and relationship with you (e.g., “my dad”) of your contacts, music you enjoy, the names of your photo albums, the names of Apps installed on your device (collectively, your “User Data”). All of this data is used to help Ask Siri and Dictation on your Mac understand you better and recognize what you say. It is not linked to other data that Apple may have from your use of other Apple services.

Source: System Preferences - Siri - Siri suggestions and privacy - About Siri and privacy

This is why I choose not to use Ask Siri. I want to protect my privacy, and Apple's vague privacy policy is not good enough for me.

You may choose to turn off Ask Siri or Dictation at any time. To turn off Ask Siri, open System Preferences on your Mac, click Siri, and uncheck the “Enable Ask Siri” box. To turn off Dictation, open System Preferences, click Keyboard, click Dictation, and click the Dictation “Off” radio button.  If you turn off both Ask Siri and Dictation, Apple will delete your User Data, as well as your recent voice input data. Older voice input data that has been disassociated from you may be retained for a period of time to generally improve Ask Siri, Dictation and dictation functionality in other Apple products and services. This voice input data may include audio files and transcripts of what you said, related diagnostic data, such as hardware and operating system specifications and performance statistics, and the approximate location of your device at the time the request was made.

Source: System Preferences - Siri - Siri suggestions and privacy - About Siri and privacy

My old iBook G4 has an application that once came with every Mac computer. It is called Speakable Items, and it is similar to Siri except that Speakable Items does not need an Internet connection to work. Meaning it does not record anything, or send anything to Apple. It does not need to. It is completely private. Speakable Items is now called Dictation, but one must select "Enhanced Dictation" to prevent voice commands being sent to Apple. Enhanced Dictation also does not respond to voice commands with a computer voice like Speakable Items and Siri does. It only makes a annoying confirmation sound to each command that cannot be changed. Now there is Siri that is very easy and inviting to use that collects personal data of its users and sends it to Apple. Apple's invasion of my privacy is moving me more and more towards leaving Apple products.

Siri can be set to respond to typing instead of using voice control. What is typed is also sent to Apple. (System Preferences - Accessibility - Siri - Enable Type to Siri)

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Still getting it wrong about the political Left and Right

 
If you are confused about the political Left and Right, you are not alone. Learn the difference between what is the political Left and what is the political Right in this short video.
 
This video was created of my own accord. I am not affiliated with Just Right Media.
 
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I dislike daylight saving time.

If you are like me, you do not like the clock going ahead one hour in the spring, and going back one hour in the autumn.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight.

History of Daylight Saving Time (DST). First Used in Canada in 1908. Germany Popularized DST.

In Canada, each province is permitted to use or not use DST. All Canadian provinces fully use DST except the province of Saskatchewan where only some parts of the province use DST. Getting DST abolished in my province of Ontario is a long shot because most people do not know that any province in Canada may choose to end the practice of DST.

In personal protest of DST, I have decided to set my wristwatch (computers and smartphones automatically set the time to DST) to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) that remains the same throughout the year. No more adjusting the clock.

Alice’s Adventure In Wonderland: Chapter 7: A Mad Tea-Party

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Ontario winter-grade gasoline price decline

Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament), Prabmeet Sarkaria, has posted photos online (Twitter, November 29, 2018) that members of his constituents have sent him of retail gasoline station price signs. The reason for the photos is the assumption that the cancellation of the planned provincial ’carbon tax’ by the newly elected Ontario PC government has brought down, or maintained, the price of retail gasoline at the pumps. As an MPP, Prabmeet Sarkaria has, predictively, joined in that assumption. The truth is different.

I fully agree with the scrapping of the planned Ontario ‘carbon tax'; however, applauding and praising the government for the current lower gasoline prices is absurd. Retail gasoline prices can rise and fall for a variety of reasons (taxes, price of crude oil, refining and marketing costs, cost of wholesale gasoline) and one of the reasons for a decline in retail gasoline prices at the pumps can be the switch by refiners from producing summer-grade gasoline to producing winter-grade gasoline.

Summer-grade gasoline is a government mandated gasoline blend intended to control warm weather ground-level ozone that can be harmful. Summer-grade gasoline costs refiners several cents per litre more to produce compared with winter-grade gasoline, and this is why gasoline prices can decline in winter and can rise in summer as refiners switch from one grade to the other.

It is true the 'carbon tax', had it been put into effect, would have increased the price of retail gasoline; however, any politician who is trying to take credit for a decline in gasoline prices at the pumps because of the elimination of the planned ‘carbon tax’ is trying to take credit where credit is not due.

If the Ontario PC government was serious about reducing the price of retail gasoline then it would abolish the per litre provincal gasoline tax that has been in place since 1925 and that has increased to 15 cents per litre since then.

(c) Trevor Dailey