MaryP describes our honeymoon adventures

MaryP has posted on our honeymoon, now that we’re back from Quebec City. She left out all of the good stuff.

Actually, she describes some good stuff, but “What happens in the hotel stays in the hotel” still applies. Our children read our blogs.

Here are a couple of photos. Both were taken within a few blocks of our hotel room. The first looks better if you click to see it in full size.

street, Quebec city
street, Quebec City

More photos to follow soon!

Live blogging our honeymoon

Just so you know:  I’ll be absent from the blogosphere this week. MaryP and I are in Quebec City enjoying our honeymoon!

(We were married on May 21. Call it deferred gratification.)

And then it occurred to me. Using my Blackberry, I can live blog the honeymoon! Hour by hour, I can keep you updated on where we are and what we’re doing.

But for some reason that I can’t fathom, MaryP vetoed the idea. Her specific words were, “What happens in the hotel room stays in the hotel room”, followed by some dark mutterings that the honeymoon was going to mark both the beginning and the end of a brief marriage.

And she calls herself a blogger! Doesn’t she understand that live blogging is all the rage? If you can live blog boring stuff like election debates, wouldn’t a honeymoon be far more entertaining?

So I’m afraid you’re all doomed to disappointment. Exploits that might have been legendary will now be known only to my sweetie and me.

But I promise to post some photos when we get back. Our hotel room is very cool:— the wall between the bed and the shower stall is made of glass.


Okay, I’m sold. Too bad there are no prices on their website! Probably cost a fortune! – The Folding Chair

Demon Frog?

My father will love/hate this. It’s hilarious, and yet brings up back bad memories for him:

Actually, it’s pretty common. I’ve seen them do it occasionally. But my dad says that what it recalls for him is frogs screaming when his brother would butcher them to get their legs. Interesting that they can make such a horrid sound… but funny, when in a completely harmless situation like this!

Canadian police send “agents provocateurs” into peaceful protest

There has been growing concern in Canada about a chill on peaceful, democratic protests. In the latest incident police officers, posing as protesters, allegedly attempted to incite violence at a protest in Montebello, Quebec.

If violence had broken out, it would have given the police a pretext to use force against the protesters.

The Sûreté du Québec initially denied the allegations, but now they admit that the three phony protesters were members of their force. They still deny that the officers were sent to stir up trouble.

The three “agents provocateurs” were carrying large rocks. They were confronted by a union leader who told them,

Go on, it’s our line. It’s a peaceful demonstration. … Put the rock down, cop.

Moments later, the three officers approached the police line. They “broke through” the line (against token resistance), then they were handcuffed and led away. It was an obvious charade to get the officers out of the predicament they were in, while maintaining the pretense that they were protesters.

If you would prefer to watch a professionally edited version of the footage, one is available (after viewing a brief advertisement) on the Globe and Mail site.

The Sûreté du Québec was operating under the oversight of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Globe and Mail reports:

Marlene Jennings, the federal Liberal justice critic, said the issue goes beyond the provincial police force.

“The RCMP has some explaining to do,” she told The Globe and Mail Thursday night. …

“We have people who blend in with the crowd. Everyone does that. All police forces in every country,” said Jean-Guy Dagenais, who heads the union of Quebec police officers (Association des policières et policiers provinciaux de Québec) that includes the Sûreté du Québec. …

But union leader Dave Coles, one of the organizers of the demonstration, said Monday’s incident went beyond any undercover police officer’s mandate.

“We’re not talking about someone that’s in plainclothes just walking amongst them. They were there armed with boulders. I witnessed them trying to incite a riot. I saw it,” said Mr. Coles, of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

I should note that the chill on protests began under the Liberal government of Jean Chrétien, as part of the general heightening of security post-9/11. But there is a perception among some observers that the Conservative government of Stephen Harper models itself on the Bush Administration in its efforts to stifle dissent.

(What else would you call it when the RCMP remove journalists from the lobby of a public building to prevent them from asking the Government questions?)

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Harper openly mocked the protesters at Montebello:

I’ve heard it’s nothing. A couple hundred? It’s sad.

I didn’t like his tone at the time. It has become doubly offensive in light of the latest developments.

Go figure!

After all this hype about sun burns and skin cancer, it turns out that a deficiency of Vitamin D could be helping cancer’s rates:

“In the latest study, scientists at the Moores Cancer Centre at the University of California, San Diego, estimate that 250,000 cases of colorectal cancer and 350,000 cases of breast cancer could be prevented worldwide by increasing the intake of vitamin D3.

“In the UK, such a strategy would reduce cancer cases by 30,000 a year.

“The study combined data from surveys of blood levels of vitamin D during winter from 15 countries, along with satellite measurements of sunshine and cloud cover.

“The data was then applied to 177 countries to estimate the average blood level of vitamin D among inhabitants, says a report in the journal Nutrition Reviews.

“The study showed lower levels of vitamin D are linked to higher levels of breast and colon cancers.”

Obviously doesn’t mean that you should go out and burn yourself every couple weeks to keep healthy, but it means that couch potatoes no longer are helping their causes either! Funny, how it always works out that our modern scientific paranoia takes things too far and undermines its own cause!

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