Don't Trust the Energy Retailers! 
I found this amusing.

The CEO of one of North America's largest energy retailers has this to say about the price of electricity.

Taken from here: http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/191105

King has long argued that Ontario electricity prices are too artificially low and that conservation campaigns will have limited success unless users of electricity start to pay its true market value. It also constrains the growth of distributed generation, including renewables such as solar and geothermal. "If centralized generation (such as coal, nuclear and natural gas) continues to be subsidized, it's very difficult to make those distributed generation products competitive and compelling for households."


Now consider what his company does. His company charges users a fixed rate that is higher than the going market rate for power. They lock their customers into this higher rate for terms of several years based on powerful threats that the price of power is going to go through the roof and they will not be able to afford it.

Until now, it's my understanding that this has always been a losing proposition and that the market rate for power has always been lower than what people pay with these retailer contracts. If that is incorrect, some please cite a contradicting source.

Now consider what would happen if this guy were to be taken seriously on this.

If the price of power were to rise, like he wants it to, he would finally after all these years be able to claim that clients of the energy retailers had actually saved some money. Then they'd be able to sign up countless more suckers for these plans, showing that someone had actually benefitted in some way.

For him to position himself as an environmentalist is laughable. What he is, is a scam artist and this is just another ploy in his scheme to cheat people out of their money.

Allegedly.


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How many is too many? 
I'm curious here as to whether my sense of ethics is valid or whether I'm just a sucker.

When you're at a grocery store and they've got an express aisle for people with x items or less, how many items is it acceptable for you to stand in that line with?

Is x+1 ok? x+2? x+5? Where is the line drawn before the people behind you have the right to think you're an inconsiderate bastard?


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It's not my fault. 
After driving for nearly 4 hours to get home on Thursday because so many people were getting stuck and were unable to drive in the snow, I came across the best excuse on an online forum.

First he posted this, admitting his stupidity, though with no apology for the countless people he was holding up with his selfishness and inconsideration:

Just tonite as you all know I thankfully braved the storm and managed to inch myself up the massive Yonge St. south hill just after York Mills. So as I finally came home, I realized that the tread pattern was next to nothing, and by nothing, I mean like a few mm's higher than the bottom of a coin sitting inside the tread. Yes it's VERY stupid of me, but I know that already


What really irks me though is that he followed it up with this:

I'm sorry I did that, but blame the city more than I, because the city should've cleaned up the white crap before drivers set foot in their car..


Now I know we live in a world where everyone tries to blame everything they do on someone else, but this just seemed flat-out ridiculous to me. I imagine that's the same sort of person who will drive into a parked car and then blame the owner for parking his car there.

It baffles me how people can be so openly inconsiderate. People really need to beat some sense into their kids and teach them a few things about personal responsibility.

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Ontario Energy Scams 
I just had one of those energy salesman scammers show up at my door. Universal Energy or Energy Savings or whatever.

Not only is he trying to get me to switch to an overpriced energy reseller and lock in to some inflated prices for a few years, but he flat-out lied to me and told me he's affiliated with Toronto Hydro.

I asked if he worked for Toronto Hydro. He told me they're affiliated with them because they show up on the hydro bill.

That's like a phone sex operator telling me they're affiliated with Bell because the charge comes on your phone bill.

He also told me 90% of my neighbours were already signed up. I hope to God that isn't true. I don't want to live in a neighbourhood full of idiots!

I hate these stupid energy scams.

If you've signed up with one, you've been had. If you want more information on that, drop a note and I'll explain further.

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Everything is for sale. 
The CFL has decided to sell the naming rights to the Grey Cup.

So what's next? The Home Depot Stanley Cup?? Is there no pride or sense of tradition anymore?

This trend of offering up naming rights to anything and everything has been bothering me for a while now. When MLSE immediately made a profit on the stadium we taxpayers bought for them by selling the naming rights to BMO, it was a shining example of how such a trivial thing can fetch huge money and I'm sure the politicians that brokered the deal felt at least a little stupid that they didn't just sell the naming rights themselves.

Well... I'd expect them to feel stupid if I didn't expect that they all had a big payday in kickbacks out of the whole thing.

Where do we draw the line though? If Subway sandwiches sponsors the TTC, will we get new subway stops? If I put a big logo on my garage door, will some company pay me for it?

Is there no end to what society will accept as acceptible venues for advertising?

I wonder if I'll look back on this in 10 years and long for the days when it was just the names that were for sale...


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