Fire at DeLonghi. I Bet I Know the Cause. 
Looks like the plant burned down that makes DeLonghi appliances in Italy.

The cause of the fire is apparently not known, but I'm going to chime in and suggest maybe someone left one of their programmable coffeemakers plugged in and it randomly turned itself on in the middle of the night and set itself ablaze.

We had one of those. Complete piece of garbage. Serves them right. Better their house than mine.

Hopefully they have another one nearby filled with water. Surely it'll leak enough to put out the fire caused by the first one.



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Car Stuff Should Involve People Who Know Cars 
This blog hasn't been abandoned. I just haven't had much to bitch about lately.

I've generally been in a great mood as my wife and I are waiting on a new car to show up.

Of course, on that topic, the government has just introduced a new plan to give rebates on what they deem to be energy efficient vehicles and a levy on those that are very much not.

This is all well and good in theory, but they've done such a piss poor implementation that it just saddens me to read about it.

I've been happy with Stephen Harper's Conservative government all this time and didn't really expect this sort of bonehead move out of them.

As it stands, they've taken pretty much everything on the road (except pickup trucks, which are exempt because businesses need them) and they've divided them all up into two groups. Cars, and trucks.

Then they gave some target mileage figures that they had to meet in order to pay levies or get rebates.

I'd just love to find the person who decided that all vehicles fit conveniently into those to categories and just smack them upside the head.

As if to prove just how stupid it is, they've even gone and put the same car into BOTH categories!

If you buy a Dodge Caliber, then it's just a car with mediocre fuel mileage.

If, however, DCX puts a Jeep badge on your Caliber, then you've just bought a Jeep Compass and it's a truck with great fuel mileage and you get a grand back from the government.

It's just plain stupid.

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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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