I like God. 
I like God, and I think he likes me too.

Last night on my way home from work, I ran out of gas on the highway. I thought I had enough to make it home. It turned out that I was wrong.

What followed, however, made for some great entertainment. I had just come out of the express lanes when the juice ran out and the engine turned off. I tried to get it restarted, hoping maybe there was enough left sloshing around to get some pressure back in the system, but it didn't happen so I went to neutral and proceeded to safely get us out of harm's way.

I moved over 3 lanes to the far left and proceeded to coast all the way to the end of the offramp... and through a right turn (on a red light... shame on me for not coming to a complete stop), and then up a slight hill, down a bit of a grade, into a gas station and up to a pump. I barely had to touch the brake to stop at the pump.

Bear in mind that all this happened right at the height of rush hour. So many things just fell perfectly into place to make this happen it was unbelievable.

If there weren't two other people in the car with me to witness it, I wouldn't even bother telling the story.

Thanks again, God!


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Crafty! 
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Conten ... 9048863851

If I understand this correctly…

The guy starts a business selling vitamins and nutrition bars.

Then he starts a charity to collect donations. He uses those donations to buy products from his business and distribute them. So basically, he doesn't actually need customers. He's using a charity to fund his business.

Then, to get more money into the charity, he sets up a tax scheme to bring in investors. He collects money from people to "secure loans" of much higher amounts, and gives them tax receipts for the higher amounts. So they claim the higher amount, and get back more in a tax refund than they actually donated in the first place. He tells them this is all legal so of course they line up in droves to give him money. I would too if I thought I could legally donate $2500 and then get $4000 back in taxes.

The "loans" come from a non-existant company that will obviously never ask for them to be repaid. Instead, he simply uses the donations to fund his original company, putting the money ultimately back into his own pocket.

Of course, he also has the option of demanding that the investors pay off these loans once he squanders away the money.

That would imply, however, that the loans actually existed and someone wanted to be repaid. I rather doubt that's the case and demanding more money from the investors would be a sure way of imploding his scheme.

He's doing this so openly that the Star has detailed it in an article and yet he's still getting away with it.

How is this allowed to happen???

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NotWeasel for City Council? 
I seem to recall having read something stating that our city councellors made around $40k/yr.

Turns out, I was very wrong.

Apparently they're getting a pay raise from $87,214 to $95,000 per year.

Maybe the next time elections come around, I should be putting my bitching and complaining to somewhat more productive use!

Of course, I'd have to do away with whatever morality I've come to pride myself with over the years and embrace the corruption and greed that drives our political system.

That would suck.

I wonder how long I'd last before someone put a hit out on me for not being corrupt enough?


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NotWeasel.com For Lunch! 
Now here's something new.

I'm starting to post a bunch of ramblings about what I eat for lunch.

This is blogging at its finest. I have no reason to believe anyone should have any interest whatsoever in what I eat for lunch, but this is my world and I don't make anyone read it.

So now you get to hear about my lunch. Lucky you.

You'll find the link over on the right at the top of the Weasel's on the Web section.



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Intellectual References That Make You Look Stupid 
This amused me.

In an article on the PS3 launch in The Star, the reporter had this to say:

Like Halley’s comet, you only get to unbox a next-generation console every four or five years.


I'll bet he thought he was being clever.

Of course, Halley's comet only shows up every 75 years or so... which makes the reference pretty much completely irrelevant and off topic.

Maybe he should have used the Olympics or World Cup or something a little more in line with his intended time span.

Maybe he meant that Halley's Comet is actually into video games and drops by undetected every few years to pick up a new console.

Stupid people amuse me.

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