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  1. When I was in youth politics one of the provincial politicians, a formidable figure in the party and later a cabinet minister, lived in a double wide. I don't know if he still does.
  2. I think the ads are probably the best solution and I have no issue whatsoever with them.
  3. A good percentage of the houses on my rural road are trailers. I don't know anyone who's trash. A neighbor and I were talking about it because she moved here from a place where there were very few trailers. Her son piped up that he thought it was great because it meant younger people like himself could get a for into the property market, something they couldn't do where they'd lived previously. We looked at a trailer in a park when we first got married. It was by far the nicest place we looked at and if it had been in a more rural location I think we would have bought it.
  4. Jensen's Grammar. It's one book, cheap, and thorough.
  5. First priority for investigation goes to the country the aircraft crashed in. Thus when Swissair 111 crashed here it was the Transportation Safety Board of Canada that handled the investigation. After that, you're correct. Malaysia is investigating because it was their aircraft and likely went down over their territory or over international waters. I don't think the fact that the aircraft was manufactured by an American company means the US can automatically be involved. Malaysia will go straight to Boeing for help regarding details of the aircraft. I think they were likely invited to help because the NTSB has a huge amount of experience organizing and carrying out an investigation like this and Malaysia has little.
  6. No. That doesn't make any sense at all. I don't think people generally understand how huge, how unwieldy, how awkward and how confusing these types of investigations can be. The story isn't changing because there is no story. No one knows what happened. There is no story until people know what happened. What you're seeing right now is a lot of grasping at straws and, I think, way too much information that's mostly meaningless being released by a government that has precious little experience in this sort of thing. It's absolutely predictable, especially with the paucity of information in this case and a less experienced investigation organization, that leads pop up and disappear and that focus shifts dramatically. It's absolutely unsurprising that it would take some time to find a downed jet in a huge expanse of ocean where every hours that passes means pieces drifting further away and apart. Here's a very reasonable and sobering perspective on the matter from the lead investigator of the Air France 447 crash. Again, this is a hugely difficult set of circumstances being investigated by a nation that has very little expertise in these matters. There is absolutely NO reason to be forwarding conspiracy theories or accusing the Malaysian government of covering up something and holding people against their will. There's tragedy enough without manufacturing more.
  7. We had Swissair 111 go down here. The families came here of their own accord and stayed here for weeks, waiting for remains to be identified. I think the impulse is natural and likely the families wanted to go. I think it's a good thing that they are being hosted. I think the frustration is natural, not quite reasonable but natural, as well. They're being exposed to a roller coaster ride and are forced into a holding pattern, not knowing whether to grieve or hope. That will come out in hunger strikes and anger. But I don't think it means they're being treated badly.
  8. Has there been any indication at all that they are being held against their will? Nothing I've read has indicated that. They're not being "held", they're being looked after. Surely if some decided to leave (and maybe some have) they would leave. But I doubt many are in any condition to go with the way this is being covered, fresh hopes one day, dashed hopes the next. As for jobs, I don't know. The Chinese government might be taking care of that to some degree.
  9. That sounds like a great idea. I might have to experiment. See, I find appeals to ease and timings so much better then appeals that mention cancer fighting properties and weight loss. :)
  10. Then what, I ask, is wrong with just licking it off the spoon? :D
  11. Same here. Sounds like a magical claim, a trend, good marketing, cultural exploitation, all of that. Very nice that on one occasion it gave him a boost (hmmm...caffeine and fat giving a tired hungry person a boost? Who'da thunk it?) but to extrapolate miraculous effects for everyone from that is...hucksterish. It's butter coffee. If you live in a chilly climate and need a quick hit of caffeine and fat because you have to work before you can make big breakfast it's ideal. For the average North American there's no mystical reason why spreading the fat on your toast rather then putting it in your coffee wouldn't do the same thing. That said, I love lots of cream in my coffee and am now thinking I might try butter coffee for the pure deliciousness of it.
  12. Who suggested that? I think I was the one that mentioned credit cards but it was me joking about last minute ice scrapers, not suggestion to anyone here. ETA: Yeah, it was my post because you quoted it later. However you also posted the smiley face. I was really, honestly, truly not suggesting that anyone climb on top of their car with a credit card to clear the ice.
  13. I think 1) they either don't realize the hazard our 2) are so familiar with it that they're complacent about it.
  14. One thought about this thread is people are pointing out that one kind of snow, like the dry blow away stuff our lightly packed snow isn't a safety issue... But even if the clump of snow or chunk of ice doesn't hit your car it's a serious shock and distraction to you at a time of the year when you might be dealing with gusts of wind, icy or slushy roads or limited visibility. It's driving that is harder to begin with in all respects and that person in front of you is adding one more variable to the mess?
  15. A credit card is the classic substitution. :D But as I mentioned, Amazon has some beautiful ones for under 20 dollars. People should look for a long one with a scraper on one end and a brunch on the other. A foam grip to protect your hands from the cold metal is a must as well.
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