Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I agree with Banksy's view on Advertising

I was in Niagara Falls, Ontario on this past Saturday and I felt overwhelmed and repulsed by the egregious assault on my senses by the over the top advertising in the public realm.

I think that there is waaayyyy too much advertising around us these days and I am disposed to supporting Banksy's view. For those that don't know who Banksy is, here is some of his art / work.

“People are taking the piss out of you everyday.
They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small.
They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else.
They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate.
They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it.
They are “The Advertisers” and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them.
Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that.
Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours.
It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use.
You can do whatever you like with it.
Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing.
Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy.
They owe you.
They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you.
They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”
~ Banksy

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Canada - USA Bridge Wait Times

We receive a large number of requests concerning the optimum bridge to take when crossing from Canada to the USA in the Niagara Region.

In my opinion, the best information source is the PeaceBridge.com website. A quick link to the current waiting times in both direction on the 3 bridges is mobile.PeaceBridge.com, this is a real time update.

Of course if you are a Nexus pass holder, you can cross at the Whirlpool Nexus ONLY Bridge - but make sure that everyone in your vehicle has their nexus pass with them or you will likely lose yours.

Both sides of the river have wonderful people and sites - so come and go and enjoy all that the Greater Niagara Region has to offer.

Helping the Irish Save Their Homes

I know that this is not about Niagara or it's surroundings but it is about a situation that many people in the region will be finding themselves in the not too distant future.

These days, the people of Ireland are being heavily put upon by both international and local financial thugs. The video below shows how knowledge of the Constitution of Ireland and Laws of Ireland, specially The Common Law may save most if not all Irish from losing there homes.

I recommend that all the Irish stand up for their rights. I also suggest that all Irish watch the following video:

The Garda, the police in Ireland, are obligated to support the Constitution of Ireland as is shown below:

Section 16(1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 requires each member of the Garda Síochána to make the following Solemn declaration when they are appointed :-
"I hereby solemnly and sincerely declare before God that—
-I will faithfully discharge the duties of a member of the Garda Síochána with fairness, integrity, regard for human rights, diligence and impartiality, upholding the Constitution and the laws and according equal respect to all people,
-while I continue to be a member, I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all my duties according to law, and
-I do not belong to, and will not while I remain a member form, belong to or subscribe to, any political party or secret society whatsoever.”.
Section 16(2) allows the words “before God” to be omitted from the declaration at the request of the declarant.