Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vernon's New Tourism Booth


Maybe Tony Scott of Aylesford, Nova Scotia will convince Vernon officials finally--because residents' opinions have fallen on deaf ears--that the new centrally-located Tourist Booth is hard to find.

"...but could not see your bloody tourism office.  Frustrated, we left town."

In fact, impossible to find, as his letter to the Morning Star indicates:

"My wife and I are travelling from Nova Scotia on a long tour of the U.S. and Canada.

We arrived in Vernon recently and could not find your tourism office.

We came in from the north.  The sign pointed to turn left and in 400 metres we would come to the office.  

Then nothing.  We circled the block around city hall and the police station but could not see your bloody tourism office.  Frustrated, we left town.

You lost a tourist and I am angry about it.

We have travelled 12,000 kilometres on our trip and have found tourism offices in numerous cities without having to look for them.

You are doing your town a disservice by not having a readily accessible tourism office.

Adios."         Tony Scott, Aylesford, N.S.


So maybe Vernon Tourism should add one more thing to their list of Things to Do in Vernon:  find the tourism booth!

"Find the booth could become a Contest," offers Kia, "with prizes like a free flashlight or a tank of fuel."


Thanks for writing the letter, Tony.
Heaven only knows, we residents have all tried, to no avail.

Here's the map showing its decidedly vague location.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Regional District Promotes "Fairness"


But only when it suits them.
And it does in this case.

The Regional District of North Okanagan recently changed their "normal" Stage 1 water restrictions (in effect year round) to the new Stage 1 water restriction "normal", which now allows NO WATERING at all on Mondays.

Why?

Well, in a press release that defines ludicrous better than Merriam-Webster, the Regional District advises that odd-numbered addresses--whose residences can water on odd-numbered calendar days--were (wait for it....) getting an extra day of watering in the summer months that have 31-days versus their even-numbered addresses, whose residences could only water on even-numbered calendar days.

Earth shattering?
Not quite.

But it's for the "equity side of things so everyone has three days", said a spokesperson from the Regional District.

How considerate of them to view fairness and equity for the public.

So when does it NOT suit the Regional District to be fair and equitable, as the first paragraph here implies?

Quite often, actually.


The inequity part of the story that the Regional District creates will wait for another day (to be published some time next week).

It'd be laughable if it weren't so disgusting.

"Wonder how many committee meetings they had to create the new Normal water restriction," grins Kia. 

The deity known as the North Okanagan Regional District practices its omnipotence.


The Regional District's accounting department will need another meeting to remind officials that water revenues are, again, falling.
So a water rate increase seems prudent.

Omnipotence.

Thank goodness the Regional District doesn't have have the authority to rescind summer.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Graft and Corruption the New Norm?


"I made a big mistake," says former Liberal cabinet minister and Mayor of London Ontario, Joe Fontana.
Ya think?

Some role model for everyday working folks.
If we're a penny short on a Canada Revenue remittance, all hell breaks loose with threats of audits and interest charges from the Feds.

Joe Fontana was last week sentenced to a $1,000 fine and four-month house arrest for his crimes of fraud, breach of trust and forgery (yes, forgery!), as reported by Taxpayer.com

House arrest for fraud?
House arrest for forgery?
House arrest for breach of trust as a public official?
Those crimes should land him in jail for at least two years!

The real slap in the face to taxpayers is that Fontana abused his authority, yet will continue to collect an estimated $122,000 a year pension as a former Member of Parliament.

How outrageous is that!

But there's hope.
Bill C-518 will be debated this week, and if passed--and most people hope it does pass unaltered--would ensure that:

Under the proposed legislation, any MP or senator convicted of an indictable offence that carries a minimum sentence of two years in prison would only keep what they put into the pension plan, losing the generous government contribution.

And Senators too...
Look at these three visages that we've all seen far too much of. 
Most recently Duffy has been charged with 31 offences, including Bribery!
Then there's Brazeau and Wallin...
Their criminal activities must get them a minimum sentence of two years in jail.  
Jail...not a spa retreat.

As you and I would receive.

So we should demand that house arrest be withdrawn and that the full extent of the law be applied.

Contact your MP and tell them to pass Bill C-518.  To find out the email address for your Member of Parliament, click here

A big thank you to New Brunswick Conservative MP John Williamson for putting forward the private member's bill. 
He might like to receive a thank you too!  His email address:  John.Williamson@parl.gc.ca 

  









"Holy moly," says Kia, "some role models indeed".

Disgusting.
Throw the book at 'em.

And then throw away the jail key.

  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Speaking Plainly


...So refreshing in many ways when plain-speak follows government's incessant ideas.

Whether it's the national TV weatherman reminding viewers to wear sunscreen or the daily news anchor suggesting you not head out in the family sedan without checking tire pressure, or reminding people to watch their toddlers at the beach...it's all getting to be a bit much...for a lot of people.

Including Armstrong Councillor John Trainor.
And good for him!

Following a Powerpoint presentation by the Canadian Cancer Society where they and Interior Health reps requested that Armstrong develop an anti-smoking bylaw, John Trainor had obviously had enough.

"We have a group coming to us who are an obvious paid dog-and-pony show sent out by the Interior Health Authority asking us to create more rules for more people because apparently we don't have the common sense to do anything for ourselves without some government organization telling us we need to do it.  It's ridiculous," said John Trainer.




Council subsequently opted to investigate anti-smoking bylaws around public buildings which is really the only duty within their purview.

Mr. Trainor was likely happy to see the group's tail lights when they drove away...albeit not in a Prius.

"Government should remind people to provide fresh water for their dogs," suggests Kia.


That was on the news this morning too, Kia.

Kudos to John Trainor for speaking plainly.
It's a rare art.

Friday, July 18, 2014

How Many Trailer Drivers Does It Take?


...to prove the new Tourism Booth, smack-center in downtown Vernon, is a mistake, its location chosen for the wrong reasons.

Interesting letter today from Paul Elmont:


"New Location Fails Trailer Test:

Hey Vernonites, I'm not laughing and I don't think you will either.  

Please take a drive, see for yourself and make a difference before it's too late.

I drive a one-ton truck with a fifth-wheel trailer and I consider my driving skills to be better than adequate.  I took a drive the other day to see what a tourist would be faced with at our new tourism information centre.

I am positive the decision made to close down the north and south info centres was based strictly on money.

The decision was definitely not made by someone who actually pulls a trailer.

The next time you take your trailer out, please try out our new info center.  I need to say no more.
At the very least, just drive into the info centre with your truck and envision pulling a trailer.

Please stop the people in city hall in Vernon, who actually work for us, from wasting our money and upsetting the tourists who come here.

It never seems to matter what we say.  City hall just does what it wants.

By the way, what is gong to happen to the old info centres?

Is private business waiting in the wings for some of the most lucrative real estate entering our city?"

Paul Elmont

"Maybe tourists need more than five wheels," offers Kia.

Heaven forbid a 16-wheeler needs directions...

So How Does It Feel?


Seems Coldstream politicians are flabbergasted.
Same with Regional District politicians, in whose area (Area B) Cosens Bay is situated.

Now they know how the public feels when things have already been discussed and decided in-camera, despite the public being encouraged to provide their input.

Politicians are crying foul they knew nothing about provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure plans to widen Cosens Bay Road, through Kalamalka Lake Park--by a whopping 30 metres to accommodate new B.C. Hydro infrastructure and ditching--culminating at/near the private cabins at Cosens Bay.

Cabin owners at Cosens Bay have lobbied both local and provincial governments for a long time.
I remember reading their letters over the years (the name Klim comes to mind). 

Despite looking for the Cosens Bay road widening plans on the provincial website, I couldn't find it, so readers are encouraged to search here themselves. An interesting--albeit 78 page--Cosens Bay Lagoon study is here.

A map of Cosens Bay and Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, showing the road which leads to private cabins is here.

Today's editorial in the Morning Star states "the proposed plans were revealed to Coldstream council in an in-camera meeting Monday".  While topic outcomes are often decided in-camera, provincial legislation bars topics discussed at in-camera meetings from being released publicly, so the info was likely discussed during the regular council meeting that preceded the in-camera session.
Or maybe the newspaper is correct.

So how does it feel, politicians, to learn of something--supposedly within your purview--to which you haven't been made privy until the eleventh hour?

As though to underscore that, another news article today, entitled "Officials Meet Privately" augments the reaction.  The public is left wondering again.

Seems the Regional District held a rare joint meeting with politicians of Coldstream and Vernon, and all that was released was that "it's...affected all jurisdictions," and that "it's the most efficient mechanism to deal with an issue that's time sensitive," explaining why it had to be discussed before the regional district's regular July meeting.

So what is it?


"Maybe bureaucrats' underhanded and non transparent tactics and abject lack of procedural fairness re private fire hydrants," suggests Kia.
 

Ya think?
Nah....

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Langdon Fails "Listening"


Multi-Material B.C. managing director Allen Langdon was apparently in the North Okanagan on Monday July 14, 2014, "meeting with local politicians", as reported in the Morning Star.

Too bad residents didn't know of his visit until after he was gone.

Picture what would've occurred had we known.
Picture a luxury rental car entirely covered and surrounded (maybe even taped to the car *grin*) by blue bags--containing "no longer acceptable in bins" overwrap, vegetable and plastic bags.

Multiply this photo by, oh, about 300 bags from disgruntled North Okanagan residents.  And picture Langdon's car under the pile.



Alas, a missed opportunity for worthwhile civil disobedience.

We hope that our politicians gave Langdon an earful.
Unfortunately the newspaper didn't seek to dig into whether Langdon heard anything disparaging about their ridiculous "new" program.

There's been a lot said about MMBC, even by corporations, and here and here and here and here and here.

Vernon Mayor Sawatzky asked Langdon why the new recycling bins weren't wheeled and have lids because other communities have that.

Langdon's reply?
Apparently those communities had wheeled and covered bins before MMBC began and those containers have remained in use.


It wasn't lost on politicians that Langdon hadn't been asked when those communities got their bins.





Oh well, recycling depots are now open in Lumby, downtown Vernon, Spallumcheen.

And to think we were wondering what to do with the spare room!


"The Mafia have never been good listeners," offers Kia.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Greater Vernon Water Update from Regional District


A misleading statement -- maybe more than one? -- from the latest insert that arrived with quarterly water invoices.

Let's see what they said:

"The Greater Vernon Water domestic fee structure has an "infrastructure base fee" and "tiered" metered water use Fee.  Non Domestic (Industrial, Commercial, Institutional) customers have a similar Infrastructure Base Fee but, a singled meter water use Fee of $1.50/m3.  The Infrastructure Base Fee supports the fixed costs of the water system -- treatment plants, fire protection (hydrants), pipes, and other equipment.  The tiered metered use Fee covers some operational costs and is meant to encourage customers to conserve water.  Those who conserve will benefit from a lower water bill.
Agricultural customers are charged a similar escalating tiered rate for water use above their allocated volume.  A new Off Season Agricultural Water Use Fee has also been approved and is $0.75/m3."


So...what's misleading?

"Those who conserve will benefit from a lower water bill."


Highlands Golf has a water allocation.
Has had one since about 1975 when the property was purchased and then planted to apple trees.  Over the years, more allocation was purchased to prepare for course water requirements.

So let's look at Highlands' allocation and compare it to actual (metered) water usage:

Allocation 10.0035 acres water = 22,275 cubic meters allowed per year.

2011: 2,986 cubic meters  =  13.4 % of paid-up allocation

2012: 2,953 cubic meters =  13.2% of paid-up allocation

2013:  3,162 cubic metres = 14.2% of paid-up allocation


"Those who conserve will benefit from a lower water bill."
Really?

Could there be other misleading statements in the "financial" preamble to the $70 million borrowing referendum (this November) on the Master Water Plan in this update....

"Maybe your congratulatory medal is being struck," offers Kia.

Struck indeed.



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kiss Drops a Bombshell


Coldstream Councillor Gyula Kiss has something important to say re the Master Water Plan.

Everyone on the North Okanagan's Greater Vernon Water system has been overcharged $6.5 million per year. 

His quote should raise the hackles of everyone in the North Okanagan on the Greater Vernon Water system.



How come we collected $68 million for Master Water Plan infrastructure when the approved borrowing was for $35 million and the cost of the borrowed money to date is only about $15 million?
 That is an average overcharge of over $6.5 million per year.

 $6.5 million could have financed an additional $90 million borrowing.
That was direct cash out of the customers' pockets.

No future customer will contribute to that $53 million collected from us beyond the approved borrowing.



At blog publish date, the Agenda wasn't posted yet to RDNO's website...but the July 3rd Agenda may be clickable now here...so check the date.

If (when) access to the July 3rd Agenda is linked, view pages 7 through 13 dealing with the Fall borrowing referendum and the "communication strategy" that will be implemented immediately to convince people to vote Yes.

And even THIS link for the Master Water Plan is being revised soon.

"So, who will hold GVW to task for gouging us?
And who at GVW will reply?" asks Kia.
 
Since price gouging presumably isn't illegal, perhaps we should ask whether lying to the electorate is.


The illegal department...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Right on, Maria!


If bureaucrats wag the tails of political dogs, what's amiss or missing when a politician or two cry foul?
When a politician or two go against the wishes of other politicians who approved the earlier plan?

You'd think bureaucrats would go out of their way to convince any dissenters that the status quo was indeed correct to have approved the earlier plan.

"...this plan is flawed and should be challenged" 
     Maria Besso, Coldstream councillor
 

What--or who--gives bureaucrats the audacity to refuse (imagine that!) the request of one or two elected officials who demand more information of the area's Master Water Plan?  When bureaucrats refuse to revisit a plan with a peer review...indeed even to attend a meeting for a Question and Answer session at an adjacent community's council meeting? 

Consultants, that's what.
And, likely, fear.
Fear that bureaucrats themselves, and other politicians on the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee--were incorrect in approving original consultants' plans in the first place.







Bureaucrats can't lose their jobs at the polls.
Bureaucrats will continue hiring consultants...perhaps even--as is suspected in this case--consultants that agree with their original position.

So, for any politician to--at the eleventh hour--question an approved multi-million dollar plan might be a sign of political suicide.
Or that the cream of the political crop has indeed risen to the top, given further study of the data that formulated the Master Water Plan.

Admittedly the above is a hell of a long intro...to the following Letter to the Editor by Coldstream Councillor Maria Besso (in support of Coldstream Councillor's Gyula Kiss' position).

First, Maria's questions to the technical experts at the Regional District of North Okanagan:

1.  Given that the water from Duteau Creek is much more expensive to treat than the Kal Lake water (about four times as expensive in the winter), and given that most of the water from the Duteau source is needed and used for agricultural irrigation, why does phase 1 of the new 2012 master water plan call for the planning and building of a huge capacity filtration plant at Duteau prior to doing filtration at Kalamalka Lake, when Kal Lake supplies 80 per cent of the domestic water supply for Greater Vernon?

2.  Could you please explain, and quantify the magnitude of the direct effect on residential, industrial, institutional, commercial and agricultural water rates if the relative distribution of expenses between the types of customers remains the same as it is now, and we incur the costs projected in the master water plan that has been approved by the (other) politicians?  

3.  Could you please clearly review, for the public, the timeline and expenditures that have been proposed in phase one of the 2012 MWP, for which they are being asked to endorse the borrowing referendum of $70 million dollars?


Now, Maria Besso's preamble to her three questions:

"I am writing in response to your article 'no peer review for water plan' in The Morning Star.  In my opinion, this is a very bad decision taken by the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee.

I understand that the politicians feel powerless to challenge a plan that has been put forward by technical experts.  But in my opinion, this plan is flawed and should be challenged.

Most people just want to know if there is going to be fresh, clean, safe drinking water when they turn on the tap, and how much will they pay for it.

As one reporter put it to me, "Just cut to the chase, how much is the new water rate?"

Well, after having watched the process for five years, and water rates climb every year, while domestic consumption goes down, and the water utility is left with a shortfall in revenue, I have started to think that this is the definition of insanity.  We do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.

To have some influence on the cost of water, we have to start paying attention to what is in the plan.

If we proceed with the master water plan option that has been approved by GVAC, then we will need to borrow $70 million to pay for the projects in phase one of the plan.

In phase one, we will immediately start with plans to build a huge capacity (110 megalitres per day) filtration plant at Duteau Creek.  It will cost $26.5 million to build this filtration plant.

The Duteau plant treats water from the Aberdeen Plateau lakes.  These lakes draw from an abundant supply of water from a neighbouring watershed.

The quality of this water is yellow and full of organics.  Many will remember the yellow VID water we had prior to October 2010 when the Duteau plant first opened. 

We have come a long way since then, but it comes at a cost.

"In summer...64 Olympic-size pools per day.
In winter...we treat 2.4 Olympic-size pools per day.
The difference ... the irrigation water that we treat!"


Because most of the water that comes from Duteau was used for irrigation, and irrigation uses a lot of water at summer peak, we had to build a huge treatment plant to handle the peak demand, and treat all the water (irrigation and domestic water in the same pipes).

To illustrate the insanity, in the summer of 2011, we treated 160 megalitres of water per day at the Duteau plant (the equivalent of 64 Olympic-size pools per day).  By contrast, in the winter of 2011 when there was no irrigation, we treated six megalitres per day (the equivalent of 2.4 Olympic-size pools).  That means that 96 per cent of water went for irrigation.

"...then filter Kal first." 

Even with some expensive pipe separation, this plan will have us using the majority of the water we filter for irrigation of fields.  This is wrong.

Also by building the filtration plant at Duteau as a first step, we are again building a huge, expensive, over-capacity plant, while Kal Lake water remains the cheaper to clean, more desirable source of domestic drinking water. 

Kal Lake water is cheaper to filger because it's cleaner to begin with, so if that continues to be the IHA (Interior Health) requirement, and we cannot get around it, then filter Kal first.

Some Coldstream politicans have asked for a third-party peer review.

Since this review is not forthcoming, and a borrowing referendum has been approved by GVAC, I feel that the public will want, and need, many questions answered to help make up their minds."
Maria Besso, Coldstream councillor

 
 Note:  The City of Kelowna has applied for Filtration Deferral here
 Note:  An interesting view, author Jim Cooperman, re Vernon's possible need for Shuswap water is here:
 Note:  A virtual tour of the Duteau water treatment plant is here.

  
"If this is phase 1, the concept of phase 2 scares the hell out of me," intones Kia.


Whatever happens, a big thanks to Maria Besso and Gyula Kiss, councillors at District of Coldstream, for having the chutzpah to question not only their counterparts, but consultants and bureaucrats (both at RDNO and Interior Health).

Where the hell is Coldstream Mayor, Jim Garlick's push to have this insane plan corrected/revised/stopped????

After all, he's been on GVAC all along.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Landfill "Fallout" from "Mini Material" B.C.


Paul Twa had his opinion printed in the Morning Star's June 8th, 2014 issue:

         "Re:  letter to editor "Please trash new recycling plan" by Jean Collier:  Our household and most neighbours agree with Jean's comments regarding the difficulties in recycling with the new MMBC system.  Due to age and mobility issues our neighbourhood will be going from avid recyclers to little to no recycling, and I suspect the only items that will be left out for pick up will be the blue boxes themselves.  

Due to inability to store and move the new bins, in our household we will therefore be going from one or two large blue bags per pick-up to none, with all of the recyclable material now going to the landfill.  Great job reducing waste B.C. government." 
                                                Paul Twa

None of the plastic pictured is allowed to be placed in the blue boxes! 

"Paul, they'll hire another bureaucrat and audit your garbage," suggests Kia.


Mother Earth is weeping at the travesty.

Gasping from the recycling program shoved down our throats by the mafia, MMBC.



"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”
― Benjamin Franklin


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Even the Math is Unsustainable


Whether it's the Vital Signs--or Money Sense--report, different numbers tell varying stories.
Often, it's reading between the numbers that provides a more accurate picture than the numbers themselves.

Today's Morning Star story "Fewer staff, large salaries highlight report" is no exception.

The City of Vernon states there were 16 fewer jobs in 2013 than 2012, with total compensation dropping from $21.46 million in 2012 to $21.2 million.

At first glance, that seems to merit a congratulatory remark.

But hold on, Humphrey, do the math.

It works out to an average of $69,508.20 per employee last year, up from the previous $66,853.58.  So with 16 fewer employees, each retained employee averaged $2,654.62 more than the previous year.

And those 16 fewer employees?
Apparently some jobs were transferred to the regional district.

Huh?
Need we remind folks that we area residents pay for the regional district employees too?

Two pages further into the newspaper, Rolke's editorial says the City of Vernon's community profile verifies the median income for men is $35,575 and for women $23,000 (below the provincial average).

So...the $66,853.58 averaged City of Vernon wage is $31,278.58 more than the median wage of  residents ... the residents who are paying the City employees' wages.  And those of the Regional District.



"If teachers weren't on strike, these folks could enrol in remedial math class," offers Kia.

Because numbers don't lie.

Do a spelling bee on  S-U-S-T-A-I-N-A-B-L-E too.
 
 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Another Compelling Internet Document



...and it deals with instructions to "boycott everything and anything that originates with the Jewish people."

Those instructions were reportedly--according to the internet--issued by Iran's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the entire Muslim World.


In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:

     "Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan
     discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to
     find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test
     is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has
     Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be
     using the method of a Jew named Neissner.

     "A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a
     discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.

     Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine
     , a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.

     If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the
     result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a
     headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the
     Jews, Spiro and Ellege.

     Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it
     was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral
     Hydrate.

     Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because
     Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.

     Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from
     the "Schick" reaction which was invented by the Jew,
     Bella Schick.

     "Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must
     not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Jewish
     Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.

     They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile
     Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine
     is a Jew, Jonas Salk.

     "Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die
     of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the
     wonder drug against this killing disease.

     Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements
     by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist
     , Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish
     scientists and medical experts.

     "In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly
     should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart
     Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders,
     Polio Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the
     Islamic boycott."

     Oh, and by the way, don't call for a doctor on your cell
     phone because the cell phone was invented in Israel by a
     Jewish engineer.

     Meanwhile I ask, what medical contributions to the world
     have the Muslims made?"

     The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000
     ; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the
     world's population.

     They have received the following Nobel Prizes:



Literature:

     1988 - Najib Mahfooz

     Peace:

     1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
     1990 - Elias James Corey
     1994 - Yaser Arafat:
     1999 - Ahmed Zewai

     Economics:

     (zero)

     Physics:
 

      (zero)

     Medicine:

     1960 - Peter Brian Medawar
     1998 - Ferid Mourad

     TOTAL: 7 SEVEN

     The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000;
     that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world's
     population.

     They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

     Literature:

     1910 - Paul Heyse
     1927 - Henri Bergson
     1958 - Boris Pasternak
     1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
     1966 - Nelly Sachs
     1976 - Saul Bellow
     1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
     1981 - Elias Canetti
     1987 - Joseph Brodsky
     1991 - Nadine Gordimer World

     Peace:


     1911 - Alfred Fried
     1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser
     1968 - Rene Cassin
     1973 - Henry Kissinger
     1978 - Menachem Begin
     1986 - Elie Wiesel
     1994 - Shimon Peres
     1994 - Yitzhak Rabin

     Physics:


     1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
     1906 - Henri Moissan
     1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
     1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
     1910 - Otto Wallach
     1915 - Richard Willstaetter
     1918 - Fritz Haber
     1921 - Albert Einstein
     1922 - Niels Bohr
     1925 - James Franck
     1925 - Gustav Hertz
     1943 - Gustav Stern
     1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
     1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
     1952 - Felix Bloch
     1954 - Max Born
     1958 - Igor Tamm
     1959 - Emilio Segre
     1960 - Donald A. Glaser
     1961 - Robert Hofstadter
     1961 - Melvin Calvin
     1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
     1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
     1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
     1965 - Julian Schwinger
     1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
     1971 - Dennis Gabor
     1972 - William Howard Stein
     1973 - Brian David Josephson
     1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
     1976 - Burton Richter
     1977 - Ilya Prigogine
     1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
     1978 - Peter L Kapitza
     1979 - Stephen Weinberg
     1979 - Sheldon Glashow
     1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
     1980 - Paul Berg
     1980 - Walter Gilbert
     1981 - Roald Hoffmann
     1982 - Aaron Klug
     1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
     1985 - Jerome Karle
     1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
     1988 - Robert Huber
     1988 - Leon Lederman
     1988 - Melvin Schwartz
     1988 - Jack Steinberger
     1989 - Sidney Altman
     1990 - Jerome Friedman
     1992 - Rudolph Marcus
     1995 - Martin Perl
     2000 - Alan J. Heeger

     Economics:

     1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
     1971 - Simon Kuznets
     1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
     1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
     1976 - Milton Friedman
     1978 - Herbert A. Simon
     1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
     1985 - Franco Modigliani
     1987 - Robert M. Solow
     1990 - Harry Markowitz
     1990 - Merton Miller
     1992 - Gary Becker
     1993 - Robert Fogel

     Medicine:


     1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
     1908 - Paul Erlich
     1914 - Robert Barany
     1922 - Otto Meyerhof
     1930 - Karl Landsteiner
     1931 - Otto Warburg
     1936 - Otto Loewi
     1944 - Joseph Erlanger
     1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
     1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
     1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
     1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
     1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
     1953 - Hans Krebs
     1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
     1958 - Joshua Lederberg
     1959 - Arthur Kornberg
     1964 - Konrad Bloch
     1965 - Francois Jacob
     1965 - Andre Lwoff
     1967 - George Wald
     1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
     1969 - Salvador Luria
     1970 - Julius Axelrod
     1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
     1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
     1975 - Howard Martin Temin
     1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
     1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow
     1978 - Daniel Nathans
     1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
     1984 - Cesar Milstein
     1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
     1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
     1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
     1988 - Gertrude Elion
     1989 - Harold Varmus
     1991 - Erwin Neher
     1991 - Bert Sakmann
     1993 - Richard J. Roberts
     1993 - Phillip Sharp
     1994 - Alfred Gilman
     1995 - Edward B. Lewis
     1996- Lu RoseIacovino

     TOTAL: 129!

     The Jews are NOT promoting brainwashing children in military
     training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and
     cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non-Muslims.

     The Jews don't hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the
     Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants.

     There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church.

     There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people.
     The Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for
     Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

     Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more
     in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all
     their problems.

     Muslims must ask 'what can they do for humankind' before
     they demand that humankind respects them.

     Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel
     and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe
     there is more culpability on Israel 's part, the following
     two sentences really say it all:

     'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be
     no more violence.

     If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no
     more Israel."


     Benjamin Netanyahu: General Eisenhower warned us. It is a
     matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the
     Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims
     of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be
     taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages
     to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the
     dead.

     He did this because he said in words to this effect: 'Get it
     all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses -
     because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will
     get up and say that this never happened'

     Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust
     from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim
     population which claims it never occurred.

     It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening
     portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how
     easily each country is giving into it.

     It is now more than 65 years after the Second World War in
     Europe ended.

     Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the
     Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the
     world never forgets.


"Man, oh man," sighs Kia.