Regarding how unsafe the roads are due to the plague of distracted/impaired motorists and lack of bicycle infrastructure

Yes, it’s been a good length of time since the last post I wrote… This time it is about the sheer number of impaired, distracted motorists. When I mean impaired, that includes intoxication by means of prescription medications (drowsiness), recreational use of drugs or narcotics, alcohol AND mobile devices (tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, etc.).

Those distract our attention, lead to a big number of accidents, collisions, serious/severe injuries, deaths/fatalities and disasters. Statistics do NOT lie. Vulnerable road users are common victims of these atrosities, which shouldn’t be happening at all. Where the fuck has vision zero gone to? What is happening and/or being done about these road deaths and violent happenings? Nothing it seems.

As for the motorists acting like they own every damn road on ontario or canada as a whole? No, that is not correct and totally wrong. The country and province, including every city and town, maintains and owns these roads. They are for all road users regardless of what method of transportation they choose to use, including that of myself, I choose to use a bike and have every right to use it.

Those that drive a vehicle weighing between 250 and 8,000 kilograms (kg), are licensed for a reason, and carrying a driver’s license is a priviledge, not a right. It can be taken away from them if they are criminally charged and caught, including accumulation of dermit points. Just remember that.

The greater toronto, durham, peel, york, niagara, hamilton, st catherines, burlington, guelph, cambridge, brampton, milton region/area also needs vastly interconnected bicycle infrastructure, be it bike lanes or cycle tracks. They can be on one or both sides of the road, and can be isolated with fencing or raised curbs (15 cm height, 1 meter gaps), and that definitely will cut down curb-side road maintenance in a big way.

That includes safer, people-friendly streets and protected intersections. Think of the world class cycling cities that made their streets safe for everybody regardless what mode of transportation they use. We can and have the will to do it, even the funding. Only problem is, the damn politicians. They need to get their heads out of their talepipes, step out of their vehicles and put their shoes on the pedals of a bike to see how badly these changes are needed.

Roads should be designed for all road users, not vehicles. It is just backwards if it’s done that way. It’s too inaccessible and dangerous.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and feel free to share it. Keep on riding, regardless who tells you not to. It’s your right, and they cannot do anything to change that.

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Regarding how unsafe the roads are due to the plague of distracted/impaired motorists and lack of bicycle infrastructure

Yes, it’s been a good length of time since the last post I wrote… This time it is about the sheer number of impaired, distracted motorists. When I mean impaired, that includes intoxication by means of prescription medications (drowsiness), recreational use of drugs or narcotics, alcohol AND mobile devices (tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, etc.).

Those distract our attention, lead to a big number of accidents, collisions, serious/severe injuries, deaths/fatalities and disasters. Statistics do NOT lie. Vulnerable road users are common victims of these atrosities, which shouldn’t be happening at all. Where the fuck has vision zero gone to? What is happening and/or being done about these road deaths and violent happenings? Nothing it seems.

As for the motorists acting like they own every damn road on ontario or canada as a whole? No, that is not correct and totally wrong. The country and province, including every city and town, maintains and owns these roads. They are for all road users regardless of what method of transportation they choose to use, including that of myself, I choose to use a bike and have every right to use it.

Those that drive a vehicle weighing between 250 and 8,000 kilograms (kg), are licensed for a reason, and carrying a driver’s license is a priviledge, not a right. It can be taken away from them if they are criminally charged and caught, including accumulation of dermit points. Just remember that.

The greater toronto, durham, peel, york, niagara, hamilton, st catherines, burlington, guelph, cambridge, brampton, milton region/area also needs vastly interconnected bicycle infrastructure, be it bike lanes or cycle tracks. They can be on one or both sides of the road, and can be isolated with fencing or raised curbs (15 cm height, 1 meter gaps), and that definitely will cut down curb-side road maintenance in a big way.

That includes safer, people-friendly streets and protected intersections. Think of the world class cycling cities that made their streets safe for everybody regardless what mode of transportation they use. We can and have the will to do it, even the funding. Only problem is, the damn politicians. They need to get their heads out of their talepipes, step out of their vehicles and put their shoes on the pedals of a bike to see how badly these changes are needed.

Roads should be designed for all road users, not vehicles. It is just backwards if it’s done that way. It’s too inaccessible and dangerous.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and feel free to share it. Keep on riding, regardless who tells you not to. It’s your right, and they cannot do anything to change that.

Regarding how unsafe the roads are due to the plague of distracted/impaired motorists and lack of bicycle infrastructure

Yes, it’s been a good length of time since the last post I wrote… This time it is about the sheer number of impaired, distracted motorists. When I mean impaired, that includes intoxication by means of prescription medications (drowsiness), recreational use of drugs or narcotics, alcohol AND mobile devices (tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, etc.).

Those distract our attention, lead to a big number of accidents, collisions, serious/severe injuries, deaths/fatalities and disasters. Statistics do NOT lie. Vulnerable road users are common victims of these atrosities, which shouldn’t be happening at all. Where the fuck has vision zero gone to? What is happening and/or being done about these road deaths and violent happenings? Nothing it seems.

As for the motorists acting like they own every damn road on ontario or canada as a whole? No, that is not correct and totally wrong. The country and province, including every city and town, maintains and owns these roads. They are for all road users regardless of what method of transportation they choose to use, including that of myself, I choose to use a bike and have every right to use it.

Those that drive a vehicle weighing between 250 and 8,000 kilograms (kg), are licensed for a reason, and carrying a driver’s license is a priviledge, not a right. It can be taken away from them if they are criminally charged and caught, including accumulation of dermit points. Just remember that.

The greater toronto, durham, peel, york, niagara, hamilton, st catherines, burlington, guelph, cambridge, brampton, milton region/area also needs vastly interconnected bicycle infrastructure, be it bike lanes or cycle tracks. They can be on one or both sides of the road, and can be isolated with fencing or raised curbs (15 cm height, 1 meter gaps), and that definitely will cut down curb-side road maintenance in a big way.

That includes safer, people-friendly streets and protected intersections. Think of the world class cycling cities that made their streets safe for everybody regardless what mode of transportation they use. We can and have the will to do it, even the funding. Only problem is, the damn politicians. They need to get their heads out of their talepipes, step out of their vehicles and put their shoes on the pedals of a bike to see how badly these changes are needed.

Roads should be designed for all road users, not vehicles. It is just backwards if it’s done that way. It’s too inaccessible and dangerous.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and feel free to share it. Keep on riding, regardless who tells you not to. It’s your right, and they cannot do anything to change that.

Bike month 2018 and riding it up

Hello again, I haven’t written a damn thing for almost two years (or what feels like it), bike month is here, and finally took on and participated in two group rides, both critical mass! I didn’t get the ride on video (forgot the camcorder, shame!), however I did get some clips from my blackberry, so not all is lost. I didn’t think to take photos however, which would’ve been ten times better.

First of two group rides explored downtown toronto, the second ride went through the outer downtown core, along trails and ended at trillium bellwoods park. My back is tired and a bit sore, which I haven’t felt in a long time! It is the GOOD sore and tired, not the bad type. The first ride was mostly talks, however the second ride? Loads of music, colourful lights and of course, bikes!

Roads were closed for us, traffic blocked on-demand (with some resistance), it never felt better. My bike was complaining about the hills (it it’ll be in the shop by monday), and deliberately kicked the chain off a multitude of times. I didn’t give-in to it’s demands, and kept reseating the chain each time. Despite the minor inconvinience, there was stop-overs so everyone could regroup, take photos/record video and chill. I loved it.

Once I get my ride out of the shop, i’ll be sure to complete bike month, and should be in shame enough to take another ride to guelph, or cambridge, whichever I choose to go to, via lakeshore road and regional road 5 and 6.

All in all, happy bike day! Now get out and plant your ass on that bike at home and ride it! 😀

My response to Tide, or Procter and Gamble, ordering the REMOVAL of people’s videos eating pods

Yes, this is outright censorship. Since when has a corporation had the right to do something like this? It’s certainly NOT the first time this happened, and once something is published on the internet, it cannot be deleted. It shouldn’t be. No corporation should be able to do that, regardless how utterly stupid it is.

The video below (which has far more words than I can put here) is embedded from my channel on youtube, backups are on dailymotion AND viddler (below it under a heading). This is in case tide/proctor and gamble try to remove it using their draconian takedown demands.

Embedding from viddler seems to have become incompatible with wordpress, i’ll have to contact them and find out what’s going on. It’s been turned into a link until then.

Backups, obviously.

Link to video on viddler

Scientology is only going to cause great harm to the community – Push them OUT of Guelph!

The cherch of scientology is already in the process of moving to guelph, fucking off out of toronto because of the deadness and deadbeat (lack of stats on thursdays @ 2pm SHARP), however we cannot let them take over the city or negatively impact/affect the community of people there. We don’t want a clearwater happening in a beautiful city in ontario!

So many people are vulnerable to this dangerous, misleading, misinforming, deceptive, lying and insidious cult; youth, senior citizens, anyone suffering from a mental illness/impairment (that is often invisible unless acting out), addictions to street drugs or narcotics such as opiates, or alcohol of any kind/strength.

The “free stress/capacity tests” are the bait and switch thing, and they are often meant to make people feel fucking horrible about themselves, such if somebody was suffering from depression or has emotional issues with a bad relationship’ this could drive them right to suicide! That is the LAST thing anyone needs to be told they are a terrible/horrible/bad person.

We need to also educate the people about scientology’s dozens of front groups! ABLE, Applied scholastics, Youth/united for human rights international, drug-free marshals/citizens for a drug-free world, CCHR (citizens commission on human rights), the way to happiness, narconon! The list goes on. These make zero mention of scientology at all!

All in all, the cult of scientology needs to be ejected from guelph, and proactive educating of the public would be the only way to ensure they stay out. These parasites will go to no end to try and recruit people. They want to rid your of critical thinking skills, job/employment, education, social skills, communication skills and anything you were taught in school! Nobody wants to be deprived of that. Nobody needs disconnection to break up their family and loved ones.

Sincerely, a very concerned citizen, who supports the city of guelph to get scientology OUT!

Stalled/seemingly broken space heater, or slow-spinning desk/standing/box fan? Here’s a solution!

Don’t just toss it out/recycle it yet, try these simple steps instead! Chances are it just needs some tender loving care (TLC). If the blades spin really slowly, or the motor is making a loud buzz or humming, that is a definite sign that it needs maintenance in order for it to provide you with a very long service life, both in the sweltering hot summer, and freezing cold winter.

You will need the following tools and supplies:

  • Screwdrivers (most common being a Phillips. Flat/slot for the tabs)
  • Lubricant (3-in-1*, transformer or mineral/baby oil)
  • Eyedropper or syringe (a long-nose will be easiest, if the rear is behind plastic)
  • Patience

Steps (space heater):

  1. Turn off and unplug the unit.
  2. Remove all of the screws holding the enclosure together.
  3. Use the eyedropper or syringe to pickup some lubricant. (SKIP to 4 if using 3-in-1 oil)
  4. Put some lubricant on the ring just behind the blades. You will need 10-20 drops.
  5. Now give them a quick spin by hand to the right and left, including a gentle wiggle back and forth. This will free up the rotor spine if stiff. They should now spin easily without stopping.
  6. Now add 10-20 drops (or a stream) of lubricant to the rear of the motor. If it’s behind the plastic, the long-nose syringe or eyedropper will come in handy, or the stem of the 3-in-1 oil canister.
  7. Give it yet another quick spin in both directions (to the right and left).
  8. Now re-assemble the enclosure by putting the screws back in.
  9. Plug in and power it on using the FAN ONLY setting. If it spins/whirs up to speed, you are good to go.

Steps (standing/desk fan):

  1. Turn off and unplug the fan.
  2. Remove the front cage, most have slide-locks.
  3. Loosen the center fastener (left to loosen, right to tighten, or left if reverse-threaded) and remove the blades. You may have to tug them loose.
  4. Remove the rear spacer by turning it left (if reverse-threaded, turn it right)
  5. If there are screws holding the rear cage to the base, unscrew them. If not SKIP this step.
  6. Remove the rear cage.
  7. Carefully unscrew and remove the button for the oscillation switch.
  8. Remove the power/speed adjuster switch. SKIP this if it’s a desk fan.
  9. Remove the screws to the enclosure. If it has tabs holding it closed, carefully use a flat-heat screwdriver to release them.
  10. Remove the enclosure. It should come off easily.
  11. Use the eyedropper or syringe to pickup some lubricant. (SKIP to if using 3-in-1 oil)
  12. Add 10-20 drops, or a stream, of lubricant to the front and rear parts of the motor, then re-attach the blades and give them a spin in both directions by hand. They should spin freely. Now remove the blades.
  13. Begin to re-assemble the enclosure, snapping any tabs in place, and replacing any screws.
  14. Replace the oscillation switch and screw it back on.
  15. If it’s a standing model, reattach the power/speed adjusting switch.
  16. Reattach the rear cage (and screws if applicable), and screw on the rear spacer.
  17. Attach the blades back on the spine, and tighten the fastener.
  18. Plug it in, power it on using low, medium and high settings. If the blades spin at the proper speed, turn it off and replace the front cage, latching it on.

Steps (box fan):

  1. Turn off and unplug the fan.
  2. Remove the screws holding the rear cage on, then remove the cage.
  3. Add 10-20 drops of lubricant to the rear of the motor, and to the front spine/ring just behind the blades.
  4. Spin the blades right and left, giggle them forwards and backwards. This frees up anything that might be jamming them, pushing the lubricant further inside.
  5. Replace the rear cage, then replace the screws.
  6. Plug in and turn on the fan, set it to HIGH, then medium/low. If the blades spin/whir up normally, it’s good to go.

I hope this saved you from discarding an otherwise functioning standing/desk fan or space heater. If it still didn’t work even after lubricating it, then it’s best to bring it to your local electronics recycling agency. DO NOT toss it into the trash, as it is irresponsible and harmful to the environment.

Feel free to share this blog post with anyone. It could save them allot of money, including keeping otherwise working electronics out of the landfill.