New Zealand 60, Canada 1, the final score

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I just heard about this tournament, and game,
over-hearing a conversation about a sporting event I'm not sure about.
That's all I've got to say right now, except,
it doesn't sound very sporting.
 

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Considering the different events being discussed,
one seat over at a Tim Hortons', late at night,
I'd say a women's team from some Olympic event.

My personal score, after five weeks of sleeping outside,
is four ticks and twenty-nine mosquitoes.
Overcast days keep me from feeling hot and sweaty,
but I'm sitting out the rain a lot, raining a few times every day,
almost every day.
This means I'm reading a lot, a nice way to spend the time.
There are tick infestations around the peninsula and up along Lake Erie,
people saying no mosquitoes allow more ticks.
My family doctor says he lives in a tick infested area, Chippewa,
and one time, after being in the backyard swimming with his family,
they pulled off seventeen ticks.

ow, ow, okay, no ticks and time ticking away jokes.
 
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I'm in a big social services agency, eight people sitting around,
and I asked about this score and no-one knows anything.
No tick-talk today.
 

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It looks like scores are being settled up to the stratosphere.
Canadas' Bombardier has been hit with a new 220% duty for product shipped to the disUnited States.
Chances are Canadas' Prime Minister will score a zero, as cancelling the order for 12 American fighter planes.
There's a record heat wave here with dense humidy, people with breathing disorders being hospitalized,
and the waters of Lake Erie being described as warmer than body temperature.
 

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I'm seeing big numbers, constant numbers on screens, a new score, from Las Vegas.
Sad to say it's the continuing number of people who are dying from injuries,
and reporting them, after the mass murder.
In the disUnited States, it takes four or more people being killed all at once,
to qualify as a mass murder.
One report said that as of this time, there have been 64 mass murders this year.

I have to add my own, professional musician, if not entertainer, comments.
It was a country music street festival, and when the shooting began,
the onstage band stopped playing and ran off the stage.
I'm thinking the country star, a Mr. Aldean, should have stopped the band,
informed the crowd, and started pointing out ways to run away.
For sure, he would have been a new American hero,
and he could have played himself in the television special, movie and cable series.
Let the songs and videos begin.
 

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Now I'm seeing two first ladies, Ivana Trump saying she was his first wife,
as a rich businessman, while Melanie is his third, and elected first lady.
Ivana, Ivana, I vant it all...
 

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It looks like new numbers are setting all-time records, for the disUnited States.
The death toll for California wild-fires is over 50, missing is over 300,
and the property damages are by far the worst in all of American history,
and the fires are still raging, still spreading, with the same winds predicted for four more days.

However, the overall average for the number of States and undeclared States is about the same.
Obviously, Puerto Rico has lost status, declared a beyond reparation debtor, owing over 70 billion,
to the United States of America, according to President Donald Trump.
Ontario, here in Canada, is picking up the slack.
The provincial government has decided to lower the electric bills for residential and business,
by saying, hey, it's like a mortgage, borrowing money on hydro assets, including future billing.
This means interest payments of 30 billion dollars to a New York based financial institution.
The province has also sold a 51% interest in Ontario Hydro to "the public",
even if no-one knows what Ontario public people, or Americans, have paid to own it.

But what is causing the most conversation, missing the stores and products,
is the loss of Sears, one of Canada's oldest and most admired retailers.
A new American board executive sent over 600 million dollars into the states,
last year, saying he had to pay American stock-holders, instead of investing in stores.
Canadian executives are saying everything was being pulled out from underneath them,
to cause the stores to go under.
When I was 16, friends paying me to not cut their hair as much as barber shops did,
my parents got me a barber clipper kit, Kenmore, from Sears, that I'm still using.
I still have the original box, instructions and more than half of the tube of oil.
I'm using the Weller soldering gun my father got as a wedding present, in 1949.

Life is what you make it, but it's better when the items of your lives are built to last,
and the jobs to manufacture, and repair them, are local for you.
 

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It looks like New Zealand is coming back on top of newsworthy scores,
this newest one being their election of the youngest Prime Minister in 150 years.
She is also a very good looking woman.

The Premier of Ontario, said to have the lowest polling scores of all party leaders,
is also being criticized for putting herself up front and center for new political advertising.
The Auditor General of Ontario is also criticizing her for her governments' treatment of Ontario Hydro.
The Premiers' election manager had all charges dropped, a judge deciding it wasn't worth the trial,
when the R.C.M.P. and Crown Attorneys' office were proceeding to prosecute.
A judge deciding a trial isn't necessary is also a first under the Elections Act of Ontario.
 

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California keeps taking the lead with new weather statistics.
Montecito, the home of Oprah Winfrey and the biggest Hollywood celebrities,
has been in the news the last couple of days, because so far, 17 people have died,
with many more missing.
Montecito managed to avoid the wildfires, burning all around the enclave,
but when the rains came it created a mudslide that residents say was worse than being burned out.
Over 200 homes were totally destroyed.

The mud became even more dangerous, in the heat, crusting up on top.
When rescuers walked over a swimming pool or change of landscaping,
they would break through and sink beneath the surface.
 

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Another global weather statistic has been shattered, and that's as in frozen things shattering.
A community in Russia, said to be the coldest place on earth,
with temperatures getting down to minus 61, got down to minus 72 for the first time.
Schools that are open when temperatures are around normal, minus 40,
closed, and people in general were warned to stay inside and stay warm.

Two Chinese students made news by stripping down naked,
and jumping into hot springs, something the locals didn't want to do.

Canadian prairie border crossing employees saying they've noticed a change.
Americans who are driving refugees, whether private or governmental,
aren't driving them right to the border any more, dropping them off below the border.
Out of five men who walked in sub-zero winter temperatures, three lost all their fingers,
some losing toes. One man and his wife are losing fingers and toes.
A Canadian border crossing employee said if they were dropped off at the border,
they had 600 feet to walk into their town to the nearest hotel,
but expecting them to walk for over four hours is asking for death.

And talking about two students getting naked, in Denmark,
two students video recorded themselves having sex,
and at fifteen, that's the legal age for having sex in Denmark.
However, over 1,000 adults have been served legal notices,
that may lead to arrest, for sending this video and down-loading it.
Authorities say more people will be served.
 

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I just found out from Prog Head that Rush has announced their retirement.
Replying to Prog Head in progressive rock was enough typing about that for me.
It's strange when people you know get to be that famous and wealthy,
Rush being the third biggest grossing act in rock history, after the Beatles and Stones.
This isn't a score, that's for sure, but a big void in the rock music world.
Hmmm! I wonder who the City of Toronto is going to get to design the statue,
and Scarborough, St. Catharines, Hamilton...
 
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I'm just looking over this thread and I noticed something.
The posting about the record number of whales that are beaching in Canada is no longer here.
 

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The new leader of the Ontario Conservative Party, has just resigned. One down.
Two girls who had sex with him when they were all younger made accusations.
The man who replaced him, after a few days, was the focus of more accusations,
and he and his entire staff resigned, six more down.
Now the party is leaderless a few months before the next election.
Doug Ford, the brother of previous Toronto mayor Rob Ford, one pre-down,
announced he's not running for mayor in the next election, wanting to be the Conservative leader.
Rob Ford was known for using crack, being an alcoholic, and having hookers visit in his office.
And yes, it really gets only worse.
The mayor of Toronto is taunting Doug Ford by saying he's working out of his mothers' basement,
and sure enough, the photo today of Doug Ford announcing his Conservative candidacy,
was in his mother's home and looked like a rec room. That's one gonna-be down.

Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, with one term under her manly girl belt,
is often described by voters who say if she wins another term,
her Wynne-Wynne government is a no-win for us.
The contest between her and another female candidate to be the leader,
was promoted by the Liberal party as being between a lesbian and a real estate salesperson,
so I'm not inferring anything new here.
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney went from having the biggest majority of elected representatives,
to having only two seats in Parliament, after he inflicted the G.S.T. tax on Canada.
That's either the Goods and Services Tax, a 7% tax on all goods sold and services provided,
what every resident and business person paid when you spent money,
or Get Stoned Tonight, the monthly cheque you got if you were a government dependent,
what was called a rebate cheque. And that's being down in more ways than one.
Now his daughter announced she'll be running for the Conservative leadership.
 
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All this sexual news actually inspired me to make a joke.

If two people are getting together online,
and decide to meet for a cup of coffee,
and one of them makes unwanted sexual demands,
what kind of harassment is this?
An in-Timmy-date.

And for those who don't know,
Tim Horton Donuts is the largest coffee franchise in Ontario,
where most people say I'll meet you at Timmys'.
This joke could have been about Starbucks...
but... uh... yeah... too American.
 

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More statistics from the disUnited States are making the news.
The stock markets in New York have had the biggest drop since the Great Depression,
what is optimistically being called a proper correction, bursting an artificial real estate bubble.
The Great Depression, which happened very quickly, was only done by people using pens and paper.
Being able to computer will allow a more gradual manipulation and gradation of financial output,
so one drop that's almost as big really means nothing, when following drops all add up.

In Syria, American news displaying this kind of action for the first time,
it's said that the latest American bombardment against Syrian forces supported by Russia,
have killed Russian personnel, when America and Russia have an agreement to avoid that.
Some commentators are saying that's a prelude to America stepping on Russian toes,
when they attack North Korea.
And North Korea is really starting to get to the American public.
The totally out there, famously flaming gay American skating star,
refused to meet or take a Tweet from the visiting American Vice-President.
The skater referenced the Vice-Presidents' support of an organization,
that advocates medical cures and surgery to cure homosexuality.
When the entire stadium rose to salute and applaud the North Korean athletes,
the Vice-President was the only person to remain seated.
It's a good thing he wasn't doing that during an NFL football game,
or President Donald Trump wouldn't have liked that.

What do you call a soldier who's been exposed to mustard gas and pepper spray.
A well-seasoned veteran.

I'd like to share some Gaelic, and you can say Scottish, Proper English.
Birds go tweet tweet. We all know that. They don't re-tweet.
When English people during the Victorian Era, also known as the Opium Era,
held up a hand in front of their mouths to make derogatory noises,
that was called tittering.
If you were doing that behind someone's back, or coming from behind a bush,
that was called twittering, half-way between titter and tweet.

This is inspiring a song lyric update.
"Don't she tweet, as she's scrolling down the street,
as I ask you very confidentially, don't she tweet.
She re-tweets, with a device that's wireless,
as I find her IP user address, she re-tweets".
 

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More horror from America, this time Florida, is making the news.
17 people were killed in the latest schoolyard serial killing.
As the article in the Toronto Star noted,
it's not even half-way through February, and this is serial killing number 18.

In piano related events,
it has always been a local myth that big turtles would swim to an inland pond,
that locals describe as being kind of an inland sea, depending on the tide.
A leatherback turtle, if I remember, weighing over 365 kilograms,
was found dead onshore, said to look emaciated.
They think he followed some jellyfish, his favorite food, and couldn't find his way back out.
This turtle was said to be the size of a piano.

There was no report if any fishing lines or net strands were taut enough to be tune-able.
Some people think these turtles can live to be 500 or 700 years old.
 

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More extreme statistics are freezing up more than weak computer systems.
The northernmost weather station in the world, Cape Morris Jessup, on the northern tip of Greenland,
has, for the first time, reported more than 24 hours above freezing, 25C above normal.
This was reported by the Danish Meteorological Institute.

And just because I like living my life in stereo, coming at you from both sides,
in Itqlaguik, in northern Alaska, previously known as Barrow,
they recorded a high of -1C, 22C above normal.
The decline of sea ice that allows the transporting of warmer southern heat is responsible.
David Thoreson, arctic photographer, was quoted as saying,
"It's amazing to watch this unfold. This is the first time I've been out in a boat this time of year".

What is being described as a new social phenomena in the disUnited States,
students becoming activists who call themselves "the serial killer generation",
has spread through many states, students lying down as the dead in protest.
This has created responses from different levels of government,
and President Donald Trump was motivated enough to say that schools need more guns.
He said "when bad people have guns, good people should have guns too".
He wants to see teachers with guns and former military with guns as security.

Almost every article mentions the concerns of everyone from citizens to legislators,
who say people should not be able to shop at stores to buy weapons of war,
when the only requirement is having the cash to purchase them.

I just saw a movie titled "24 Hours" starring Ben Affleck.
It showed ex-American military working in Africa for a "contracting" corporation,
sending assassins for hire around the world, showing many military protocols and payments.
After being killed by the security of an intended victim,
Ben Affleck is brought back to life by a bizarre medical treatment,
so he can be questioned about what he knew before he was killed.
He was told what he remembered was useful, and that now he had just 24 hours to live.
As he escapes to make the last day of his life meaningful,
to find the co-worker who killed his wife and child, and who now is going for his grandfather,
he discovers his victim was an informant who wanted to tell Interpol about disappearing Africans.
Hundreds of people disappeared, and were being used for medical experiments that are crimes against humanity.
Mass graves were dug with bodies napalmed to hide any surgical procedures.
At the end of the movie, it said this was based on a true story.

In Los Angeles and other major cities in California,
law enforcement now say they have extended the window for reviving dead people.
This means the former time of applying revival methods at thirty minutes or less,
has now become forty-five minutes or less.
I remind you this is institutional information for taxpayers as publicized by those in authority.
 
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As far as the recent Korean Olympics goes,
this is the most medal counts for Canada at any winter games.
I'm seeing the North Korean involvement as generating the most and most positive news,
with the equipment failure that resulted in a French skating duo skating with an exposed breast,
being second for world interest.
However, despite the global viewings and controversy and deletions and media back-tracking,
no American news source described this as being like the French symbol for liberty, truth and justice.
That's a woman charging forward like a sword carrying warrior with one breast bared.
As for riffing off a traditional Francais rhyme...
my dancers danced at both ends, and gave off a wondrous sight,
but oh my friends, and oh my foes, against an empire we all must fight.

Bruce Cockburn, You Tube, "If I had a rocket launcher".
For South America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z02J_kPincA
 
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England, and as they like to include themselves as, Britain,
is undergoing record-breaking snow-storms and cold temperatures,
and being cold is so English and British.
Major industries are being asked to shut down so residential gas consumers can stay warm.
If this sounds like a modern version of war-time rationing,
you can say there's a bit of the Dark Ages coming back to compliment this in a southern way.
Measles, and the number of people dying from measles, is setting new modern records.
The highest percentage of people dying, eighteen at the beginning, are in Romania,
but Italy is the worst, 88% of all Italians now having measles.

Health news from America is also changing, setting a new presidential record.
President Donald Trump, as they say, is just one pound away from being declared officially obese.
As if. He's so vain he'd probably get the White House doctor disappeared before he'd admit that.
They say he's taken medical advice seriously, not eating his usual meals.
That's two Big Macs, two fillet of fish burgers and a big chocolate milkshake.

The one person he always led around on his arm to make him look good,
having a choice of wife,
is now having her American citizenship questioned as the former foreign model she was.
President Donald Trump is always criticizing foreigner who become American citizens,
for using that to bring their families in to become American citizens, calling that "chain migration".
Now White House employees are saying his wife is doing that to bring in her mother and father.
President Donald Trumps' one cousin, who has White House clearance and national security protocols,
is now having all that taken away, because of his foreign financial involvements with "hostile countries".

If you can say one thing about all this new political fat in the President Donald Trump White House,
it's costing Americans more by the pound than what the English pay to keep their country on the ground.
 
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