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Neb-Senu does the hokey pokey and he turns himself around…

I wondered about this for quite some time.

Stories My Mummy Told Me

In June, the social media world began buzzing when a time-lapse video from the Manchester Museum in Manchester England was released, depicting an Ancient Egyptian statue physically rotating on its own.

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(courtesy of  Cavendish Press)

Although much research has subsequently been done looking into reasons why the statue might be spinning, scientific or magical, let’s start from the very beginning (I hear it’s a very good place to start.)

The statuette was donated to the museum in 1933 by Annie Barlow, a mill owner from Bolton who sponsored archaeological digs in the great era of discovery—King Tut’s tomb being discovered only a decade earlier by Howard Carter. Nothing is known about the specific tomb that the statuette came from, but by examining the figurine’s hieroglyphic inscriptions, it is possible to decipher a few bits of information about the tomb’s owner.  From the statue’s shoulder-length wig and knee-length civil-service kilt…

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On Water Issues & Nestle’s CEO, Peter Brabeck

This blog is inspired by the commenters on Youtube, who commented on this video:

If you are one of the people who wishes the wrath of fury on this man, stop and question yourself: “Do I get mad when I see videos of men, women, and children, who are less fortunate, and then demand social justice?” If you are in this group of people, who indulge in both thoughts listed above, you are either a hypocrite, or ignorant. One of the two. If you are ignorant, it’s forgivable.

Here’s why:

Many people who enjoy an abundance of water, live in a geographical region with an abundance of water. Many of us take this for granted, and therein lies the source of our feelings of entitlement. Free water has been a part of our way of life for years, and so we can’t envision why it should cost anything. I can understand why we feel this way, since we’ve been conditioned to feel this way. However, the situation isn’t so plain.
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If you are the type to watch videos of people in other countries who are starving and are dehydrated and say “We should help those people!”, ask yourself this: “How?” Water is scarce in the region. It isn’t like the place you’re used to. They don’t have reservoir’s of fresh water around the corner. In order to quench the thirst of these people, economic efforts are needed. We need a delivery system. Shipping water to them isn’t feasible, since that requires fossil fuels to carry by plane, or by boat. A pipeline is the most feasible measure.

Building a pipeline costs money. Why? Because the person who is building it, has a family to feed, and needs to pay the farmer who farmed the food for them. The person who extracted the materials for it, also has a family he needs to feed and clothe.

OK. So once the pipeline is built, it should be all well and dandy, right? Wrong. There are large amounts of water lost everyday to faulty pipelines which go into disrepair as a result of the lack of return on investment. We can build the infrastructure, but if we’re losing money on it, how is it sustainable to continue to pay for maintenance? Run the equation, and you’ll see that eventually, our future generation suffers.

Some say that we can take water from the air, but this stands the problem of ruining our breathing environment, and carries severe risks.

It is true that Lockheed Martin is developing Graphene based technologies which will filter Ocean water, and make it drinkable, and once this becomes economically and environmentally feasible, a great problem will be solved. Graphene, however, needs more investors, but most people who probably hate Mr. Brabeck for his policies, would never engage in any sort of capitalist enterprise. So perhaps the environmental and sustainable options available to us, are doomed. I guess that’s our own selfish choice to maintain the status quo, though.

How In-Con-spicuous; Harper vs. Big Telecom?

In light of Prime Minister Harper’s recent Facebook post, allegedly protesting big telecom, Conservatives have arrived in hordes, baffled at the appeal to left wing ideology. However, the criticism, to me, is unwarranted.

I see no issue with regulating the amount of time a company can tie up people’s finances. Yes, people need to be attentive to what they’re doing, however, it is simply irresponsible to chalk it up to consumer stupidity, all the while doing nothing to curtail the problem. Public debt is one of Canada’s biggest economic issues, so is there anything wrong with creating an environment where people are less able to acquire debt?

Moreover, I note that it is common to believe that we need new competitors in the market. Well, let me ask you… if everyone is tied up for so long in a contract, how easy is it for new entrants to gain subscribers?

If you claim to be a libertarian, and are asserting that this is too much government meddling, then what do you call tricky wordplay, and long legal contracts which a large majority of citizens (let’s face it, the market is targeting EVERY one, not just legal savvy lawyers) are not inclined to fully read. They rely on the sales persons dissemination of it for them. As a former Cellular sales rep, I can assure you that if each customer read their entire contract, top to bottom… Sales would fall, and on many occasions, we would be there all day. Should stores have a lawyer on hand? Insanity.

Should we protect people from their own stupidity? Yes, absolutely yes. If a piston is misfiring in an engine, would you fix it? This engine, is the Canadian Economy.

Oh, and I do find it relatively asinine to have a protest for a policy which was already enacted. Seems like the government tried to scoop up some “I achieved this during my tenure,” points.

By the way, what has Harper accomplished again? Aside from completely befuddling Canadians?

What Is A Canadian? (op-ed)

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What is it to be a Canadian? On this years Canada day, I want to take the time out to think about that.

In light of Harper’s push to change the Canadian identity, and how we see ourselves, I think it’s important to take a step back and really assess what it is we stand for.

Well, I can’t speak for anyone else, (which, upon being mentioned, is the first thing I mention by proxy) but I can certainly say that, to me…

Being Canadian is about, first and foremost, a multicultural heritage. Our country was founded on the hard work of varying cultural groups. The Iroquois, the French, the English, the Irish… the list goes on. We inherently believe, as Canadians, that people of all colours and creeds can coexist in our great nation, through principles of freedom and liberty.

Not just coexist, but persevere, and even flourish! Yes there is some adversity we face in learning to live with one another, but that same adversity is what gives Canada its character.

As Canadians we are born with the freedom to form opinions, to pursue a life that satisfies us, and are encouraged to set goals, and reach our full potential. We are born with the liberty to express those opinions, and the responsibility to respect that same liberty in others.

Being Canadian, is about believing in the power of cooperation, and mutual benefit. We all enjoy a balanced lifestyle in Canada, which does not falter as you enter areas with less to offer. No, we ensure that those people have the same advantages as everyone else, and why? We’re not a welfare state, folks, we believe in the welfare of our people.

That if the welfare of our people is taken care of, they will be able to reach greater heights. I believe Canada is a nation that builds character. The artists, athletes, engineers, scientists, service workers, mom and pop business owners, the investors, the philosophers, the activists! I have seen so much beauty in Canadians over the years, I can’t help but be overwhelmingly proud to have been born in, lived and breathed, Canada, my whole life.

I believe Canada stands for a mature and responsible approach to diplomacy. That we are capable of avoiding the bias’ of other International relationships, with the goal of prioritizing sustainable long term relations, not just with other Nations, but the people of those Nations.

Canada represents a land of opportunity. The beautiful thing about that opportunity, is that it is not cordoned off to the rich and powerful. It is attainable by means accessible to anyone, so long as the effort and work is put forward to attain it.

We are a country of beauty, majesty, and natural wonders. From the slopes of the Laurentians in Quebec, to the Rockies in British Columbia. From sea to sea, I wish I could see, everything there is to see.

Most of all, I love you Canada. I don’t care what any politician does to you, we’ll always stand for something special.

 

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

Thank you for reading!!

Who is Neb Senu??????

OK, so this video of a statue doing a 180 degree turn all of it’s own accord has been going around the internet. The statue is apparently of “Neb Senu” or “Neb Sanu” … But I have absolutely no idea who that is? I’ve done some googling, but all I can find in reference to this name is videos of this statue!!

Comments Branch Off To Success

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It’s become increasingly apparent to me that a great deal of information can be
learned from everyday people. Gleaning a piece of information here, can tip you
off to a string of thoughts which may connect to other idea’s, and EUREKA!

In comes Branch! If you are a reader, and often read articles online, you’ll no doubt
have noticed the comment section. How often do you go into it, though?

It’s common for people to avoid the comment section, however, I must protest! Articles
can always be written in haste, they almost always have some form of bias, and the subjects
they cover are open to a wide range of interpretations.

The comment section provides a streamline of fluid dialogue between people, and Branch
makes this dialogue the main source of content on it’s site.

 

Beautiful.

 

http://www.branch.com

Ad Nauseam

It is a relatively unacknowledged fact (among laymen, and the average consumer) that advertising is the main source of revenue for most
entertainment content. Videos, sports, sitcoms, music, etc. all derive a large portion of their
revenues from advertising income.

In saying so, it goes without that ad placement is the pinnacle value in its implementation.
In modern times, software companies such as Google  collect abundant data about their customers
in order to provide timely and targeted advertising, making them a valuable source of attention
for business’ seeking exposure.

This has proven to be effective, but has also resulted in many undesirable after effects, such as the mass
dissemination of personal and private information. In light of the recent developments surrounding
whistle-blower Edward Snowden, people have become increasingly wary with their information.

There hasn’t been a mass exodus from the internet, and information is still just as abundant as before,
but as a move of good faith, given the average consumers shaky faith in the economic system at this point,
putting something in their hands should be a liberating activity (both for consumers and the markets). It alleviates the need to be snooping for the
sake of ad revenue, to which point companies who thrive off of the information resources in order to implement
complex ad algorithms etc. will cease needing the information.

The company which is best able to implement customer customizability will, inevitably, arise as the most
valuable ad provider. That will most likely land in the laps of the companies which have the greatest market
exposure already… Companies like Microsoft, Google, and the television networks.

Interestingly, once the change were to take place, there are a plethora of possible market strategies which
could truly stand to completely shake up the entire market chemistry, and will help to alleviate public fears,
by placing control of what they are exposed to, right into their own hands.

If you’re interested in talking about different ideas and models I have in mind, feel free to contact me on Twitter:

@OneRyt