Island Musings

Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it

Who and when? — October 9, 2015
1915 in the USA — October 8, 2015

1915 in the USA

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?) Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help. There were about 230 ‘reported’ murders in the entire country. 

The good old days?

King Steve speaks — October 7, 2015

King Steve speaks

OTTAWA — “Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage. Marijuana is infinitely worse and it’s something that we do not want to encourage.” — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper. –

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I would love to know what research he has to back this up.  One lady I know made the comment that she never heard of a husband coming home and beating up his spouse after a joint.

My opinion:  legalize it and tax it.

Polls — October 6, 2015


I have had three calls today. I do not answer polls. It must be getting harder for pollsters to have any credibility given the wildly different results being published. The conspiracy side of me wonders if the published polls are trying to influence the sheep. Hard to tell who owns who. 

Did we move — October 1, 2015

Did we move

A friend reports from Fredericton:

I see in Walmart’s Flyer this week, on the front page they are featuring 10Lb White Potatoes for $2.67. Nothing spectacular about that, however…
The add goes on to say they are a “Product of the Maritimes or PEI.”

Trans Pacific agreement — September 30, 2015

Trans Pacific agreement

One of the questions I have is how will this effect the price of prescription medicines.  While I do not know the origin of this comment I saw the following in a forum I follow:

Health advocates and generic drug-makers sounded that alarm over a leaked TPP draft that showed greater protection for pharmaceutical companies, a U.S. demand. The U.S. has also pushed for longer exclusivity for cutting-edge biologics treatments — seeking 12 years, compared to zero currently guaranteed in some developing countries. But sources say the final deal will probably include something similar to the eight-year exclusivity period already in the Canada-EU deal. Published reports also suggest the U.S. has pared down some of the early positions in the leaked text.

I asked the question — September 29, 2015

I asked the question

…Of two well known politically ‘informed” individuals regarding their option of the Trans Pacific Agreement.  Neither knew what I was talking about.  Neither knew how the Milk Marketing Board worked either. One was a Tory and one was a Grit.

My question was sincere and not mischief.  I do not understand either very well and was hoping that someone could dumb it down for me.

I have a question —

I have a question

Does it make any difference to you if a politician knocks on your door during an election?  In 22 years in my current residence I have had one visit – Liberal from two elections ago.  Did not (does not) matter what they say at my door as I know they are just trying to get the sheep’s vote.  However, listening to others they seem to take offence if no one knocks on their door.

We have come a long way from the days of a pint of rum for the gents and a box of chocolates for the ladies – or have we? Maybe our price is higher or maybe we are cheap whores who will sell our sheeple vote for little.  What is your price?  You know you have one.

Green Liz —
Vincent motorcycle — September 26, 2015