Hands up anyone who still owns a VCR. I do. It sits beside the Blu-ray dvd player on the downstairs TV stand. I don’t remember the last time I used it. One company has continued to manufacture VCR’s until now, Japan-based Funai Electric. The company that once sold millions of units annually and still sold 750,000 units last year is believed to be the world’s last VCR manufacturer. However, they say they will cease production for good at the end of this month. Funai has been making VHS VCR’s since 1983 but the company is finding it difficult to find parts for the machines.
In the Globe and Mail there was an interesting take on Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican national convention. If you missed the piece, it says, in essence, rather than Make America Great Again, Trump’s slogan might as well be “Make Americans Terrified Again”. He is running on fear; fear that everything in America has gone wrong. That the economy is broken; that terrorists are everywhere; that the police are losing control; that America’s enemies are laughing at it; that the culture has been taken over by a cabal of billionaires and socialists and that Hilary Clinton is a crook.
With all the talk during the past few years about this country trying to open up free trade deals with other countries one might wonder why we still have internal interprovincial trade barriers. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, the United States and Mexico is in its third decade. Our politicians and business leaders have worked tirelessly to land trade agreements with the European Union and China, among other nations. Yet our own products, take beer, wine and spirits, for example, cannot flow freely right across this country.
Remember polio, the terrible contagious disease that, thank goodness, has all but been eradicated? Jonas Salk developed a polio vaccine in 1955. Sadly, that was too late for my brother who contracted the disease as an infant in 1952. At the time thousands of cases surfaced in Canada resulting in hundreds of deaths. Some overcame the disease including music icons Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. Salk’s vaccine helped make sure polio was nearly eliminated in First World nations such as ours by the 1970’s.
Earlier this week, our Saskatoonhomepage.ca Sports Poll asked how we felt about the latest Darian Durant injury situation. As of this writing, 10% had replied they weren’t concerned about a sprain that might even possibly he healed in time for tonight’s game. Just over 11% said they wouldn’t worry unless the sprain keeps him out for more than just tonight’s game.