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Friday 23 July 2004
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My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money. -- Joe Weinstein

Well. I'm back, back on the web, at least, but I'm still in Central Ontario at the cottage that has been our family's summer place for the last 100 years and more.  My mother, my kids, and their kids and were here until yesterday, and now only Jonathan and his family and I are left until my niece comes to get the place ready for my sister and her entourage.

The last entry in this diary was on June 20th, the day I set out for Ontario.  At that time, I made a decision to take a month off from this daily habit, and I've managed to stick it out. Surprisingly, I haven't actually missed my daily time at the keyboard, and I have been very busy doing nothing important, but I figure it is time to get back to the diary again.

In the last month, lots has happened in my world, but not much in the way of beekeeping.  Nonetheless, I do keep my ear to the ground, and have several interesting bee matters to mention here as I get caught up.

A few years back, some of us saw nicotinics insecticides coming onto the scene and foresaw a disaster in the making.  We were told that these chemicals were very powerful tools against target insects at extremely low doses, but told also that -- somehow -- they would be harmless to bees and other essential insects intimately sharing the same ecosystem.  Although a few studies to examine the effects on bees were required by regulators, and were performed prior to approval for use in the environment, the work was funded by the products' suppliers.  Strangely, from the perspective of Canadian beekeepers, it was the then head of CAPA -- The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturalists -- that took the chemical companies' money in Canada, and signed off regarding threats to bees after a small, basic, study that, in retrospect, looks like a high school science project.

After examining what was being done, and how, many of us on the outside concluded that the studies were designed to look serious, look reasonably diligent, and be sufficient to satisfy the regulators, but also to be very cursory, and we suspected that they were calculated not to really dig for -- or even accidentally find -- trouble, particularly if the effects on beneficial insects were subtle and not immediate.

About that time, I started a site dedicated to the unfolding problem, but, as others became aware of the threat and took up the cause, I have let it slide.  Nonetheless, our fears have been born out, and systemic insecticides have been approved in North America.  Here is a recent article by the well-respected and careful Dr. Eric Mussen.  (It's a PDF, so you will need Acrobat Reader).


Saturday 24 July 2004
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Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative. -- Kurt Vonnegut

Ellen is home now, and reports that everything in Swalwell is green and lush.  Our grass was recently cut, and the cats are glad to see her.  In Muskoka, I am alone for the day.  Jon and Sarah and the kids have driven north to Sudbury to visit my sister and Mom before they drive home to Rhode Island tomorrow.  The sun is shining, and I will sit on the veranda and try to remember all the things I need to get done, then catch up on my chores.  Mail has piled up at home, and Ellen is faxing me bills to pay and other matters to consider.

This came in a while back, and I have just gotten around to thinking about it.  I'll also call the Mid US Honey Price Line at 763-658-4193 and report below...

Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 8:20 AM
Subject: Australian Honey Prices latest

Hi Allen,

I have been waiting for you to come back on line, but we have had a nasty surprise as Capilano have slashed prices paid to the beekeeper by approx 30%. Highest price per Kilogram $3.50 for top grade Yellow Box, Red Gum $3.20 Canola $2.80 and most good flavoured Eucalypt honey $2.90 to $3.15. Honey Quotas will be enforced and tightened and an audit of honey plants to examine those that Qualify to food standards.

Only 3 cents per kilogram presently offered for honey that comes from accredited factories. Other independent packers will not buy as they are scared of being caught with high priced honey on a falling market. So we are presently looking at uncertain times.

What the beekeepers need is a world wide point to compare prices and forecast possible large crops coming on the market. I have looked extensively on the internet and cannot find live figures. I believe the packers are now playing games with the beekeepers, as locally I cannot see a lot of domestic honey and large areas are still in drought. The obvious thing is the public have stopped buying honey due to the imported honey being such low quality and different to the nice thick eucalypt honey customers are accustomed to.  Huge amounts of imported honey has damaged the local market.

I'm assuming these are Australian dollars.  If so, today, $1.00 Australian is $US0.709 or $0.9368 CAD.  In that case, it appears, from the comments above, that the $2.80 canola honey is fetching in Aus translates to $US1.98.  That is per kilogram, not per pound as I had initially assumed. Fortunately, a reader corrected me.  (It just goes to show how easy it is to get the wrong impression). The above numbers reported translate to a maximum of $US1.03 for the special varieties, and 90˘ US per pound for white (I assume Australian canola honey is water white, like ours), and I must say that price is low!

I understand, also, that markets vary country by country, and that the costs of production can vary widely.  I have been led to understand that Australia has, for some time now, had some measures in place which both raise the demand and the price for their product, and the cost of production.  I have no idea how much higher the production costs are there.  I have been pressing for implementation of similar measures in North America to ensure that the current prices do not sink to the lowest common level.  It appears, however that the Australian quality measures are not protecting them as well as they have previously.

I also, somehow, had the impression that Aus and NZ had some rules to exclude foreign honey from their home markets based on their claimed AFB-free status, the thinking being that the imported honey can contain AFB spores that might escape into the environment though bees robbing discarded consumer packs at dumps and from bees robbing empty drums, etc.

This latter scenario is suspected of being the source of the rAFB that showed up at Burnaby Canada (near a packing plant) and a similar outbreak in Florida.  Both outbreaks subsequently spread far an wide, so I consider such fears quite reasonable.  I gather, though, that, even if the home markets are protected, that Australian beekeepers, like Canadians depend on export and that the export market sets the price to producers.  I also seem to recall that Argentine honey was found in the Australian home market, so perhaps my understanding is incorrect.

A glance that the chart from Yahoo! (right) also shows that Australian currency has been strengthening over the last several years -- by 45%, from a low of about about 55˘US to around 80˘US at the the peak -- and that alone will explain considerably reduced returns to Australian producers.  I also seem to recall having read of an American/Australian free trade agreement having been signed recently...

Please tell me more...  By email, or in HoneyBeeWorld Forum, which has been recently showing signs of new life.

I called the Hotline just now, and heard that as of July 20, the Dakotas have been very dry.  Recently two loads of white honey went for $1.30 US (~$1.72 CAD) and packer enquires at are coming at around $1.25.  The Dakota crop is doubtful at this time, and apparently California was a bust for white honey this year, so beekeepers are holding out.  All in all, if these prices hold or strengthen, things should be good for beekeepers in the US again this year. 

If you have ANY news, from any area of the world, not just the central USA, please call 763-658-4193 and leave a message.  Your info will be shared with fellow beekeepers so they know what the current price is, and thus, hopefully, not sell too cheap through ignorance and weaken the market for all.  Hotline info also helps beekeepers tell banks with certainty what the current prices are.  Bankers who don't know what honey is worth are inclined to squeeze beekeepers who have inventories to sell when they perhaps should not.  Beekeepers who are squeezed or panic and dump their honey on the market wreck the market for themselves and for others.

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. -- H. L. Mencken

As for the Australian situation, things sound grim there.  Apparently Capilano has gotten into trouble, attacking markets too vigorously and upset the order of things and gentlemen's agreements that allowed regulators and competitors to overlook minor transgressions and the hounds are now unleashed.  Time will tell.  A sea change in regulation and pricing structure was bound to come, but recent conflicts have shortened the timeline and changed the rules.

Capilano's excursion into Canadian markets have certainly upset the Canadian co-ops' plans for the Canadian marketplace and drawn into question their survival in the long run.   Beemaid chose to ignore lucrative  export opportunities and to try to keep and expand market share in Canada.  That cost them member support, and a big chunk of the market share they tried to buy with members' valuable honey was scooped up by Capilano using cheap third world honey.  I gather the Canadian co-ops are in distress, as I'm finding AHPC (a firm which holds about $30,000 of my funds against my will, and without permitting me voting privileges) somewhat  rude and peremptory to me lately.  I'll share a letter illustrating the rudeness with you next session.

Today : Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h near noon. High 28. UV index 8 or very high. / Tonight : Clear. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 13. / Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24.


Sunday 25 July 2004
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Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. -- Sir Arthur Eddington

 

Jon and Sarah (his wife), and kids left for Providence this morning.  It's a 12-hour drive, more or less, taking the freeways all the way.  They expect to be home by evening.  We had discovered a vacuum leak in his Volvo the other day and found that the oil sump was dry after their trip up -- off the dipstick! -- so we have been a bit concerned about the engine, but their recent trip to Sudbury and back (250 miles) did not result in noticeable oil consumption, so hopefully, the damage was not permanent.


 

From an observant US reader:

Allen,

Great to have you back on line with your diary. We (I am sure I speak about people like myself but do not even know) have missed it but also respect your need for time away.

I just have to point out an observation about your reporter from Australia and the conversion of the price quoted. The conversion of $1.98 to US is per kilogram instead of pound. Dividing by 2.2 would put the price per pound at $.90.

Enjoy the rest of your time away and please continue to be an advocate for our industry.

Goes to show how easy it is to make mistakes.  I was berating the Brazilians for apparently mistaking the US prices per pound for prices per Kilogram and pricing their product accordingly.  Then I made the same sort of error.

On the question of prices, asked yesterday, it occurs to me that the USDA publishes The National Honey Report monthly. The National Honey Board also offers some sources.

Anyone know of sources for international prices?

Bob Harrison writes, on BEE-L...

Hello All,

I commend Joe Graham (editor ABJ) as I have before for giving all sides of a subject equal time.

The article " Examining the Chinese Chloramphenicol honey Contamination Issue from the Chinese point of View" in the August issue of the American Bee Journal (vol. 144 no. 8) will not be received well by American beekeepers but we are all beekeepers and as such we have got beekeeping in common.

Actually I respect the Apicultural Science Association of China (ASAC) quite a bit for the work they are doing in many areas.

When the average beekeeper reads the article he/she quickly sees the door is about to open and the flood of low priced Chinese is headed for the U.S.. It is also interesting that on page 632 the Chinese say around 20,000 metric tons of ultrafiltered honey have already flowed into the U.S. What happened to the U.F. honey which was ultrafiltered to remove chloramphenicol which entered the U.S.?

(He continues...Read it here)

Today I noticed that there has been some interest in my " Bee Stings from a Beekeeper's Perspective" Page and looked at it again for the first time in a while.  As always there are minor improvements to be made, and I tuned it up a bit.

Sarah, my niece, and I tidied up the cottage and rearranged the furniture.  The day is cooler, and we swam only once.

Today : Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this afternoon. High 31. UV index 8 or very high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. Wind south 20 km/h becoming northwest 20 this evening. Low 12. / Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24.


Monday 26 July 2004
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Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. -- Kin Hubbard

This is probably why Capilano dropped price.
See "Honey formulations to get cheaper?"
Kevin

I am alone this morning, for the first time in a month or so. 

I received word last night that Jon and family got home to Rhode Island without incident.  The kids, though were confused as to where exactly they are and where they were going, apparently expecting that their cottage bedroom would be in Rhode Island when they arrived, and that Chris, their uncle from Alberta whom they had enjoyed in Muskoka, might be at their home -- along with their cat.

The world honey price discussion continues on BEE-L...

<snip>

Here's the problem. The planet is one big transparent market for "fungible commodities" like honey. (And if you sell your honey as a "fungible commodity", whose fault is that?)

Buyers and packers of honey are ready, willing, and able to source their honey from anywhere on the planet, so any honey for sale in bulk anywhere tends to impact the price paid for honey everywhere else. The net effect of the Chinese honey being offered for sale anywhere is to tend to depress prices everywhere. The net effect of ANY large supply of honey being offered for sale anywhere is to tend to depress prices everywhere.

<snip>

The problem is that buyers and packers have more information than producers, and many producers don't even try to share information on what offers they have received. Producers and producer co-ops are being fools in thinking that they gain anything by keeping bids secret rather than leveraging the unavoidable transparency of the market to their own advantage.

The net result is that the lowest price that any large producer or co-op will accept suddenly becomes the highest price offered to anyone else. If one thinks about that for longer than a millisecond, it should become blindingly obvious to even the casual observer that it would be in the best interest of producers to not only know what others are being offered for their honey, but also to quickly inform everyone else of what bids they have received.

<snip>

To read the entire article, Click here

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THE ORIGIN OF WEST EUROPEAN SUBSPECIES OF HONEYBEES (APIS MELLIFERA) : NEW INSIGHTS FROM MICROSATELLITE AND MITOCHONDRIAL DATA

Calgary Today : Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm. High 22. UV index 7 or high. / Tonight : Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening with the risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing overnight. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 8.  / Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24.
 


Tuesday 27 July 2004
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I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly. -- Michel de Montaigne

 

Hi Allen,

My name's Umberto, and I write from Trento (Nord-Italy). I am a retired and in my free time I am a beekeeper. I looking for a farm to visit for about 1 or 2 mounts. I see your web site and I hope you can help me to find it. If is possible can you write me some address where I can telephone or write my reference? I am available to work in this farm, so I can improve my English, how you will just understand, is no very good.
Tanks for your attentions.

Ciao

 

This came in this morning.  I'm not naming names until I hear a more official report...  So far I have not found it on the news.

Was informed today that the double murder/suicide in St Paul, was in fact (a well-known commercial beekeeper), who reportedly killed his wife and youngest daughter (first year university) and then himself.....

<snip>

Only other info I heard, was (he) was put on medicine January and again in May, am speculating it was likely for depression, but don't know.

I sold several items to the beekeeper in question last fall and this spring.  At one point he had asked me to sell 1,000 of his hives for him anonymously, and I mentioned them here, but he changed his mind several days later.  I found him to be an earnest, straightforward person, and am sorry to hear this news. 

The story is true, and here is a link to an article with details.  It is indeed tragic.

 

I promised to share a rather peremptory letter from the Alberta Co-op.  I wrote to this employee's supervisor, but have received no response.

We still have 83 juice drums here that you were going to pick up last year.  Are you still interested in them?  If so please advise if you want us to ship them to you COLLECT or arrange pick up by the end of this month.  After that they will be forfeited and we will dispose as we see fit.

Thank you

Gerald

Who owns the co-op anyhow?

The reasons why the drums were not picked up are the subject of another article when I have time, but basically come down to being due to the fact that I had planned to pick them up when delivering honey, but my delivery was refused because I was a few days late.  That was due to the unusually cold weather in January which prevented me from getting it out of the extracting warehouse.  I couldn't convince the owners to start up their machines and work in the cold.

Have I written about this before?  Not sure, but this latest email from AHPC seems to be just more of the arbitrary actions I have seen from the co-op lately.  They have $30,000 of my money, allow me no vote, and have confiscated funds from my account held in trust by them against my express objections.  Moreover, they have never accounted for another 100+ wax drums they got from me years ago, in spite of repeated promised to do so. In spite of their own shortcomings in regard to drums, they are grinding me over a small shortage in my inventory.  As for the drums I have at AHPC, I could see their asking me to please hurry up, or advising me that they will have to charge me storage in the future, but the approach they have taken is nothing short of abusive in my view, particularly in light of the fact that they have also confiscated my money.  I've told them, "Let's just settle up all around and let's be quits", and get an arbitrator if necessary, but they are not interested in such a simple solution.

The co-ops have also, recently, failed to deliver on their promises of price to members who delivered honey on trust, then counted on them to keep their word.  I guess somebody really should sue the co-op and the directors, but, so far, nobody has the stomach for such nastiness.  I, personally, hate having to resort to such measures, but maybe they will push someone too far.  So far, members have confined their protests to simply shipping their crop elsewhere.  Although some (many) have exclusive contracts that require that 100% of the crop goes to the co-op, I, and some others do not, because we have never renounced the old Quota 88 agreement -- in spite of attempts by various boards to get us to sign agreements to do so -- and are therefore free to ship whereever we please.  The only penalty to us is loss of quota, and quota is now worth nothing anyhow.

Nonetheless, in spite of contracting 100% of crop, many co-op members held out this year and sold into the open market in protest against the price cutting that Beemaid had been undertaking to attempt to gain market share.  This price cutting was obviously going to affect the return, and anyone with eyes could see that Beemaid would fail to meet its promises sooner or later.  I suppose the reasoning is that if Beemaid can break promises to members, then members can break promises to Beemaid.  All in all, it is not a nice situation, and IMO will only get worse.  I've suggested solutions, but they have been rejected out of hand.  I'd like to get my money out of there and forget they exist.  Within a decade, my guess is that they won't.

Should AHPC be called a co-op, or an unco-op?   What do you think?

Today : Sunny. Becoming cloudy this morning with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Wind becoming north 20 km/h near noon. High 18. UV index 7 or high. /Tonight : Cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 7. /Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24.


Wednesday 28 July 2004
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We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. -- Will Rogers

How time flies.  It's almost August. 

Today I booked my flight home on the 5th.  I hate to return, but Ellen is having a big party for her 60th, and flying to China a day or two later.  Then, on the 17th, I have a meeting for the project I have undertaken with Lakeland College.  Besides, I need to get some work done around the home place.

I listed the last of the cattle -- 39 steers and a heifer -- on the internet auction today, but the bids were so bad that the auction was called off before our lot came up.  Hope things get better, but there is a glut on the market, not that you can tell that from the beef prices in stores around here.  Steaks are going for well over $20 per kg locally.

We've almost all our cattle now, and, on the face of it, have lost a fair bit of money on the deal.  We won't know how much, for a while though, since taxes figure heavily into the calculations, and the effect of government programs is yet to be calculated.  If nothing else, the project has been educational and taken me more into the mainstream of agriculture in our district.  Having seen this thing from the inside, though, I have no idea how the people who make their living in cattle will survive. 

Cattle is a huge industry in Alberta and in Canada.  Recent events are of the sort that favour companies with deep pockets over the family farm, and, unless something is done to even the field, we will see a concentration of power in the hands of multi-nationals as a result.  These huge firms have the diversification, both financially and geographically, not only to survive, but also to profit from such events. The money that the small operators lose goes straight into their coffers, as does much of government assistance aimed at the family farm.

Attempts by government to help the small guys have largely flowed through to assist banks, suppliers, and packers -- larger businesses -- but not gone far enough to save the intended recipients.  As we all know the farmers gets to keep only the last dollar coming in, after all the bills are paid.  If income is short, losses come directly from the farmers' equity.  The result of all this pain will be more people leaving the country for the cities, and further erosion of the rural backbone of the country.  Frankly, I have no clue how the cattle guys have held on as long as they have, yet when I go to the auction, the people still smile and carry on, even while they watch tens of thousands of dollars drain from their account.


Further to the co-op email quoted above, Derrick called Ellen today and told her that the drums would not be confiscated, and that the drum and all the other issues would be straightened out together.  I had emailed him, asking if he was aware what employees were emailing to people.

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Derrick has always been a straight shooter and extremely helpful.  I have the feeling that his hands are tied by the board, and that if he were in charge, things would be running far better.  He is a positive, patient and capable expediter -- and a diplomat.  Apparently, the board (bless their souls) is waiting on documentary proof that Ellen is turning sixty so they can justify a speedier payout of our account (not that they intent to just pay us out and be done).  Odd how they stand on some little detail like this, when the board can alter other policy on a whim and without notice to members.  To me it is an indication of a bad culture, small, petty thinking, and a further indicator of ongoing disaster for the organisation.

Today : Sunny with cloudy periods. High 21. UV index 7 or high.  /Tonight : A few clouds. Low 10. / Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24


Thursday 29 July 2004
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Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it. -- Samuel Johnson

 

Here's a well written opinion piece from a regular reader...

Hi Allen,

Glad to hear you've been enjoying summer, yes it did arrive finally. Good to have you back too.

I was wondering how your cattle were doing, -- or perhaps as you mentioned -- your balance sheet. I'm sorry to hear that is was a losing venture apart from the tax savings.

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
-- Wilson Mizner

I was raised on a mixed cattle and grain farm which my brother has taken over responsibility and is now mostly focused on cattle. This entire region is focused heavily on cattle production and which has granted my home town the distinction of being the cattle capital of Manitoba.  I share your sentiments about who loses and who prospers during such cataclysmic events. Today's news announced Lakeside Packers will expand to kill an extra 1000 animals per day, makes good sense when they'll be able to buy, ahem steal, all the fat cattle they can process for rock bottom prices, and sell the prime cuts to the US for sky high prices. My understanding (somewhat cynical) of the open border to boneless cuts of beef under 30 months of age is a way for these American packers (IBP and Cargill) to profit and to provide the affluent beef consumers in the US with a larger supply of prime cuts such as tenderloin and rib eye steak which are always in short supply.

I would like to know what is really crossing the border. Last week's Western Producer has an article regarding R-CALF supporters who own fat cattle in Canadian feedlots and which are being given precious slaughter priority over Canadian-owned fat cattle at Cargill near Nanton, AB.

We haven't seen the financial impact just yet. Farmers have a way of hanging on by their finger nails. However, if feeders fetch 30 cents a pound this fall, how is anyone going to get by? Lets do the math, 175 calves at 600 lbs average times 30 cents equals $31,500 Canadian or approximately $23 650 US. Its a very scary thought! I hate being a pessimist but you only have to look at what prices Argentine beekeepers are being paid for their honey right now for an example.

I do find it interesting that since the war in Iraq and Canada's refusal to take part directly (We sent extra troops to Afghanistan to relieve US troops which went to Iraq) in that quagmire, we have encountered SARS, but none in the US, we had BSE with one in the US, originating from Canada, the bird flu and none recently in the US. How is it that a country with greater population density and 10 times the population not to mention many more and larger corporate owned factory farms with almost grotesque animal population densities has escaped all these disease outbreaks? We know that bee diseases have long been a greater issue in the US than in Canada; how is it that other livestock diseases haven't correlated? Hhmm... is the US public being duped to protect the interests of a few very large and powerful corporate owned agricultural industries which have widespread control over most of the food we eat.

I just got off the phone with AFSC.  Apparently there is a new equity loss program, with forms available on the AFSC site.  Haven't looked yet.  Only for Alberta? 

(Later) Having looked, I cannot find it.

I spent the afternoon driving around back roads in Muskoka searching for the auto wreckers to get a door lock actuator I had located on the phone, then, in the evening, I washed up in the boathouse.

Today : A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers or late afternoon thunderstorms. High 24. UV index 7 or high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms this evening. Low 11. / Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24.


Friday 30 July 2004
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If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity. -- Bill Vaughan

I notice that AVG free version (my favourite and only installed virus checker) has a major upgrade today.  I update daily, and the download is usually small.  Today's is 2705 KB.

There is also a new critical Windows® update today.  Computer security is very important these days, and I recommend checking for updates almost daily and then downloading and installing them faithfully.  If you visit the online scans recommended on my security page, you'll notice that the anti-virus companies also websites offer emails warning about new threats, as a free service.

FWIW, I did find the reference to the equity loss program (above).  It is actually just part of the normal NISA/CAIS stabilization system, with an accelerated payment schedule for those in dire need and details can be found by searching the AFSC site for 'equity loss'

I did some more cleanup, then went looking for some parts in Bracebridge.  Sarah and Lindsey came up from the south to join us for the weekend.

Today : Sunny with cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon with the risk of a thunderstorm. High 23. UV index 8 or very high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers this evening with the risk of a thunderstorm. Low 11. / Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24.


Saturday 31 July 2004
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Hello seeker! Now don't feel alone here in the New Age, because there's a seeker born every minute. -- Firesign Theatre

I puttered around the boathouse today, then visited with Gordon, Leny, and their son, John when they came by to visit.  After supper, I drove to Sudbury.

Saturday : Sunny with cloudy periods. High 21.

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