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WestJet Pulls Off A Doozy Of A Christmas Miracle

So the Canadian low-cost carrier pulled off a stunt for the ages, when they played Santa for two plane-loads of passengers. It’s also pretty brilliant viral advertising (look, I’m reposting it!) and absolutely makes me much more likely to travel on WestJet in the future. In a world filled with corporate Scrooges, WestJet is a bright spot! Do yourself a favor at watch this clip.

Canadian Troops In Afghanistan Get High….Soooo Hiiiiiigh!

Canadian_troops.jpgAccording to CNN (via Reuters), Canadian troops “stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy.” A huge forest of 10′ tall marijuana plants. Apparently the Taliban have been using the forests as cover, and according to General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defense staff, marijuana plants absorb heat energy (who knew!?), making it very difficult to find pesky Taliban fighters hiding in amongst the plants.
Making it even worse, the plants are so saturated with water right now, than burning them isn’t working, even though the Canadians have tried using white phosphorous and diesel. Here’s where this gets funny.
Apparently a few brown plans on the edge of the forest did indeed catch fire, much to the “discomfort” of some soldiers caught downwind of the, uh, conflagration. Apparently the troops “had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action,” according to General Hiller.
So with this in mind, a couple of illustrations of the subject. First, Tom Paxton‘s Late ’60’s/early ’70’s take on soldiers and, oh, pot, Talking Vietnam Pot Luck Blues:

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