Monthly Archives: July 2013
I’ve been swimming upstream most of my life and there are days when I feel like a salmon trying to return to spawn. It’s hard work getting from here to there. The reality of life is that there are a lot of obstacles and aggravations between where you are and getting laid – metaphorically speaking so to speak.
Sometimes you wonder if it’s worth it. I used to think it was but I’m not so sure anymore.
I’ve decided that it’s time to go with the flow, to float downstream with the current rather than struggle to get somewhere that increasingly is unachievable. I’ve thought long and hard about it and would like to offer up a few policy suggestions that might alleviate much of the conflict and expense we deal with in our modern societies today.
Let’s take crime, for example. Continue reading
Here we go again.
A young man named Sammy Yatim brandishing a knife on a streetcar in Toronto was shot by police and almost immediately protest groups emerge from the shadows demanding justice as they march in the streets and across social media. What justice are they demanding?
Within hours of the shooting, the police officer involved in the shooting was suspended from active service pending an independent investigation by the civilian Special Investigations Unit and a separate investigation by the Chief of Police. The outcome of those investigations will determine what, if any, charges should be laid. If charges are laid, the police officer will face court action that could result in loss of job and prison.
So, I ask again – what justice is being demanded that hasn’t already begun to be applied? Continue reading
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
– Charles Darwin
Regardless of whether you embrace the Theory of Evolution, the creationist Theory of Intelligent Design or some combination of both, the simple reality it that life changes daily and those species that will not only survive but will thrive are those that can learn to adapt to that change.
Humanity has demonstrated repeatedly that it lacks both the ability and the will to adapt.
We are a species of advanced intelligence capable of developing technology that was undreamed of a mere fifty years ago and yet incapable of learning from our mistakes. For all of the smart phones, iGadgets and other technological marvels, we are not very much different from societies that disappeared a thousand years ago.
Our politics are as failed and corrupt and our governments as inefficient and ineffective as those of empires come and gone. Our spirituality is as shallow as those who once worshipped rocks and our prejudices are predicated on beliefs that too often have no relationship to fact.
Life is as cheap today as it has ever been in history and nothing is cheaper to us than the lives of others – especially the lives of those we fear, hate or with whom we violently disagree.
We have not learned to resolve our disputes and disagreements without resorting to anger and violence. We rely on the mentality of the mob as much today as at any point in history. We align ourselves in tribes – herds based on ideology, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and age and we allow ourselves to be led by the shepherds of despair who seek privileged position by dividing us and playing to our fears and fueling our anger.
We are angry because, like those who lived centuries before us, we are afraid. Continue reading
I’m a city slicker. I was born and raised in the city and have lived in major cities across Canada and in Europe. Now I live in the country. It was a fairly major transition for me with a considerable amount of culture shock involved.
Since moving from the city to the country, I’ve learned an awful lot of stuff that I didn’t know and I’d like to share some of my newly found wisdom with you. Here are the top twenty-five things I’ve learned since moving to the country.
- Bears are a lot bigger in person than they are in pictures and on National Geographic; especially when they’re rooting around in the garbage can in your garage. As a health and safety tip, ‘shoo’ isn’t all that effective at moving them along – especially when you’re yelling it at them from the upstairs bedroom window.
- Cell phones only work in the country when you’re standing on one foot in the kitchen waving a copy of the Farmer’s Almanac over your head with the other hand.
- Lawn tractors have no traction in mud or when you’re traveling sideways on an incline. They tend to either get stuck or tip over. Don’t ask how I know this; just take my word for it.
- There are a lot of very sharp, dangerous tools involved in maintaining an acre of property, most of which I know neither the purpose for nor the name of but I do enjoy the fact that they look pretty nice hanging on the wall in the garage. I’ve arranged them by colour and size which makes quite an impressive display. I am considering taking some of the newer ones out of their original packaging just to see what they look like.
- The power goes off quite frequently, especially if it rains, clouds over or the weather channel is warning of an extended breakout of normal weather. This is particularly serious for us because we have a well which means that when the electricity goes off, the pump doesn’t work and that means we have no water. I’m not worried about having anything to drink; we have lots of wine and beer but when the power’s off we can’t use the bathrooms and that is a serious issue when you’ve been drinking wine and beer. Continue reading
There are five byelections being held in Ontario and while election fever hasn’t gripped the province’s voters, the minority Liberal government has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to win them. Even the media seem somewhat disinterested which I find surprising considering the fact that the Liberals are field-testing a significant change in their usual election campaign strategy.
Typically, the Liberals approach elections much like a lot of folks approach Christmas. They hand out goodies all paid for on credit which means, of course, they aren’t paid for at all but will be – by us – at some point in the not too distant future. It’s kind of like having your parents get you to pay in January for the gifts they gave you Christmas morning.
Nonetheless, it’s a strategy that has worked time and time again for the Liberals because – well – a lot of folks have short memories and a lot of other folks are easily dazzled by a few handouts; NDP Leader Andrea Horvath being one of them. Continue reading
It isn’t false humility that causes me to admit that I’m about as average as you’re going to find. I make mistakes; sometimes stupid mistakes although usually that involves power tools. I have a raft of tools that do stuff but for the life of me, I don’t know what stuff most of them do. It took me two days just to assemble a gas barbeque and at that, I still had a couple of pieces left over. So much for the handy instructions conveniently printed in English, French and Japanese.
Still, I believe being average is better than being stupid and as I may have mentioned previously in passing, I have very little patience with stupidity – especially careless stupidity. We’re drowning it and nowhere is that more evident than when you deal with a bank.
Christ in Heaven, what an absurd level of organizational stupidity they represent. It is a Byzantine bureaucracy so mindless that it makes government public servants positively drool at the mouth and think to themselves, “Gee, I wish I had thought of that!”
What other organization charges you a fee for doing their work for them? Continue reading