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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Darwin’s Theory of Shopping

In an editorial piece on CBC’s website about the closing of Future Shop stores in Canada, the author stated that Future Shop fell victim to  ‘pampered’ and ‘lazy’ shoppers who preferred to shop online rather than get up off the couch and go to a store. Needless to say, that got the commentary going below the article and it wasn’t very complimentary.

Normally, I tend to take with a grain of salt, most of the comments that follow a news article but I agreed with most of them this time because they were right and the article’s author was quite simply, just wrong.

The Internet continues to change how we do things. It’s really just that simple. It has changed how we get informed, how we entertain ourselves, how we work, interact with each other and how we shop. If it could feed us, we’d eat on the Internet. Continue reading

Jive Talkin’

I have appointed a Secretary of Semantics–a most important post. He is to furnish me with forty to fifty dollar words. Tell me how to say yes and no in the same sentence without a contradiction. He is to tell me the combination of words that will put me against inflation in San Francisco and for it in New York. He is to show me how to keep silent–and say everything. You can very well see how he can save me an immense amount of worry.
Harry S Truman

I speak English and a smattering of French. Maggie speaks English, French and Dutch fluently and can mutter a bit in Russian and Italian. Across our family there are no fewer than five languages: English, French, Dutch, Japanese and Mandarin. My daughter taught my grandson to sign before he could talk so that he could communicate beyond smiling and crying. None of us speak all five languages but we all speak English and most also speak French and that’s more than enough for us to communicate effectively with each other.

It’s the same with the world. There are hundreds of languages and regional dialects. There are even some different alphabets with unique symbols but somehow, through translators if nothing else, the world is able to communicate reasonably effectively; at least it can until politicians and bureaucrats start to talk. Continue reading

A Troubled Path To The War Against ISIL

The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. All you have to do is tell them that they are in danger of being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
Hermann Goering

Many, many years ago when I first read The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich by  William L. Shirer, I remember wondering how so many Germans could have been lulled into following Hitler down the road that led to the Holocaust. I have a better understanding now as I watch many of my fellow Canadians allowing willful blindness to lead them down a similar path.

It is a path filled with stereotypes, simplistic accusations, polarized opinion and division. It is a path followed by many who are so afraid, they want to believe that a leader they follow will keep them safe regardless of his decisions or actions. They tune out any opposing point of view as they eagerly grasp the illusion that he can protect them and make things right once again no matter how often he has failed. Continue reading

Cruz’n To Be Prez

The people in the game now just think to the first Tuesday in November, and not a day beyond it.
Peter Hart

This is a frightening statistic. More people vote in ‘American Idol’ than in any US election.
Rush Limbaugh

If you thought the six year plus rant by the right over Barack Obama’s citizenship was wild, hang onto your hats because a whole new round of birther accusations is about to start.

Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz called Jesus and his supporters together to announce he is running for President of the United States. God love him. It takes more than a little courage to throw your life in front of the runaway train that is an American Presidential race.

The Big Race hasn’t officially started, of course, the primaries haven’t even begun and Republican hopefuls are only just starting to hint more broadly than they’ve been hinting for the past 18 months about their intentions to become candidates for the Republican ticket. If the upcoming primary season is like the last, there will probably be thirty or forty of them by the time the serious mud-wrestling gets started. Continue reading

It Ought To Be A Crime

“Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.”
Henry Kissinger

Typically, with the possible exception of the willfully blind, our opinions are formed by our life experience and by whatever facts we trip over on our journey through the wilderness. This doesn’t always guarantee a good opinion because our experience may have been overly positive or negative and our facts may be incomplete but it is reality. Our opinions are a product of where we’ve been and what we know.

The other inalienable fact is that opinions sometimes change because our experience or our knowledge has changed. Continue reading

My Life Should Not Be An Open Book!

We are moving rapidly into a world in which the spying machinery is built into every object we encounter.
Howard Rheingold

There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.
Philip K. Dick

There’s a lot of talk in Canada about the government’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51. About half the country is concerned that the legislation will give law enforcement and by extension, the government increased powers to spy on citizens. About 40% support it and the remaining 10% have never heard of it or just don’t give a rat’s ass.

I share the concern about the legislation but not so much because I believe our government is turning into a bunch of fascists – the fascists of old were better organized and more efficient. My concern is that it is just one more invasion of our privacy in a world where so many are spying on us now, it’s a wonder they aren’t tripping over each other.

Christ in Heaven, I can’t go to the bathroom without Google popping up ads for toilet paper on the margins of my screen when I get back to my computer. It’s bad enough that they knew I went to the bathroom but how did they know I did #2 and not #1? Continue reading