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Bad Samaritans & Other Prejudices

November 17, 2015


I’m not fond of the Good Samaritan.  I’m not saying I’m against the sort of people who are called that.  This isn’t about them at all.  I’m not fond of what has been made of the story. How do we understand it?  There’re these people, Samaritans, who just aren’t worth much.  But a guy gets […]

Game Is Rigged for Kinder Morgan, says Economist, Resigns Hearings

May 25, 2015


The Trans-Mountain Pipeline hearing is in the hands of a “captured regulator”, charges economist Robyn Allan Well, I have been away for a while, but apparently things over at the National Energy Board are proceeding as before, following a predictable Harper-ite agenda.  And of course another intervenor walks away in disgust, unwilling to lend credence to a […]

The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll

August 23, 2012


(From Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.)  The Walrus and the Carpenter     ‘The sun was shining on the sea,       Shining with all his might:      He did his very best to make       The billows smooth and bright—      And this was odd, because it was       The middle of the […]

Dear Theo: I’m Against Warrantless Searches

May 24, 2012


I received the following email from my Member of Parliament, Don Davies (Vancouver-Kingsway) in respect of the ongoing legislative agenda of our current government in Ottawa, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, to instigate warrantless online access to personal information, for instance.   Don is against it, too. Dear Theo, RE: Stand with Canada as a Pro-Privacy MP […]

2011 in review

January 1, 2012


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 97,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see […]

Fall of the Flag Patches

December 21, 2011


Once we used to sew our red and white maple leaf flag to our backpacks when we traveled. Our brash cousins to the south, with their extraverted sense of superiority, looked a lot like us but acted with a less civilized (we thought) restraint.  I mean if anyone was going to feel superior … Anyway […]

The Economy vs Climate Change: No Contest

November 13, 2011


Look at the economy. See it wobble this way. See it wobble that way. A major stumble in Greece.  Didn’t fall. A bigger stumble in Italy.  Still a-wobbling. The economy, yes, this is the mighty, muscled thing that we are going to use to fight the effects of climate change when it kicks in. Oh […]