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Condemning the Evil of Violence
March 19, 2019

Stages of a Political Crisis
March 11, 2019

Conflating Condo Flipping
March 4, 2019

Clobbering Social Media
February 25, 2019

The Partial Sit
February 21, 2019

Protecting us from Fake News
February 13, 2019

The Decay of Privacy
February 4, 2019

Imposed Anger
January 29, 2019

Homescholing Predators
January 21, 2019

Scalping an Innocent Word
January 14, 2019

A Cautionary Tale
January 7, 2019

Taxation madness
January 3, 2019

The Confusion over Trade
December 17, 2018

Statistical Despair
December 10, 2018

The Demise of the Shopping Mall
December 4, 2018

The Marijuana Fiasco
November 22, 2018

Condemning the Evil of Violence

This rant concerns the mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since my comments here could be misconstrued, let me state my unequivocal position. ... read more

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Stages of a Political Crisis

Is there a parallel between the five stages of grief and the stages of a political crisis? ... read more

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Conflating Condo Flipping

A recent CBC news story provides a superb, if unwitting, example of conflation: the erroneous combining of two concepts into one. Erroneous it may be, but it’s a time-honoured strategy for arguing by confusion. ... read more

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Clobbering Social Media

There is growing pressure within and upon government to “do something” about social media. The self-righteous claim is that we must “hold social media accountable” for fake news and false information ... read more

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The Partial Sit

The news media and local commentariat are exercised over a recent court decision in which a judge apparently split a hair so fine that the division would be invisible under a microscope. Here are the details. ... read more

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Protecting us from Fake News

The Federal Government has announced plans (well, plans to make plans) to protect Canadians from fake news designed to influence our votes on election day. And it’s about time. ... read more

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The Decay of Privacy

The pollster was professional. He was conducting a survey of television and radio habits and had a few questions. I had time, so I agreed. After he had finished, he said he needed some personal information ... read more

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Imposed Anger

A recent infuriating news story described a single dad who had received an eviction notice because his toddler son made too much noise. ... read more

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Homeschooling Predators

Many school authorities have argued against homeschooling, but the right to do so is protected by human rights treaties. Except, apparently, in the European Union. ... read more

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Scalping an Innocent Word

While this story happened in 2017, recent court filings have revealed it in all its inanity. First, some background. ... read more

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A Cautionary Tale

An excellent New Year’s resolution, particularly for people who rant about the inanity of others, is to gather the facts before making a judgment. ... read more

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Taxation Madness

The carbon tax 'is not a tax that will make Ottawa rich, but a rebate that will enrich Canadian households.' WHAT? ... read more

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The Confusion over Trade

International trade has been much in the news lately. The controversy with Saudi Arabia and now with China has opened an agonizing question that seems to have paralyzed our deep thinkers in Ottawa: ... read more

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Statistical Despair

A recent report on the television news was, typically, scary. Or at least depressing. It seems that the average wage over the past year has not gone up as fast as inflation. ... read more

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The Demise of the Shopping Mall

A recent report on the television news about the parlous state of shopping malls excited me. It seems shoppers are deserting them in favour of on-line shopping or maybe just spending time doing things that don’t generate economic activity. ... read more

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The Marijuana Fiasco

The legalization of marijuana in Canada is a striking illustration of the fumbling, bumbling, stumbling incompetence of governments that try to tackle sales and marketing. ... read more

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