Monthly Archives: August 2011

Officialism and Privacy

I’m in the process of applying for a particular kind of job. One of the application requirements is that I supply a criminal record check certificate. Simple enough, or so I thought. I dropped into the Owen Sound Police Services … Continue reading

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NOT an Advertisement

As I’m thinking about this, it’s going to be hard to make it not sound like an ad; it’s intended more as an “Imagine my good luck?” story. I’ve been a Telus client for cell services for a number of … Continue reading

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Turning Tides

I’m resolutely unfashionable when it comes to the recent mania for Israel bashing. In fact, I’m an enthusiastic cheerleader for this plucky, civilized and pluralistic nation. I’m sure it’s partly an inclination to root for the underdog though not entirely … Continue reading

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Steve and Emma

I could probably write a (not so) short story about my friend Steve; one of the most engagingly iconoclastic and quirky people I’ve ever met. He never fails to entertain. But one thing I’m getting a real kick out of … Continue reading

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Boom and Bust

I just viewed what are probably the  two “smartest” videos I’ve ever seen on YouTube, both rap-based, no less. (http://youtu.be/d0nERTFo-Sk and  http://youtu.be/GTQnarzmTOc) They illustrate two fundamentally-opposed prescriptions for government management of economic upheavals such as were recently endured; those of … Continue reading

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Creating a Monster

Adam Scott’s done it. His win at the Bridgestone WGC sealed the deal. His caddie, Steve Williams, is now a bona fide life force. He’s now “won 145″ tournaments; he’s a “great frontrunner”,…, and “blah, blah, blah”. (Translation: He’s the … Continue reading

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Ominous Clouds; Useful Linings

News of the day revolves around “The Debt Crisis”. This is a couple of news days beyond the recent (supposedly resolved) U.S. debt ceiling debate. Although this renewed discussion has been stimulated almost entirely by precipitous declines in world stock … Continue reading

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The State of Golf

I watch and follow professional golf quite a bit. Like most, I have opinions on what’s up. In no particular order of importance, here’s what strikes me as the current landscape: Tiger’s ‘back’ (sort of). The (current) #28th ranked golfer … Continue reading

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Stimulus Hangover

I’m finding it kind of  a weird coincidence that I finished Roubini and Mihm’s Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance just as stock markets have started to tank. Somewhat ominously, not only did one of the … Continue reading

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Relentless Self-promotion

Maybe it was always thus, just not quite as in-your-face thus. Or, possibly, social media channels have created monsters, relentlessly self-promoting monsters, that just never take a minute off from their mission to be front and center. There’s an old … Continue reading

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