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Corporate Welfare Ninja

Passenger jet development might be way over budget, problematic and late. Toronto street car non-deliveries might be an international embarrassment. But there is one thing Bombardier does very well: obtaining federal financial support. According to Globe columnist Mark Milke (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/corporate-welfare-canadas-black-hole-of-transparency/article33956740/), Bombardier (including the de Havilland part) has received more than 80 (!!!) federal assistance packages

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Shopify and Breitbart

A philosopher friend of mine asked me what I thought about objections to Shopify providing a platform for Breitbart services: This was my response. ******************************************************************************************************************* As the politicians say: “Such a good question”.   I’m not a great fan of boycotts to start with.  Most of them are ineffective and, by their failure, encourage and

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Capitalism as Terrorism?

For this theme we credit Pope Francis: His remarks gained considerable news coverage, although he has stated that theme previously, with more rhetorical force. Consider some of the Pope’s remarks in 2015 to a congress in Bolivia: Let us entertain and explore this thesis. Accepting the Franciscan interpretation, ‘fundamental terrorism’ is capitalism that holds that

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What are the Rights of Conquered and Colonized Peoples?

The Crown (in its democratic emanation) owns all real property in Canada, in that it has the final say on its use through the instrument of expropriation, justified by the doctrine of eminent domain. Individuals and corporations may use and trade property rights, but these rights exist on sufferance of the Crown. The Crown may

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Mystery Payments Cost Us Millions

We taxpayers are on the hook for $10 million in payments we cannot know anything about. Some secrecy might be justified in matters of national security, but these are payments from mainstream departments. The Public Accounts for 2015-2016 show two large ‘mystery payments’: one for $7.5 million, the other for $2.5 million. We know who

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Bring on Photo Radar

Why is a human touch required in the measurement of vehicular speed? It’s fair for a member of the police force to measure your speed but somehow it becomes unfair for a machine to do exactly the same thing. In both cases, if your speed is excessive, a fine results. Why do people have a

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Random Events in Election Campaigns

A persuasive post Fooled by Randomness, with the Narrative to Prove It asserts that random events were the most important events in the US election, far more significant than after-the-fact theories about brilliant or flawed political strategies: giving two examples, two key essentially random events relate to revelations from a sex tape and then from

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Trump’s triumph: a ray of hope

With the triumph of Trump, many see dark days ahead.  I understand and share these concerns, but I look to history and literature for some hope.   President Theodore Roosevelt was nominated as Vice-President mostly to get him out of New York, where he was shaking things up as Governor.  Despite some distinguished service and

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A Parliament of Owls?

The collective noun for a group or owls is called a ‘parliament’.  The conventional explanation is that: owls are considered wise; parliaments should be wise; therefore a group or owls is a parliament of owls.   This is either wishful or avian thinking.  Most parliaments are not wise – and mostly don’t even try to

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