Legs, thighs, owner benefits

A friend sent me a collection of old newspaper and magazine ads from the past century. Some things change. One doesn’t. Modern day ads don’t promote the health benefits of cigarettes, cocaine or alcohol and opium tonics. Women’s legs and thighs, however, are still a prominent feature of many ads and commercials. Even ads for […]

Immigration essential to progress

As a kid, just after WW II and the Korean Conflict, as it was called, I saw Toronto dragged kicking and screaming into being one of the greatest cities of the world. Wave after wave of immigrants shocked and angered the waspish southwestern Ontario populace. First came people from countries occupied by the Axis during […]

Marijuana regulation lunacy

Accusation. Do politicians all go nuts once they win government and influence over large bureaucracies? It seems so. Recreational cannabis use becomes legal in Canada July 1. Governments have gone into a feeding frenzy launching claims for shares of the tax revenues that will result. Bureaucracies are setting up retailing operations and crying the blues […]

Free speech again in peril

Friday, August 18, 2017 There is a graphic going around Facebook that illustrates the thinking of Karl Popper. The core of the graphic is Popper’s idea that unlimited tolerance leads to the victory of the intolerant and, therefore, intolerance. https://i.redd.it/tlyoidfqe3gz.png https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Popper That idea is being promoted this week in light of the events in Charlottesville […]

National anthem tradition vs progress

CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon topics for today included whether we should amend our national anthem’s “in all thy sons command,” to “in all of us command”. Several of those speaking against the proposal cited tradition as their reason. I think we certainly should. I think this is one of those discussions that is going to […]

Election ideas we won’t hear

With a provincial election pending on September 22, there is a great deal of discussion regarding New Brunswick’s frightening economic condition. I don’t think there is any silver bullet to reverse the international trend from country to city. However, I do see have some thoughts on how the Maritime economy might be improved.
1) isn’t it […]

We could but we won’t

I watched a PBS NOVA program on the design and construction of the new World Trade Center One at Ground Zero in New York. It is hard to comprehend the brilliance of the design work, the scientific innovation and invention and the steely courage and competence of the trades people who made it stand. What […]

It takes a generation

David Brooks is the type of conservative I could see liberals being able to work with to effect useful compromise and progress. In Canada’s Parliamentary system, the election of a conservative government led by a Prime Minister who thought like he does would not leave me in panic and despair as a leader like Paul […]

Entitlements

Much of Tea Party Republican fury with government seems to centre around entitlements. It would appear their resentment is focussed on entitlements to the poor, working poor and middle classes. They seem fine with the entitlements to the rich and corporations, like subsidies on corn for ethanol, tax deductions for oil well depletion, stadiums for […]

Start old age security at birth

For years we have been hearing that the industrial age was near its end. The information age was on the horizon. Transition times are painful but, once the page has been turned, no one really wants to turn it back. When I first came to the Miramichi, the woods were full of leather-skinned, steel-boned, cable-muscled […]

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