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Maple-Flavoured Politics: Thomas Mulcair: Should he be interim NDP leader?

In the past couple of days I’ve read a few tweets and quotes in articles from people suggesting that it would be inappropriate for Thomas Mulcair to remain as interim leader of the NDP after his failure in the leadership review vote at the NDP co… . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: Thomas Mulcair: Should he be interim NDP leader?

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Joy of Victory; Disappointment of Defeat

I’m a member, donor and supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada and I’m on the board of the local Liberal riding association. I also volunteered many hours of grunt work to the election campaign of the Toronto Centre (my home riding) Liberal candidate, Bill Morneau. I didn’t put in as many hours as some . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: Joy of Victory; Disappointment of Defeat

Maple-Flavoured Politics: The Alberta Election’s Federal Implications

As I look at my Twitter feed today, May 6, 2015, the day after the Alberta provincial election, I see that some federal Conservatives are saying that the results of the Alberta election don’t worry them. I’m not surprised they are saying that. After all, it is literally the politically correct thing to say. Never . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: The Alberta Election’s Federal Implications

Maple-Flavoured Politics: It Begins With Words

After his March 9, 2015 speech in Toronto to the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Justin Trudeau took a lot of flack for his reference to the Komagata Maru, the St. Louis and “none is too many.” In the course of the 40-minute speech, he spoke expansively about the values of liberty and . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: It Begins With Words

Aaron Manton: Christmas Card 2014

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Exponential Book: Don’t mix me with them!

In these two videos [1,2], prominent non-believers [1] Neil deGrasse Tyson and Sam Harris reject the denomination “atheist” as not only inaccurately portraying their views on the (non) existence of God, but also, according to them, of little content or use, and even potentially pernicious. The Oxford Dictionary defines Atheism as “Disbelief or lack of . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Don’t mix me with them!

Exponential Book: Absence of evidence and evidence of absence

It has been a while since my last blog post (yes, I love euphemisms). I have not been writing for the simple reason that I ran out of things to say, a fate that I am told few, very few amateur bloggers escape. So, what am I doing here now? Well, I have been engaged . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Absence of evidence and evidence of absence

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: “There should be a law”: One Patient Pays $ 13,245.85 in Drug Dispensing Fees

I work in an addiction treatment clinic. Some days I think there is little that would shock me, but then there is always the pharmacy industry.

Recently we had a patient transfer to our clinic. Unlike most of our patients he was a “private pay” patient with insurance. Also, unlike most of our patients he . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: “There should be a law”: One Patient Pays $ 13,245.85 in Drug Dispensing Fees

Aaron Manton: UPDATED: Mini Metro High Score

Mini Metro by Dinosaur Polo Club High Score Saturday 3 May, 2014 2000 Riders Delivered 7 Lines 5 Tunnels 1 Increased Capacity Line 3 Double Rail Lines Previous High Score Friday 2 May, 2014 1305 Riders Delivered 5 Lines 2 Loops 3 Tunnels 2 Double Capacity Trains 1 Triple Capacity Train 1 Double Rail Line . . . → Read More: Aaron Manton: UPDATED: Mini Metro High Score

Aaron Manton: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Aaron Manton

Aaron’s parents gave him his grandmother’s Chevrolet Lumina at age 16. At age 17, he sold that car and purchased a banjo. Aaron’s first act of political volunteerism was at age ten, when he wrote “Kids for Dalton because Dalton is for Education” on the sidewalks in his neighbourhood in support of the Ontario Liberal . . . → Read More: Aaron Manton: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Aaron Manton

Death By Trolley: Whose death would stun the Western World?

A month ago I asked readers What is the most misunderstood idea of all time?

My next big (slightly morbid) question is Whose death would stun the Western World?

A few years ago when Michael Jackson unexpectedly died, it felt like the world sort of skipped a few beats. I was in South Korea at . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Whose death would stun the Western World?

Death By Trolley: ACN Inc Recruiting Hard in Kelowna: Do YOUR Research

ACN, a multilevel marketing (aka, pyramid) organization recruiting in Kelowna, across Canada, the US, and around the world.

ACN – American Communications Network – is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company dealing in telecommunications technology and plans, television, energy, and other services. As per Wikipedia,

Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a marketing strategy in which . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: ACN Inc Recruiting Hard in Kelowna: Do YOUR Research

Death By Trolley: Reasons I hate hockey

Aesthetics. What is beautiful? What defines beauty, quality and goodness? What distinguishes different levels of quality? For example, why are Oasis’ Wonderwall or Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit iconic songs of an era, whereas Swirl 360′s Hey Now Now fell out of our collective consciousness in months? These questions teeter on the edge of intractability.

. . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Reasons I hate hockey

Death By Trolley: Are depression and schizophrenia the same?

No. They’re not. But would this post have received as many views and thoughtful comments had I gone with a more sober title like “Affective and Hallucinatory Disorders of the Mind – Do They Have More In Common Than Most Think?”…

In any case, now that I’ve got your attention please indulge a bit of . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Are depression and schizophrenia the same?

Death By Trolley: 75,000 Page Views

So there’s that..

Death By Trolley: About Death By Trolley

Well hello, there! Have you been waiting long? No? Good. Please, do come inside. (Pro-Tip: Given that this is the blog of a Canadian, social etiquette dictates that you remove your shoes upon entering.) Welcome to Death By Trolley! You’ve entered an oddly though explicably named corner of the Internet devoted to issues pertaining to . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: About Death By Trolley

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Canada Health Act used in Zombie Defence of For-Profit Health Care

Andrew Duffy, in an article syndicated by Postmedia, made the logical equivalent of mixing metaphors when he used the Canada Health Act (CHA) to legitimize the use of private clinics. The result, as with mixed metaphors, is a “head-scratching” argument in favour of Centric’s takeover of the Shouldice Clinic.

Duffy uses a confidential government manual . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Canada Health Act used in Zombie Defence of For-Profit Health Care

Exponential Book: Mountain Lion and stuff

Between work and home I own eight Apple computers — four iMacs, two MacBook Air, two Mac Pro. So, like any respectable user, I promptly upgraded the operating system to the new version, OS 10.8 (aka Mountain Lion), which has now been available for a few weeks. Around this time last year, its predecessor Lion . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Mountain Lion and stuff

Exponential Book: Mend it, don’t end it (email, that is)

I blissfully went through the first half of my life without electronic mail, and yet I cannot imagine living without it now. There are specific tasks for which mail (narrowly defined here as the transmission of text written by the sender, to one or more recipients) is simply irreplaceable. People have corresponded in that way . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Mend it, don’t end it (email, that is)

Exponential Book: Education disadvantage

If a cash-strapped province or state had to make painful cuts to public services, the immediately noticeable effect would be the outright elimination of some of them. One would not think of, say, laying off a fraction of all bus drivers and asking the remaining ones to work longer hours, in order to keep all . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Education disadvantage

Exponential Book: 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: 2011 in review

Exponential Book: Predictions for 2012

The end of the year is finally upon us, and an appropriate post must accompany it. Memes are lame, which is why I never rarely do them. Thus, I am going instead to wrap up this very eventful year by offering ten bold predictions for the one that is about to begin. My hallmark boldness . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Predictions for 2012

Exponential Book: Can you share this ?

Dear Massimo, Here is how the Wikipedia fundraiser works: Every year we raise just the funds that we need, and then we stop. Because you and so many other Wikipedia readers donated over the past weeks, we are very close to raising our goal for this year by December 31 — but we are not . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Can you share this ?

Exponential Book: On the road again

A long and tiring term is coming to a close. Time to celebrate the holidays, then head out to Vancouver for a few days, to end 2011, and then it will be a new year and a new term. The Winter term of 2012 is also going to be very intense, but for different reasons . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: On the road again

Exponential Book: Copying time

I got the idea for this (silly) blog post from my primary, inexhaustible source of inspiration, but I swear, I have been thinking about doing a blog post on handwriting for a while. I hardly use my fountain pens these days — heck I hardly hand wr… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Copying time