• Politics

    Is it me or is China becoming an international bully?

    by It seems like every bit of media coverage I hear or see involving a Chinese official has that official essentially saying that the country they’re dealing with or talking about will do as China says if it knows what’s good for it. The threats are thinly veiled, and the tone is generally on the arrogant side. Whether it’s the Two Michaels (or the 121 other Canadians in Chinese detention, if anyone’s counting), Huawei and 5G, Hong Kong, COVID, trade talks, state-owned business, or just generally giving the PRC the respect that the PRC feels it deserves, I’m not seeing anything where China is taking anything less than a militant…

  • Politics

    Pandemic Politics In Ontario

    by So it’s no secret my politics lean to the Left. It’s also no secret that we have a government in Ontario that leans pretty hard to the Right. Not as far as one or two of the other provincial governments in Canada and certainly not as far as significant portions of the US these days, but definitely farther than normal for Ontario. You probably won’t be surprised that doesn’t make me happy. It’s frequently said that in a parliamentary system, governments don’t get voted in so much as they get voted out. Before the last election, Ontario, on balance, was unhappy with the performance of the Liberal Party who…

  • Politics

    The Conservative Leadership Debate

    by I don’t usually blog twice in one day but I’m getting more political as I get older and honestly forgot the CPC English-language debate was tonight. If you have no interest in Canadian politics, this will bore you. You might want to pick a different post to read. For those of you who are left, keeping in mind that I’m not a conservative in any sense of the word, quick thoughts on the Conservative Leadership debate tonight: There’s three hours of my life I’ll never get back, counting the post-debate scrums. No one was able to answer a question directly. They all wanted to tell me why the Liberals…

  • Opinion,  Philosophy,  Politics

    I Wear My Politics Openly

    by This was original drafted before COVID19 really took off outside China. I’ve left it, but as each days passes it becomes ever more apparent that politics are still being played. The only real difference at this point is that there being lives at stick is much more open and obvious. But that’s not where I’m going with this. Politics are a part of everything. As long as there are people, there will be politics because no two people see things the same way. In ever-larger groups, politics are important to ensure that everyone gets a voice, but in ever-larger groups issues get ever more complicated and it becomes harder…

  • Philosophy,  Politics

    Notre Dame

    by So the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris partly burned down. Historical significance, cultural significance, religious significance, architectural significance, etc. Yes, it is kind of sad this beautiful historic landmark, whatever other things be culturally or philosophically impacted, has been gutted, but there are arguments to be made on a variety of points. First, I will not argue that it’s not a cultural treasure, because it is. If I were to visit Paris, the Cathedral would certainly have been on my list of things to see, at least from the outside. Very much not at issue. Things that are at issue are people’s reactions. I don’t just mean the religious…

  • Politics

    Kava-not a Fan, A Canadian Perspective

    by So this started as something someone asked me via PM on Facebook. Apparently, I’m a balanced and reasonable guy. I’d debate that some days. But I’m always happy to discuss or debate any topic, as long as both sides are willing to be reasonable and actually discuss or debate and listen to each other. The idea of topics being off limits for polite company has, in my opinion, made for a lot of unnecessary division and partisanship in our society. Please recognize that everything that follows is just that: my opinion. I do a lot of reading and I consume a lot of media to build and adjust and…

  • Life,  Politics

    Satire

    by It is time to turn some of my creative energy to satire. I’ve dabbled in it here and there, but never for long and never seriously. There’s nothing wrong with the bit of slacktivism I’ve been doing, sharing memes sizes trying to stir people up here and there and starting or participating in online conversations as I see the need. But I need more, and I feel like, at this point, I have developed a bit of a talent for writing. If the satire only amuses me, that’s fine. If it only preaches to a small choir, that’s fine too. In either of those cases, it’s probably not worth…

  • Life,  Politics

    Being Right

    by Everyone likes being right, right Usually, that’s the case. This morning, I’m less happy about it, at least in one specific instance. This week, on apparently a variety of news media, our still-new provincial government followed through on a campaign promise that almost no one thought it would keep. In spite of everything, in spite of all the evidence that it was good for people, good for the economy, and good for the job market, the Ontario Progressive Conservative party appears to still disagree with the idea that raising the minimum wage was a good thing. And they disagree to the point where the minimum wage increase that was…

  • Politics

    Apparently, I’m Too Political

    by So, online and offline, and more than once each, I’ve been told that I’m getting too political. I also, apparently, though no specific examples have been given to me, occasionally offend someone. I find the statement more interesting, but they both should be addressed in some way. As to the ‘too political’, With the government we currently have in the province I live in, the attempted rising of the alt-right in my country, the cover ups, the social issues facing our society and the steadfast refusal of some people to accept some other people as human beings in their own right, I am probably only going to get worse…