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Archive for October, 2005

Less Government

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

No, the title is not meant to suggest that I’m turning libertarian! Recall, however, my recent …frustrations? (sic!) about the sale of BC’s Terasen Gas to Texas-based Kinder-Morgan, as well as my lugubrious commentary on the privatisation of public utilities in BC (and elsewhere). One of the gummier aspects of local politics that I find […]

Another silly online quiz: politics

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Tracing various blogposts back from an entry of Shelley’s, Truth Hurts, which deals with a recent Forbes article (Attack of the Blogs) that libels bloggers — well, ok, it tars ’em with a rather undifferentiating brush — I landed on Doc Searls’s commentary on same. But since I wasn’t really interested in what Forbes‘s writer […]

Telling Stories

Friday, October 28th, 2005

One of the more enjoyable books I’m reading right now is Roger Schank’s Coloring Outside the Lines, which I stumbled across because Zac left a comment on a post I wrote about HeyMath and his own Interactive Math site. (I need to check in with Zac more often — he finds these incredible puzzles and […]

ASBOs: the clocks are turning orange

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

The Toronto Star had an interesting article yesterday by Sandro Contenta about Britain’s “asbo” law: New U.K. law targets boorish Brits. I had never heard of this before — it’s a very strange and very disturbing law, both in terms of how it’s carried out as well as in the sense that it had to […]

New tack

Monday, October 24th, 2005

I’m going to try something different for a while, because I’ve got deskwork up the yin-yang and way too much on my plate to spend time writing my usual longer-ish entries. So, I’m going to point to articles I find really worth reading, or other short stuff like that. At least for the next little […]

Oh yeah, markets are “conversations”

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Markets are conversations, we’ve all learned. Bite me, why don’t you? Here’s what Corky Evans, B.C. New Democratic Party MLA, said about a proposed review by Ottawa of U.S. energy giant Kinder Morgan Inc.‘s proposed $6.9-billion takeover of Terasen Inc.: This is about whether or not Canadians should be able to have a conversation about […]

BC Teachers’ Strike: Escalation, Part 1 (…to be continued)

Monday, October 17th, 2005

The BC teachers’ strike, which started 10 days ago on October 7, continues across the province, and Gordon Campbell’s government continues to refuse to negotiate. Today, around 15,000 people rallied in downtown Victoria — from City Hall to the provincial legislature — to show their support of the teachers. (Other reports claim it was 20,000.) […]

Privatisation of public utilities

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

A few days ago I saw an article by Christopher Hume in the Toronto Star that disturbed me deeply: Privatizing the public domain; For better or worse, the time is near (Oct. 13, 2005). It begins thus: Forget stocks and bonds, real estate and art — invest in infrastructure. That’s where the smart money is […]

The world is getting flatter, The sky is falling all around (Strange Weather)

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Thanks to Julie Leung I finally saw a wonderful article that Doc Searls had published in Linux Journal six months ago: Getting Flat, Part 2. Note that this is Part 2; there is a Part 1, subtitled Our Senior Editor digs into Tom Friedman’s new bestseller, from a Linux/open source angle, which is also very […]

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