A little nostalgia: The reason you think things were better when you were younger is that you were too stupid to know how bad things were then. — Dennis Detwiller (@drgonzo123) April 28, 2023 As I contemplate our problems in 2023, I have to keep remembering: when I was 8,Continue reading
Author: Cathie from Canada
Cathie from Canada: COVID Update: Life Expectancy, Long Covid, and World Immunization Week
We got our semi-annual booster today so Covid is on my mind tonight. It’s still hard to grasp the impact of the Covid pandemic worldwide until you realize how many millions have died, with millions more left to mourn. In Forbes magazine, healthcare analysis Joshua Cohen writes about Covid 19’sContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Weekend funnies: From steam-punk to Ted Lasso to a golfer dog
An historian Craig Baird is using AI to generate “steam-punk” versions of Canadian legends. Here’s a couple: 4. Farley Mowat One of Canada’s most beloved writers, his books have been transl 5. Rita Joe Called the Poet Laureate of the Mi’kmaq People, Rita Joe survived Residential School and relearned herContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Today’s edition of "Christ, what an asshole"
So today our hero Elon Musk struck a blow for the working man by taking away those elitist blue verification checks! Sort of. I’ll never be as rich as this man, but at least I’ll never be as pathetic either pic.twitter.com/g7ulABeWbo — Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) April 20, 2023 this isContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Around the Substacks: from Van Gogh Sneakers, to Delaware courts, to Pierre Poilievre and the CBC
First up, here is an example of the type of creative thing that AI can now do: Van Gogh Sneakers! For anyone interested in creating fascinating stuff via AI (Artificial Intelligence), Ethan Mollick has written a One Useful Thing article: How to How to use AI to do practical stuff: AContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Weekend funny stuff: Some stories, some writing, and some animal crackers, of course
Here are some interesting stories for your weekend. First, this is an absolutely wonderful story: Last year, a coworker randomly asked me to hand-deliver an antique violin across the country. I said yes, because why not. I had no idea what I was getting into, and now I need yourContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Just another "friendly sausage maker"?
The US media reaction to the news about 21-year-old Jack Teixeira, a National Guard technology support staffer who leaked dozens of secret US documents – such a nice boy! patriotic! a devout Catholic! – reminds me of how Canadian media developed a “friendly sausage maker” meme back in 2020. RememberContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Today’s Comments: Just wondering who will be next on the hit list?
Canada continues to watch Poilievre and the CPC shoot themselves in the foot every time they open their mouths. And funny, isn’t it, how hostile they are toward journalists? In the midst of a flare-up over a 2016 Chinese donation to the Trudeau Foundation in 2016, the Leader of theContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Today’s Random Comments: from Liberals to Conservatives, from Tennessee to Twitter, plus a little Joan Baez
I’m seeing a lot of good comments lately on the substacks and on Twitter – here’s a selection: First up, here’s Scrimshaw on why the NDP and the Liberals need to remain as separate parties: The left benefits from being able to pitch two visions in two different parts ofContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Missing the Boomers
So here is the problem: My latest article….Canadian troops in Poland not being reimbursed for meals https://t.co/GCKdKM4T84 via @ottawacitizen — David Pugliese (@davidpugliese) April 3, 2023 The Line offers this commentary on the story: This military fiasco is alarming because it’s a sign that our state-capacity issues are now extendingContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: "Beer, bedrooms and bathrooms"
I’m reading lots of tweets and comments these days about how banana-pants crazy some Republicans are these days, and it worries me that Canada is trending in the same direction. Seems to me our politics has usually been about two years behind the US. Conservatives around the globe have lostContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: "Florida man charged"
I didn’t bother watching any of the White Bronco chase yesterday, the Manhattan court proceedings today, or the Mar-a-Lardo speech tonight. But I have seen some great tweets and comments so I have to share: How it’s going …pic.twitter.com/sXrmkMEPQO — George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) April 4, 2023 My new cover forContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Substack Roundup: "Don’t Panic"
Before the news became completely dominated by the Orange Turd being hauled into court, I saw some interesting substack columns that are worth sharing. First, Justin Ling asks us to consider how big is the Internet now, and he says its time to figure out how to recreate it inContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Today’s Random Stuff: News, views and pizza
Lots of news this week — in Canada, the Mass Casualty Commission report was released: Here is the essence of the Mass Casualty Commission 3000-page report: https://t.co/HYx1JuU2qC — Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️🌈 (@CathieCanada) March 30, 2023 in the US, the Trump indictment was announced: First they came for Trump,Continue reading
Cathie from Canada: Today’s News: The Absolute Worst
The school shootings are the worst, the absolute worst. Here is an incredible photo — a child weeping as she is being transported away from The Covenant School shooting in Nashville this week (photo credit Nicole Hester) I don’t know how parents in the United States can deal with theirContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: This is the way the Han Dong smear ends: not with a bang, but a whimper
The accusations against Han Dong are falling apart. Watch everyone nodding along as the translation error story was reported on Sunday: Boom. Rob Benzie’s comments on @ctvqp this morning regarding recent media coverage of the Chinese foreign interference story: pic.twitter.com/z2EGS17Vi4 — Greg MacEachern (@gmacofglebe) March 26, 2023 Scrimshaw notesContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Today’s Random Stuff: Horses, Dogs. and Turning Points
First, here is an amazing photo “Slam on the Brakes” from The Atlantic. It is © Steven Zhou and was taken in Ontario in August 2022. It won the 2023 Sony World Photography Award, in the Motion category. The Atlantic writes “Barrel racing is a competition where cowgirls ride quickly aroundContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Today’s News: Dark Brandon comes to Ottawa
Dark Brandon came to Canada today. It was very funny, really — you see, our Conservatives watch too much Fox News, so they were all thinking that the Biden they would meet in Ottawa today is the weak and stumbling Joe that Fox News has created. But what Canada metContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Today’s News: the Han Dong accusations
Today’s biggest story was the Han Dong accusations. This is what he said yesterday to Parliament: Han Dong informs the House that he will now sit as an independent MP after Global News reported, citing unnamed sources, he secretly advised a Chinese diplomat in 2021 to delay freeing Michael SpavorContinue reading
Cathie from Canada: Twenty years ago
…Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity… And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,Continue reading