In-Sights: Words to ponder

“America in the 1950s made the rich pay their fair share; it gave workers the power to bargain for decent wages and benefits; yet contrary to right-wing propaganda then and now, it prospered. And we can do that again.” – Paul Krugman Location of Bohemia: “Bordered on the North by hope, work and gaiety, on the South by ...

In-Sights: Words to ponder

“America in the 1950s made the rich pay their fair share; it gave workers the power to bargain for decent wages and benefits; yet contrary to right-wing propaganda then and now, it prospered. And we can do that again.” – Paul Krugman Location of Bohemia: “Bordered on the North by hope, work and gaiety, on the South by ...

In-Sights: Love this

and this:

In-Sights: Flaws of classic cars

In moments of honesty, we older folks will admit the cars of our youth are better in memory than they were in reality. I knew a man who lovingly restored an early Mustang but sold it soon after completion. I asked why. His answer, “Because, it’s a pig to drive.“ Look at this video from ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: British satire continues

I enjoy Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, a BBC Two satirical program now in a third series. BBC TV is not readily available in North America without use of a proxy server but programs sometimes appear on YouTube. If this short audio clip catches your attention, watch the entire show below. The segment involves comedian Diane ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Smile

[View the story “Sleepwalken the plank” on Storify]

Northern Insight: "Cardboard box? You’re lucky…"

Vancouver firm promises to build home in Third World for every local condo sold, The Province, Feb 2014 “Two Vancouver businessmen have started a real-estate gifting program with the lofty aspiration of providing 30,000 homes by 2020…” Humanitarian movement, scam or novel self-promotion? We don’t know and we’re unlikely to learn exact details because the ...

Northern Insight: Premier Clark ditches coal & LNG for renewables

Christy Clark announced today that the province is terminating coal exports and ending negotiations to provide free land, power, natural gas feedstock, shipping facilities and other capital and operating supports demanded by the fossil fuel industry. Along with permissions for temporary foreign workers, the subsidies would have allowed multinational energy companies to ship British Columbia ...

Melissa Fong: Smile

It’s sometimes really difficult for me to come to terms with realizing that there are some really horrible people in the world.  Like, not just ignorant but just really hateful. […]

Northern Insight: Things we know, or should know

Many readers will be familiar with content of the following piece that I uncovered while doing computer file maintenance. It’s worth remembering. Robert Fulghum grew up in Texas, worked as a ditch-digger, newspaper carrier, ranch hand, and singing cowboy. After college and a brief career with IBM, he completed a degree in theology. For 22 ...

Northern Insight: A changeup – on Major League Baseball

Mother Jones asks, Is Your Team’s Owner a Major League Asshole? Tim Murphy, Ian Gordon, Tasneem Raja, and Sarah Zhang provide information to help us judge. Here’s a few examples: Houston Astros: Jim Crane’s company was forced to pay the federal government millions to settle charges of war profiteering related to contracts in Iraq, millions ...

Northern Insight: Smile

I’m a regular online listener to BBC News Quiz, a panel show created by John Lloyd 36 years ago. It has been hosted by Danish/British author and presenter Sandi Toksvig since 2006. Each show opens and closes with cuttings sent in by listeners. An example from the current week: From a package of Profusion Himalayan ...

Northern Insight: Can we start again?

I’s bin livin my life wrong for three score and more years. I shoulda listened to that fire and brimstone Baptist preacher when I was a kid in East Vancouver. Instead Bobby Givens and I, both from Begbie School, traded marbles, at least we did when his mom wasn’t lookin. Had I paid early attention ...

LeDaro: Smile

Note: Baby picture of Mike Duffy. 🙂

calgaryliberal.com: What’s Next?

Don’t gloat. Don’t lose that smile. Don’t get distracted. The real goal is the election in 2015. The NDP have been pushed aside. In the 2012 byelection in Calgary-Centre the NDP went down to 2%, and in Labrador they were moved aside in today’s byelection. The Conservatives have been somewhat humbled — taking illegal donations ...

Northern Insight: Suspended coffees

From the forum at Urban Diner, a Vancouver-based online magazine for food and restaurant lovers around British Columbia. By Publisher Paul Kamon: “We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter – ‘Five coffees, please. ...

Northern Insight: Good news

People using the Internet are familiar with scam, spam and phishing. For me, it seems to have accelerated in the last 2 weeks. Apparently, I’m a rich, respected person, even among people I’ve never heard about before now. Since nothing has changed, I don’t need to rewrite an article, just republish one from 2009: It ...

Northern Insight: Memories of Vancouver a while ago

Aaron Chapman’s great Tyee piece, Ten Legends of Vancouver’s Penthouse Nightclub, brought back memories. I only visited The Penthouse a handful of times, in its declining, or maybe declined, days. In the seventies, rules governing liquor service in BC were primitive but a far cry from decades preceding. By then, people didn’t visit the Filippone ...

Northern Insight: Gentrification disrupts residents (of the garage)

Contractors are doing demolition of our our one story garage and family room, preparing to extend the existing second floor, to add sleeping and play space for three grandchildren now living here. Of course, you’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelette and we’re prepared for that. Perhaps, a little less prepared ...

Northern Insight: A government friendly to some businesses

H/T: R.S.

Northern Insight: Deep-seated seething fury is 2016 frontrunner

After Obama Victory, Shrieking White-Hot Sphere Of Pure Rage Early GOP Front-Runner For 2016 H/T Susan H.

Northern Insight: September summer

The Spider’s Web The spider, dropping down from twig, Unfolds a plan of her devising, A thin premeditated rig To use in rising. And all that journey down through space, In cool descent and loyal hearted, She spins a ladder to the place From where she started. Thus I, gone forth as spiders do In ...

Northern Insight: Signs

Northern Insight: The fun theory

Northern Insight: And I’m making stuffed sole for dinner

Regular readers will know that I’m involved in a home renovation project, one that is just beginning. Presently, the 20 foot shipping container in the driveway is being filled with our stuff. George Carlin knew about stuff. He said, “If you didn’t have so much god damned stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. That’s all ...