Archive for December, 2006

The tyrant is fallen — Happy New Year

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

It’s never pretty to see a man die, but one has to move beyond squeamishness and see the execution of Saddam Hussein as rightful, just and a huge achievement for the long-suffering people of Iraq. Hannah Arendt famously coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe Nazi war criminals. I always thought she had it [...]

One flu over the cuckoo’s nest

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Readers will forgive us for not being as diligent in writing since Christmas as we’d hoped – as Mr.K warned. It turned out even worse than expected for me because  on Christmas Eve I came down with one of the worst bouts of flu I’ve ever had, and a full seven days later I haven’t [...]

It’s all a mystery to us

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

After months of warnings by bloggers like war specialist Bill Roggio and intermittent reporting by wire-service journos and stringers, the mainstream news media have noticed the renewed trouble in Somalia. No sooner did they notice than they began moulding and massaging “the story”. Last night the CTV was up. Omitted from its report were key [...]

Untamed imagination and irrepressible optimism

Monday, December 25th, 2006

From the op-ed pages of the Calgary Herald, Wednesday, December 20, 2006 (this is the original, slightly longer version): Julio Poscente was among the last of Calgary’s old-style oil finders. His handshake was better than a lawyered contract, and he was loyal to a fault. Following a business life that included major discoveries, numerous deals [...]

Straight-sighted dude

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

“These radios have a range of, like, 20 clicks [km], but only in, like, a straight line.” – Overheard on the Lake Louise gondola on December 23. This gentleman was either a radio-physicist intimately with the refraction, reflection and other quirky behaviour of certain radio waves. Or he was just a bit out of it. [...]

Merry Christmas, Joy and Peace to all

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

From both of us and our families to you and yours.   Over the next week to 10 days, Dr. J. will be enjoying the beaches, bars and bistros of sunny Florida, while Mrs. K. and I will be exploring the ski hills of the B.C. Interior. Blogging will be both light and lite – i.e., infrequent and [...]

And they would know?

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

A recent report by a Senate committee (click here to view) claims that, as the National Post put it in a recent story, “Rural Canada, once the backbone of the nation, is on the verge of an irreversible decline…” The report and Post story are litanies of woe – rural depopulation, “steady erosion to services”, [...]

A balm for wolves

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Residents of the urban ecosystem will already be aware of the integral role played by coyotes in same and the unacceptably anthropocentric attitudes that MrK and I have expressed on this issue.  We now know that coyotes in the kitchen are a natural, in fact desirable part of our daily lives and we should just [...]

Charting his own descents

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

To read the intriguing tale of Lee Lau, among the most dedicated off-piste and backcountry touring skiers I’ve met, in the December 2006 Ski Canada, please click here.

Globe hat-trick: wishful thinking Freudian slip the mask drops

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Disavowals of bias from mainstream media practitioners generally send Dr. J. and me into bipolar cycles of hysterical cackling and vein-popping rage. It’s so obvious, yet they persist in claiming either objectivity or the non-bias of Canada’s broad, sensible middle. I think we need a label for this. What shall it be? Hmmm. Oh, I [...]