Archive for May, 2008

Good English more rare

Friday, May 30th, 2008

“Such quality is more rare than before…” – Tom Allen, CBC Radio Two I hate to single out Mr. Allen here because he’s an excellent, entertaining radio host.  But I simply had to after he became the second announcer within an hour to utter this same Stupidism. The demise of the “er” modifier is, as [...]

Suffer, the little children…

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The model Major General in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance bragged about knowing, if memory serves, “the Kings of England and (to) quote the fights historical; from Marathon to Waterloo in order categorical” on top of the Croaking Chorus from The Frogs of Aristophanes, etc., etc. The problem is that he doesn’t have much [...]

Change everything except the climate

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

The sixth consecutive day of rain lashing southwest Alberta provided a reminder that among their many warnings of woe the global warming theorists had foretold a grim future of searing droughts. Periods like the one we’re experiencing demonstrate the utility in the movement replacing “global warming” with “climate change”. This eliminated the threat of accountability for any observed results that [...]

Litter-cher from a real-a-tur

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

“Get ready to Spring (sic) into action and allow us to help you asses…” – from the Spring Newsletter of Fernie Real Estate Co. Ltd. Thanks to alert readers in B.C.’s beautiful Elk Valley for spotting this one. Granted, it’s a typo rather than a genuine Stupidism. Noteworthy in this brief one-page item by local [...]

Deep penetration

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

The “new” MacLean’s, as skippered by Editor-in-chief Ken Whyte, is really flexing its muscles. Detractors may call it a reincarnation of the old National Post, or worse, a reanimation of the extinguished Alberta Report. The latter is really unfair given the breadth of perspective in the magazine – and the covers that I won’t let [...]

Creeping totalitarianism – or just a damned nuisance

Monday, May 19th, 2008

One of the things reportedly exasperating ordinary Cubans is the tendency of El Jefe to define the smallest banality as a revolutionary act. Preparing rice with a pressure cooker – among many examples – is extolled not merely as a way to save energy but as the duty of every Cuban to prove their revolutionary [...]

A man, a plan, a banana

Friday, May 16th, 2008

These days, each of us tries to do our part in the greening of the planet, mainly by thinking globally and acting locally. There are small things all of us can do, from sorting the recycling properly to reducing our pets’ ecological paw print. Sometimes these small measures hint at a big, unrealized impact; and [...]

Gordon Brown experiences the Laffer Curve

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

We have commented in numerous posts (try here and here) on the unwisdom of Alberta’s new oil and natural gas royalties. Among other things we’ve argued that a maturing hydrocarbon basin requires lower royalties (notwithstanding any spike in commodity prices) in order to ensure continued investment to maximize resource recovery and preserve the benefits that go [...]

Committing to commitments

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

“What I will do is renew my commitment to closing down the plants” – Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty quoted on CBC Radio One The premier was responding to opposition criticism some weeks ago over breaking a 2003 promise to close Ontario’s coal-fired power plants. In a blazing bit of “politicianese” he doesn’t say he’ll close [...]

The idle rich

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks chronicles the decline of a rich north German merchant family over several generations. The pattern is a familiar one. There is the frugal oldest generation who built the firm, the second generation – with one responsible and one dissolute brother, and the third/fourth generations that preside over its demise. Garcia Marquez explores [...]