Category Archives: Diverse topics


The best works of arts, past and present, should be acces­si­ble to bil­lions. The goal is to expose, not impose, the finest of the arts to as most liv­ing humans as pos­si­ble. Chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar should be edu­cated in the arts from the cra­dle. In child­hood the human mind absorbs the artis­tic expres­sions that family, […]


Teachers’ Salaries in Canada

The infor­ma­tion I paste below is from pages 87 to 90 of the report:  EDUCATION INDICATORS IN CANADA : AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE 2012 which can be read in its entirety here. It makes inter­est­ing read­ing: “For all lev­els taught, start­ing salaries in Canada and its provinces and ter­ri­to­ries were gen­er­ally con­sis­tently higher than the OECD […]

The 24-Hour News Cycle in 2013

The cycle prob­a­bly started when Ted Turner pieced together CNN, but with­out the sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal advances in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­put­ers that ener­gize You Tube, Google, Twit­ter, et al, plus the bat­tle for audi­ences and read­ers in the media, it wouldn’t have turned into a mon­ster. Prac­ti­cally there is no limit to what will get […]

The Situation in Syria

In what con­cerns Syria’s civil war and the recent use of chem­i­cal weapons against civil­ians, it seems as if hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple share the opin­ion that the best course West­ern democ­ra­cies could fol­low is to help the refugees, demand that the crim­i­nals are brought to jus­tice, wait for irrefutable evi­dence about who gassed […]

Yunel Escobar’s slur didn’t come from left field

Two or three min­utes after I saw the photo of Escobar’s cheeks and read the news sto­ries, I con­sid­ered writ­ing this. But I decided to wait until things returned to nor­mal so peo­ple would read me with cooler heads. It’s impor­tant to say I’ve never met the Toronto Blue Jays short-stop and don’t think I […]

Marketing Gaming

On Octo­ber 8, Peggy Noo­nan, a Wall Street Jour­nal colum­nist and deep thinker, stated: Peo­ple, as we know, are imper­fect. Gov­ern­ments, com­posed top to bot­tom of imper­fect peo­ple wield­ing power, are very imper­fect. There are of course a mil­lion exam­ples, big and small, of how gov­ern­ments can dam­age the actual nature and char­ac­ter of the […]

The worst enemies of capitalism

In late 2002 or early 2003, resid­ing in Spain, I read a lauda­tory arti­cle on cap­i­tal­ism in a pres­ti­gious, pro-market, right-of-centre British mag­a­zine that included this asser­tion: “Some cap­i­tal­ists are the worst ene­mies of cap­i­tal­ism.” Twenty or more years ear­lier I had con­cluded that a num­ber of politi­cians and reli­gious lead­ers are the worst enemies […]