Venezuela: Shortages of basics alter shopping methods

Against the backdrop of the latest diplomatic squabble between the United States and Venezuela which has so far seen tit-for-tat expulsions – the score is tied at three turfings each – the New York Times has a piece on how the country is coping with its new leader. The title, To Venezuelans, Heir of ChávezContinue reading “Venezuela: Shortages of basics alter shopping methods”

New York Times calls out Canadian Prime Minister Harper on silencing scientists

Ouch! Saturday’s New York Times carried a scathing editorial regarding the Canadian government’s and, in particular, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attempts to silence scientists. In no uncertain terms the editorial called out Harper on his penchant for making it hard for scientists to communicate information that may not be to his government’s benefit. “Over the last fewContinue reading “New York Times calls out Canadian Prime Minister Harper on silencing scientists”

Daily Prompt: Server Not Found!

Today’s Daily Prompt – Service brings to mind an experience I had a couple of weeks ago. I walked out of an eatery – before ordering – because the restaurant had apparently been hacked by the same people who hacked the New York Times website. The results were the same: Server Not Found DCMontreal isContinue reading “Daily Prompt: Server Not Found!”

JFK Assassination: mystery plot solved

Every year come November Kennedy assassination  enthusiasts come out of the woodwork. Some are adherents of one or more of the many conspiracy theories – Magic Bullet, CIA, Cuba. Others are just curious about the whole incident and what we do and don’t know. While others are just trying to make a buck selling books,Continue reading “JFK Assassination: mystery plot solved”

Guns, race and poverty: statistics, the New York Times and The First 48

As time passes since the Newtown shooting, it would appear some are taking a less knee-jerk look at gun control and are stepping back a bit to see a fuller picture. I must admit that while I watched the wall-to-wall coverage of the Connecticut tragedy I was taken aback by the virtually complete lack of African-Americans. OtherContinue reading “Guns, race and poverty: statistics, the New York Times and The First 48”

Thoughts on Quebec’s upcoming election and maple syrup: none of it reassuring

With less than 48 hours until the real polls open in Quebec the Parti Québécois appears to be within grasp of a majority. In Chantal Hebert’s column in Toronto’s The Star she points out that unless a majority is achieved things will be tough for the Parti Québécois. If the Parti Québécois wins next week,Continue reading “Thoughts on Quebec’s upcoming election and maple syrup: none of it reassuring”