Lying to your children is ok? (November 29, 2009)

Now, I know I’m going to get some hate mail for this one, because I’ve had many a heated argument about it with friends before. Plus, I’m not actually a parent myself, so clearly I might “just not understand.” But I&rsqu (more...)

Incorrect Logical Reasoning (November 22, 2009)

Logic can be a tricky thing.  Consider the following example from the ChangingMinds website: Statement 1: All men are animals Statement 2: Some animals are aggressive Conclusion: Some men are aggressive Seems perfectly reasonable at first glance (more...)

Religious Conversion (November 12, 2009)

Since arriving in New Zealand, I have now twice been the target of attempted religious conversion. I found this surprising, as I had understood the country to be one of the more progressive in the world. In fact, New Zealand has far more non-religiou (more...)

Conservation or Economics? (June 25, 2009)

There seem to be more and more calls to conserve and “save the environment” these days. Now, I’m all for efficiency. I hate to see unnecessary waste, and I love nature. I pick up my trash. I own the most fuel efficient car in its cl (more...)

Great to see that people are doing! (June 9, 2009)

I have been in touch with lots of people regarding my previous blog posting, and I’m very impressed to see that a lot of people are indeed aware of the problem, and actively working toward solutions. In fact, Michael Geist, who has been speakin (more...)

Stop talking and start doing! (June 7, 2009)

People love to talk. It’s in our nature. We’re social creatures. At some point, however, if you want to get anything done, you have to stop talking and start doing. There is a big conference in Stratford this week called “Canada 3.0 (more...)

Progressive versus Conservative (May 22, 2009)

Progressive versus Conservative. Us versus them. A battle waged in the media every day. But how many people actually know what these words mean? People certainly have strong stereotypes that come to mind. Here’s some dictionary definitions to h (more...)

The real USA healthcare experience (March 28, 2009)

I’m tired of hearing Canadians complain about our healthcare system. You know what? We do have to wait longer for some types of treatment – but not usually anything life-threatening. And you know what else? That’s life. Resources ar (more...)

Healthcare: Canada vs. USA (February 28, 2009)

What are the facts? Total health care spending per person / year: USA: $6,717 USD (46% government = $3,089) Canada: $3,678 USD (70% government = $2,574) Fact: Americans pay almost twice as much per capita for health care even though 1⁄6 of thei (more...)

Television is Toxic (January 29, 2009)

I’ve recently gone from a 5-year period without any cable television to a condo that has a tv in every room. When I’m eating, I’ll often turn it on for a half hour or so, possibly getting sucked in for an hour show. I usually watch TBS, Discovery, Co (more...)