My Collected Writings on politics, science fiction, theology, and women.

Stalkers

Stalkers

Last week, I was driving back from the girlfriend’s house, about midnight or so on a Tuesday. I was mostly driving through residential neighbourhoods, on a 50 km/h main drag, but one portion passed through a city park which spans most of the city, and has underground tunnels for the pedestrians and bike-riders. Most of the time, people go through here at 65 or 70 – and it’s perfectly safe. There’s few, if any, pedestrians walking along the road, and given that it’s a mild valley the extra momentum can be useful for making your way up the other side....

The Ten Principles of Leadership

The Ten Principles of Leadership

A young man planning to join our nation’s military recently emailed me asking for advice on how to be the best officer he could be. While the focus of this blog is mainly political, Leadership is an element that runs through all aspects of human society, including the political and economic. It’s a standard of learned moral behaviour which is just as important as comprehending Heuristics and Biases. What follows is my reply to him. One thing you’re going to internalize during your time in the forces, is a document called the Ten Principles of Leadership. It’s a great list,...

Canadian Political Coup

Canadian Political Coup

Document: An Accord on a Cooperative Government: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/bl… Petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/n… Find your Member of Parliament: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compi… Form Letter: Dear ___ I deeply upset about the Liberal, NDP, and Bloc’s attempt to form a Coalition government. Such actions at this time are an undemocratic manipulation of our government. However, the Conservative attempt to Prorogue Parliament is nearly as bad. When the No-Confidence goes through, the government should be dissolved, and a new election scheduled. I’ve certainly had more than enough of elections, but I don’t see that there’s any other reasonable choice. Sincerely,

Compromises Part 1

Compromises Part 1

Never mistake a Motel for a Hotel. That’s what I did today, and now I’m paying for it. The wallpaper is peeling, the air smells of Clorox, and there’s no bucket for the ice machine; just a spare garbage bag the front desk girl gave me. On the plus side, though, I saved some time after my jog; during my shower the shampoo and conditioner came in the same packet. But despite all of this, I’m not feeling that bad, because today I escaped the City. For one thing, that means I was able to get a smoking hotel room,...

Airport Security: Video Blog

Airport Security: Video Blog

Sorry about the bad audio; I’ll fix it one of these days.  In the mean time, skip ahead 30 seconds.

Drive-thru Bans

Drive-thru Bans

There’s a movement going through through city councils to ban the construction of new drive-thrus for the sake of the CO2 emissions. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. First of all there’s the problem of delineating the difference between constructive uses of fuel, and those that are wasteful. Those who wait in line for their fast food consider it an acceptable loss; as do those who regularly drive to the convenience store, instead of buying all their supplies at the grocery mart, and those who drive across town to go to a particular club on Friday night, instead of...