I am troubled by the heaping pile of dung, in the form of Canada’s Bill C-32, that is attempting to foist an American-style DMCA on unsuspecting and distracted Canadian consumers and, frankly, have been waiting to voice my opinion on said excrement. Â Michael Geist, in his own kind and gentle manner, has today posited a […]Read more "In Response to Loreena McKennitt on Copyright"
Dear Fred — I think your statement: “In the early days of the Internet, when dial-up was king, the telco companies were in the driver’s seat. They had the customer relationships. They had the on-ramp to the Internet. But they did not create Google, Skype, Facebook, or even TCP/IP.” … is misleading.Â It assumes that […]Read more "The epic struggle of Big Telco"
I’m not usually one to get excited about this sort of stuff, but living as I do at pretty-much the epicentre of the coming Olympics in Vancouver 2010 issues of security, terrorism, and other such hysteria have got my spider-senses tingling.Â I’m fairly convinced that, given Canada’s very active participation in NATO’s Afghan adventure and […]Read more "You Fucking Morons"
It was a year that began with such promise.Â Having elected an African-American democrat, America seemed to be shrugging off eight full years of its most oppressive, incompetent, and deceitful government of the modern era and was moving boldly into a new political and social revolution anchored by hope.Â There remained the promise that from […]Read more "2009: The Year of the Hypocrite"
If you read this year’s Remembrance Day posts [1,2] you will be familiar with the passage that I read on air for CBC’s On the Coast on November 11th.Â My Great Grandfather survived Vimy Ridge largely unscathed, until he went back there in the 1980s and broke his ribs tumbling along old trenchlines, but the […]Read more "Ian Bell on the CBC reading William Markle Pecover"
In the second of this series honouring Remembrance Day, my Great Grandfather William Markle Pecover submitted a very angry piece to Winnipegâ€™s daily Free Press Evening Bulletin, forerunner of the Winnipeg Free Press, which published the story on Sept. 22, 1917.Â Ramsgate hospital in Kent, on the English coast — where he was convalescing from […]Read more "William Markle Pecover – On Being Bombed in Britain"
In Honour of Canadian Remembrance Day, which honours the Armistice of November 11, 1918 and the service of soldiers before and since that bloody war, I am republishing two excerpts from the collected memoirs of my Great Grandfather, a veteran of two world wars, and in particular Vimy Ridge.Â William Markle Pecover died in 1986 […]Read more "William Markle Pecover – Memory of Vimy Ridge"
I read a really salient comment today on an otherwise not terribly interesting article @ CBC News.Â After an article describing high-end street-walking prostitutes being herded out of Vancouver’s Yaletown in advance of the oncoming Olympic onslaught, commenter NixONeill posted: This goes to the heart of the difference between the Left & Right. The left […]Read more "Prostitution and the difference between left and right"
American politics are so polarized at the moment around the issue of health care that it’s hard to envision a favourable outcome. Â I would define a favourable outcome as a more cost-efficient system that guarantees coverage for all American citizens and provides non-elective treatment for free — or, at least, on a co-pay basis that […]Read more "The US Health Care Debate"