Lies, damned lies and statistics

There is an excellent article in The Tyee, by Andrew Nikiforuk, in which he says that "The world is now paying a frightful price for a historical accident. It is this: a highly disruptive and novel virus happened to emerge first in China, a high-tech surveillance state that, despite the experience of SARS, remains allergic … Continue reading Lies, damned lies and statistics

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

The hardest possible Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, The Economist argues, faces an uphill battle with the European Union. The coming trade negotiations between London and Brussels "will not be easy to resolve ... [the article says, because] ... The British side says it is intolerable to impose more arduous conditions than those Canada has to accept .. … Continue reading The hardest possible Brexit

CANZUK, again

CANZUK is an idea that has been floating around for a while now ... I started talking about it some 3½ years ago when I read an article by Dr Andrew Lilico in the Financial Post. His idea was, and remains, simple: The British, he said, voted to leave the EU because they "did not … Continue reading CANZUK, again

The Laurentian Elites have it exactly back-asswards

Michael Geist, who is the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa's faculty of law, writes, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that, "a government-appointed panel tasked with reviewing Canada’s broadcast and telecommunications laws is likely to recommend new regulations for internet streaming companies such as Netflix, … Continue reading The Laurentian Elites have it exactly back-asswards

Warning (2)

Dr Andrew Erickson is a Professor of Strategy at the US Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, where officers from the United States and around the world come to study maritime warfare. In a recent article, he says that "To the extent that any nation has a grand strategy, China surely does. The vision … Continue reading Warning (2)

Towards a sane environmental policy

In a recent article in Forbes magazine, Professor Roger A Pielke Jr, who is vilified by some as being a climate change denier, but who appears to be a reputable (if controversial) and well qualified researcher suggests that energy consumption is growing at a rate that makes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by any margin at all … Continue reading Towards a sane environmental policy