Category Archives: Freedom of Expression

The History of Everything

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Stephen Hawking is back in the press, this time to explain evolution without God – a daunting task, and one on which some feel Hawking fell short. Physicists can be dreadfully hard to follow.

Since I am a language guy, I feel uniquely qualified to translate some of Hawking’s more difficult musings. For example, Hawking says before the universe there was no universe. This can be represented in one complex equation: nothing ≠ something. Do I need to repeat that?

Good. We are on the same page. Now, although there was nothing, there was also something – a small particle. I am not making this up (nothing ~ something). Continue reading The History of Everything

Armageddon

Oh, let’s just call this one Armageddon, and let’s start with the CBC. CBC, of course, is our government-funded (but no influence … promise) news media.

According to a June 6 story by CBC, they have identified the house where Toronto’s embattled Mayor, Rob Ford, allegedly smoked crack. According to CBC, their reporter, Trevor Dunn, spoke to a man who lived across the street. The reporter apparently forgot to ask the man his name, but he got a quote: Continue reading Armageddon

Government Financing

There is a dark side to marketing, and we all know it. Like other temptations, some marketing scams lure people with great promises that later become unrealized dreams and then disaster. To use a local example, let’s look at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

In 2008, I financed a purchase of shares with a loan from BDC. The prospectus supporting the application lined out the parent company as a reader-driven publishing company that would abide by known professional standards, not as a matter of ethics, but as a matter of business. Continue reading Government Financing