Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Restitution


I've long and often wondered why restitution doesn't figure more heavily in our criminal justice system.

I suppose that one reason is that it simply can't -- some crimes can't be restituted for. Here's a case in point.

To summarize, a woman name of Catherine McKay got loaded, ran a stop sign and caused the death of a family of four. How does one ever make restitution for such a crime? -- one can't.

And yet, and yet, I still can't see what a ten-year prison sentence accomplishes, aside from presenting the taxpayer with a huge bill for food and shelter for the convict.

Even though I can't propose a better way, the thought won't leave me that there has to be one.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Solar Impulse Completes Historic Round-The-World Flight

Here's the story.

It was an amazing project, and sincere congratulations are in order to everyone involved.

That said, I have great difficulty in seeing this as the future of aviation.

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LCBO Launches Online Sales Of Beer, Wine, Cider, Spirits

Here's the story.

Who can now deny that every day, in every way, life in Ontario just keeps getting better and better, if you have money to burn.

Canada Post's delivery fee per $50.00 minimum order will be $12.00 plus tax. 'Looks reasonable to me; what's not to like?

At the rate that things keep improving in Ontario, there'll soon be no problems left to solve.

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Eric Burdon And The Animals -- Tobacco Road

One of my all-time favourite songs:


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Teresa Brewer -- Old Man Mose




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Tom Waits -- Goodnight Irene



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Monday, July 25, 2016

Subtle Illiteracies


Consider this CBC News story's title:

"Riding for a cause: Hundreds biking to Montreal to raise money for HIV/AIDS"

'Biking' ought to be 'Bicycling'. 'Biking', in the English that I'm familiar with, means 'motorbiking/motorcycling', and a 'biker' is a motorcyclist, not a bicyclist.

I know, I know -- I'm being a nit-picker here, but I'm justified. When I first read the article's title, what else could I possibly picture in my mind but these sorts:


Image result for bikers


Not these sorts:

Image result for bicycle race


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Eric Burdon And The Animals -- When I Was Young


I certainly don't mean to imply anything autobiographical by way of this post; I just love Eric Burdon's work.

If I had tears in me, it would move me to shed them.


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Quote Du Jour


"The statistical association between tattooing and criminality is very much stronger (with the exception of that between criminality and smoking) than that with any of the more conventionally investigated factors, such as broken homes, drug addiction, low intelligence, and poor educational attainment." [Emphasis mine.]

                                                                                Theodore Dalrymple

[That's from this essay, which I've yet to read in its entirety. I'm not sure I want to read it in its entirety.]

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PHEW!!!

The smokers and tattooed persons I know are the least criminally-inclined people on earth, or at least that's what I thought. God only knows what I don't know, and likely don't want to know.

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On Coming To Grips With Futility


In Taki's Magazine today there's an essay by Theodore Dalrymple titled "Mankind Is Stuffed".

That's hardly the most propitious essay title I've ever encountered, but the piece turns out to be oddly heartening.

To briefly summarize Mr. Dalrymple's theme, the idea is that most of what you and I and everyone else on God's Earth desires and does is pointless and futile, so get over it and get on with it; it's what we have.

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