"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Monday 27 May 2013

A Late Night Thought

When I was younger but not  young ,  if I started  reading a book, I had to finish it. 

Then I  realised  when I was halfway through  a book and still waiting  for the story to begn...it wasn't going to. So I  would put that book down and forget it.  Then it ddn't take half a book to know it held no interest , I would know in the first three pages

Then therewere massive tomes of books that took thirty pages to describe a scene. I could skip that nbumber of pages and miss none of the story. 
When  I write  a post and comments come in that I am over-reaching  or I'm out of my depth or current history is irrelevant to the story, and little else to support the  contention, I realise some read my posts  despite having no interest.

Or for no reason  other than to  take exception. 

That's tedious. It  doesn't contribute except perhaps to the  satisfaction of the person  being  negative 

I don't do this for fame or fortune. which is probably  a good thing. 

I do it to indulge an inclination to fill in the  gaps  or a  put a different perspective  in stories other people tell. 

Lisa Laflamme  a  T.V. news reader, tells her audience; "We are story-tellers . It's what people want from us"

The media has not always identified  itself  as story-tellers. They have presented as  authorities
producing well-researched  accounts with unquestionable evidence 

I think the social media is having a positive effect.  


Anonymous said...

The verdict on the social media's effect is probably going to have to wait for a while. One thing for certain, though. It has clobbered the print media. I have no idea why the Globe joined the pile-on over the Ford brothers. It make absolutely no sense from a business standpoint. Just diverted some of the anger from the Star. Really dumb when they had no case to present.

Anonymous said...

Rob Ford's press secretary George Christopoulos and his assistant Isaac Ransom both resigned earlier today.

They were his communications specialists.

Does this mean he's been excommunicated?

Anonymous said...

Frank Klees was quoted today, sorry- I can't recall where I read it - that the Conservatives will not vote to increase taxes so that the current government can pay to improve the traffic situation throughout the GTA. Where does he expect that money to come from? From the casino they won't support either? From a Gawker collection?

Anonymous said...

It's spiritually refreshing to watch our federal government in action.

Harper has filled the seats of a new tribunal that was formed to hear appeals of social-security claims with members of the federal Conservative (HOGS) Party and its provincial level allies (hangers-on).

The Social Security Tribunal, which began functioning last month to hear appeals of employment insurance, CPP and Old Age Security decisions, has hired 46 full-time members and a chairperson. The government says the tribunal will be "fair, credible, impartial and independent."

How is it that at least half of the appointees - who will earn up to $124,500 - have ties to the governing party?

"Six are failed Conservative candidates, one is a failed federal Progressive Conservative candidate, some have unsuccessfully run for Conservative nominations, some have been on the executive of Conservative riding associations, some have run for conservative parties at the provincial level and others have donated to the federal party."

From the above description it would appear that those selected for this new and important tribunal have been consistent failures in the past or have bought their way into Harper's good graces.

Would it not have been wiser to appoint all these deserving Conservatives to the Senate - only a bit over $10,000 more per head - and they would have been out of harm's way and could not screw up serious claims made by deserving Canadians?

Is this how responsible government works in our Canada in the year 2013?

Anonymous said...

How many of those 46 people know how to use a shovel?

They can help Mr. Harper continue to dig his own grave.