The Historian Of Decline

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Hole Drilled to Bottom

Hole Drilled toBottom of Earth's Crust, Breakthrough to Mantle Looms
screams the latest headline.

Is it just me, or was this easier than getting to the bottom of the latest Canadian government scandal?

Sharks



This striking photograph, linked to by Drudgereport, shows a huge mass of sharks gathering off a beach in Florida while three swimmers splash in the warm waters, blissfully unaware of the danger they are in.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Adscam

The Toronto Star reprinted a few lines it reported back in 2002:

"Some communications industry executives say their companies were given what amount to phantom contracts, where the work completed was only loosely linked to the tender and that the principal beneficiary was the ruling party."
"It is basically how you pay for an election campaign without paying for an election campaign."

Is someone going to prove this?

James Travers also reports that the "Liberals took a system they inherited from Brian Mulroney's Tories." People are fooled into believing that they are voting for a different party, only to end up with the same old corruption. The voters are getting smarter every year; less and less of them will cast a vote at all, preferring to avoid the entire sordid spectacle altogether.

Monday, April 04, 2005

John Paul II

Karol Wojtyla is gone, but he left behind some influential writings.

Young Karol learned to resist tyranny in spirit as a youth in Nazi occupied Poland, and later as a priest in Communist Poland. It is not easy to live through such dark times and maintain one's beliefs. For his iron committment to his values and his attempts to develop them, John Paul has earned my respect.

Why not peruse his thought provoking encyclical Centesimus annus?

Brault and the Gomery Commission

The court ordered publication ban on the testimony of witnesses at the Gomery Commission raises the issue of free speech. While all people should have a right to a fair trial, information should not be hidden from the citizens of a country.

It is an insult to the people of Canada to assume that if they are presented with information, they suddenly become incapable of fairly judging a fellow citizen as a jurist. That this weak argument is enough to allow judges to hinder the presentation of information is disgraceful.