The Man In The High Castle – a sign of the times?

A trip to the moon? Done. Next up: sending people to Mars. Flying from Europe to San Francisco in just 45 minutes. People living in clean and safe neighbourhoods. This is 1962, after all. But: people who disagree with conventional wisdom run the risk of “going up in smoke”, and, oh yeah … Adolf Hitler is in charge. Continue reading “The Man In The High Castle – a sign of the times?”

Social media (and intellectual) skills in ever shorter supply

I have to admit it: social media are increasingly giving me the creeps. Or more precisely, the users of social media who can’t, or won’t, tell the difference between what is real and what isn’t. Continue reading “Social media (and intellectual) skills in ever shorter supply”

Beware fake-news polls

We used to call them “push polls”, but a more appropriate term in this day and age – it’s 2017, after all – would be “fake-news polls”. And no one does it better than Nanos, a polling company that has traditionally slanted its polls to favour whatever their Liberal cronies espouse at any given time. Continue reading “Beware fake-news polls”

Dishonest and lying media

Why is Donald Trump such a big hit with so many people, not only in the US, but all over the world? Because, whether you like him or not, whether you agree with what he says or not, he says what he truly feels, and what a growing number of people believe as well. In a recent CBC documentary on body language, an expert in the field confirmed that Mr. Trump’s body language proves that what you see is what you get. In other words, unlike former President Bill Clinton, Mr. Trump doesn’t lie, but says what he knows, or believes, to be true. That he may be wrong on several things is really beside the point. What matters is that he’s authentic and genuine, and this is what people are looking for in their leaders nowadays. Continue reading “Dishonest and lying media”

Anchors aweigh, 2017 here we come!

I recently came across an international survey that measured how well people in various countries around the world knew their respective countries. The British and the Dutch know themselves and their countries extremely well, according to the survey results, but Canadians came in thirtieth – in other words, the vast majority of Canadians don’t know their country and by all rights should not be allowed to vote (as the 2015 federal elections amply demonstrated). I took the time to answer the survey questions and obtained a full score. Continue reading “Anchors aweigh, 2017 here we come!”