Why is the United States always fighting a war somewhere? Could it be because war is profitable?

Harper’s magazine, in its June issue, reports on a panel of former soldiers that it convened at the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, New York. They were all veterans of wars waged by the U.S. over the past 30 years, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan, or stationed in some of the nearly 800 military bases … Continue reading Why is the United States always fighting a war somewhere? Could it be because war is profitable?

Canada far behind other countries in switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources

It is depressingly ironic that, while many other countries are  steadily switching from fossil fuels to clean and renewable sources of energy, Canada’s federal and provincial governments squabble over building yet another pipeline to British Columbia -– one that, with the existing Trans-Mountain pipeline, would nearly triple the delivery capacity from 300,000 barrels of oil … Continue reading Canada far behind other countries in switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources

Sparse retirement savings, skimpy public pensions, pro-company bankruptcy laws cause a pension crisis

Most Canadians today are not financially prepared for retirement. According to recent polls, over two-thirds of us (68%) don’t have a retirement plan, 30% have paltry or no savings, and 62% end up retiring earlier than they expected or wanted. The Broadbent Institute, in a recent study, found that half of Canadian couples between 55 … Continue reading Sparse retirement savings, skimpy public pensions, pro-company bankruptcy laws cause a pension crisis

Communication is complicated in the modern Tower of Babel

“But far more numerous was the herd of such Who think too little, and who talk too much.” --John Dryden. During the early 1960s, I was assistant editor of The Newfoundland Examiner, a weekly tabloid published in St. John’s. It was a journal launched to provide progressive news and views that were not likely to … Continue reading Communication is complicated in the modern Tower of Babel