Category Archives: General Interest

Possible delays in posting…

My computer is on its last legs, but I do have a replacement I was given that I will have to set up. This is going to be difficult for me, physically at least. If I am unable to get the replacement up-and-running, I can’t see any way to have somebody do it for me before Monday, due to the holidays. So if I shut up for a couple or three days, fear not; I shall soon be back.

I have enough material for several posts, and will catch up for any delays.

Jeff Goodall.

Genetic manipulation and the future of humanity

“Mention of eugenics inevitably results in whoops of horror, gnashing of hair, rending of teeth, and discussion of Hitler… If by “eugenics” is meant both the selective breeding of humans and genetic manipulation of ourselves, we will shortly have to discuss it, Fuehrer or no Fuehrer. Google on ‘Designer babies’.” – Fred Reed, “The Inevitability of Eugenics: A Race of Self-Designing Tinker Toys” (1).

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Public service or private gain?

This is a guest column; ‘Mihael Willman’ is the pseudonym for a concerned Canadian – JG.

by Mihael Willman

When former Toronto police chief Bill Blair announced earlier this year that he was going to seek the nomination for the federal Liberal Party, because he wanted to remain in public service, I nearly choked. Sorry, but anyone earning $367,719, as well as $3,006 in benefits a year as a police chief, amounting to over $3 million during his ten year term, and in line to receive an equally extravagant pension, has a lot of gall referring to his career as “public service.” And let’s not forget his generous severance package which amounted to a full year’s salary.

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The Occidental Observer’s annual appeal for donations

I have been an e-mail subscriber to their well thought-out and insightful commentaries for several years now. Their work is excellent, and they only appeal for funds once a year. I highly recommend them, and will be donating whatever I can.

You can visit their website here, read their appeal here, and donate here.

Thanks,

Jeff Goodall.

Black Friday – has it gone too far?

This is a guest column; ‘Mihael Willman’ is the pseudonym for a concerned Canadian – JG.

by Mihael Willman

Black Friday, the Thursday before Black Friday, the week before Black Friday, Cyber-Monday, etc., soon it will be Black Friday month, if this trend continues. Maybe it might be better to simply create another “holiday” not “holyday” dedicated to the “God” of merchandising and manufacturing. It could be called the “Shop Till You Drop Bargain-hunting Day,” or “Look at the loot I got for next to nothing,” or any other similarly appropriate name. But definitely do not call it “Christmas” shopping. Jostling with hundreds if not thousands of people in crowded stores and malls is not what Christmas is about. And fighting over the same “drastically” reduced item has nothing in common with the season or spirit of goodwill.

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Some thoughts on writing letters to the editor

This is the 2,000th post on my website!

And as an activist of sorts, I would like to offer some advice on letter-writing for publication.

My first letter was published early in 1968 by the Toronto Telegram, which later folded following a protracted labour dispute, and was effectively replaced by a number of its leading  writers and staff who founded the Toronto Sun in late 1971.

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Monkeys and politicians: Mind-conditioning 101

Found on the internet, author unknown…

If you start with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string and then you place some steps under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the steps and climb up towards the banana.  Seems logical enough.

But, as soon as he touches the steps, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result… all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the steps, the other monkeys will stop him.

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No more pennies for Canada as of February 4th!

Starting tomorrow, the Royal Canadian Mint will stop putting one-cent coins into circulation, and the banks will begin to take them out of circulation.  In my opinion, not enough notice has been given, and many people will be taken by surprise when making purchases next week.  And when stores “round-out” the amount that people have to pay to the nearest nickel, there is going to be a lot of bad blood and complaints from customers about being “ripped-off” etc. if they have to pay more.

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