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This blog has been created to encourage readers to examine viewpoints they might not come across in their daily routine.  As an advocate of lifelong learning, our objective is to provide articles dealing with a range of issues.   We do not necessarily endorse the views of all the articles herein, but offer them as Food for Thought.  The site will not promote any political, religious or corporate agenda.  The site features three pages: Food for Thought, Observations (the writer’s viewpoint) and Miscellanea.   

Food for Thought –    Companies in China are using credit scores to track and rank peoples purchases, pastimes and mistakes; a practice that can provide government a softer, more invisible form of authoritarianism.  And while Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, China’s Xi Jinping is busy making China Great Again.      Observations —  When politicians allow themselves to be in the pocket of  the elite who hide fortunes in offshore accounts to avoid paying their fair share of taxes in Canada it creates funding shortfalls for essential social services and health care.    It’s time to deal with these parasites and the puppet politicians who turn a blind eye to their activities.     Miscellanea —  Why facts don’t change our minds: The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. Also, Want to make a lie seem true? Say it again. And again. And again

Douglas Glynn has been a journalist, college teacher and public affairs consultant, working with governments, labour unions, non-profit groups, police associations, accounting and law firms. During most of the 1990s, he edited-wrote the proceedings of  The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, Canada’s oldest non-partisan public affairs forum.

 

“Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen… If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”   —  Louis D. Brandeis

 

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