“South Africa study suggests Omicron could displace Delta”

This was one of the news items I encountered this morning. Other recent news items talked about mildness of omicron versus delta thus the explanation of reduced hospitalization and fewer deaths in this fourth wave. South Africa represents the advanced data for…

It’s that time again for global leaders to gather and sing the joys of cooperation in tackling climate change. The progressives will point to it not being enough and the conservatives will say they are jousting with windmills. Many promises will be made, many demonstrations will be held, and talking…

Tough to take out a motorcycle with a cruise missile.

The events in Afghanistan over the weekend have created a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth in the West. Assignment of responsibility for the “failure” ranges from the last four US presidents to the Canadian Prime Minister not immediately evacuating the Afghans who assisted the military when they were…

Resistance is futile. You will assimilate…. Star Trek: The Next Generation

In an episode the Borg spokesman, in the temporarily assimilated form of Captain Picard, states that the Borg only want to “raise the quality of life” of the species. That particular episode seemed like an exact match for the…

The latest round of rocket launches and bombing in Gaza is yet another episode of the Israeli Palestinian battle. In watching the coverage each group stuck to their standard lines with no change in the hearts and minds on either side. When confronted with moral dilemmas, we tend to retreat…

There was always a mite box in the house when I was growing up and the contents were collected with some regularity. When involved in fundraising efforts for a new church building, we used the widow’s mite parable, and a slogan of “Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice”. This tugging…

The commonly accepted GOLD standard existed until the Nixon administration concluded that the US$ would no longer be based on the US gold reserves in the early seventies. The global monetary system as it stands today, is based on faith in economies. Exchange rates between different currencies are roughly based…

I turned on CNBC on Wednesday, expecting to see what was happening in the market, and you already know the rest of the story. The good news was the indices didn’t seem to care about the turmoil just a few hundred kilometers away. By nightfall, order was regained in the…

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Ken Barrie lives in Calgary, Alberta. The founder of a small IT company, with an Education in Engineering, Ken has a keen interest in Social Justice issues.

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