Category Archives: Observations

Rising tide lifts all boats, except when it doesn’t

I loved James Saft’s heretical tone as he pointed out the difference between a rising stock market and a robust economy.   Nestled 13 pages deep in the business section of yesterday’s Globe and Mail, Saft’s article shares a page with headlines such as, “is it time for dividend investors to switch back to bonds?” and…
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Spinning Straw Into Gold: What Happened to ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out’?

Elsewhere I’ve gonged the media for uncritically reporting misleading polling results, spinning headlines from them like Rumplestiltskin spinning gold from straw. It’s a problem because it actually sways uninformed viewers, listeners, and readers in ways that encourage acceptance of future falsehoods. In this case, it might seem more comical than offensive. On first blush, you…
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Politicking In Government

It’s not hard to distinguish between the role of a political party and the role of a government. One is a purely partisan group that works to gain power. The other serves at the will of the people to deliver on the promises made while its members were politicking. Between elections, politicians become governors. Whether…
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