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"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.


Monday, February 11, 2002

This just in! According to a breathless Globe and Mail front-page article today, apparently a lot of high-flying New Economy start-ups are going out of business! I can't wait to read reporter Jacquie McNish's next groundbreaking discovery, such as maybe that Robert Mugabe is apparently resisting free elections in Zimbabwe, or that interest rates are apparently low.

Useem to be mistaken. The above article also includes this gem of a quote from Michael Useem, a business professor at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia:

"It's the suddenness of it all that leaves us speechless. Watching companies like Enron go is like watching the World Trade Center collapse. The speed and totalness of the devastation is so shocking that we are still searching for explanations."

Methinks that if Useem worked 70 miles northeast at NYU or Columbia, he might note a qualitative difference between the attack on the World Trade Center and a corporation's filing for bankruptcy.
A good kind of cosmetic surgery. The Globe and Mail reports today that taxpayers are about to spend $6,500 to remove a large swastika tattooed on the stomach of a federal prisoner.

The inmate has apparently seen the error of his erstwhile white supremacist ways, and his "prospects of living a crime-free life would be greatly enhanced by erasing the swastika etched on his abdomen," according to the prison warden.

Personally, I'm all for fewer white supremacists and fewer swastikas. But rather than cough up $6,500 for its removal, why not pay a tattoo artist $50 to add a few lines and turn it into a four-paned window?

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