Archive for September, 2015

The February 31st Ras Al Khaimah snowstorm.

Posted on: September 27th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

290508 Snow Covered 2_3

All those from Ras Al Khaimah, all those from all over the UAE, all those areas in the Middle East where snow is not common.

The Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. Do you remember??

Hee. Hee. My daughter did the photoshopping.




Conservatives: demanding compliance while vehemently opposing independent thought

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth—more than ruin, more even than death. Thought . . . is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits, thought is . . . indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages . . . thought looks into the pit of hell is not afraid.” Bertrand Russell




The F-35! Let it go. The plane is a dud. It still is not ready for any military. It will cost so much more . . .

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

The F-35! Let it go. The plane is a dud. It still is not ready for any military. It will cost so much more . . .

The ego of Stephen Harper is being transformed into ego-mania. He must have  biggest, baddest, and kick-ass military hardware to show just important he is.

It is a sham. It is pathetic. It is a head long, deliberate, and completely illogical “head in the sand” mentality.

Yes, we need better aircraft. But we need aircraft suited to Canada (twin engined). We need the right aircraft at a reasonable purchase price and exceptional performance and a maintenance schedule and cost valid projection.

And we don’t need an F-35 that a) does not work, b) inappropriate for Canada’s traditional peace-keeping role, c) inappropriate for Canada’s weather, terrain, and size, d) that will cost more and more and more at an accelerating rate, and e) with maintenance costs far exceeding a myriad number of competitive airframes.

Question, can the decision to scrap the F-35, provide an opportunity to get a better and more functional plane with a maintenance profile that is reasonable and affordable?

Yes.




Sunk Costs, the F-35, Trudeau’s position, Harper’s ostrich in the sand strategy.

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

For example, $20 million has been spent on building a power plant; the value at present is zero because it is incomplete (and no sale or recovery is feasible). The plant can be completed for an additional $10 million, or abandoned and a different but equally valuable facility built for $5 million. It should be obvious that abandonment and construction of the alternative facility is the more rational decision, even though it represents a total loss of the original expenditure—the original sum invested is a sunk cost.

If decision-makers are irrational or have the wrong incentives, the completion of the project may be chosen. For example, politicians or managers may have more incentive to avoid the appearance of a total loss. In practice, there is considerable ambiguity and uncertainty in such cases, and decisions may in retrospect appear irrational that were, at the time, reasonable to the economic actors involved and in the context of their own incentives.




Contingency versus ideology

Posted on: September 20th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Why is it that so many MBA graduates, taught to believe in contingency thinking, (a future event or circumstance that is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty), and contingency planning, (a plan designed to take a possible future event or circumstance into account), blithely follow Stephen Harper’s Conservative party that believes in governing by “ideology” (“I’ve made up my mind, don’t confuse me with the facts.”)?




Mr. Harper, what does “culture”, history, art, plays, books, and support for the arts . . . . mean?

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print. 

Barbara W. Tuchman

Mr. Harper, what does “culture”, history, art, plays, books, and support for the arts have to do with an advanced civilization? EVERYTHING!

I find it incredibly frustrating to realize that the Canadian ideals I grew up with, and still believe in, have been so perverted by those whose job it is to protect those ideals.

Support for the Arts . . . and artists . . .

Pride in Public Radio and Television . . .

The National Film Board . . .

Parks Canada . . .

and on and on.

What are we “Canadians” willing to stand up for, to protect, and to live for?  What are our standards, our beliefs, our values? What is it about Canada that made earlier generations and mine, willing to lay down their lives for their country? Were our soldiers, sailors, and airman treated the same, reacted to the same, loved and respected the same as American service people? Canadians and American are equally as brave, equally as talented, and equally proud of their respective countries. But Canada’s service people and the role they were so proud of, is (or WAS) quite different, are they (were they) now?

What are Mr. Harper’s (and the Conservatives’) objectives for Canada? Is it to protect the distinct Canadian heritage, or to promote an American vision and dream? Is Mr. Harper still proud that Calgary is called “Denver” north? Why isn’t being a Canadian through and through good enough? Why isn’t being known as peacekeepers a worthy heritage to protect? What is the emotional basis for wanting to deny, and attempt destroy, the very essence of Canadian”ism”? Why does someone pattern their methods on characteristics that are, if not generally abhorred, certainly significantly different from the traditional Canadian principles?

Why must the other political parties and their members be considered “the enemy”? Why must the willingness to seriously research and consider all options be seen as a weakness? When did the “only my way” ideology become a credible philosophy?

The biggest challenge for me to understand how those who are the most intelligent, educated, successful, and influential citizens can fall for a “one answer for everything” political ideology.

 

 




Mr. Stephen Harper is not, repeat, NOT your or our (past, present and future) friend!

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. 

Alice Walker




Stephen Harper, the conservative mentality, and the ignorance of the 1%.

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Literature encourages tolerance – bigots and fanatics seldom have any use for the arts, because they’re so preoccupied with their beliefs and actions that they can’t see them also as possibilities. -Northrop Frye, writer and critic (14 Jul 1912-1991)




I disagree, Stephen Harper is perfect!! Perfectly able to:

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

protect those high reputation, respected, advice (illegal) giving accounting firms (NOT just the ones beginning with the letter “K”) from overview, transparency, and government “policies”. How much does “K” give to the Conservative Party?




Mr. Harper, if your father were still alive, would you let him, or your mother, walk to a Community Mail box in the middle of winter?

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Mr. Harper, if your father were still alive, would you let him, or your mother, walk to a Community Mail box in the middle of winter?