The Latest From Tim Ball
September 09, 2015
Voltaire said, “If you wish to converse with me define your terms.” Often people argue only to discover that they agree but are confused by slightly different definitions of basic terms.
September 03, 2015
The amount and role of government are central to the current US and Canadian elections. It is that basic on both sides of the border. The fact that very few people have any experience of less government complicates the issue.
August 26, 2015
The Globe & Mail ran a contest for the best humorous description of a Canadian. One caught my attention. It said a Canadian is a person who obeys a stop sign at three in the morning, even if nobody is watching.
August 21, 2015
Everyday we are bombarded with evidence and made to feel guilty about living in a throwaway society. It was a creation of the environmental movement to force recycling. The problem is no proper total cost benefits analyses of recycling are done, and programs are failing.
August 14, 2015
A comment by Evelin Cooper on my last post spoke to the challenge of going beyond “preaching to the converted.” It is a very valid comment and requires a response that faces the realities and puts green bullying and environmental hysteria in perspective. The pattern of change is a saw tooth with a very gradual incline to a peak after which the change is very rapid. Some actions accelerate the process but for a critical mass of people who understand it takes time, especially when they were deliberately misled. People don’t like to admit they were duped.
August 05, 2015
Religion is fine, but problems begin when it is forced on others. Proselytizing is the characteristic of Puritanism, which H. L. Mencken defined as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is having a good time.”
July 29, 2015
I used to think, like most people, that Commissions of Inquiry are a great idea. Whenever there are serious and troublesome conflicts people know the only hope of getting to the truth is to get the politics out of the way. They believe this is the only way that fair, reasonable, resolutions can occur.
July 21, 2015
Al Gore is a classic modern form of the career politician. All other career efforts fail, so they choose a vehicle in the form of a moral high ground issue. As H. L. Mencken said, “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front of the urge to rule.”
July 14, 2015
In the 19th century, English-speaking universities comprised two faculties, The Natural Sciences and the Humanities. The word scientist didn’t exist until the middle of the century. Naturalist was the general name for people we call scientists today. Darwin, as a naturalist, published The Origin of Species in 1859 as a theory, which it remains today.
July 08, 2015
Four little-known facts about the climate predictions (projections) made by the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) completely mislead public understanding of the climate debate. Unfortunately, the misdirection was relatively easy because only 20 percent of the public have even basic science literacy.