View Post

Yoga with a Yogi

In From Other Parts by Michael Rae

The other half of the sleeping pill worked until shortly after 05:00. Nancy had a yoga session (with some woman who’s name was not Yogi) from 07:30 – 09:00 while I took off for some more Old Delhi fun. Went to the vegetable market where I found some very reasonably priced cauliflowers and  the Eunuchs’ penis’s.cauliflowersIMG_0048 Back to the hotel for breakfast and Nancy then off to the Humayun tomb.

Then after we stopped in to see Ghandi’s house we went to the Sikh temple where volunteers feed thousands of people a day using the world’s largest wok.

Sikh kitchen 5Dinner out at Bukhara where the specialty was food cooked in Tandoori ovens. The cooks worked behind plexiglass.

It was like a fast food place masquerading as sort of fine dining. In, order, drink beer, eat food and leave in 45 minutes. Go for the chicken, the prawns were weak.

View Post

Poll Reveals U.S. Voters are Uninformed About Major Issues What do voters truly understand about policy issues ?

In From Other Parts by Michael Rae

What do voters truly understand about policy issues that have major impacts on society? In the final weeks of 2015, Just Facts commissioned a nationwide poll to scientifically determine this.

While most polls focus on public opinion, this one measured voters’ knowledge of issues that have substantial consequences for Americans. The poll consisted of 23 questions about education, healthcare, taxes, government spending, global warming, Social Security, energy, hunger, pollution, and the national debt.

Overall, the majority of voters gave the correct answer to only six of the 23 questions. This indicates that many voters may be casting ballots based on false views of reality.

Read more

View Post

Why transport syndicate is an ill system

In From Other Parts, Miscellaneous, Transport by Michael Rae

Existence of public transport syndicate in Nepal is a common knowledge. Those who commute by bus, micros, and taxis, our stories might be somewhat similar. Clinging to the bus door, constantly struggling to grab a seat and getting stuck in the back end of the bus and not being able to get off on our […]

View Post

Delhi check

In From Other Parts, Miscellaneous by Michael Rae

Went to the India Gate, checkIndia Gate, Feb1Then went to some old place and saw some old stuff then went and had lunch and ate some fresh stuff. Then went to Old DelhiOn our rickshaw, not a traffic jamSomewhere shortly after this our bicycle rickshaw guy turned left and right and rinse and repeat then we parked where we went up to the second floor of somewhere so we could cough without drawing attention to ourselves. Everyone was hacking  because of all the chili dust in the air.

chilisSo then we had to leave so we could get into a traffic jam where Eunochs in bad clothes banged on the windows and demanded money (The guide pointed out they were eunuchs, I recognized the bad clothes on my own)

Out for dinner at Accent of India. Note to self: have to stop booking fine dining the night after we arrive somewhere with a 13 1/2h time difference. Home and in bed to the live band sounds from the wedding reception on the hotel grounds

Boys will use girls washrooms: new NDP gender “Guidelines” are mandatory not voluntary New NDP gender “Guidelines” are mandatory not voluntary

In Miscellaneous, Opinion, Rights by Michael Rae

News Release

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Boys will use girls washrooms: new NDP gender “Guidelines” are mandatory not voluntary

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has received no response from Alberta Education Minister David Eggen about whether his new “Guidelines” will be voluntary for Alberta schools.  Released on January 13, 2016, the

The Spitting Camel and hold the phone

In From Other Parts by Michael Rae

Actually it was an Indian kid on the gangway to get on to the plane in Toronto that turned around and spat at us. Welcome to India.

No problems with the plane. Then … Fahk.

We get through customs buttery smooth but no welcoming man. After an excrutiatingly long time still no man. So our cradle to grave India tour starts with us on our own in the Delhi airport negotiating with a taxi to get us to the hotel where we hoped we had a room booked and paid for (think worst nightmare) Could not figure out how to make the phone work (more Fahk) until *611 and a ten minutes on hold to the Telus tech guy. He gives me a clue “try holding down the 0 until you see a plus sign then dial the area code plus blah, blah blah.

The taxi driver had to stop at an all night food stand to find the The Imperial Hotel so the tip thing didn’t really happen for him.

Found our man (he caught up with us at the hotel, much apologies) room is lovely. Half a sleeping pill then up to tour Delhi

View Post

Uber and taxis: solutions for a peaceful coexistence

In Miscellaneous, Transport by Michael Rae

Montreal, February 8, 2016 – With an anti-Uber show of force from taxi owners in the works for this Wednesday, an MEI Viewpoint published today describes the broad strokes of two reforms put in place recently in Australia, which demonstrate that solutions exist for allowing the taxi industry and ride-sharing applications to coexist.
en lire plus

View Post

Regulatory challenges in hydropower development in Nepal

In From Other Parts by Michael Rae

Out of 40,000 MW of economically feasible hydropower potential in Nepal only about 791 MW is currently developed. The reason for underutilization of hydropower potential is that there are various challenges to developing hydropower projects in Nepal, namely- technical, financial and regulatory. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in hydropower sector in Nepal can […]

View Post

Science vs. Sanctimony COP21 The epicenter of sanctimonious behavior

In Analysis, Opinion by Michael Rae

by Paul Driessen

If one were to pinpoint the epicenter of sanctimonious behavior the past two weeks, he or she look no further than Paris. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, or COP21) has been a magnet for shareholder activists, nuns, clergy and other religious intent on furthering agendas ostensibly geared toward mitigating manmade global warming, but in reality promote hardship and energy poverty across the economic spectrum.

Mind you, this writer grew up under the tutelage of nuns, and found many of them to be knowledgeable in their respective subject matter while witnessing all of them as paragons of morality. But more and more, I’ve come to find this anecdotal evidence nothing more than a flawed syllogism. Simply because nuns are somewhat knowledgeable and almost always moral doesn’t necessarily add up to the equation nuns are always moral because they are, to a person, knowledgeable.

Your writer has pondered this epistemological conundrum since beginning high school 40 years ago, and the question rears its head time and again: What happens if the knowledge of activist nuns is flawed? Does it then render the morality of their conclusions suspect?

If readers answer the second interrogative in the affirmative, they also recognize the sanctimoniousness of both the nuns and those who point to their opinions as morally superior. I’m not attempting to throw nuns under their vaunted bus, however, inasmuch I’m pointing out they are as subject to buying into bad science and the passions of activism as the next person. Take for example, Sr. Aine O’Connor of the Sisters of Mercy, one of several orders of nuns belonging to the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a progressive shareholder activist group.

Whatever course of study Sr. O’Connor pursued, science apparently wasn’t included. In a National Catholic Reporter article titled “Religious sisters ‘lament the reality’ of fracking in demonstration outside COP21,” the nun resorts to extreme hyperbole to make her point she thinks hydraulic fracturing harmful to Earth and its inhabitants:

“We are hearing and heeding the cry of persons and earth impacted by fracking,” she said of peoples in Argentina, Australia and the U.S. who have reached out to the Sisters of Mercy.

“What do we say to the seven-year-old child whose ears now bleed, who has difficulty breathing as a result of living near a gas field; to the mother who must travel miles to the town in order to have her doctor review and treat her child objectively for gas-related medical conditions; to the farmer who has no voice with his government when his bore hole has run dry and he can no longer farm; and to his family, who cries out in desperation after he takes his own life?

“These cries of people and earth are our shared concern today, because we believe and insist on the dignity and the promise of abundant life for all,” she said.
The article continues that Sr. O’Connor’s group was joined by far-left environmentalist groups and Food & Water Watch as well as “three Catholic religious orders: Franciscans International, Mercy Sisters, and the Medical Mission Sisters” in sponsoring the anti-fracking panel.Nun Against Fracking

“We think that today, of all times, the climate leaders need to actually look at what is being promoted as myths to certain climate solutions,” said O’Connor, speaking of the Mercy sisters.

“Such as in the case of fracking, they’re pushing the myth that it will give jobs, that it’s a clean energy, and when you see today the facts, the science, the health data that’s there, it absolutely needs to be stopped in the names of the people and for future generations,” she told NCR.

The perspective draws from the sisters’ experiences with people they work with worldwide who have seen the impacts of fracking on their land and lives.

Mercy Sr. Bridget Crisp of New Zealand said her community’s concern with fracking and the whole extractive industry ties to concern for island people in the South Pacific.

“You’ve got Tuvalu, you’ve got Kiribati, you’ve got a number of islands who in 50 years, their whole culture could be under water,” she said.
Your writer must confess this last assertion elicited a “Wait? What?” moment. I assume Sr. Crisp was attempting to make the case that continued use of cheap and plentiful fossil fuels results in higher concentrations of carbon-dioxide and methane – two greenhouse gases – in the atmosphere, which – the theory goes – increases the Earth’s temperatures, melts polar ice and causes sea levels to rise. That would be a discussion on science.

Srs. Crisp and O’Connor, however, abjure a scientific discussion in order to demagogue the issue with passionate appeals to the emotions of their audience. The women forego consideration of the moral case for fossil fuels (to borrow a phrase from the title of Alex Epstein’s wonderful book), which actually make the world a better place, especially for the poor (as noted here and here). That’s sanctimony rather than science.

Paul Driessan

View Post

Fraser Institute/MEI Publication: Couillard government’s spending under control, but the tax burden remains excessive Montreal, February 4, 2016 – A ranking comparing the relative fiscal and budgetary performance of the provincial premiers puts the current Quebec government in second place among its peers.

In Analysis, Research by Michael Rae

Montreal, February 4, 2016 – A ranking comparing the relative fiscal and budgetary performance of the provincial premiers puts the current Quebec government in second place among its peers. This ranking measures government spending, corporate and individual taxes, and deficits and debt. With an overall score of 78.2 out of 100, the