Author Archives: Lorne Beaton

Ready to pop

Unlike the rest of my family, I’ve always been a renter, and because we’re all surrounded by cultural programming that drums it into our heads that it’s better to own than to rent (“Pay yourself first!”, etc.), I’ve always felt … Continue reading

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White House pushes Keystone XL decision back a year

Has anyone else been noticing how, even though it’s mid-November, we’re still getting temperatures in the mid-teens here in southern Ontario? Environment Canada Is predicting highs of 16 and 17 degrees for Windsor this coming Sunday and Monday; it’s 14 … Continue reading

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Looks like I spoke too soon

So, about that whole George Panandreou “democracy” thing, there’s this from today’s Report on Business: “I will be glad even if we don’t go to a referendum, which was never a purpose in itself,” Mr. Papandreou said in the text … Continue reading

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Papandreou still a democrat after all

The Euro crisis is close to the implosion point, where no one will be able to pretend anymore. The economic “rescue” plan intended to pull Europe back from the brink will come down on Greece like a ton of bricks, … Continue reading

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Setting the CBC up for a fall

Well, you couldn’t call this unexpected. With Stephen Harper’s Tories enjoying a secure majority, Canada’s ownership class feels emboldened to step up its efforts to import the heavily slanted, nakedly ideological Fox News model of right-wing broadcasting to this country. A … Continue reading

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Low gas prices are not good news

Since Standard & Poor’s downgraded U.S. Treasury bonds last week in the aftermath of the debt-ceiling debacle, financial markets have been whipsawing up and down like a demented yo-yo. In the midst of all the turmoil, there is one seeming … Continue reading

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How to use ALL the toner in your laser printer

When I first starting working at The Lance (over twenty years ago now, aack!), they had just burned $6,000 — in 1989 dollars, mind you — on a professional desktop-publishing setup. This included a 1200 dpi laser printer, very high … Continue reading

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Another week, another set of links

Here are this week’s interesting links: The Daily WTF is a website for IT professionals and programmers to share war stories about strange and proposterous things they encounter in their line of work. Most of them require a pretty deep … Continue reading

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Stuff I came across: Week of April 11, 2011

Here follow this week’s ephemera. Things you didn’t know you had to worry about: What to do when your pilot gets sucked out the plane window. Um, I have to sit down now. Oh, I’m already sitting? Ah, I didn’t … Continue reading

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A buck-thirty a liter… Ouch!

If you drive a car here in Windsor, chances are you noticed that the price of gasoline jumped yet again last night. The gas station at the corner of Wyandotte and Lauzon was selling gas at 129.9 cents per liter. … Continue reading

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