Some Random Thoughts From This Past Week

Canada’s largest drugstore chain had a computer glitch. No credit or debit cards were being accepted. Who carries cash these days? What would we do if the system went down as a whole, not just one store but everywhere? We have as a society become so dependent on technology, who knows how we would react. The only thing I am sure of is that it wouldn’t be pretty and people would die.

I wonder if the bankruptcy of HMV Canada had something to do with losing their focus? I dropped by one of the stores this past week. They were advertising had it that you could purchase merchandise for 60 per cent off. There were thousands of movie DVDs available, it looked like the store was fully stocked. One small section of compact discs was left, perhaps a hundred all told. A music store with no music? Maybe that was part of their problem. They forgot their core mission.

Why is it cheaper to buy a new set of food storage containers than to buy replacement lids for the broke ones we have? It doesn’t make sense to me.

It’s Spring. Environment Canada shouldn’t be issuing severe frostbite warnings. I guess that is why no-one talks about global warming anymore, it is all about climate change. It just shouldn’t be this cold in March.

It was federal budget week in Canada. I won’t get into a rant about the deficit spending with no payback plan. But I was puzzled by new tax credits for fertility treatments being given to same-sex couples. I will admit high-school biology wasn’t my strongest subject, but I didn’t think medicine had advanced to the point where men were giving birth. I’m not a big fan of the government paying for fertility treatments for heterosexual couples either – having children is not a right, and it is expensive.

On a similar theme, I heard a radio interview with someone who was complaining not enough money was allocated for day care. I didn’t catch what the number was, but the interviewee was looking for $20 billion annually for a universal daycare program that all Canadian children would take part in. I waited in vain for the interviewer to ask why. When did we decide that the state does a better job of child-rearing than parents? (I feel a rant coming on, but I will save it for another day.) The interviewer apparently accepted the assumption that state sponsored child care is the best.

I was driving, so I couldn’t take a picture of the billboard at the side of the road. All it showed were the words “I’ve Trusted” followed by a website address, then the words “For 50 Years.” No indication what the product or service being offered was. Given that the World Wide Web was invented in 1989 I doubt anyone has been trusting a website for 50 years. Am I the only person who thinks of these things?

So that is what has been going through my mind at odd hours this week. Now go enjoy your Saturday.


One comment

  1. Missed out on your rant on the deficit.

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