I'm going to use a little hyperbole here but I was ready to pull out my hair last week watching the news conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all the premiers regarding the carbon tax. My viewing was interspersed with loud comments that could otherwise, on a couple of occasions, be characterized as yelling. Like when Trudeau said the money from the carbon tax could be given back as rebates. What? To reconstruct our Premier's response, then what is the point?
The latest kerfluffle in the U-S is over who "the Donald" is choosing for his country's top diplomatic post. Drum roll please, yes, it is the man heading up the company responsible for one of the largest oil spills in history. You remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound? It ws the largest in U-S waters until the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in terms of volume of oil released.
I read an interesting piece by columnist Scott Gilmore the other day about the Conservative leadership race that gave me pause to think. He talked about how the more attention the media gives to a political candidate; the better it is for that candidate, even if what we are reporting isn’t flattering to the point of being downright negative. A classic example is Donald Trump. Journalists covered him far more than anyone else. His face and name were everywhere, all the time, something that obviously helped him get elected.
SO Donald Trump was named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. The U.S. president-elect considered it a very great honor. However, it isn’t an honour, it simply recognizes the person the magazine considers had the most influence over the news during the past year. TIME’s editor, explaining the selection process, said that Trump is poised to preside, for better or for worse. She summed it up by saying,
SO, what would you rather be, rich and famous, or just quietly rich? Some people fantasize about being the former. Me, I’d rather be the latter. There are many examples of the challenges famous people have trying to have a normal life such as A-list actors, singers, sports icons, royalty. Take the case of Prince Harry. The latest story of his romance came this week when it was reported the Prince, after completing an official tour of the Caribbean, flew to Toronto to see his actress girlfriend.