I was flipping through the tv channels looking for something that would catch my interest. As sometimes happens there was nothing. I remember back in the 90’s when they were predicting a tv universe with hundreds of channels and I wondered what programming could they possibly find to fill all those channels? A dozen years ago I talked about how some people convince themselves of the authenticity of what they watch on tv or at the movies. So-called “reality” shows have been extremely successful when they aren’t what we would call reality at all. Human beings aside from professionally trained actors cease “acting naturally” when a camera is pointing at them.
The not-so-friendly skies just became even less so if you plan to fly to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security cites terrorism concerns in regards to targeting passenger jets as the reason security measures are being tightened on flights heading to the U.S. As of yesterday, there is enhanced overall passenger screening, increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas, and heightened screening of personal electronic devices.
Ottawa’s marijuana legalization target date is July 1st next year. Now the provinces have to figure out what the minimum toking age should be. Doctors and public health advocates say regular marijuana use by people under 25 is the most harmful because until that age our brain’s prefrontal cortex is still maturing. However, people aged 18-24 are the biggest users of cannabis, so if they make the legal age 25 that means illegal use by 18 to 24’s will continue unabated.
Whenever my 95 year-old dad and I chat he always brings up the news of the day. On the one hand, I’m happy that he still has all his marbles and is interested in what’s happening in the world. On the other hand, I tell him watching the evening news can be like a daily soap opera where nothing really changes in 24 hours except for the latest details on the incessant shootings, bombings, and other forms of murder that never cease in some parts of the world.
A couple more examples of the upside-down world we live in where everything revolves around money reared their ugly heads last week. One story that caught my eye was about how cash-strapped retailer Sears plans to close 59 stores and lay off 2,900 workers and said ex-employees won’t be receiving any severance pay through a court supervised restructuring process. However, at the same time, senior executives at Sears head office in Toronto will split over $7 ½ million in bonuses that the company says is necessary to keep key employees during the restructuring.