Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: politics

worse before it gets better?

Washington Post reports, the Director of the Congressional Budget Office warns that the bailout could cause things to get worse. Why? Because it might expose how bad things actually are under the hoods of the world’s financial powerhouses: During testimony before the House Budget Committee, Peter R. Orszag — Congress’s top bookkeeper — said the […]

doom, gloom

From Harvard professor of economics and former IMF chief economist, Kenneth Rogoff, in the Financial Times: Were the financial crisis to end today, the costs would be painful but manageable, roughly equivalent to the cost of another year in Iraq. Unfortunately, however, the financial crisis is far from over, and it is hard to imagine […]

CafePress as pollster?

On Saturday mornings we make scrambled eggs, read the Saturday Globe and Mail, and listen to the podcast of On the Media, the best American current affairs program out there. This week’s episode has a really interesting piece (starting at 37 minutes), about print-on-demand web t-shirt company CafePress. Fred Durham, co-founder, claims that political t-shirt […]

Obama’s Speech: Inspiring Indignation

I’ve been saying for a long time that one of the problems with the Left/Democrats in the US is that they have been attacking Republican/Bush policies for the past 8 years on the wrong front, questioning the morality of what the US is doing. The problem with that tack is that morality is abstract, and […]

Marc Garneau, Technology, the Web

For some reason, I got contacted by Liberal Marc Garneau’s campaign (he’s running against Anne Lagacé-Dowson in a federal by-election in Wesmount-Ville Marie). They emailed me because I occasionally write political stuff on this blog, and invited me to an event. I said, probably not, but what does Marc think of the Conservatives new copyright […]

training manuals

From NY Times: The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of “coercive management techniques” for possible use on prisoners, including “sleep deprivation,” “prolonged constraint,” and “exposure.” What the trainers did not say, and may not have known, was that their […]

what are you worth?

I’ve been thinking a fair bit lately about the disconnect between the “wealth” of the West in the past 30 or 40 years, and actual “reality.” I argued here that our wealth is a fantasy because: it is based on unsustainably cheap credit (most famously the subprime mess, but endemic throughout the economy), and “exporting” […]

Copyright conflicts & Canada’s media

You know one of the problems about this whole copyright debate is the massive conflict of interest in reporting it in our media companies, which also happen to be our ISPs. Canada’s top 6 ISPs, in order of customer base, are: Bell Sympatico, Shaw, Telus, Rogers, Vidéotron, Cogeco. Looking at what these companies do other […]

Copyright on CBC’s Search Engine & Meeting

Canada’s copyright Minister Jim Prentice will be on CBC’s Search Engine this morn, at 11. If you miss it, you’ll be able to listen by podcast (I’ll post a link). UPDATE: here is the mp3. Have not listened yet. mp3. Here is the best primer on the issues I’ve seen yet, from Brendon Wilson. Also: […]

CRTC’s new media consultation

This looks pretty important: CRTC, Canada’s communications regulator, is doing a consultation on “New Media Broadcasting.” Here is a CBC story on it. Here is the consultation overview doc. Here is the e-consultation site. [via Michael Geist]