Hugh McGuire

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

Category: politics

airport security

Security Guard: What is in this tube? Me: Prescription skin cream. SG: What is it for? Me: ? SG: What is it for? Me: … Um… a skin condition. SG: Did a doctor prescribe this? Me: Yes. SG: Do you have a note from the doctor? Me: The prescription label is on the tube. Right […]


Press conference question: Q: What’s your definition of the word “torture.” The President: Of what? Q: The word “torture.” What’s your definition? The President: That’s defined in U.S. law and we don’t torture. Q: Can you give me your version of it, sir? The President: Whatever the law says. Title 18, Part I, Chapter 113C, […]

Harper’s No Spin Bunker?

Somehow this doesn’t seem right: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been working on a secret project to build a $2-million government-controlled media centre, a newspaper reported Monday… The new briefing centre would supplant the 47-year-old National Press Theatre, a venue where government news conferences are moderated by the executive members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery […]

green party’s net policies

The Green Party, reports Michael Geist, put out it’s policy document. Have not looked thru it yet, but there’s support for network neutrality: Supporting the free flow of information The Internet has become an essential tool in knowledge storage and the free flow of information between citizens. It is playing a critical role in democratizing […]

head scratching about basra

This is why multiple sources for news is important … then again, who you gonna believe? As British Leave, Basra Deteriorates: Violence Rises in Shiite City Once Called a Success Story Washinton Post, August 7, 2007 Basra violence increasing as British leave UPI, August 7 British exit from Basra has led to drop in violence, […]

social capitalism

Here’s an interesting description of Europe (which I guess you could say of Canada too), from the Washington Post: Europe is more of a “workfare state” than a welfare state. As one British political analyst said to me recently: “Europe doesn’t so much have a welfare society as a comprehensive system of institutions geared toward […]

the only real divide

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been thinking lately about conservatives and progressives, and the problems of our current climate of political debate, heightened exponentially by cable news pundits in the USA. I have a trip to Saskatoon coming up, and I was thinking of contacting a few Sask bloggers, and Small Dead Animals comes […]

spying an the net

Interesting story about bin Laden, the net, and a bungle. Apparently, a private US security company, SITE Intelligence Group, breached Al-Qaeda’s internet system a couple of years ago. And in September they intercepted that video of bin Laden (before it was public)…and passed it along to US intelligence services, with the warning: don’t make it […]

can the government just give it away?

[cross-posted at] The Guardian UK Tech Section has an ongoing campaign to free UK government data, with an associated blog: Their campaign inspired a response from the Ordnance Survey titled: These maps cost us £110m. We can’t give them away for free. The response argues that the maps cost money, that the OS […]

Ministry of Truth press conference