2016-11-16 Wed


I am drawn to a conclusion that our Society’s Arguments would be better served if we stopped using specific words forever. This is a different slant from my “proper use of words”. I continue to cringe whenever I hear or read about “A Period Of Time”. Clean up your act!

Lately I find myself hearing the word “Free” and immediately taking the opposite tack. If someone tries to sell me a car and tells me that Financing is Free, I think two things (a) financing is not free and (b) this person is lying to me.

When I happily attend a “Free Noontime Concert” (which I do several times a week) I recognize that the concert is NOT free. While I have dropped not a single coin in the little Plexi-Glass box, the Performer paid to Travel here, the church Maintains the Building (sweeping, electricity, maintenance of washrooms) and pays to have the Programs Typed and Printed.

I do NOT advocate Free Public Transit. After all, who will pay the bus drivers? I recognize that public transit costs millions of dollars to run; every worker must be paid. Fully-Funded Public Transit is another matter; the discussion ought to be about the Source of the Money rather than maintaining my bank balance.

The question about Public Transit is NOT that it should be free for certain people (Blind, Old, Young, Pregnant etc) but that we should be spending less money in total on public transit, and should make it behave exactly as do Sidewalks, Streets, Libraries, Police, and Parks. It costs money to run a public transit system, but pay for it the same way we pay for sidewalks – through city-wide applicable rates and taxes. Then we can eliminate the fare-subsystem and hence eliminate the costs of the fare subsystem.

Next time you hear or read of something being Free, stop and ask yourself whether the thing is truly free. The answers won’t surprise you, now.

[This advice provide free by Chris Greaves]


The Burden of Jury Duty ” TVO.

I have never served on a Jury.

I daresay that if I had been asked to serve on a jury while I was working, I’d have found it fascinating, and yet would have lamented being dragged away from my one-man consulting practice.

I think that Retired People are not called up for Jury Service.

I puzzle over this.

I am retired, seventy years old. I read, write, discuss and think of myself as having Accumulated Wisdom over my seventy years.

I recognize that I have made mistakes in my life; I am conscious of those mistakes, and I do not feel that they make me a bad person. Have I been punished for those mistakes? Yes. Although not by the courts.

So why do we not shangai retired people to serve on juries? In general we retired people have a great deal more time that can be allocated to jury duty than those still labouring to earn money. It doesn’t matter a great deal if I skip a few free Noontime Concerts.

Excepting for obvious cases of Dementia, the ratio of stupid retired people to non-stupid is the same as the ratio of stupid non-retired people to non- stupid non-retired people.

The older you get, the wiser you get. Wiser in terms of recognition of the true costs of mistakes, wiser in terms of what really is right and what really is wrong, and less dependant on society’s approval for your decisions.