ideaCity (or as I keep mistyping it on this Mac, ideaCuty) is showing signs of the recession. And that's all I'm saying about that for the rest of the week!
My buddies here have opinions:
Kara says: Irwin Cotler and Laura Archer were inspiring. [This is good evidence for the recency effect, since they were both in the last session.]
Pat's faves were: the assisted-death doctor. His volunteers are getting arrested in the US. In Georgia, they ran a sting operation and arrested some 80 year olds. This was truly shocking to a group of urban liberals, such as this audience is filled with. [Richard MacDonald, a very impressive man, Final Exit Network.]
Here are my top "heard and overheard" today.
Galileo saw Saturn 400 years ago. Now, they know that the rings have spiral ripples. One of Saturn's satellites has a large underground water reservoir, and evidence of carbon atoms. (Encilidas?) Too bad it's so far away.
"Space is really empty. Even when it's full."
"If the Sun was in Toronto, and was 15 cm across, the nearest star to us would also be a similar size, but would be on the Yukon/Alaska border."
"Religion is mythology misuderstood."
"Organized medicine is an oxymoron if I've ever heard one."
"Democracy was born 27 centuries ago. It's enemies are war, tyrranny, ideologies of opression. These days, democracy fights back, and often triumphs, but sometimes at great cost."
"Only people in the provinces talk about being world class."
"Aboriginals make up the source of the root of the ideas upon which we are acting, when we (Canadians) are acting at our best."
"Are they really human rights, or are they privileges, when only the privileged can exercise their human rights?"
OK, off to refill on caffeine, and take a bio break. Catch you later, and thanks for stopping by.
Northrop Frye apparently said: "If there is anything historical in the Bible, it is there by accident."