Profile

Cover photo
David Megginson
Lives in Ottawa, Canada
2,892 followers|257,820 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTubeReviews

Stream

David Megginson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Flying from Ottawa to Kapuskasing (and back) today for Hope Air.
3
Add a comment...

David Megginson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Research tips for the +Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science :

1. Don't just make stuff up and tell people it's true — that's what annoys you about the religious fundamentalists, isn't it?

2. Note that English isn't the only language spoken in the world. Most languages don't use a word that sounds like "Ishtar" for Easter; they use a variant of "Pascha", from a Hebrew word for Passover.

3. Open a dictionary — I know it's a lot of work, but you're scientists after all.  The best guess is that the germanic word "Easter" is in some way related to the word "east."  Bede also mentions in passing that he heard that in the old days (before Christianity), people in the north of England celebrated a goddess named "Eastre", but that's the only source we have for her.

(Thanks to +Tom Megginson for the link, and note that it was originally shared in 2013, though still online now.)
1
1
Sir John Hardy's profile photoDavid Megginson's profile photo
3 comments
 
Just reading Wikipedia I guess the east has an association with the rising sun which is somehow is associated with the coming of spring. Its connections with the Semitic goddesses Astarte, Ishtar etc are extremely tenuous.
Add a comment...
 
Let's try asking a different question: what can #Ukraine do to help its remaining Russian-speaking citizens feel like they're first-class Ukrainians, rather than an inconvenient and untrusted minority?  There were some horrific missteps right after the Kiev protests, but maybe it's still not too late. 

Learning to accommodate minority language and culture rights isn't an unknown issue here in Canada: things aren't perfect, but we're still together after 147 years.
4
Victor Borisoff's profile photoAlex Lazar's profile photoDavid Megginson's profile photoDave Pickering's profile photo
11 comments
 
That's a promising start, then.
Add a comment...

David Megginson

Shared publicly  - 
 
According to this site, if you earn more than US $32,500/year, you are the 1 percent (you uncaring rich bastard, you).
2
Add a comment...

David Megginson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Yesterday, #Quebec got to choose what kind of a people they wanted to be for the 21st century: the parochial, racially-intolerant society promoted by soon-to-be-ex-Premier Marois, or the open, tolerant society promoted by Premier-elect Couillard.  Congratulations, mes ami(e)s, on your choice!

And also, apologies for the naval-gazing coverage in the English-language press, where the stories are all about our not having to worry about a referendum for a while.  Seriously?  We had to make the story about us? We must seem like your insecure boyfriend, always texting to make sure you're not about to break up with us.
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
2,892 people
 
The upgrade to #Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ( #Trusty  Taur) was painless, but the default background when I rebooted nearly gave me a seizure. Must ... stay ... conscious ... long ... enough ... to ... change ...
1
Paul Tomblin's profile photopervysage1608's profile photoCurtis Olson's profile photoDavid Megginson's profile photo
4 comments
Add a comment...

David Megginson

Shared publicly  - 
 
+Sir John Hardy — you might want to stay off your bike the next time you're in Victoria.  It looks like you have a real-life comic-book villain driving around:

"I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it,” she told a police officer.

“I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn’t on my phone when I hit the cyclist.”

(Link via +Tom Megginson on Twitter)
3
Add a comment...
 
A triple-A credit rating is rare for a country, much less a city. The nice thing is that we didn't get here through dogmatic extremes like "stimulus" or "austerity" — it's just good, fiscally-responsible government, with adequate tax revenue to cover the costs, and lots of investment in public infrastructure (including libraries, community centres, bike lanes, and even public art on the sidewalk). #Ottawa  
3
Sir John Hardy's profile photoDavid Megginson's profile photo
7 comments
 
Sure but the 1980s were very different from the current recession. Interest rates were high and lowering them was a textbook case of using monetary policy to stimulate private investment without causing run away inflation to return. Those conditions are so different to today that were we have a inflation and interest rates so low that any lower theyd be negative. Canada might doing well but Australia missed recession only because it simulated its economy at precisely the same moment as its primary trading partner, China, did. Since then the economy has been growing very slowly and is constantly in danger of falling back into recession because of weak economic conditions everywhere and an end to resources demand from China. This is precisely the moment that Australia elected an ideologically driven government which wants to settle political scores. They want to cut until the budget goes into surplus. I think they know they are going to cause a lot of damage because they are also trying to offset these cuts by selling government assets to pay for infrastructure programs. In other words they understand the need for stimulus but they want to hide behind conservative ideology that denies its importance. In the process they will sell income generating assets to pay for new roads etc which will stimulate the economy but kick the can of debt down the road because the government will forgo any income from those privatized assets. Its not a sustainable policy unless the stimulus actually works. It would have been better if that could actually admit that they are using Keynesian policies instead of cloaking it in retrograde ideology.
Here's the thing. There is no symmetry between Keynesian and "Austrian" economics. There are no Hayekian economists working in macroeconomics. Everyone is a Keynesian during a recession even if they never use his name. Keynes made a lasting contribution to economics as did Friedman. Hayek, Schumpeter, von Mises et al did not. Their economics is rubbish and the policies of austerity during a world wide recession are foolish and disastrous.
Add a comment...

David Megginson

Shared publicly  - 
 
В "Правде" нет известий, в "Известиях" нет правды. (#Soviet-era jokes never get old).
 ·  Translate
1
Sir John Hardy's profile photoCurtis Olson's profile photoDavid Megginson's profile photoNicholas Sushkin's profile photo
5 comments
 
Confirmed :)
Add a comment...

David Megginson

Shared publicly  - 
 
As the #Mozilla  stuff dies down, I think it's a good chance for us to exercise our empathy muscles. Change must be confusing for many people.  One year, whether to let Jews or Catholics join your country club is a matter on which reasonable people may differ; the next, you're suddenly outside the pale of decent human beings for even considering discriminating based on religion.  One year, you can joke with your buddies that you have nothing against black people, but you wouldn't want your daughter marrying one; the next year, they turn away in awkward silence instead of laughing, and you don't get invited to watch the game the following week.  One year, it's perfectly reasonable to suggest that certain basic human rights should be reserved only for heterosexuals; the next ...

But while empathy should help us feel pity for the frustration and bewilderment these people go through, it should never blind us to the real hurt they cause to the victims they've left in their wake.  And even though the specific topic of debate (gender, religion, race, sexual orientation) changes from decade to decade, there's a constant thread through all of it: if you build your world view around the idea of denying other people rights that you have, you will end up on the wrong side of history, angry, confused, and ultimately, shunned.
5
1
Sir John Hardy's profile photoTom Megginson's profile photoDusty Wilson's profile photo
2 comments
 
Well put, David. 
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
2,892 people
Work
Occupation
Consultant
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
Story
Tagline
Big fan of most of the "open"s. Prefer freedom over security.
Introduction
Scholar, tech guy, Canuck, open-source/data/information zealot, urban pedestrian, language geek, tea drinker, pater familias, red tory, amateur musician, private pilot.
Bragging rights
Always vote.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Ottawa, Canada
Previously
Kingston, Canada - Toronto, Canada - London, Canada
The service is reasonable, and the displays are very creative (e.g. the 300 ft2 apartment). The quality of their furniture, unfortunately, is abysmal, and it's not unusual to have to return things 2-3 times until they collect enough pieces from different boxes to make your item work. Head office has cut so many corners outsourcing production that holes often don't line up, there's too little wood at key stress points (so things break easily), etc. There are other companies that make much-better quality pine furniture at the same price. Aside from the showrooms and the marketing, this isn't the IKEA you might remember fondly from 25 years ago.
• • •
Quality: Poor to fairAppeal: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
3 reviews
Map
Map
Map
Good country dairy. Lots of ice cream selections, and malts.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago