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Rants, raves, etc. by Maurice Tougas

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George H.W. Bush: A wimp is rehabilitated
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Nothing improves a reputation like dying. Last week, former U.S. president George H.W. Bush was laid to rest after 94 remarkable years of life. The praise for Bush was effusive, and mostly well deserved. Consider the guy’s public service record:  eight years as Ronald Reagan’s vice presiden...
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Robyn Luff speaks the truth
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Until yesterday, I had never heard of Robyn Luff. Not many people have, even though she is an elected member of the Alberta legislature. Luff, as you may know by now, is one of the anonymous seat fillers that was elected, pretty much by accident, in the Orange Wave that swept over the province in...
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Deluged by fraudsters
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Remember something called a ‘land line’? In the days before cellular telephone machines, a land line was simply called a telephone, because there was no other option. Today, none of my three grown (chronologically, anyway) sons have a land line. To millennials, using a land line is ro...
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Golden age of TV has passed the networks by
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When I was a kid, I was a hopeless TV addict. My mom called me a “TV bug”. If anyone wanted to know what was on TV at any given hour of any given day,  they could ask me. I was a walking TV Guide (which I subscribed to). That’s what happens when you have…
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How $1.34 turned into $76.13
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I don’t know where you are, but here in the Great White North’s most northerly metropolis, it was a lovely summer. Until smoke from B.C. forest fires began to blot out the sun for days on end, we had a great string of warm, sometimes even hot, weather. In my view, a very good summer.&...
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Nuttiness in the Great White North
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This week, two examples of Canadian craziness. First, let’s go east, to Ontario, where the poisoned fruits of the Trump tree have fallen and taken root. (Man, that’s good writin’.) In June, the good people of Ontario elected corpulent doofus Doug Ford as their premier. Ford is, ...
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How I helped Apple become a $1 trillion company
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How I helped Apple become a $1 trillion company
In between the increasingly deranged rants from the orange menace to the south, you may have heard last week that Apple (the company, not the fruit) has become the first publicly-traded American company in history to be valued at $1 trillion dollars. That’s one TRILLION. Or, put another way...
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A puzzlement …
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A puzzlement …
It’s been a while since my last blog, as you no doubt have noticed. You’ve noticed, right? Seriously, somebody must have noticed? No? Ah, well … I do have an excuse for my blogish laziness. A couple, actually. One is that I am in a summer opinion lull, thanks to a very pleasant ...
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Think you know the national anthem? Think again … but this time, in French.
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Think you know the national anthem? Think again … but this time, in French.
On Friday night, at the Edmonton Eskimos game (my profound apologies to the 14 people in Canada who find the term ‘Eskimo’ offensive), the national anthem singer chose to perform the anthem in the bilingual version. Now, I’m old enough to remember when English-French tensions in...
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Follow the bouncing ball: World Cup 2018
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Every four years, people who couldn’t identify Ronaldo from Ron Howard suddenly become soccer experts. It’s the World Cup, an event so important, so famous, that it doesn’t even have to name the sport. World Cup.. ’nuff said. I’m not a huge soccer fan, but I have thr...
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