Sunday, April 22, 2007

One year!

Well, I'm extremely proud to say that I've been a low-carber for one year today. Thank you, thank you.

In this time period, I've lost 40 pounds, 4 inches of waist-line, and a 22 year old curse of chubbiness. Breaking this curse is by far my greatest accomplishment. Losing the weight was easy. Just stick to the plan and stay motivated by the moving scale.

Staying at my new ideal weight is the real deal, as the early excitement has waned and temptations to sway from healthy eating are numerous. But so far I'm hanging in there, helped by the variety and rich taste of natural, healthy, low-carb food.

Cheers to the next year, which will, I'm sure, be as rewarding and pleasurable as the last one has been.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Thoughts on Virginia Tragedy

Not mine though, but Pierre Lemieux's, can be found here. This great article summarizes the issue quite well, and brings a refreshing point of view on the misplaced gun control debate. Extract :

In Blacksburg today, the tragic spectacle of tens, if not hundreds, of heavily armed policemen, with at least one armoured vehicle, all powerless to prevent a single gunman from killing and maiming more than 30 people reminds us of a dire fact: it is impossible to be totally protected against madmen, except by turning society into a convent or a jail.

One question needs to be asked, though. What if a student or a professor had been armed today at Virginia Tech? This possibility was very remote since guns are illegal on the Virginia Tech campus, and non-criminals usually try not to become criminals. At Dawson, what if the security guard who, we are told, helped some students flee and was not far from the killer had been armed? In all these tragic events, how many students wished, before dying, that they had a gun?

Those who call for increased gun controls should ask themselves whether their motives are rational or emotional. If they're rational, then the answer is simple : just think about it real hard for a couple of hours and you should deliver yourself from these fallacies.

If it's emotional (and I suspect it is for the vast majority), then simply read over again, and again, the last sentence from the previous extract. I'll restate it here, just in case :

In all these tragic events, how many students wished, before dying, that they had a gun?

I think this says it all.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Alberta in serious need of socialism

This is the province's new Premier, Ed Stelmach's, opinion.

There is a price to prosperity, a substantial price, as you will see, Stelmach said in a speech...

Stelmach said the province is dealing with double-digit growth hikes virtually across the board, leading to job and housing shortages and concerns about quality of life.

We need stable funding for municipalities, for capital projects, and we need to provide for the maintenance of public infrastructure," he said

He noted the province has committed $400 million for water and sewage treatment and affordable housing in Fort McMurray, the centre of Alberta's thundering oilsands economy

Here we go again with the unsustainable growth nonsense. The 2 main reasons why growth may be unsustainable are :
1. a bubble created mainly by inflation and;
2. not letting the market adjust on its own to changing economic conditions.

Clearly, Alberta's growth is more genuine than a mere paper bubble. What's threatening its development are the rigidity of the public infrastructures and of regulation. Even this second point about too much regulation is conceded by the Premier :

A deal will mean less red tape for Alberta business, and faster entry for the workers we need.

Stelmach said they continue to press for recognition of overseas credentials to fill job vacancies.

Why then can't he recognize the first point about rigid infrastructures that do not respond to price incentives? Why is his miracle solution to reduce Alberta's formidable economic growth to the detriment of everybody?

The solution to socialism is simply not more socialism. Sorry Eddy.