Politics, promises, and pandering to self-absorbed voters

There’s an election in the air.  It’s the Ontario Provincial election.  And, as usual, the politicians are pandering to voters by promising all kinds of silliness.  And voters are going to base their choices on election day based on the clearly falsifiable proposition that the politicians who are elected will keep their promises.  There’s a better way, though: voters should vote based on a politician’s (and a party’s) performance in the past, not their promises for the future.

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An imbalance in the Ontario health care system

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Our health care system is too brittle.

I think of design as an activity that seeks balance between efficiency and effectiveness. So understanding effectiveness and efficiency, and being able to recognize efficiency and effectiveness in systems, is a fundamental skill in design. In this post, I will describe a situation from my own life of hyper-efficiency in the Ontario health care system. The point is to demonstrate that the notion of balance is useful to explain why systems don’t always work properly.

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Greenpeace, Ontario nurses show sad ignorance of nuclear facts

Nuclear energy should be in our future.

We need to pursue nuclear energy.

Today, an “urgent appeal” was issued by Greenpeace and the collective of Ontario nurses to the provincial government, to defer discussions meant to result in the construction of new nuclear power stations in Ontario.

What sad, ignorant fools they are.  Nuclear energy – though not a definitive long term solution – is an excellent intermediate measure that can be used very safely while we find better, more usable energy sources – and learn to stop being such energy hogs.

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