Conversation simulators are computer programs which give the appearance of conversing with a user in natural language. Such programs are effective because they exploit the fact that human beings tend to read much more meaning into what is said than is actually there; we are fooled into reading structure into chaos, and we interpret non-sequitur as valid conversation.Depending on the breadline you're in, successful completion of a PHD does not necessarily command unconditional respect. Our daily chronicle of idiocy informs Londoners that Liberal MPP Deb Matthews has completed and successfully defended her thesis in sociology.
London will begin shrinking in less than 30 years if it doesn't lure more immigrants, hang onto young workers and attract other Canadians.As Deb gazes into the crystal ball of diversity and tolerance, the rest of us might want to consider the impending crash that is the inevitable result of social spending untempered by adverse future consequences, divorced from personal responsibility as it necessarily must be. Exactly noone is responsible but we all must pay.
London isn't crumbling because we lack immigrants. It's crumbling because the redistribution scheme is particularly badly managed in this city. "Surpluses" at budget time are used to fund special pet projects of council while shortfalls are blamed on the province. There is no good reason for people to stay here, let alone immigrate or move here, unless of course, there are taxpayer funded incentives in place that "benefit" you, because you "belong" to a "group" currently granted special status by the ruling authorities. There is "free" health care besides, although the lineups are getting longer. But at least it's fair, so long as your entitlement continues to roll in. But what happens when the wealthy are no more and the poor are forced to fund themselves?
Let us ask the mayor, who is soon to receive a pay increase, meaning her annual spoils will amount to $96,137 annually, in addition to free meals and her travel allowance.
Anne Marie politely disregards the data in favour of her own agenda:
Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco said the city tracks population growth and demographics.5 year plans are highly favoured here in London. The indifference of the populace will ensure the five year plans will carry on for at least thirty years and Anne Marie won't be around to deal with the mess.
We don't need to read Deb Matthew's thesis to understand why prospective and current residents alike would want to move beyond London's borders. If a region has nothing to offer but high property taxes, pothole-ridden streets, crappy employment opportunities and rising crime rates, a prudent person would do best to look elsewhere, unless they are looking for a job at city hall.
"Cultural diversity" plans do not alter the reality of basic economics. And publically subsidized amusement centres will do nothing to attract doctors to London.
Yet more reasons to forget about London. The chronicles of mismangement and waste continue:
Hockey comes first in London, but ironically, an abandoned bid by council to host 2009 world junior hockey championship will likely result in worse roads. As Fred Tranquilli reminds us, "There's no sense having good roads if you have nowhere to go."
Unable to find a skating partner, London has abandoned its bid to hold the 2009 world junior hockey championship.Not all memories are equal. Not all buildings qualify for heritage status. It all just depends on the flavour of the day.
A London councillor vows to fight a recommendation to largely demolish a popular community centre and rebuild it -- minus its indoor tennis courts -- at twice the cost.More bylaws and restrictions result in more revenue for the city which explains how council will "find the money".
Student housing is as undesired as body rub parlour patrons. Shut them down.
City hall is targeting landlords and tenants in a two-pronged crackdown against student housing problems in north London.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Posted by Lisa Turner on Thursday, March 23, 2006