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Why is the Toronto media seemingly ready to praise Harper

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Vancouver Sun Writes About Our Trip to China
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It is no secret that I have little time to praise for our PM. I find his politics self-serving and divisive. He shines dully mostly because his competition is so poor and seemingly ineffective.

But I don’t understand why a well paid journalist for a national newspaper makes a headline that strives to paint a glowing picture of Harper’s long delayed trip to China. Ibbotson in yesterdays G&M ledes:

Scoring in China – without prostituting ourselves

Does Ibbotson mean that former PMs who travelled to China were less than pristine? Or that Harper, the holier than thou PM, is a nice change from his Liberal predecessors?

Whatever his meaning, Ibbotson’s whole story smacks of polishing Harper’s image. Is that news reporting, or just making a dull and unimaginative Harper look more like an effective representative of Canada and its interests in Asia. The tone is demeaning and unworthy!

I would have headed my article with “Too little, too late” or “He didn’t have the imagination to do otherwise”. As Michael Ignatieff has said before Harper found a way to weasel word his way through his China outings to represent “human rights” while not compromising his China-Canada trade objectives. What a sorry spectacle!

I deplore the position taken by Ibbotson and submit that the G&M should practice more objective journalism, or declare that they are into infomercialism!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/12/06 at 09:45

More silly sounding research about happiness, imho!

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From the Globe and Mail today and CBC’s The National:

Using a standard measure of well-being, the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale, they found that when an individual becomes happy, a friend who lives nearby experiences a 25-per-cent increased chance of becoming happy. And the more centrally located you are in your social cluster of happy people, the more likely you are to become happy.

“Popularity leads to happiness, not happiness to popularity,” Dr. Christakis says.

Next-door neighbours who became happy increase a person’s happiness by 34 per cent, whereas a neighbour who lives merely on the same block has little impact.

Sounds like a bunch of correlation analysis gone bonkers, or oogedy poogedy!

What I really think is in line with the lyric “Happiness is different things to different people, that’s what happiness is!”

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/05 at 06:33