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Donating my body to science

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:10 -- Mike Czechowicz

I’m not waiting till I die to donate my body to science, I’m doing it while I’m still very much alive!

Any given day in the back recesses of academe, private research laboratories, and large pharmaceutical companies work continues on cures for the many things which ail us. White frocked researchers labour on remedies affecting the mind and body and the need for living, breathing, healthy or diseased human specimens, to test their many theories on, has never been greater.  I’m more than happy to step into the breach.

Tolerance

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:25 -- Mike Czechowicz

They didn’t stand a chance!  The poor, so called “racists” and “white supremacists” protesting in front of London City Hall a few weeks ago, against what they see as the slow creep of all things Islamic, were, belittled, insulted, shouted down, and in a few instances assaulted in an outpouring of “tolerance.”

Dining with the enemy

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:57 -- Mike Czechowicz

Politics can make cynics of us all.  When you witness, what is transpiring with our neighbours to the south it seems as if “the greatest country in the world” has somehow, overnight, become a third world banana republic and what the consequences for the rest of the world will be are anyone’s guess.

The Boys of Summer

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:33 -- Mike Czechowicz

Spring is finally here and thoughts of a fine, sunny, hot, summer, follow in its wake.  The days are getting longer, the weather warmer, people are out and about after a long, odd, gray winter and the smell of barbequing is in the air. There’s an annual irritant that seems to coincide, perfectly, with the first signs of spring, and it’s not mosquitoes; I am talking about something more pernicious and annoying: loud motorcycles, (some cars, and trucks can be just as annoying).

Statesmanship In Uncertain Times

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:17 -- Mike Czechowicz

While deciding how I might enlighten my readers this month, I didn’t need to look far; our newly minted Prime Minister (well maybe not so new any more) breaking one of his key election promises.  I can recall almost verbatim him saying during the campaign, “We are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first-past-the-post.” Fast forward to a few weeks ago: “Changing the electoral system will not be in [our] mandate,” justifying his decision by saying, that after a long consultation process, “a clear prefe

Disruption

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:42 -- Mike Czechowicz

We live in a world of disruption.  ‘Disruptive technology’ is the latest buzz phrase describing how doing business in a new way makes the old way obsolete.  Uber and Airbnb are good examples, where hailing a cab or renting a room has put the traditional taxi and hotel business at risk.  

Many disruptive trends are made possible though the ubiquity of the internet, smart phones, and social media, and they have been responsible for new ways of doing business in most other spheres, as well, most notably warfare and politics.  

Driving in the Fast Lane

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 08:15 -- Mike Czechowicz

If you’re the type of visitor who likes to get close and personal to what a country truly has to offer, to get off the beaten tourist path, you might do well to rent a car, or better yet, a motorcycle or scooter.  Of course there may be dangers associated with such a gutsy move, not the least of which is a lack of knowledge and experience with local driving rules, habits, and customs.

The Olympic Flame Dims

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 09:38 -- Mike Czechowicz

Does anyone watch the Olympics anymore?  Surprisingly yes, judging by television and other media ratings.  In Canada the CBC reported record breaking viewership over all their varied media platforms.

And why not?  The Olympics is a time to revel in the underdog, take pride in our up and coming athletes, and be awed at the athleticism of athletes at their best, some of whom get little air time outside of the Olympic bubble. 

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