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Monetary Policies for Dummies? - by John Smithin

I originally wrote this piece for the Monetary Policy Blog edited by Professor Louis-Phillipe Rochon. In it, I suggested that that the Bank of Canada should cut its policy rate of interest to 4.4%. Then on 07.06.2023 some friends, who pay more attention to the mainstream media (MSM) than I do (not in itself a very difficult task), texted or messaged me with the news that the B of C had actually raised the rate to 4.75%. I believe the appropriate response is LOL?

Be Philosophical, by Dave Barrows 

I have heard this phrase repeated many times: “Be Philosophical”. In fact, I have used the term whilst having an unpleasant conversation. It is one of those phrases that says everything and means nothing or says nothing and means everything. 

But what does it actually mean? Let's ask our new friend “Chat”: 

“What does it mean when you tell someone to be philosophical after they tell you that they have cancer 

The Parable of How a Father Showed His Son What People Think - (hat-tip Alla Marchenko)

They both boarded a donkey and rode to nearby villages. In the first, they were called out and 

shamed for the fact that the two of them rode an animal without sparing him. The father in tears. 

In the second village, they shamed the son, for the fact that he is not kind to his father, who is 

What is the metaphysical significance of Mickey Mouse, by chat gpt (Dave Barrows)

Mickey Mouse, created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, is one of the most iconic and enduring fictional characters in popular culture. While the metaphysical significance of Mickey Mouse can be subject to interpretation, it's important to note that metaphysical perspectives can vary greatly among individuals. Here are a few possible interpretations:

More Meaningless Meandering Musings from a Mediocre Mind, by Dave Barrows

If no one reads A blog does the blog exist? At this stage who cares. Have something to say then say it. Perhaps one day someone will look at it. In the old days, the printed word meant something. It was not easy to get material published. There were letters and correspondence but that hardly counted unless you were meaningful not mediocre.

Reincarnation, It's a Tough Job, by David Barrows

This is a tough place. Human animals have attempted to mitigate the pain of existence in a variety of ways. A recent report by the BBC suggests pain avoidance has been practiced for a very long time: “People were getting high on hallucinogenic drugs in Spain around 3,000 years ago, according to new research. Scientists say that hair from a burial site in Menorca shows that ancient human civilization's used drugs derived from plants and bushes.

To Be or Not to Be - by ‘Joseph Smith’ (hat-tip David Barrows)

I did not ask to be born into this world. Had I been asked I would have said no.
(Notwithstanding the fact that I have had what most people would consider to be a
good life). Too much pain, suffering and death.

Telephone ringing:
Hello, this is the Ministry of Health. How can I help you?

My name is Joe Smith (he/him), and I would like you to kill me.

Well, I would not put it exactly that way, but yes this is the medically assisted
death division.

Mr. Smith, could you please give me a little background detail?