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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Greek Bailout Extension Clears German Hurdle [View article]
    BlueOkie - As in the U.S., net neutrality is under Federal jurisdiction. In a "small" country with relatively few information outlets, access to divergent views is considered a key issue in Canada. In Quebec, a particular issue exists where a media mogul, the head of Quebecor, Pierre-Karl Peladeau, is running to become leader of the separatist Parti Quebecois. Whether and when and how he should relinquish the company founded by his father is a contentious issue. The parallel with Berlusconi in Italy, and Rupert Murdoch's close ties with Britain's Tories, is often made.

    With relatively few purveyors of media, the harder access that might be provided content providers by those large companies which provide both content and platform, is hotly debated by a small minority who know about this rather "nerdy" subject. Decisions in the U.S. often have influence in Canada. Given that Canadians generally strongly favor Democrats over Republicans, and the American net neutrality issue has been seen as strongly partisan, Canadians, whether they really understand the issue or not, are likely to favor similar reasoning for Canada.
    Feb 28, 2015. 04:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Greek Bailout Extension Clears German Hurdle [View article]
    BlueOkie - I think that you know that I live in Quebec and how that came to be. I have, at times, referred to how "Quebec does things." Sometimes, I have compared with American practice. Having lived under both systems, I think that I can sometimes add a personal anecdotal perspective that can perhaps add to the purely theoretical. My last specific personal reference was to how "progressive" people in Massachusetts and neighboring states were in furnishing pure, clean water ( e.g. Quabbin Reservoir), as compared to the backward laissez-faire attitude prevalent in Quebec before the Quiet Revolution.

    I wonder why time is spent questioning why someone proposes an idea, rather than dealing with the idea directly.
    Feb 28, 2015. 03:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Markets On Edge Before Yellen Round Two [View article]
    Wmarkw - Running deficits to get out of a recession or depression can be good policy. Running a deficit in boom times, as Bush did, is an example of structural imbalance guaranteeing worse deficits when the economy turns negative. It is striking to note the post 2008 disaster in the U.S. caused by the deficits of the early Bush years as compared to relatively light impact in Canada following years of surpluses we had. Cutting taxes while waging wars combined with a newly deregulated financial sector is a powerful combination whose disastrous outcome will continue to negatively affect the U.S. for a long time to come.


    The economy is presently being throttled by lack of spending. The
    absence of buyers leads to a lack of investment. So, those like you who have more financial wealth than spending needs, compete for and accept low rates. Those who don't have, can't spend enough to spur the economy, particularly when the cost of credit card debt adds its negative impact.
    Feb 27, 2015. 09:26 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Greek Bailout Extension Clears German Hurdle [View article]
    Buckoux - If the Holyoke Gas and Electric Dept. was capable of providing cheap dependable service for over a century, I have to assume that they managed to keep the electric lines away from the gas pipes. I think that they'll do just fine in Internet as well.
    Feb 27, 2015. 03:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Greek Bailout Extension Clears German Hurdle [View article]
    BlueOkie -If something is "stupid" because it was written in 1934, how utterly absurd must a document be when written at a time when men snorted tobacco and wore powdered wigs? Before condemning people for not having read a 320 page judgment, a cursory referral to the original document might be considered apropos.
    Feb 27, 2015. 03:24 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Greek Bailout Extension Clears German Hurdle [View article]
    Firebreech - I am going by the news conveyed by this site, various arguments made by commenters above, as well as news items seen previously. Since I have not read the 320 page document to which James referred, I am speculating. If companies have complained about not being able to treat different clients differently, and limit competition from, among others, municipalities, I have assumed that there are monetary reasons for their desire to stifle competition and speed. I could be wrong. I am open to your speculation, or better yet, informed information.
    Feb 27, 2015. 03:04 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Greek Bailout Extension Clears German Hurdle [View article]
    surfcove - From the very beginning of broadcasting, the right to broadcast was viewed as a public trust. For instance, at a most elementary level of governmental regulation, you could not broadcast at any frequency you chose nor at any power level.
    Feb 27, 2015. 10:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Greek Bailout Extension Clears German Hurdle [View article]
    a64h00 - Perhaps you have had bad experiences with your "clown council" and it has left prejudices that no amount of facts will clear up. My own prejudices on the subject were caused by a Progressive era council that decided that natural gas and electricity should be provided by a municipally owned entity. Throughout my formative years, the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department provided the cheapest energy around. It was even off the grid in 1965 when a circuit broke down in Niagara Falls, and helped bring back online companies affected by the ensuing East Coast blackout. Apparently, they now provide Internet Service. I had lots of bad things to say about the City Council decisions as I was growing up, but I continue to have nothing but praise for the foresight of that so long ago barbershop quartet era Council.
    Feb 27, 2015. 10:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Greek Bailout Extension Clears German Hurdle [View article]
    I don't have knowledge of internet access sufficient to give an enlightened opinion, BUT obstacles to municipalities attempting to serve their populations have apparently been removed by the same 3-2 majority that has caused vehement protest above. Might I jump to the conclusion that the minority was attempting to protect vested private interests. Perhaps they have all sorts of good reasons to prefer obstacles and price differentiation. But, shouldn't it be surprising that those above who usually argue for unfettered individualism would now argue for obstacles and discriminatory treatment?
    Feb 27, 2015. 09:03 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Net Neutrality To Sweep The Nation? [View article]
    Bob - Thanks for the link to the very interesting read. A few comments -

    For many readers on this site - Before reading a word, jaws will drop and the stereotype they have of you will be firmed up.

    What's with the M.C. Escher doodad? That really had me going.

    The article on externalities brought to mind the Inco smelter in Sudbury Ontario, home to North America's highest smokestack. Does pollution count if you no longer have it in town, but is dissipated and diluted for all the rest of North America to breathe? If they built the smokestack, they knew the "quality" and quantity of pollution being spewed out.

    Also, in my first teaching job in Quebec, I worked in Black Lake, home to the second largest open pit asbestos mine. I assigned a paper on pollution in my English as a second language class. It was a popular and easily researched subject at that time. I got back all sorts of papers on pollution, smog, etc.. Not one student referred to our local mine although the whistle before the day's blast for the next day's mining marked the end of the school day. Fits right in with the author's view of our ignorance of the negative effects of our actions.
    Feb 26, 2015. 07:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Net Neutrality To Sweep The Nation? [View article]
    slackjawedidiot - re. - "Government will always be best when it governs least" Imagine government debating speed limits and stating that while expertise indicates a particular limit that on the basis of least government ALWAYS being best, no speed limits would be established - or

    no zoning restrictions on slaughteryards - or

    no requirement for literacy.

    Oft-repeated slogans do not necessarily pass the test of reason. Simple rules can be downright silly.
    Feb 26, 2015. 05:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Net Neutrality To Sweep The Nation? [View article]
    Buckoux - A Canadian example had no place where American examples of government doing good or bad were given. This was not a knock on the U.S.. It was a knock on those who think that all government actions are bad.
    Feb 26, 2015. 05:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Net Neutrality To Sweep The Nation? [View article]
    Buckoux - It would have been irrelevant to the argument. The point I was making was that the absolutist view that government can only cause harm is absurd. Government can do good or bad. But, in the absence of government, no advanced civilisation can exist. When people refer to a "failed state", one immediately thinks of backwardness and lack of order if not outright violence. One should also think of the absence of government.
    Feb 26, 2015. 05:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Net Neutrality To Sweep The Nation? [View article]
    Blue Okie - I assumed that the ''fondle" was a little joke. I was taking a position for a balanced approach. I argued that privacy was being sacrificed for comparatively very little gain in security. Sorry if I didn't make the point clear to you, though it seems clear to me. Because I've only flown from non-U.S. airports, perhaps I haven't been subjected to the same scrutiny as you have.
    Feb 26, 2015. 02:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Net Neutrality To Sweep The Nation? [View article]
    Buckoux - If there is no way of avoiding conscription and subsequent war, and since VietNam TV coverage, knowing all too much about the "glory" of war, it is less likely that a "boots on the ground" participation is going to be accepted by the voting population.

    As for 1968, Johnson wasn't running. In my only vote in the U.S., I wrote in a protest vote for Sen. Eugene McCarthy calculating (accurately)that if Hubert Humphrey needed my vote to win Massachusetts, he would be slaughtered by Nixon anyway. I voted for Silvio Conte (R) for Congress. There were still rational and non-reactionary Republicans at that time.
    Feb 26, 2015. 01:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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