‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

Since I am on an “Onion” run, this "commentary" appears on their web site. It really makes one wonder. Read More...

John Kelly Apologizes For Assuming Everyone Would Ignore Abuse Allegations Like They Do In Military

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This "commentary" appears on the Onion web site. It is clearly made up, but is it really that far off? Read More...

Gorilla Sales Skyrocket After Latest Gorilla Attack

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This "commentary" appears on the Onion web site. It is not only brilliant, but apropos. Read More...

Let Sympathy Lead to Action

The following is a reprint of an article by Brett and Kate McKay that appears in the Art of Manliness web site.

Whenever there is a tragedy somewhere in the world, people tend to react with an outpouring of emotion and sympathy. This a healthy and excellent thing, but oftentimes the sympathetic impulse rises and extinguishes all within the confines of a person’s chest and without producing any external effect. Too often we compulsively consume the news the way we consume a book or a movie: as removed spectators who enjoy the drama—the emotions it elicits—for its own sake. (Most people do not think of horror and sympathy as pleasurable, but all intense emotions, when experienced in a situation of safety, offer a certain gratification.) This passivity is understandable—we feel powerless to do anything beyond broadcasting support on social media. But in this we think too narrowly. While it may not be possible to turn our sympathetic feelings into actions that will directly help the victims of tragedies, we should not let this noble impulse—an affirmation of our best humanity—pass by unutilized either. Read More...

Scary Amount Of Punitive Damages Ordered Against 'Mean And Cheap' Employer

In the recent case of Gordon v Altus, 2015 ONSC 5, the Ontario Superior Court considered several issues that arose in a wrongful dismissal case. The plaintiff sold his company to the defendant and was hired on after the sale. However, the relationship broke down. In the employer's view, the plaintiff engaged in conduct that amounted to just cause, some of which was discovered after the dismissal: talking about senior personnel in a derogatory manner, swearing to the point where it made working with him unbearable, not disclosing lending money to a company the employer was doing business with, which created a conflict of interest, and employing someone who had been charged with fraud and misleading the defendant of same. Read More...