December 2014

How does a Korean hacker stop a U.S. movie premiere?

Dec 19, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Are you having a hard time digesting the fact that a Korean hacker has shut down the release of a major U.S. movie, The Interview.

Sony has pulled the movie from its Christmas release under threats of a terrorist attack after many movie houses expressed safety concerns.

The comedy depicts journalists instructed to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after securing an interview with him.

Apparently the leader can’t see the satire and has threatened war, if released.

There is a lot of discussion around whether removing it was the right or wrong thing to do.

Should we cower to terror threats?  Do we let outsiders dictate our cultural freedoms? Our freedom of speech?

When asking questions regarding business, follow the buck.

A threat like this could kill the season’s movie business if theatre goers stay away because ‘The Interview’ is playing in the same complex.

As far as war?  Yes there may be one.

However this war will not be fought on the battlefield, or by a lone wolf terrorist who inflicts violence in a movie theatre.

This is a cyber-war fought within its infrastructure, with the potential to bring big business to its knees, and is the great neutralizer of all world powers.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Liberals vow changes to Beer Store monopoly. More smoke and mirrors?

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5214523-kathleen-wynne-warns-change-looms-for-the-beer-store/

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Cosby only guilty in court of public opinion, so far

Dec 18, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Let me qualify this comment by saying Bill Cosby should have come forward years ago to answer sexual assault allegations.

When someone pays off an individual, instead of going to court to defend oneself, it certainly raises suspicion.

If he had done that in the beginning perhaps he wouldn’t be in the mess he’s in. 

But that’s if he’s innocent, which he is in the eyes of the law, until proven guilty.

Despite one’s personal opinion, it’s something we have to remember when trying to disrupt a show which some are paying to see. Like those at Hamilton Place.

Demonstrating outside a venue is one thing (and your right), but trying to stop or alter the show that is going on inside, is breaking the law.

Protest organizers hope to do just that and let the performer know just how they feel about the many women who have come forward.

But should it be inside at the expense of those who disagree, want to see the act, and have a legal right to do so?

It certainly appears Mr. Cosby is guilty in the court of public opinion, but until it’s proven in a court of law, he does have the same rights as anyone else.

As do those who want to see him.

I’m Scott Thompson.

 

 

 

 

 

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Settle Cosby case in court

Dec 17, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Bill Cosby camp rolled out the wife Camille this week in hopes of deflecting attention away from the allegations he has sexually assaulted several women over the years.

Her reaction to the issue was this “was a man I do not know”.

The sad part is, no one would expect her to know. 

In fact, most would probably agree, she may be the last to know.

Otherwise, why would she still be with him?

All of a sudden Cosby’s wife of 50 years, appearing in his defense, appeared to be a victim too.

Especially if any of this is ever proven in court.

Which brings me to my next point.

Why is this not being settled in a court instead of the media?

Why is Cosby waiting to be subpoenaed?

If innocent, why doesn’t he just take these women to court?

Obviously his continuous dodging of the issue and settling out of court, is coming back to haunt him.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Cosby show at Hamilton Place protested. Will you go?

http://www.thespec.com/whatson-story/5209656-group-planning-to-protest-inside-cosby-s-hamilton-place-show/

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What is a terrorist???

Dec 16, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Here we are in the wake of another terrorist attack, and as Canadians will do, we are debating whether or not the attacker is a terrorist.

Maybe as we learn more about the man who took 17 hostages inside a Sydney coffee shop, that determination will be even clearer.

Do you need to train overseas, make a video, or lop someone’s head off to be a terrorist?  Do they have membership cards?

What makes a terrorist?

The definition is, violent acts that are intended to create terror; for a religious, political, or ideological goal.

Is it, the Ottawa kid who was recently seen in a recruiting video trying to persuade others to kill those who don’t believe as he does?

The guy who shot Nathan Cirillo and then tried to do the same inside Parliament?

Or this lost soul who is a self-described religious cleric who was convicted of sending hate mail to the widows of those lost in Afghanistan?

Is any one of them any less of a terrorist? Is one any more a terrorist?

And from what experts are telling us, the paradigm is forever changing.

They may have arrived at their destination by different means, but their ideology and end result is the same.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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The Police Chief talks about budget. Questions?

http://www.900chml.com/2014/12/16/police-budget-gets-tabled-to-find-cost-savings/

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The Beer Store as outdated as the stubby

Dec 15, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Toronto Star is reporting:

A Burlington pub owner has launched a potential class-action lawsuit against the LCBO and Beer Store after hearing customers and colleagues are getting soaked by a secret pact between the retailers.

Last week we heard the story about the secret deal that limits competition between the provincially owned Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the privately owned Beer Store.

The 14-year-old pact allows the Beer Store to profit from its effective retail monopoly by limiting the LCBO from competing on products, pricing and territory.

The Beer Store is owned by three foreign mega-breweries and has a virtual monopoly on beer sales in Ontario.

In the end, it means LCBO customers pay higher prices, the province gets less revenue and consumers are restricted in what they can buy.

The Beer Store president said the retailer plans to vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit.

Well of course they will.  If you were the goose wouldn’t you protect the golden egg?

Further proof it time to replace our grandparents Beer Store.

It is as outdated as the stubby.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Australia held hostage. Are we next?

http://www.900chml.com/2014/12/15/27123/

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Christmas as much custom as religion

Dec 12, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You may remember this time last year I was ranting about my kids school Christmas concert, I mean holiday concert.

No it wasn’t even that, it was just a concert.

Last year we showed up to the school only to hear music from the movies. 

No snow, no deck the halls, no tree, no Santa, no Rudolph, not even Frosty, nothing, except music from Oscar winning movies.

Really?  It’s Christmas!

My kids’ school, like most, is very diverse and the white socialists in charge thought it only fitting to suck any sort of happiness out of the holiday by eliminating any reference to it.

Why not salute all celebrations instead slamming the door on them?

Obviously parents complained profusely and the school saw the light.

This year was a 180 complete with all trimmings and a good old fashioned sing along for all.

For most Canadians it’s not just about religion, and for some not at all, it’s about celebrating a Canadian custom.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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PM meets with TO mayor but not Kathleen Wynne. Why?

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/12/11/john_tory_pitches_smarttrack_in_meeting_with_pm.html

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Liberals not 'smart' about meters

Dec 11, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Ontario Auditor General has released a report spanking the provincial Liberals on the handling of the so called ‘Smart Meter’ program.

The program was supposed to cost $1 billion.  IT has cost $2 billion.

Their projected benefit of $600 million fell short by at least $512 million.

The key reason for launching the program was to reduce demand at peak times, they have not done that.

All due to the governments lack of due diligence, say the AG.

Another $2 billion boon doggle we are not getting a return on.

Most Canadians are for renewable energy and reducing our footprint, but have simply lost confidence in this provincial government when spending our hard earned dollars.

Who do we have to blame for this?

The politicians?  The party’s? Or you for voting them in yet again?

That’s if you even bothered to vote at all.

Might be time to get up on the wheel.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Should police be allowed to look at your cell phone without a warrant?

http://www.900chml.com/2014/12/11/high-court-rules-on-cellphone-searches/

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This week's column

Dec 10, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Here is this week's column. The Hamilton Spectator chose not to publish it.

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The Jian Ghomeshi case is another example of the sense of entitlement that is plaguing the CBC.

The silver lining in this dark cloud is it has opened an even wider discussion on issues surrounding sexual harassment and assault.  It is also drawing attention to the CBC, its culture and practices.  Simply stated, how could this go on inside the halls of a publically funded institution and not only be left unchecked but unacknowledged.

Kathryn Borel is the latest to identify herself, making accusations against Ghomeshi, for incidents that occurred when she worked on his CBC show.  The producer published allegations he sexually harassed her at work and that her union failed to do its job.  Cries to both the union and CBC brass left the issue unaddressed and unresolved.  The Canadian Media Guild promised to do a better job when dealing with sexual allegations in the future.

What took so long?  Why did it take a physical assault before anyone questioned Jian Ghomeshi’s actions?

This points to a bigger problem inside the CBC and its union.

For years many have said the organizations are out of touch and preach a ‘we are holier than thou’ culture which defies the government of the day, technology, market conditions, or those in private industry.

The CBC is a privileged corporation who although complain regularly, get more than the average Joe, and are never held to account because it is a government entity.

Sound familiar?

And now it finds its self in the centre of a good old fashioned Trailer Park Boys “sh— show.

To make matters worse, although there has been criminal charges laid and a police investigation is in progress, the CBC has been held accountable to no one. Instead, they have hired lawyers to investigate themselves.

 Howard Levitt senior employment/labour law partner at Levitt & Grosman said on CHML, “What disturbs me is this (CBC) investigation is being done by a group that are probably the ones that should be fired themselves.”

Levitt insists an impartial public inquiry should be held at the hands of a retired judge, complete with an investigation and witnesses called.  The CBC owes us an explanation, we’re the shareholders.   “Canadians have a right to find out what happened and make a decision accordingly.  Right now we don’t have information and there seems to be an entire white wash going on.”

He adds it’s different in private industry, people are held to a higher account, reaction would be more swift and detailed.  The concerns over brand, public relations affecting the bottom line, customer relations and employee morale, would trigger action.  There’s a different sense of impetus with private companies.

 

In its mandate, that allows privilege beyond the private sector, the CBC has developed a false sense of what is real and what is not.  What is normal and what is life at the CBC, apparently in both business practices and in human resources.

With technology, the industry is changing daily and the CBC’s inability to adapt to any situation without over resourcing itself is limited.  It has become a bloated, directionless, version of what it used to be along with management and some employees who refuse to update the model. 

I’m not here to debate the product that the CBC produces.  Considering the money it receives, the number of people it employs, and the resources they have, it should be of the highest quality.

I’m concerned about the inefficiency’s and culture that come with no accountability, direction, or vision.

When you allow a culture of unaccountability to fester, over time, the organization becomes riddled with entitlement. 

The Jian Ghomeshi case is just another example of that entitlement, within the walls of the CBC, which was left unchecked.

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Another example of sky rocketing electricity rates. Will you vote Liberal again?

http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/12/09/smart_meters_have_few_benefits_for_big_costs_ag_report.html

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A Canadian Terrorist

Dec 9, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You have no doubt seen the video of the average Ottawa student who became a home grown Canadian terrorist.

Now he’s being used to recruit more who are as vulnerable as he is.

So distraught and disenchanted with world the only thing left for this young mind to do is seek vengeance by cutting off a head or two.

I grew up playing hockey and in a band, I’m just like you, the lost soul proclaims.

No, we found a job and became productive contributors to society, unlike you who because you are weak from lack of acceptance or success, have turned to violence.

No, we are the majority who overcome our challenges and use them to propel us to a life of giving, not taking.

No, despite challenges every day, we chose to move humanity forward not backwards to the caveman.

No, you’re not like us.  You are either a weak coward or mentally ill.

I hope this amateur will get himself killed before he inflicts too much damage.

I can see this guy barfing before ever cutting a head off.

But he probably would ram you from the confines of his car or shoot you in the back.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Does Hamilton want bus lanes or not?

http://www.900chml.com/2014/12/08/councillors-look-for-bike-sharebus-lane-updates/

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Christmas is coming...

Dec 8, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

To those like me, who it takes all they have just to keep the balls in the air every day, here is a startling acknowledgement.

This week’s marks only two weeks until Christmas.  That’s right.

It dawned on me Sunday morning when I saw my neighbour pull up with a tree strapped to the roof of his minivan.

I’m thinking Bob is early this year.  Then noticed a few more on the way to hockey practices.

I thought ‘yes’ I soon have to get a tree, thinking I had at least 3 weeks.

No not the case and a stark reminder to get my head in the game because it will be here before you know it.

I think because I had my snow tires on early this year I felt I was ahead of the game.

I started by bringing up the fake tree from downstairs.

How long it will be in the box in the hallway remains to be seen.

At this rate the last hall will be decked as we’re sitting down to Christmas diner.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Are you scared of home grown terrorism?

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/12/07/john-maguire-an-isis-fighter-from-ottawa-appears-on-video-warning-canada-of-attacks-where-it-hurts-you-the-most/

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