September 25, 2006

Keep it up, Steve

Tories to use $13.2-billion surplus to pay down debt

Freaking amazing: At 7.5% interest, that's a billion dollar a year cut into perpetuity in our national debt payments. *This* is responsible government. (It almost makes up for the Martin Liberals' complete renege during 2004-5 on the impressive late-Chretien record in debt reduction.)

Posted by BruceR at 01:52 PM

Airplane restrictions: 3 ounces or less okay

Well, looks like some sanity is returning to the airways, with the lifting of U.S. restrictions on liquid and gel containers weighing less than 3 ounces (.09 kg) or purchased in the airport itself.

This is entirely sane, and should have been the rule from the beginning of this hysteria. As discussed previously here, the amount of high explosive required to reliably bring down a plane is in the area of .45 kg. Historically, onboard explosions involving less than .1kg of nitroglycerin or its equivalent have done little damage to the plane, only to seat occupants in the immediate vicinity of the explosion.

Posted by BruceR at 12:12 PM

It's fun here at the centre of the world

And so, it looks like Canada's natural governing party is set to replace one U of T alumnus with another U of T alumnus. Yes, one's from St. Mike's and the other's from UC... just goes to show the incredible diversity of that little vertical mosaic we like to call Canada.

Posted by BruceR at 11:13 AM