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Wikipedia - Micro Credit, Wikipedia - Muhammad Yunus.
Grameen Foundation, Grameen Communications - Photos.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2006.
Universidad de Madrid - Honorary Degree Acceptance Speech 2004 (pdf).
17/10, Padma Rau, Interview with Muhammad Yunus, (Archive), Technorati Blogs.
I read this piece yesterday over breakfast and the thought that ran through my head as I was reading was simply - better no official policy whatsoever and no policy wonks to develop it, better no bureaucratic meddling and squandering: 16/10, Preston Manning, Mandela's dream has been unfulfilled, (Archive).
Then when I saw this today I thought I would have to make a post on the subject: 18/10, Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Enterprise is better than aid, (Archive).
Here's a silly rant for you: The Canadian government extorts upwards of 65% of every nickel earned and spent in this country and then squanders the proceeds. A national police force, the RCMP, which murders and sets up citizens for torture with impunity; senators who fly off to Dubai to spend tens of thousands of tax dollars on 'The Presidential Suite' in one of the best hotels there; total mismanagement and destruction of the Newfoundland fishery; truculence and inaction on Global Climate Change; refusal to deal with asbestos exports to the third world; the list just goes on and on and on and on - I am left asking if the politicians and bureaucrats do anything worthwhile beyond feed their familes? I never wanted either Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Employment Insurance (EI) - the name-change alone probably cost us billions - even Canadian Medicare that everyone likes to whine about is a racket.
60% of Canadians do not even have a passport. Fat, complacent, smug, self-righteous, and more-or-less unaware. Rush hour everywhere east of Alberta starts around 8:30 AM; in Ottawa and St. John's it peaks at 9:00 AM or so. In Edmonton the flood is at 6:30 AM and even then it is moving well. Alberta is effectively a separate country I guess?
Here's the dirt on the Canadian Senate in Dubai: 18/10, CP, CTV reveals senators' costly week in Dubai, (Archive).
And here they are (with email coordinates on their websites if you want) the: Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence:
Colin Kenny, Chair.
Michael A. Meighen, Deputy Chair.
Norman K. Atkins.
Larry W. Campbell (no longer on the committee).
Joseph A. Day.
Wilfred P. Moore.
Marie-P. Poulin (Charette).
Gerry St. Germain.
I emailed Tommy Banks - and he responded with a Press Release. I cannot find it on-line but I have posted it in the Archive.
19/10, Editorial, Why Bouchard is right, (Archive). It's not just Québec, it's the whole country except maybe Alberta, and Alberta is just a throwback to Texas and John Wayne, cashing in the oil riches God gave them for a mess of pottage.