News Item: Class Action lawsuit against casino.
This week, a class action lawsuit was filed for 3.5 billion dollars against Ontario Lottery and Gaming. Let me put aside the issue of whether the state should be operating casinos in the first place. What I found most interesting was the affidavit filed by litigant Peter Dennis:
“I could not stop myself from gambling.”
I’m not a lawyer but isn’t this a pretty undeniable admission of personal liability? I could not stop myself from gambling. Doesn’t the very statement acquit the defendants? But after reading a little further, I see the suit claims that problem gamblers put their names on a “do not let me in” list which was then ignored. That shows negligence doesn’t it? So let me get this straight. I tell the casino to not let me in. And then I sue them when I don’t get caught for defying my own wishes. Attention unemployed mortgage-backed asset portfolio managers, I have a new business model for you!
News Item: NDP gets chaffed for opposing Carbon Tax
I’m enjoying the election in BC these days as the NDP is having to defend its opposition to BC’s carbon tax with environmentalists in and outside of the party. You couldn’t concoct better parody of informed dialogue than listening to the NDP debate carbon tax with the Suzuki Foundation. NDP leader Carole James defended her arguably populist and mainstream position by claiming among other things that the new tax hasn’t limited demand as it ought to. Someone explain to Carole what price inelasticity is. Suzuki gave the NDP an earful and led the charge against the NDP.
“If [Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell] goes down because of axe the tax, the repercussions are the carbon tax will be toxic for future politicians,” David Suzuki said Friday.
“No politician will raise it. That’s why environmentalists are so upset.”
“Toxic for future politicians” is pretty clear. Don’t give people the opportunity to express their wishes since it will be harder to contradict those wishes in the future. He’s never come so close to just being open about his contempt for public discourse. This very clearly admits that Suzuki et al have abandoned using reason and argument to persuade people and instead must use blunt power before people get a chance to express their will. Suzuki, rather than convincing people resorts to power justified by his own vision of the public good. The ends justify his means.
Finally, the NDP is forced to defend itself from its own brand of poorly reasoned and ill considered criticism.