RamsayWrites – A Shot in the Dark

With few of us flying, we don’t hear stories of air rage anymore. They used to be all the rage, and on the rise. A nutter goes wild because a flight attendant doesn’t say “Please.”A frequent flyer doesn’t get his upgrade. Some fanboys…

RamsayWrites – WHAT’S BETTER THAN SUBSCRIBING TO MY BELIEFS? SUBSCRIBING TO MY BLOG.

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. I started writing The Plague-Ground last March 18th, five days after my wife, Jean, and I fled north to our cottage. Within a couple of weeks, most of my work had vaporized.…

The Plague-Ground – This Could Be Dangerous

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Back in 2010, a publicist persuaded me to invite an unknown Columbia Law Professor to speak at a RamsayTalk about his new book. The Master Switch showed how tech companies that…

The Plague-Ground – Women’s Work is Never Done

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Today is International Women’s Day. As “days” go, it’s the biggest of all since it celebrates more than half the human race. But these days there are more ‘days’ and…

The Plague-Ground – RABBIT HOLES FOR EAGER DIGGERS

Rabbits get a bad rap these days. Or rather, their roads do as they hop from Uncle Remus’ house to Farmer John’s. A rabbit hole today is that dark cramped place where your addiction to social media takes you to confirm your political…

The Plague-Ground – Irrational Exuberance

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. I don’t mean irrational exuberance in the economic sense. The phrase became instantly famous when Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan coined it in 1996 to describe the burgeoning internet…

The Plague-Ground – You have a right to disconnect

"I am sending you this email at a time that works for me. I don't expect you to respond to it until normal business hours, or when it suits your own work-life balance. I encourage you to make guiltless work-life choices and support flexible…

The Plague-Ground – Walk and Chew Gum.

When one thing is a disaster in your life, that's manageable. Two things and it's a crisis. Three - like lose your job, lose your health and lose your spouse --- and you have permission to pull the covers over your head and never come out. I…

The Plague-Ground – Remember When Women Were Called Women?

Last weekend, I was reading the proofs of my memoir which comes out in June. My editor queried one word in this sentence: "Like most couples, we have our unspoken tics and habits that signal everything's okay, or not." She wanted to…

The Plague-Ground – SOME HAND-WARMERS FOR YOUR HEART AND MIND

T.S. Eliot called April the cruellest month. But February is the coldest, though only outdoors, unless of course you're in Texas, which is on the Mexican border, and where parts of Dallas are so cold that water bottles are freezing next…

The Plague-Ground – The rise (and shine) of a near-dead medium.

Surely the Letter to Shareholders is one of the most torpid prose forms in any language. Written by an organization's CEO, it precedes the annual financial statements and is written in code. "Losses" become "negative growth." A "challenging…

The Plague-Ground – Monopolies and Men

"When you're used to having 100% of the market and someone comes along and takes 1% of your share, this can turn your world upside down." That was how a highly-perched woman viewed the real reason Canadian women can't seem to break the…

The Plague-Ground – Save the performing hearts

This Sunday, you can't have dinner in a restaurant in Toronto, but you can in New York City. Governor Andrew Cuomo decided last week to allow partial- capacity indoor dining there because Valentine's Day is one of the biggest restaurant…
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The Plague-Ground – Most Seers See Wrong

That doesn't stop us from believing them, and acting on their pronouncements as if they were wrapped in a bodyguard of truth. I'm not talking about fake newshounds and grifters. I'm speaking of experts - economists, heads of think…

The Plague-Ground – Why Justin Trudeau Drives Me Nuts

By a large margin, most Canadians voted against Justin Trudeau in the last election. Or at least the Liberal Party he leads. They won only 33% of the popular vote, the lowest percentage for any governing party in Canadian history. I'm…

The Plague-Ground – How baked-in bias cooks chaos

Back in 2018, Barack Obama claimed publicly that “President Trump is a total and complete dipshit.” No, he did. Really. Watch it here. That was one of the very first Deep Fake Videos in the world. But in the past two years, the technology…

The Plague-Ground – Are you an elite, or a professional, or neither, or both?

Right now Roland King is in the woods behind our cottage, clearing brush in the bitter cold, sawing it, stacking it and selling it back to us as firewood. Roland just turns up, often working in the dark, always working for cash. Few people know…

The Plague-Ground – One Way to Close the Power Gap

Four years ago, Robyn Doolittle wrote a series for the Globe and Mail called Unfounded. That word is stamped on sexual assault cases closed by police for lack of evidence. After a 20-month investigation, Doolittle found that one in five reported…