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  • Ding Dongs « Liam McHugh-Russell
    implement and deserves to be revisited Again I am not so sure As easy as is to attack the lack of discretion the legislation gives the judge it required him once he found a breach which did not result from inadvertence to declare the seat vacant I am not sure that people have really thought through the alternatives Many I suppose would like to see a law that gave the judge a wider set of penalties to draw from based on the severity of the offence The problem of course is that people very seldom violate a law like this so egregiously so blatantly so audaciously Which means that unlike in criminal law there is very little precedent for a judge to rely on If the law had provided room for discretion the judge would essentially have to decide himself what the penalty should be for Ford s misconduct Should it have been less because the amount in issue was only 3500 Should it have been more because the violation was so brazen as in cases where punitive damages are applied Should it have been less because it was done so clearly out in the open and not hidden or does that mean it was brazen and contemptuous of the rules and everyone else s compliance with them and should be punished more Should it have been more or less because he got involved in a decision on not paying money he owed rather than on say awarding a contract to himself These all seem like difficult questions to me and were the judge had discretion the answer provided would be fraught with even more political overtones Can you imagine that anyone would have been happy with this decision if the judge had found Ford guilty and say only fined him 10000 Or if he had let Ford stay in office but banned him from running in the next election What decision could the judge have made in such a situation which would have seemed non political The judge himself the full text of the decision is here apparently would have liked more wiggle room The mandatory removal from office for contravening s 5 1 of the MCIA is a very blunt instrument and has attracted justified criticism and calls for legislative reform I am not so sure Once you accept that courts can remove politicians from office for fraud it seems to me that a zero tolerance approach is the only way to prevent the decision making process from taking on terrible political proportions The law is good enough as is To be clear I do wish that Rob Ford had not been removed from office in this way Thanks to people like Christie Blatchford this case will be used to attack the legal system and to boost the idea that the left somehow does not play fair It may also paradoxically increase Ford s chance of staying in office But I also wish that Toronto s mayor was

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  • Christie Blatchford « Liam McHugh-Russell
    is too crude an implement and deserves to be revisited Again I am not so sure As easy as is to attack the lack of discretion the legislation gives the judge it required him once he found a breach which did not result from inadvertence to declare the seat vacant I am not sure that people have really thought through the alternatives Many I suppose would like to see a law that gave the judge a wider set of penalties to draw from based on the severity of the offence The problem of course is that people very seldom violate a law like this so egregiously so blatantly so audaciously Which means that unlike in criminal law there is very little precedent for a judge to rely on If the law had provided room for discretion the judge would essentially have to decide himself what the penalty should be for Ford s misconduct Should it have been less because the amount in issue was only 3500 Should it have been more because the violation was so brazen as in cases where punitive damages are applied Should it have been less because it was done so clearly out in the open and not hidden or does that mean it was brazen and contemptuous of the rules and everyone else s compliance with them and should be punished more Should it have been more or less because he got involved in a decision on not paying money he owed rather than on say awarding a contract to himself These all seem like difficult questions to me and were the judge had discretion the answer provided would be fraught with even more political overtones Can you imagine that anyone would have been happy with this decision if the judge had found Ford guilty and say only fined him 10000 Or if he had let Ford stay in office but banned him from running in the next election What decision could the judge have made in such a situation which would have seemed non political The judge himself the full text of the decision is here apparently would have liked more wiggle room The mandatory removal from office for contravening s 5 1 of the MCIA is a very blunt instrument and has attracted justified criticism and calls for legislative reform I am not so sure Once you accept that courts can remove politicians from office for fraud it seems to me that a zero tolerance approach is the only way to prevent the decision making process from taking on terrible political proportions The law is good enough as is To be clear I do wish that Rob Ford had not been removed from office in this way Thanks to people like Christie Blatchford this case will be used to attack the legal system and to boost the idea that the left somehow does not play fair It may also paradoxically increase Ford s chance of staying in office But I also wish that

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  • “The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away” « Liam McHugh-Russell
    title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy

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  • 24 Hour party people « Liam McHugh-Russell
    interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities collective bargaining communications conference corporations democracy digital literacy economics education finance inequality knowledge labour law law learning literature meta learning movies

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  • In which ten movies are reviewed in a failed response to a request for “not too subtle”, “visually appealing” non-comedies « Liam McHugh-Russell
    both If dark and disturbing are not really your style I guess I would ask a question how do you feel about Wes Anderson He made Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums If you are into his style and there is really no mistaking it then rush to see Moonrise Kingdom It provides all the twee odd strangely paced artifice and nostalgia painted in pastels and tartans over the surface of every one of his films though with less of the pathos that marked say Tennenbaums Some people find his focus on art design rather than art frustrating and can t connect to films without the veneer of Hollywood realism if you are not that person then you will probably find more than a few things to like in this particular take on his one man genre a particular interation that dips more directly into the style of kids adventures books than anything else in his oeuvre in some sense even more so than The Fantastic Mr Fox Though this one has nothing on par with the latter s amazing wolf on the hill scene An older movie that also borrows from the school of valorizing presentation over representation and flair over fervour is Rian Johnson s Brick In its essence it s like a film school project on genre mixing bringing together film noir s mystery caricature hard knocks and careless violence with the lightness nostalgia and dramatis personae of a cheesy high school romantic comedy Except for a few moments where Johnson allows the awkwardness and doubt of actual teenagers to poke through the script s surface the mastery of the film lies precisely in how well these two elements are balanced giving what is obviously pastiche the patina of reality Speaking of bank robberies and of old movies have you seen Inside Man A Spike Lee joint that seems the most significant departure from his usual efforts to capture the lived realities of America s black communities the film proves that his skills go much deeper than just a commitment to faithful storytelling By letting the narrative unfold both forward and backward toward the heist s punchline Lee is not only able to make a movie about the thrill of constructing and executing the job a la Ocean s Eleven but also provides a mystery or really two mysteries one of which is as political as you would expect from one of his picture Except for the spent payoff of knowing how the hell they pulled off the job the whole thing held up under a recent second viewing as well A movie that really lets the camera do a lot of the work and some might say too much is Meek s Cutoff For those who played it the idea that this is the best movie never made about the Oregon Trail video game is sure to catch a few laughs the movie on the other hand is unlikely to catch any About the madness of heading

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  • Shane Carruth « Liam McHugh-Russell
    enough misdirection to make you feel at the end that the answer can only be both If dark and disturbing are not really your style I guess I would ask a question how do you feel about Wes Anderson He made Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums If you are into his style and there is really no mistaking it then rush to see Moonrise Kingdom It provides all the twee odd strangely paced artifice and nostalgia painted in pastels and tartans over the surface of every one of his films though with less of the pathos that marked say Tennenbaums Some people find his focus on art design rather than art frustrating and can t connect to films without the veneer of Hollywood realism if you are not that person then you will probably find more than a few things to like in this particular take on his one man genre a particular interation that dips more directly into the style of kids adventures books than anything else in his oeuvre in some sense even more so than The Fantastic Mr Fox Though this one has nothing on par with the latter s amazing wolf on the hill scene An older movie that also borrows from the school of valorizing presentation over representation and flair over fervour is Rian Johnson s Brick In its essence it s like a film school project on genre mixing bringing together film noir s mystery caricature hard knocks and careless violence with the lightness nostalgia and dramatis personae of a cheesy high school romantic comedy Except for a few moments where Johnson allows the awkwardness and doubt of actual teenagers to poke through the script s surface the mastery of the film lies precisely in how well these two elements are balanced giving what is obviously pastiche the patina of reality Speaking of bank robberies and of old movies have you seen Inside Man A Spike Lee joint that seems the most significant departure from his usual efforts to capture the lived realities of America s black communities the film proves that his skills go much deeper than just a commitment to faithful storytelling By letting the narrative unfold both forward and backward toward the heist s punchline Lee is not only able to make a movie about the thrill of constructing and executing the job a la Ocean s Eleven but also provides a mystery or really two mysteries one of which is as political as you would expect from one of his picture Except for the spent payoff of knowing how the hell they pulled off the job the whole thing held up under a recent second viewing as well A movie that really lets the camera do a lot of the work and some might say too much is Meek s Cutoff For those who played it the idea that this is the best movie never made about the Oregon Trail video game is sure to catch a few laughs the

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  • The Will to Power at Qatar Airways « Liam McHugh-Russell
    had the requisite skills dependability availability and willingness to work on affordable terms So it made sense to have people who agreed to be around to perform whatever tasks were necessary Herbert Simon put it slightly differently if you weren t sure what kind of tasks you were going to need done it would be good to contract with someone to take orders rather than to perform specific tasks Now read Williamson s rejection of an alternate explanation for hierarchy at work Of course if the desire was not to be controlled but to control to exercise power over others then people might be willing to give up something in order to direct others that is they would be willing to pay others more than they could get under the price mechanism in order to be able to direct them But this implies that those who direct pay in order to be able to do this and are not paid to direct which is clearly not true in the majority of cases It is impossible to read the descriptions of Saga and Gina s work again are you on a diet and not conclude that the treatment falls into Williamson s minority of cases More importantly it points to how easily rule command control and hierarchy seem to become their own reasons economic efficiency and the material goals of the participants be damned February 6th 2014 Tags airlines flight attendants hierarchy institutional economics laborur law power Qatar Airlines Ron Coase will to power working conditions Category Uncategorized 1 comment to The Will to Power at Qatar Airways Everett Wilson February 17 2014 at 11 55 am Reply Always enjoy your posts Liam Maybe I m a bit off the mark here but your quote from Williamson also made me think

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  • airlines « Liam McHugh-Russell
    ask if the market is so great at allocating goods why there were firms and employees and managers at all His answer was more or less that there were costs to buying things on the market When it comes to the employment relationship he argued it was just too expensive whenever you wanted someone to perform some task required for widget making or widget redesign or what have you to go out and find someone who had the requisite skills dependability availability and willingness to work on affordable terms So it made sense to have people who agreed to be around to perform whatever tasks were necessary Herbert Simon put it slightly differently if you weren t sure what kind of tasks you were going to need done it would be good to contract with someone to take orders rather than to perform specific tasks Now read Williamson s rejection of an alternate explanation for hierarchy at work Of course if the desire was not to be controlled but to control to exercise power over others then people might be willing to give up something in order to direct others that is they would be willing to pay others more than they could get under the price mechanism in order to be able to direct them But this implies that those who direct pay in order to be able to do this and are not paid to direct which is clearly not true in the majority of cases It is impossible to read the descriptions of Saga and Gina s work again are you on a diet and not conclude that the treatment falls into Williamson s minority of cases More importantly it points to how easily rule command control and hierarchy seem to become their own reasons economic efficiency

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