Thursday, 12 July 2012

Seven Wonders of CBC Decision Making


You gotta love this, in semi-socialist Canada we have a government run TV network – the CBC. Think PBS with poor content and a way bigger budget. They decided to run a contest to select the “7 Wonders of Canada”. The results are typical of what a CBC committee would do and it shows why crown corporations have no business competing in the entertainment business. Here is the web page: http://www.cbc.ca/sevenwonders/the_judges.html

Talk about the Seven Wonders of CBC decision making: Can you believe that through the power of politically correct committee-think -- a canoe and an igloo are "wonders" in Canada -- but the CN Tower, Cathedral Grove and the Bay of Fundy are not? A wonder is a place you can visit and feel awed by; what tourist would travel to Canada to see a canoe? I assure you I did not go to Egypt to see a felucca, I wanted to see Pyramids that touch the sky.
The CBC decision-making process is typical of New Age thinking, where the overriding concern seems to be not to offend. The committee was careful to find a wonder in every geopolitical zone so it is nice and fair to people who live on the edge of nowhere.
It seems everywhere I go, we are constructing beautiful office towers (i.e. CBC headquarters *), full of neat, clean people with perfect hair, executive MBA degrees (or Arts majors) and bottles of hand sanitizer who live, at least in part, off tax dollars. (See example to the right here: Hubert Lacroix CBC president) We pay them six figure salaries and they have never done a day of real work in their lives. Some are in government, some in charities and some in Crown corporations. These people have real power, they spend huge tax budgets and worse they even skew the immigration policies to bring more of their kind into the country. They meet, they talk, they build consensus, they emote and, most of all, they compromise until they reach the worst of all possible half-baked outcomes.


* Fun Fact from the Wikipedia: The Canadian Broadcasting Centre opened in 1993. Typical of committee-think, the building required over 12 years of planning and another four years of construction. Constructed at a cost of $350 million, almost 7 times its initial budget - nothing is too good for my tax dollars!