Form and Substance

Recall in the academic world, how some were so very excited to form a new committee for this or that. Sometimes it seemed that they would almost be salivating at the prospect of more committee meetings. Spending much time on committee this and committee that, while not doing much research. Lots of curriculum vitae focus on committee this, or committee that. Plus listing in great detail all of the courses taught. The list becoming important; the substance less so.

Recall attending a conference on contemporary events, when somebody got all excited about drafting a resolution. So the balance of the conference was focused on the wording of the resolution. No more presentations.

Recall being responsible for reviewing and designing audit programs at one firm. Formulating standard procedures, irrespective of context. Recalling how the worst thing to happen was a problem during the audit. Instead, form checka checka.

Easy to be enamored with form and its creation.

More difficult to address situational substance.

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Easier to Scream

The need to keep cool in relation to criticism, conflict. Often it is the blowup reaction that is sought through the conflict, to set one out of control, relative to another’s agenda. Could be triggered by sudden, unexpected aggression. Or a sudden, loud, accusatory voice.

See this as relating to the underlying Christian message of turning the other check. As tempered by contemporary reality. Stay calm and focused, but nonetheless appreciate when one risks getting flattened.

In terms of contemporary events in Myanmar–a desired outcome by those sowing instability? World rage in relation to a contemporary pogrom? Is it the rage that is desired? By whom?

Want you to rage
Went you to rage in your cage

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The Troggs: Give It To Me

The Troggs. One hit in 1967, among others:

Still at it in 2002:

Eleven years later, singer Reg Presley passes, at 71.

As he then was

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Various extracts from Canadian history at a bus stop. Various artistically-enhanced copies of labels, advertisements and newspaper announcements. One catching the eye, that turns out to be from page 2 of the Kingston Gazette, June 1, 1814:

Sarah Bull

Notice that she has left the “bed and board, without provocation” of her husband Bryer Bull and that the public is forbidden to harbor her, on penalty of the law. Bryer Bull will pay no debts contracted by her and forbids the public to purchase any property in her possession or 2 notes for $50 each against Daniel Lyons.

Searched for the law that prohibited “harboring”. Couldn’t find it.

Maybe no law necessary at the time.

You can’t leave me; I own you.

Yes this War of 1812

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Good At Something

Seems that everyone needs to have a sense that he or she has better than average abilities in some activity or domain. Often that sense will come through positive feedback in context.

How does one maintain a sense of particular abilities when faced with repetitive negative feedback?

Knew after ten years as a full-time academic that future there was part-time. Still able to earn income, as part-time.

Knew after two trials as an articling student that legal future was not as a barrister. Still able to earn income, as a solicitor.

Wonder about those in the arts, believing that they have the talent, but faced with regular rejection. Plus having to pay bills.

At what point does one’s belief in self get flattened by economics?

Those in local theatre, local bands, earning income elsewhere. No longer trying for the major auditions.

Somewhere, somebody thought you had it.

Holding onto some image of isolated accolade.

Made it before

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Accounting Relevance II

They don’t know
Like I know

Previous queries in relation to whether accounting information is all that relevant to investment decisions. Then to W.R. Scott, Financial Accounting Theory (7th ed.) and (at p. 154):

…it does seem that accounting information is useful to investors in helping them estimate the expected values and risks of security returns.

…One must be careful, however, when equating usefulness with the extent to security price change. While investors and accountants may benefit from useful information, it does not follow that society will necessarily be better off [author’s emphasis]. Information is a very complex commodity, and its private and social values are not the same…

…what accountants cannot do is claim that the best accounting policy is the one that produces the greatest market response.

Who knows what is best, in any context…

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Came across a draft of a May, 1998 news release by Peter Goldring, the Member of Parliament I had started working for the previous fall. How he went to Quebec City for the provincial ceremony of the unveiling of the monument to the 1943 Quebec Conference. Wartime conference involving Churchill and Roosevelt, hosted by Canada’s Prime Minister MacKenzie King. King not part of the monument. Goldring outraged, though history indicates that King was not part of the discussions between the other two world leaders. Still, in terms of Canadian history…

The draft release reads in part as follows:

Mr. Goldring had first expressed his concerns in mid-April, resulting in cross-Canada media coverage at that time and subsequently. Mr. Goldring was the only Member of Parliament in Quebec City at the May 7 unveiling. When officials became aware of Mr. Goldring’s presence, he was invited to be a member of the ceremonial party, but declined, when advised that would not be provided with an opportunity to speak. Mr. Goldring attempted to speak publicly at the commencement of remarks by Premier Lucien Bouchard, but was interrupted from doing so by security officers.

Vaguely remember that this was more of a local unveiling that Mr. Goldring learned about, and decided to attend on his own. More precisely remember the television image of Peter Goldring standing up at ground level, with Lucien Bouchard above him onstage, and trying to read a protest poem as Bouchard began to speak. Despite his status as a Member of Parliament, Goldring was hustled out of the camera line very quickly.

Admired what he did. Learning again how one politician could make a difference.

A more formal event in July of that year was not attended by the Prime Minister, in protest.

Effect of initiative of one leads to

Somewhere there is that clip
Addendum, October 13, 2017:

From the CBC Digital Archives:

In 1998 Quebec City unveiled a statue commemorating the two Quebec conferences. It depicted Roosevelt and Churchill, but not King. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said Quebec’s National Capital Commission was “trying to rewrite history” by excluding King. Others, including Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard and historian David Woolner, argued that the statue was meant to celebrate the two leaders and their conferences in Quebec.

Effect of initiative of one leads to

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