Jack Kirby’s New Gods

Prophecies have ordained that the final battle of chaos and order shall take place in a firepit–a burning, blasting sore on the surface of Apokolips.

There the father shall face the son he gave to his greatest enemy, and die at his hand.

—Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen, Legion of Super-Heroes #294, 28

Warner and DC should be making a New Gods film trilogy… without Zack Snyder.

What a Time to Be a Political Journalist

It must be a gold mine for political journalists in Washington these days, with new twists, turns, and scandals every day.

One day a hastily written health care bill is steamrolled into the House of Representatives. On the next day the US President fires the FBI director in the midst of an investigation within the government. Then, the US President openly mentions the possibility of recordings between him and the ex-FBI director over sensitive issues. Then a presidential photo-op with Henry Kissinger. Then this whole Russian thing and now President Trump has apparently spilled secrets to the Russians.

2017: a gold mine for some and a mine field for others.

Link: “Not In Service” from the Toronto Star

With “Not In Service: Inside Bombardier’s Delayed Streetcar Deliveries,” the staff at the Toronto Star have done a good investigation into Bombardier’s delays with streetcar and LRT deliveries across the GTA.

It’s a great article and everyone in the city should read it, but in sum:

  • Bombardier gave the city a low-ball offer that it couldn’t refuse.
  • Bombardier undoubtedly knew they wouldn’t be able to keep its promises.
  • Globalization and the international outsourcing of labour are real things, in that while Bombardier could’ve built the TTC’s new streetcars in Thunder Bay without any problems and on time, it was far cheaper for them to do the primary construction work in Mexico.
  • The delays themselves were caused by a combination of out-of-specification parts from Mexico, wiring problems, and a shortage of usable parts for assembly.
  • Bombardier North America does not practice “just-in-time” manufacturing.
  • While workers at Bombardier’s Mexican factory seemed simply out of their technical depth, Bombardier management seemed both incompetent, lazy, and desperate to wring as much time and money it could from the city.
  • Toronto is no closer towards getting all of its new streetcars by the promised deadline.

Air Miles

When I go to my local Metro, which is rare, I notice little signs that state that only a few products will actually earn a customer Air Miles. And when I receive emails from Air Miles, they tell me that they’re clawing back benefits and services. If profit margins and subscriptions are shrinking, Air Miles should really expand the number of products that are eligible for their miles.