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  1. I’ve noticed that Canadian politicians and senior medics are much keener to talk about the bright future of rural recruitment that awaits us rather than the dismal record of a past we’ve just been through. For example, my local med school hired a chief who was going to work wonders on this issue. Alas, not only did he screw up on that, he never publicly admitted the province was doing ever worse while he was in charge. This is a common enough situation. So what to do? An annual scorecard on rural recruitment and retention should be produced and the Dean of Medicine should then be invited to discuss the results. If we are going to fail at this - and there are many reasons beyond the control of med schools for this trend - we should at least be kept up to date on the magnitude of our failure. Not much to ask.
  2. How shrewd is a leader who thinks inflation can be lowered with lower interest rates?
  3. We were too high in defence. Against a team famous for its pace and counter-attacks that was always going to be a risky strategy.
  4. Like El Salvador, Canada enjoy the dubious distinction of having played in two World Cups without a single win.
  5. Morocco trying to help by scoring one for us. Very dirty look from goalie to his no. 5.
  6. Lovely second goal by Morocco. Pace down the flanks and a crisp finish.
  7. Oh, dearie, dearie me. Canadians understand how this soccer thing works, right? Borjan not having a great tournament.
  8. The causes of Republican underperformance have been well described by rightwing pundits, e.g. abortion, Trump, crazy candidates and a refusal to move with the times on new ways of voting. Many sane Republicans did well e.g. DeWine, Sununu. Independents are more interested in competence than culture war: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/3743167-sununu-says-gop-should-stop-supporting-crazy-unelectable-candidates-in-our-primaries/
  9. So an upcoming match in Group B features two nations with a terrible history of conflict…and also US vs Iran. Frankly I’d be worried to face Wales as an England forward. Anyone who thinks soccer is an effete sport should ask the Irish player Seamus Coleman who suffered this injury against Wales: https://www.google.ca/search?q=seamus+coleman+wales+fracture+video&hl=en&sxsrf=ALiCzsZbbalAlD7jf2ydWhLS-v-ECQc6xA:1669443782974&source=lnms&tbm=vid&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwidjKDdmsv7AhVSFFkFHaSEBu0Q_AUoAnoECBAQBA&biw=1121&bih=1043&dpr=2#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:3d1a74b1,vid:J0gNP5hjqQ8
  10. Like Russia’s communists, the current regime had a ringside seat and decades to study how the previous one fell and to prevent a recurrence. Many nasty people have a lot to lose with reform and won’t give up their privileges easily.
  11. Here is some seriously unleashed, Brexit-worthy bucaneering. It’s the sort of wild ‘profit-taking’ that indicates terminal political gangrene within a government. The time for amputation has arrived. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/nov/23/revealed-tory-peer-michelle-mone-secretly-received-29m-from-vip-lane-ppe-firm The aptly named Mr. Conn must have enjoyed penning this paragraph: And finally, a nugget of wisdom from her Ladyship to all you hopeless proles out there:
  12. The penny is beginning to drop: Although not for everybody: An airline executive responds: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/nov/21/no-doubt-brexit-damaged-uk-economy-says-airports-boss
  13. Best of luck, my friend. It’s a hard road to travel.
  14. Belgium have a lot to prove and do have the players to go all the way this time. For some of them, this will be their last chance. Soccer is not a particularly physical game but I wouldn’t want to have to out-muscle Croatia. The 2018 finalists are still a physically strong team. Our centre halves may be seriously tested by bruising encounters in the box. Don’t press too high against these guys or get too tight on their full-backs. They’ll be looking to counter-attack.
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