Peter Johnson

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Toronto, Canada
  • Interests I attended my first Objectivist Conference; it was the full two weeks in San Diego, California in 2005 and it was even better than I anticipated!
  1. Jesus' Tax

    What hopeful audacity to conflate and package-deal* those two distinct principles! — * See also the entries under "Anti-Concepts" for more information about what package dealing seeks to accomplish.
  2. Theory of Elementary Waves

    Did Dr. Speicher actually write that their funding comes with strings attached? (Yes, it did take me more than 6 years to think of that clever response. ) Sadly, Dr. Speicher is no longer around to appreciate it... Nor to ban me for it! Hey! No objections from the peanut gallery on whether "clever" is an apt description.
  3. Theory of Elementary Waves

    Oh, Paul, I think it would all be happening too fast for your human eye to perceive. Sorry.
  4. “Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he’s become one.” “...[H]e would build a reactor that could hurl atoms together in a 500-million-degree plasma core—becoming, at 14, the youngest individual on Earth to achieve nuclear fusion.”
  5. THE OUTCASTS now in print!

    Congratulations, Bill!
  6. The National Post of Toronto published an excerpt of THE FORUM expert Richard Salsman's article "Sovereign Debt Turmoil: Political Causes and Investment Consequences". The full article is probably available to his clients. If the link above does not work for you, try searching the Post's website for the name Richard Salsman.
  7. Antanaclasis

    My favorite, and the only one to come to mind immediately, is from American history. Benjamin Franklin, upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and knowing that the document would be viewed by Britain as high treason, said, "We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." To quip at the thought of such dire consequences is breathtaking audacity!
  8. Happy Birthday to Peter Johnson

    Thanks, Betsy! I am trying to make last-minute arrangements to attend part of OCON. Are you going?
  9. Jokes

    Did you hear about the superintendant of schools who quit his job? He gave up his principals.
  10. Salsman on “The deflation myth”

    On Thursday, November 11, 2010, the National Post (Toronto) published another opinion piece by THE FORUM expert Richard M. Salsman. "Falling prices aren't necessarily bearish for jobs, profits or growth." For those browsing using mobile devices or with limited Internet speeds, I also include a mobile version. Long-time readers of Mr. Salsman will recognize his established concept of deflation (distinct from the way it is used in even respectable financial news media) as an increase in the gold content of a currency, as well as a mention of U.S. growth rates during the Roaring Twenties, and that actual deflation is bullish for prices of stocks and bonds. However, Mr. Salsman has provided some new information about economic growth rates and inflation rates in the U.S. and various other countries in the decades between the U.S. Civil War and the First World War.
  11. Happy Birthday to Peter Johnson

    Thanks, Betsy! I'm happy to have the cake, even if I can't eat it too! P.S. I just received confirmation of my registration for OCON in Boston. I wonder who else is going.
  12. From another Economics thread, “Salsman on how Obama's Plans Will 'Work': To Breed Servile Dependence”:
  13. Pursuing a similar career

    From 1996 through 2008, I was employed at a Canadian mutual-fund firm in Toronto. My experience there was in private-client database administration, management reporting, variable compensation tracking, and database marketing. (My friends and family think that I'm responsible for all the junk mail they receive; I prefer to think of myself as doing everything I can to limit people's junk mail to offers that might at least remotely interest them. ) However, for the last year I have been consulting at Bell Mobility, the cellular subsidiary of Bell Canada. (The name of the parent, BCE Inc. (NYSE:BCE), might be familiar to those who follow mergers and acquisitions as being the largest leveraged buyout in the world when initiated in 2007, but, after being postponed several times, was ultimately cancelled in December 2008 due to the continuing problems in credit markets.) Anyway, a "permanent"* position arose before Christmas due to someone leaving to start a small business, so I applied for the vacancy. I recently accepted a job offer and start March 1. Both positions have been in database marketing. Although the financial services industry is my first choice because it is my first love, it is a relief to be employed in an industry that has been exceptionally resistant to the recession. Hooray for me! *I say "permanent" because Bell did, after all, lay off 3,000 people last year!
  14. On Tuesday, February 24, 2009, the National Post (Toronto) published another opinion piece by THE FORUM expert Richard M. Salsman. For those browsing using mobile devices or with limited Internet speeds, I also include a link to the mobile version of the piece.