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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Tuesday, July 08, 2003


We're committed to adopting standard industry practices... no, really, we are

Might as well be what the story from ICBC is what with their lightning-quick decision to scrap plans to charge drivers over 65 extra for optional car insurance.

Jeez, the public insurer said that it was committed to acting like a private insurer and basing its insurance rates on actuarial data, wasn't it? Well, that's the joy of a being a Crown corporation -- business considerations can be set aside when not politically conventient. Pissing off seniors is never politically convenient. After all, not only do they have the vote, but they actually make use of it!

On the other hand, they can whack away at the 16-to-25 year old set with impunity... after all, some of 'em con't even vote, and only one in four or five of those who can, do.

Meanwhile that supposed bastion of free enterprise and letting business decide how to do business, Alberta, has decided to ban insurers from setting auto insurance rates based on age and sex. Ironic.
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