lundi 15 juin 2009

Lucidité ontarienne

Jim Balsillie, chef de la direction de Research In Motion (connue pour le BlackBerry), a fait les manchettes en fin de semaine. M'enfin, il a fait les manchettes pour autre chose que la saga des Coyotes de Pheonix, une franchise moribonde de la Ligue nationale de hockey qui pourrait devenir sa possession et déménager du même coup à Hamilton au sud-ouest de Toronto. M. Balsillie participait à une conférence organisée par le député provincial du comté de London. Il a dit ce qu'il pensait de la récession actuelle.

Articles ici et ici.

Mr. Balsillie, through a link at RIM in Waterloo, said economic stimulation is a necessity in the current economic climate. Problem is, he suggested, none of the great leaders of our time know what to do under the current economic climate, even U.S. President Barack Obama.

"Everyone is lost. The only thing some of them are good at is giving the impression, the illusion, the facade, that they know what they are doing. I absolutely, categorically assure you no one knows what they are doing right now and they are terrified."

Mr. Balsillie's fix-it suggestion took his audience back to medieval times, when Catholic cardinals were rounded up, placed in a church with bread and water and left to their own devices until they exited with a pick for a new pope.

He referenced Humpty Dumpty and fast food drive-ins.

"Reinflating Humpty, reinflating the economy or putting Humpty Dumpty back together again is insanity but allowing inflation to happen is chaos," Mr. Balsillie said.

An accomplished athlete and fitness enthusiast, he suggested the economy is about how we live, lamenting the fast food lifestyle, where people drive oversized cars to drive-thru restaurants and end up relying on doctors to fix years of poor lifestyle choices. "My instincts say that part of the answer lies there -- that is, we look after where we live and look after ourselves emotionally and physically and look after each other. Then the whole thing settles in a nice way."

Je dois l'avouer, j'ignorais que Humpty Dumpty a pratiquement disparu du marché des chips !

2 commentaires:

  1. "putting Humpty Dumpty back together again" est plutôt une expression anglaise signifiant qu'il est impossible de réparer une chose qui est cassée. Humpty Dumpty est une vielle comptine pour enfants.

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king's horses,
    And all the king's men,
    Couldn't put Humpty together again

  2. Tout à fait juste. Merci pour le rectificatif.

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