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Opinion From the comments: ‘Social media is a blight on civilization’: Readers react to selfie chaos at sunflower farm

From sunflower tourism to FDR to pharmacare, there’s something for everyone in today’s mix of comments.

Sunflower tourists wander through a sunflower seed field at Bogle Seeds in Millgrove, Ont. on Tuesday July 31, 2018. (J.P. Moczulski/The Globe and Mail)

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From: ‘We’re closed forever!’: How the search for the perfect selfie led to bedlam at an Ontario sunflower farm

Article by Patrick White

While I obviously don’t condone the interlopers and trespassers and the social media that motivates them, fact of the matter is the farmer is the one who put up the sign and started charging money to see the flowers. If no sign had ever gone up, and if the farmer had not been so keen to supplement their income , there never would have been a problem. - The Internet

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Social media is a blight on civilization. - Leedogger

This is a good example that humans are really just another herd species. - Huggy Bear Johnson

While the conduct and incivility of the visitors cannot be condoned, this incident goes to show that business opportunities need to be weighed and managed holistically. It is obvious that the farmers did not have the capability or the infrastructure to support this additional revenue stream. If they were targeting digital natives, they could have managed their operations better through regulated online bookings. This probably would have avoided much of the mess and resulted in a sustainable supplementary revenue stream. - Informatition

Tourism, a scourge that threatens villages, towns and cities worldwide, thanks in part to the digital age. Just try getting to the Niagara Peninsula from the GTA in the summer months. Allow four hours on the QEW to get there, four to get back, and all for what? An ice cream on Queen St. in Niagara on the Lake and a selfie stick photo at the Falls, with no one paying the least bit of attention to the history and culture of the area around them. We are being overrun by tourism and yet the local Chambers of Commerce and tourism planners are spending ever increasing amounts on promotion. It’s a sad state of affairs. - DIJ14411

A case of be careful what you wish for. - The GLOB

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Trump could learn something from another disruptor-in-chief

A column by Lawrence Martin

Archive photo of Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Governor of New York, in Albany, N.Y. on Oct. 29, 1932.

The Associated Press

There is a significant difference overlooked in this pretty piece: Franklin D. Roosevelt was a builder and Trump is a destroyer. FDR tried to help those hurt most by the Depression. Trump seems to be helping those who do not really need it. His attack on American trading partners just might bring on another Depression. - Toronto Bob

FDR would be spinning in his grave if he knew he was being compared to trump. - patti o furniture

Roosevelt provided hope and inspiration to a country literally on its knees during the great depression. Trump offers nothing more than insults, division and knee jerk plans all of which will help drive the US back to the depths of the great recession which Obama steered the country out of. - T. Cloz

Facebook uncovers plot to influence U.S. midterms, including suspicious ads paid for in Canadian funds

Article by Tamsin McMahon

It's interesting that information 'that appeared to be orchestrating efforts to inflame the political debate around divisive social issues' is being removed, justified by the sources being 'inauthentic actors' and 'well-funded adversaries who won’t give up and who are constantly changing tactics'. This description could apply to a lot of Americans. The last election took the American establishment by surprise, suddenly realizing that their control of the mainstream media wasn't enough to prevent the election from going to an outsider. Now it appears that certain types of information aren't going to be allowed. I would be interested in knowing if it was the content of the information that was flagged first or were the fake accounts detected first. - Groundboy

Prime Minister Trudeau’s national pharmacare plan will come with side effects

Column by Konrad Yakabuski

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A national plan is clearly the most effective way to negotiate with Big Pharma. Far more efficient, far more clout in bargaining than a hodge podge collection of Provincial Health systems and private care systems. This should be obvious and is proven out by other countries that use a national plan. But there will be mis-information put out by interests (including big pharma itself) that don't want to see this happen. All Canadians should support the federal govt in implementing a national plan - Rob Bryan

A recipe for a disaster if Canadians were to lose their private coverage. This government, any government for that matter has never had a stellar reputation for running a business yet somehow we are to believe that this time it will be different.

We have seen and continue to see how not allowing two-tier medical care has worked in this country, and now there is a possibility that it could happen to drug coverage. Then there is a little thing like promptness of payment. Put aside the biggest payment disaster any government has ever had, the Phoenix pay system, and imagine what a government department would be like in dealing with your claims and payment. With the plan my wife and I have, there is no long drawn conversations on what will and won't be covered. I pay for services needed, submit my claim and the money from my insurance company is in my bank account within a couple of days. It simply is beyond the realm of possibility that a government plan would come close to providing such a service. If in doubt ask veterans how they are doing collecting from the government for necessary services. - JeffSpooner

Not a great election ploy. The “25 million” who already have full drug coverage will not vote for inferior coverage and potential tax increases. This has all the hallmarks of another Liberal boondoggle. They must think we are really, really clueless and will vote for anything “free”. Haha. - northernwoman1

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