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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Regressive Left and Islam

A good talk on some of the problems facing people who wish to debate sensitive topics in society. “No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity. And what I mean by that is that no idea in Islam, like any other religion and any other philosophy and political thought and creed, […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Regressive Left and Islam

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Solnit – Who Can’t Take Jokes?

You can watch Rebecca’s insight in action right here folks on this very blog. Watch how, when things don’t go their way. the fire-works begin – personal attacks, insults, hyperbole, all with a heavy dose of condescending mansplination. “But seriously, you know who can’t take a joke? White guys. Not if it implicates […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Solnit – Who Can’t Take Jokes?

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: The Mutually Unintelligibility of Right & Left

Recently a friend of mine on Facebook was asking why conservatives seemed to misunderstand a key aspect ofliberalism. The question was, and is, an interesting one. And it led me back to a field of study I first encountered inuniversity and have run across from time to time since then. Specifically I am referring to the ideas of Jonathan Haidt.He proposed that a lot of the anger generated between liberals and conservatives is because both groups assume thatthere is only one scale for mo [...] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: The Mutually Unintelligibility of Right & Left

Scripturient: The Republican Conspiracy

CNBC GOP Debate: The Sh*tshow Version Last night’s debate was a total sh*tshow. Posted by The Huffington Post on Thursday, October 29, 2015 I realized only after watching this edited video that the activity of the so-called Republican candidates’ debate was not simply the circus it seemed from the outset; it was actually a conspiracy. A cunning, well-laid conspiracy. […]

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: The Pirate Party’s Live Blog of the Debate

Not having received an invitation to participate in the Globe Economy Debate (assumably lost in the postal system) thePirate Party of Canada decided to live blog their own answers to the questions asked. The following is the transcripttaken from the party website. Question 1: JobsCanada is facing structural, rather than cyclical change. Do you have ajob plan, beyond taking things out of the ground? Yes, Pirate Party is about the future. Our Mincome or Basic Income Guarantee would provide an ongoing natural stimulus to the economy. It will decentralize our economy moving it from monopolistic structure (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Correlation and Causation – Things one should know.

Well, it never hurts to reinforce an important concept, especially one that many people miss or gloss over when the argumentative fur starts flying.

Filed under: Education, Science Tagged: Debate, How things work., Science

Trashy's World: Raising the bar

Trudeau’s closing remarks last night summed up what I have been saying for many years – the bar can be raised. Canadians don’t have to settle for a bar that is touching the ground. Harper has placed that bar so low on so many fronts: foreign affairs, the environment, fiscal policy… The list goes on.  […]

Trashy's World: The only real downer over my holidays…

…was when my 8 year old son asked who else has been Prime Minister in his lifetime. And we had to say that Harper has been the only one. My wife and I want our son- and two other kids- to have a Prime Minister that cares more about this country and its people than […]

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: An Update on ’100 Remedies for a Broken Democracy’

As a wrote before I really like the idea behind this website. New ideas continue to flow in every day. I thought I’d take a second to focus on what ideas for electoral reform have been proposed. Proposals are listed from oldest to newest (to be fair) with the original title.

Proportional Representation!Ranked Ballots for Municipal Elections in Toronto!Runner-Up Proportional Representation (NOT Party-List Proportional Rep)Ranked BallotingElectoral ReformProportional RepresentationPreferential ballot and Select the Senate from the Order of CanadaElectoral reformReform First-Past-The-Post Into Something Workable   <–MineChange the electoral system to one (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Responsibility of Free Speech

In January, 2015, Marie Snyder, on her blog, A Puff of Absurdity, raised the question of how free should speech be. I share her concerns about the apparent limitlessness of our rights: our right to free speech is not matched to any inherent responsibilities, civic or moral, to behave in a mature manner, nor does […]

Dead Wild Roses: Dictionary Definitions Are A Starting Point

I would like to take this time to edify and hopefully illuminate those with access to my very small part of the blogging community.

Blogging community, if you care to listen please note that for future reference that if you intend to talk about a topic that you are unfamiliar with, or wish to actively criticize please recognize that looking up terminology you will be dealing with in a dictionary is not the endpoint of your commitment to honest discussion.

Defining your terms is important, but the level of detail present in most dictionaries is not sufficient to base (Read more…)

Trashy's World: DB8s… where decorum goes to die…

No, I’m not talking about the Ontario election leader’s debate that went down last night. The leaders – and more importantly, the audience – remained civil (if you count constantly interrupting each other “civil”) for the most part. Though we in the TV audience might have been a little less so… I literally ROTFL when […]

Progressive Proselytizing: Rob Ford Crushes the First Toronto Mayoral Debate

Sorry, fellow progressives, but it’s true.

The first debate was, somewhat mercifully, fairly policy focused with large sections devoted to debating various transit plans (such as LRT vs subways in Scarborough), finances, the Billy Bishop Airport expansion, and so on. In this context, and with a format that had a combination of one minute short statements and chaotic open debates, Rob Ford had the perfect style. He strongly addressed each specific policy with a clearly articulated and strong position, almost effortlessly returning to his list of self proclaimed major accomplishments and proven track record, all without notes.

The challengers largely (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: When Theism Takes a Drubbing

When actual science is involved, WLC loses. Dispensing the boots to the head is Sean Carroll.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Atheism, Debate, Sean Carroll, Theism, WLC

Things Are Good: Obviously, The Climate Change Debate is Over

Anybody with the ability to reason realizes that anthropogenic climate change is happening – and it’s happening in an unpredictable but faster way than previously imagined. The fact that fools argue against this infuriates me as they are essentially arguing against reality.

Recently, two acclaimed scientific bodies (The Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences) concluded that human caused climate change is occurring. This adds to a chorus of institutions that have reached the same conclusion years ago.

So what is possibly good about anthropogenic climate change? I have no idea if there is anything positive about it (Read more…)

ParliamANT Hill: PM to call for emergency debate on Ukrainiant democracy

Inspired by @stephenlautens & this headline:

Dead Wild Roses: Stewart vs. O’Reilly – The Great Debate

Great from the opening statement forward.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill O’Reilly, Debate, Jon Stewart

The Liberal Scarf: Why not a McQuaig vs. Mulcair debate on natural resource development?

As I predicted back in September, the Mulcair NDP has wasted no time in demonstrating that the “Love is better than anger” NDP is long gone, as Mulcair candidates in the by-elections (particularly Toronto Centre) have spared no opportunity in launching angry attacks on the third-party Liberals.

Mulcair’s candidate in Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig has been negative from day one, attacking the Liberal candidate for not being “from” Toronto (an interesting strategy in a riding with one of the largest population of New Canadians in the country and not one I really thought worked well for the NDP against Glen Murray (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Why not a McQuaig vs. Mulcair debate on natural resource development?

Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

I was thinking of the lines from that Fairport Convention song this week as we walked through Toronto on our three-day mini-holiday. I can still hear Sandy Denny’s wonderful, haunting voice singing the chorus of that dreamy, sad song, as … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Liberal leadership race: Garneau challenges Trudeau to one-on-one duel

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013: The race for the Liberal Party of Canada gets even more interesting as former astronaut, Marc Garneau, challenges perceived front-runner, Justin Trudeau, to a one-on-one debate. “The leadership of the Liberal Party is too important a position to hand to an untested candidate hiding behind a carefully crafted public relations READ MORE

The Liberal Scarf: 24 hours to go before the GTA Liberal leadership debate!

I’ll be there volunteering, but if you can’t make it, you can watch live at and join thousands of Liberals from across Canada on the live chat. The race is getting more and more heated, so you won’t want to miss all 9 candidates debating each other 1 on 1 and talking about how to rebuild our party and make Canada a better place.

And of course, don’t forget that you can have your voice heard and help choose the next Liberal leader for free by signing up as a supporter!

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disserivce – Preaching to the Converted

Why do we do what we do here at DWR? What can we offer to the stalwartly religious that happen on this atheistic nook of cyberspace? Not very much, some would opine, because people’s minds are made up and that is that.

Searching through my video subscriptions I found this video by Thermin Trees and with his usual candour, and oh so lovely English accent, he explains why it is important to continue the discussion about contentious issues. It is the process that is most important and not necessarily the results.

Listen as TT articulates why it

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The Scott Ross: A Tragedy Should Make Us Want To Be Better

The world suffered a tragedy when a gun man went and killed 20 students and 6 adults. The world was made worse when out of this horror people called others whackos and nuts for merely having a different opinion.

A tragedy should make us try to be better not worse.

The Liberal Scarf: The Liberal Scarf 2012-12-01 13:23:00

Follow Charles during the debate on Twitter!Like him on Facebook to keep in touch!

Less than an hour to go before the first Ontario Liberal leadership debate! You can tune in to to hear Charles talk about his bold new ideas to create jobs like taking action on high speed rail, renewing the Ontario Liberal Party by empowering riding associations and individual MPP’s, and ensuring local support for energy projects.

So like Charles on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and watch the debate! Rebranding: Not Interested in Scraps

The goal is government. I’m interested in a party that wants into government. Anything else is a waste of time. It’s a waste of time to just complain and oppose, along with it being fundamentally unnatural and strange. I want a value-based and focused support of ideas. Bottom feeding and walking by the edge of the major [...]