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Blast Furnace Canada Blog: About those shared cost programs …

In last night’s final debate, Tom Mulcair said if he’s elected, then Quebec – and only that province – would get the option to opt out of new shared cost programs, including his $15 per diem child care program.

I realize Canada has never been totally equal on social programs. For example, every province has the right to opt out of OAS and the CPP. Quebec, so far, is the only province to get out

Dead Wild Roses: Refuse to Click – Your Preserving Humanity Public Service Announcement of the Day

Against human trafficking? Against slavery? Necessarily, you must also be against pornography.

Filed under: Education Tagged: Human Trafficking, Pornography, Slavery

The Progressive Economics Forum: First Nations Education is critical social infrastructure

Many Canadians know that the federal government is responsible for funding social services, health care, education and income supports on First Nations reserves.

Few people realize that the escalator for these transfer payments has been frozen at 2% per year since 1996, without consideration for population growth or need.

According to the Assembly of First Nations, by 2011 this resulted in an average funding gap of $3,500 per student in First Nation schools compared to per student funding in provincial schools.

This operational funding gap is on top of a physical infrastructure funding gap for resources such as libraries, computer labs, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Stupid in Action – Dudely mansplinations of what Feminism is…

Only a taste gentle readers of the abundant multiloquence of pants-on-head-stupid over at “Enlightening Science” – with the ever so ironic tagline ‘with knowledge comes power’. Dammit, there went the irony meter – again.

Prepare yourselves for a sagacious trip into the dark netherworlds of dudely logic and mansplination (line breaks added for readability):

“Imagine a situation.

Peter and his new girlfriend Janice are going to dinner. During the dinner they have lots of fun, but when Peter and Janice are walking home and she mentions that she is a feminist, Peter asks why isn’t feminism called (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bruce Carson’s Bigger Scandal

When Harper appointed Carson as a top adviser, the fraud used his position to undermine research into climate change.

About the only part not worth reading is the line saying “There is no easy way to cut emissions and grow the economy”, and now you’ve read it, and can recognize that tired line as untrue.

Dead Wild Roses: Why It is Impossible to Tune a Piano – The Case for Temperament

I’ve read about somewhat arcane nature of piano tuning and the various temperaments used through the ages, but Minute Physics succinctly describes what is going with all the math behind the production of sound.

From Wikipedia:

Many factors cause pianos to go out of tune, particularly atmospheric changes. For instance, changes in humidity will affect the pitch of a piano; high humidity causes the sound board to swell, stretching the strings and causing the pitch to go sharp, while low humidity has the opposite effect.[1] Changes in temperature can also affect the overall pitch of a piano. In (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Tone Analyzer – Fascinating Pages on the Internet

Ever wondered about your writing style and the message your ‘word medium’ conveys?


The Tone Analyzer will tell you.

I put one of my previous endeavours through the mill. This is what was returned.

I’m still looking into if any of the analysis is congruent with reality. If it isn’t at least it puts pretty colours around your text.


Filed under: Education Tagged: Cool spots on the Interwebs, Tone Analyzer, Writing

Eh Types: Teach Your Children Well

A national newspaper referred to the “Sex-Ed problem”, regarding the ongoing curriculum dispute between the province and some parents. There is no Sex-Ed problem, there is an irresponsible parent problem. These parents are abdicating a responsibility to their children, to others as well, and it needs to stop. To parents who plan on opting their kids […]

Dead Wild Roses: Wake Up Call – Animated Short

A tonic against the slash and burn capitalism we’re supposed to worship.

Filed under: Education Tagged: Capitalism, Environmental Destruction, Supply Chains, Wake Up Call

Dead Wild Roses: Back to School is Here…

And there was great celebration…


Filed under: Education Tagged: back to school, Meh

Dead Wild Roses: How Not to Write about Feminists and Patriarchy – (Un)Reasonable Faith

Autumn approaches; the obnoxious university ‘Week of Welcome’ orientation drones are yelling insipid, yet inclusive, chants at each other; and of course, more stupid post mostly made of straw languidly emerge from the turbid depths of the wordpress “patriarchy” tag. Like appreciating the subtle fireworks of the turning of the leaves, one can appreciate the flawed assumptions and ignorance on display over at A Reasonable Faith. But Lo! The coming of Fall and the exudation of a steaming pile of Herp-Derp always leaves one gasping for breath at the enchanting majesty of nature in all her (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

centre of the universe: How to get engaged in Canadian politics: an educational resource

Here is a handy guide that will help you, disenfranchised Canadian, get engaged with and get involved in the upcoming (eventually, at the end of several more weeks of pre-election hell) federal election! The first step, as the number to the left would indicate, is to click every single link you see in social media […]

centre of the universe: Money for Nothing

Copyright is, at its simplest form, the method by which creators are paid for their work. It is a registration of an intellectual property (IP). It says “the creator has the right to charge, or not to charge, money for you to use this”. It’s not a form of censorship (and no court would rightfully […]

Dead Wild Roses: The Book of Bad Argumenets

A lovely reference for myself and my readership. Go peruse the book here.

Filed under: Education Tagged: Helpful Hints, Logical Fallacies, The Book of Bad Arguments

Dead Wild Roses: On The BS that is Much of Post-Modern ‘Discourse’ – Derrick Jenson

This excerpt for the article ‘Liberals and the New McCarthyism‘

” And I blame the groundlessness of postmodernism, with its assertion that meaning is not inherent in anything, that there are no truths, and that each person’s perception of reality is equally valid. As well as destroying class consciousness—which is one reason modern blacklisting is often based on claims of how some speaker will supposedly hurt or trigger the individual, rather than emphasizing harm or gain to society as a whole—postmodernism has led to much of the insanity we’re discussing.

As philosopher Daniel Dennett commented, “Postmodernism, the (Read more…)

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Pirate Party Platform Spotlight (Part 2): Mincome

Poverty is an ongoing and tragic failure of Canadian governance. It has been an issue for so long that it is suspected themajor parties no longer believe they can truly solve the issue. The Pirate Party of Canada does not embrace such uglydefeatism. But what is the solution? It obviously isn’t the current host of welfare programs since they have done nothingto end poverty and may in fact be contributing to keeping people in poverty. The Pirate Party feels that solving thepoverty issue is both achievable and less expensive than relying on a failed welfare system. (Read more…)

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Pirate Party Platform Spotlight (Part 1): Intellectual Property Reform

Welcome to the Pirate Party Platform Spotlight where I explain a selected planksfrom the party’s 2015 election platform (since I highly doubt the media will). Ok, letsget this over with.

What’s with the attitude? Well, the Pirate Party of Canada is hopelessly typecast. Ifpeople are aware of the Pirate Party they already know it opposes intellectual propertylaw but absolutely nothing else about it. So covering this aspect of the party’s platformboth potentially feeds the public’s erroneous perception of the party as being ‘singleissue’ and completely necessary if its economic outlook is to be (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Pirate Party Platform Spotlight (Part 1): Intellectual Property Reform

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Education Reform In New Brunswick: What Japan Can Teach Us (Part 1)

As a graduate of New Brunswick’s education system I sometimes reflect onthe quality of the schooling I received. I also have a longstanding  interest inJapanese culture. It is natural then that I would eventually get to looking at howJapan does education. What I found was a school system that better instills thevalues of leadership, sense of community, and respect than anything I’ve seen inNew Brunswick. I figured I may as well detail some of the highlights of theirsystem and make the argument that New Brunswick would do well to adopt atleast some of these policies. (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Education Reform In New Brunswick: What Japan Can Teach Us (Part 1)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The Case for the Religious ‘Pro-Life’ Enslavement of Women

Religion treats people like shit, the further away you are from the white male ideal, the shittier your deal will be. The recent anti-choice propaganda wave in the US caused enough whinging in wordpress blogosphere that I felt compelled to wrestle with the full-blown stupid that is the anti-choice position. . . I went to this saintly dudes page and left my usual inflamatory comments – women are people, they have rights et cetera – the mind-blowing stuff that makes the zealots wail and froth. . . But rather than approve my comment, this dipstick emails a response to me (Read more…)

Scripturient: Strat Plan Part 4: Economic Vitality

What, you may ask, is meant by the term “Economic Vitality” – the third objective in our town’s strategic-plan-in-the-works? Apparently it’s one of those motherhood statements people make on soapboxes and campaign platforms that have little grist in them to mill into actuality. Sure, we all want a town that has a lively, thriving economy. […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ignorance Means Power For Conservatives

A cringe-worthy tweet explains the Conservative mindset in running the election campaign early before school gets back. Keep kids in the dark, and disengaged so wise old people can continue to run things for them. Poppa Harper knows best.

@ChristinePenro1 @CBCAlerts election date hasn't changed.regardless, I certainly don't want students learning about elections from teachers

— AJF (@AronJFinn) July 30, 2015

Aron’s autobiography: “Conservative. Pro Oil & Gas. Man made Climate Change is a farce. Anti Trudeau / Wynne and the biased MSM [Mainstream media].”

.@CBCAlerts It would be nice if @GGDavidJohnston would politely tell the PM to (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Enter an Endangered Animal and Learn of Their Plight

Artist Evelyn Roth is using classroom sized animals to spread the word about endangered animals. She has created bright and cheerful looking versions of animals that are endangered to provide a pop-up space for kids to learn all about these animals. Her work is presently travelling the world and educating children.

“The designs interact with the people inside to make a fascinating, enjoyable and engaging intimate atmosphere where people are inspired to listen and learn and are subconsciously imprinted with the stories.’’

Roth returned from Hawaii this week after being commissioned to create a Southern Right Whale and two (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil Is Not A Four Letter Word

Coal is a four letter word, however.

Perhaps Wall is a bit touchy about fossil fuels because Saskatchewan produces more greenhouse gases per person than any other Canadian province [link added], and is one of only three provinces whose emissions have risen since 1990. The province contains only 1 per cent of the country’s population, but produces a disproportionate 10 per cent of national emissions.

Saskatchewan recorded the highest deposit-paid bottle return rate in Canada (82 per cent) and largest wildfire detection camera system in North America, said the ministry.

Yet we had the worst wildfire season, perhaps (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

Recently I posted a quote from John Hari on addiction. See it here. I’ve also updated the post to include the video below as well. What is detailed in this TED talk is idea that we should punish and isolate addicts from society. This idea, according to Hari is about 100 years old and also, more importantly completely wrong.

The methodology we base the current “War on Drugs” and how we treat people who are addicted is based on poor experimental design. When we control for environmental factors – addiction mostly disappears.

This TED talk (Read more…)