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PostArctica: At Last, Intergalactic Peace!

I have joked about seeing traffic cones everywhere this summer, even suggesting they are actually aliens in an upcoming post. But today I looked out my window and saw that […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: At Last, Intergalactic Peace!

Things Are Good: Forget Burning Man, Go To Ephemerisle

Ephemerisle is a libertarian Burning Man on the ocean. It’s goal is like Burning Man’s insofar that it exists to explore new ideas while throwing a big party. Ephemerisle is really trying to figure out how people can survive on the ocean for an extended period of time while finding solutions to the logistical aspects . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Forget Burning Man, Go To Ephemerisle

Melissa Fong: Techno/House Party Guide: How to find the best parties Part 1 of 3

For AW. What to look for in a good party. I was talking to my good friend who wanted to start going to good techno/house parties but didn’t know where […]

knitnut.net: The Little Wedding that Grew

GC’s brother Charlie, GC, me, and my sister Deb

GC and I originally planned on having a very small civil ceremony, maybe one step up from eloping. But during our five-month engagement we kept adding little upgrades. Like family, food, booze, cake, flowers, balloons, photographs, a poem, homemade wedding favours, cupcakes, a . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: The Little Wedding that Grew

The Scott Ross: Conservatives: Only The Rich Can Benefit From Nonprofits

Conservatives believe Justin Trudeau is wrong to take money from nonprofit organizations because to them that’s the job of rich investors on Bay Street.

According to this current government and its recent announcements on social impact bonds the only people who should be making money from nonprofit organizations are financiers, speculators, and venture capitalists.

. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives: Only The Rich Can Benefit From Nonprofits

The Scott Ross: Conservatives: Only The Rich Can Benefit From Nonprofits

Conservatives believe Justin Trudeau was wrong to take money from nonprofit organizations because to this government that’s the job for rich investors on Bay Street. According to the Conservatives in power in Ottawa and their recent proposal for social… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives: Only The Rich Can Benefit From Nonprofits

The Scott Ross: Trudeau Was Conservative With Nonprofit

In the free market prices reflect demand, instead of choosing a few events to speak at arbitrarily, Justin Trudeau set a price to attend those gatherings that wanted him the most. This method of relying on market prices to benefit charities and businesses is a rather conservative idea.

So yes before he was Liberal Leader . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trudeau Was Conservative With Nonprofit

The Scott Ross: Trudeau Was Conservative With Nonprofit

In the free market prices reflect demand, instead of choosing a few events to speak at arbitrarily, Justin Trudeau set a price to attend those gatherings that wanted him the most. This method of relying on market prices to benefit charities and busines… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trudeau Was Conservative With Nonprofit

The Scott Ross: Liberals Down In All Major Polls, Arrogance Is Up

Justin Trudeau is popular? It doesn’t matter.The federal Liberals are still extremely behind in the polls. The last three major polls conducted, with 100% accuracy, show the Liberal Party is far behind the Conservatives and in fact the Grits are at the… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberals Down In All Major Polls, Arrogance Is Up

The Scott Ross: Liberals Down In All Major Polls, Arrogance Is Up

Justin Trudeau is popular? It doesn’t matter.

The federal Liberals are still extremely behind in the polls. The last three major polls conducted, with 100% accuracy, show the Liberal Party is far behind the Conservatives and in fact the Grits are at their lowest level of support in Canadian history. Those polls were of course . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberals Down In All Major Polls, Arrogance Is Up

The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Loses & So Does Gender Equality

Christy Clark had as much chance of winning BC’s election today as Canadian politics has gender equality, and that’s close to zero.

With six female premiers, soon to be five, Canada looks like a pretty equitable place, but just as with Christy Clark’s chances on election day, looks can be deceiving.

For instance, on . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Loses & So Does Gender Equality

The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Loses & So Does Gender Equality

*UPDATE 05/15/13: With Christy Clark’s amazing upset I am happy to admit the below post is wrong. BC has its first popularly elected female Premier. Congratulations, it is an incredible victory.Christy Clark had as much chance of winning BC’s election … . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Loses & So Does Gender Equality

The Scott Ross: Trudeau, Soldiers With Guns, and Ironic Pride

In 2006 the Liberal Party was ashamed for accusing Stephen Harper of wanting to put armed soldiers on every street; yet somehow in 2013 Liberals are proud that their next Leader fondly recalls how his father actually did put armed soldiers on every street.

Two weeks ago Justin Trudeau was asked whether he could . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trudeau, Soldiers With Guns, and Ironic Pride

knitnut.net: Curated Castoffs

We went to a great little event the other night at Patrick Gordon Framing. It was called Curated Castoffs: Art & Decor Edition. It was kind of like a collaborative garage sale where everything’s free.

It works like this: At 7:00 pm everybody shows up with five art + decor items for swapping: prints, . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Curated Castoffs

The Scott Ross: Liberals Should Blame Trudeau For Few Supporters

If Justin Trudeau was more concerned about winning the Liberal leadership than winning the next election, not only would his party have more registered supporters, but 2015 would almost certainly look more rouge.

It may seem counter-intuitive to blame the ever-popular Justin Trudeau for the Liberal Party’s lower than expected supporter registration numbers, after all . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberals Should Blame Trudeau For Few Supporters

The Scott Ross: A More Democratic Senate Is Less So

Canadians certainly are no Nero, but they do have at least one thing in common with the late Roman emperor.

In 64 AD it is said that while Rome burned its emperor Nero fiddled. That while his city suffered calamity he amused himself with music. Today Canadians are doing something similar.

Rome may not be . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: A More Democratic Senate Is Less So

The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

Because Stephen Harper was a self-described “radical right-wing ideologue”, he was the only one who could make the conservatives more Liberal.

Because Barack Obama was so anti-war, he was the only one who could make the Democrats more pro-war than Republicans.

In both cases it was each man’s close association to a particular cause that . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

The Scott Ross: Blandness Is Easy To Merge With Liberals, NDP, & Greens

Why should the Liberal Party, the NDP, and the Green Party merge? Because they are already united in blandness. If these parties were not bland, if they were not vague, or if they even had the slightest unique trait among them, merging would not be an… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Blandness Is Easy To Merge With Liberals, NDP, & Greens

The Scott Ross: The Conservative Economic Record

Sept 2012: Unemployment is up at 7.4%; it has been increasing since June while American unemployment has only gone down.

July 2012: Worst trade deficit ever in Canadian history at $2.3 billion.

2012: GDP growth rate is declining (PDF pg 22). Canada is no longer the fastest growing economy in the G7; it is now . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Conservative Economic Record

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Can’t Avoid Social Responsibility

There is no stronger conservative principle than personal responsibility, however this Conservative government has shown that when people are only responsible to themselves, social well-being suffers, eventually including the well-being of Conservatives.

This apparent contradiction is obvious in that though Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, they also claim the largest government deficits in Canadian history . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives Can’t Avoid Social Responsibility

The Scott Ross: The Unpopular Reason To Support A Popular Trudeau

Voting for a celebrity because he is a celebrity may sound superficial but it is made all the more substantial by the changing context of Canadian politics.

Party membership in developed countries has been declining for years, surveys have shown that voters are identifying less with parties and more with specific causes. For a party . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Unpopular Reason To Support A Popular Trudeau

The Scott Ross: Liberals, No One Forgets The Common Refrain

You don’t spread a message by only saying it once.

This Conservative government has created Canada’s largest deficits, the largest government and has spent more money than any other Canadian government before it.

On the most important things people don’t just speak up and than sit back down smug that they changed the world. . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberals, No One Forgets The Common Refrain

The Scott Ross: How Reducing The GST Increased Your Debt

With declining productivity, higher unemployment, and deficit after deficit, it should be obvious the Canadian government would do anything to strengthen the economy, however it is not so obvious what that same government has done to weaken it.

In a 2008 report it was predicted that the Conservative government in lowering the GST from 7% . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: How Reducing The GST Increased Your Debt

The Scott Ross: Layton’s Last Words Were First Laurier’s

“Faith is better than doubt and love is better than hate.” – Sir Wilfrid Laurier, 1918 “Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear.” – Jack Layton, 2011

A year after Jack Layton’s untimely passing, the presence of the former NDP Leader is still felt across Canada, ironically however it is . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Layton’s Last Words Were First Laurier’s

Canadian Progressive World: Mexicans Protest Enrique Pena Nieto’s Stolen Presidency

An estimated 30 000 demonstrators marched through Mexico City on Sunday accusing President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), of massive electoral fraud. The protesters carried placards with messages such as: “Fraud, Fraud”, “Winning by cheating is not winning at all and is illegal”, “You launder money, we are cleaning our consciences”, . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Mexicans Protest Enrique Pena Nieto’s Stolen Presidency