Dan Savage on why SSM is a decent, humane institution.
Filed under: Politics Tagged: Dan Savage, Human Rights, Religion, Same Sex Marriage, SSM
Canada, a decade ago, used to do more good than bad in the wider world. Now we’re an international wrecking crew, teaching countries how to waste their water supplies on international disasters like shale oil.
This sort of unproductive activity is also changing our climate. It’s also slowing investment in renewable energy technologies that don’t pollute and consume water or air.
In any case, I have the utmost confidence that solar will continue to collapse at its current rate of -600%.— Chris Turner (@theturner) April 15, 2014
The situation in the Ukraine has me puzzled. The violence and protests leading up to the deposing of the Ukrainian president were not given much coverage in the media that I follow/ or I just plain missed it. Whatever the case may be, I’m getting a couple of nearly diametrically opposed narratives of what is going on in the Ukraine and for my edification and yours we’ll go through them together.
For clarity, and the fact I like using coloured text, the article for Al Jazeera will be in green, and the articles from Counterpunch in the usual (Read more…)
It’s mind boggling that Canadian police would think it’s justified in sharing mental health information with Homeland Insecurity in order to help the USA discriminate against people with mental illness.
What in the heck made them think it’s okay? Are they crazy?
People need to trust that they can reach out to a Suicide Hotline without fear of future reprisals. Canadian police have seriously damaged this expectation, and therefore are likely to have harmed people who’d have otherwise sought help. It would be hard to learn definitively if this abuse of authority has killed people, because the people we’d learn (Read more…)
It sucks when your government is an entity so devoid of anything resembling a spine. The Alberta government is so deeply in bed with big oil its shite and piss are black. So, rather than looking at an example of how to fuck your citizens over, take a look at a country that got it, and continues to get it right; Norway. It makes me spitting mad that we couldn’t even get a fractional raise in revenue for the people of Alberta (The Royalty Review), all the while Norway has 165,000 thousand dollars socked away (Read more…)
I bought the book “If you Give a Gay Mouse a Cookie” by Art for a Democratic Society because a facebook friend recommended it, and I have to admit, I’m disappointed. I recognize the spirit of the book. I recognize that they are trying to rebut the crazy “gay marriage will lead to bestiality and people forcing you to marry them” nonsense by saying no, gay marriage will lead to good things, and as expected they followed the pattern established by Laura Numeroff where one (good) thing leads to another.
What I didn’t expect was that the book would erase (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo | April 12, 2014
This week Canada’s two main opposition parties declared war on the Conservatives’ Orwellian Fair Elections Act. One that could bring down Harper during the 2015 federal election.
While falling short of declaring the Fair Elections Act an election issue for 2015, both the Official Opposition and third-placed Liberals are vowing to stand up for our right to vote.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says the focus of next election will be the ‘Fair Elections Act’. He wants Bill C-23 overhauled.
“We’re going to do everything we can to stop this thing,” Mulcair told delegates in (Read more…)
Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/linda-frum-stirs-controversy-with-elections-canada-questions-1.2606836
When insanity becomes normal, we’ve adapted to the way things shouldn’t be, so we don’t spend all of our energy trying to fix systemic problems.
Apparently April is not only National Poetry Month, but also Caesarean Awareness Month and blog posts (like this one) are popping up all over talking about why people believe in “non-intervention.” One thing I’ve noticed is that some of these posts refer to the idea that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 15% c-section rate. The problem is, the World Health Organization doesn’t actually have any reason for that rate.
The introduction to this article in the WHO medical journal states:
There is no consensus on the “optimal” rate of caesarean delivery at the population level. (Read more…)
… For quite a while. But I had to say something to a wider audience than FB. I am SICKENED by some of the comments I’m seeing on the news stories about Jim Flaherty’s sudden death. Shit, peeps, really? This is just the depth that som conservatives sunk to when Layton died. I’m as partisan […]
Canada's finance minister Jim Flaherty vows to stay in job till 2015 ca.reuters.com/article/domest… #cdnpoli #FlahertyJobs— Truth Mashup (@truthmashup) November 30, 2012
Most people are quite cautious about what they say, but a few people have said to me, ‘Do you have cancer? … What’s going on? Are you going to die?’ That kind of thing,” he told the Globe. “And, obviously, I am not. I mean, I will die eventually, but not over a dermatological issue.” – Flaherty 2013
“The treatment involved taking a strong steroid called prednisone, which is often accompanied by serious side-effects. (Read more…)
Read this April 10 story from iPolitics, reporting that former Canadian Finance Minster Jim Flaherty is dead at the age of 64.
Former finance minister Jim Flaherty died Thursday morning. Flaherty was 64 years old.
Flaherty, who stepped down as finances minister three weeks ago, apparently died suddenly at his Ottawa condominium. The prime minister is expected to speak to reporters shortly.
A statement from his family asked for privacy.
“Christine Elliott and her triplet sons, John, Galen and Quinn would like to make Canadians aware that her beloved husband and father passed away peacefully today in Ottawa,” the (Read more…)
In one of my earlier posts about designated day creep, I cited evidence of a trend wherein the number of special days we mark in the union movement is growing at a dizzying rate. As further evidence, I give you the United Nations official list of observed days. I’ll save you the effort. There’s 115 of them.
Allow me, for a moment, to rant. If you’ve been watching this blog, or twitter, or any major newspaper or television broadcast, you may have heard of Motion 503, a private members motion that was moved April 7th by Liberal Education Critic Kent Hehr. Between a petition on his party’s website gathering more than 1,300 signatures, a twitter storm, forty or more […]
“I never made such a gesture.” responds Pierre Poutine, in response to critics of the so-called “Fair Elections Act’”.
Filed under: comment, digital, illustration, photo Tagged: bill C-23, Canada, CPC, democratic reform, Pierre Poilievre, politics
Once upon a time… There was a handsome young prince named Gregor Angus Bethune Robertson. He was a much envied prince. He represented his fiefdom, Vancouver-Fairview, for years before he, […]
Read this April 9 story from the The Province on the decision by former frontrunner Mike Farnworth’s decision to step aside for colleague John Horgan, leaving the MLA for Juan de Fuca as the only candidate for the job in the lead-up to a May 1 decision by the party.
VICTORIA – In a surprising political twist, British Columbia New Democrat John Horgan is poised to be crowned party leader next month as his only opponent Mike Farnworth stepped aside Tuesday.
Just last fall, the 54-year-old Horgan said he wasn’t entering the race because he wanted younger leaders to step (Read more…)
The Parti Quebecois loss tonight shows just how hard it is for women politicians to actually have a chance in government. Pauline Marois will be the 3rd female Premier gone this year, leaving only two; Christy Clark in BC and Kathleen Wynn in Ontario.Why Marois’s loss tonight is bad for women is not because of her exit but because of her entrance. And that is she was doomed from the start.Successful political parties have a habit in Canada of not selecting women leaders, in fact it’s only when those parties are in desperation do they resort (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: From Five Female Premiers To Just Two
Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye Madame Marois! Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye Madame Marois! Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye Madame Marois! Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye Madame Marois! Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye Madame Marois!
Certain things about the internet leave me very uncomfortable. I dislike the near monopoly of book sales that Amazon has, and the way in which supporting that monopoly is one of the few way in which bloggers can make money – through affiliate links. I tried that for about a week and then gave up not because I could not stomach the idea of helping along the growth of Amazon.
Then there is the growth of Facebook, and the knowledge that so many small businesses and organizations depend upon facebook, yet facebook changes the rules repeatedly to make it harder (Read more…)
We think of population control as unethical, but is it ethical to not respond to reality?