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A Puff of Absurdity: On Our Right to Choose

I understand gender identity and sexual orientation both as potentially fluid. It’s not the case that they can be made to change, so we still need to ban straightenating camps and the like, but that they can sometimes evolve over time. Or, if they’re … . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Our Right to Choose

A Puff of Absurdity: On Our Right to Choose

I understand gender identity and sexual orientation both as potentially fluid. It’s not the case that they can be made to change, so we still need to ban straightenating camps and the like, but that they can sometimes evolve over time. Or, if they’re … . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Our Right to Choose

The Disaffected Lib: The Cult of Living Large

2015, we’re told, is the year the developed world (that’s us) and the emerging economies (China, India, etc., etc., etc.) will close ranks to formulate an effective plan of action to fight climate change.  It’s going to be Kyoto on steroids, a true hallelujah moment, a meeting of minds, a global joining of hands, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Cult of Living Large

The Disaffected Lib: Coming Soon – 3-Billion More "Big Mouths" to Feed

The world’s middle class is on the verge of a population explosion.   Sorry, Earth.  Of the 7+ billion people on the planet today, about 1.8-billion are considered middle-class or make that consumer class.  By 2030 that sub-2 billion is expected to burgeon to just under 5-billion strong, churning away on their computers to order . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Coming Soon – 3-Billion More "Big Mouths" to Feed

Politics, Re-Spun: I Believe the Children Are Our Future: Barf

Faisal and Azeem, getting it done!

Platitudes and paternalism aside, the 21st century actually does belong to the young. And not that they’re OUR future, like an extension of us, but that we are stewarding the future for them.

And we’re doing a pretty horrible job of it. But since we’re not idiots, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: I Believe the Children Are Our Future: Barf

Melissa Fong: Children, health and the medical fools who focus on BMI

Who are these fools that believe it’s okay to measure a child’s BMI (Body Mass Index), label them as overweight and decide to call it a day because they think they taught someone about health? “[A] paper published today by the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that weighing and measuring the height of schoolchildren and . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Children, health and the medical fools who focus on BMI

Politics, Re-Spun: Is It Really That Hard to Imagine Cities Without Cars?

A blissful infographic of imaginative paradigm mechanics!

Probably. That’s why really creative paradigm mechanics are thinking outside the box-y sedans to figure out how we could reorient cities and movement in cities with a changed premise: no cars.

Imagine how much parking space we’d free up for human pursuits?

Imagine how much climate . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Is It Really That Hard to Imagine Cities Without Cars?

Politics, Re-Spun: #SpinAlert: Light Rail for the Valley Instead of a UBC Subway

Who Framed Roger Rabbit reminded us all of the Great American Streetcar Scandal: cars over mass transit. Now, in the lower mainland we have the UBC tunnel over light rail to the valley.

This week, we start with a transportation spin alert.

Last week, Allen Garr wrote an interesting piece about the seemingly . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: #SpinAlert: Light Rail for the Valley Instead of a UBC Subway

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Teens and 40s #nlpoli

As the last instalment in our survey of birth rates, let’s take a look at the group 15 to 19 and the other end of the scale for statistics, women aged 40-44 at the time of the child’s birth.

The blue line is the number of births to mothers between ages 15 and 19.  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Teens and 40s #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The 30-Somethings #nlpoli

The number of babies born to mothers in their 30s in Newfoundland and Labrador has declined over the past couple of decades.  But the drop isn’t as dramatic as the decline among the 20-somethings.

What stands out in this chart is the way the older age cohort – 35-39 – hasn’t declined as dramatically . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The 30-Somethings #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The 20-Something Birth Rates #nlpoli

As we told you a couple of weeks ago, it doesn’t look like the provincial government’s policy of paying cash for live births produced any improvement in the birthrate in the province except for the year they announced the bonus cash.

If you look at the number of births by the mother’s age the lack . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The 20-Something Birth Rates #nlpoli

Politics, Re-Spun: Encouraging Early Political Engagement: I Have the Right to Be a Child

 

Early political engagement is a hot button topic for a number of us here at Politics ReSpun. As parents and/or political animals, we spend a lot of time contemplating methods of public engagement that would draw youth into political culture, and foster both interest and comprehension of sociopolitical events. Apathy and disinterest are rampant . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Encouraging Early Political Engagement: I Have the Right to Be a Child

Things Are Good: USA Urban Population Growth Outpaces the Suburbs

Regular readers know that in the modern world an urban lifestyle is more sustainable than a suburban lifestyle so it’s pretty good news to see that more people in the USA are moving into urban centres. America is where the suburbs started and have had the largest cultural impact and seeing a transition away from . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: USA Urban Population Growth Outpaces the Suburbs