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No, That's Just a Racist Saying He's Not a Racist.

The Disaffected Lib - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 10:16

The Wall Street Journal headline was intriguing: Donald Trump Rebuts Allegations of Racism.

Read on, I thought. This was going to be a genuinely Herculean feat given how often the Great Orange Behemoth has made incredibly racist comments. So what was Trump offering up to rebut his racism? This:

“And by the way, just so you know, I am the least racist person, the least racist person that you’ve ever seen, the least” Mr. Trump said. “I mean, give me a break. But they’re saying, ‘Is Donald Trump a racist?’ I am the least racist person that you’ve ever looked at, believe me.”
That's just a racist saying he's not a racist. 

The Climate, It's Always Been Changing

The Disaffected Lib - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 09:57
Of course it has. Which is why NASA prepared this wonderful graph of just how the atmospheric CO2  has changed over the past 400,000 years.

Res ipsa loquitur - the thing does indeed speak for itself. For those who say this is something other than man-made, well this chart puts that argument right where it belongs.

O, Can We Not Just Do This?

Left Over - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 09:53

ANALYSIS Changing O Canada: Is God next?: Terry Milewski Christians warn that changing O Canada is a slippery slope to removing God and the Holy Cross By Terry Milewski, CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 20…

Source: O, Can We Not Just Do This?

O, Can We Not Just Do This?

Left Over - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 08:43


Changing O Canada: Is God next?: Terry Milewski Christians warn that changing O Canada is a slippery slope to removing God and the Holy Cross

By Terry Milewski, CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 11, 2016 9:22 AM ET

Either/Or cannot happen soon enough..
When I first heard KD Lang singling the anthem with “ all of us” I thought, yes! That was back in the 70’s, and whenever I hear it, always think of that phrase as right and proper..was never comfortable with the God stuff, but what are ya gonna do? Women have always been excluded or ignored, and ‘God’ always refers to something male, so ….
monarchists and so-called Christians will forever be frozen in time, but this country ‘s not about that anymore, if it ever was..
How about “Peace keep our land glorious and free..’ that would be something worth singing about…we used to be famous for it…..

We  give lip service to being a mosaic, yet  every formal and informal occasion results in the hypocrisy of  a hymn to him and Him….O Canada being the exclusive purveyor of  pious WASP self-aggrandizement…all the while intoning the  late Victorian sentiments of colonialized patriotism which as we all know  ultimately  result in  incivility to the this case, the rest of  the world, their  guaranteed  freedom of belief,  and half it’s population (female, that is…)

I always knew it would take a man, a brave man, too, to force any sort of change…any woman alive  can tell you about the experience of telling a man  something, anything, and it not  being considered valid unless opined by another man, especially if he acts as though he invented it….I’m old enough now  not to care so much that  this is a reality for most of us, just  happy to hope that something that  represents  my nation of choice is made  whole….and  thanks to Belanger for attempting to make it so…

Saturday Morning Links

accidentaldeliberations - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 08:05
Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Yvan Guillemette discusses the need for public-sector investment in economic development to make up for the massive amounts of private capital sitting idle. And Daniel Kahnemann challenges the theory that corporate decision-making is either rational or directed toward optimal outcomes:
“You look at large organizations that are supposed to be optimal, rational. And the amount of folly in the way these places are run, the stupid procedures that they have, the really, really poor thinking you see all around you, is actually fairly troubling,” he said, noting that there is much that could be improved.
 Figuring out how to make the act of decision-making “commensurate with the complexity and importance of the stakes” is a huge problem, in Kahneman’s view, to which the business world does not devote much thought.- Meanwhile, James Hutt rightly argues that a transition toward a cleaner economy would offer an ideal opportunity to develop more and better jobs. 

- But of course that would require some interest in the well-being of workers. And Sara Mojtehedzadeh reports on how Ontario is slashing health services for people who have suffered injuries on the job, while frequently forcing people back to work before they're ready.

- Bryce Covert writes that San Francisco is the latest city to learn that it's even in terms of bare dollars and cents, it's more efficient to provide housing to people who need it than to deal with the social costs of homelessness.

 - Finally, Michael Harris slams the Cons' manufactured outrage over Niki Ashton's daring to campaign for Bernie Sanders. But it's worth noting as well that we should fully expect our political leaders to have some interest in issues and campaigns beyond their own level of government (and in some cases borders).

Why the Liberal Government is Defending Bill C-14 So Strongly

Montreal Simon - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 06:30

Because I know a lot about death, and I've seen a lot of people die, some of my friends have been coming up to me and asking the same question:

Why is Justin Trudeau's government clinging so stubbornly to its assisted dying bill C14?

My blogging friend Kirby Evans asks the same question here.

And my answer to him and the others is, for a very good reason.
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