All posts tagged: Politics

Mildly Amusing Missives #4 – Twitter

I created a Twitter account a few weeks ago.  I’ve been following and unfollowing people since then. There is a fine line between ‘this is interesting’ and ‘this is depressing’. Here are some of the more amusing and thought provoking things I’ve found. What your Dog is Thinking something. you may not realize you’re allowed to do. is take a snoozle. and then when you wake up. immediately start another one – Thoughts of Dog @dog_feelings Jul 4 – sometimes. i will yawn really big. and soon after. the human will also yawn. i have yet to decide. what to do with my powers – Thoughts of Dog @dog_feelings – I don’t own or use a virtual assistant – do you? You would think that by now Alexa might be experienced enough in the ways of carbon-based lifeforms to be able to distinguish between a sneeze and the calling out of her name. “Bless you, Stephen” would be a better response than “Hm. I don’t know that one.” – Stephen Fry, @stephenfry Jul 11 – …

Mildly Amusing Missives #3 – And More Owls

The Owlets Take Flight Part Two of the Great Horned Owl Story is over here: The Owlets Take Flight A Little Bit About Ants I bought an ant farm. I don’t know where I am going to get a tractor that small! – Steven Wright – Ever so Virtuous Virtue signalling: when you express an opinion in public to show your moral superiority and gain approval – without actually taking a significant action. (Isaac) Newton wouldn’t last long as a ‘public intellectual’ in modern American culture. Sooner or later, he would say ‘offensive’ things that get reported to Harvard and that get picked up by mainstream media as moral-outrage clickbait. His eccentric, ornery awkwardness would lead to swift expulsion from academia, social media, and publishing. Result? On the upside, he’d drive some traffic through Huffpost, Buzzfeed, and Jezebel, and people would have a fresh controversy to virtue-signal about on Facebook. On the downside, we wouldn’t have Newton’s Laws of Motion. ― Geoffrey Miller – Gender Neutrality in Canada Gender neutrality is a hot issue is …

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Message from the Queen – Revoking American Independence

My email inbox contains much garbage and a few gems from that prolific author – Unknown. I thought the following was egg-sellently written, but maybe you have to be a member of the Commonwealth to think so. “To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II In light of your immediate failure to financially manage yourselves and also in recent years your tendency to elect incompetent Presidents of the USA and therefore not able to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy). Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.  Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated sometime next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with …

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Why I’m Tired Of so Many Things

I recently discovered a blog called A Bear’s Rant. Written by a Canadian, the site is “committed to being an island of common sense in a world with too little of it.” I stumbled onto this blog when I was looking for information that substantiated and refuted the claims being made by the ‘Idle No More’ Protest. (I like to look at both sides of things before I jump off the fence. Who knows what kind of crap you might land in…) I was particularly curious as to why this grassroots movement did not support eight Canadian Federal Bills that provide a practical approach to making it easier for First Nations to develop an economy. At ‘A Bear’s Rant’ I found a post called The Misconceptions In Bill C45 That Sparked ‘Idle No More’ – Part One: Reserve Lands. Part Two discusses Bill C45 further, and Part Three concerns Attawapiskat Band Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike. I’ll leave my conclusions about ‘Idle No More’ to another day. I would, however like to join ‘A Bear’s …

Urban Sprawl Moving my Way

Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress. -John Clapham, A Concise Economic History of Britain, 1957 145,200 sq. ft. of warehouse space in a single building with the ability to expand by another 57,200 sq. ft. It has a clear height of 32 feet and a building depth of 260 feet, with parking for 175 cars. The total site is 6.65 acres. This monster building is just one of many that are gobbling up the land that once insulated us from the Urban Sprawl of the City. Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. – Bill Vaughn –

Welcome to the Bright Lights of the Little City

All the good folks (and their houses and land) in our little corner of the world were recently annexed by the nearest city. It took some time for the annexation to work it’s way through all the powers that be, but we all knew that  it would happen, regardless of our desire not to be ‘city folk’. The Provincial Government made it official effective the first of this year, and were kind enough to inform us of the fact at the end of March. By the end of April we still had not heard a peep from our City officials, so I sent the Mayor an email. “We don’t seem to have received a “Welcome to the Neighbourhood” note from you,” I observed. A week or so later, the Leader of Planning and Development responded, “I believe we met at an open house some time ago regarding the annexation. You should be receiving a welcome letter from the City soon.” Yes, Team Leader, you likely remember me. I was the lady who was waving around …

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Irksome Things – Elections, Royalty and Climate

Irksome is a nice word that packs a lot of punch. It bundles up annoyance, weariness, vexation and tediousness, without escalating to rage, madness, or frenzy. Here is my list of Irksome Things. 1. The Canadian Federal Election. Another $300 million dollars down the drain because a coalition of Leftists supported by the Separatists, want to get back into power. When it is all over, approximately half the country will be happy, and the other half will grouse about it until the next election. Then they will all badmouth each other (more than usual) for a month or so, and we’ll start all over again. Personally, I’d like to see Political Parties abolished. Non-Partisan Democracies work in many municipalities in Canada. At the Provincial and Federal level, Political Parties just get in the way of representatives working together for the common good of the people they represent. 2. Royalty. Why is everyone so enamoured with Royalty? The last time the Queen visited our Province, we renamed a highway after her. I don’t think she really …

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Americans – Taxing the Canadians Who Visit Them

So, little snowbird, take me with you when you go. To that land of gentle breezes where the peaceful waters flow -Gene MacClellan, “Snowbird,” sung by Anne Murray In the song Snowbird, Anne Murray (a Canadian) sings about the millions of birds that migrate from Canada to the United States and Mexico each fall in order to escape a cold winter. A few months later, a different breed of Snowbird packs up and heads south too – the human kind. These temporary migrants, numbering in the millions, anchor the population. They are joined by Snowflakes, short-term visitors looking for a few warm weeks of holidays. Canada had a population of almost 34 million people in 2009. In the same year, 16 million Canadians flew into the United States. Another 10 million drove there and stayed for at least a day. That is equivalent to 76% of the Canadian population visiting the USA in a single year. For the most part, Canadians all come home again. They aren’t inclined to illegally sneak into the USA and …

The Media and the Medical System

Media is defined as ” the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, that reach or influence people widely.” Media Bias is defined as “a real or perceived tendency of journalists and news producers within the mass media to approach both the presentation of particular stories, and the selection of which stories to cover, with an unbalanced perspective. In essence, “media bias” generally refers to accusations of either censorship or propagandism on the part of particular news sources, where such content is framed in the light of a preconceived agenda.” I’m not sure how much of what I perceive as Media Bias comes from a Corporate News Source agenda, and how much comes from an individual writers bias. But an example of what I think of bias arrived in the news today from CTV Edmonton. It was a story about a man who died after receiving MS Therapy in Costa Rica. The article summarizes this mans quest for a controversial MS surgery outside of Canada, because Canada  does not fund this treatment. The article concludes with …