Saturday, March 31, 2007

How to assimilate

Another month has gone by… it must be time for a new bureaucracy.

The government of Nunavut has introduced language legislation that would enforce the use of Inuktitut in public places from restaurants to schools to offices.

… The Officials Languages Act declares French, English and Inuktitut to be Nunavut's official languages. The Inuit Language Protection Bill is intended to ensure the three languages remain on an equal footing by mandating the use of Inuktitut for signs and services.

The proposed law says organizations providing "essential services" would have to use Inuktitut signage "at least equally prominent with any other signage used."

However, essential services would include emergency services, health care, restaurants, hotels, utilities, telecommunications and other services deemed to be "essential as a result of their nature or consequences."

Tapardjuk acknowledges that covers almost everything.
Conveniently, said the spider commissioner to the flies. Any similarity between the bill — which includes provision for "an office to determine official usages and coinage of new words" — and la fraternité is entirely intentional.
Quebec's Bill 101, designed to govern the use of French in that province, was one of the inspirations for Nunavut's bill, said Tapardjuk.

"That was the direction Nunavut wanted to take," he said.
Yes, well, Quebec is certainly a model jurisdiction…

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Food Fight

As usual, the Mayor of Mitchieville is using his power to bully the taxpaying residents into submission. In response to a recent challenge to Lisa by Reg regarding their respective culinary talents, the Mayor steps in and declares himself the winner of other people's efforts.

Here is how to prepare a wonderful bowl of The Mayor's famous Cap't Crunch cereal. You may want to take notes.

The first thing you will need for this delicacy is a big bowl. Plastic will do, but bowls can be expensive, so I suggest just ripping the top off the cereal box. The second thing you will need is a mouth shovel. Spoons are bad for the environment, and I'll be damned if I let you leave a carbon footprint on my momma earth, so you can just use an old discarded Tim Horton's cup. Just walk outside, you'll see one within 1 second.

Next, you will need some milk. One thing that runneth over at the food bank is milk. They're drowning in the shit, so that's not going to be a problem. Only thing is, it's powdered milk, so you're going to need some water. Time might be of the essence, so here's what to do. Using your Tim Horton's disgusting cup, scoop out three heaping cups worth of powdered milk and put into cereal box. Secondly, turn on tap and fill it 3/4 of the way up the cereal box. Finally, hold the top down and shake the box furiously, like it's a crying baby...no, you need to shake it harder than that, pretend you're a British nanny and you're taking care of a red-headed child. That's right, shake the life out of that bad bastard.

Now you are set to enjoy the greatest, cheapest meal you have ever had in your life. Cap't Crunch is chock full of minerals and rocks, powdered milk gives you a healthy dose of calcium, and the old Tim Horton's cup probably had some coffee residue, so you'll get a nice jolt of caffeine.
The Mayor can be safely ignored, as I purchased carbon credits from Fenris to offset my trip for rations. I hereby challenge Reg to match my Kidney Bean Paneer.

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Paul McKeever on minimum wage laws

Paul McKeever, employment lawyer and leader of the Freedom Party of Ontario, on the immorality of a mandated increase in the minimum wage:

Oh, but it's for your own good. It's utterly immoral, and you would be sent to prison if we weren't called the government ... on criminal conspiracy charges. However, because we're the government, all the morality is turned upside down, and suddenly evil is good, good is evil, illegal becomes legal and you are a bad bad bad person for daring to choose to cut your neighbours lawn for $5.00 an hour.

It is not your right to tell me what I can do with my labour or how much I have to charge for my labour. And minimum wages laws do exactly that. They tell me how much I can charge for my labour. They don't just tell you as an employer how much you have to pay, they tell you as an employee how much you have to charge. And that is the real nature of the minimum wage.

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On Indiscrimination

Today's L3 (Lazy LGF Link) is this fascinating speech by comedian Evan Sayet on March 5 at the Heritage Foundation, on "How Modern Liberals Think". This is an original take on themes in, say, Rand's "Cult of Moral Grayness".



Well worth the whole 35 minutes.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Have a puff on this

Ontario health minister George Smitherman thinks it's time for a "discussion" on whether the province should ban smoking in apartment buildings — or, both more and less precisely at the same time, "some" apartment buildings. But what is there to discuss? Either his government is committed to curbing "the deadly effects of second-hand smoke in highrises," or it is not. There is certainly no point discussing the propriety of political intervention in private property or contractual agreements between private interests — that debate was ceded long ago in favour of politics, even if only by the politicians themselves. Just to start off the list, we have smoking bans in bars, right? Complaints based on the merits of private property rights cannot be upheld by precedent — precedent establishes quite the opposite, that property is private only to the extent that politics will allow it.

So Mr. Smitherman is only pandering to vestigial antiquated sensitivities when he says that "while … he would rather see market forces drive landlords to declare their buildings smoke-free, he acknowledged it would be worth having the discussion about whether legislation would be necessary to back up any ban." Mr. Smitherman is the health minister for goodness sake! The entire pretext and operation of his principality is the legislated interference in private matters — there is little that could objectively be considered more private than health. Shrinking affectations do not therefore become Mr. Smitherman. After all, neither he nor the politicians in his government will have to bear any costs or burdens for a regulated ban.

"We've got to look at it from a regulatory standpoint," he said. "We sure will do that. There will be a good discussion. But there is a lot of power in the hands of the people."
Ah, that's more like it — there are costs and burdens for politicians after all, otherwise known as votes, although for the politicians there are opportunities as well, even if not so much for the voters. Mr. Smitherman is putting out a feeler for the electoral costs and opportunities of a proposed smoking ban. These will not turn out to be significant for the parties directly affected — renters are not typically hardened enough rent-seekers at the polling booth to make any great difference to the governing party's fortunes, while highrise landlords have bigger regulatory fishes to fry with the government than what for them would be only a matter of inconvenience. Meanwhile, talking the "market forces" talk suggests a congenial willingness to compromise — even if he must manufacture the problem to be compromised in the first place, and even if there is no compromise to be had. The health minister expects instead that even mouthing the proposal will burnish his already formidable progressive credentials among that group of voters susceptible to those kinds of blandishments, and placate co-operative "health" lobby groups. It's not any great big deal to Mr. Smitherman, but he knows at the same time that there is no cost in suggesting it. It won't happen soon, but down the road… Oh, and those private property rights can just continue to go to hell.

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"It's a human right to pee"

Darcey on "gender-neutral," "cost-effective," "accessible" places to pee:

Give them their own goddamn washroom, anything to shut them the hell up and keep them quiet until the next gender bender comes along and demands a place of their own to piss and moan. Let the taxpayers pay for it too. Give them some special bidets that suck, splash and spray out every oddly shaped wrinkled crevice. Give them what they want, for this is my Canada too and I want some goddamn peace and quiet.
But what about the dialogue?! How will we know which door to non-discriminatory paradise to push for relief?
"It's a human right to pee," said Rune Breckon, a transgender student enrolled in women and gender studies at the University of Winnipeg.

For Breckon, who doesn't wish to be described as either a man or a woman, going to the washroom has proven awkward -- people constantly stare and sometimes make comments.

[..] Though the idea came from the transgender movement, Breckon believes others, such as people in wheelchairs or parents of young children, could be well-served by the gender-neutral facilities.

Breckon suggests restrooms be called "accessible" instead. No matter what they're named, advocates and the university are trying to figure out how to convey the message because conventional signs won't work.

"We've had this discussion several times about what would be on the door," said Breckon. "Probably just a picture of a toilet would work. We don't want to alienate anyone."
Indeed not! Citizens against discriminatory public washrooms demand a national diaper registry.

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Rubber chickens

L. Graham Smith at ecomyths asks: "How did saving the environment become such a pernicious, political movement?"

Implementation of sustainability is where the rubber meets the road. It is hard, context specific and requires commitment and hard-work. And getting one's hands dirty.

Eeww! Can't I make posters, march, and protest and blame some big corporation instead? Can't I stay a long, long time at university and complain in a sophisticated post-modernists frame about over-consumption, globalization, corporatism, capitalism and Americanism?

Well you could, but you'd need a really good issue. One with no hope of any answer, no practical political solutions, no policies that any rational government would actually impose on its economy…
Read the rest here… Knee-jerk aggrievement warning: Essay begins with the statement, "Anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is a fraud."

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Ecological Awareness Has Its Benefits

Crossing paths on our collective and non-partisan path back to the caves, Dennis Prager alerted me to this hilarious story about eco-anxiety:

Melissa Pickett, an eco-therapist with a practice in Santa Fe, sees anywhere from 40 to 80 eco-anxious patients a month. They complain of panic attacks, loss of appetite, irritability and unexplained bouts of weakness, sleeplessness and "buzzing," which they describe as the eerie feeling that their cells are twitching. Pickett's remedies include telling patients to carry natural objects, like certain minerals, for a period of weeks. Making environmentally friendly lifestyle changes can also prove therapeutic, she said.
What a ripoff! What is wrong with our civilization, where we can't even train proper shamans any more? We are losing the ancient wisdom of our ancestors.

Everybody knows in their hearts that putting a bone through your nose, wearing a grass skirt, dancing around fire, and eating the brains of climate enemies is the progressive, Green method of frightening away demons before they can destroy the harvest. You don't need an expert to tell you that.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

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"I can't believe this made it this far," the mayor said in frustration

"Don't you people know we have a city to mismanage?"

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What is the Most Serious Threat Facing Our Society?

Author (and doctor) Michael Crichton was interviewed by blogger Scott Burgess of The Daily Ablution. The whole thing is well worth the read as he answers questions with respect to climate change and nanotechnology. This, however, is the best part:

What is the most serious threat facing our civilisation?

Loss of classical liberal values in those western societies that embraced them.
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(Hat Tip: Instapundit)

(Cross Post: Little Tobacco)

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Limiting federal spending power is a bad thing?

Political Staples links to James Laxer's latest innuendo-laden siren sounding of a "right-wing" takeover in Canada:

Harper declared that if Quebeckers elected a federalist government, Ottawa would negotiate a deal with Quebec that would severely restrict the power of the federal government to undertake spending initiatives in areas of provincial jurisdiction.

In return for Quebec's acceptance of this version of a dramatically de-centralized federalism, Harper would either legislate (or seek a constitutional amendment) to remove Ottawa's right to make such initiatives in the future. The new rules would apply to the federal government's relationship with all the provinces, not just with Quebec. This Grand Bargain would fundamentally remake Confederation.

Such a change in the basics of Canadian federalism would, for instance, bar Ottawa from launching the kind of national early childhood education program to which both Liberals and New Democrats are pledged. In a more distant future, it would block any attempt on the part of Ottawa to substantially lower the cost of tuition for colleges and universities in an effort to prevent post-secondary education from again becoming the preserve of the privileged.

With his proposed Grand Bargain, Stephen Harper would bring his over-arching objective of a Canada, not only with a market economy but with a market society as well, much closer to fruition. Gone would be the potential to establish national programs to create common standards across the country. At the federal level, progressive liberals and social democrats would be blocked from undertaking initiatives to advance the cause of greater social equality.

Harper's Grand Bargain, the re-casting of Canada according to a right-wing agenda, was implicit in the election in 2006 of a Parliament in which neo-conservatives and sovereignists held the majority of seats. If it were consummated, the Grand Bargain would complete the work begun with the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA in the 1980s and 1990s. It would constitute the social counterpart to the economics of free trade.
Simply on the grounds alone that I actually like the idea of the Grand Bargain, I would say that Laxer has nothing to worry about. More to the point, however, such a thing will either:

a) never come to pass;
b) pass, but in a significantly abstruse manner with enough loopholes and vagaries to drive a yard of gravy trains through; or
c) be hailed or decried according to political preference, but ignored according to political exigency.

Politicians, ministers and bureaucrats at all levels of government have got a good thing going — they're not going to give it up that easily, except maybe rhetorically. Speaking of rhetoric, Laxer concludes:
Stephen Harper's Grand Bargain with Quebec would place the capstone on the edifice of a right-wing Canada, which neither Quebeckers nor English Canadians want. Progressives who reject the idea of a stripped-down market society need to understand the stakes in the next federal election. It is one they cannot allow the Conservatives to win.
Wow, that could almost make me want to vote Conservative… if I actually believed the guy.

On the subject, Political Staples is definitely the place to go for election junkies like me who want their Quebec election fallout fixes.

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London Free Press advertises for Green Party



Not that the Free Press is placing their chips on the Green Party… it's more like a fuzzy pet the Free Press is quite happy to coddle to its fuzzy ideological bosom. Pragmatically, the Free Press is much more interested in those parties that can wield actual power in the name of fuzzy ideology.

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This is funny

via Tim Blair:

“Algor” is Latin for “coldness”.


(Cross Post: Little Tobacco)

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Monday, March 26, 2007

This is the Popular People's Front, right?

Because the only people we hate more than the People's Popular Front are the Popular Front of People…

Canadian Taxpayers Federation news release on the 2007 Ontario budget:

2007 Budget: Taxing and Restraining Opportunity

  • Personal tax revenues up 42%, Corporate tax revenues up 58% since 03-04
  • Program Spending up 28% since 03-04
  • Ontario Debt approaches $150 Billion
  • Zero tax relief for middle-income Ontarians
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The Cannibal pot is made of cast iron

Billy Beck:

A necessary implication of collectivism is that something like "rights" belongs to those who can dispose the rights of others. In this whole political context, there is no such thing as "the public": that is simply a misgrappled finite number of individual human beings. So long as their individual values are subject to the force of government, it becomes a matter of survival to win the privilege of being (or at least being known as) "the public" where the action is. The more that everyone is living at the expense of everyone else (see Bastiat), the more important it becomes to make sure that you're not thrown in the pot, because somebody will be.

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Let them eat human rights

HT LGF, Hillel Neuer of UN Watch in testimony takes a chunk out of the Israel-hating UN "Human Rights" Commission (forgive the triple redundancy!) -- leading to this most displeased response by Luis Alfonso de Alba, President of that body:

"I will not tolerate any similar statements in the (UN Human Rights) Council, the way in which members of this Council were referred to, and indeed the way in which the Council itself was referred to, all of this is inadmissible, and the memories of the persons that you referred to, founders of the Human Rights Commission, and for the good of human rights, i would urge you in an future statements to observe some minimal proper conduct and language... otherwise any statement you make in similar tones will be taken out of the records."

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Joni Baechler wants to get Aides

London councilor Joni Baechler and her colleagues wants taxpayers to cover for their inability to do the job we already pay them $31,414 a year to do. What is her so-called solution? She wants aides:

Baechler, Judy Bryant and Susan Eagle [want to use] a portion of their travel budgets to hire summer students. Newcomer Nancy Branscombe will join them this year.

So what exactly is Baechler's rationale for misspending more of taxpayers money?
Today, in a ward half the size, Baechler can barely keep up with e-mails -- hundreds a day when a hot issue's on the table, such as pesticides or smoking.
Ahh, now I get it. Baechler wants to hire more staff, not to better serve her constituents or to be more efficient, but to assist in her self-serving interests. Having aides allows Baechler to dedicate more time towards her real agenda: nanny-state, pseudo-environmentalist causes such as pesticides and smoking bylaws.

But there is another motive for Baechler to get aides:
"All I'm talking about is a summer student to help, especially when I'm away on vacation," Baechler said.
I guess you deserve a long one after all of your hard work in micro management.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Actually, it is a Conservative budget

Via Andrew Coyne:

Average per capita spending of Liberal, PC and Conservative governments since 1964

From the comments:

So, basically, fiscal conservatives who vote for the CPC have to ignore real world evidence, relying on faith that Harper et al are deceiving everyone with this budget about where the CPC wants to take the country. This, apparently, is the best case scenario. Is that about right?
Yep, that's about right. People are cheering so hard for the jersey colours, they forget the players are playing the same game.

John Robson in the Ottawa Citizen nails it:
Unfortunately, buying the middle class gets harder fiscally each year, especially as the population ages, but harder not to do politically. It would be a serious problem if it were understood. It is critical because it is not.
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Burn Out

I've been busy in the kitchen contributing to the fight against global cooling, so I almost missed this. Thanks to the Mayor of Mitchieville for his diligence:

(The Red Star) Toronto residents and businesses have taken to the idea of saving electricity – so much so that Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd. is looking to raise rates to cover a $10.4 million decrease in revenue.

The subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corp. said yesterday it has filed an application with the provincial regulator to increase electricity distribution rates by 6.3 per cent as of May 1.

The hike is needed to cover a $10.4 million loss in revenues associated with conservation programs that began in 2005, including last year's summer challenge, which offered hydro customers a 10 per cent credit on their fall bill if they cut electricity use by 10 per cent over two months, according to the utility.

As well, Toronto Hydro-Electric is looking to offset another $4.4 million in extra costs associated with the installation of smart meters in Toronto homes and businesses.

[..] "We are very pleased with the success of these programs," said Blair Peberdy, a spokesman for Toronto Hydro-Electric, noting the increase is being sought under a provision that allows utilities to recoup conservation-related revenue losses.

That's because the cost of delivering electricity doesn't necessarily decrease because people are using less. "Costs don't go away, but the revenue has gone down," Peberdy said.
How tragic it would be if the CEO and other top executives were suddenly forced to give up their free golf memberships. Since we're paying more for using less, we should follow the example of The Mayor:
I'm turning on my fucking air conditioner right now. I don't care how much hydro costs this year, I'm running every appliance until it dies. Hell, you should too. Do your part to keep hydro rates low, run the shit out of everything electrical in your home and business.
Boycott Earth hour and Earth Day.

cp: Dust My Broom

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The myth of the rule of law

On the subject of two-tier law, why not take advantage of the inherent arbitrariness of legalism and try 30-million-plus-tier law? Mind, such a thing could only occur under the sufferance of the big über-law. Link via Jomama.

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Pay, or I'll release the CO2 demons!

Via Tim Blair, hostage taking on a global scale posing as an EBay auction:

This is simple, show your concern for global warming and your love of nature by paying to keep a tree alive. If a tree does not sell it dies, I will cut it down and burn it releasing all the carbon it has stored. So save a tree or help heat the world, your choice.

Trees number 1 and 3 are dead. The Auctions ended and nobody cared enough to save a tree so now they are dead. When they dry out and their poor little leaves turn brown and start to fall off I will burn them adding all the carbon they had locked up in their brief lives to the atmosphere. I hope you are happy.

Also, as it costs money to list these trees if nobody bids on this tree I will kill it and trees 4 and 5. 5 is just a baby but I will kill it anyway, I will rip it up by the roots and let it die slowly in the sun. If somebody bids to save tree number 2 then I will list 4 and 5 so they will have a chance. It is up to you now.
Although this auction is over, you can still send Fenris your money. Be the change you want to see.

Come on, goddammit, be it already.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Law for me, law for thee

Alice says, "the Prophecies are beginning to come true…"

A German judge has stirred a storm of protest here by citing the Koran in turning down a German Muslim wife's request for a fast-track divorce on the ground that her husband beat her.

In a remarkable ruling that underlines the tension between Muslim customs and European laws, the judge, Christa Datz-Winter, said the couple came from a Moroccan cultural milieu in which it is common for husbands to beat their wives. The Koran, she wrote, sanctions such physical abuse.
But this bizarre ruling doesn't do most Muslims any favour either…

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Inconvenient viewpoints

"It does not take complicated logic to conclude that if global warming is indeed a moral matter and if it is true that you cannot legislate morality, then it should hold that you cannot legislate global warming."

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Free Press and city hall join together in one big "huh?"

Aside from the conclusion that one would do well to be an administrator of municipal services in London, this article in the London Free Press must be one of the least informative or illuminating pieces published in a hallowed local tradition of uninformative and unilluminating journalism:

City hall administration kept the former head of the Dearness Home on the payroll for seven months after he left without telling council.
Note the confusing construction of the first sentence: did the former Dearness Home manager leave without telling council? As it turns out, administration didn't tell council it was leaving him on the payroll for seven months after he left, but that's about all anyone's going to know about where your money is going because no one at city hall has the slightest interest in finding out:
No one has questioned the changes or their cost, but there appears to be confusion at city hall over what politicians and the public should be told.
If anything, city hall has an active interest in not finding out:
The absence of detail was appropriate, [deputy mayor Tom] Gosnell believes, because council wants administration to keep secret personnel information that if leaked could lead to lawsuits.
Oh, the ubiquitous lawsuits… well, that covers just about anything to do with anybody paid with public funds in London, so we might as well forget the whole thing.

Bonus zinger:
"My practice . . . is to be as upfront as possible," said [chief administrator Jeff] Fielding, whose tenure in London has been praised for its transparency.

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The nature of the game

Gagdad Bob:

The leftist yields to the temptation of power as a result of the rejection of objective truth. That is, truth is the most important societal value. It is the non-coercive glue that binds humanity together.

If truth is undermined or relativized in any way, then we have lost our ability to appeal to something outside human whim, and therefore, barbitrary power. Thus, the only way for the leftist to succeed in his will to power is to first confuse us with pseudo-sophisticated intellectual temptations such as deconstruction, moral relativism, and multiculturalism. Once these are embraced, there is a "bait and switch," for there is no way to determine the truth.

--What are you?

--Oh, I have so many names...


For the secular left, truth is "multiple" -- if such a luciferian notion may be conceived -- and no truth is privileged. This creates the massive void into which the leftist asserts his power. This is why the most intellectually unfree places in all of America are leftist university campi.

Step one: all truth is relative. Step two: my truth is absolute. Step three: I control what is permissible to think.
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Today's Best Headline

Law Of Unintended Taxequences

( From Small Dead Animals)

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Free pot chickens

"Responding to an electoral loss in York South-Weston, where the minimum wage issue is thought to have contributed to the loss of a Liberal seat, has apparently trumped government's concern for a morally sound role for government in employee-employer relations. We can only hope that this is another promise that Mr. McGuinty will break."

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A governor of the US Fed on regulation

With economists like this, who needs deputy ministers? From the 7th ed. of Frederic Mishkin's The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets, chapter 10, pg. 237:

Government regulation leads to financial innovation by creating incentives for firms to skirt regulations that restrict their ability to earn profits.
Well, if that's what it takes to stimulate innovation, then bring 'em on! Regulate now, innovate later.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

That's why they got mints under their pillows

From Britain:

Three men who spent years in jail after being wrongly convicted of murder will have to pay for their prison board and lodgings, Law Lords have ruled.

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Saskatchewan…

…or something like it. Check out this interactive high resolution panorama of Mars, very cool. Via Radley Balko.

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Up and running

From Andrew Coyne:



Conservative Party of Canada says: How you like me now?

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Lumpenproles

Edward Michael George:

If it is true that governments exist to serve their peoples and not the converse, then it follows that we have failed them almost utterly as masters; that, indeed, we have contrived to become lumpenproles in the very territory of our abdication.
Given its competence in achieving the stated objectives of every policy and program ever implemented, there is never any reason to suppose that western liberal democratic government has any sudden mastery over the public's expectations of it. It is led much more surely than it leads, and therein lies the pity.

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How to win lobbies and influence votes

Where have all the conservatives gone? Oh, they've just put on the government's pants.

Geoff Matthews of the Ottawa Sun asks:

Isn't this the same gang that promised to trim federal spending if we gave them the chance to govern? That won over a bunch of voters by saying that Canadians were far better judges of how to invest their own money than a government could ever be?
…or something like that, I guess. Or maybe they've discovered the political advantages of becoming the party of the rock-'em-gently status quo that served the Liberals so well for generations — confining the appetite for regulatory and tax increases just within the limits of allowing the economic expansion that pays for them. (And, yes, any increase of government spending is simply nothing other than an increase in taxes because an increase in tax revenue must pay for it.) Buried within massive budget increases might be a principled desire for fiscal conservatism, but without buyers or sellers for the idea, why would any political party risk its electoral neck for it? For those of you who rest in the assurance that this budget is a political necessity to earn a majority government before the Conservatives can get down to the real business of cutting taxes and spending, well, go ahead and vote for them — you have my most sincere good wishes that your dreams will come true. It can't do any real harm compared to the alternatives, even if it can't make any real difference either… but they're certainly not making a market for fiscal conservative policies. I will admit that I have many affinities with the values of the Conservative party's voter base, but there's no reason for me to suspect that those affinities might extend to the Conservative party itself.

Andrew Coyne, as usual on subjects like this, has the must-read column:
In two years of this “conservative” government, spending has climbed a historic $25-billion. Bear in mind: that’s on top of the wild rise in spending during the Liberals’ last term. The Tories have taken all of that fat, all of that waste, and all of those hundreds of priorities -- and added to them.
Postscripts: The Conservatives' fiscal imbalance "fix" gives enough money for Jean Charest of Quebec to promise income tax cuts if elected. Paul Wells:
This makes the final, definitive mockery of the whole argument about the fiscal imbalance, which for half a decade has been that "the money is in Ottawa, the needs are in the provinces." Apparently the "need" in Quebec was for lower personal income taxes.

We know readers outside Quebec will be grateful for the contribution they've been permitted to make to Jean Charest's re-election fund.
Re. the Conservatives' environmental initiatives: "green" is the default colour of politics, whatever the brand. Get used to it. No, they won't do a thing for the environment, but they'll at least satisfy particular constituencies, provide make-work projects for supporters or at least placate detractors, and increase the government's revenue stream. All hail Green!

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Heaps of money continues to burn in Caledonia

As global warming takes over and turns winter into spring, the electricity bills of the Caledonia insurgents are likely to cost taxpayers less, which should offset the distress subsidies to be paid out to law-abiding residents:

(LFP) Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister John Gerretsen is providing a $450,000 compensation package for residents who live closest to the Caledonia lands occupied by members of the Six Nations.

Households will receive $6,000, $3,000 or $2,000, based on their proximity to the site.

Gerretsen said his ministry consulted with the Caledonia Community Committee and others before deciding on the amount of compensation.

"We felt $6,000 for those individuals who are directly involved was fair," Gerretsen said. "It's for the distress and the anxiety and the pain and suffering that these families have gone through."

Gerretsen said the federal government, which is responsible for the land claim negotiations with natives at Caledonia, needs to match the compensation package.
Meanwhile, OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino focuses on seatbelts. Where can I claim my compensation benefits for services poorly rendered?

Also appearing at The Broom

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Indoctrinate U

Evan Coyne Mahoney's new film.

Indoctrinate U, Evan Coyne Maloney's much anticipated documentary exposing the anti-intellectual, intolerant culture of our nation's campuses, is finally here.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

You say you want a revolution

What drives "throngs" of people to take to the corner of Victoria Park, if not to the streets? Oleg Atbashian, creator of The People's Cube, says it's The Gospel of John and Yoko.

And just out of curiosity, how many throngs are there in a throng in the Free Press editorial manual?

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Bon Appetit

An emergency situation with my computer this past week prevented me from engaging in the strange habit I have acquired of reading articles that are sure to either depress me or raise my blood pressure. There's always some gang group wanting a portion of everyone else's share to save their identity, along with the planet, in addition to a crowd of safety czars promising public awareness campaigns will shorten the health care ration line. Now that my computer is all fixed up, I have resumed my daily practice, though after a few days away from the circus, following many hours of troubleshooting, reformatting and reloading, I've determined that a lowering of blood pressure is in order.

Welcome to Lisa's Kitchen.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Morlock assistance program

Graham Pollett:  The Man Who Loves MorlocksGraham Pollett, head of the London Middlesex Health Unit, on his pet Misérables:

…from the bottom of my heart I pitied this last feeble rill from the great flood of humanity. Clearly, at some time in the Long-Ago of human decay the Morlocks' food had run short. Possibly they had lived on rats and such-like vermin. Even now man is far less discriminating and exclusive in his food than he was — far less than any monkey. And so these inhuman sons of men - - ! I tried to look at the thing in a scientific spirit.

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March 17: Social Justice comes to Victoria Park in London Ontario

Though Mike has done a fine job covering yesterday's "Anti-War/Weather Control/Cuba Si", I've decided to include a few more photos of the protest, which turned out to be about as exciting as Al Bore's "An Inconvenient Truth."

Accompanied by The Mayor, Fenris and The Little Danish girl, Mapmaster and myself arrived at the park shortly before 12:30 to meet up with Mike for the scheduled event, but the park was empty.

As global warming decided to by-pass London this weekend, after wandering around for a while longer, we headed for the nearest coffee shop to warm up. We returned to the park closer to 1 and found Mike amongst a crowd of around 45 "social justice" advocates.



As I was much more interested in speaking with the "right-wing extremist" bloggers who attended the event, I didn't spend very much time listening to the repetitive drones of the speakers, though I did note that while the main focus was the imperialist Americans, led by the evil George Bush, climate change, poverty, First Nations and Status of Women were all thrown in for good measure to keep the freezing cold "crowd" interested.

But interested is a strong word, for the event broke up in less than a hour. The fight for social justice did not even inspire the apathetic comrades to march around the block in closing. "SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!"

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Why Tear Gas, Tasers, And Sharp-Toothed Dogs Were Invented

The first of a five-part documentary on Montreal's notorious Concordia University, "the viper's nest of anti-semitism".



HT The Mayor.

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Anti-War Fizzles Out

Mapmaster, Lisa, and I met at the park to take in yesterday's Anti-War/Weather Control/Cuba Si rally. We were excited and honoured to have with us our visitors The Mayor, The Little Danish Girl, and Fenris Badwulf, who'd come all the way from Mitchieville. Mugs, a commenter at DMB and SDA, came up and introduced himself, along with Mr. Joe Molnar, who was there snapping pictures in the cold.

In terms of a strict head count, it was almost as much of a right wing extremist fascist neo-postrock blogfest than a protest. The Free Press refers to "throngs" of protestors on its front page, but inside counts about 20. The Mayor journalized that there were about 50.

It certainly does seem as though the neocon/neoliberal/neodisco agenda has triumphed in London, Ontario. Where were the punk rock bands calling for popular justice? The cries for Londoners to become bullets and stones against the evil Western democracies? Not one megaphone was to be seen. Either Londoners don't care about how many hundreds of millions the US has killed, or they're scared to show their faces, fearing having their pictures taken by double agents at yet another false-flag Zionist pseudo-rally Black Widow double-cross psyoperation. At the London Fog, we have it on good authority that it's irrelevant to our masters whether the low turnout is owing to apathy or fear. Either will serve as far as our bonuses are concerned.

Was it really only three years ago that thousands could be found to yell slogans against the destruction of the Taliban and Baath Party? Now, even with the brand! new! serious this time! no really! marketing! campaign! add-on module for Global Warming, not even seventy will fight the power. The lady to the right had the only sign not written in magic marker.

The Holy Roller, ancient guardian of the peace and liberty of Victoria Park, had no comment.



Update: Stop, hey, what's that sound? It's The Mayor's report on this same protest.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

The costs of going green

London Free Press:

An environmentally friendlier fuel is being blamed for gunking up valves in city transit buses.

Stratford Transit stopped using biodiesel fuel in its fleet last May after the mixture began clogging exhaust-gas recirculation valves on the buses.

Replacement valves cost $1,700 each.

The clogging made the buses smoke and lose power.
Lest you think Foxy Loxy has lost a tooth, read on:
But some members of the committee said crud in the metal tank that stores the fuel could be partly to blame.

[Transit manager Bruce] Schaefer said a filter on the fuel-storage tank and two fuel filters on the buses should take care of any particles from the flaking tank.

Community services director Dan Martin said Schaefer will look at buying a small, above-ground, fibreglass tank to see if that improved things.

"We're prepared to do our green thing even though it costs more for the fuel."
Be prepared for increased taxes and fares because we're turning green whether we like it or not.

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Give me some of that medieval-time religion!

Going Green® is a matter of style, not trial! Not only can you buy, sell and trade retail carbon credit indulgences from the comfort of your home, now you can ward off evil carbon spirits and look good doing it with the latest in Charm Accessories from EMG Productions!

Comes in all sizes, from Junior Naïve to Mature Post-Earnest. Not tested on carbon. No developing nations were allowed to develop during production of this ad.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

March 172

Saturday:

MARCH 17: Protest War AND Climate Change on the 4-Year Anniversary of the Iraq War.

Hundreds of communities throughout the US, and the world, will be holding events on March 17-19, to mark the 4-year anniversary of the Iraq war. We urge environmentalists and climate change activists to attend the protest on the upcoming 4-year anniversary of the Iraq war.

Victoria Park at Richmond and Central at 12:30pm.
Double billing, now?

A protest that's against victory for the Iraqi and Afghani governments AND against climate change is kind of like a double-scoop ice cream cone with French vanilla on the bottom AND regular vanilla on top. In another way, maybe it's like a Star Trek convention announcing the news that George Takei will be appearing by videolink, IN ADDITION TO the already scheduled guy who got eaten by an alien or something in episode #272 of ST:TNOS.

On the London stop of the tour, did Weather Control have to "open" for Anti-War to get organizers interested in the prospect of attracting a sufficient crowd to the show? It's as if Anti-War were losing market share to that upstart, Weather Control -- in London, if nowhere else.

I'm not the best at Internet, but they help me at the library. No matter how much I searched over the past week, there was nothing about this event until today. That was odd since mid-March is a traditional time of protest, and it's happening in other cities across Canada and the US. Celeb watchers are abuzz about Cindy Sheehan's live performance at the Pentagon, scheduled for the same day. So you'd expect something here.

Finally, there's an announcement, and it turns out to be a "big tent" protest. Maybe it took the #1 issue of our time to get people interested.

Why have pro-weather-control rallies in the snow, or even in blissful weather such as we had today, when there's a rich vein of a war anniversary? And there already was a weather rally not a week prior. Wouldn't the infernal humidity of our late July provide a more convincing setting for a global journey to hell than our occasionally beautiful mid-March?

Why muddle the message of March 17?

UPDATE: "People should please note that the start time of the rally has been moved up from 1:00 to 12:30 in order to accomodate people going to the Cuba film at 2:00!"

The big red tent gets even bigger! Anti-War, Weather Control, and Beleaguered Communist Paradise, all in one package!

Come on out and see the protest. We'll be there, along with Fenris Badwulf and the Mayor of Mitchieville.

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We Demand John Kilduff Be Appointed Creative Director of Participaction!

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The Dangers of Global Warming

Via Tim Bliar ... this is funny:

A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite.
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Monday, March 12, 2007

Rules make obstacles for the wrong people

According to the London Free Press, residents fighting a proposed five-storey office building on undeveloped privately-owned land at the southwest corner of Riverside Drive and Wonderland Road are facing two obstacles: "[r]ules and bureaucrats who favour development."

At first glance, the Free Press would seem to have omitted the most glaring obstacle: they don't own the land! But the Free Press is correct to have left it out — ordinarily fundamental considerations are trivial next to rules, bureaucrats and politics in London.

The rules favour developers because they don’t always prohibit building near waterways, says Monica Jarabek, chairperson of the Oakridge Riverside Community Association.
Incomplete and arbitrary prohibitions favour developers? Bearing in mind that the developer is the owner of the property, over whom are they so "favoured?" By implication, the answer can only be: people who don't own the property. In practise, because this can mean anyone at all, it means that political cliques can take over the claim to represent them at no cost and little scrutiny. Rules, it must be recalled, were once made to protect people's property from such interference — now they are made to oblige interference. The man who wants to use his property for his own profit faces far more obstacles than his detractors.

One must suppose, according to Jarabek's logic, that only total prohibition of property rights would be fair. With friends like rules and bureaucrats, who needs enemies?

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"Make it a one-gender county"

International Wimmin's Day has come and gone, but it is never too late to fly The People's Cube banner:

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No news is no news

London Free Press:  City seeks new deal on funding from province

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Global Warming and You

…or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The CO2

Following this past weekend's Rally for Kyoto in Victoria Park, it's appropriate to consider the alliance of politically driven solutions and science, and the distance that politicization actually puts between decision-making and science. For measure, Daniel Holt, a good friend of the London Fog and a contributor to the pro-democracy website Publius Pundit, sends along this piece, and we are grateful for permission to publish it here.

The contributors to the London Fog have provided a number of extremely informative posts on the subject of global warming, many of them unique in the level of insight they provide, and failing that, they're usually quite hilarious. However, I believe I have a substantive addition to make.

Let us ask: How important is it for Canada to meet its Kyoto targets, or to pass whatever other international purity test?

It seems that many Canadians believe it to be very important. A recent poll found that:
Among all the issues facing the world today, Canadians are most concerned about the environment and global warming — mentioned by one-third of the population as top issues — far ahead of war (8%), turmoil in Iraq and the Middle East (6%), conflict in Afghanistan (5%) and poverty (5%), according to a new survey by TNS Canadian Facts
Additionally, saturation media coverage indicates that many "opinion-makers" share that belief:
In fact, Canadians have noticed increased coverage of global warming in the media, with more than 80 per cent saying they have been hearing more about it in the news recently compared to a year ago. The survey also found that the environment and global warming are top concerns among all Canadians, even among those who would vote Conservative if a federal election were held today.
So global warming concerns many Canadians, deeply, across many strata.

To answer the question of the importance of Canadian contributions to global warming, let's move from its perceptual import to the actual significance of Canuck CO2 emissions. Put aside for now, arguendo, any remaining traces of skepticism you might hold re purported causal links between human CO2 production and global warming.

NationMaster shows Canada emitting 521,404,000 of the world's total 22,829,463,200 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, for a contribution of 2.3%. Wikipedia's statistics, from a different year and a different source, show Canada emitting 517,157,000 of the world's 24,126,416,000 tonnes of human CO2, or 2.1%. In general, various organizations agree that Canada contributes around two percent of the world's man-made carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, this BBC story has global emissions rising by about 2.5% per year. Canada contributes around 2% of the world's carbon emissions — and the world's carbon emissions are growing at a 2.5% rate.

In other words, if you shut down all of Canada's factories overnight, if each and every Canadian completely halted all activity that implies any kind of carbon use, if we all returned to the land and dug up our handful of organic turnips, if we lived an atavistic lifestyle without cars or contact lenses or OHIP, most of us dying of starvation or preventable diseases or warfare at 35 — or, for simplicity's sake, as some environmentalists might prefer, if you shot dead every Canadian — if we did all that, within a year the world would have caught up anyway to where it was with Canada in it.

Let me now turn to an illustrative anecdote:
Just a few years ago, politicians and environmental groups in the Netherlands were thrilled by the early and rapid adoption of "sustainable energy," achieved in part by coaxing electrical plants to use biofuel — in particular, palm oil from Southeast Asia.

Spurred by government subsidies, energy companies became so enthusiastic that they designed generators that ran exclusively on the oil, which in theory would be cleaner than fossil fuels like coal because it is derived from plants.
Sounds nice, right?
But last year, when scientists studied practices at palm plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia, this green fairy tale began to look more like an environmental nightmare.

Rising demand for palm oil in Europe brought about the clearing of huge tracts of Southeast Asian rainforest and the overuse of chemical fertilizer there.

Worse still, the scientists said, space for the expanding palm plantations was often created by draining and burning peatland, which sent huge amounts of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

Considering these emissions, Indonesia had quickly become the world's third-leading producer of carbon emissions that scientists believe are responsible for global warming, ranked after the United States and China, according to a study released in December by researchers from Wetlands International and Delft Hydraulics, both in the Netherlands.

"It was shocking and totally smashed all the good reasons we initially went into palm oil," said Alex Kaat, a spokesman for Wetlands, a conservation group.
Yikes! Never mind the predictable expressions of surprise at a do-good project's unintended consequences. Now, instead of an eco-happy plan to switch to low-carbon energy production, we have government-funded clear-cutting of tropical rainforests and massive plumes of CO2 shooting up into the air. The significance of this level of pollution?
Supported by hundreds of millions of euros in national subsidies, the Netherlands rapidly became the leading importer of palm oil in Europe, taking in 1.7 million tons last year, nearly double the previous year.

The increasing demand has created damage far away. Friends of the Earth estimates that 87 percent of the deforestation in Malaysia from 1985 to 2000 was caused by new palm oil plantations. In Indonesia, the amount of land devoted to palm oil has increased 118 percent in the last eight years.

In December, scientists from Wetlands International released their calculations about the global emissions caused by palm farming on peatland.

Peat is an organic sponge that stores huge amounts of carbon, helping balance global emissions. Peatland is 90 percent water. But when it is drained, the Wetlands International scientists say, the stored carbon gases are released into the atmosphere.

To makes matters worse, once dried, peatland is often burned to clear ground for plantations. The Dutch study estimated that the draining of peatland in Indonesia releases 660 million ton of carbon a year into the atmosphere and that fires contributed 1.5 billion tons annually.
2.2 billion tons! How much is that?
The total is equivalent to 8 percent of all global emissions caused annually by burning fossil fuels, the researchers said. "These emissions generated by peat drainage in Indonesia were not counted before," said Mr. Kaat. "It was a totally ignored problem."
That 2.2 billion tons of carbon a year amounts to "8 percent of all global emissions." So in one hippy-dippy scheme to reduce carbon emissions, Indonesia is producing four times the amount of carbon that Canada does.

That's right, our entire contribution to global warming is dwarfed by a single harebrained Dutch environmentalist scheme. It utterly disappears in the world's overall ongoing growth. The truth is, in the calculus of human carbon emissions, Canada simply does not matter.

Let me repeat that: Nothing you could possibly do will prevent global warming.

So to all the self-important buffoons who derive vicarious thrills from joy-riding on the latest imported cause, and to the politicians who have already dumped countless billions down the crapper with who-knows-what to come, and to the London Free Press editors who have run a never-ending series of alarmist articles with asinine designs for our future, and to you: stop worrying and learn to love CO2.

Go ahead, drive that SUV.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

(Y2)Kyoto Rally Report: London, Ontario

I attended this morning's "Y2Kyoto Or Bust" rally/Sunday service here in London's Victoria Park. At least, I caught the tail end. After all, the Earth could wait to be saved until after the last carbon-licious morsels of bacon and coffee had disappeared into my ravenous belly. We show up late so you don't have to.

My gluttony did cause me to miss Irene Mathyssen and Sam Trosow. London West Liberal Sue Barnes put in an appearance, left. (The sign is being held by her interlocutor, not by Ms Barnes).

The crowd was about 100-125 people, of all ages, from children through grandparents.

The first speaker I caught was a young girl in a wheelchair, who told us that although the revolution must begin now, it must begin within ourselves. We were then given the usual list of atonements such as recycling, buying local, and being the change we wish to see.

The final speaker was named Darius. (Audio excerpt 1)

Those who perpetuate the activities that fuel global warming need to be stopped. Those who choose to be ignorant, and simply don't care -- they're the enemy. They're destroying our environment and killing our future generations. We cannot stand idly by while our oceans are being toxified, our trees are being cut down, our air is being poisoned, and our soil is being degraded. There is no action too radical in defence of mother earth. Logging is target. Factory farm is a target. SUVs are a target. Big corporate polluters are a target too. The world is going to hell but we can save it. It's gonna take the greatest revolution in history. The green revolution is here. And it won't be stopped. I hope you're ready.
Let the chanting begin. (Audio excerpt 2)

Put the earth first!
Put the earth first!
Put the earth first!
Put the earth first!
...testament, AKA insurgent,
I'm killing everybody,
Murdering the person who's hurtin' the earth,
When I learn that they're burnin',
...It's their turn now.
But it's self-defence,
Cause it's life or death for the world I protect.
It's one thing to use imagery like that that in a Canadian public park as we walk around on a Sunday morning without fear of being killed by rebels with a cause -- and it's a creepy 'nother to get applauded for pledging allegiance to the idea. And another when members of federal Parliament are in attendance and don't bother to distance themselves from calls like this. Is it just me?

Genteel-looking parents with little children on their shoulders and around their legs cheering notions such as "Fuck the economy!" Folks with peace buttons applauding because fascists and warmongers wear suits, and want nothing to do with chanted declarations of enmity, the enthusiasm of the young, or the desire to all come together to save the world.

People, please. It's nonsense.

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The Great Global Warming Swindle

The Channel 4 documentary "The Great Global Warming Swindle", is now on Google Video (HT LGF). A must-see.

"Everywhere, you are told that man-made climate change has been proven beyond a doubt. But you are being told lies."

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Friday, March 9, 2007

International Women's Day

And nobody cares except the bitches in heat:

International Women's Day became Beat Up On Bev Oda Day, as politicians and advocacy groups blasted the Conservative cabinet minister for cuts and policy shifts at Status of Women Canada.

Oda's constituency office in Bowmanville was occupied for hours yesterday by Public Service Alliance of Canada members protesting the moves.

A day earlier, Oda had announced a $5-million increase in grants the agency distributes for women's projects. The money has been redirected from a $5-million cut to Status of Women's administrative budget last September, resulting in the closure of 12 of 16 regional offices on April 1.
Irene Mathyssen, honorary mouthpiece for the lazy reporters at the London Free Press, opened her trap to protest the bureaucratic shift of funds. Mathyssen, along with Sam Trosow, and Gordon McBean will occupy Victoria Park this coming Sunday to justify their ecological office space footprint.
The shift in policy has removed local supports for valuable grassroots women's organizations, Irene Mathyssen, London-Fanshawe's MP and the NDP's status of women critic, said last night.

It will make it difficult to get an accurate read on the needs of Canadian women, she said.

"Good public policy should be guided by facts and information," she said. "You can't develop effective programs without research, analysis and advocacy.
I'm a Canadian woman, singular. My needs are not served by ouija board adherents like Irene Mathyssen who attempt to solve "inequalities" by consulting the oracle at collective expense. Prior to news regarding cuts to the SOW, I didn't even know they existed. The ability to purchase groceries outside of the ration line far exceeds the worth of such leaches and their advocacy activities.

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The UN discriminates against the minority of the Individual

Members of the Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, "anti-racism watchdog" of the UN, have released a report questioning Canada's use of the terms "visible minorities" and "ethnocultural communities." The report offered no alternative labels but chances are good another report is planned to appoint dignitaries to appoint other dignitaries to draft a lexicon of politically sensitive terminology. (HT: Mitchieville)

Canada's use of the term "visible minorities" to identify people it considers susceptible to racial discrimination came under fire at the United Nations yesterday — for being racist.

[..] The committee's 16 members are mainly academics or former diplomats from around the world, but none is from Canada.

In their latest report, they passed up concerns raised in earlier years about the plight of First Nations peoples in Canada to latch on to the government's use of the words "visible minorities" in numerous official documents.

[..] The federal Employment Equity Act defines "visible minorities" as "persons, other than Aboriginal people, who are non- Caucasian in race or non-white in colour."

To the committee, highlighting a certain group does not appear to be consistent with Article One of the Convention, which says racial discrimination occurs when equitable treatment is upset by "any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin."
I'm not really sure what that last paragraph actually means, but I think it's a good argument against affirmative action and equity hiring practices.
Other highlights of the report include a call for Canada to provide welfare to illegal immigrants and failed refugee applicants.
No need to apply; just join the ration line.

Cross-posted: Dust my Broom

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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Time to Free Up Speech - At the CBC

via Daimnation

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the CBC are jumping into the censorship wagon:

A Booker Prize-winning Canadian writer was forbidden from reading from one of the world's most controversial anti-Semitic books on CBC Radio during Canada's Freedom to Read Week.

Life of Pi author Yann Martel said staff at CBC Radio Saskatchewan told him half an hour before a scheduled interview last Thursday that he wasn't allowed read excerpts of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf on the air.
Why, may you ask, was this Booker Prize winner reading Mein Kampf? Well, he was kind of asked to do so:
The CBC had asked Martel to do an interview on The Afternoon Edition because the author was planning to read from the book that evening at a Saskatoon Public Library event for Freedom to Read Week, an annual campaign raising public awareness about intellectual freedom in Canada.

The library asked Mr. Martel to read from any banned or challenged book, and Mr. Martel chose Mein Kampf.

"It's a horrible book, but a horribly important book, because you get in the brain of one of the monsters of the 20th century," Mr. Martel said.
As Daimnation states in support of the reading:
Know your enemy--and I mean it.
Though when you follow the link you find that it takes at least 2-5 months before you get the chance to start.

(also posted at Little Tobacco)

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Now to find the Lost Shrine Of Trickle-Down Economics

The mighty Cube:

On the heels of James Cameron's discovery of a tomb with the remains of Jesus came an announcement by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh that he had discovered a coffin with the remains of another historical character that many social scientists consider a mythical creature - the Rugged Individual.
It's amazing that straw men could be well-preserved long enough for this discovery to take place, but the people's truth will out.

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Is it hot in here, or is it just you?

From comments at Belmont Club:

It's 2016... Global Shaking is the greatest threat to Mankind's Survival... and former VicePresident Dick Cheney has spent his years out of office becoming an amatuer geologist.

He has determined through his Nobel-worthy scientific studies that the greatest danger to mankind is Global Shaking, caused by cars, trucks, buses and even planes, which shake the ground when they take off and especially when they land. Oh, and also fat Americans, just walking around in their disgusting shopping malls.

He has a famous movie showing dust all over the place, and glasses of water shaking on the subway, and hot coffee shaking in tractor-trailer rigs, and precious sawgrass reeds shaking under the rumbling roar of the Space Shuttle.

He has taught us all a special exercise that we can do that will prove to each of us, deep down, inside ourselves, that the world is shaking more than ever. You stand on one foot, hold your breath, and squeeze your butt cheeks together - and sooner or later, you are shaking! There's no way to deny it! You are feeling Mother Earth shaking!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Moving forward in the ration line

If Irene Mathyssen really wanted to "move forward", she would lobby for an end to lobbying with public funds, but of course, that would mean she would lose her $147,700 a year position as ration advisor, though she could likely resume her role as diversity educator for the Thames Valley Board of Education:

(LFpress) Buying sex should be illegal, modelling agencies should be regulated and police and social agencies must work together more effectively to fight human trafficking in the sex trade.

So says a report from a House of Commons committee that has London advocates determined to push Ottawa to act on its recommendations.

The report by the Standing Committee on the Status of Women was tabled last week, but some observers fear it'll collect dust as the misery of women caught in the sex trade continues.

"We need a commitment from government to actually move on it," London MP Irene Mathyssen said yesterday.

The London-Fanshawe New Democrat was vice-chair of the committee that produced the report with more than 30 recommendations for legislative, regulatory and operational changes.
Hey, I'm a woman! but apparently I don't count unless I am a "victim" or a lobbyist for victims. What about the misery I experience when a significant chunk of my weekly wages are stolen from me, a portion of which goes to these twits so they can write reports about activities that are never going to disappear, no matter how many attempts are made to regulate and control them. It should be apparent by now to the ballot box crowd that ultimately these professional advocates are more concerned with their weekly wage than they are with yours, for if they really cared, they would get a real job and actually help people in need out of the goodness of their own wallet and time. In the meantime, they will continue to help themselves to yours.

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Great bureaucratic innovations in service

Out of sight, out of mind:

Public officials seeking simple solutions to tough problems should take note of the USPS's excellent new retail standardization program which allows the removal of clocks from retail areas. "We want people to focus on postal service and not the clock," said Stephen Seewoester, Dallas spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.
Here's another good one: don't print the "tax deducted" on pay stubs.

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The Russian Mob Needs That SUV More Than You Do

Heads up, rally fans!

Before you scoff that the Y2Kyoto Protocol is a blatant money laundering mechanism for private-sector organized crime, and a screamingly obvious Adscam-style slush torrent for public-sector organized crime, check out this partial lineup of endorsers!

  • Canadian Federation of Students
  • Canadian Labour Congress
  • CUPE
  • Educators for Peace and Justice
  • Greenpeace Canada
  • NOW Magazine
  • Ontario Federation of Labour
  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers
  • Youth Art and Political Pirates
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    Popular Mechanics Looks at the Alberta Oil Sands


    VIA Instapundit, it is an interesting read on the production process.
    (also posted at Little Tobacco)

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    Computer Program in violation of Legal Monopoly

    (Wired via Instapundit)

    AI Cited for Unlicensed Practice of Law
    A web-based "expert system" that helped users prepare bankruptcy filings for a fee made too many decisions to be considered a clerical tool, an appeals court said last week, ruling that the software was effectively practicing law without a license.

    (also posted at Little Tobacco)

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    "Green-washing" the bedroom

    Get it up by greening it up! Greenpeace is sexing up the carbon reduction movement:

    You've heard of green cars, green tourism and green weddings. Now Canadians should ready themselves for green sex.

    For those who like to make love to the soundtrack of the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Greenpeace has released a list of strategies for "getting it on for the good of the planet," suggesting "you can be a bomb in bed without nuking the planet." TreeHugger, an online magazine edited by Ontario's Michael Graham Richard, has just published a guide on "how to green your sex life." The famed adult store Good Vibrations announced last week they would no longer sell sex toys containing phthalates, controversial chemical plasticizers believed by some to be hazardous to humans and the environment alike.

    [..] Other ways of "greenwashing" the bedroom, as outlined by TreeHugger and Greenpeace, include turning out the lights, not buying PVC or vinyl accoutrements, ensuring S&M paddles are made from sustainably harvested timber, using organic massage oils, showering together, using bamboo bed sheets (they come from a rapidly renewable resource and are said to be "super sexy"), and wearing lingerie made with renewable fibres such as hemp (Enamore), bamboo (Butta) and other organic goodness (GreenKnickers, Buenostyle, Peau Ethique).

    Gordon notes there's even an eco-friendly adult website dedicated to naked vegetarians, appropriately called Veg Porn.

    Camille Labchuk, speaking on behalf of the Green Party of Canada, gives the movement two green thumbs-up.
    Ya man, Go green. Go naked

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    Violence in France?

    Ce n'est pas possible. This will take care of the problem:

    The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists.
    Like this?



    HT: Quotulatiousness

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