Monday, December 29, 2008

Refugee From The Cola Wars


HT Flea and rock on Israel.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Searching for the truth about climate change

The search auto-complete function gives a good picture of what the world is searching for. Populated by you, the people, auto-complete is the purest referendum possible on what matters to mankind.

So, what sort of information are people trying to find when they turn their minds and browsers to global warming?



Note the total absence of "humanity's greatest challenge" among the rather denialistic set of predicate nominals suggested to the seeker by Google's search auto-completion.

Maybe people still believe in Climate Change. Survey says:



Ooops! The spell is breaking!

Crossposted at Mitchieville under the London-Mitchieville Free Trade Pact of 1982

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Hippie Bullies

Levant:

I love people who are a little bit different. Or at least I love that they're allowed to be. Of course, I love my right to privacy as well -- the ability to be left alone, and to separate myself from people who are too different for my tastes. But the concept of diversity -- true diversity, diversity of views, not just a window-dressing diversity of quotas based on race and sex -- is anathema to totalitarian systems.

And while Canada's human rights commissions mouth platitudes about diversity, they're actually the enemies of diversity, hounding and grinding political and even stylistic dissidents or psychological outliers for the fake crime of not being the same, of not loving the things the CHRC says they should, and of hating the things the CHRC says they shouldn't.
Solzhenitsyn:
These people were particularly helpless in their personal lives: they could neither bend with the wind, nor pretend, nor get by; every word declared an opinion, a passion, a protest. And it was just such people the mowing machine cut down, just such people the chaff-cutter shredded.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Imaginary consequences of imaginary problems

When the Tooth Fairy was menaced in her own castle by Count Dracula, we did nothing, because our baby teeth were all already gone.

When Bride of Frankenstein and the Wolfman tracked the Easter Bunny to his lair, we did nothing, because his sweet treats made us feel ill.

Now, Santa Claus is threatened by Global Warming Demons. Will we finally act, this time?

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Friday, December 19, 2008

"If it's broke, don't fix it"

 Assessment IncreaseHousing Price Decrease
  (below Jan/08 values)
Tillsonburg22%-29.6%
Bancroft31.5%-21.2%
Welland24.5%-13.4%
Oakville23.8%-13.5%
Renfrew30.6%-11.8%
Orangeville23.9%-8.7%
Hamilton/Burlington22/24%-8.7%
St. Catherines17.5%-5.9%
Port Hope21.5%-5.7%
Kingston18.4%-3.9%
Orillia22%-3.0%
Mississauga21%-2.5%

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Walls of London


The Forest City. Agricultural capital of the mighty province of Ontario. London will be here after Toronto has crumbled into ruins. Ziggaruts will rise and fall in Ottawa, Shibboleths will turn to gravel in Vaughan, and the beggars of Brampton will have turned to food for the roses, but London, mighty London will still be here. I envision a thousand years of prosperity for London. And this will start with the green revolution, when Ontario is an agricultural province again, with London as the capital.

Now, any agricultural capital needs walls. Fortifications. Battlements of stone, a wide moat, and ditches filled with spikes. This is in keeping with the traditions of our non-Christian cultures. Where would Rome be without walls? And what of Athens, Carthage, or Persepolis? All had walls in the ages of agricultual surplus. Only Sparta had no walls, and that model we are not going to follow just yet. So, let us ring London, mighty London with walls.

I call upon you, the People of London, to prepare plans and sketches for walls around the Forest City. I call for three versions:

1) Medieval style walls. High parapets with moats and towers. Look to the peaceful Normans and the Crusaders for your designs.

2) Vauban style walls. Earthen ramparts with cannon, bastions, demi-lunes and redoubts. Gunpowder will still be created in our green future, and will be allowed in this scenario.

3) Liege style walls. Look to the Belgian fortress cities of the time before the First World War. Turrets in cast iron cupolas!


Hurry to your AutoCAD, take out your colored pencils, and take a transit map of London and prepare your plans! A prize of carbon credits and a free set of horseshoes for your horse will be given.

I, Fenris Badwulf, wrote this.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Business and labour leaders demanding a stimulus package from the federal government do so from positions at the head of expected receipts. In a welfare version of "trickle-down" economics, less voluble business and labour non-leaders are obliged to hope for catching a cup from the flow. But if by "stimulus" government investment and spending is indicated, haven't all levels of government been providing increasing doses of stimulus for years now? Arguably the economy is reeling from years of the over-stimulation of inflated expectations that the pseudo-guaranteed benefits and investments of program and spending extravaganzas imply. In effect, stimulus spending is an attempt to blow another bubble beneath a bursting one.

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"It's a leap of faith," said Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best



Only days after Mayor Anne-Marie Worst was heard warning Londoners about the need for fiscal prudence in the midst of an economic crisis, council once again mimics Christmas past and shoots some cash to another creative waste of taxpayer money.

(LFpress) A divided London city council threw a lifeline last night to a cultural institution on the brink of bankruptcy, guaranteeing a $500,000 loan to Orchestra London.

By a 13 to 5 vote, council made city taxpayers the backstop to an organization whose financial distress is even worse than orchestra officials had revealed last week -- a shortfall projected to grow to $900,000 by the end of June.

In providing the loan guarantee, councillors said the alternative would be a terrible blow to the city's culture.

"If we let this orchestra go, don't let us ever call ourselves a creative city again," Coun. David Winninger said.
Of course, Gord Hume, perpetual supporter of a multi-million dollar performing arts centre, echos Mr. Wingnut, though the day of reckoning is perceived as closer:
"We have to approve this or the orchestra won't be here for Christmas -- it's just that simple," Controller Gord Hume said.
As simple as global warming and just as likely to encourage other groups to line up for alms.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Fennesz: Transit

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Monday, December 8, 2008

On second thought, let's not go there, it's a silly place

Doomsday prophecy inspires brainwashed cultists to break into airport, stop flights.

'It's a bit cold but everyone is in good spirits. Being arrested is a terrifying prospect, but not nearly as terrifying as the threat of climate change,' she said.

Another protester speaking from the bus after being arrested added: 'We are all now in a big shuttle bus having a bit of a party. We are all singing and dancing.

'This is the first time a major British aiport has been brought to a standstill for this reason.'
Can crowd control be outsourced to the Chinese too?

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

The London Fog presents "Diversity Sundays"

As part of a new series exploring the new diversity in sexuality, the London Fog will explore some of the more unusual sexual practices which have moved from the fringes of society into the mainstream of post-internet western culture. In addition to spending the following weeks on-line and in clubs to unearth the growing diversification of sexual practices - which promise new freedoms for young, old, inhibited or otherwise in today's hyper-sexual reality - our correspondent will seek out diverse commentary on these new trends.

You may never view that seemingly frigid co-worker in the same light again.


The doll fetishist, James, 52, civil servant :

When she first arrived, it was a very surreal feeling having this gorgeous and life-like silicone creature sitting opposite me in the lounge.

Very gradually, however, I have got used to having her around and now I have grown to love her as I would a real woman. I know it must seem pretty sad, but for me, she's everything. I think of her primarily as a companion, although obviously she fulfills my sexual needs too – in my experience it's a lot easier and more pleasurable than the real thing! I like the fact that she's always there for me; she eats with me, sits and watches TV with me and sleeps with me. I haven't told anyone about Alice; my work colleagues would laugh at me and if my neighbours saw her they would probably freak out too. To me, however, it's the perfect partnership – and what harm am I doing to anyone else?

What does Islam have to say about such a development?
Will it be called a "bida'a" haram? To what extent is sexual intercourse with a 'replicant' without faith or feelings and moral obligations be acceptable? For sure if it is 'banned' by the ulema, which it will be for sure, nothing will be able to prevent the individual to buy a real life robot replicant and toy with it in the safety and security of their homes.

Yes it is easy to condemn and to lambast the people (of Muslim faith) who would use such methods to satisfy their sexual fantasies but in the same time such condemnations will not quench the urges and desires of these practicians, unfortunately.

Next Week: The asexual: Mark, 44, scientific glassblower

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Friday, December 5, 2008

It just gets me so worked up...

If it were the year 1890, delicate people all across the dominion would be going into "hysterics" and getting "the vapors" over the multiple comical insensitivity of Kathy Shaidle's series of posts on the fascinating phenomenon of peanut allergies.

That diseases real and imagined go in and out of fashion is a well documented phenomenon. That they also provide opportunities for "noble" moral crusades and excuses for journeys of self-discovery/sabbaticals/malingering in our sterile, secular world is also a well known fact and something I am personally well acquainted with. Munchausen by Proxy is just its most extreme manifestation...

In a (yes, I'll say it: decadent bourgeious) culture that honors weakness and victimhood more than strength and heroism, fake epidemics and hypochondria should come as no surprise. Except they do because people are just so damn dumb.
A whole new frontier of denialism is opening before my eyes... fantastic!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Vox plopuli

Time for a 24-hour all-Dion all-the-time channel!

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Alla breve

"The public will share the same lack of respect" that local politicians showed to their own work by voting to cut their salaries by five per cent, an "upset" Controller Gord Hume told the London Free Press. "If council members don't have respect for the job they are doing, then why would the community respect this council?"

Hume may or may not overestimate the amount of respect the public currently holds for councillors, but he certainly overestimates the job itself. The work demands of paid politicians in London are largely the products of their own conceits to manage almost every aspect of public and private life in the city. If civic engineering is a neverending and consuming task, a moderate portion of that time spent ensuring the quality of basic municipal services and minimal tax levies might earn politicians like Hume the respect they seem to crave.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Accommodating the Unaccommodating

The University of Western Ontario is revamping some existing single stall washrooms in the arts and social sciences areas on campus, and investing in some signage to make transgendered peoples feel more welcome.

"These bathrooms are single-stall bathrooms with a universal sign to provide safety and security for all individuals," said Cara Eng, the student council's vice-president of campus issues.

Eng spearheaded the move after going to the Canadian University Queer Service conference in Montreal.

"They're not just for people who are transgendered or who are in transition (from one gender to another). They're for anyone," Eng said.

The bathrooms can also be used for students who want to breastfeed, those who need to wash before prayer or just would like privacy.

[..] The bathrooms will be rolled out starting in January and should all be functional by April, she said. They're existing single-stall bathrooms that will get new signs.

The university will cover sign costs, said Roy Longille, associate vice-president of physical plant and capital planning service.

"They will be marked so not to be offensive to any group," Longille said.

The sign will say "Washroom" on a purple background, in Braille as well. If the washroom is handicapped accessible, there will also be a picture of a wheelchair. (LFpress)
Inevitably, some group is going to take offense.
Dwayne Mills, who sits on the Pride Festival London committee and often performs shows in drag, said going into the gender-neutral bathroom could "out" people unnecessarily.

"I would be uncomfortable in a specific washroom," he said.

When he's doing a performance in drag, the group will ask which gender's bathroom the owners of the establishment want the performers to use, Mills said.

"I think, personally, (the gender-neutral) bathrooms are centering those transgendered people out . . . (Transgendered) should be part of the community, not another level of the community," Mills said.
Of course, there are still gender specific options available to the community, but never mind, it's the fault of the heteronormatives.

cp: The Broom

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Dalai Lama says conjugal life causes "too much ups and downs"


. . . and "too much ups and downs" - or ins and outs - can lead to some sticky situations . . .


"Naturally as a human being ... some kind of desire for sex comes, but then you use human intelligence to make comprehension that those couples always full of trouble. And in some cases there is suicide, murder cases," the Dalai Lama said.

Murder? Suicide?



Hmmm . . . I'll take a six pack and a free download, thanks.

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The Recyclenots: The Climate Doesn’t Change

Here's the latest track from Hamilton's foremost denialcore band, THE RECYCLENOTS, with the radio mix of THE CLIMATE DOESN'T CHANGE, the first single from their second album, "THIS YEAR'S CLIMATE MODEL".



the climate doesn't change lord
it always stays the same
from the middle of the gobi desert
to the serengeti plain

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