A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Why Isn't This All Over the Media?

Yesterday, Liberal deputy leader Michael Ignatieff referred to the appearance of relatives of the Canadian 9/11 victims prior to the vote on extending two anti-terrorism measures as "just a sideshow." This prompted Maureen Basnicki, whose husband was murdered by Islamic terrorists on September 11th, 2001, to angrily respond with the following:


"Sideshow? I was a victim of terrorism. My husband was murdered. I don't like to be a victim of politics. The issue here is the security of Canadians."

If a Conservative had said what Ignatieff said yesterday, the media would be raving for weeks about how the heartless Conservatives care nothing for the suffering of Canadian 9/11 families. Yet Ignatieff opens his mouth with this nonchalant dismissal of their terrible suffering, and I've heard nary a peep out of the MSM. Which is understandable of course, because the default media modus operandi in Canada is to assume all things said by the Liberals are sacrosanct and inviolable, while all things said by the Conservatives are evidence that they are evil.

Perhaps Ignatieff should have called Basnicki a "dog."

(h/t to Janke)

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Liberal Party of Canada - If You Can't Take the Heat...

Liberal MPs are reviewing legal options in a response to what they call slanderous comments by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre. In a recent interview, Poilievre quite correctly nailed the stance of the Liberals against two important anti-terror provision laws as "extremist." Good for Pierre, I'm glad to see the government calling out these partisan hardliners for what they are:


Tory MP Pierre Poilievre said that "hard left" and "extremist" elements within the Liberal party had pushed leader Stéphane Dion to oppose the provisions up for the vote tonight.

"We know that a lot of extremist groups and people with some very hard left-wing views have advocated for a long time that these provisions should be scrapped. Now a lot of those people supported Stéphane Dion in the leadership," Poilievre told a CFRA radio interviewer.

"A lot of them are in Stéphane Dion's caucus."*


The display of hypocrisy by the Liberals on this is absolutely outrageous. Liberal strategy over the past decade has been to paint the Conservative Party and its predecessors as "extreme" and "hard-right," and they did it non-stop. The Tories have referred to the Liberals as "extremist" and "hard-left" once, and this is how they react?

I can think of no better description for the opposition than "extremist" and "hard-left." My advice for them is this: get used to it. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the fire.

And more importantly, stop whining like a bunch of babies.

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Liberals, Bloc, NDP Play Politics With Canadian Lives

In a vote of 159-124, the three opposition parties have voted down the extension of two important anti-terror laws. The provisions allow for closed door hearings presided over by judges and for the detention of suspected terrorists for three days.

As election fever heats up, Dion cares about one thing: hiding the cracks in Liberal unity in an attempt to put forward a strong image. Left behind, however, are Canadian citizens whose lives may now very well be in danger as police have now lost an effective tool in combating terrorism. This complete display of ideological rigidity has jeopardized Canadian lives. All this has been done in spite of the pleading of those who have felt firsthand the horror of terrorism:

"...families of Canadians killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York urged parliamentarians to vote in favour of renewing the measures, and begged MPs to not play partisan games with the issue.

'The families who lost loved ones in the Air India bombing and 9/11 know all too well the impact terrorism can have,' Maureen Basnicki, whose husband Ken was among 24 Canadians who died in the New York attacks, said Tuesday.

'We want to protect other Canadians from the devastation that we experienced,' she said."*


The Liberals have completely ignored the advice of those who are living evidence of the threat of terrorism, and have demonstrated an outrageous and alarming disregard for the lives of Canadians. Captive to an extremist ideology, we must now all pay for their careless display of partisan politics.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

There's a Switch

Mexico is peeved at the United States for a border violation where workers erecting a fence to protect America's borders went ten metres inside the Mexican border.

Mexicans mad at border violations? Yep, this one takes the cake.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

And the award for 'Most Appropriately Named Reasearcher' Goes to...

No, I won't say it here. Go read the story. Talk about destiny!

But seriously, most current research does seem to support this study's findings. Anyone who has access to PubMed through their university or workplace should give it a look through!

More Manufactured News

Check out this piece by reporter Tim Namutz on how the Conservatives are out to destroy Canada's good name in order to placate the Bush Administration. Sure, he may be essentially parroting a Liberal Press release - but at the very least he went to a Conservative staffer, who quite correctly exposed this for the non-story it is.

(And since when are turncoat ex-party members unbiased sources?)

(h/t National Newswatch - which could stand for some proofreading every now and then!)

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Justin. Trudeau. RUNNING.

I need to go lie down for a while, I feel a never-ending headache coming on.

Watch for CBC to explode with joy fawning over the twerp.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Lest We Forget

One of Canada's last remaining veterans of the Great War has passed away. Lloyd Clemett was 107 years old.

Monday, February 19, 2007

The most important issue facing Canadians today is....

Ruth's husband was asked this question the other day. He had a great answer. But do you know what's really the biggest issue facing Canadians today?


Asteroids, man. Asteroids.


Yeah. It kind of makes anthropogenic global climate change seem...insignificant in comparison.

And now, the Perry Bible Fellowship presents...

Another poll gone horribly ungreen...

Oh Yes.


From CTV

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

"This Is Unfair!"

Stéphane Dion commented on the Tory Ad campaign against him on Saturday:


Federal Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion says if Prime Minister Stephen Harper had a "minimum of decency," he would pull the Conservative attack ads running in Quebec during the provincial election campaign.

Speaking at an event north of Toronto on Saturday, Dion predicted the new French-language ads would do little to harm the reputation of the Liberals.



You know what they say: when you hit rock bottom...

And for those of you who may have forgotten "Liberal Decency."

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Breaking: CTV reporting charges annouced in Income Trust Leak

CTV is reporting that a senior civil servant has been charged in connection with the Income Trust leak that turned the tide in the last federal election. Serge Nadeau, who is general director of tax policy, analysis, at the department of finance has been charged with criminal breach of trust.

More to follow as it comes in...

link

--Update--

I did some cursory searching through the Elections Canada Financial Reports database to find out if Mr. Nadeau has any official ties to the Liberal Party, and he comes up clean - it would seem that no financial contributions have been made to the Liberal Party on his part.

To be completely honest, this really doesn't clarify any possible political ties he may have to the Liberals (if they exist at all) or whether or not political influence was peddled from the Finance Minister's office at the time. The RCMP doesn't seem to have found any evidence that this was the case. But I thought it would be interesting to check and see if anything came up!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Get well, Ujjal.

Earlier today, Ujjal Dosanjh (the Hon. member from Vancouver South) suffered a mild heart attack and was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment. We'd like to wish Mr. Dosanjh a speedy and full recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The "Sexing-Up" of Climate Change

I thoroughly enjoy an ecology class I'm taking this semester. The subject matter (today's topic: light absorption by phytoplankton) could be dry under ordinary circumstances, but the prof somehow manages to make it very interesting and is always pleasant to deal with. When you've had as many terrible professors as I have, you learn to appreciate the good ones.

He shares a similar aversion to the 'sexing-up' of climate change in the media. Commenting today upon the recent death of a man from a fungal infection out in BC, he scorned media reports that claimed global warming was responsible for the growth of the fungus in a supposedly 'new' habitat.


"How do they know that global warming is responsible
? Maybe there's more people heading out in that area this year than before. Maybe no one's noticed the fungus out there prior to this - it might have always been there. It just made me scratch my head when they blamed it on global warming - I think to myself, 'well, the fungus could be growing there due to any number of reasons, and if you had to pick one without the journalist mentioning global warming, you'd never have even thought of it."

He's absolutely right. Some of the writing put forth by many journalists this winter have been appalling ridiculous, such as claiming that warm weather in Toronto one day is because of global warming - no, it's not. It was just warm that day.

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Monday Morning Treat

Priceless.

(from cbc.ca, of all places...)

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Some Choice Garth Turner 'Comebacks'

If any of you have taken the time to visit Garth's blog and read the comments, you'll notice one of two things:
  1. He deletes many of the critical ones.
  2. He responds to the ones he doesn't delete.
As for his 'comebacks' to his detractors? Good God, are they ever awful:

"As for MyBlagh, I could care less what his archives say or his sister does." — Garth

"I’m taking hormones." — Garth

"Yeah, I’ll get my departmental statisticians right on that." — Garth

"As for 'being part of it,'
[the solution to climate change] my constant lobbying for effective environmental legislation on the part of the Harper Cosnervatives played a big role in their tossing me overboard.

"That’s not true. Nobdy has talked about nationalizing the energy business except a few fact-challenged, hysterical, sensational radio talk show hosts. Ain’t gonna happen." — Garth

"He did say there would “be consequences” if industry failed to play ball with government emission requirements." — Garth

"
I never called any person a Taliban" — Garth

"As for my “Taliban” reference, I am sure a few million words have been wasted here on that one, and Coren is a dink for sensationalizing it again. Anyone who cares about the truth knows my remarks were about televangelist blowhard Charles McVety and his Defend Marriage Canada groupies." — Garth

"Buzz off. I never asked for cabinet, and would not want to be on this man’s inner team. If you think this is the easy route, you have not been paying too much attention." — Garth

"
I thought you said you were going away." — Garth

"Huh?" — Garth

"Why not quote the rest of that response, smarty pants?" — Garth

"Sheesh, you’re the one who brought it up. John Baird is a famous companion of Laureen’s at Ottawa events. Don’t you read the gossip mags?" — Garth

"Says who?" — Garth

"
The laugh’s on you." — Garth

"There is no portfolio in any country now more important than that of the posrtfolio. Say, did you miss your bran flakes this morning?" — Garth

"You are clearly a miscreant iconoclast." — Garth

One wonders where Garth finds the time to respond to his detractors, what with all the outstanding work he says he's doing for the residents of Halton.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

You can't have it both ways.

From CTV, February 9th, 2007:

OTTAWA -- The Conservative government was accused of preparing a quasi "coup d'etat" after suggesting Friday it might ignore an upcoming Commons vote to respect the Kyoto accord.

...The Liberal who authored the bill said ignoring it would amount to a "coup d'etat" and would trigger a constitutional crisis -- but the government discarded such suggestions....

...The bill's sponsor says the government has only two options if the bill is adopted in a final Commons vote next week, then passed by the Senate.

"It either has to respect Kyoto -- or call an election," said Pablo Rodriguez, a Liberal MP from Montreal.

He dismissed suggestions that the government might simply ignore the bill. Senior government officials sent out talking points to journalists Friday calling the bill "useless" and "powerless."

"They can't (ignore it)," Rodriguez said.

"It's almost launching a coup d'etat -- to say: 'I don't care what the Commons says; I don't care what the Senate says; I don't care what all of Parliament says; I'll do what I want. I'm the new king of Canada.'
"You can't do that."....

..."It's not something any government could ignore. It's that simple," said Stewart Elgie, a professor at the University of Ottawa.

"If they didn't (comply) they'd be breaking the law. One presumes the federal cabinet will follow the law. If they didn't follow the law, someone could take them to court and get a court order."...



From CTV, May 10th, 2005:


..."The Parliamentary squabbling continued Thursday after the Liberals brushed aside a motion meant to dismantle the minority government in a matter of weeks.

On Thursday, the Speaker of the House endorsed a Conservative Party effort to hold a vote of confidence in the government by May 18.

The Tory-sponsored motion asked the Commons Finance committee "to recommend that the government resign."

But House Leader Tony Valeri shrugged it off, saying the motion is only a procedural matter that has no binding effect on the government and that the Liberals would not step down from power if it should pass.

"There is no non-confidence motion," Valeri said after the House speaker ruled the motion to be in order. "This is merely an instruction to a committee."...



From CBC, November 23rd, 2005


..."On Monday, federal MPs passed an NDP motion that called on Martin to dissolve Parliament in January for a Feb. 13 election.

The Liberals opted to ignore the non-binding motion, painting it as an attempt by the opposition parties to avoid aggravating voters by forcing a holiday election."...


What more is there to say?

MUN Pro-Life Group Back in the Fight

MUNSU 'outlawed' pro-life groups on Campus two years ago in that they refused to ratify or provide space on campus for the student pro-life organization MUN for Life because MUNSU is officially 'pro-choice'. As mentioned in a previous post, MUNSU entered into a deal with the university wherein it offloaded its debt (a student union run without financial responsibilty? There's a shock) in exchange for giving up certain powers, an idea that ranks right up there with removing the office of president. As a result of this action, they were forced to allow pro-life groups the right of space on campus, and the rule preventing MUN for Life from being ratified was repealed.

I was very pleased to see posters plastered around campus that put the crux of the issue into people's minds: this debate is about human rights, not religious beliefs, and it should be framed by pro-life groups as such. It is unethical and immoral to kill a human simply because it is convenient to do so. The posters feature a series of quotations by courts and governments throughout history wherein members of certain genders, religions, or ethnicities were ruled to not be "persons" under the law. The final quotation is the ruling on abortion from the Supreme Court of Canada, and this is followed by a call to "Join the human rights movement of the 21st century."

I couldn't have put it better myself.

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Surrender, Men!

I'm not going to comment on the case (I'm sure Fred will), but this story's featured quote from LEAF should send some serious chills up male spines:


'It sends a message that men can be held accountable.'
—Fiona Sampson, Women's Legal Education and Action Fund


Whether or not this father was a 'deadbeat' or not is debatable - although the story states that the father paid child support for ten years, before he ran out of money, andthis does not sound like a deadbeat father to me. However, fathers are often trapped in a vicious cycle by the courts. Custody is almost exclusively awarded to women by judges, who then also force men to pay child support for that reason. In a system where criminals are guaranteed a fair trial, it is ironic that fathers who honestly want to support their families can't get a fair shake. Many of these 'deadbeat dads' in fact are men who simply cannot pay the exorbitant child support ordered by the courts. Men have been driven to suicide over this.

This woman was 'awarded' $9,000 a month. That means she would be raising two children on $108,000 a year. Is that amount truly appropriate for the cost of raising two children? My parents raised a family of five children on less than that. Canada may have 'no-fault' divorce laws, but it seems increasingly that these child support judgements are meant to punish men.

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Straight Out of Borat

Camel Smuggling. No, seriously.


ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) - Authorities in southern Russia believe they have uncovered a criminal ring that has been smuggling camels from Kazakhstan, police said Thursday. Police in the Astrakhan region, a land of grassy steppes along the Volga River, are investigating a group of residents and Kazakh citizens on suspicion of smuggling 14 camels from the adjacent Central Asian country, and believe there may have been more cases, regional police officials said. The 14 camels were brought across the border without going through customs or facing a quarantine, the police said.


Rostov will be a name familiar to those of you who know about the eastern front in the Second World War. And now, an invasion of...camels?

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Yes, I Am Very Worried About The Economy

A beautifully ironic screencap from the CTV website's front page this morning:


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And yet Dion and Liberal true believer Mark Holland still want to punish Alberta for being successful (it's the economy, stupid).

(Click on the thumbnail to see a larger size image)

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Polls!

Inkless Wells has the newest poll numbers, and they're looking good!


Léger polled after the he's-not-a-leader Tory ads against Dion started running in English. It's a damned interesting poll. Highlights:

National horse race numbers give the Harper Tories their strongest score since a week before the 2006 election, 38% to 31% for the Liberals, 14% for the NDP and 8% for the Bloc.

• Tory strength in Ontario too: 40% to 35% for Liberals.

• Quebec numbers are a very different story: while the Tories (24%) are only a point below their 2006 election score and have essentially erased their bad summer scores in Quebec, the Liberals are at 32%, which is three points higher than in another house's poll a week ago and that party's highest score in Quebec since the Adscam audit. The Bloc, at 31%, continues to slide. Remember when Chrétien took more popular vote and only two seats less than the Bloc in 2000? The bloc got 40% of the Quebec vote in that election. Me likey the 31%.

• Now. Do you like those Liberal numbers in Quebec? Enjoy 'em while they last. The Tories haven't run ads against Dion in French yet.


Paul is in the process of updating his blog, so it might look like a little sparse...but it's got the content. Head on over!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Ah, Garth....where to start?

Here's Garth Turner, almost one year ago today:

"It's simply a matter of satisfying the voters of Canada's desire to have people who sit in the House of Commons actually be legitimized by the voters. I don't think it's a big deal. I don't think it's a stretch."

and again...

"If you want to be a Liberal, be elected as a Liberal. All those things have honour but the honour is bestowed by the people, not by the individual."

and again...

"...I was elected as a Conservative. I'm proud to be a Conservative."

Today, however, Garth had this to say:

"Today, the Liberal party is as close to my PC roots as I'm going to get.."

And on his blog he offered these lame duck excuses....

"Third, I am not crossing any damn floor. Prior to 5 pm today, I was not a member of any political party."

It seems to me that the point is irrelevant; Turner was elected as a Conservative member of parliament and was kicked out of caucus. He should have sat as an independent for the rest of his tenure as an MP. If he wanted to become a Liberal, he should have ran as one in the next election in order to avoid being a hypocrite. After all, almost exactly a year ago he had this to say on his blog:

[Members of Parliament] should sit in Parliament as they were elected. If they decide to change parties, they should go and get re-elected.
It doesn't matter if Turner changed parties directly or if he sat as an independent for a short spell - according to his own words, he should stand for re-election.

Moving onward...

"Fourth, seems to me we will be having a federal election right quick. "

How convenient for him.

"Last, I am most happy to run in a by-election along with Emerson, Fortier and Khan. Fair is fair, and I challenge PMSH to set a date. I’ll resign 36 days earlier and campaign with pleasure. Bring it on."

Again, Turner knows full well that this won't happen any time soon. I think he understands that we aren't likely going to be seeing a spring election, the current political climate offering no advantage to any particular party in the House. Accordingly, he can pontificate out of his mouth and then turn around and do the same from his arse.

All in all, that's quite a change of direction in one short year. I wondered how Mr. Turner would attempt to spin this one.

Anyone up for a "De-elect Garth Turner" campaign?

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Adios Tonto, and the Horse You Rode In On

At least now, the debate over whether or not to kick 'Turncoat Turner' off the Blogroll is ended.

This, I believe, sums up Garth: "A small man in every aspect, save one: his mouth."

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Garth Turner Joins The Liberal Caucus

So, I guess the real question is, will he put his money where his mouth is?

Stay tuned boys and girls....

Monday, February 05, 2007

Another Cross on the Rib

--Bumped to the top for updates--

My grandfather worked as an electrician in the iron ore mines on Bell Island his whole life. He wasn't the only one employed by DOSCO who could claim to have lost friends down there. Working in those mines was extremely dangerous work; cave-ins were common, miners got caught in the mechanical trams, and workplace safety legistlation was non-existant. Hundreds of lives ended there, in the deep underground darkness.

In 1942, German U-Boats sank several ships in Lance Cove, Bell Island. They were carrying iron ore from these mines. 69 merchant mariners died in the only direct attack on a North American Settlement by Germany. My great-grandmother, plucky woman that she was, swam out into the bay and personally saved the lives of some drowning merchant marines. If you visit the mining museum on the island today, you can actually see fragments from the torpedos on display.

I've been down there, at least into the section nearest the surface. You don't ever want to get lost in them - they're an impenetrable maze and without a light you're as good as dead. I took this photo two years ago when I took the tour, and it should give you an idea of what it looks like down there.


The Bell Island Iron Ore Mines, 2005

Of course it's different with the lights off:

The Mines, lit only by the camera flash.

These mines were the longest operating mines in Canada (they still hold the record). They go three miles out underneath the ocean in Conception Bay, and are still loaded with iron ore, just waiting to be mined. Unfortunately, the mines are flooded by runoff from rainwater which has slowly and steadily accumulated since the last one closed in the sixties.

There was a story in The Telegram (St. John's) Saturday about how a group of divers were exploring the mines in an attempt to investigate their suitability as an 'adventure tourism' attraction for cave divers. One thing kept entering my mind as I read the article: that place is a deathtrap. Someone is going to die down there.

Unfortunately, someone did.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

George Clooney: 'Worst time for US Internationally'

Of course, there was that short little episode called the cold war.

That's the left for you. Years ago they were pressing for something to be done about Afghanistan, but now that we're there we can't get out quick enough for them. Darfur is their latest pet project. Clooney isn't going to actually save any lives or make the situation any better, but hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Friday Al Jazeera Poll


"Would having Hezbollah’s leader as the head of the Lebanese govt solve the current crisis?"
Yes, it would end the crisis. And also, oh, Israel.

(Poll on the left side of the page)

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Taliban Retake Town

It's in the south, so it could be up to the Canucks to take it back:


"Taleban forces in southern Afghanistan have taken control of a town which British troops had pulled out of after a peace deal with local elders. Some local people said they were leaving the town, Musa Qala in Helmand province, for fear of bombing raids on the Taleban by Nato forces. US commanders and diplomats had criticised the deal. They said it had not been done with elders but with the Taleban themselves and was not the way to defeat them...The Helmand governor and local people told the BBC that the Taleban had moved in overnight, arrested some of the elders who opposed them and destroyed part of the government compound."

Let that be a lesson to the "Troops Home Now!" crowd (I'm talking to you, Mr. Layton). You can't engage in peace talks with people who don't want peace.

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Is There No End to the Suffering?

Just when you were thinking, thank God Trudeaupia is dead and buried, yet another Trudeau rears his well-groomed socialist head. Good God.

At the very least, it'll be entertaining watching the Tories gleefully take the knives out. A chance to tear into a Trudeau? Thank you, Stéphane. Thank you very much.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Saudia Arabian Access Blocked?

A friend of mine downloads a fair volume of music and TV shows from torrents off of the net. A while back, Rogers sent her an E-mail on behalf of some entertainment consortium that mentioned they knew what she was doing online and they wanted her to stop. Now the legal ramifications of this are different in Canada than they are in the US - downloading software, music, or movies you haven't paid for is legal so long as you don't upload it to others (how's that for a paradox?).

She was naturally concerned about her privacy, so she now uses a program called Hide IP that masks your IP address and pretends it's another. An interesting thing happened at her house the other day when I was using her computer to check out a post over at Kerplonka. At the time, her IP was reading as coming from Saudi Arabia, and as I clicked on the picture Plonka had posted, I got a message in English and Arabic informing me that my access to the picture he was not allowed - and it didn't look to me like this was your standard 404. The page that appeared gave me the option to apply for permission to see the requested website.

Does anyone have an idea as to what was up there? Was I getting a twist on the 404 error, or did I encounter a case of censorship? And if that was the case, just who was doing the censoring?

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Earth to Dion - YOU'RE NOT A SCIENTIST!


"Dion's motion urges Parliament to acknowledge that there is "overwhelming scientific evidence" that global warming has been brought on by human activity."

Would someone kindly inform Citoyen Dion that correlation does not imply causality?!

Are humans contributing to Climate Change? The scientists say: You Bet! Are we responsible for Climate Change? The scientists say: maybe. The most concrete phrasing they are willing to come up with is "very likely." As for climate change, our predictions are only as good as our models! Whenever anyone tells you that such and such a model predicts this much a shift in temperature, remember how hard it is for them to come up with an accurate weather forecast for next Friday.

Anthropogenic contributions to climate change are undeniable. But any scientist worth his salt knows full well that the jury is still out on just what is going on in regards to climate change. We think that we have some good ideas in regards to what's affecting climate around the world. But "it was warm in Toronto the other day" is not proof that the earth is melting. It just means it was warm that day. Correlation does not imply causality!

Dion also showed how we project onto others what we believe is true about ourselves:


Dion has been skeptical of Harper's apparent shift towards making the environment a priority.
"Canadians are not fooled," Dion told the House. "They know that this prime minister has no commitment to fight climate change. His only motive is to prepare for an election."


Nice to know that the Liberals are back to speaking for all Canadians again. My message for Dion: The Liberals have not changed. They still covet one thing, and one thing only: power. If they have to pretend to give a damn about the environment to get it, than so be it.

Despicable.

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Think He'll Run?



FREDERICTON -- Bernard Lord has quietly bowed out of public life, saying an announcement on his new job in the private sector will be made in the near future.

Lord isn't saying where he will be working, but there is speculation the former New Brunswick premier will be joining a law firm.
Think we'll be lucky enough to see Lord run for the CPC in the next federal election? I certainly hope so; Lord is a man of great intellectual and political capabilities, and would likely be add heft in organizing policy initiatives for the party. His joining as an MP (and possible cabinet minister?) would be good news for the CPC, especially for the party's fortunes in the maritimes and the Atlantic, as well as an excellent gain for the country. It seems he may seek employment in the private sector for the time being, but I think we'll be seeing more of Lord in the coming years, possibly as a policy advisor or strategist, if not an MP. You heard it here first, ladies and gents...

From CTV

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