Monthly Archives: March 2014

Why not?

How to frame the question of whether to work for national security services. _______________________________________________________ Option A: Be a brainwashed tool. Option B: [Sign me up, please.] _______________________________________________________ Option A: Work for people who think any and all methods are correct, … Continue reading

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Theory on metadata and (non)origins of democracy

Theory: if the “security” apparatus and bureaucracies of earlier ages had been armed with metadata, most likely we would never have seen the origins of any form of democracy that extended beyond the more limited forms observed prior to the … Continue reading

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Illegal working conditions thrive in Canada

Illegal working conditions thrive in Canada, in the form of unpaid internships with insufficient/no training value. Since the government of Canada is such a big fan of “the rule of law”, then why do they have so little interest in … Continue reading

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Options: a) investigate corporate corruption/fraud, b) harass people with independent opinions

Imagine if 20% of people who currently work for the CIA, NSA, CSIS, CSEC, etc., for the purpose of harassing or illegally tracking people who have opinions which diverge from mainstream were instead charged with the task of investigating corporate … Continue reading

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Quotes: Danny Dorling (the poor buy/rent what space is left)

I never thought of it this way before. “A radical left wing academic, argues that ‘rich people buy up expensive space, leaving the poor squashed into what’s left’.” – via The Economist. It can only be at least a little … Continue reading

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G7 or G8? They are not mutually exclusive, and were not intended to be.

The G7 and G8 are not intended to be mutually exclusive. At the time that Russia was joining the G7, when queried with regards to the potential that Russia would act in some untoward manner and that the G7 may … Continue reading

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Russia and democracy

They always have been quite a ways behind the rest of Europe, haven’t they? Moscow has kept its neighbours too strongly under its thumb for for too long. Its leaders should seek to enrich themselves further by reaping the gains … Continue reading

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Not a Harpocracy. Constitutional ammendements required.

Note to Stephen Harper By the way, Canada is a constitutional monarchy, and the PM is not a monarch. If you want to form a Harpocracy, you will need to change the constitution, and that will require more than the … Continue reading

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New directions for Orwellianism; Implied from recent ruling: Senate reform requires constitutional change

Bringing Orwellianism in yet another new direction, “genuinely surprised” can now be replaced with “not in the least bit surprised”, or vice versa, in communications from the PMO, so long as any changes one way or the other are cleared … Continue reading

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Number of SWAT raids per day in the USA

The Economist report that in the 1980s, there were about 3000 SWAT raids a year, or about 8 SWAT raids per day. Compare that to today, where 50,000 SWAT raids a year implies about 137 SWAT raids per day. Otherwise … Continue reading

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