Monthly Archives: September 2015

Arguments in favour of rent controls and minimum wage hikes

Rent control: Oonce you move in, people don’t like to move, so landlords will try to game this and demand higher rents of people who live in the apartment than they might get at the equilibrium price for a new … Continue reading

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A response to a Chinese person’s claim about colonization

“China has never colonized or oppressed the countries in the region” What of the 56 “national minorities”? Sure, they get to dance their dance and sing their song, but so much as a peep of political independence and a thousand … Continue reading

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Sun bias? You don’t say …

I went to check the headlines at the Toronto Sun today. As normal, I ask myself “I wonder what the Trudeau hit piece will be today?” Surprise!! No Trudeau hit piece on the homepage! Is today the dawn of a … Continue reading

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Mandatory minimums: Apply it to electoral fraud

The Conservative Party of Canada is a big fan of mandatory minimum sentencing. Most evidence shows that mandatory minimums are basically ineffective at preventing crimes. Instead, it prevents judges from using discretion in the context of the given case when … Continue reading

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Creating demons to justify any war we want

It’s a big world. 7 billion of us and counting. On any given day, someone of just about every group commits some atrocity. White man rapes black woman. Black man kills Muslim man. Muslim man beheads journalist. Chinese man severely … Continue reading

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A dog’s life: Shangrao is the place to be

Observing animals is an easy way to judge people. Most obviously, if an animal is terrified of people, probably it has an abusive owner (or a previous owner was abusive). If an animal is immediately very loving and friendly, almost … Continue reading

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The Israeli hard right would call me anti-semitic for merely asking these questions. That alone should be cause for suspicion

It just doesn’t make sense to me that such levels of hatred could be raised against the Jews as occurred during the Holocaust, in an absence of some instigating factors. I would never in a million years give the Nazis … Continue reading

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An increasingly commonly observed meme among right wingers

1) Dream up the stupidest possible strategy you can possible imagine to the given problematic 2) Attribute this completely retarded solution as “what socialists think” (or “what liberals think”.) 3) Claim victory over socialist (or liberalism)

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Governing Canada: Conservative with transparency

The public service is not supposed to release controversial data during an election (paraphrased). Yet, recently a specially updated budget was produced to highlight a surplus which conveniently makes the current governing party look really good (and does not mention … Continue reading

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The “war” is against violent extremism, not Islam itself

If the right wing Nazis (not accusing all right wingers, just the Nazis in their midst) keep on telling everyone that we are at war with Islam itself, it will become increasingly difficult to focus on specific very small subgroups … Continue reading

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