Monthly Archives: December 2015

Stephen Harper “the economist” (MA, never hired) guided Canada through the Great Recession

It is popular folklore on the Canadian right that Stephen Harper saved the economy from the Great Recession. Never mind that it was Liberal policies in the banking sector that made the American style housing bust impossible (policies which he … Continue reading

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Japan finally admits to what everyone knew all along

Japan has long denied its use of sex slaves during WWII. In an historic agreement, Japan has apologized to Korean women who were used as sex slaves during WWII and also offered them compensation. When will they extend the same … Continue reading

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The conspiracy to keep the Conservatives out of power – but only if they refuse to change

In the recent electoral campaign, every single party in the country except for the Conservatives campaigned on electoral reform. It would be the last election under FPTP, where parties routinely obtain 100% of power with far less than 50% of … Continue reading

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How incompatible is Islam with tolerance for religious diversity?

It doesn’t add up that Islam is inherently incompatible with respect for diversity, yet under the most powerful Islamic empire of all time, the Ottomans, linguistic and religious diversity thrived. In Christian Europe, nearly ever memory and record of religious … Continue reading

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An excellent argument against appointing party hacks to crown corporations

A recent article in The Economist criticizes Zuma, the president of South Africa, for his subversions of hard fought gains in democratic practice. Regarding the problem of non-democratic governments appointing poorly qualified partisans to manage economic matters including crown corporations, … Continue reading

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Old Testament words on how to deal with refugees

In Leviticus 19 Moses said, “if a stranger sojourn with thee in thy land …(he) shall be unto you as one who is born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself…”

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Least favourite social media trend of the year is …

… people posting pictures of sad or religious themes, with a message attached saying something like “type “Amen” and you’re good, ignore it and you’re a heartless devil.” I’ve never seen one that actually says how you can help out … Continue reading

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Sun Media is critical that Ontario premier had notes for her meeting with PM

Under the old PM, it was next to impossible for provincial leaders to get a meeting with the prime minister. Now, the Toronto Sun appears critical that a premier knew what she wanted to talk about in her meeting with … Continue reading

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Evidence that left wingers are smarter on average (USA)

I’m generally critical on the ability of standardized tests such as IQ to measure intelligence, given that it fails to account for things like having a good education, being raised in a family which prioritizes knowledge, cultural differences, and most … Continue reading

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National governments should employ fact pushers for online comment boards

It is a lot of work sometimes going on to online comment boards. With all the work of trying to set straight a lot of the misinformation that is rolling around online, there is sometimes little time for actual discussion … Continue reading

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