There was an awesome comment on the National Post today about "Boomer Entitlement". Somebody replied "I'm a boomer and the only thing I feel entitled to is what I've spent my life paying for." Or something like that. It made me wonder...
First up, please
follow this link to a CBC article with an interactive chart on the
Deficit. Seems to me that we've run a deficit (more-or-less) from the
early 60's to the late 90's. So...that seems to me do be 30 years of
not paying for what you've earned. Thinks
perk up for a few years. Check out this graph. You can see how the
Liberals almost immediately cut the deficit, resulting in a surplus in
their 5th year. Steve-O inherits a nice surplus which he holds
for...oh...10 minutes or so. Really. Startling, striking figures. Trudeau does seem to be the worst offender though.
And on that note, we're soon going to have to really start defining which Trudeau we are talking about, as Justin confirms that maybe, well, he might just be running for Liberal leader. Wait. He didn't actually confirm it yet? The National Post already called him out as the next Prime Minister.
In the political move of the year, Thomas Mulcair announces support for a pipeline from Alberta to the East. His reasoning is that this
can be built in a way that it won't be environmentally destructive
(perhaps I projected that in there myself) and it will help to refine a
raw product and generate value within Canada. In one reasoned argument
1) He's not opposed to all oil sands.
2) His opposition to Northern Gateway really is about the environment.
3) He's serious about creating value from our oil in Canada.
Really. Well done. I kind of hope I'd be saying the same thing if Steve-O had made this proclmation.
I love this farcical hard line on Iran. First, the whole embassy/ambassador thing. Because we only have embassies and ambassadors with countries that we like. Now, the Canadian delegation storms out of Ahmadinejads speech at the UN (again...I'm pretty sure this has happened before). Honestly, did they just go there so that they could storm out? Did they sit there with an open mind for a few minutes and then decide that this whole thing wasn't really up their alley?
Omar made it back home.
Oh abortion. How exciting you made this week. First up, I think we should thank the good lord for this weeks vote on "exploring the definition of a human being". What better way to flush out all the social Conservatives! As well, read the comment boards on some of these stories. All of a sudden it's all CONSERVATIVES FOR SCIENCE! "We don't want to change anything, we just want to explore the science of it all!" Unless you're using science for crazy things like exploring climate change or evolution, they're all for it. Man. I'm using too many exclamation marks lately.
And then there is Rona Ambrose. Rona Ambrose, the "Status of Women" Minister. The woman who is supposed to be out there, crusading for womens rights. Voted for this crazy motion. People pointed out that she's entitled to her opinion and how dare these crazy feminazis try to stifle her right to have these opinions! Do they know she's not the "Status of this particular woman" Minister and the minister (supposedly) for all women?
This is why I am a proud pirate and will never give these scumbags any of my money if I can in any way help it. We just passed Copyright reform. True, isn't wasn't the all encompassing police state that the various entertainment industries wanted, but it gave them a lot of stuff. But no. Not good enough. They couldn't get their law through so they'll try another way to ram this shit through. Internet disconnection may be a part of an international trade agreement. Ohhhh...THIS is why all those people hate globalization.
The Globe and Mail continues their continually weird "Expat Dispatches" series. They've put a lot of effort into tracking down Canadians that
have bad things to say about Obama. Honestly, you'd think that every
single Canadian living in the US is some crazed right winger from
reading this series.
Stephen Harper plans on a big "Buy Canadian" push for military procurement. Too bad we have no military equipment manufacturing industry to speak of. And then there's that whole pesky NAFTA thing.
Hey, did you know that there's a crazily disproportionate number of aboriginal women in Canadian prisons? And it's feared that the tough-on-crime agenda will only make this worse? Ya, I don't think the government did either.
How does this ground beef recall have you feeling about food safety in Canada?
Another big story this week was Margaret Wente and her plagiarism. God. I don't care if she shoplifted a chocolate bar. If this gets rid of her, I'm all for it. This Tyee article points out that it's probably not bigger news because journalists feel it is bad form to kick a competitor when they're down at risk of seeming petty...This isn't a problem at the National Post.
Here's another great Rolling Stone article talking about the US FBI entrapment machine: creating terrorist plots just so that they can knock them down. This one on the 5 Occupy kids caught trying to blow up a bridge.
This article is very interesting. I actually had to punch this in to a
calculator to make sure I didn't have it wrong (the number is just so
staggering)...but apparently 5.5% of all teenage girls in Mississipi get
pregnant! Which is crazy. It seems even crazier, but the bastion of
progressive knowledge example held up as the "right way to do things"
(New York) is at 2.26%. Yes. Half the number. But still very high.