So a train full of crude oil derailed and levelled a town in Quebec, if you haven't heard. Which has logically prompted some questions about our practices of hauling crude oil in trains. At first, I was taking the position that it is easy to blame the government after a disaster, but that perhaps we shouldn't jump to conclusions. But then on the CBC I heard a man from Greenpeace explaining the history of hauling oil on trains: Train companies lobbying to use obsolete cars, self regulation, etc. And ya, I think there might be some blame for the government here.
So now that the RCMP are digging in to things, a whole lot more information is coming out about Mike Duffy and Nigel Wright. The party had originally agreed to make the payment? And then decided not to? And the PM didn't know? Ya right.
The Conservative Senate Leader is stepping down. And another MP is announcing that she won't seek re-election. Rats from a sinking ship? Polls suggest maybe so.
Peter Kent thinks his upcoming demotion is going to be awesome!
It seems like the majority of failed terrorist plots, especially in the US, reek of entrapment. A disillusioned loaner is spurred along to act in a violent manner by a police informant. They tend not to catch to not catch the ones with the ambition and ability to truly act on their own (see multiple school shootings, Boston bombing, etc.). The bumbling idiots are encouraged and caught. The scary ones follow through. We've talked about this before. So why is there so little information out there about the BC Legislature bombing? Yes, it's only been a few days, but this Tyee article speculates that perhaps something like this is going on with this case.
More on the bombing suspects. Sounds like there were a number of people who continually met with them leading up to the bombings. But nobody else has been arrested. Were they police? How responsible were they for the actual plot planning? How does a guy, described as broke and a bit slow by friends, pull this off? I'm all for stopping terrorists. I'm not for creating boogiemen to justify our state security apparatus.
Something about this really pisses me off. Not only are you cutting funding to Environment Canada...but you're bringing in communications experts to provide advice? This suggests that you know it's not the right thing (or at least the popular thing) to do. Are they providing spin control as well?
Like a deadbeat parent, Patrick Brazeau is going to have his wages garnished to pay back his expenses. Which sounds awesome, but when you think about it...essentially he's just getting a bit less taxpayer money to screw us over in the future.
Oh man...we're still talking about flood residents guns? This is a story? "Onus on law enforcement"? Here's a new headline: "Idiots don't properly look after guns"