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Donald Trump's Inevitability

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How will The Donald's presidency end? 

A successful 4 years? 
A successful 8? 

Few people, with any kind of functional intellect, believe he'll complete his first term, or even his first year. 

Some suggest the possibility of assassination. Of course it's possible, but in today's security environment, it's remarkably unlikely. But who would be the would-be assassin? Naturally, Trump's supporters might think it would be radical islamists. That's a daft suggestion. Trump is the best recruitment tool radical islamists have ever had. 

Maybe it will be a hard-line leftist, railing against the hard-line right. Possibly. After all, crazy people are crazy. 

Speaking of crazy people, I think Trumps most serious threat will come from his own, special base. He's spent months courting the lunatic fringe, with unkeepable promises. When the unkeepable promises go unkept, who do you think will feel the most betrayed, the most disenfranchised, and the most armed? 

A president…

Kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight

I was never a fan of Bruce Cockburn, but I've always liked this line. 

"kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight"

Cockburn was always political and I appreciate that. I'm an old punk. I do political. I don't do folk.

Cockburn's politics were undeniably left leaning. I'm a centrist but I often find myself leaning - slightly -  left in the current Canadian political environment but there is this thing, by which I cannot abide, be it on the left or the right. i.e. anti-scientific neo-luddism. 

Case in point: Greenpeace and their remarkably adamant, yet ill-informed opposition to GMO technology, specifically Golden Rice. 

Greenpeace makes the standard, boilerplate arguments against the technology: "un tested", "big corporations", "better solutions" ad nausium. 

The "better solutions" argument is the most insidious. What better solutions? Show us where Greenpeace has solved, or started to solve, the tragic problem of V…

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I just saw that, in Canada alone, the ALS ice bucket challengeraised $16.2 million.
I started thinking (surprise) and bouncing a few numbers around in my noodle. I think it's a reasonable guess that it took about 1 litre of potable water per dollar raised. 
That's, conservatively, enough drinking water for 23000 people for a year. 

It's not that ALS isn't a worthy cause. I'm not even talking about the pop-culture moment that was the ice bucket challenge. It's the cost that I'm having trouble reconciling.


ISIS vs ISIL - Subtle Propaganda

As I always search for what people mean beyond the words they choose, I notice a trend in the speakers who prefer ISIL over ISIS (not absolute of course but hear me out)

In Arabic the name is "Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham" and the confusion seems to be a translation issue with al-Sham.
"al-Sham" refers to Damascus, or "Syria", in more modern terms. If they meant the Levant, they would have used "Bilad al-Sham" or "greater Syria", in more modern terms. Either way, though, S is for Syria in modern terms. As I don't claim to speak a word or Arabic, this is the information I've gleaned from reading a few scholarly articles on the matter. I am happy to receive comments from people who speak Arabic. 

But here's the thing with using ISIL and the importance of language in public communication - I've observed this term is more commonly preferred by right-wing commentators. There is hidden ideology here as the Levant w…

Basically, the problem with Hudak's plan

Eliminating 100000 public sector jobs.

Yeah, fine, everyone likes using the civil service as a political punching bag. So Tim opens his campaign with the 100K kill plan before jumping into the 1M job plan. 
The million job plan has already been well debunked by economists so let's think about the job cuts. 
At first, one may be forgiven for thinking about a massive cut to public service as a great savings. Maybe it is but thing about it like this;
100000 fewer tax payers
100000 fewer consumers 100000 more people competing for jobs you're chasing
good plan, huh?

Garneau vs Harper - The Curriculum Vitae Wars

Just using the convenience of Twitter to encapsulate a few comparisons of Marc Garneau's job-related experience relative to Stephen Harper's. Please let me know if I've left anything out.


On Business: @marcgarneau Board of Directors, UTS Energy Corporation. @pmharper mail room clerk #cdnpoli
— Voice of tReason (@V_of_tReason) March 2, 2013



On Aerospace: @marcgarneau Astronaut. @pmharper mail room clerk #cdnpoli#F35
— Voice of tReason (@V_of_tReason) March 2, 2013



On National Defense: @marcgarneau Naval Captain. @pmharper mail room clerk #cdnpoli
— Voice of tReason (@V_of_tReason) March 2, 2013



On Industry: @marcgarneau engineer. @pmharper mail room clerk #cdnpoli
— Voice of tReason (@V_of_tReason) March 2, 2013



On Recognition of Service: @marcgarneau Officer & Companion, Order of Canada. @pmharper .................??? #CdnPoli
— Voice of tReason (@V_of_tReason) March 2, 2013


I see a pattern here.




Do Canadians Hate Gypsies?

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The Jews, The Gypsies, The Freemasons... all have something in common.
Roma refugees: Canadian billboards in Hungary warn of deportation
The Roma
This bullshit is driving me batshit!
My son's Roma great-grandmother escaped Nazi-occupied Romania, with her children. As the family story goes, she "flirted with the guards" at the boarder. I don't even want to speculate as to what "flirting" meant when it came to getting your children past a check-point.

Jason Kenney and his boss, Harper, and his boss Levant, seem to think that the long oppressed Roma don't deserve refugee status in Canada... the Roma are living the dream in Europe. Sorry, I'm not so convinced.

What has changed since my son's great oma escaped?

Her courage = My son's existence.

Jason Kenney can just fuck off

What's Wrong with Homeopathy?

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Here is a fine example of a Homeopathic "remedy".
Borax by Boiron USA By it's own unashamed claim, the amount of "active ingredient" i.e. borax (boric acid) in this product falls in a range of "3X to 30X - 3C to 30C"
What does that Mean Dr VotR?
It means that the concentration of "active ingredient" in this product is somewhere between One part per Million and One part per Novemdecillion. Or between "almost none" and "if it was there, we couldn't measure it anyway".

This product is a sugar pill. All it's homeopathic friends on the shelf next to it are sugar pills. How much are you willing to spend on sugar pills?

I think what a lot of people don’t understand about the homeopathic theory is the astronomical numbers these dilutions represent. This product claims that its concentration of borax is between 3C and 30C. The size of that scale is enormous (One to One Septendecillion). Again, to reiterate, they are openly admit…