Feb 12, 2013 at 04:16:38
“It's the annual guilt trip month to follow up on eating too much of the wrong things over Christmas.
But never fear, by late spring or early summer this will all be forgotten again, the stories will appear about the proper ways to grill red meat, smoke pork ribs and otherwise eat all the stuff we've just been told NOT to eat cooked in ways we've, not yet, been told how to cook them. All accompanied by little green salads or huge, fat dripping potato salads and HuffPo and others having sold a few more yo-yo diet books through links to Amazon all washed down by both cold beer and soft drinks (soda/pop or whatever you want to call it) all based on increasingly sceptically viewed 40+ year old studies topped off by the uncomfortable fact that we're living longer, too. So pardon me while I take this all with a couple of tablespoons of salt. Like everything else, particularly those things we eat, moderation is key. The so called "good stuff" can do you in as quickly as the "bad stuff" we eat too much of it Funny how this "panic time" coverage never mentions that, isn't it? ;-)”
Nov 17, 2012 at 20:15:08
“Reporting polls and awards like this are red flags in front of a large activist group of Canadians whose opinion of Stephen Harper ranges from dislike to obsessiveness bordering on hatred. Kind of reminds me of the recent US elections, though this time the lunatic fringe is on the left.
It's almost impossible, after all, to even pretend the US has a left. It isn't the Democrats.
A quick look at the comments here sums it up quite nicely. If a global poll by Ipsos (Global) Ipsos Reid by another name finds 82% of those surveyed world wide the, of course the poll by a well respected pollster just HAS to be wrong. It doesn't fit in with the preconceptions of those who run to the internet each time something positive is published about the Tories.
I have no love lost for Harper and his crowd, incidentally. They've been competent but nothing special, I wish Ottawa and Edmonton would stop trying to inflict a bitumen pipeline on us out here in BC but I also know the provincial Liberals will sell us out the moment the price is right. Federally the Grits can slide to extinction for all I care. Such fun!”
TRMS on Nov 17, 2012 at 22:44:37
“Harper is not synonymous with Canada. The poll was about Canada, not Harper. The poll is probably reliable but the author of the article makes a false equivalence between Canada and Harper. Canada has a much longer history and bigger reputation than Harper. What percentage of those polled even knew the name of Canada's current Prime Minister? "Lunatic Fringe" on the left? Take a look at this poll:
“First I am a Christian. Secondly I subscribe to and believe in freedom of speech. Thirdly I've been a union rep my entire working life. Now that all that is out of the way.
What an employee does oh his/her own time from their own home on their own computer is none of an employer's business unless it directly affects the employer. I don't see any evidence that what Mr Smith had to say does that. He didn't say "Don't rent to gay married couples" he said that he doesn't accept gay marriage which is quite different.
The nearest the Gospel's get to a statement on this is where Jesus says "Those God has brought together let no one pull asunder (apart)". Note that he doesn't mention man and woman, man and man, woman and woman or whatever. It's a flat out general statement of principle. In his time marriage was a strictly civil affair as would remain so well into the Dark Ages. It was some time in the late and High Middle Ages that it became a church and state affair.
None of this would have been an issue or would have been heard about beyond Mr Smith's immediate circle if his employer hadn't over reacted and disciplined him. It's a classic example of the Streisand Effect.”
“Oh boy, she's human.
What is this with setting up actors and athletes as anyone's idea of a role model much less a more perfect human that Jesus or The Buddah?
I could go on but I think you get the message.”
Mary Mclocke on Jul 26, 2012 at 16:53:25
“True John - If anyone should be any child's role model, it should be their parents. Using celebrities for even teenagers' role models, much less younger children, is so very wrong. I'd never want any of my children, adult ot otherwise, using any celeb as any role model. Of course, those parents should also behave in a way to BE their child/ren's role models.
Kristen is indeed human, but still shouldn't be held up as anyone's role model. Too much emphasis is put on these celebrities, whoever they may be.”
Apr 4, 2012 at 11:34:38
“I don't see this as sinking the Tories. Not close, I'm sorry to say. Prime Minister Harper has become a master politician the like of which we probably haven't seen since Senator Keith Davey.
In the end the whole thing, like the CF-18 before it, boils down to "what else is there"?
To be sure, the usual suspects in the media are taking their usual positions. The CBC, whose audience is largely left of centre to very far out in left field, are pumping the story for all it's worth. On the right, media like The National Post are playing the whole thing down from their right of centre perspective.
The article does make a vital point with regard to the public. Most Canadians, if my friends and acquaintances are anything to judge by the public isn't just tone deaf to Parliament Hill they've tuned it out almost completely. The hyper-politics played on the Hill and the coverage of it as if it all is the end of the world has turned people off. Not only that but my sense is that the Tories are a long way from the "throw the bastards out" feeling causes a government to fall at the polls.
Given where I live, Vancouver Island, most of the people I know will vote as they usually do. Either NDP or Conservative with the Liberals running a distant third. And most seem happy with their current MP.
“Let's be honest here, in markets like Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto (even with the Laughs,), the waiting list for seasons tickets didn't get any shorter, ticket packages are still bequeathed from one generation to the next and so, with much the same also happening in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary, the NHL won't suffer in Canada. Places like Phoenix will go from half empty arenas to 2/3rds empty ones and worse so Bettman will continue to blackmail the Canadian teams, all profitable before he does this, to subsidize the teams he put in places they shouldn't be. The few natural NHL markets in the States like Portland OR, Seattle and San Diego got passed by and are likely about as interested now as they would be in allowing full out houses inside city boundaries.”
“I'm not sure we were ever the "boy scouts" we imagined ourselves to be. Ever. At home or abroad. In the Commonwealth Caribbean our banks sprouted like weeds were often accused of taking over island economies and subsequently we were looked upon as a northern version of the Americans or, worse, the North American England.
Yes, we wore blue berets and helmets and felt ever so good about it. It was rare that we solved anything wearing them and I say that as one who wore them. So rare that it was non existent.
Saying that we had or have "business people who could span an entire country with a prosperous model" would get, at best, a cynical smile west of Winnipeg and derision in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Rightly so as even after provincial status was granted to Alberta and Saskatchewan they were treated as part of the NWT and it took years for Canada to honour it's commitments to BC when we joined Confederation.
Six plus years of minority government in Ottawa hasn't helped our perception of both our honour and our politicians AND our media. The latter group treated minority as a "will the government fall" version of 6/49 while ignoring policy discussions. The media covered conflict not policy.
As far as honour is concerned the Chretien government signed up on Kyoto with no intention of doing a thing to achieve it and, it should be noted, signed us onto the F-35 contract.”
“That's a bit over the top, don't you think?
While Kahdr and his family aren't popular here in Canada and a lot of CBC listeners like ourselves are fed up to the teeth with Edney and the CBC's obsession with this case if he's transfered back home that's the way it goes.
While I WANT him to spend every second of the 7 years we have him in Max the reality is that we do need to take the time and effort to rehabilitate him or we'll have a more dangerous man coming out.
And, yes, his case follows the classic definition of child soldier. I'm not sure they meant to include child terrorist but still.
And just how is Canada somehow liable for what happened in Gitmo? That would certainly be a very interesting civil action if it ever takes place.
He was failed by every adult in his life (lawyers INCLUDED). For that we need to give him a chance to rehabilitate himself. As for his family, they need to be told right from the get go to stay well away from where ever he's being held. That's a good start.
He says he wants to be a doctor. Let's give him the chance, shall we?”
cybersense on Nov 1, 2010 at 12:34:02
“A chance with rehab, and I agee with having his terrorist family members stay away from him. His brother has said he has done so.”
“This is the sort of thing that will continue to happen with both Twitter and Facebook until they become actual Internet and Web applications rather than just throwbacks to Compu$erve masquerading as Web applications.
This means distributed processing, using standard Web and Internet protocols rather than a private server no matter how huge it is.
For the facebook addicted this is horrible, for the rest of us it's an inconvienence ranging from mild to major but not a complete disaster.”
“Microsoft's track record with consumer devices is rather less than stellar. We could start with the Zune, move on to phone OS where they went from a commanding position to also rans in the blink of an eye or iPhone (take your pick). To this point their single success is the XBox and they don't dominate the gaming market the way they do the PC market.
And no, there's nothing miraculous about the iPad. Nor the devices that use or will use Android/Linux or even the new PalmOS.
Until Microsoft shows that it understands consumer space rather than corporate space where it makes most of it's money their chances of getting this right are pretty poor. Oh, and an OS that is somewhat less crash proof than even Win7 is, doesn't need rebooting with every new app and on and on.
In the meantime Dell has certainly understood the consumer market for years, HP does, as does Samsung to a lesser degree.
Ultimately it comes down to "can Microsoft hold it's own in a highly competetive space where they're unlikely to be in a monopoly position." Current answer has to be no.”
“It's not like the fashion industry is famous for having a social concience is it?
Sad to say the mangy stuffed tigers were the best looking things in the show.
It's hard to say using the taxidermy is unethical in a business renowned for it's total lack of ethics. As in the anorexic and worse models it employs and the blatant sexualizing of children and barely adolescent teens. Sigh.”
Sep 1, 2010 at 19:11:34
“Da Vinci was well paid for all his work. You better believe that. He was not an indentured servant or anything of the kind.
Far from the Mona Lisa being created well before the advent of the modern economy it was created at and during the birth of the modern economy which centred on the various republics, not kingdoms, that made up what is now modern Italy. (A fair number of them would like to get out of modern Italy too, BTW.) Florence, where he was born was a Dukedom not a kingdom and was dynamic and industrious when Da Vinci was born. That's the environment he grew up in and learned in.
And you need to know, if you don't, that Da Vinci and/or his patron(s) made darned sure he was paid before he painted a single brushstroke. As he was before the Mona Lisa was painted.
Patronage still exists for artists. Today we call them record companies, publishers and the like though essentially the master/servant relationship still exists because the artist has a contract to fulfill for the master (record company) before seeing a dime for their work. Should the artist get an advance the sales better be able to repay it, too, before they see a penny much less a dime.
That has so many parallels to indentured servant-hood to me that it isn't funny. We just have other names for it. Contractual obligations, employee and so on. They're so much nicer.”
Aug 31, 2010 at 15:03:25
“Rick, let me see, you work in one of the "greenest" professions around that requires no infrastructure? Really? (I'll assume that you're the same Rick Carnes as above.)
You don't live in a house or apartment? You don't eat food imported from half way around the world? Hint: check the little plastic stickies on large fruits and veggies. You don't own or rent a vehicle? Use taxis, busses or subways? You don't consume electricity by the gigawatt running electric or computer based instruments or phasers or other electricity gulping devices? You obviously use a computer, one of the single biggest consumers of power in the average household. Computing devices, by the way, are chock full of toxic metals and chemicals. Should you live in many parts of Canada or the United States the power you consume is likely to come from a coal fired electrical generator which is hardly green. Oh yeah, and check where that cup of java came from. And how it got to you and how much the farmer was paid. (A pittance if you need to know.) So yeah, you need infastructure and you're a net cabon sink like almost all of us. So get off the high horse.
As who you work for who publishes your work? Are you self published? If not the latter I smell corporation here. I don't condemn that tough holier than thou you aren't.”
hp blogger Rick Carnes on Aug 31, 2010 at 16:58:28
“I was referring to the fact that my profession requires no
roads to be built, no mines to be dug, no chemicals
manufactured (I don't have to have a computer to write songs). the creation
of songs is, in fact, the greenest job around. You can write a song
with a stick in the dirt.
And yes, I do eat to stay alive. But that is irrelevant to the discussion.
I do not work for a corporation. But even if I did what would that matter?
Are all corporations evil simply by being publicly held businesses?
That would qualify as a 'Holier that thou' attitude. To condemn all stock
holders in America for having their money invested in the companies
that provide the jobs that help them make a living is a very simplistic
view of the world.
Where do you have your retirement money invested????”
Aug 31, 2010 at 13:48:48
“The cost to distribute has reduced itself to nearly $0. That's the part you neglect to mention. Perhaps deliberately, perhaps because you accept the uneven power relationship between "content creators" and "content disributors", for sake of argument, say, Polygram.
Your other costs are known as fixed costs of making a living in any craft, trade or profession. That you have those costs is and should never be a guarantee of your success.
And yeah it costs money to set yourself up. It costs a dentist, say, vastly more to set him/herself up.
For the record, the tools I use daily in my craft have cost me over $200,000 over the 35 years I've been doing it. Most of which I still have unless it wore out and was broken. The industry I work in has seen four major waves of tech change in that time which has cost jobs, livelihood and so on. I don't whine, I knew it going in and accepted it now and then. And I still earn a good living.
Sadly, if you're new in your craft you sign your rights over to "contend disributors" such as Polygram and while they may make a good living off your content you, more than likely, will not. That's been reality for your job forever. Tech hasn't changed that on iota.”
Aug 31, 2010 at 13:36:15
“"Don't let the copyleft bullies discourage you..."
John, have you even so much as read licenses like the GPL or Creative Commons or the BSD Licenses or the Apache License?
You'll discover, much to your horror, I'm sure, that they are actually copyright licenses which vest in the actual creator of the work control over their work. Incidentally none rule out the artist being paid for their work.
So stop confusing copyright with your completely wrongheaded notion of what copyleft means and was intended to mean. Nor is there much truth in what what Bevin has written or her cute but highly inaccurate cartoon about what happens with copyright means to artists and others vs the alleged nightmare of that no copyright means.
What she's left out of her cute cartoon, which I laughed at incidentally as I often do with well done editorial cartoons even while I disagree with them strong, on the left are the "content distributors" who insert themselves between her city and before the artist who, after demanding and getting copyright assignment, may or may not get around to paying the artist. Eventually. Maybe.
It's at that point that her argument crumbles to dust on that side.
Certainly I and others who are opposed to ever expanding copyright which yields rewards for no one other than the "distributors" advocate that artists not be paid for their work. To pretend they do is dishonest in the extreme.”
Aug 18, 2010 at 01:25:04
“It's been over said about the headline Lindsay Lohan strips...... but then HuffPo's definition of strips isn't exactly the same as the rest of us or the dictionary.
As for Ms Lohan herself, I do hope she learned something behind dem bars rather than getting blasted in one. And for her rather than her legion of fans she recognizes her addictions and deals with them.
Don't be so sure being young will help her recover what she's lost though. Alcohol, being what it is, does permanent damage not temporary damage. Other recreational drugs are a walk in the park in that respect compared to booze. Still, I have hope for her.
Maybe there will be an actor emerge one day. If that's what she wants. Really wants.
Then again, if she doesn't change I'm sure her train wreck loving fans will hang in with her for the long painful, humiliating ride to the bottom. Or short one.
Right to the next HuffPo headline of Lindsay strips for....what...no one?”
“I can tell you never darkened the door of a history or anthropology or archaeology class in your life. And you're gonna tell me you rely on science and factual study, I'm sure.
Though you are right in that we humans simply muddle through it's what we do best.
As for the relationship between natural disasters and God, while God often gets the blame for such things, the loving forgiving part is more to do with how we treat each other than how our planet treats us.
Most biblical "natural" disasters attributed to God are done so in a mythic theological and teaching sense not in a literal historical sense. These people knew nothing about what we call history and, I suspect, would think we're nuts to think as we do and worry about our sanity.
Anyway your shot at an anthropology certificate as it applies to the USA is a massive fail.”
“The column starts out well enough, pointing out problems with Christianity, obviously about to make one or several angry points along the way then wanders into historical fiction about the past and then into the often, sady, correct accusation that religion can cause societal differences and fractures.
Fine up to there. One expects neo-pagans to refer to religion as superstition it's their favourite accusation, after all. One expects the overflowing, often irrational anger, one expects a nearly complete rewrite of known history to fit their viewpoints. (All present here, by the way.)
What I didn't expect is that from calling religion divisive Johann Hari goes on to divide British, and one assumes, world, society up into comfy slices of pie. People who agree with Hari being the good, the just, the knowledgeable and the wise from the other. (Interestingly pagan in the original meaning of the Greek word which included "others") In short the modern pagans then (with apologies to the neo-pagans by the way but you're one of his targets too).
It's curious how Hari speaking for a significant portion of the British establishment and it's upper middle class hangers on sounds as angry, offended, disturbed and afraid as do the American fundamentalist/literalist Christians. When in doubt be angry and shout over everyone else.
Funny how funtamentalist extremists all sound the same isn't it? Funny who fast that we who disagree become modern day pagans because we do. Get out the swords, boys!”
“Though I'm sure he won't think it will do any good my prayers are with Christopher Hitchens not in the sense that he recover, though I'd applaud that, but in the sense that he meet death with the same energy he brought to life and meeting that head on.
Though I am sure he's wrong about there not being a God. Nice to have met you, sir.”
“OK, just about enough from a so called moderator.
Before stating that slavery was the fault of the church (it's existence predates it by more than a few thousand years so it was a reality for them) or that it upheld it anywhere but in the United States of Western countries beyond the middle of the 19th Century leaves out the fact and major detail that those fighting slaverly the hardest in England for the entire Empire were priests in the CoE and in the "dissenting" or free churches in England. The British Empire abolished slavery well before the US Civil War at the constant urging of Christians not because Christians assented to it.
Also, the nature of industrialization and wide spread education made slavery uneconomic except on the grand scale on places like the cotton plantations of the US South.. It wasn't morality that really ended slavery it was hard cold economics. It didn't add up any more.
Do try to learn a least a little history, Midnightrain. Just a little.”
“Let's see now. Ignorant extremism. Let's have a look.
The Provisional IRA and it's "Protestant" analog who blew up and murdered every one but each other. Hmmm.
The Red Brigades and their various cousins across the continent. Loved explosions too, as I recall, and really adored it when the explosions blew humans up and apart.
The re-emergence of various violent anarchist groups across Europe. You know, those brave people who march and hide their faces while insisting their causes are right, who smash, grab and destroy anything in their path or near it. A bomb or two from that group, too, as I recall.
Basque "freedom fighters" or "terrorists" depending on you point of view.
An indisputably racist France who seem to blame their troubles with North African Muslims on anything, anything but their legally enforced racism.
Need I go on.
I, for one, am sick to death of superior euro-centric attitudes to the rest of the planet particularly North America as most Europeans can't tell the difference between Canadians, Americans and accentless bilingual Mexicans without a program. Of course, those who live in the Caribbean are cute and make good music which is about all Europeans know about them. Mind you, they're all black, so it's a good thing to keep your distance just in case.
One message for the terminally Eurocentric commenters here. You lot had your chance at ruling the world. What did it get us? Two global wars. That's what.”
“They had their chance under Cromwell and were as crappy as anyone else at governing. So get over it, it doesn't matter the label one calls themselves, Democrat, Republican, Christian, Jew, Musilim, HIndu, atheist or whatever each of these groups has one thing in common. They're human beings with all the flaws, excesses and screw ups small and horribly large as any other group of humans.
Any yes, LoveEnduresForverer, the Bible DOES contain truths, though not the ones you're thinking as it is a human creation not a dictation from God to be taken literally. Faith takes work, takes self-examination and relationship something the prophets and Jesus said repeatedly and Paul taught. Read it again, this time understanding that it's human document about relationship with God as understood by an ancient people mostly written down from oral traditions in a time of high stress (the exile to Babylon). The Puritans believed as you do about the "literality" of the Bible and Cromwell certainly made a mess of that when he governed as did the pilgrims in America with such nonsense as witch trials.
BTW, when England finally got free of Cromwell they went back to bawdy, anything goes CoE England and continued on that way until well into the late 19th Century. Oddly enough, the period of greatest wealth and power for the UK.”