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How 2 cold winters in Eastern North America doesn’t disprove climate change/global warming.

When it gets as cold as it has this winter (and last), you often see message boards yelling, “How about that global warming!” … as if these winters prove to those who are climate change skeptics (or climate change deniers, as I call them) that global warming or climate change is just one big government conspiracy theory to drive everyone’s taxes up and prevent people from getting rich(er) and insert government interference into everyone’s lives.

I saw a great counterpost to that from a poster on the popular Weather Underground weather site, explaining to a climate change denier why the current cold trend in the Eastern North America does not […]

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You can support the troops, but oppose sending them off to combat.

Putting aside the vote to authorize CF-18’s to fly combat missions to Iraq to try and stop ISIS (which has utterly failed to slow them or stop them so far by the way), I’ve seen the Conservative Party and some media try to claim you can’t say you support the troops but reject authorizing the combat mission.

You know who also said that? The Republican Party’s people in government when US troops were over in Iraq getting involved in a quagmire and the Democratic Party rightly said it was time to get them out of there and bring them home. Charges of lack of support and lack of patriotism abounded […]

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The Dilemma of Sochi

A friend on Facebook posts an interesting question/quandary* about what they feel regarding the Sochi Olympics:

With a month to ‪#‎Sochi‬ I feel very torn about it. I love the spirit of the Olympics (despite the IOC) and athletes give up a childhood to participate for the love of sport. Then there’s Russia and people being forced to give up who they are.

If the US hadn’t boycotted a political system in 1980 I wonder if more would be done now.

I can’t say I don’t feel the same way. Personally, I stated awhile ago that I leaned towards boycott. Now I’m just in the same limbo-land. The opening ceremonies […]

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Thank you, Nelson Mandela

I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about the passing of Nelson Mandela, who passed away last Thursday and whose memorial service is being held now as I type this.

Back in the day, I majored in political science in University, as well as taking a lot of history courses, and I must say it was a momentous time to be taking courses like that. I got to see several major historical and political events unfold, but the two biggest to me was the coming down of the Berlin Wall, and the release of Nelson Mandela, which led to the end of apartheid, and his becoming President.

A […]

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What our Conservative government would do here on abortion..

(..if they could get away with it):

International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the government will not fund overseas projects that allow war rape victims and child brides to obtain an abortion…Paradis says the government’s policy would follow the same logic as that behind Canada’s $3-billion G8 funding commitment for maternal and child health — no money should go towards abortion services. At the time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said none of the those dollars would go toward abortion services because there were enough other worthy initiatives to support.

They can’t get away with it, however, as they know the Supreme Court would probably strike it down in an instant, […]

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Helping Kids In Kenya – Stahili Foundation

A slightly different post from me on this long weekend. I want to highlight an organization that a good friend of mine has co-founded to help children in Kenya (many of them orphans).

My friend’s name is Michelle Oliel. I met her initially through politics – specifically through her political blogging she did when we all started blogging 8 years ago. She eventually would go into law school, and I got to help her out a tiny bit by proof-reading some of her law essays for her. She has gone on to big lofty things – she works overseas at the Hague in a division of the International Criminal Court, […]

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Leaning Towards Supporting A Winter Olympics Sochi Boycott

I’ve been on the fence over whether or not a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is the right thing to be doing to protest Russia’s new rather draconian anti-LGBT laws. I figured athletes could symbolically protest it at the Games, and that might be the best way to go about it.

However, recent rumblings out of the International Olympic Committee seem to indicate if the Russians don’t punish the athletes who do this, they will – an obvious sop to the host country.

If the IOC is going to shut down anti-Russian LGBT protests (on top of the Russians possibly arresting athletes) I now lean […]

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Congrats to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

…better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton, on their new arrival (still unnamed, they let it be known in their brief chat with the press they hadn’t decided on a name yet; for now he is a Prince of Cambridge):

Best picture I’ve seen of the new Prince is from ITVNews.

If they need a name, I hear Scott is a good one! (Not traditional, but not a gauche name for a future King of England).

EDIT: Prince George it is. George Alexander Louis

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Not exactly the spotlight we want in Canada

Canada sure has been in the news a lot of late. Unfortunately, it’s about the wrong reasons. The Senate expenses scandal and the subsequent resignation of Nigel Wright made the NY Times billboard in Times Square. We subsequently then have a Peruvian reporter out of the blue asking Harper on his trip to Peru during his brief news conference why the Canadian people should trust him that he knew nothing about the affair (but we’ve learned how our Canadian media can get Harper to answer difficult questions he refuse to take at home: just get their friends in the international media to ask them).

We also have the Rob Ford […]

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Dumb move on Harper’s part: manages to equate JT and President Obama together as wimps on terror

I don’t normally blog this late, or on a Friday night.. but I couldn’t pass this up.

Tonight, the police managed to capture the 2nd suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing, which is important to find out what in the world caused these 2 to do what they did.

You may remember Harper and the Conservatives attacked Justin Trudeau for his wanting to know the “root causes” of the Boston Marathon attack (and Harper brought it up voluntarily in a foreign country, no less, an extremely crass politicizing of a tragedy.). You may hear more of that inflammatory rhetoric from them from on Monday when they debate their anti-terrorist […]

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