Daily Round Up: Still Too Lazy To Create Titles

"In their statement of defence, lawyers for the Harper government argued that it is unfair to hold it accountable for decisions made by lawmakers a cenutry ago, and that Ottawa has no special obligation to wounded veterans."

Not gonna comment on the case itself since I don't know much about it but I will say a thing on the government's statement.

Funny. They can send soldiers to go fight for whatever reasons they say to get killed, injured or maimed in the name of the flag, but they won't take care of them on the back end?

What kind of appalling logic is this? Forget politically. Politics is awash with scum. I'm talking philosophically and morally.

Reminds me when NYPD was under public duress said they were not under any obligation to 'serve and protect'.

Yet, they expect the public to lick their balls in worship.


Quebec, Quebec, Quebec. What am I gonna do with you, you naughty, naughty parochial entity?
"Anglophone rights lawyer Brent Tyler lost his court challenge of Bill 101 Wednesday morning. He was trying to defend several business owners who had signs or websites where French was not predominant enough.

The 24 small businesses were prosecuted between 1998 and 2001 for breaking language laws because their signs or websites were not predominantly French. The defendants were trying to prove that French is not endangered in Quebec."

I'm still waiting for someone to present to me where this sort of thing happens anywhere in North America (or the West) where, despite linguistic cleavages, there's a democratic, pluralist society with free speech.

Cricket, cricket. Not even Spain goes this far.

Imagine if, for fun's sake, the province of Alberta fined a bunch of French-Canadians operating a business in Calgary for having a word or two in French?

Oh me, oh my would the twits in the nationalist camp go crazy!
Something about to onto others as they would onto you?
So. Because French-Canadians have a low birth - as the judge noted - along with a perpetual 'fragile state of being' others are made to pay through punitive measures?
This on the heels when a Valentin restaurant worker is considering filing a lawsuit with the Human Rights  commission for being chastised for speaking English.

On what planet does Quebec live to actually think their discriminatory behavior is somehow acceptable? I'm pretty sure the average Quebec doesn't know about the antics of the OLF in their name. I know because my French friends think we're nuts for bringing it up. When we show them the facts - including personal experiences - they react in shock and disappointment. They know it's wrong. 

As the UN noted on the sign law specifically:

"In 1993, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Quebec's sign laws broke an international covenant on civil and political rights.[16] "A State may choose one or more official languages," the committee wrote, "but it may not exclude, outside the spheres of public life, the freedom to express oneself in a language of one's choice. The Committee accordingly concludes that there has been a violation of article 19, paragraph 2."

If this was any other place it would not be accepted on any level.

Pitiful, pitiful Quebec. I sometimes cry for you and other times laugh at you.



Deficit neutral. Or was it revenue neutral? I forget. Doesn't matter.
The number comes from figures buried in a 15-page section of the nonpartisan organization's new ten-year budget outlook. 

The best-case scenario described by the CBO would result in 'between 24 million and 27 million' fewer Americans being uninsured in 2025, compared to the year before the Affordable Care Act took effect."

Success! Courtesy of the Democrats all on their own!

$50 000 is the price you pay for civilization, m'kay?

Hey, this free-shit thing is easy! Let's make community college free too!

I'm pretty sure the U.S. could have accomplished this at a 1/10th of the cost. But that would mean keeping the incompetent boobs in the government out of it.


Remember the time when we were under the board walk...?

King Abdullah wasn't so romantic.

According to MSNBC's Richard Engel the King (and I use the term loosely) 'could not stand' Obama despite the President speaking of a 'special bond' they had.


Is he racist?



A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics finds that over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” about the same number as support mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Oklahoma State economist Jayson Lusk has some additional details on the survey. If the government does impose mandatory labeling on foods containing DNA, perhaps the label might look something like this:
WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children.




"Wikipedia’s arbitration committee, the highest user-run body on the site, has voted to ban editors from making corrections to articles about feminism, in an attempt to stop a long-running edit war over the entry on the “Gamergate controversy”.

The editors, who were all actively attempting to prevent the article from being rewritten with a pro-Gamergate slant, were sanctioned by “arbcom” in its preliminary decision. While that may change as it is finalised, the body, known as Wikipedia’s supreme court, rarely reverses its decisions."

Yeah, their shtick is wearing thin.


Shitty jobs for shitty people with shitty ideas...

I PREDICTED it would come to this. The government fining people for throwing food out in the garbage. Won't be long before towns in Quebec start acting stupidly as well. It's in our DNA to Green-derp.

Government is force because for your own damn good - and the children...and the environment.

Of course, this sort of aggressive action is okay with the NPR commenters. 

Taking private virtue and twisting into public good by force is, well, evil.

"In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate.
The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you've violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans.

"I'm sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors' cans," says Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city. He's on the front lines of enforcing these rules..."

Like I said.


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