Daily Aggregation: Weekly Edition

daily-aggregation-21. THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY SAYS PREVENTING POVERTY IS NOT A LEGITIMATE TAX DEDUCTION Well gee, I can’t see how this terrible decision is rationally or morally defensible.

2. CONSERVATIVE WAR ON CHARITIES COULD INCLUDE DONOR DISCLOSURE If a nice government that didn’t have a history of abusing power and attacking political enemies (and wasn’t in the pocket of the corporate and oil lobby) suggested something like this, I’d be willing to consider that it might be a reasonable idea. Coming from these assholes, I seriously doubt it’s anything other than the usual Conservative bullshit. Oh and hey, you can read more on the ongoing Conservative attack on free speech here.

3. MEANWHILE IN TRASHING THE PLANET NEWS A study says an Arctic oil spill would probably cross international borders. Maybe the Canadian Revenue Agency should audit the World Wildlife Fund for such blatantly political non-science activities as studies like this.

4. SAY YOU’RE SORRY An international organization of judges and lawyers has asked Canada’s Prime Minister to apologize to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin for idiotic comments he made a while back after he tried to do something stupid and incompetent.

5. CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT POSTS A HUGE DEFICIT Story here. Why does anyone think conservative governments are good with money? They toss money at dumb, expensive ideas and cut taxes for rich people.

6. SOME STORM! Clean-up is under way. More on the storm here. Power went out in the pub I was in last night for, I dunno an hour maybe? Hour and a half? I took a photo! Would you like to see it? Okay!

Weather (ohanlons blackout)

Exciting!!!

7. THE SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT SURE IS OBSESSED WITH DISCIPLINING WORKERS Today’s fixation: teachers.

8. MEANWHILE IN KILLING CIVILIANS Here’s the latest news on Israel’s ongoing attack on the Gaza strip. You know, the one where Israel blows up schools, hospitals and children playing on beaches.  By the way, Gwynne Dyer has a nice analysis in our new issue. You can read it here.

9. WILL CANADA’S GUN LAWS LOOSEN UP SOME MORE? Here’s a story from earlier in the week.

10. SHOOTING AN UNARMED PERSON IN THE BACK, TWICE, IS APPARENTLY NOT MURDER IN THE U.S. ANY MORE “The lady didn’t run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back twice. She’s dead … but he got away.” Might be time to put up a wall between Canada and the U.S. We don’t need that country’s fucked-up gun culture here.

11. ANOTHER BUNGLED EXECUTION IN THE U.S. What is wrong with that country? Executing criminals is uncivilized, as this story makes clear.

12. TEEN SEXTER STILL HEADING TO TRIAL Here’s an update on the ludicrious sexting case in Manassas, Virgina, where  public pressure stopped authorities from inducing an erection in a teenager and photographing it.

13. SEX GECKOS DOOMED TO DEATH IN OUTER SPACE? Sure, you could read the actual story but it’s probably more fun to read this piece about a small spark of joy in the dull day of the Internet’s headline writers.

14. SO WHAT THE HECK ARE ADVANCED STATISTICS, ANYWAY? The Columbus Dispatch has a really good introductory feature on the NHL’s growing interest in Corsi numbers — from my beloved Columbus Blue Jackets perspective, of course.

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Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

9 thoughts on “Daily Aggregation: Weekly Edition”

  1. #5 Good P.R., friends in high places, say something dumb enough and it will become conventional wisdom.

  2. #5 It’s like, semantical confusion, on a personal level, that is then exploited by political operatives. “Conservative”…”Oh, everyone knows that being ‘conservative’ means being good with money.” Oh, but does it? Maybe “conservative” merely refers to social values. Most people have traditionally been good with their money, whether liberal, conservative, or democratic socialist. I call that survival. People who generally live well beyond their means and end up in trouble with their banks and even the law aren’t often involved in running governments (with exceptions). To be a “Liberal” certainly doesn’t mean to be liberal with the purse strings, that more often refers to social leanings. Conservative governments merely benefit from this concept of conserving your money, aka budgeting. It ascends to this political notion that anyone called conservative is more money-responsible and better at budgeting than people not called “Conservative”, and that’s just daft, mate.

  3. (1) Semantics, sure, but for once a reasonable distinction.
    (2) Some of the names being looked for will be donors to so-called charities which are covers for off-shore and/or domestic uncharitable behaviour, if you get my drift.
    (6) We dodged a bullet, there. Question: how easy is it to mix drinks by candlelight?
    (7) Actually, this is a good thing, and the people named to the transition committee are good people.
    (9) This is not a loosening but a streamlining, and since when is it “loosening” to give the feds more say in the provincial arena?
    (11) Simple solution: just end the death penalty. That goes for every other country which imposes it, including those whose preferred methods are beheading and stoning.

  4. America’s idiotic for siding with the barbarian side of the world… At least they don’t behead anymore. No, they take 20 years and $1 million to terminate someone. Still, while America keeps one foot in the barbarian world they keep the door open to barbarianism sinking the mothership of the western world and the rest of us with it.

  5. 1) For now, reducing poverty is a more realtistic option than preventing it. CRA is only making Tax deductions more confusing.
    2) Agree with Barb. There is merit in this approach.
    3) How can it be classified as a study when it’s mostly based on a theoretical computer simulation.
    4) The odds of Harper apologizing for this is as low as him stepping down prior to the 2015 federal election.
    5) Short memory you have there Whitworth. Seriously? You label $1.1 Billion as a huge deficit? 2009 Federal Deficit was $55 billion. Let’s go for $0 deficit.
    6) Barkeep! I’ll have a light!
    7) If there is potential conflict with the STF both representing and policing the teachers, then that should be fixed.
    8) Too much focus on Israel. Hamas is no better with rocket fire of their own and digging underground tunnels into Israel.
    9) Wait and see.
    10) It wouldn’t be an issue if the 80 year man wasn’t the victim here. He found those 2 burglars in his own home. They attacked & injured him. He defended himself with a gun. Lucky he wasn’t the 1 whose dead. Don’t turn it around and make it sound like those 2 burglers were the victims.
    11) Executions should continue. Just quit using chemical injection and rely on the rope or a bullet to do the job.

  6. Talbot: you need to brush up on cause and effect.
    MB: ropes and bullets aren’t foolproof, which is why the move was made to electrocution (“The Green Mile”, anyone?) and lethal injection, which seemed to do the trick until the supply of the necessary drugs began to be cut off for reasons of conscience. My solution is still the best on offer.

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