1 OKAY, YOU CAN BUY OUR URANIUM, BUT PRETTY PLEASE RESPECT THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF YOUR CITIZENS Canada’s prime minister follows in the great political tradition of empty moral proclamations after business deals are done. More here.
2 THE MENTALLY DISABLED HAVE RIGHTS TOO The Supreme Court of Canada says an intellectually-disabled woman has the right to testify against the man alleged to have sexually assaulted her.
3 WHILE THE REPUBLICANS RANT ABOUT CONTROLLING WOMBS, THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT DELIVERS A BANK SETTLEMENT FOR REGULAR PEOPLE Read all about it.
4 NOT THAT HE’S PERFECT Barack Obama also wimped out on defending the rights of people who work for Catholic organizations. I think he’s making a mistake and underestimating church-goers’ talent for ignoring their leaders when they say crazy things. UPDATE: Or maybe Obama’s not so much wimpy as smart:
Emulating Hawaii, where the rule is in effect, would mean that employees at religious institutions that do not offer free contraception in the health insurance plan can get birth control through side benefits, which the employees nominally pay for but which often end up being free.
UPDATE 2: Talking Points Memo says this:
“All women will still have access to free preventive care that includes contraceptive services,” one official said. But if a religious institution declines to provide coverage that includes contraceptive services, “the insurance company will be required to reach out directly and offer her contraceptive coverage free.
Huh. Controversy fixed.
5 CITIES ARE SAFER Canada is actually a very safe country to live in. But if you absolutely must get yourself murdered, move to a rural area, where the odds of getting killed are better:1.9 murders per 100,000 people verses 1.5 in cities.
6 U.S. SOLDIERS DON’T JUST PEE ON THE PEOPLE THEY’VE KILLED. THEY ALSO POSE WITH NAZI SYMBOLS Maybe it’s just a bad idea all around to train humans to be killers.
BONUS: SCOTT GOMEZ SCORED LAST NIGHT! The Montreal Canadiens’ centre has been hockey’s top overpaid/under-performing athlete for quite a while. In fact, the $7.3 million man hadn’t scored in over a year. As Rosie mentioned already this a.m., he scored last night. But what’s really important is that this momentous event forced the website didgomezscore.com to dramatically update their page from the usual “no”.