South of the border is a crass, brash, crude, cruel, snarling, heartless, stupid, mean, linguistically challenged bigot, racist and misogynist. His counterpart north of the border is all smiles and warmth, projects compassion and love, is eloquent and the face of fun and good cheer, can pass the strictest of political correctness tests, calls himself a feminist and reminds us at every chance how much he welcomes refugees, Muslims, immigrants and diversity. And why wouldn’t he be smiling? Trump is the antichrist that lets him play knight in shining armour in Canada and the world.Read More »
Beat by Element Productions (at 110% tempo)
Lyrics my own
i wanna be clear: we had ten years full of darkness
that’s a decade of fear to divide, scare and part us
the story of harper’s reign starts in 2006
with a minority of electoral picks
it was a picture of false majority in 2011
thank single member plurality, westminster inheritance
it was a total blow, ranking as a low form of penance
a road to thought control for which we supposedly votedRead More »
I have one friend living in Paris. That is my only connection to the city. I have never been there or been particularly drawn to it. I cannot cry for it and will not pray for it. Just as I felt nothing for Beirut, Ankara, Garissa or Mumbai, my heart is unmoved by the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th. Even while my head tells me they were horrible atrocities. I mean no offense. I respect the right of others to grieve, to feel shock, to be scared, to be angry. But I cannot compel myself to feel grief or outrage. Perhaps because I am desensitised. Perhaps the link between the attacks and me is weak. I have a low level of empathy anyway. I am neither proud nor ashamed of my lack of feeling. It just is.Read More »
Congratulations to Trudeau for achieving something no other PM in history has managed: Make people give half a flying fudge about a Canadian cabinet! I was shocked when my French and German friends engaged me in discussions on Canadian politics.Read More »
[updates on progress, if any, as of Jan 2017]
Top policy promises by Justin Trudeau that I look forward to seeing him keep:
- BROKEN: Introduce electoral reform, based on recommendations from an all-party committee, within 18 months
Launch a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women Bring back the long-form census
- Implement all recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
End bomb raids in Syria Scrap the purchase of F-35 fighter jets:however, 18 new jets (Super Hornets) were purchased as an interim solution until the gov’t decides what to actually replace the existing CF-18s with
- Repeal Bill C-24: some aspects have been repealed, incl. revocation of citizenship for terrorism/on national security grounds, and a new amending bill C-6 has been introduced, proposing i.a. revocation of citizenship in cases of fraud/misinformation, and to limit language requirement to 18-54 y.o. applicants. More: https://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/C-6/?tab=mentions
Form a gender-balanced cabinet of 25 members:(30 members, close enough)
- Ensure safe drinking water on First Nations reserves within 5 years
Cancel income splitting
- Quadruple federal spending in public transit over the next decade
- Repeal the “problematic elements” of Bill C-51
I will be striking through these items as he gets ’em done.
Here I will focus on ‘content’ knowledge rather than the broader life lessons of how to work, how to treat people and so on. Now that I no longer work there and have no agenda other than my own, I don’t have to say anything I don’t actually believe.
So here’s what I believe:
- Technology cannot, in and of itself, correct injustices and inequalities. It is a useful and often necessary tool, but technological and scientific advancement only creates the minimal conditions needed for change. It does not drive change.
- Policy and legislation are signals given by a position of authority (the government) to the rest of society about what SHOULD BE. Regardless of the extent of implementation and execution, signals are important. They are a point of reference for us.
- Policy and legislation create structures and frameworks that guide the actions of various actors.
- Policy and legislation do not guarantee change. There needs to be implementation, enforcement, accountability, monitoring and evaluation.
- Sometimes policy leads. Sometimes it follows.
- The money to fund progress is there. The question is allocation.
- Change is possible, and it’s happening. Ever so fucking slowly.
- Democracy is the keystone.