Archive for May, 2010

Climate Scientist Sues national Post


I was interested to read in the Guardian Weekly that a leading Canadian climate scientist is suing the National Post and three of its writers for grossly irresponsible falsehoods – two of the lies being that annual mean global temperatures have ceased to increase and that climate models are falling apart. This might put an end to climate change deniers lies. Imagine a newspspaper downright lying.
AND he is also suing several, as yet unknown posters on the paper’s online comment section, for calling him a hypocrite and a fraudster, accusing him of being a rat leaving a sinking ship of lies and red herrings and hysteria, and saying he should be thrown under a bus. Perhaps this might be a warning to people about what kinds of lies and insults they post on online comment sections


The Armageddon Factor


Perhaps the publication of the book The Armageddon Factor will be the catalyst for the discussion we should be having in this country about the fundamentalist beliefs of the Harper Conservatives and how they affect public policy. This has been the elephant in the room ever since that party has come to power. Their beliefs affect policy on climate change, public spending, law and order, foreign policy, the atmosphere in the House of Commons and everything else about how our government is operating these days.

I know it’s considered impolite to comment on others religious beliefs but when those beliefs are informing decisions made for everyone in the country they must be talked about publicly.

Conservatives at 34.4 in the Polls


What puzzles me is why the conservatives are still only at 34.4 in the polls. They have had all the country’s resources at their disposal for 5 years and have spent a good deal of them advertising themselves and putting on circuses to look good and seem important (the Olympics, endless military ceremonies, royal visits), spent wildly to buy us, even hired, at our expense, a stylist to make the PM look better, and still they are only at 34.4. That’s the real story.

Coalition Government Makes Sense


Germany has had coalition governments since the second world war. Their system was structured that way so that no one could ever again rise to power the way Hitler did. Instead of being a bad thing coalition governments have resulted in a strong economy in which tough adjustments have been made. It’s changes through consensus takes longer but are less divisive than first past the post decision making. The coalition building takes quite a long time too but is an opportunity for lots of good discussion to make the decisions instead of one party making them, often for their own political advantage. The countries of northern Europe all have coalition governments as the result of proportional representation and they work very well. There is a reason why only Canada and Britain have been left behind. It’s because the party in power knows it’s to it’s disadvantage to support it.

Tough on Crime Costs


Tough on Crime and What it Costs
“Pilot studies for the national addiction centre at King’s College London suggest allowing users to inject heroin under medical supervision could cut local crime rates by two-third in six months. Of the sample of heroin users studied, three-quarters substantially reduced their use of street bought drugs, spending 50 pounds per week down from 300 pounds per week. The number of crimes they committed fell from 1,731 in three months to 547 in six months.” In spite of the fact the math seems a little strange, it appears to prove something I have always thought true – legally supply addicts and you remove the incentive for pushers to operate and addicts to commit crimes. And offer addiction services with it. But I’m sure the police forces are not up for this because we would need less of them. And Conservatives would probably be convinced we would all rush to get our share of the free heroin. I can’t figure out if it would feel terrible, or in some crazy way wonderful, to believe that if some controls were lifted everything would degenerate into chaos and people would sink into the worst kind of moral decrepitude – except for oneself of course. And if while planning harsher punishment for others, one happens to make a young woman pregnant in an extramarital affair , necessitating a divorce from one’s longtime spouse, one won’t count that.