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Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
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Current location: Toronto, Ontario
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Heads up, Canada! Ridings are being redistricted.

Last night, the new NDP candidate for our riding was pounding the pavement, handing out flyers. I live in Kensington Market in Toronto, which has, up until now, been in the riding of Trinity-Spadina. Well, she was handing out flyers for University-Rosedale. I was wondering if maybe she had wandered across a riding barrier and not realized it, but also, I had never heard of Univeristy-Rosedale before. So, I went to the Elections Canada website. You can see what your current riding is, and what your riding will be for the upcoming federal election here:

http://www.elections.ca/Scripts/vis/ChooseED?L=e&QID=-1&PAGEID=20

Yeah, turns out I'm in a new riding called University-Rosedale that is such obvious gerrymandering.

http://www.elections.ca/Scripts/vis/Map338?L=e&ED=35110&EV=99&EV_TYPE=6&PC=M5T2N5&PROV=ON&PROVID=35&QID=-1&PAGEID=27

Looks to me like they're trying to balance out us hippies, commies, and liberals in Kensington/Univeristy/Little Portugal/Little Italy with the rich conservative voters up in Rosedale.

Heads up. Make sure you know what your riding is for the upcoming federal election!

The Breathtaking Hypocrisy Of The Republican Freak Out About John McCain, In One Letter

From ThinkProgress:

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2015/07/20/3682278/breathtaking-hypocrisy-republican-freak-john-mccain/

The remarks have predictably generated an avalanche of criticism from the rest of the Republican presidential field. Jeb Bush, for example, tweeted the following:


Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration.

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 18, 2015

This seems like an uncontroversial statement. Who would disagree with the notion that “all our veterans” deserve “respect and admiration” for their service?

One such person, recent history reveals, is Jeb Bush.


I mean, really, it's the usual Republican hypocrisy that we see constantly, but when you run into those people who insist that the GOP really supports those veterans, it's a great idea to remind them just how disrespectful they have been, and continue to be, so long as it is politically expedient. It's great to watch them turn on each other and beat each other up in the GOP primaries, but let's keep this sort of thing in the front of everyone's minds.

XPost from Canada group: ICYMI: Desmond Cole is bravely attacking racism in Toronto

Desmond Cole is a columnist for The Torontoist:

http://torontoist.com/author/desmondcole/

and Toronto Life:

http://www.torontolife.com/author/desmondcole/

ignited a bit of a firestorm when Toronto Life published his article attacking the Toronto Police Services practice of carding, and its incredibly racist implementation in this article:

http://www.torontolife.com/informer/features/2015/04/21/skin-im-ive-interrogated-police-50-times-im-black/

People would love to imagine Canada as a serene, post-racial society without this kind of trouble, but POC are still dying in Canada. It's overshadowed a little by the massive troubles that are erupting throughout the USA for the same problems, but it's still an issue, here. Since the article was posted, he's been talking about it non-stop on his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/DesmondCole and finding a great deal of support and a bizarre amount of resistance.

It's worth your time to read the article and do some browsing of his Twitter feed.

Remember that carding is not simply "collecting data." Each instance of carding is recorded as a "non-arrest police interaction" which is something that can show up on a background check. Toronto Star did an article about this last year: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/05/17/no_charges_no_trial_but_presumed_guilty.html outlining the problem of people being denied jobs and housing based on things like these non-arrest interactions showing up on background checks.

ICYMI: Desmond Cole is bravely attacking racism in Toronto

Desmond Cole is a columnist for The Torontoist:

http://torontoist.com/author/desmondcole/

and Toronto Life:

http://www.torontolife.com/author/desmondcole/

ignited a bit of a firestorm when Toronto Life published his article attacking the Toronto Police Services practice of carding, and its incredibly racist implementation in this article:

http://www.torontolife.com/informer/features/2015/04/21/skin-im-ive-interrogated-police-50-times-im-black/

People would love to imagine Canada as a serene, post-racial society without this kind of trouble, but POC are still dying in Canada. It's overshadowed a little by the massive troubles that are erupting throughout the USA for the same problems, but it's still an issue, here. Since the article was posted, he's been talking about it non-stop on his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/DesmondCole and finding a great deal of support and a bizarre amount of resistance.

It's worth your time to read the article and do some browsing of his Twitter feed.

Remember that carding is not simply "collecting data." Each instance of carding is recorded as a "non-arrest police interaction" which is something that can show up on a background check. Toronto Star did an article about this last year: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/05/17/no_charges_no_trial_but_presumed_guilty.html outlining the problem of people being denied jobs and housing based on things like these non-arrest interactions showing up on background checks.

AP Says Shots of Gun Pointed at Ted Cruz’s Head Not Intended to be Negative

But it sure is funny!

From PetaPixel: http://petapixel.com/2015/06/23/ap-says-shots-of-gun-pointed-at-ted-cruzs-head-not-intended-to-be-negative/

The photographer took a series of 14 photos, and I just can't help but think it's a subtle (maybe no-so-subtle) political jab. Great framing in my book!

Church of Scientology owes City of Toronto over $100k in property taxes

... and the city's actually going to go after them for it.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/05/18/church-of-scientology-owes-city-over-100000-as-yonge-bloor-site-languishes.html

As someone retweeted on my Twitter feed today:

Scientology owes the city 100k in back taxes, so I guess we should raise TTC fares again


Ain't that the truth. My only hope is that the city is as diligent going after any other back-tax-owing corps with that prime real estate in the downtown.

Ted Cruz’s crazy climate theories, debunked

Ted Cruz appeared recently (March 16th) on Seth Myers' late-night show and started talking about climate change (natch).

Turns out, Cruz is totally out to lunch about the whole thing. Who'd've thunk it, eh?

Grist has a great article thoroughly debunking the densely packed bullshit in Cruz's statement:

http://grist.org/politics/ted-cruzs-crazy-climate-theories-debunked/

An excerpt:
CRUZ: I just came back from New Hampshire where there’s snow and ice everywhere. And my view actually is simple. Debates on this should follow science and should follow data. And many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up. And in particular, satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years there’s been zero warming, none whatsoever. It’s why, you remember how it used to be called global warming, and then magically the theory changed to climate change?

MEYERS: Sure.

CRUZ: The reason is, it wasn’t warming. But the computer models still say it is, except the satellites show it’s not.


We totally agree with his point that debates about climate “should follow science and should follow data.” Right on! But according to Kevin Trenberth, a leading climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, everything else in Cruz’s quote is “a load of claptrap … absolute bunk.”

Cruz is a strategy

I was reading n2doc's roundup of political cartoons here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=journals&uid=139285

(BTW: Thanks n2doc, I love reading those every day!)

and saw this one:


and realized that this is part of the plan. The right in the USA (and to a lesser extent here in Canada) have been framing the dialogue SO FAR TO THE RIGHT that they can still take an extremely hard-right stance and claim moderation and compromise. Cruz is a boon to far-right candidates who can say, "Well, at least we're not THAT crazy."

This has 100% been the strategy of the right wing. Take an extreme right wing position, and then back up from it just a little and call it compromise, and call that new position moderate or centrist. This is what is dragging the discourse so far to the right.

So let's counter that. We can say that over $1million in annual income will invoke a 75% tax rate, and over $10million will invoke a 100% tax rate. No? To far to the left? Okay, we'll compromise and say that over $1million will only be 65% and over $10million will only be 85%. See how moderate and centrist that is? We backed up a whole 15% on that second one.

From Cracked.com: 6 Weirdly Conservative Messages Hidden in 'Ghostbusters'

Just a bit of silly fun, but these guys are pretty damn funny:

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Are those 47 senators pulling an Ann Coulter?!?

It just occurred to me! Those 47 senators who signed that letter to Iran and called it a "cheeky" joke? (as here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026349846)

They're saying terrible things and then saying it was just a joke! They're doing the Ann Coulter thing. Saying terrible horrible things and then just saying, "Oh, I'm just a satirist, you're taking it too seriously."

Trouble is, Ann Coulter is actually in the entertainment industry (though how anyone finds her entertaining I'll never understand), and the senators are GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS!

Do your satirizing on your own time. Maybe they're all just putting together a "greatest hits" reel to get a job as a pundit later.
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