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  1. I've only recently been exposed to this philosophy, and agree with you that it would make a tremendous difference in how we would approach environmental issues if we considered a much longer time-line, something considerably past four years, or the next election.
  2. Because then people would complain that 'foreigners even have their own schools, where they don't learn the Canadian way of life". Or some such.
  3. 1. He worked full time; no need to lie about his work history - there's enough other bad stuff you can say about him; 2. What's wrong with a teacher, anyway? Is there some reason a teacher can't become a Prime Minister in a free and democratic society?
  4. Because so far, the Conservative party has not presented an alternative most Canadians consider viable. "Better the devil you know, then the devil you don't", especially when that devil is supported by religious fundamentalists and an anti-science minority. Consider: if someone calls themselves a proud Conservative, cuts off contact with me when they find out an I'm an atheist because they "can't be associated with a communist", how is that supposed to engender confidence in their party? I can understand that perhaps most conservatives aren't that extreme, but such people are a significant
  5. It's not as simple as parents failing to say no to McDonalds; there are other factors. Here are just two. Food deserts: "Research from Canada indicates that some cities have food deserts, including London, Ontario, where low-income inner-city residents were shown to have the poorest access to supermarkets,20 and Gatineau, Quebec, where 7.5% of the population live with limited financial resources along with low access to healthy food." Overly supervised, to the point that parents can be reported and charged for allowing their kids to be outside, unsupervised - even in their own yard
  6. I have been wearing a mask in public (and limiting my trips) since March 2020 when this whole thing went down.

    I’m not sure how being considerate to others for the common good is now being mocked by some who are calling it “living in fear” or that I am brainwashed, but it needs to stop....

    When I wear a mask over my nose and mouth in public and in the stores/Supermarkets/Pharmacies/Offices - I want you to know the following:

    * I'm educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus.

    *No, I don't "live in fear" of the virus; I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem.

    * I don't feel like the "government controls me". I feel like I'm an adult contributing to the security in our society and I want to teach others the same.

    *I am not brainwashed, I am educated, reading the scientific information and listening to reliable scientists (not persons with no qualifications to make any scientific conclusions)

    * If we could all live with the consideration of others in mind, the whole world would be a much better place.

    * Wearing a mask doesn't make me weak, scared, stupid or even "controlled". It makes me caring and responsible.

    *When you think about your appearance, discomfort, or other people's opinion of you, imagine a loved one - a child, father, mother, grandparent, aunt, uncle or even a stranger - placed on a ventilator, alone without you or any family member allowed at their bedside.....

    Ask yourself if you could have helped them a little by wearing a mask.


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    2. dialamah


      I think many right-wing people are pretty ok, they just don't happen to be on this forum, for the most part.   

    3. DogOnPorch


      Man falls out of a high window and lands with a splat on the pavement below....but not before bouncing off a pedestrian...killing both instantly. Autopsy revels that the man who fell tested positive for COVID-19.

      Headline reads:

      COVID-19 now airborne! Kills instantly!


    4. Right To Left

      Right To Left

      My problem isn't so much with rightwingers as people, it's the defensiveness they've built around their pet beliefs and refusal to examine the things they believe in and why they believe them.

      For the record, I see the same thing in a lot of liberals, who according to the sociologist who wrote the big book on authoritarianism about 20 years ago- Robert Altemeyer, conservatism is supposed to become the favored ideology of closed-minded people who feel a need to protect their favorite beliefs. While liberals are supposed to be open-minded and more prone to examine and test their beliefs with real world evidence. And I sure as hell am not seeing much of that anymore! Hence the ideological shelling from one side on the other, looks like it's a permanent thing that will go on without end!

  7. Well, I had some hope for him - although I was always concerned about the support of the social conservatives given how fanatical they are about disenfranchising anyone who doesn't fit their mould of a proper human being. But still, I didn't want to believe everything I heard on the media about how O'Toole hated gays, yada yada yada. But then he started talking about how he'd immediately start removing the federal benefits provided to support people through Covid-19, leaving it all to the Provinces - dumb, imo. He decided Alberta needed 'special' treatment to continue their ravaging o
  8. Less support than he used to have; a counter to your claim that people think he's godlike - or some such nonsense claim you've made. I suppose if Conservatives offered something Canadians want, JT would not have the support he has. It's odd that Conservatives put forth their ideas and have them rejected by the majority, and then blame everybody else instead of considering that maybe they're the ones who've got it wrong. If Conservatives have such good ideas, they'd present them and gain the support they want. Instead they act all butthurt that their social/fiscal conservative/regressiv
  9. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/minimum-wage-republican-opposition-1133213/
  10. Old news. Here's something more recent ... https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trudeau-brownface-reaction-international-1.5289870 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-trudeaus-popularity-has-slipped-since-we-charity-scandal-broke-poll/ Looks like it's you who needs to keep up.
  11. You might be interested in a FrontLine documentary, "The Virus that Shook the World", pretty interesting take on China and how they handled the virus.
  12. You're a nice guy, AG, one of my favorite posters even though we disagree a lot. But your partisanship misleads you, imo. I used to think JT was who he said he was, but he's no better than Harper or Mulroney or Chretien. O'Toole is an idiot; too bad. I'd like to think there's some incorruptible politician out there, who really would work for all Canadians, but I think our system works against it. Too much too lose in four years; they all have to play the game - satisfy the money. But even worse is an unlimited term, because then there's no accountability at all. And you know, it
  13. This from the guy who says atheists are the same as communists.
  14. Who needs people to work? The rich people and businesses are what keeps the economy going; workers are of least importance - they don't need health care or a living wage; paying people is what puts businesses out of business! At least, that's what Republicans/Conservatives tell me.
  15. Such a simple-minded belief system:. You don't believe what I do, therefore you are evil. Thank goodness religious people, as a whole and Conservatives, as a whole, aren't fanatical extremists determined to spread hate and sow division.
  16. While Taxme is the perfect example of a Conservative supporter/voter. I'd prefer 100 Ron's over a single Taxme in my "camp", because some connection to reality is better than none.
  17. And yet, so many believed that God arranged Trump's ascendancy to President of the US. But religious people are neither logical nor consistent: if they like the leader, it'd because God placed them there; if they don't, it's because people voted them in, and God will fix it by-and-by.
  18. The courts define whether a limitation is justified, and they supported the right of the government to restrict entry into Newfoundland and Labrador when their restrictions were challenged. You can disagree with that (The Canadian Civil Liberties Association does), but the answer to your question is that the courts decide, when someone challenges a law imposed by government.
  19. "Public good" and "following the law" generally takes precedence over individual rights. Do you accept random checks of Canadian drivers to check sobriety? It's no different.
  20. I ran across a video this morning I found pretty interesting. Maybe you would too. How Sure Are Climate Scientists: Degrees of Uncertainty
  21. For some communities, the 'danger point' has already passed. US town relocating due to rising seas. And other places.
  22. The minority is not right merely by virtue of being a minority. The preponderance of evidence supports the seriousness of this disease; your continued attempts to downplay that seriousness is reminiscent of cigarette companies denying evidence while pointing to their small group of handpicked (and paid) scientists. In any case, those "experts" you tout aren't being ignored. In places like India and Brazil, they're the drivers of government policy. Take a look at how those countries are doing.
  23. Tell that to the many families who've had healthy family member die of Covid. There are many examples of that, but you are so deep in denial and conspiracy that you are blind to the reality. As if medical care professionals around the world are in cahoots with politicians and ordinary citizens to lie about what have killed people in order to ... What exactly? That's where you conspiracy nuts fail; the reasons you give for this vast conspiracy simply do not make sense.
  24. It's been known for months that Covid came to Canada via the US and Europe. Yet, you are still going on about "travel from Wuhan". What good is all the competency, honesty, openness if people reject it because it doesn't fall in with their pet theories? Yes, we as a nation should have been better prepared, no argument there. Yes, and it's still a different virus than Sars-1, the common cold, the flu. Mortality, infection rate and method, symptoms, long term effects - all new, all needing study. Plenty has been learned about this virus. These "nonsensical order
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