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  1. Considering the topic of this thread, Atheism is Dead, it seems that PZ Meyers just recently had a blog entry regarding that very notion: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/12/atheism_is_doooooomed.php Quoting a few of the usual suspects does not mean you've got a "growing consensus". I don't even know what "atheism as a theoretical position" means — it could imply that atheism is so dominant that it is taken for granted. As for McGrath…sorry, vacuous, mealy-mouthed, and boring are not sufficient qualities to make one an authority. Again, though, I have no idea what he is talking abou
  2. I still wonder why criminals in the GTA haven't caught onto the use of the full burka to aid their crimes... Imagine... in some areas of Toronto you would be entirely inconspicuous unlike in a ski mask (dead of winter excepted), and you have a baggy garment to hide your shotgun underneath to boot. After the armed robbery simply find a relatively secure location, rip off the burka and you are good to go... escape the area as casually as you can - witness and video cameras be damned.
  3. I am in the process of trying to decide if I should get the H1N1 vaccination or not, and it is a hard decision to make with so much misinformation and conspiracy theories floating around. The main reason I am considering not getting it is because I generally do not talk to or am in close contact with very many people in a day... I drive truck, so my contact with other people is at a minimum. On-the-other-hand, I do not currently have the luxury of having paid sick days... so if I did get sick, I am not sure if I could afford an extensive leave of absence without pay. From this forum and ot
  4. Forgive my political ignorance, but why would he need to call an election? Wouldn't all he need to do is introduce something the other parties wouldn't possibly support - like scrapping the $1.95 per head for the parties, for example, and let the resulting non-confidence vote spring an election?
  5. The income tax reduction we are getting in Ontario is a small amount... maximum of $300 or so. I also don't like how much I pay in income taxes, but I realize that our social services need to be paid for somehow. If income taxes were greatly reduced while gst and pst were increased, I wouldn't care - but that is not the case. I am not complaining about piddly increases - like hair cuts or mc d's meals... I am in Ontario and my condo fees are going to get hit drastically due to heating fuel and related services taking a hit. I will have no choice but to sell my condo before this tax comes in -
  6. I take no issue with canning the PST, but I do take issue with being charged significantly more for things that weren't charged for before, some of the things being necessities. If things like heating fuel, automotive fuel, and used cars were exempt, for example, then I wouldn't bitch. Alternatively if the HST were to be somewhat lowered - say 10% but all inclusive, I also wouldn't complain. The idea itself is fine... simplify things... good idea. The amount extra I will have to pay is not fine... I am poor enough as it is.
  7. You may like it, but I think it is quite obvious that this additional tax is really going to hurt the lower-middle class and under... which consumption taxes often do. My personal reaction will be: In the spring I will sell my condo. I will move into an unregistered apartment in someone's house, and I will buy as little as possible that has tax on it - any goods that are not food will be from flea markets, Chinese shops (the sort of black market ones that don't charge tax), ebay, and kijiji. I will use the company that I have registered, but has no income, to setup a HST number and will clai
  8. Just found this letter to the editor in an online newspaper... apparently not all businesses think making administration somewhat easier is enough to justify the extra cost. This is from the president of a realty company in Stratford, Ontario, found at: http://stratfordbeaconherald.com/ArticleDi....aspx?e=1767951
  9. I don't find Flaherty's position confusing. It seems to me that he is offering a carrot to two Liberal provincial governments knowing full well that the voting public will blame the Liberal governments who took the carrot, not the Federal Government which offered it. Doing so will only serve to help his provincial conservative counterparts come next election, like his wife, for example. msj... yeah, I am not sure how the typical renter will get hit (other than heating costs) unless they are renting within a condo type building which would also have maintenance fees (directly or indirectly).
  10. I own a condo in Ontario. My maintenance fees are not directly taxed, however, many of the services that previously were not charged PST (like snow removal, lawyer fees, heating fuel, etc) will be. These costs, no doubt will be passed on to me as higher maintenance fees. I am expecting an increase of 7% to 8% next year. In the same way, if the owner of a rental unit has higher costs for services, who do you think is going to end up paying for it?
  11. That is very strange, because it has always acted like this for me... no matter if I use my windows system or linux system, or even if I am starting over with a fresh install. Every time my password is saved - both Firefox and Google Chrome as if I want to save the password, but if I close my browser or don't visit MLW for a few days when I return I always have to enter my username again. No other forum I visit forgets, and there is nothing I have changed.... hmmmm... very strange.
  12. What is with MLW's forum software - can't it remember my damn log in information? Every other forum I belong to has no problem remembering my credentials and logs me in automatically. With MLW my password is remembered if I use firefox or chrome, but no matter what neither browser remembers my username or to log me in automatically. Does anyone else have this problem?
  13. This election will be a pointless exercise. The way the polls are looking it will be another conservative minority with fewer seats... so pretty much the same as we have now. The other option is a Liberal minority that will be taken down within another year from the election. A doubt there is any chance of a majority in either direction this time around.
  14. Seeing as Ignatief plans to take down the government at the earliest opportunity, and supposing that the NDP and/or the Bloc might help him with his plans, which party will you support?
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