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  1. Decriminalization is not the way to go. It does not help end illegal and irresponsible 'grow-ops' that ruin houses and devalue property. It does not deal with access by the underage, it does not deal with 'laced' or tainted product and it offers no accountability for the huge profits that are being made. That said, legalization is the best way to face the issue, unless you advocate continued prohibition. I heard a bit on the radio from a Canadian Senator (and former RCMP officer) that says our current mindset of prohibition is not working, and legalization was the only logical step. I haven
  2. Cease-fire, Shmeece-fire. This conflict is far from over. Israel has simply 'turned the pot down to simmer' for the time being. A large part of the problem is that both the Israelis and 'Palestinians' are divided about how to achieve 'peace'. Many Israelis argue that the areas under the hottest dispute (The Gaza Strip, which the Israelis call 'Gush Katif', and the West Bank, which they call 'Judea and Samaria') had been given to them by God himself, and the deed and title to the land are in the bible. Many Israelis were opposed to any form of 'land for peace deal', and indeed some Israeli ne
  3. Dear August1991, Taxation is the ultimate combo of 'carrot and stick' when it comes to social engineering. I don't think anyone was handled it quite properly yet... Cutting income taxes would have some immediate effect on Average Joe's spending, to be sure, but it doesn't 'create jobs' like gov't spending is touted to do. However, as you say, gov't job creating schemes are wide open to abuse...how effective were the Liberal advertising campaigns in Quebec or the 2 billion dollar gun registry to that end?Only industry really 'creates jobs', and thereby increases the tax base. Tax incentiv
  4. http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2008/10/20/7146386.html I actually like Bob Rae, though he is pretty far left. The only other 'centre-lefty' I would suggest as leader for the liberals would be me.
  5. I highly doubt that Harper can get away with ruling like a majority leader. As Peter Mansbridge pointed out the night of the election, Joe (who?) Clark tried that with what was considered a 'strong minority gov't' and found himself punted within the year. Another minority gov't might be a good thing for Canada, at least until a stronger leader or party manages to get it's act together.
  6. Dear August1991, Certainly not, but I sure am getting bitter. Some of the asinine proposals coming out of our city hall are leaving me incredulous. One alderman wants to eliminate all of the dumpsters from the downtown core because they attract graffiti and cause messes (when the homeless root through them). Her solution? Eliminate the dumpsters and have twice a day pick up service. With almost all of the dumpsters privately run, who the hell is going to pay for that? Further, the core would be clogged with garbage trucks. This is just one, minor example of the idiocy that Calgary is experie
  7. Dear August1991, I concur with the notion of 'failed entrepreneurs'...at municipal, provincial and federal levels, the people most qualified are already in the private sector. As you have said in the past, upping the pay might bring in quality candidates (matching comparable private sector pay rates), but there would still be no incentive for them to be fiscally responsible. Sadly, if you gave the power of taxation to a free-enterprizer (sic), the goal would become: tax us 100% of our income, and give us nothing. Much like the old commie system.
  8. I must agree with MSH, Calgary's municipal gov't is abysmal. Our mayor is a tax-and-spend liberal to the nth degree. Some of the other hare-brained proposals and spending schemes from our city hall would make anyone who is responsible for their own dollar shudder with revulsion. Our mayor only knows how to bleat to the province and the taxpayer for more money, and then squander it, only to end up bleating for more. Well, MSH says it all well enough. (oddly, word on the street is that the mayor likely won't run for another term..by some coincidence, the proposed LRT expansion in the city (pla
  9. An interesting topic, and a cynical yet bang-on reply...I would say that 'Judgement Day' is near...not that sort of apocalyptic, religious claptrap type of day, more like 'decision day'...Sadly, though, we will likely also avoid making the right 'no-brainer' decision until it may be too late...
  10. Dear August1991, Generally speaking, fighting is tolerated because it is meant to be an outlet for anger/revenge instead of the retaliatory cheap shot. Fighting happens spontaneously most times, sometimes it is 'staged' (or ordered, and in some cases even forbidden, by a coach), and sometimes it is used to rally a team that is down, or intimidate a team that is up. Jarome Iginla will sometimes try to rally his team by showing 'leadership' through dropping the gloves, and sometimes it backfires. there was an old saying in Junior, "We lost the game, but won all the fights". I never played Juni
  11. http://www.indiaenews.com/nepal/20080209/96597.htm Here is an interesting link, forgive me if it has already been posted. I suppose the argument here is: should this be legislated against?
  12. Dear bush_cheney2004, I did not explain myself well. I meant that no one should profit on either end. If organs are to be for sale, they should also go to the highest bidder. I haven't seen organs for sale on e-bay yet, but I suppose it is something to look forward to.
  13. Dear bush_cheney2004, No one should profit for organ donation. It's a no-brainer. Go to India and China, offer hundreds of rupees or yen for certain organs, or better yet, a train ride to a fabulous "Arbeit Macht Frei" remote work camp and sell then abroad for thousands of USD. Perhaps with the combination of stem-cell research and cloning, anyone can make, grow and experiment with whatever they want. I'm gonna grow me a 12 foot angry retard.
  14. I would strongly and always support the banning of the sale of Human organs. If you think that I should be trusted not to collect and/or harvest human organs for profit, bully for you. I do not trust you. Nor anyone else. In general terms, of course.
  15. Dear Argus, I have to agree here. My wife and our manager were assaulted a couple of weeks ago by a drugged-out waste case (female) on the steps of our business. The police and an ambulance were called out. It took 3 cops to subdue her (even though my wife and our manager, both Guardian Angels, had restrained her until the cops arrived). They loaded her into the ambulance for about 15 min...then she was taken out of the back with a cloth bag over her head and loaded into the back of the paddy wagon. Evidently she was continually spitting at the EMS guys. Not a tasering offence, but they have
  16. Dear bush_cheney2004, I agree that there are no absolutes, but argue that 'race' was originally moreso defined by past environments than recent 'social constructs', for good or ill. What rankled me from the original question was the notion of applying the qualifiers 'good or bad' to race, or racial mixing. it is neither good nor bad, it just is. Until, of course, someone suggests an 'end goal', in which case racial mixing would then be looked at as 'beneficial', or 'detrimental', to that goal.
  17. Dear M.Dancer, I would agree with the Equestian bit, and the luge too, but not running. Running is something that is done everywhere, by every kid, and it requires no equipment nor facilities whatsoever (I recall a young South African girl in the Olympics, Zola Budd I believe her name was, who preferred to run without shoes).
  18. Dear bush_cheney2004, Well done. I would have been about 5, so if you remember it, I guess that makes you a little older than me. Still, shouldn't the mongoloids and caucasoids have taken their equal third share of winnings in the last 35 years?
  19. Dear bush_cheney2004, Actually, there were 3 major 'races' taught in school when I was a kid, mongoloid, caucasoid, and negroid. They have since been broken down even further. However, race is more a product of environment than anything (as per U of C Anthropology class). Eskimos tend to be shorter and more squat compared to certain African tribes, mainly for the reasons of heat retention/dissipation. To say that there is nothing unique about races is a bit of a gloss-over, or there wouldn't be any. Just as a lark, could you name the last non-negroid winner of an Olympic 100 m dash?
  20. Dear jdobbin, Most of America felt that way. Germany and Italy declared war on the US out of treaty obligation to Japan, while the USA was isolationist and wanted no part of a European/Asian war.
  21. Dear kimmy, I agree that August1991's comments may lead one (many more than one, really) to believe that the invasion of Iraq was part of the response to the WTC attacks. However, most of the world was aghast at the invasion of Iraq, because the wishful WMD threat and UN inspections were escalated solely by the US and UK into a 'regime change'. A notion at which other world leaders balked. I recall Jean Chretien saying something like:"Reginme change, what regime change? We never said anything about regime change..."
  22. The pork thing goes way back, as it was the last major food animal to be domesticated by man. Since it could not digest grass, i could not 'graze', and had to be fed grains, etc...good food that the humans could have eaten. I also read some somwhere (in the Bible or the Koran) that one shouldn't eat a cloven-hoofed animal, which was seen as 'Satan-like'. As to Betsy's comment that there are commonalities about the major religions, this is very true. Islam does not discount the Old Testament, nor it's historical figures, (there is a book about Abraham, or 'Ibrahim' in the Koran) but diverge
  23. Dear M. Dancer, Groceries wouldn't do so well, at least the frozen ones. I am not about to order a take-out 'Steak Neptune' from Ft.Lauderdale, either. Besides, the 'very rich' bank off-shore at every opportunity already, why not give them incentives in Canada too?
  24. Dear August1991, I'll try to give some smart-alecky answers to your questions... Well, I would expect that their ability to generate income becomes severely limited, and very few are willing to hire them. Further, most have been taxed all their life, so it is almost like a 'tax finish line'. Because no one would live there for fun, or at least without incentives. Mr Black allegedly cheated...the small business owner is allowed to 'expense' one business trip a year. Civil servants know more ins and outs about dodging tax than I will likely ever know. They are the benchmark of what you can
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