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Wayward Son

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  1. The average high school class size under Mike Harris was 22. It is explicitly outlined in Harris' Bill 160 legislation. As they should have. You spend your next post whining and moaning about the class sizes you had endure when in high school. Current class sizes for most students are the same as they were for most students under Harris. Ford wanted to make them much larger than anything Ontario had ever seen. Most class sizes for academic students would have been pushed into the 40s. Not the occasional one. Most. People think that the "average class size" actually represents the avera
  2. Nothing about Bin Laden, eh? I suppose you think 9/11 was an inside job, anyways...
  3. Still using a non-existent agreement between the US and USSR as an excuse for Putin's aggression and interference with another sovereign country? Pathetic. Even more pathetic is that you think it is fine for two superpowers to unilaterally make deals about what smaller sovereign countries are allowed to do with their own foreign policy. I do not need to rethink my position on the Iraq wars for my own conscience. I opposed and continue to have opposed the second. However, I did not side with a murderous dictator who was the complete scum of the earth like you did and do. I opposed it beca
  4. Well I hope that GH and others who have claimed that there are no Putin apologists on here will recognize that they were wrong. Because Putin had "no choice." Why? Because the Ukraine, being it's own sovereign country, felt that it should therefore have it's own foreign policy, and not the ones dictated to it by it's neighboring bully, who had controlled, bullied, starved and killed the Ukrainian people for decades. It is unfortunate that Georgia and Ukraine were not accepted into NATO in 2008 (when they both desperately wanted in, but NATO said no - something that puts a complete wrench i
  5. This Scientific American article from last year explains why the CIA program was a terrible idea that will have consequences that may last for decades.
  6. Getting better happens without treatment on occasion. The chances are obviously much better with medical treatment then without. Also she has had some treatment (some chemo, and undoubtedly other treatments). Several articles have said that without continued treatment they were worried about remission occurring. For the type of cancer she has (ALL), treatment almost always includes chemo given in many cycles over a couple years, that would mean to me that she has completed at least one cycle and the cancer is no longer detected, but follow up chemo reduces the chances of the cancer (which
  7. Got it. So when the US says negative things about a leader like say Kim Jong-un, it actually means that he is doing what is best for his country. I wonder how the US would be able to express themselves when a leader is actually not doing what is best for their own country's interests (I know that would have to be a hypothetical situation for the likes of BG, who believes that all leaders are doing what is best for their people....even say the previous leader of the Ukraine who spent his term stealing all the wealth out of the country for himself, his son, and his close associates)? The U
  8. I post for my own enjoyment. Over the last 15 years Putin's popularity has always stayed above 60%. His popularity has gone above 80% often (In 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 etc). Generally those upticks coincide with the government's frequent and increasingly harsh crackdowns on the media. At present another severe crackdown started just days before the Olympics (when the Kremlin attacked the last independent TV station in Russia - Dozhd - followed by the attack on prominent independent news source Lenta.ru where the Kremlin forced out the editor, replaced him with a Kremlin stooge a
  9. Hudak's goal is to win the race to the bottom. Remaking the province into a non-union, low wage, corporate paradise. Saving money is a secondary consideration.
  10. I have no illusions about your pretending to have a balanced position. The reality is that you look at anything that is printed about the one side with much more skepticism than you do anything printed about the other side. I do as well, but at least I have no problem admitting to it. As for your comment that newspapers like the Washington Post have printed Putin's popularity numbers, well duh, I was not claiming that polls were not showing those numbers. I was claiming that popularity numbers in a state where the government controls the media are completely meaningless. Western papers hav
  11. Being an authoritarian with tight control over the media is what is mightier...and also makes any claims of approval ratings worthless. But, I don't expect anything will damper your love for the thug.
  12. Some of us have managed the amazing feat of opposing the US going into Iraq AND opposing what Russia is doing to destabilize the Ukraine. Others opposed the US going into Iraq but are coming up with all kinds of excuses for Russia now (Ders Russians in there so why shouldn't Russia go in? NATO made a (completely undocumented) promise to the USSR not expand eastward...so that means that no what Russia does, the west is more at fault).
  13. This is really something I have seen played out a couple times since 9/11 for people on the left (I say that as someone who generally finds myself on the far left for almost all issues). After 9/11 Hitchens stated roughly the following about some of the left's reaction: "It’s the observation that when people are learning a new language, they habitually translate it back into the one they already know." (That was a quote from Marx) and he used that to argue that a good portion of the left views most things as a battle between the imperial west and their victims. Therefore any group that attac
  14. I figured my last sentence would make it obvious. (but of course the internet makes these things harder to read)
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