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Al Franken Presses Comcast On Time Warner Cable Merger: 'I'm Against This Deal'

Al Franken Presses Comcast On Time Warner Cable Merger: 'I'm Against This Deal'

Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 23:22:55 in Politics

“"(Add sports, content, bundling controversies)"
I love when they include notes the author left themselves in the final press copy.”
Heartbleed Threat Shuts Down CRA Website

Heartbleed Threat Shuts Down CRA Website

Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 22:54:58 in Canada Business

“It's a serious stretch to make this a political issue.”
Heartbleed Threat Shuts Down CRA Website

Heartbleed Threat Shuts Down CRA Website

Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 22:53:37 in Canada Business

“Almost certainly related.”
Heartbleed Threat Shuts Down CRA Website

Heartbleed Threat Shuts Down CRA Website

Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 22:51:16 in Canada Business

“..... you don't provide a username and password via web connection secured using SSL at the grocery store, do you?”
Heartbleed Threat Shuts Down CRA Website

Heartbleed Threat Shuts Down CRA Website

Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 22:50:03 in Canada Business

“Congratulations. That will be a lot of comfort when the ATM you use gets compromised with an activity logger.”
Should Vancouver Aquarium Keep Whales And Dolphins?

Should Vancouver Aquarium Keep Whales And Dolphins?

Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 03:21:59 in Canada British Columbia

“This is, I feel, a more complex issue than a single answer allows. With India's ratification on the referendum of cetacean rights there is a precedent in international law for regarding dolphins and whales as sentient and bearing human-like intrinsic rights to be recognized by our legal system. On that point alone, this requires legally impactful discussion. On the other hand, I have misgivings about the environment into which we would be releasing them... not the least of those misgivings being that they could still be legally hunted for sport in many waters. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, that includes our own.”
Justin Trudeau Slammed By Tories For Comments He Never Made On Iran, Israel

Justin Trudeau Slammed By Tories For Comments He Never Made On Iran, Israel

Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 18:43:33 in Canada Politics

“How long is this going to be the headline story, exactly?”
Why the NDP is the Vehicle of the Stupid, Not Smart, Left

Why the NDP is the Vehicle of the Stupid, Not Smart, Left

Commented Apr 5, 2014 at 16:14:43 in Canada Politics

“Who said anything about moving BACKWARD? We want to move forward, and that means applying modern tech to industries that have been grandfathering themselves past regulation for almost a century in some cases. I don't want an end to power plants or the like. I want the best power plant 2014 can build, not the best power plant 1944 could build plus the least amount of retrofit they can get away with.”
Why the NDP is the Vehicle of the Stupid, Not Smart, Left

Why the NDP is the Vehicle of the Stupid, Not Smart, Left

Commented Apr 5, 2014 at 16:11:40 in Canada Politics

“We're running out of international authorities and bodies of expertise that have NOT sounded a full-blown alarm. The writing is on the wall, and it couldn't be clearer: climate change is man-made, we are past the tipping point, and we need contingency plans for the fallout and to slow the damage done YESTERDAY. This is not the position of panic, conspiracy theory, or wishful thinking neoprimatives who want us to roll the clock back a millennium or six. It's the position of people who can grasp the immensity of the data put before us, not flinch from the horrific conclusions the experts present, and still hold out hope for a human future brighter than the post-apoc movie of the moment.”
Why the NDP is the Vehicle of the Stupid, Not Smart, Left

Why the NDP is the Vehicle of the Stupid, Not Smart, Left

Commented Apr 5, 2014 at 13:37:31 in Canada Politics

“Here's a better question for polarizing politics, JJ: Pro-oil or pro-anything else?

The Liberals did oppose Northern Gateway.... briefly. Whilst so doing they laid the legislative foundation for several other pipelines. The oversight and consultation on these pipeline processes has been "money talks, science walks", as the findings of experts are ignored, communities are blanketed with leaflets about how safe pipelines are (while the safety hearings get shut down), and all of this without a peep from the BC Liberals. Oh, wait, more than a peep: crowing about jobs creation, even as petrochem companies already established in BC shed their safety and cleanup crews like yesterdays socks (thanks to relaxed requirements to maintain such a staff).

And this is the environment in which Clarke wants to launch her "Star Wars" project: a LNG processing infrastructure of unprecedented scale, complexity, and cost, which might pay for itself in 15 years if, and only if, nothing happens to the price of LNG (which some experts estimate is already overinflated by as much as 70%). Very practical.

We must be using different dictionaries if "practical" and "smart" means being so close to the Conservative platforms the most readily identifiable difference is a haircut. Harper's Conservatives will cut our collective throats for oil money. Clarke's Liberals seem willing to do the same.”
Why the NDP is the Vehicle of the Stupid, Not Smart, Left

Why the NDP is the Vehicle of the Stupid, Not Smart, Left

Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 00:42:30 in Canada Politics

“There was also that little niggling detail of hundreds of thousands of provincial resources Clarke fraudulently leveraged for her campaign, but hey, who's counting?”
Toronto's Carding System Is Basically a 'Stop and Frisk' Program

Toronto's Carding System Is Basically a 'Stop and Frisk' Program

Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 23:15:33 in Canada Politics

“Does anyone NOT feel a historic chill at the phrase "Your papers, please"?”
Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite

Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite "Get" My Letter to John Kerry

Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 22:49:52 in Canada Politics

“You're providing a fine case of why said criticisms of syntax are important: you shift the goalposts and QEDsD throughout that reply. "Why don't you simply recognize.." that which has not been demonstrated, is not statistically supported, and is a point of sufficient contention for research groups to risk their already scant funding by refusing to tow the party line on. You then move on to say the entire argument (which you just said was demonstrably resolved without so demonstrating) is silly anyway. Does this absence of clarity and consistency not distress you?”

in sinc on Mar 26, 2014 at 05:33:43

“Evidently you are not interested in the substance of the issue.”
Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite

Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite "Get" My Letter to John Kerry

Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 18:05:59 in Canada Politics

“The State Department's report is practically op-ed itself. Take a look at the formulation of the statement you quoted: "the approval or denial of any one crude oil transport project (generalize the subject), including the proposed project (inclusion, but not specificity), is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the oil sands (contentious, and only inferentially supported by the statistics included in the report) or the continued demand for heavy crude oil in refineries in the United States (belaboring the obvious)".
We have "Generalize the subject enough that overarching statements aren't exactly lies, throw the topic at hand in that cart, make a contentious statement, end with an obvious one". This is a classic rhetorical formation, but not one you'd use when your case is actually supported by the facts.
Rejecting Keystone would heavily disincentivize bitumen development.”

in sinc on Mar 25, 2014 at 19:22:20

“Rather than criticize the syntax of the person who wrote the State Department report, why don't you simply recognize that it laid to rest all the objections that had been raised by environmentalists as to the acceptability of the Keystone XL pipeline? Looking at this issue through the perspective of what will provide a disincentive to oil sands development is a perverted perspective in any case. The U.S. each year reviews and approves the addition of 7000 miles of new pipelines to the existing 2.6 million mile network. There is no valid reason based to discriminate against Canadian crude oil in this case.”
Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite

Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite "Get" My Letter to John Kerry

Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 17:58:11 in Canada Politics

“How do your points refute the claim of Dutch Disease, which is concerned with a drop on manufacturing growth/capacity (which has demonstrably occurred, and May's numbers are being kind on that point)?”
Elizabeth May's Fact Sheet Is More of an Opinion Sheet

Elizabeth May's Fact Sheet Is More of an Opinion Sheet

Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 17:45:11 in Canada Politics

“Whether or not Dutch Disease is a correlation consistent enough for the name to be meaningful, it *HAS* happened in Canada. The Canadian manufacturing sector has not been keeping pace with resource dev/dist, and if you set real estate-driven manufacture (prefab, etc) to it's own slice of the pie, the drop is precipitous. Meanwhile all that oil revenue is reinvested to develop.... more oil revenue. We better hope the popping of the bubble is a long ways off, because we've got a decade of doubling-down to reverse before we could survive it.”
Elizabeth May's Fact Sheet Is More of an Opinion Sheet

Elizabeth May's Fact Sheet Is More of an Opinion Sheet

Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 17:41:13 in Canada Politics

“The article above is "work for hire" writing, absolutely. Commissioned and compensated.”
Why Business Leaders Are Obsessed With Sun Tzu's Ancient Military Guide,

Why Business Leaders Are Obsessed With Sun Tzu's Ancient Military Guide, "The Art of War"

Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 16:11:23 in Business

“Tack on "Western Management culture has been desperately seeking intellectual validation since its inception in the late 19thc. This invariably involves turning to an external source for character reference rather than a thorough evaluation of whether a given range of techniques actually reliably do anything at all except fluff interviewers. See 'scientific administration' and the career vs the popularity of Ayn Rand"”

stciappelletto on Mar 25, 2014 at 05:04:32

“Ayn Rand suffered the same fate as Sun Tzu and so many others, to be name dropped by people that didn't have a clue what she was talking about. The right wing doesn't want a meritocracy. They want to cheat and get away with it, even institutionalize it. They've become everything she opposed.”
What's Up With Matt Drudge's Weird Tweet About Obamacare?

What's Up With Matt Drudge's Weird Tweet About Obamacare?

Commented Mar 22, 2014 at 16:50:13 in Business

“IT IS NOT A TAX.
IT IS NOT A TAX.
How hard is that to grasp?”
What's Up With Matt Drudge's Weird Tweet About Obamacare?

What's Up With Matt Drudge's Weird Tweet About Obamacare?

Commented Mar 22, 2014 at 16:49:36 in Business

“So that means he won't use any medicines, treatments, or facilities developed with collective funding without first calculating his per-consumption share of that development cost and adding it to his bill? Perhaps in the form of large drawstring rucksacks with "$$" printed on them? Seems suitable currency for that brand of cartoon logic.”
Koch Brothers Are Largest U.S. Lease-Holders In Oilsands

Koch Brothers Are Largest U.S. Lease-Holders In Oilsands

Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 21:56:36 in Canada Business

“Ever wonder why the glut of pro-oilsands videos and ads seem so much more slick, polished, and frankly, American than other Canadian plugs?”
Crimea Referendum: Exit Polls Say 93 Percent Of Voters Support Union With Russia, Per RIA

Crimea Referendum: Exit Polls Say 93 Percent Of Voters Support Union With Russia, Per RIA

Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 17:33:37 in World

“The G7 already stated they would consider any results of this vote invalid, due to the "gun to head" environment in which it was conducted. I'd call that an objection.”
Crimea Referendum: Exit Polls Say 93 Percent Of Voters Support Union With Russia, Per RIA

Crimea Referendum: Exit Polls Say 93 Percent Of Voters Support Union With Russia, Per RIA

Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 17:32:32 in World

“This figure would involve near-unanimous support by Ukrainian and (most improbably) Tatar residents of Crimea. That doesn't seem a LITTLE suspicious to you?”
Jimmy Kimmel Should Be Ashamed of Himself

Jimmy Kimmel Should Be Ashamed of Himself

Commented Mar 8, 2014 at 07:43:49 in Canada British Columbia

“The media analysis lost me at "Gonzo from Sesame Street".”
Think Quebec's Going to Separate? Take a Valium!

Think Quebec's Going to Separate? Take a Valium!

Commented Mar 8, 2014 at 07:31:13 in Canada Politics

“If rational self-interest were a reliable predictor of policy we'd be living in a very different world. Public concern over increasingly strained day-to-day concerns has driven some of the most bizarre (and some of the most horrific) policy shifts in recorded history. It's a blind force, like any other, directed through rhetoric and saturation. The PQ is doing just that. It would be foolish to discount a financially and pragmatically disastrous direction as impossible simply because it's plainly a terrible idea.”
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