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Nelson Mandela Dead: Former South African President Dies At Age 95 (PHOTOS)

Nelson Mandela Dead: Former South African President Dies At Age 95 (PHOTOS)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 16:52:11 in Canada

“RIP Madhiba. A man's man in a world where too few are to be found ! You will be missed and continue to be an inspiration to those who believe as you did. hamba kuhle.”
10 Destinations On The Rise, As Selected By TripAdvisor (PHOTOS)

10 Destinations On The Rise, As Selected By TripAdvisor (PHOTOS)

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 17:40:31 in Canada Travel

“jerusalem is in palestine.”
Telus Exec: Canada Should Have Highest Wireless Rates, But Doesn't

Telus Exec: Canada Should Have Highest Wireless Rates, But Doesn't

Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 16:27:37 in Canada Business

“Even Zimbabwe and Sudan, two tech giants of the world with the most outstanding infrastructure and democracy to match, have better cell phone coverage and plans than Canada and are not ripping off consumers the way the companies in Canada are. It is such a shame...”
Canada Immigration: Foreign Skilled Workers Struggle To Find Jobs In Their Professions

Canada Immigration: Foreign Skilled Workers Struggle To Find Jobs In Their Professions

Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 15:28:12 in Canada

“There is a whole other side to this debacle that allows people with improper language skills to come to Canada...MONEY !!! You have to pay to apply for landed immigrant status - don't know what the price is now, but get in or be rejected you've paid maybe $1000 for the application. Imagine how much money Canada makes from applications alone. Then, you have to have a certain amount of money that you bring with you when you have been accepted. So that is another, say $20000.00 if you have a family...more free money for Canada ! Whooo-hooo...If you're not as persistent and willing to go through the hardships Mr Yin has, you will likely pack up and go home...having spent most or all of your money in Canada. Cost to Canada, hmmm, close to $0. So why not continue this money grab from mostly poorer countries and knowing all the while that probably 80 to 90 % of the "selected few" will actually make it ? Well, because Canada wants and needs cheap labour such as in the janitorial, taxi-driving, meat-plant packing industries...jobs most "educated" Canadians deem not worth their degrees. And you have a PHD doing it ! Wow. It is a terrible practice that really should be done away with completely.”
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Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz, Conversations with Brian Culbertson, Tower of Power's Larry Braggs, and ECP's Michael Lazaroff, Plus a Catching Fire Exclusive

Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 17:58:14 in Entertainment

“"smooth" jazz is just a label as has been stated. i find that the "fusion" label it had way back in the day was always the best because i think that the jazz of Earl Klugh, George Benson, The Crusaders, et al, was always fusion of the sound of the time....thus the writer's inference that the "modernisation" of jazz by adding elements of hip-hop, etc is something that removes the smooth label, is false, simply because this is the way this genre has always operated...from adding country elements, blues and rock (most obviously) and the pop of the day is nothing new. This is FUSION at its best. It has always been the most evolved, involved and forward-thinking of all genres and that's why it's appeal has been long and broad. AS Jimmy Smith said..."jazz, always was, is and always will be". The smooth label was something that some bright spark somewhere came up with for some reason, but in my circles it never caught on...it has always been JAZZ FUSION, and always will be. I understand that the writer was trying to sell a few more tickets for the cruise as he probably got a freeby on a $2000 ticket !! I say that tongue in cheek - of course !!!”
Drones: The West's Best Ethical Response to Terrorism

Drones: The West's Best Ethical Response to Terrorism

Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 11:47:19 in Canada

“I tend not to trust information from many "chaplains" from the USA, now including DWB. The USA propaganda influences too many of their beliefs...”
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New Brunswick "Protesters" Are More Like Terrorists

Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 18:14:50 in Canada Politics

“And the US Patriot Act is a piece of proud signature legislation that every nation should adopt and use to prosecute the USA for the acts of terror it commits in other lands...we don't want Canada to follow in those footsteps and if Wolfe likes that law so much he should go live there...just sayin'..is all.”
Mugabe Vows To Step Down If He Loses Zimbabwe Election

Mugabe Vows To Step Down If He Loses Zimbabwe Election

Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 16:28:06 in World

“There are a surprisingly huge number of comments that are racist in nature in a forum that for most Zimbabweans do nothing to enhance the kind of change they would like to see and have. Everything from "get rid of the whites" to "doesn't matter who is elected, same outcome" variety. Racism from all sides. The one thing Mugabe has done, is pretty much eliminate racism in the country by his policies. Not that there aren't racists in Zimbabwe. But the average white and black people are no longer concerned with colour, but getting a better life and their agreement outweighs their colour. Mugabe has long been unwanted by the majority of the people, that is indisputable, what armchair commentators are doing here, is a huge disservice to those who have worked for a democratic country and have literally shed blood, sweat and tears for their country. If all you are capable of is snide remarks and nothing encouraging, positive or useful to the people of Zimbabwe, then find somewhere else to play your smart Alec.”

WIZARDOFDEMS on Jul 31, 2013 at 17:13:33

“you are correct but unfortunately race is something that some people cannot get past.
Nice post ....”
Mugabe Vows To Step Down If He Loses Zimbabwe Election

Mugabe Vows To Step Down If He Loses Zimbabwe Election

Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 14:45:11 in World

“Actually it is an Israeli company called NIKUV....(try again to post this)”
Mugabe Vows To Step Down If He Loses Zimbabwe Election

Mugabe Vows To Step Down If He Loses Zimbabwe Election

Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 14:36:59 in World

“And where do you live right now ? No whites there ? This is the dumbest comment I have seen in a long time.”

Onaje Asheber on Jul 31, 2013 at 14:58:38

“Please, can you read? Did I say kick out, "ALL" Whites?”
Mugabe Vows To Step Down If He Loses Zimbabwe Election

Mugabe Vows To Step Down If He Loses Zimbabwe Election

Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 14:36:13 in World

“Actually it is an Israeli company called NIKUV....”
Not Paying Tribute to Trayvon Martin Doesn't Make You Racist

Not Paying Tribute to Trayvon Martin Doesn't Make You Racist

Commented Jul 24, 2013 at 13:46:24 in Canada Politics

“Doc, I absolutely agree with all of your analyses. Robson and Wolfe are privileged white men and as in a post I expounded in earlier, there are things they will never understand and they are very quick to take Zimmerman's side of the story and yet deny a side we will never hear, that of Martin. Racism ? Pre-judgement based on colour by Robson and Wolfe ? Or just stirring up the masses ?”
Our Home and Unequal Land?

Our Home and Unequal Land?

Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 14:18:58 in Canada

“Well, Rachel, this is something that needs a concerted effort and will be a few generations before racial equality is ever met...i know a lady - let's call her Lucy - in her early 50s, daughter married to a mixed race Jamaican/Canadian man, in their 30s, 4 kids, and Lucy in conversation, says "I can see and understand how employers would not want to employ black people". She expanded on this to go to the stereotypes about how black people are "not trustworthy, inferior intellectually, etc". I don't know that you can fight that pre-existing condition and unfortunately, the people that become cops have that superiority complex and God-complex and I can see how they profile people especially those different to them. Until we have more cops of colour, more stingent policing of the police and those in authority, this is not going away anytime soon. Keep up the good work of pointing it out every time you can.”
Annoying Parenting Trends That Must Be Stopped

Annoying Parenting Trends That Must Be Stopped

Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 14:14:50 in Canada Living

“Another thing I would like to see gone, is "goodie bags" for all the kids that came to a birthday party...what the heck !!!”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 17:34:35 in Canada Living

“You've put in some very good arguments against yourself...let's end the story here. Hopefully we meet again in a different thread !”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 12:03:26 in Canada Living

“and that's why i mentioned that if you have limited options, you wouldn't be openly offended by your boss'/company's religiousness or not. Hence the contradictions. No one is forcing you to work there ! It is a choice in the end to weigh the idea of being offended enough to not work there, or, to be accepting of what the place is and go work there. I was not saying anywhere in my writings that thiings must be forced ! I was merely pointing out a different view point that you seem to have lost or misread somewhere ! If you look at religion in America for example, it is huge, especially its influence on politics there. In Europe you probably have less of that kind of effect, and in Canada i don't know. Going by Harper being PM, it must be pretty influential...but I digress. I am not for forcing anything on anyone ever ! Just so we're clear. But we're supposedly living in a multicultural Western world, where freedom to practice whatever is allowed, and that's all i was saying. And that all religions preach tolerance, peace and love. And most atheists are not hard-nosed intolerant people either ! Not that anyone should force their beliefs on anyone else.”

Parketkat on Dec 14, 2012 at 15:58:06

“So you're essentially saying that because someone's options are limited, you should simply shut up and accept what your boss wants to do...based on your logic, if you have limited options for work you should accept less than minimum wage,  or no vacation time/pay or allow them to abuse you....that is nuts - having to keep the job and disagreeing with religious symbols in a job is not a contradiction -they are mutually exclusive...anyhow, you're heart has been given to religion and you would rather force someone to quit a job so that you can display your religious symbols - you feel people should simply accept partisan views from our government and just be happy - anyhow, religion is on the decline,  women want to be treated equally, gays have every right to love as the rest of hte world,  people have information on things like evolution, so another few generations and hopfully this won't even be a discussion anymore.... that is somethign I will "pray" for.”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 19:49:11 in Canada Living

“Peace out P ! Have a good one...

Just for the record, 3000 year old books that were written are hardly understood by a 4 year old...still. It is always the argument of those who will not see a different argument to insult the other side and belittle them by such comparisons. My entire argument was about respect and tolerance. Logical. Not about all the other fluff. And yes, you do have a choice of work. If you don't then, you're telling me that if your boss is the Catholic Church and you're an atheist you're going to tell them that you are offended by their religion being shoved in your face when you come to work ? Especially if you have no other choice of work as you claim ? I don't think so. You're offended by a Christmas tree in a government building but won't quit a job that really shoves it in your face ? You're right, there are no logical arguments to be had, just contradictions !

Later.”

Parketkat on Dec 14, 2012 at 10:59:34

“and in summation - you sound like a republican.”

Parketkat on Dec 14, 2012 at 10:57:59

“...Again, it must be very nice to have the money, freedom and flexibilty to just pick up and get a new job...but for the vast majority of us our options are limited. You wonder why people are turning away from religion? Perhaps it might have to do with people like you forcing you images and values upon the rest of us.”

Parketkat on Dec 14, 2012 at 10:57:47

“where did I ever say I would work for the catholic church? Your argument makes no sense - if I'm not a follower of religion, how would i have skills or a resume that would even get me a job working for the catholic church - there is a huge difference with a government office - a government office is here to serve ALL people and not give special preference to any one denomination - the only way to do that logically is to make government offices a place that favors no specific religion i.e. keep the tree's manger scene and menorah's out of the building. You have a home, you have a church - celebrate your religion there with others who share your views, not in a place that is funded by tax payers of ALL faiths - again, you miss the point - I am not saying you should not celebrate, just that it is not appropriate to do so in a place funded in part by those who do not share your views - its called separation of church and state - how you fail to grasp that is beyond me. And also your argument that Boom - just go find another job? That your need to display a christmas tree out weighs my freedom to work in a place that does not put one religion over the other is ridiculous!”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 12:01:25 in Canada Living

“And I would have to disagree with you too ! Why should I have to change a channel for something I have paid for or turn it off ? And it is being beamed into my private home. You have the choice of where you work - so if something is offensive to you at work, then, change jobs. We all get dissatisfied with our jobs at one point or another and leave. Ok, on the government buildings, I have to concede a little. But a private company ? I don't think so....”

Parketkat on Dec 13, 2012 at 13:55:53

“out to lunch much? You seriously find it comparable? Changing the TV channel and quitting your job?

Not going to argue you any longer - those who put their stock wholeheartedly behind a 3000 year old set of books written by dudes with less education that my 4 year old niece are not ones prone to logical arguments.

Maybe to you quitting a job is easy but for most of us, its really tough to get - liking it has no real bearing on the matter... must be nice for you to have so much you can expect everyone else would jsut be able to walk away from theirs - life isn't that easy for the rest of us and no amount of praying will fix that.

Peace out Monty!”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 16:36:12 in Canada Living

“I agree with you mostly, I am just making an alternate point. But I also consider that what you may perceive as someone shoving something in your face and you're not comfortable with may be someone actually just celebrating something good. A christmas tree in the mall, at Sears, wherever is not an affront or intended to be. And being easily offended is not a trait that augurs well for anything related to someone wanting to know what makes you tick...and I am glad that I am not a policy maker too, trust me. Being religious or not is one facet of every single person. But it's the appreciation of all facets that determines our relationships with each other.”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 12:47:53 in Canada Living

“I agree. And well said. Exactly what I was trying to get at before.”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 12:36:21 in Canada Living

“Jabrwock, if government allows any person of any religion to display something (within reasonable limits - like on their desk, size of a photograph) then there is no favouritism. Those that want to put a little nativity scene are welcome. Those that want a menorah, go ahead. There is no favouring which is what it should be and what i was trying to get to...still

Thanks all for the counter-ideas...most appreciated...have a great rest of the week !”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 12:33:57 in Canada Living

“That is a very good point you do bring up - they should ban all religion-related adverts on TV too (like Christmas-related ads)...coz that is showing me something I do not agree with on my subscribed to cable shows ! The contradictions are too enormous to ponder sometimes - but this is capitalism at work and brings in the golden calf, so no we cannot ban that...nope sire !”

Parketkat on Dec 12, 2012 at 15:10:14

“on this i would have to disagree. Television can be turned off, or you can change the channel, or you can choose not to have one... but a place of work - I have no choice - I must go there every day to pay the bills - that is what I find offensive. by all means brands and people with the money to do so can advertise whatever they wish - Its my choice to consume that media or not.. but again, I don't have a choice about work or when I have to go to a government office.”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 12:30:29 in Canada Living

“Parketkat, it's not a matter of shoving it in your face...how can you tell me that I
cannot have something near and dear to me on my desk and yet you have a photo of your family there which may be offensive to me (I don't know why !) yet is not banned, be a basis for mutual respect and a little understanding and getting to know what makes your workmate tick ? And I did mention atheists too, to cover the broad population that does not follow an organised religion or does not believe in a God at all. Still, as I have said before, I was merely posing the question - where are the so-called "I disagree with your views but will defend your right to have them" attitudes. All a sham I guess, in this wonderful Western world of ours ! Do as I say not as I do huh !

And hey, if you want to wear your bondage outfit to work - be my guest !”

Parketkat on Dec 12, 2012 at 15:07:42

“Putting up a christmas tree or a manger scene in a place of business is shoving it in your face. Workplaces are not YOUR personal space - it is place of business and should be denomination free. Of course you can wear your own symbols but to walk into a main entrance of a building and have christian value on display, or jewish, or muslim IS shoving you values in people's face.

I personally feel that I am not entitled to do that. I have a home, I have a family and those are places where i will practice my religion, I do not feel a need to show it off to other people - religion is deeply personal, and so I keep it that way so as not to offend others. Obviously you feel differently, and I'll just say this - I'm glad you're not making policy in this country.

If people want to know what makes me tick, lets have lunch or a coffee, lets talk about it - in MY world there is a lot more to me and my life than a religious symbol - hopefully there is more to you too!”
Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 12:42:31 in Canada Living

“Here's what I do not understand...all religions preach peace, acceptance and respect of OTHER religions and so on and so forth - then how come one religion following its "custom" or worship is offensive to another ? So much so, that legislation is brought in to disallow such custom anywhere but the privacy of one's home. Baffles me. As a Christian or Jew or Muslim or Bhuddist or Sikh or Hindu or even as an atheist, I would not be offended to see a nativity scene, a Menorah or whatever else some other religion has as part of its cultural celebration in a public place as a true believer and follower of the basic doctrines of tolerance preached by every group. This thing has been blown out of all proportion and mostly so by the so-called religious people ! Really, if common sense cannot be found anymore, then we may as well all go home and play with our toys all alone....”

jabrwock on Dec 10, 2012 at 16:21:36

“Monty, it's not that it is offensive. It is that it is perceived as the government favouring a religion over others.

Nobody cares if you have a nativity scene in your front yard.”

Parketkat on Dec 10, 2012 at 15:59:08

“and also, to some a Nativity scene is offensive - more people have died in the name of jesus and god than any other cause... so again, to some people religious symbols are those of violence and intolerance REGARDLESS of what your ten commandments state - the reality is that religion is the single best excuse for a war or to murder someone.....and all that is being said here is DO WHATEVER YOU WANT on your own time and own dime, not in a government building. Its finally that bit of common sense you're asking for - religion has no place in a government building or office catering to those of many faiths - what is so wrong with celebrating at home? most of us get the point - christmas comes....its on TV, in the papers, dripping from every home with lights up...so again, WHY exactly do I need to see YOUR religious symbols in a goverment office? unless of course yuou plan to display ALL of them which simply isn't realistic.”

Parketkat on Dec 10, 2012 at 15:54:01

“because, some of us find religion in general to be offensive - people like me are not asking you to put a sign saying "religion is bad" we're simply asking not to have YOUR religion shoved in our face in a place of business - if I come to your house, you can display whatever you want, but in a place of business, it is unfair and biased. Sure religions preach peace, but you comment doesn't account for those of us who follow no religion. Why should I have to look at your symbols in OUR shared place of business - its personal, like kinky underwear - keep it at home and share it with your loved ones (and yes that sounds creepy...catholic school creepy)”

Rachel Decoste on Dec 10, 2012 at 15:45:03

“Are you not aware of the wars, enslavements and genocides performed around the world in the name of religion -- yes, even self-proclaimed peaceful religions. The symbolism of one faith does not draw warm and fuzzy feelings for everyone involved.”
Would Mitt or Obama Make the Better CEO?

Would Mitt or Obama Make the Better CEO?

Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 13:03:53 in Canada Business

“Excellent ! Actually i copied that line from the last paragraph before the non-Recommendations in the post....still, you're right ! The snowdrifts do set into a solid state and don't shift like the Romney character does !”
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