“Our society does not handle mental illness well. We insist on applying our rationale to their behavior. If that worked they would not be mentally ill. The worst person the mentally ill can come into contact with is a cop. A cop's job is to protect others and themselves from serious injury or death. It is a simple equation. Eliminate the threat.
However when you have many cops at a stressful situation the most important thing is leadership. Cops are taught to take charge. They will yell conflicting orders, redundant words, and generally tell each other what to do. For any threat you cordon and contain it, then eliminate the threat. That cordon can be mobile. Rushing towards the threat, then back peddling from it, narrows the possibilities until someone is in danger. Frankly in this situation a passerby could have screamed "Shoot him!" and someone likely would have.
Remember Oka? The picture of the poor soldier left to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Good pictures for the press. But they didn't shoot anyone. Perhaps a soldier understands best of all the value of life, that there are no do-overs, and that sometimes risk is inherent in the job.
Finally I never know what the mentally ill will do. I do know what a cop will do when someone comes at him or her with a lethal weapon. A simple equation.”
hp blogger Christian Cotroneo on Nov 28, 2013 at 14:33:37
Nov 26, 2013 at 15:39:30
“Kanye West is a great artist. He really is. However his grasp of the extent of "his power" may be somewhat erroneous.”
cin123 on Nov 26, 2013 at 20:11:18
“great artist. seriously???
well, I guess time will tell. I doubt he will last.”
YankeeCanuck on Nov 26, 2013 at 17:53:06
“Great? Artist? WEll, if you like misogyny crossed meaningless vulgarity in your "art", maybe so.THe themes are strictly high school.
He's a pop star. He makes a lot of money. But that does not make him an artist.”
Whitey McWhite on Nov 26, 2013 at 17:41:10
“He's a decent artist surrounded by an army of no talents.”
Nov 1, 2013 at 10:20:48
“Trudeau admits he used controlled drugs and it is met with media shrugs. Ford denies he used controlled drugs and the media wants him gone. Double standard? Or just latching onto anything to get rid of him?
The media needs to be careful. The public, those that vote, often have more compassion. A backlash vote has put a villain into office before. Hounding the kids on Halloween was pretty low.”
mgoods on Nov 1, 2013 at 12:04:48
“Ford has been caught in a lie and has associated with a number of convicted and accused criminals. Trudeau was forthright and admits to smoking weed with a few close friends. Had Ford admitted his problem, stepped away to get help, I think the media response would have been much different.
It's not the substance abuse alone, but the deception, the characters and denial that makes this a story. And yes, I think he could admit he has a problem, get help and make a political comeback.”
“I wonder what would have happened if the bike rider had just ridden to the right until the signals, then moved left for her turn behind the stopped vehicle, or the vehicle that passed her? No angry confrontation because neither knew what the other was doing while rushing to the stop light? Or would both have just fought with someone else about something else on the way home.
Bike riders on streets are in an impossible position when communicating their intentions to traffic. That is the fault of the government.
There are bold bike riders and there are old bike riders. There are very few old bold bike riders.”
Oct 25, 2013 at 13:36:29
“Free trade involves visas? Romania trades in people?
How can there be refugees from the EU countries? Refugee is defined as "One who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, religious persecution or natural disaster."
Or do they mean the EU countries have refugees within their borders, or have "refugees" in camps or facilities, and need someplace to send the refugees that have arrived in their country - someplace to deport the collected refugees to?
Cool. Let's not sign either.”
Arvan Brestol on Oct 30, 2013 at 12:33:40
“they asked for visitor visa lift...where did you get the refugees idea from?”
Oct 23, 2013 at 12:51:09
“Some employers will suspend you without pay and benefits if you are under investigation. The government I believe maintains their employees on suspension with pay and benefits until such time as a court registers a conviction. For the high ups that would be a conviction and passage of appeal period.
I don't see why, other than public demand, they are moving to suspend without pay these three. The public used to demand witches be burned. They must have got them all because there are none around today.”
Vega509 on Oct 23, 2013 at 17:01:21
“how many of the "lesser" class can only be terminated when convicted in a court of law? these miscreants are being dismissed for dereliction of the senate rules. Like any other employee, they can be terminated for cause. or should our elite class be held to a lesser standard?”
“That's interesting. Mulcair and May have less admirers than people who don't know of them while almost everybody knows of the PM and Trudeau. Now if either of the two manage to narrate a weekly glossy science show they could be right up there.”
“People might notice that it wasn't the kids vandalizing the park but the adults who don't understand the park they are exploring. You all should be thankful they didn't tour the Washington Monument during the shutdown and discover the cracks.”
Oct 17, 2013 at 12:50:15
“Does the " 5,863 people in Canada who fit the definition" include the unpaid interns so popular at media offices? I suppose not. They're repaid in life and workplace experience...who likes double-double, driving in the snow to the office, that sort of thing.”
Oct 16, 2013 at 10:30:00
“The manager in a meeting, formal or informal, who looks at his device every time it vibrates has a somewhat exaggerated sense of their own importance. Trust me, if it is important they will get you. If you understand that one thing you realize that you have become a puppet to your own vanity with others jerking your chain for their own sense of self-importance. That alone frees you up to make considered and timely decisions.
Blackberry can have that one for free -- although it might be too late to help them.”
Oct 14, 2013 at 14:27:14
“The NDP needs something to attack. They are falling badly in the polls, and the Bloc is up to 30% in Quebec, just a point behind them now. Since the 2011 election they have fallen about 12 points in Quebec. Quebec is crucial to the party as over half their seats come from there. The question is do they attack the Conservatives (not much of a threat in Quebec) or the Liberals and Bloc (both snapping at their heels 1 point and 4 points back)?
Sep 21, 2013 at 15:53:37
“Well, if I was a betting man I would bet that the losers in the current situation would be capital market managers for institutions. Some of the 1% will likely be joining the ranks of the employees they outsourced. Converting money to property is easy, going the other way isn't if you are faced with a glut of new, trendy, and government supported properties coming online. The last people needing to worry will be the trades who haven't retired.”
Sep 17, 2013 at 11:57:34
“One thing about transit is the ability to interact with all levels of society except those making the rules.
By his apparent age I would guess his mom often covered her head with a scarf in public and at church. Strange what works people up.”
Tim Tantric on Sep 17, 2013 at 12:47:30
“yeah, no doubt, actually there is a funny commercial (not sure if its real or a parody) of a child coming home dressed in a toque with a scarf covering his entire face except for the eyes, and his mother tells him to take it off immediately as it resmbles a niqab”
“Adult ADD symptoms include zoning out, extreme distractibility, difficulty paying attention, struggling to complete tasks, overlooking details, and poor listening skills.
In 2001 the US set out, with world wide applause, to eliminate Al Qaeda. The world will applaud again when the US gets back on course. In the interim we stare in wonder at decisions being made by men of influence who can multitask with online poker games and the lives of millions.”
“Just saying but every Al Qaeda tactic has one common trait. They rely on gullible people. Cockpit doors open and unlocked, or the key hanging beside it. Excited operatives bringing bombers into secure areas. Lonely youth blaming the world for their loser status. Mindless acceptance of pulpit sermons. Movie's no one saw masking murders of ambassadors. Shoe bombs. Bum bombs. Printer bombs. The list is endless because the opportunity is endless. The Sarin attack has Al Qaeda written all over it, from UN arrival to press releases, videos, to samples, to red line declarations.
I think it is time the world smartened up and got back to what it set out to do in 2001, eliminate Al Qaeda, the sponsors, and affiliates. After that they can sort out the never ending oppressive regimes.
Drone on USA. Al Qaeda hates drones.”
Whenever on Sep 1, 2013 at 13:50:50
“Hard to argue with that except it makes me think about the Crusades. Someone explain to me how this would be different?”
“The Secretary is saying different things. One that Sarin was released. The other is that the US opposes the Assad regime. He is allowing the media and public to associate the two issues and hoping they and congress will determine that Assad's regime used Sarin in the rebel neighborhood.”