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Pattrick Blackburn, Gay Newfoundland Man Who Was Beaten, Takes To Social Media

Pattrick Blackburn, Gay Newfoundland Man Who Was Beaten, Takes To Social Media

Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 06:01:00 in Canada

“Pattrick was interviewed by one of our local radio news stations, and he says that he currently has enough money, and has had to turn some away. He has donated the money that was above and beyond his needs to a local LGBT camp. So financial donations are no longer necessary. But again, messages of support would probably be very much appreciated.”
Pattrick Blackburn, Gay Newfoundland Man Who Was Beaten, Takes To Social Media

Pattrick Blackburn, Gay Newfoundland Man Who Was Beaten, Takes To Social Media

Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 21:08:44 in Canada

“Okay, I'll try one more time to see if the net nannies will let this post through. There's been a page set up by a supporter in Ontario where you can leave messages for Pattrick, as well as send donations. This supporter is also arranging fundraisers for him. At this point, I would imagine the messages would be appreciated just as much, if not more, than financial help, as he must be feeling pretty scared and alone after something like this. http://pattrickblackburn.yolasite.com/

ProgressiveCDN on Aug 21, 2013 at 02:05:04

“not sure if I can trust that, but thanks. I'll look into it.”
Pattrick Blackburn, Gay Newfoundland Man Who Was Beaten, Takes To Social Media

Pattrick Blackburn, Gay Newfoundland Man Who Was Beaten, Takes To Social Media

Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 20:54:29 in Canada

“In the video he posted on Youtube (I saw it before Youtube took it down), he stated that he heard them shout out a gay slur (I'd be specific, but then this comment wouldn't get past the net nanny). He said he tried to ignore them and kept on walking, but then heard footsteps racing up to him. That's the last thing he remembers before waking up in the hospital.”
Pattrick Blackburn, Gay Newfoundland Man Who Was Beaten, Takes To Social Media

Pattrick Blackburn, Gay Newfoundland Man Who Was Beaten, Takes To Social Media

Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 20:50:40 in Canada

“Here's a link to the page that has been set up for Patrick where you can donate to help him out. There's also a place where you can leave him a message of encouragement. I'm sure that the messages will be appreciated almost as much as an financial help right now, as he must be feeling pretty scared and alone after something like this. http://pattrickblackburn.yolasite.com/donations.php
Ann Kristin Neuhaus, Doctor And Tiller Colleague, Is The Latest Casualty In Kansas Abortion War

Ann Kristin Neuhaus, Doctor And Tiller Colleague, Is The Latest Casualty In Kansas Abortion War

Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 17:02:02 in Politics

“If you'd actually read the whole article ( I know, a lot of work; it takes longer than a 5-second attention span), you'd have seen: "The records contain few identifying details about the females, but in one case, Neuhaus describes a 10-year-old girl who was raped by her uncle as “tiny” and physically incapable of being able to have a baby." She could very well have died if she had carried the baby to term and been forced to deliver it. But you'd be fine with that, too, I'm sure. Because the only thing that matters here is the UNBORN child, not the child who is already in this world and has been victimized by the adults in her life.”
Next Conservative Leader? Peter MacKay Top Choice To Replace Harper, Says Poll

Next Conservative Leader? Peter MacKay Top Choice To Replace Harper, Says Poll

Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 10:37:35 in Canada Politics

“I'm sure that's exactly what Peter MacKay hoped for when he sold the Progressive Conservative Party down the river in 2003, despite having promised that, as its leader, he would never merge the federal PCs with the Alliance Party. It still bothers me to no end that everyone calls the current Conservative Party of Canada the Tories. Because they simply are not. That label does not apply to a party that was made up by a large majority of the Alliance (Reform) Party. This guy is dishonest and cannot be trusted, any more than Harper can.”

Harry Nuggets on Jul 29, 2013 at 11:26:28

“What he hoped for was to remain in thr H of C which is what happened, the man couldn't hold a regular job if he tried, he'd get fired for being incompetent. At the level of a cabinet minster that's not how it works though, you just get shuffled to another department. Mackay is one of the most offensive members of the H of C in terms of standing for and achieving absolutely nothing yet somehow rising. An inspiration to nepotists and politcal hacks everywhere.”

Lander416 on Jul 29, 2013 at 11:22:11

“Yup and some even go so far as to call them PCs talk about clueless.”

dresdengirl on Jul 29, 2013 at 10:41:03

“That's what I have said from the beginning, it's a Reform/Alliance mish-mash.”
Duchess Of Cambridge Baby: Kate Middleton Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Duchess Of Cambridge Baby: Kate Middleton Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 16:59:18 in Canada Living

“Thanks for one of best laughs I've had since this story broke. Faved.”
Northern Lights PHOTOS 2013: AuroraMax Observatory Captures Dazzling Auroras

Northern Lights PHOTOS 2013: AuroraMax Observatory Captures Dazzling Auroras

Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 18:36:14 in Science

“I grew up in Labrador West, and seeing these pictures bring back a lot of memories from home. The Aurora Borealis is an absolutely breathtaking thing to witness. It's something I've missed since moving away.”

4101alberta on Mar 21, 2013 at 13:10:27

“I miss it, also.”
Best St. Patrick's Day Bars Across Canada

Best St. Patrick's Day Bars Across Canada

Commented Mar 17, 2013 at 11:32:41 in Canada Living

“And once again Canada ends at Halifax? If you want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, there's no better place to do so than St. John's, NL.”

vetthead on Mar 17, 2013 at 14:40:27

“Well said Canuck. They only remember us when they want something, like access to our fish stocks or revenue from our oil reserves.”
Kindle In Canada: Prices, Stores Unveiled As Amazon Debuts E-Reader North Of The Border

Kindle In Canada: Prices, Stores Unveiled As Amazon Debuts E-Reader North Of The Border

Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 16:40:08 in Canada Business

““In every country where we’ve launched the Kindle e-reading ecosystem, it’s very quickly become the best-selling device in that country, and we’re cautiously optimistic that that same thing will happen in Canada,” Larsen said."

Good luck with that. I've been a Kobo owner from the moment they were released here in Canada several years ago, and I love that the books are epubs, which can be read on multiple different devices. I love my Kobo Touch, and have no desire to tie my reading to a company that showed no compunction a couple of years ago in removing a DRM title from their customers' devices without so much as a by-your-leave. Kobo has my business for the foreseeable future. As far as Amazon is concerned, too little, too late.”

deckchair on Jan 23, 2013 at 17:00:38

“As another canuck lefty who has used the Kobo Touch, I feel really irritated that
Kindle is swanning in at HIGHER PRICES than the American kindles and expecting to run away with the market share. It 's pure arrogance.”
Walmart Black Friday Deals 2012: Your Guide For Shopping This Year

Walmart Black Friday Deals 2012: Your Guide For Shopping This Year

Commented Nov 23, 2012 at 06:22:22 in Money

“So, HuffPo, you have a live blog for the consumerist madness of Black Friday Walmart deals. Where's your live blog for covering the worker's action against Walmart today? Because THAT's what I want to read about. Because for me, this isn't the biggest shopping day of the year. It's my "Don't put a penny into the corporatists' pockets" day.”
Quebec Student Protests Explained To The Rest Of Canada (ROC) By HuffPost Quebec Readers

Quebec Student Protests Explained To The Rest Of Canada (ROC) By HuffPost Quebec Readers

Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 10:29:38 in Canada

“No, that is not their point. They have no problem with the high taxation, as long as the revenue is used for the purposes that the government originally promised. Part of the "deal" with regards to higher taxes in Quebec was that post-secondary education would be heavily subsidized to allow their youth to become well-educated. Then they would pay the government back once they went to work, through paying the higher taxes. But Charest's government is basically reneging on that deal by increasing tuition. We all know that once one increase happens, it will be followed by another and another until a post-secondary education is out-of-reach for all but the most affluent, unless you're willing to take on crippling debt. They are fighting to prevent what is happening in other province from happening in theirs. And all I can say to that is good for them. I wish more people in Canada would wake up and take their example as we watch the Harper government piece by piece tearing down what it has taken decades to build.”
Ethical Oil: David Suzuki Foundation Should Be Investigated Over 'Political And Partisan Activity'

Ethical Oil: David Suzuki Foundation Should Be Investigated Over 'Political And Partisan Activity'

Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 19:59:51 in Canada Business

“Teehee. I think it's a law of the universe that if you make a post correcting/complaining about someone's grammar, you are guaranteed to make a grammatical error of your own.”
Thomas Mulcair And Peggy Nash Struggle With Speeches At NDP Convention (VIDEO)

Thomas Mulcair And Peggy Nash Struggle With Speeches At NDP Convention (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 23, 2012 at 19:26:09 in Canada Politics

“After watching all the speeches from the candidates, I thought that Nathan Cullen easily surpassed all of them. He came across as being very down-to-earth, genuine, and communicated all of his ideas very well. He had an ease on the stage that the others just didn't have. As for Peggy Nash, I really like her ideas, but her speech today was quite lackluster. And Mulcair's speech was a disaster; maybe if he'd spent more time thinking about the speech than he did worrying about his grand entrance, it might have been decent.”
NDP Leadership: Poll Reveals Thomas Mulcair First Choice To Replace Jack Layton

NDP Leadership: Poll Reveals Thomas Mulcair First Choice To Replace Jack Layton

Commented Feb 14, 2012 at 06:40:22 in Canada Politics

“What is not mentioned in this article is that the number of undecided in that poll was 31%. That's a fairly large number of people who could go with any one of the contenders, and that could change the outcome considerably. This contest is far from over.”

RDX on Feb 14, 2012 at 08:39:38

“An excellent point and this fact may not favor Mulcair. Mulcair is a known commodity and chances are, if someone were to choose him, they would have by now. Many of these undecided voters could easily go to a lesser known candidate.”
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Neil Patrick Harris And David Burtka On Cover Of 'Out' Magazine's February Love Issue

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 17:48:21 in Gay Voices

“Beautiful pictures. This article made me smile. To see so much love shared within this lovely family. What's not to love about that?”
Harper May Bestow Afghan War Battle Honours On Canadian Units

Harper May Bestow Afghan War Battle Honours On Canadian Units

Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 13:45:20 in Canada Politics

“How about you just skip the battle honours, and spend the money on taking care of them when they come home. Give them realistic incomes when they've been severely injured, instead of the new formulas currently used. And don't release them from the military mere months before they are eligible for their pension. These would be a much more meaningful way of thanking them for their service, don't you think?”
Russell Brand May Be Brilliant But Not Voting Is Idiotic

Russell Brand May Be Brilliant But Not Voting Is Idiotic

Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 00:18:38 in Canada Politics

“I don't even think he's saying that there's no point to voting. What he's really saying is that if you vote, you are agreeing to participate in the system as it currently stands. That implies approval of that system and lends it legitimacy. Not voting is his refusal to legitimatize a system that he believes is corrupt. Saying you don't vote because there is no point is apathy; choosing not to vote as a protest against a corrupt system is not apathy. It's a statement. And if everyone who felt this way refused to vote, maybe we would start to see some real change.”
Russell Brand May Be Brilliant But Not Voting Is Idiotic

Russell Brand May Be Brilliant But Not Voting Is Idiotic

Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 10:17:09 in Canada Politics

“Russell Brand's decision not to vote has absolutely nothing to do with apathy. Apathy suggests a total lack of caring, while Brand's choice not to vote is the exact opposite of not caring. It's a principled stand against a system that is not working. When you vote, you are providing tacit approval of a corrupt system that is not in anyone's best interest except the extremely rich. If everyone who wanted a new system absolutely refused to participate in this farcical system that we've wrongly named "democracy", it would collapse. Maybe then, we'd be forced to find the solutions. Revolutions rarely have a clear solution in mind when they start. They find their way to those solutions by first acknowledging that there is a problem with the system and then by rebelling against it. I think Brand is spot on.”
Russell Brand May Be Brilliant But Not Voting Is Idiotic

Russell Brand May Be Brilliant But Not Voting Is Idiotic

Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 10:07:50 in Canada Politics

“Exactly. F&F.”
Senate Expense Scandal Front And Centre Thanks To NDP Ploy

Senate Expense Scandal Front And Centre Thanks To NDP Ploy

Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 16:25:59 in Canada Politics

“Way to go, Mulcair. Hold Harper's feet to the fire. It's nice to see the Opposition truly acting as the Opposition.

And as for HuffPo calling this a "ploy". It's a point of privilege that is part of the parliamentary procedural rules. That's not a "ploy". That's Mulcair, the Leader of the Opposition, doing his job.”

connomore on Oct 16, 2013 at 20:26:23

“And he does it very well.”

harpers bizarre on Oct 16, 2013 at 19:34:22

“My fellow "canuck lefty" Huff Post grabs headlines from various sources... I don't htink they have investigative reporters they use bloggers and editorials from various soures even the turkey McCullough.

From the top of the page under the headline on the left.....

CP | By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
Posted: 10/16/2013 12:09 pm EDT | Updated: 10/16/2013 2:01 pm EDT”
<i>The Guardian</i>'s Computer Smash-Up Story Grows Increasingly Bizarre

The Guardian's Computer Smash-Up Story Grows Increasingly Bizarre

Commented Aug 24, 2013 at 00:04:46 in Politics

“I've been following you for years, Bob, and have mostly whole-heartedly agreed with you on many subjects. But over the last few months, you've completely lost me. There is a time when your analysis has to start being, truly, your OWN analysis, outside of what either party is saying. You've proven yourself, lately, especially with this obsession you have with discrediting Glenn Greenwald, to have tunnel vision with regards to what this administration is all about. This story is not about Democrats vs. Republicans. It's not about Left vs. Right. It's not about "real journalism" vs. "fake (aka blog)" journalism. It's most certainly not about Mac vs. PC. It's about right vs. wrong. The government of the US (previous and current administrations) have not only crossed the line into abusing the constitutional right to privacy and freedom. They've obliterated it. And you've obligingly played along with their game of distraction to keep people from thinking about the real issue. Please, please, rethink your position on this. This issue, and this moment, truly is, as Daniel Ellsberg has said, a watershed moment for the US as a country. Do you want to be on the right side of history, or the wrong side?”

kizzie on Aug 24, 2013 at 01:15:35

“Excellent narrative!”

Rachel Slur on Aug 24, 2013 at 00:48:54

“"have not only crossed the line into abusing the constitutional right to privacy and freedom. "

so what you're saying is that you know nothing about the constitution or how it works.”

New Deal on Aug 24, 2013 at 00:48:15

“Definitely agree”
NSA Collected Thousands Of Emails, Other Communications By Americans With No Terror Ties

NSA Collected Thousands Of Emails, Other Communications By Americans With No Terror Ties

Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 18:14:27 in Politics

“Seriously. The only reason they are releasing any of this material at all is because Snowden forced their hand. And I'd be willing to bet that there's a lot more to come yet.”
NSA Collected Thousands Of Emails, Other Communications By Americans With No Terror Ties

NSA Collected Thousands Of Emails, Other Communications By Americans With No Terror Ties

Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 18:06:54 in Politics

“""The reason that we're talking about it right now is because there are very strict compliance standards in place at the NSA that monitor for compliance issues, that tabulate them, that document them and that put in place measures to correct them when they occur," Earnest said."

No. The reason that we're talking about this right now is because Edward Snowden was brave enough to bring all this information to the world, regardless of the personal consequences. Do you honestly think that any of this discussion or debate would be happening without Snowden's actions? Of course not. And none of these documents that they are publicly releasing today would ever have been released. We'd all continue to be oblivious to the outrageous overreach of the NSA's surveillance, and they'd continue to breach American's privacy with impunity, with no one the wiser. It's for this reason that we need people like Snowden. Because the government cannot be trusted to police themselves.”

Rewriting The Future on Aug 21, 2013 at 19:24:53

“Thank you. This is the truth. We would not be talking about this at all if Snowden had not come forward, and the government would be just fine with that. I don't think for a minute that we know all there is to know, or that we ever will, without courageous men like Snowden. Our government, like pretty much every other government in the industrialized world, is owned by a cartel of very wealthy families. They own the banks, the governments, and the military/industrial complex they have created. Our government is not to be trusted for a minute.

On the bright side, I believe there are good, honest people who work in government and who are aware of what is going on. For reasons of self-preservation, for themselves and their families, they have remained silent. Perhaps with people like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden showing their courage, more will follow. I believe that if the whole truth ever comes out, we will have to revamp our entire government and financial system. The ones we have now are not suited to a free society. They are only suitable in a debt-based slave system, which is what we are currently operating under.”
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