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Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Ordered To Pay U.S. Contractor's Legal Fees

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Ordered To Pay U.S. Contractor's Legal Fees

Commented Sep 6, 2013 at 12:18:46 in Politics

“If someone is lost, how can they lead others, except to get them lost as well?
TomAugust's comment is a good summary for a lot of things.”
Sweet Cakes By Melissa, Oregon Bakery That Denied Gay Couple A Wedding Cake, Closes Shop

Sweet Cakes By Melissa, Oregon Bakery That Denied Gay Couple A Wedding Cake, Closes Shop

Commented Sep 3, 2013 at 09:06:13 in Gay Voices

“And those who accept gay marriage as a civil right also have the right to use their money power to avoid establishments that discriminate, and if that means the business goes down because of their bigotry I think that is a good outcome and should serve as a lesson for other haters.”

newprmmdc on Sep 3, 2013 at 09:40:07

“It's the American way. We can expect "jim crow" type situations for a while, but in the end bigotry always loses. Discrimination against the innocent is not American and has/will always lose.”
Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison For WikiLeaks Disclosures

Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison For WikiLeaks Disclosures

Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 11:53:51 in Politics

“The country that boasts of its civilization and claims to be a model of freedom has proven itself again to be an example of barbarism and repression. Way to go USA!”

TigerstripesRVN on Aug 21, 2013 at 12:06:12

“You mean "Way to go Obama Administration". There....that's better.”

blisslet on Aug 21, 2013 at 11:58:46

“Exactly.”

retrievals on Aug 21, 2013 at 11:55:38

“*eyeroll*”
Canada's Most Expensive Summer Destination: Jasper Takes Title, According To CheapHotels.org (PHOTOS)

Canada's Most Expensive Summer Destination: Jasper Takes Title, According To CheapHotels.org (PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 3, 2013 at 19:46:27 in Canada Alberta

“A comment to your photo editor: I believe you used a photo of Saskatoon to illustrate Regina. I am not sure residents of either city would be pleased with you about that.”
Tim Allen 'N-Word' Rant Condemned By Michael Eric Dyson On 'Melissa Harris-Perry'

Tim Allen 'N-Word' Rant Condemned By Michael Eric Dyson On 'Melissa Harris-Perry'

Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 08:06:52 in Black Voices

“I do not believe that either Allen or Dyson have done their brand any service in this debate. Instead of focusing on what comes out of our mouths we should be paying attention to what lies in our mind and in our heart. If that is good, then the words are likely to be OK too. Think of derogatory words hurled in hate at anyone, for any reason. These are not limited to racial terms, and they nearly always point to a long history of oppression and exploitation. The GLBT "community" is one that knows that behind hateful thoughts and hateful words is a hate-filled heart that produces hateful actions.”

MrComments on Jul 29, 2013 at 08:56:16

“They selectively quoted Chris Rock, same technique FOX does. They left out the part where Rock said that black people need to stop using the word too. They defended black usage, and used Chris Rock as their defense, yet Chris Rock disagrees with them. Hannity does the same thing.

Cable news is a joke.”
Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations Surpass 400 PPM Milestone

Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations Surpass 400 PPM Milestone

Commented May 11, 2013 at 08:39:43 in Green

“To the Huff Post's photo editors: The front page photo for this story seems to feature the reactor stacks from a nuclear plant. If this is so, then the emissions shown would largely be steam. It makes for an impressive photo, but is really off-target for the story. On the other hand, the photos used in the story itself seem to be legit to the story theme.”
Canada's Newspapers Push Paywalls, Cut Jobs As Ad Revenue Evaporates

Canada's Newspapers Push Paywalls, Cut Jobs As Ad Revenue Evaporates

Commented May 9, 2013 at 09:30:54 in Canada Business

“My own local experience with a small daily paper owned by the big guys is probably representative of the larger picture. The paper offered an on-line version free for a month, and I appreciated it and would have been willing to pay for the full version on-line until they revealed their price; a full two-thirds of a paper edition delivered to my rural address! I am for saving more trees and fuel costs required to deliver the paper, but I am not willing to submit to mindless and insulting gouging for an on-line version.

Pay-for-view papers, for each additional subscriber, your actual costs do not go up at all, so why don't your rates reflect this by giving me a subscription break?”

deckchair on May 9, 2013 at 09:57:08

“Very well analyzed, and what these big national newspapers do not seem to grasp is that when they try and gouge digital subscribers , the digital reader will just go to another
website and change his or her reading habits.”
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Anti-Gay Catholic Leader, Decries Rhode Island's Marriage Equality As 'Injustice'

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Anti-Gay Catholic Leader, Decries Rhode Island's Marriage Equality As 'Injustice'

Commented May 5, 2013 at 18:42:48 in Religion

“I believe that the Creator / God knows more about "nature" than does this and other silly clerics. And in that greater "knowledge" gay men and women, Bi and Trans people are still being made and are born by that same, much smarter-than-the-archbishop God.

I think his Philosophy and Theology Profs should have flunked him out of his seminary studies long ago.”
Recipe Of The Day: Bread Sticks

Recipe Of The Day: Bread Sticks

Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 18:16:25 in Taste

“Thank you!”

patckowalski on Apr 26, 2013 at 22:17:02

“You're welcome!”
Recipe Of The Day: Bread Sticks

Recipe Of The Day: Bread Sticks

Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 11:23:05 in Taste

“The article says it is a recipe for the day. But where is the recipe? Or even a link to the recipe? Telling me to add cardamon and cheddar is not enough information. Did I miss something?”
Rehtaeh Parsons' School Didn't Investigate Alleged Rape

Rehtaeh Parsons' School Didn't Investigate Alleged Rape

Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 10:50:41 in Canada

“A long time ago I learned the wisdom of this expression: "Assumptions are mainly projections."”

Helgardh on Apr 11, 2013 at 11:31:19

“Then you must be reaching the moon.”
Rehtaeh Parsons' School Didn't Investigate Alleged Rape

Rehtaeh Parsons' School Didn't Investigate Alleged Rape

Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 14:46:21 in Canada

“If I am understanding the direction of your argument, our schools would have to know about all student social events and somehow be there to supervise them to assure no improper behaviours. In "a previous lifetime" I heard about under-age teens planning an alcohol party for when parents were going to be out of town. One of the party-planners had brought alcohol to the school and that was detected. On contacting the parents about what had been learned about the planned weekend, and expecting cooperation and thanks, I was surprised to hear only anger and being told to mind my own business as the school had no rights to comment on what was going on out of school hours. Somehow our society can not have it both ways .... not in a rational society anyway.”

novabird on Apr 10, 2013 at 15:36:36

“You are clearly not understanding the direction of my argument”
Rehtaeh Parsons' School Didn't Investigate Alleged Rape

Rehtaeh Parsons' School Didn't Investigate Alleged Rape

Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 12:52:37 in Canada

“I agree that any needless death is a tragedy, and especially so when it is the death of a young person. Emotions of readers of articles about this event can replace a calmer and rational analysis of facts, and how much more so the emotions of those directly involved.

In the end it is only rational analysis that can produce better policy outcomes.

Consider the legitimate outrage against a school or school authorities who undertook to "investigate" and "discipline" students for alleged actions in homes or in local neighbourhoods. Provincial legislation dictates the mandate of schools with regard to disciplining students. Many times the responsibility of the school will be to inform other authorities such as police and Social Services, and then to let those better-qualified agencies do their jobs. There might be a responsibility for heightened vigilance and swift action directed to wrong-doing / bullying which takes place within the school and real efforts to provide support to a vulnerable "victim", but there are real limits to what can or should be done in addition to the many other responsibilities schools have to their students.”

Helgardh on Apr 10, 2013 at 15:56:05

“It's pathetic that you hide your dismissing of Rehtaeh's bullying (hint: a major slip of yours was to put victim in quotation marks) as trying to be 'rational'.

Know what would have been rational? To realize that the place where these kids were spending 8 hours every weekday would be the single place where the greatest amount of bullying would occur, and to do something about it.

No, it's not likely possible for the school to have stopped the rape.
It was entirely possible for the school to have stopped the bullying.
They just didn't.
If they would have, that would have been being rational, not whatever you're pretending to do.”

greenmonk on Apr 10, 2013 at 15:18:31

“Uh.....there was a photo of the rape on FB.

I can understand the school waiting until the police had washed their hands of it, but once that was over, they had zero excuses not to at least call in the boys and their parents and demand an explanation, and then punish based on what information came from that.”

Selene Cusping on Apr 10, 2013 at 14:38:23

“If it's by other students, against a student of their own, then, yes, they have a responsibility to act. They have to support her. If there is no proof of rape, than is there proof of bullying? Students are FORCED by law to attend schools with their assailants and bullies, and that's where the responsibility lies in the schools making sure that bullying is not allowed by their students against other students. There's lots the school could have done to support her, and to minimize the effects on her. And they appear to have done nothing.

That's as bad as telling the bullies and alleged rapists that what they did is okay. And every kid who would look at those pictures, that what happened was okay as well.”

novabird on Apr 10, 2013 at 14:03:44

“So, you are saying the school gets a free pass for not doing anything about
Rehtaeh's rape and subsequent victimization??
That is 100% unnacceptable, and not fully accurate.
Legal issues as they pertain to Canadian schools are complex and contain many grey areas.

"Lets just completely abdicate our responsibility to this girl" is no excuse for the school administration not exercising proper due diligence in this very serious case.”
Equalization Payments: Ontario Still Paying More Than It Gets Despite 'Have-Not' Status, Study Finds

Equalization Payments: Ontario Still Paying More Than It Gets Despite 'Have-Not' Status, Study Finds

Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 14:35:42 in Canada Business

“I did not read all of the previous comments, but I wonder if the main claim of the article takes into account the "economic benefit" of having the National Capital in Ontario. Did the study take into account the monies spent on "national" undertakings such as Defence, Foreign Diplomatic Service, etc? All Canadians pay for these collective "services" , the benefits of which, can not be applied to any one Provincial Government. Can there be an intelligent discussion or intelligent conclusions drawn without taking into account all of the relevant factors?”

Danny Handelman on Apr 3, 2013 at 09:28:04

“It is logical to conclude that Ontario is adversely affected by the federal government given its underrepresentation in the House of Commons for decades.”

mathewhupfield on Apr 1, 2013 at 15:30:28

“Read the report and it includes all government expenditures in its equation. The economic benefits of having the National Capital in Ontario are also included, meaning that defence and foreign diplomatic expenditures (amongst others) incurred by the federal government in Ontario are captured in this report too.

Your critical thinking is much appreciated. Rational debate and questioning are lovely.”

mathewhupfield on Apr 1, 2013 at 15:23:09

“I agreed with this article fully; until I read your comment. Fantastic point.

The article, unfortunately, does not provide much clarity. It provides a general term - "federal spending" - which could include those expenditures, but also may not. We don't know with any certainty. Clarification is required.”
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Toronto: Chef Guy Fieri Stops At The Ace, Lakeview Restaurant And More

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Toronto: Chef Guy Fieri Stops At The Ace, Lakeview Restaurant And More

Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 08:31:02 in Canada Living

“I am so happy that I do not own a restaurant in Toronto that Guy Fieri's visit would forever leave with a negative reputation.... not from what he might say about it, but by his very presence in the establishment. That "star" is the main reason I watch so little of the Food Channel. When I see a program with him in it I find myself running to switch to another channel. I find his manner and TV persona obnoxious and offensive. Am I the only one who has this kind instinctive reaction to this person?”

Scoville Scale on Feb 28, 2013 at 08:47:29

“Nope.
And for me, it isn't instinct.
I've heard several accounts of his personal beliefs and conduct that are distinctly unappealing. I won't repeat them here, because they're admittedly hearsay.”
huffingtonpost entry

New NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair Wins Weak Mandate After Glitches And Low Voter Turnout At Convention

Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 10:45:31 in Canada Politics

“Judgements such as you and I make come from particular perspectives. I am old enough to recall and to have supported the CCF and the Social Gospel message of its founders. I still look to that as my measuring stick.
I do watch MSNBC and check Huff Post US and find that they can be considered "left" only from a far right American perspective. I do not think they would pass that "smell test" anywhere outside of continental USA. As disappointed as I was with the coverage of the campaign and convention the Huff Post was still probably more balanced than many other traditional sources.
While it is nice to see charisma in a leader, it is more important to find substance and integrity. Rarely do we find all together in a mere mortal.”

LetsKeepitSimple on Mar 25, 2012 at 15:37:08

“As a Canadian I think MSNBC is way way over to the left, although my son in law loves to watch it, however he went to NYU. But as someone who grew up dirt poor and had to work for everything I have and still do, I think CNN is also way left as is most of the media, especially the CBC.
Unfortunately, the political system makes it difficult for anyone with substance and integrity to get very far, charisma, such as we saw in Trudeau seems to influence too many.”
huffingtonpost entry

New NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair Wins Weak Mandate After Glitches And Low Voter Turnout At Convention

Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 09:23:02 in Canada Politics

“I am not NDP. They have been too far right for me for many years, but was still hoping for the best outcome for Canada and I think that happened. I have been most disappointed with Huff Post coverage of the campaign and the convention. Who ever selects the photo images and headlines probably is a secret (or not so secret) Conservative supporter. There seemed to be a special anti Mulclair bias going on here. I was sorry to see that as it weakens my confidence in the Huff Post being a neutral news source.”

LetsKeepitSimple on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:23:58

“There is no neutral source, The Economist is not too bad(outside of England), Huffington Post is pretty far left(the US version is very far left). If you are left of the NDP that is pretty left. MSNBC, Star and the CBC are not too far right of you FWIW.”
Cardinal Dolan Urges 'Freedom Of Religion Battle'

Cardinal Dolan Urges 'Freedom Of Religion Battle'

Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 18:55:46 in Religion

“This Cardinal and the while lot are an acute embarrassment for ordinary Catholics. Religious leaders should be supporting the efforts of their members to become closer followers of Jesus in thought and deed. I think that Jesus would have as much regard for these "Princes" of the Church as he did for the chief priests, scribes and Pharisees in his day .. maybe they should consider the implications of that fact for their own spiritual future.”
Obama Frustrated Over Health Care Website Issues

Obama Frustrated Over Health Care Website Issues

Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 15:02:44 in Politics

“Huff Post has NSA spy story and the Obamacare stories adjacent to each other. Makes one wonder if the NSA seconded all of the competent IT guys available. If so, that says a lot about real priorities in the Administration.”
Albino Moose To Be Honoured In Mi'kmaq Ceremony (PHOTOS)

Albino Moose To Be Honoured In Mi'kmaq Ceremony (PHOTOS)

Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 08:35:05 in Canada

“I am so happy that Bob Gloade, the Elder and the community are taking these steps to walk back the damage done through ignorance. I was especially glad to see that they had invited the hunters to participate in the honouring ceremonies that are planned. Perhaps the loss of the white moose will bring an increase of knowledge and respect, not only for the Spirit Animal, but also about all of nature and the First Nations Cultures that understand and respect our special relationships within nature.
Perhaps all Environment / Resource departments could include brochures that explain to today's hunters something about the attitudes and practices of traditional First Nations peoples. Sometimes good can come out of what is otherwise a bad thing if there is good will and a desire to do things better. Chief Bob Gloade certainly has taken a big first step in this direction. Thank you for that.”

bifster on Oct 10, 2013 at 09:26:51

“Actually it was other hunters in the town that advised the hunters about Mi'kmaq beliefs, not the chief. These other hunters approached the chief.”
Harper 'Very Concerned' By Reports Of Canada Spying On Brazil

Harper 'Very Concerned' By Reports Of Canada Spying On Brazil

Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 09:18:57 in Canada Politics

“This sounds OK until you recall that this spying began under the Liberals who shared many of the pro-industry-anti-democratic-police state attitudes of this government. So that would leave the "left" as the NDP and the Green Party. I even wonder about the basic attitudes of the NDP with their move toward the "centre". Sorry to be so unhopeful on this issue.”

freeSpeakr on Oct 8, 2013 at 09:34:06

“"… under the Liberals who shared many of the pro-industry-anti-democratic-police state attitudes of this government."

Our entire political spectrum has been manipulated to the far right where fascism is democracy and slavery is freedom.”
Vladimir Putin Warns Against U.S. Military Intervention

Vladimir Putin Warns Against U.S. Military Intervention

Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 08:53:54 in Politics

“It is nice to read something from a student of actual history,  Thanks.”
Vladimir Putin Warns Against U.S. Military Intervention

Vladimir Putin Warns Against U.S. Military Intervention

Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 08:35:26 in Politics

“Watching the Cable TV pundits last night and this morning, and reading comments to this article, it seems like "shooting the messenger" is the only real response to Putin's critique.”

cuoi on Sep 12, 2013 at 08:49:28

“Seems after WWII something happened when the powers divyed up the spoils of war, mainly, weaker countries. After Japanese invaded Vietnam, French became their lapdogs and 1 million Vietnamese perished. OSS recommended Ho Chi Minh be allowed to unify the country (at great personal risk he rescued American airmen from Japanese), he even crafted a Declaration of Independence based on ours, giving us credit. That still stands today.
So French, despite complicity in Vietnamese holocaust, are given the country back to enslave Vietnamese with our help and support. And world events went down hill from there in high level power plays and economic skullduggery. Feeding our mindless consumption seems to be a part of the problem. If the Middle East were rutabaga growers, I doubt we would have all these cries for their freedom and military intervention.
With so much talent world wide, how come so few worthy leaders have risen to the top? Like Gandhi in India and Oscar Arias in Cost Rica?”
Canada Slams Russia Over Snowden Asylum

Canada Slams Russia Over Snowden Asylum

Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 11:33:02 in Canada Politics

“"Toady" is exactly the word that came to my mind when I read the article.”
Barack Obama Ponders Canceling Summit With Vladimir Putin In Moscow

Barack Obama Ponders Canceling Summit With Vladimir Putin In Moscow

Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 10:56:19 in Politics

“As a non-USA citizen of the world I have been privileged to receive an education that has perhaps had a bit more fact and less myth in my history lessons. The "shining beacon of democracy" in the past thing is probably another part of the myth because an objective consideration of American foreign and domestic policies dating back to the founding of the Republic really do not qualify for that appellation. American Blacks, First Nations peoples, various immigrant populations, and certainly peoples of other countries that have stood in the way of American Expansionism have reason to come to other conclusions about the "American Values" that make up so much of the myth. Other than this observation, I would agree with this poster.”
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