“"When someone in the audience (presumably a parent, but it’s not certain) asks if teachers will be, you know, correcting students who don’t know rudimentary arithmetic instantly, August makes another meandering, longwinded statement."
Actually, you have misrepresented Amanda August's answer to the person who asked whether teachers will be correcting students who get their math problems wrong. Right off the bat, Amanda August says, "Oh, absolutely."
I have no opinion on the Common Cause curriculum. I know nothing about it. But, you did misrepresent her answer based on the video whose link you provided.”
“You are incorrect. This post isn't an attempt to silence Niall Ferguson. It is an attempt to point out how silly his arguments against Keynes are - in particular in relation to Mr. Keynes opposition to the Treaty of Versailles.
The problem with Niall Ferguson is that he sees too many issues through a Left-Right politic prism. He would do himself and his reputation a big favour if he let the objective consideration of facts determine his opinions on all issues including monetary policy.
But, nice try in attempting to deflect attention away from Mr. Ferguson's shortcomings.”
“I never said that NHL hockey players don't love playing the game. My point was that, yes, they may love the game, but, they are business men as well. The videos produced by the NHLPA are silly and overly sentimental and are clearly meant for kids and don't tell the whole story of the lockout. ”
“Red Herring? Just because you typed those two words into your comment box doesn't make it so.
You missed the point I was trying to make. How would you like it if drones were hovering over your neighbourhood looking for terrorists?
Do you actually think that these drones have only killed "bad guys"?
You do realize that they hover over neighbourhoods/villages where a lot of innocent people are going about their day. The US military has admitted that the majority of drone strikes are "signature strikes." That means they don't target any one particular individual, but look for patterns of behaviour that are synonymous with "terrorist activity." How would you like to have a drone hovering over you looking for behaviour synonymous with terrorist activity?
Way to dodge the question, though, with a confident, well, my government will arrest those terrorists. Just like your government always arrests the bad guys, when they are not pressuring foreign governments like Spain and Italy to drop investigations and prosecutions of their CIA agents that participated in the illegal abduction and torture of innocent civilians.
You are far too confident in the legal credibility of your own government. ”
Say it was Pakistan or Yemen who were attacked on 9/11. Say, also, that the terrorists were American - thought to live in Idaho. Would you support the Pakistani or Yemeni army sending drones into Idaho to kill the terrorists?
If you can answer that question honestly then you will understand the plight of the people of those far off countries. Terrorizing a population to kill terrorists not winning any war, but, merely creating more enemies then you can count.
Also, say you live in a country ruled by a ruthless tyrant. You don't support him, but, you are powerless to effect change. Say, also, that another country, in an attempt to punish your tyrant, leads the charge in imposing sanctions that lead to the death of your son? Would you want revenge against that other country? Or would you let it slide and accept it as a consequence of your leadership's actions?
The first example was hypothetical. Sadly, the second wasn't.
The country that lead the charge for sanctions on that country ruled by a tyrant was, your country, the United States of America. The country ruled by the tyrant was Iraq. It is estimated that 500,000 children died as a result of those sanctions. Read about why that part of the world hates you...
“Sorry, C Dub85, I don't doubt that the players love hockey. That being said, they clearly won't play until the money is right. Again, I have no problem with this, but, I do have a problem with a video that tries to tug at our own collective pasts of playing shinny on backyard rinks when we were kids.
These guys are not the simple farm boys that they NHLPA wants us to believe they are. They are passionate hockey fans and players and adult businessmen.”
C Dub85 on Sep 17, 2012 at 18:46:57
“who are the ones that are risking their bodies and minds every night? who are the ones that the fans pay to see? i definitely dont go to hockey games to see the owners sitting in the press box. its a two way street and as of right now the owners arent recognizing that. the players have already tabled offers that would reduce their salaries but it wasnt enough for the guys who sit in an office everyday. the players will no doubt go elsewhere to play as we've seen they can do all too easily. all because a bunch of billionaires want more of the pie because 45% of the revenues isnt enough for sitting at a desk. like i said, the players take all the risk physically and deserve to be compensated more than a guy sitting at a desk claiming to "run things"”
“The wider economy has nothing to do with the NHL players. They are not average, ordinary workers toiling away in a factory for .50 an hour.
Please, your argument for the NHLPA is undermined by your inclusion of this obviously irrelevant point.”
procrustes13 on Sep 16, 2012 at 20:15:12
“I am simply pointing out that throughout the US and other Western countries, the labour share of output is dropping like a stone, employers are locking out employees to force large reductions in salary "because they can", so it's interesting to see the parallel here of the NHL doing likewise even though the employees do make a lot of money. That they do changes not the parallel situation of management, of capital demanding a greater share and that labour has less, it changes that not at all.”
sgillhoolley on Sep 16, 2012 at 19:41:54
“Bull puckey. Of course they work within a free market system, and the wider economy plays into that. Sometimes people are too silly for words.”
“This is nonsense. Every time the NHL or NHLPA wants us to forget about the obscene amounts of money hockey players make they start talking about backyard rinks and playing till your "toes are numb." This is just plain cynical and should be laughed at.
Don't produce a transparently manipulative video telling us how much you love hockey and that you're just simple farm boys and oh, isn't the adult world so scary and complicated. It's insulting and simply untrue. You want to play, but, only if the price is right. I don't blame you - not one bit. You are world class athletes and deserve to be paid what the market will bear. And that is what this dispute between the NHLPA and the NHL is all about.
It's okay, players, we know you like money. Really.”
C Dub85 on Sep 16, 2012 at 20:07:48
“what evidence do you have to dis[rove the players love of hockey? i see enough in support of their love to play that its obvious this isnt just about the size of their paycheque. most will leave their families and head to Europe to play this season because the OWNERS will not allow them to play here until it is under the OWNERS terms.”
“First off, he's a police officer. Obviously, in fulfilling his duties, he sees the worst of the worst. So, naturally, his view of the world is going to be tainted by the awful scenes of gun violence he witnesses up close.
The city in which he works, Kalamazoo, Michigan, is small, with a population of 74,262. Despite this, the rate of violent crime in Kalamazoo is almost twice the state level.
Last year, my city, Toronto, a city of 2.6 million, had just 45 murders. In Kalamazoo, and I'm not sure what year this is for, with a population of 74,262, they had 9 murders. In Toronto, that's 1/57777 chance of being murder. In Kalamazoo, 1/8251.
Calgary, the city Mr. Wawra was visiting, has a population of 1 million. They had 10 murders in 2011. That's a rate of 1/100000.
I feel sorry for Mr. Wawra, because it is clear that he lives in a very violent city. Add to this the fact that he comes into very close contact with some of that violence on a weekly basis and you have someone who has been conditioned to expect violence from strangers.
I think easy mockery is undeserving. Instead, we should feel for Mr. Wawra and, as Canadians, thank our lucky stars that we have a society which values the collective and, more often than not, seeks peaceful solutions to our problems. Also, be thankful that our guns laws are strict.”
thegirlnextdoor on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:57:06
“Whew, by American standards Kalamazoo is still pretty safe. I was born there and now live in Canada. I found this story so embarrassing for my Kalamazoo pride.”
cwebster on Aug 8, 2012 at 22:09:35
“You make some good points. However, I am very glad he did not have his gun with him, as he might have shot the men for speaking to him out of fear.”
jimboy71 on Aug 8, 2012 at 21:21:12
“Scr/ew him. He is a vio//ent mo/ron. I have been shot at, mugged, and held up in my time, and I NEVER think to carry the fire/arms that belong to me.
I'd sh/00t someone.”
weagree on Aug 8, 2012 at 20:23:54
“His background does dictate his reaction. Canadians should not be naive about strangers anywhere, including some hardcore places in our own country.”
Exexecution on Aug 8, 2012 at 19:18:17
“"Also, be thankful that our guns laws are strict."
I would be thankful if they were stricter and punishment for violations far higher.”
Nov 6, 2013 at 17:27:15
“"Ford hasn't taken advantage of his office -- and our money -- for his own personal gain."
Hmmm...let me see.
1 - He hired his drug dealer as his driver. That's taxpayer money being payed to Rob Ford's drug dealer. If that isn't taking advantage of his office for his own personal gain, I don't know what is.
2 - Add to that, he used a city staffer for his football team. He also used a city car for his football team. Ordered a TTC bus to pick up his team when it was raining. Citizens were booted off that bus so that Rob's team could travel home in style.
3 - The fact that he wasn't arrested even though police observed him and his pal Lisi exchanging packages at various locations throughout the city, I'd say, translates to using your office for personal gain - not being arrested like any other poor schlep - Lisi - would have under the same circumstances.
Apart from that, how often does a politician have to lie - not just about his drug use, but the non-existent Gravy Train (a KPMG audit revealed that Torontonians were getting a good bang for their buck), the nature of LRTs, about saving the city a billion dollars, about a privately financed subway, about his DUI, yelling at a couple during a Leafs' game, about putting his hand on a former Mayoral candidate's behind - until you accept that he cannot be trusted.
I'll give you a little preview of what Edward Snowden says in the video...
"Originally we saw that, uh, focused very narrowly tailored as foreign intelligence gathered overseas. Now, increasingly, we see that it's happening domestically. And to do that they, uh, the NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default."
I encourage you, as an Editor-at-large at a newspaper that I would think values the pursuit of the truth, to watch the entire video of Edward Snowden before you rely on the words of some one else who seems to have a poor ability to guess what was or wasn't on Mr. Snowden's mind during the time he worked at the NSA.
You may see Edward Snowden as a heretic, but, I see him as a hero. Sometimes, governments break the law and, sometimes, it takes a noble individual, willing to sacrifice the comforts of his life, to bravely come forward and reveal those crimes. Edward Snowden is that noble individual.”
"What, one wonders, did Snowden think the NSA did?" wrote Toobin in The New Yorker magazine. "Any marginally attentive citizen, much less NSA employee or contractor, knows that the entire mission of the agency is to intercept electronic communications. Perhaps he thought that the NSA operated only outside the United States; in that case, he hadn't been paying very close attention."
Here, Mr. Toobin, who ought to know better - being a lawyer - here commits the sin of not thinking too deeply. What Mr. Snowden thought the NSA did was doing was intercepting electronic communications in a targeted manner in line with the concept of suspicion and the attaining of a legally required warrant. The FISA court applies in this instance.
Snowden obviously knew that the NSA "intercepted electronic communications." To suggest that he didn't know or that, once he found out, he was shocked, is ridiculous. He was shocked specifically because he found out that the NSA targets everyone with no requirements of probable cause or suspicion of unlawful activity. This is what shocked him.”
josibean on Jul 2, 2013 at 12:02:31
“And that he noted this information was being abused on a regular basis...”
“"He changed the global narrative of China hacking into the U.S. to the American government going after its own," Chang said. "That really derailed Obama's whole talk about cyber security."
He sure did. He exposed his own nation, the United States, as a hypocrite. Applying standards to others that you don't apply to yourself is a tried and true way to undermine your own self-righteousness. What Snowden exposed was just one of the ways in which the government of the United States lives in a kind of bubble of denial - always assuming that when they do it, it is morally right when others do it, it is morally wrong.
The "it" seems to not matter. The "it" can spying on its' own public, torturing detainees, holding them indefinitely without charges, slaughtering innocent civilians - the United States government seems incapable of recognizing its' own hypocritical nature.
Jeffrey Toobin, a lawyer who has logged hundreds of hours on TV, is calling Edward Snowden a narcissist? One of the definitions of a narcissism is self-centredness. A man who reveals the crimes of his own government in order to inform his fellow citizens and other citizens around the globe is not being self-centred. The fact that he put himself in peril by leaking this information suggests the exact opposite of being self-centred. One word you could use to describe Mr. Snowden is self-sacrificing, yes, not self-centred.
Apr 25, 2013 at 14:02:46
“The speech by Osama Bin Laden that you linked to specifically indicated that he was targeting Canada for its' participation in the war in Afghanistan.
In light of that fact, questions you should be asking are...What was the nature of the Afghanistan war? How many innocent civilians died at the hands of the US and Canada? Was the invasion of Afghanistan legal? Justified? Could Bin Laden and his group have been captured without invading Afghanistan and putting the lives of thousands in jeopardy?
But, you don't ask any of these questions or look into the beginnings of the Afghan war, nor what was done there in our name. Instead, you leave your readers with the false impression that we, as a country, haven't been involved in any fighting in the middle east.
Also, many of the individuals who have targeted the US have done so because of the US's continuing slaughter of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Yemen and Pakistan. They also remember what the US did to Iraq - not only during the war started in 2003, but during the 90s sanctions that killed somewhere between 100,000 - 500,000 children. Are Bin Laden's or any of the other would be Bin Laden's vengeful attacks justified? No, of course, not. And, yes, you guessed, neither were the West's initial attacks.
"Even the hated Bush administration made great ostentatious efforts to suck up to Muslims..."
Yes, like invading Afghanistan and Iraq and slaughtering thousands of people. What a swell guy!”
Mar 28, 2013 at 16:28:35
“What is most interesting to note about Barbara Amiel's piece is that she is very concerned about this "...anything-goes sexual society..." but doesn't seem to be too concerned about non-consensual sex (rape) or touching.
The one who is disgusted by all those savages giving into their basest instincts is actually only disgusted by women giving in. Barbara seems only mildly bothered by a bunch of 16 year old boys finger fu**ing an unconscious girl. A suspension? Here's the quote, "In a normal society...would have been suspended from school and their beloved football team." Thankfully, we have moved far away from Barbara's utopian "...normal society.." and towards a world that recognizes criminal behaviour when it sees it.
As far as the outrage she expresses for those who masturbate to child pornography being put in jail, one wonders if she understands that those images were taken without the consent of the child. A child is not old enough to consent to such things. The very taking of these photos is abuse. So, Barbara believes that those adults enjoying the "private contemplation of squalid pictures" - is that a euphemism for whacking off? - should be left alone to view their pictures of abused kids being criminally violated.
It's clear that the one thing that seems to bother Barbara the most is that men need consent from the other party before they get fulfill their sexual cravings.”
“Bob, I think you need to ask Mr. Holder what he means by, "...engaged in combat...".”
visitr on a small planet on Mar 10, 2013 at 22:21:11
“exactly! with the government's constant use of double speak, every single word needs to be scrutinized for its hidden meaning!!! just what you would expect from a government that insists on keeping EVERYTHING secret from its citizens.”
“So, as a kid, you were in the dark as to the role money played in the sport you loved. You saw these players as superheroes. It was inevitable that, as you grew into adulthood, you would come to realize that these superheroes are also business men. In other words, you can't stay a kid forever.
Now, after yet another lockout, you've had it. That's fine, but, isn't your response a bit childish? I'm not trying to insult you. All I am trying to get across is that with adulthood comes acceptance of certain realities that undermine one's childhood view of the world. Adult life is complicated and not really good at fitting into such a simplistic view.
Look, I'm with you in some sense. The lockout pissed me off, too. The delayed NHL season was somewhat eased by me following the Maple Leafs farm team - the Toronto Marlies - but, still, I missed the real thing. I, too, wish that these complicated financial issues didn't get in the way of what I believe to be the most beautiful game in the world. When one watches a game and sees the faces of one's favourite team's players breathing heavy on the bench, one wants to think first of passion and grit and determination instead of caps and buyouts and pensions. I get it. But, money and passion are not mutually exclusive.”
hp blogger Adam Kingsmith on Jan 8, 2013 at 11:48:01
“Thank you for your comment. I agree with you completely that with adulthood comes the acceptance of certain realities which age one's views. But the realities that I had come to terms with in adulthood are such that I can no longer enjoy the NHL as I once did. I still love hockey, but personally, I have outgrown the NHL - less fiscally centric things interest me now. Trying to trick myself into continuing to pay patronage and lip service to a league that I have lost my passion for in the benign hope that I will someday rediscover that it, is, for me, be the most childish thing of all.”