Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Making Winnipeg proud ...

... with Winnipeggers winning two thirds of Truth Mashup's prestigious Douchebag of the Week awards on August 11. These great honours ensured Toronto wasn't alone in the class of "Canadian mayoral races filled with assholery".


Hooray, eh?

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sincere and Solid Endorsements

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Sometime on Friday, August 8, 2014.

Twitter screen captures. See here.

And a bit earlier ...

Twitter screen capture. See here.

Many people, clearly, are jumping on the Maxymowich bandwagon due to the appeal of forcing women to birth and keeping teens ignorant of the facts of life.

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Critics also have a Right to Free Speech

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Twitter screen shot: Charles Adler's response
after being shown that Candace Maxymowich
was clearly using abortion & abstinence only "education"
as campaign issues.
After her attempt to woo social conservatives backfired, school trustee candidate Candace Maxymowich and her apologists have been touting out "free speech" and her "right to have opinions" to counter critics. This is standard fair for whenever a fringe social conservative shoots their mouth off and says something absurd. The "right to free speech" crowd immediately jumps in, as if a right to free speech entailed a right to be sheltered from other views.

That is not real free speech. The right to free expression applies both to the socially conservative fringe and mainstream critics. Critics of Candace Maxymowich's "personal opinions" in favour of abstinence only "education" and Forced Birth have the right to express their dissenting views.

This right includes the right to explain how utterly bad as policy abstinence only "education" is and how awful Forced Birth is from a public health standpoint. It also includes the right to freely state how utterly morally repugnant they view the values of subordinating women's control over their own bodies and embracing ignorance inherent in the two positions are.

As someone in the public sphere and certainly as someone running for elected office Candace Maxymowich doesn't get off the hook from criticism simply because she has "free speech". She'll have to defend her views, recognize the free speech of critics and accept the electoral consequences as they prove that her views are without merit. 

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Pallister CON shakes up Trustee Race with Hard Right Culture Warfare

LRSD Ward 4 candidate & provincial
Conservative Youth Representative
Candace Maxymowich (left) beside
Conservative leader Brian Pallister.

Image Source: Candace Maxymowich/Twitter
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Candace Maxymowich is a candidate for School Trustee in the Louis Riel School Division's Ward Four and is the Pallister CONs Youth Rep. Recently she's been in the news for bringing her support for Forced Birth and Abstinence Only "Education" into the trustee race.

It's sure been one hell of a weird trip up to this point.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Harper CONs campaigning over dead bodies

Israeli Defense Force attacks against Gaza - over Hamas rocket fire - are making headlines here in Canada. This is rightly so as it's a tremendously important situation - especially given the one-sided approach the Canadian Government is taking on the international stage.

I seldom talk about foreign policy issues here, but I have to make an exception now.

This Truth Mashup clip details how the Harper CONs have been using this tragedy in the Levant to their advantage. It also provides some background to the tragedy.

That grossly distasteful Conservative "action movie" trailer was released on July 18, 2014 ... as strikes, fighting and death were happening in Gaza. 

Really, what the fuck is the matter with the Harper CONs? Couldn't they at least wait a few weeks for the dead bodies to grow colder before shamelessly politicking over this issue for domestic gain?

There's ordinary, cynical politics and then there's gross, craven nihilism that ought to be out of question for any mainstream politician in Canada. Sadly, it seems that the Harper CONs' PR machine is okay with crossing that line.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Thugs try to terrorize Fringe actress

Vandalized Fringe Festival poster for Lies of a
Promiscuous Woman

Image Source: Courtesy of actress
Theresa Thompson to CBC,  obtained
off of CBC website.
It's that time of year in Winnipeg: Fringe Festival time!

 Various venues across the city are holding the weird, quirky and off beat plays that make the Festival. Everything from The Big Fat Drag Queen to Boomer Love is on display.

 Sadly, one Fringe play has rubbed some (thuggish) folks the wrong way: Lies of a Promiscuous Woman.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Government responsible to the public, not just taxpayers

Be Warned: Some attempts at philosophizing here.

Contributor to The Winnipeg RAG Review Art Cramer has been debating the Manitoba Liberals' Regional Director for Winnipeg East, Kurt Berger, 140 characters at a time via twitter. Before the conversation took a unique turn (for those interested, available here, here, and here) taxes were discussed.

Can't say I entirely agree with colleague Art Cramer's take on the privilege of paying taxes, though he is echoing a sentiment from the father of economics, Adam Smith, who regarded taxes as a "badge of [...] liberty". Certainly, given the regressive nature of sales taxes and user-fees, not all contributors to the public purse are financially privileged, even given that low income Manitobans end up as net beneficiaries of the income tax and transfer system.

I have a problem with Kurt Berger's perspective as well, though. That is his zooming in on being responsible specifically to taxpayers, rather than the general public.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Why Reddit can be really awesome

This usually applies to the Winnipeg sub-reddit, even though it's smaller than a lot of the other sub-reddits.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Safe road biking tips

Courtesy of the Manitoba Cycling Association and CAN-BIKE.

CAN-BIKE // Traffic Skills 101 from Manitoba Cycling Association on Vimeo.

And remember, never follow the advice of "get off the roads" and onto the sidewalks.

(H/t to Brendax on Reddit)

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Your Winnipeg

As we all know, the various classic rock radio stations of this fine city form an integral part of our culture. They have a crucial finger to the pulse of our municipal zeitgeist or collective unconscious. They understand the listeners and understand the various neighbourhoods within our city. This is why Power 97 is imminently qualified design an utterly serious and scientific quiz, filled with the utmost sensitivity and lack of negative stereotypes, to find which neighourhood most closely aligns with your personal values.