Sunday, 29 January 2012

Caroling Manufactroversy Part I: Presumption of Guilt

The Winnipeg Sun's way of doing crime

Image constructed by "The Analyst".

Earlier this month the Winnipeg Sun latched onto an issue it wanted to blow way outta proportion: carolers getting some city funding. With SEVEN articles, no less!

Thursday, 19 January 2012


The Khan Academy has a very succinct explanation of it.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Wikipedia's SOPA Blackout

Image Source: A Creative Revolution

Well, English Wikipedia is blacked out today in protest of the potential passage of the PIPA ("Protect IP Act") and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act") bills being considered by the US Senate and House of Representatives. What do the bills (which would be combined if passed in their respective chambers) entail, you may ask? Well, they give copyright holders the power to censor the Internet.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Kudos to the Young Liberals

I have no direct stake in Canada's War on drugs. As a teetotaller whose strongest recreational drug is caffeine, I have no interest in smoking a joint (and have a track record of declining offers) and find the whole idea utterly distasteful given the value I place on attachment to reality. Nevertheless, Canada's failed War on Drugs still enrages me - partly because of how utterly detached it's proponents are from reality. So, I was quite pleased when I heard that the Liberal Party of Canada's adopting a resolution calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

Monday, 16 January 2012


I've noticed quite a bit of tough winds while cycling today. That was lovely, alongside the flat tire I received. Winnipeg wouldn't be Winnipeg without rapidly fluctuating weather and rough roads, after all!

New Features

A few new features have been added to this blog. For starters, there's now a "read more" option on some of the longer (and a few of the shorter) posts. This was done after a fellow blogger informed me that some readers dislike clicking on the comments section to post a comment after reading a long post. Rather, it'd be more appealing to first, give the reader the option of continuing the post if the first few lines sound enticing, and then allowing them to comment instantly after finishing the article.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Winnipegger uplift

Winnipeggers have traditionally been a dour and fatalistic lot when it comes to their city.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

A Tale of two NDPs

Logos of the Saskatchewan NDP (evidently, Top)
and Manitoba NDP (bottom).

Image Source: Wikipedia (articles on
Saskatchewan NDP and Manitoba NDP)
The Manitoba NDP certainly has its flaws, but it also has an astounding organizational virtue: there's personnel renewal.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Kevin Chief: Rising up the Ranks

Kevin Chief

Image Source:
University of Winnipeg,
Kevin Chief Bio
The Manitoba NDP must have high hopes for rookie MLA Kevin Chief. He's is a former coordinator of the University of Winnipeg's Innovative Learning Centre. Chief's also had experience with various other North End/inner-city programs. What does Kevin Chief do now? Minister a new department.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Excitement over the Shoppers Drugmart on Osborne

Okay, stuff has been written about the pending expansion of the Osborne Village Shoppers Drugmart (the One Man Committee blog has a particularly insightful analysis here). I'm not sure there's much I can add at this point and I'm even less sure that I have the time. But I want to address something that perplexes: why the personal excitement over this development?

Zach Weiner is a genius

Stumbled upon this gem. Finally, a "little knowledge is a dangerous thing" illustrated graphically! 

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Romeo Saganash visit series not over

Okay, my output certainly has plummeted and will probably continue to do so. But I hope to get the Romeo Saganash series, as dated as it may be getting, finished by January 15. I'll certainly try my hardest to cover the Federal NDP leadership debate that'll occur in this city to decent degree of depth.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Novel Idea: Give the Homeless Homes

Well, it looks like a truly novel idea's hit the halls of power in Ottawa. A large part of the solution to the problem of homelessness involves homes. Imagine that!