Wednesday, April 12, 2006

climate change

This is the best article I've read on climate change since February 2003.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

OPCCA Convention

From the Campus PC blog:

Don't miss this one! With guests like Tim Powers, Peter Kent, Lloyd Mackey, Adam Daifallah, and more, this is definitely not your ordinary convention.

Clicking on the banner above gets you to the convention page, including our agenda and registration form.


I'm impressed with the speakers they've managed to secure this year, and the topics sound really interesting. Check it out.

five, count 'em, five commitments!

Is it starting to irritate anyone else that some members of the opposition have just not gotten over the fact that the government is focusing on its five priorities? I keep CPAC on in the background while I'm cleaning or doing homework or whatever, and I keep hearing MPs who are shocked and appalled that the government was vague on its environmental plans. Meanwhile Harper was clear that we're going to get his five priorities through before focusing on anything else.

It's almost like all they want is empty rhetoric and idle promises. Though I suppose if the environment is your thing, that's what you're going to talk about.

Certainly after yesterday's sad showing for the Afghanistan debate we should be hearing less about that, at least.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Pet Peeve #4672

One thing that gets me peeved pretty often is a complete lack of respect for the armed forces in Canada. You don't have to agree with the missions they're on, but it shouldn't matter. People who are willing to put their lives on the line to defend Canadians and our country deserve an ounce or two of respect, especially from those who aren't willing to do those things.

On that note, the Windsor Star got me worked up today by publishing the article: Co-op program called death sentence.

The article reports on a new co-op program that's been done with the military and the high schools in my area, for which students would be paid and earn four credits towards their degree, and then has quotes from people for and opposed to the idea.

The article is annoying just because it's fairly biased (four sources against, two for) but aside from that, I'm disappointed that the Star decided it was prudent of them to find one student who was completely against the program and ignorant to boot, while apparently not looking for any students in favour of the program. It was my high school. I still visit it. I know the people there. I have a hard time believing that the entire student population (especially those attending the meeting) would be against the program.

As for the teenager they did interview (a grade 11 girl):

"It's too disciplined, too scary," said Fleming about the military. "They beat it into you so you don't know what you think anymore. You're not a person anymore. You're just a machine."

Clearly a sixteen year-old girl with absolutely no experience with the military, with the possible exception of having seen an R-rated movie, if someone rented it for her, is an authority on this subject.

Fleming said she doesn't know what kind of response the program had at her high school, but she's sure there are students who will be drawn to it. "People who want basic things like money and health care will end up going for it. And I'm worried that it will happen to my friends."

Um, this is Canada. In case this girl hadn't notied, there is a fairly large debate raging over how to fix a system under which everyone is covered already. Sure you'd probably get a drug plan, but you'll get that if you get a job at Home Depot.

As for thinking people will get conned into doing something dangerous for money... is this student also opposed to her friends becoming police officers or firefighters?

There is absolutely no logic in her argument, and ignorance makes me grumpy.