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Wednesday, October 17. 2018
I'd prefer they decided social media companies should censor their users. That way, they'd be responsible for everything on their service. Good luck with that. Speaking of which...
In the SJW pantheon, Halloween is now a combination of Christmas, Easter, Ramadan, and Passover, so anything goes. It's their high holy days, and it lasts for months. I say bring back All Saints Day, and keep your candy.
There's trouble in the Crimea? I blame the Scythians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Pontics, the Romans, the Goths, the Huns, the Bulgars, the Khazars, the Byzantine Empire, the Arabs, the Kypchaks, the Russians, the City State of Venice, the Mongols, the Turks, the Cossacks, the Russians some more, the English, the French, and Kingdom of Sardinia of all people, Germany, the Soviets, the Ukrainians, and the Russians some more. And Donald Trump, because why not.
Half of the money I spend on advertising is wasted. The problem is I don't know which half. This is somebody's half, I imagine.
Then again, if turning a particular nationality into a marketable commodity is outlawed, America will turn into a one-party state.
This fellow gamed TripAdvisor reviews to make a shed in his back yard the most highly rated restaurant in London. It worked, so he actually opened the shed up as a restaurant, and he charged big money to serve cheap microwaved food on paper plates to patrons, who dutifully raved about it on social media because they're dullards. Now the whole world wants to interview him about his exploits, so he sends an army of random people in his place. No media outlet notices. Fake news? Is there another kind?
Get out of here with that email alternative. An email is like receiving a radioactive registered letter from the Gestapo to these kids. They won't answer that, either. The average college graduate has never spoken to a real adult about any topic, in any setting, and is terrified of answering their ringing phone. A generation of mannerless housebound agoraphobes who dress their pets in costumes for Halloween, which lasts for six months. Good jerb, social media.
And I'll bet they know how to answer the g*ddamned phone. Never mind all that. Let's get to the really interesting part of the story. Praful Tickoo is the greatest name I've encountered since reading about Hercules Mulligan in grade school.
Once again, Uruguay leads the way! Said no one, ever.
Sort of in their job description, fellas, despite your breathless reporting style.
I'm constantly reminded of a demented form of the Lady Godiva story. Everyone simultaneously wishes to ride naked through town, sometimes forbidding everyone else to look, sometimes forbidding anyone from looking away, all the while reserving the right to be a peeping Tom, 24/7.
Bon mercredi à tous! Oops again
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Re Canada and rec pot...
Well, now we see what effects widespread legalization will actually have.
There's times I've thought that much of the progress and innovation of the 19th and 20th Century was fueled by the stimulative effects of caffeine and nicotine. Once tobacco became passe' it seemed like things have slowed - except in the field of personal electronics where you could argue we're seeing great incremental improvements but nothing truly revolutionary...
Could it be that the high achievers in a society need a CNS stimulant to really reach their peak performance?
What will be the effects of widespread THC consumption on a society? Guess we'll see...
Pot use is not known to be associated with great achievement. With great hunger for snacks perhaps and living in your parents basement in your 20's-, 30's and 40's, waking up after noon even but not achievement.
Roger de Hauteville,
For what it's worth, we enjoy your tongue-in-cheek presentations.
"But concerns remain, including about the readiness for police forces to tackle drug impaired driving. Information has been sent to 15m households about the new laws and there are public awareness campaigns."
Hey, I'm in Canada and I've been watching this train wreck of an issue taking shape since our Dear Leader in Ottawa first announced it. Yet we keep being bombarded here with the "concerns remain" theme.
Psst… Guys, it's too late. It's a done deal.
My favourite dopey (ha!) federal/provincial/municipal government mantra on legalization is: we have to keep it out of the hands of kids. It seems to have entirely escaped the politicos and functionaries who utter such nonsense that since pot will continue to be illegal for minors, nothing much has changed for underaged users. If anything, it’ll probably be a lot easier now for the kiddies to get the stuff and I can already see a brisk trade in simply selling pot on to minors.
Of course, pricing will be all important and offers the greatest potential for governments to screw up. If the legal product ends up overpriced and overtaxed (the temptation to squeeze more and more revenues out of it is a given), even the most addlepated potheads are going to realize governments have screwed them again. Then they’ll find, ahem, “other suppliers”.
Ha ha! You couldn't make this up!
Now I feel bad for questioning your use of French. Even though I don't read or speak it.
Re: golden passports. IMHO no citizen should hold two or more passports. Either you are a full citizen of your home country or you are not. Holding a foreign passport should make you ineligible to be a citizen of another country. It's kinda like marriage in that you cannot be 'faithful' to two or more people. I also fail to see any benefit to either the country or the citizens who remain faithful to their country. It seems like something that should be illegal or immoral.
I have a Canadian and a UK passport.
Dual citizenship is a complicated issue. You can't prevent it - unless you decide to make your entire country a prison camp, never permit anyone to immigrate to it, and never allow your citizens to go overseas for fear they'll marry a foreigner or live in another country long enough to naturalize.
You could also strip people of their citizenship if they take on another but that has problems too; most countries are understandably reluctant to strip citizens of their birthright without a really, really good reason.
Simpler by far to just treat citizens of your country who have other citizenships as - citizens of your country. Which means their other citizenship is irrelevant.
For example, an American citizen who runs afoul of the law in Kansas and who also has, say, Swiss citizenship, cannot suddenly "turn Swiss" and go running to the embassy for consular assistance.
Can't prevent it? I know people who cannot get a passport. Seems like it is easy to prevent.
So if Canada declares war on the UK which side will you fight on? Who do you owe your allegiance to? Or do you know? If the decision comes to flight or fight are you out of there? These seem like important questions to a country and your fellow citizens.
Well, although the idea of Canada and the UK going to war with each other is mildly amusing, I'll humour your question:
I would fight for Queen and Country of course.
I have to admit I'm not sure who that would be. A better question is how does it benefit Canada and Canadian citizens that some fellow citizens are also citizens of another country?
With regards to dual passports: What is the problem? I am an American citizen, but I also hold a passport and am a citizen of Ireland, because that's where my grandparents were born and emigrated from. I do love Ireland and I may go there to stay, if I can. How on earth would that possibly negatively impact either?
Yes and I could get an Irish passport as well. But why? Are you planning on fleeing the country?
Your list of Links has "Dumb Still Looks Free". Last post is
Sep 14, 2014
censoring is problematic. It seems clear that the various social media sites use censorship as a political tool/weapon. Wikipedia began with the promise of a reputable online source but due to censoring has become a propaganda site of the left to push left wing causes. On the other hand we have all seen things on the internet that should have been censored. What to do? Probably the only correct thing to do is have zero censorship and if something is said that is illegal to pursue a legal remedy. Otherwise the power of censoring will be abused and be far worse than the uncensored words.
I have always been curious about a trip Bill/Hillary took immediately after he left office. It was to Cairns, Australia (home of the Australian drug cartels) and also to Viet Nam--largest distribution center for the product grown in the Golden triangle. During that trip they both played "dress up" (much like Trudeau in India) they wore those Vietnamese "uniforms". You can find the pictures/stories in the data base. What is important to me is the completely corrupt nature of these two individuals and why was it so important to head immediately to this place on earth? Please, please don't tell me they wanted to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier reef!
The cable access case article is hugely overblown. The question arises in the case of the cable access because the station itself exists as a requirement of the franchise from the city government under which the cable system operates. Thus it is questionable as to whether the public access board is an arm of the city government or not, even if it operates and is funded independently.
Social media sites are private operators and do not have any kind of color of state authority.
re I Sent Fake Versions of Myself On TV and Everyone Fell for It
I love this story!
I wish I was that clever.