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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 09 2010

Canada doesn’t have a race problem

Wow, it’s been a while since I did one of these. Remember a month ago when I talked about a campaign to get the Crown to recognize the abhorrent and racist treatment of New Brunswick’s black population? This is an interesting bit of history that I wasn’t aware of. Apparently under the charter that created …

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Dec 09 2010

Religious “education”

Last week, Ian Bushfield wrote some thoughts on the idea of religious education in public schools: By offering religious education/instruction, we could hopefully convince parents that the public school system is where their kids should be. Further, we can hopefully expose the children to different ideas about religion and morality, which, demonstrated by the uproar …

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Dec 08 2010

It’s a miracle!

Miracles are funny things. Whenever something good happens, we call it ‘a miracle’. It doesn’t matter if there is a clear causal chain that can be followed from the beginning to the end – it’s still a “miracle” when surgery fixes someone’s cancer; it’s still a “miracle” when seatbelts and safety testing help someone survive …

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Dec 08 2010

Whoops, spoke too soon

Sometimes I overextend myself and make statements preemptively before I have all the facts. It can happen to any of us, and from time to time I have to walk back something I’ve said in a post here. This is one of those times. Yesterday, I made a statement in a post that could be …

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Dec 07 2010

My Wikileaks response

A friend messaged me yesterday to ask if I was planning on saying something about this unfolding Wikileaks saga. I was planning on steering clear of it, but since this is a blog that is in part about free speech, it might seem particularly conspicuous if I don’t say anything at all. For the most …

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Dec 07 2010

Do me a favour?

I have heard that Ms. Tinkham has died of her cancer as of 3:30 pm PST. I am deeply saddened by this, more so because this death was, in all probability, preventable. I enjoy blogging, I really do. However, sometimes it’s a struggle to find the inspirado to write. Since I started this for serious …

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Dec 07 2010

Pope does something marginally decent

…and everyone loses their shit. Of course this news is a bit dated now, and many of you have probably already heard this story: Using a condom is a lesser evil than transmitting HIV to a sexual partner — male or female —even if that means averting a possible pregnancy, the Vatican said Tuesday, signalling …

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Dec 06 2010

An apology

Regular readers here (numbers have taken a spike in the past couple of weeks – anyone have some insight as to why?) may notice that, after a glut of posting, my posts are becoming less frequent and smaller. Please interpret this as a lack of free time, rather than a lack of interest. As I …

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Dec 06 2010

Why do all the black kids sit together?

I attended a conference in Ottawa last week that was related to work. I arrived early and picked a spot at the row of tables completely arbitrarily. Other people filtered in a bit later, and when I looked up from my computer, I realized that all of the black people in the room (well, there …

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Dec 03 2010

Movie Friday: NiqaBITCH

Satire has never looked so good: The fundamental difficulty I have with the niqab is that it’s impossible to completely tease out the coercion and brainwashing that goes into religious and cultural education. I can’t understand why anyone would want to cover themselves with a thick cloth, but does that give me the right to …

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