Monday, 22 December 2008

Harper appoints 18 senators

“Our government will continue to push for a more democratic, accountable and effective Senate,” said Harper. “If Senate vacancies are to be filled, however, they should be filled by the government that Canadians elected rather than by a coalition that no one voted for.”
I have come to expect hypocrisy from politicians of all stripes - but Stephen Harper hit a new low this morning.

He knows that he does not command a majority in the House and that if he had not pulled off two very undemocratic stunts - cancelling an opposition day and getting the prorogation - he would be out of a job. More people voted for the other parties than voted for conservatives - by a ratio of 2:1. So the idea that "no one voted for" the coalition parties is just a lie.

Of course we need a second house - elected, effective and all the rest. And yes Mr Harper could have started that process - back when he was convinced that he had a workable majority and that the economy was fine thank you very much.

He has demonstrated in recent weeks that he has no more moral sense than the average skunk. And if we have an election next spring he should suffer for his perfidy.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Males of All Species Are Becoming More Female

For quite a long time now I have refrained from comment on those people who point to all our environmental ills and blame it on the exploding population. Malthus was wrong - or at least centuries ahead of his time - and population control is often a flag of convenience for various kinds of fascism.

It seems that humans may well have managed, indavertantly, to come up with a solution to population growth. It is indeed unfortunate that this applies to all the other species too. Since we do not appear to be capable of dealing with our emissions, and will therefore face a planet much more hostile to human life, this may be, quite literally, the end of human life on this planet. It would have been some comfort to think that the other species we have preyed on and brought close to extinction might have survived us, but that is not to be either.

In the fullness of time, I have no doubt that the planet will manage to regulate itself back to the point where life can resume. None of us - or our decendants - will be here to see it of course.

But meantime, we will remain focussed on re-starting the failed economy. The environment is just such a low priority these days.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Attacking Alzheimer's with Red Wine and Marijuana

Passed along as a public service.

The red wine thing is not surprising. What is depressing is that the researchers have to skate around the ridiculous restrictions placed on marijuana. The time for sensible drug policies is long past, and demonizing of pot is plain stupid.