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Canadian Politics

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion & More!' started by Eriol, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. Eriol

    Eriol One Of Us

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    You could be right, but the sister's statement could easily be a euphemism that is "the only way to leave Islam is by dying" and thus they ARE calling for it. But that's VERY open to interpretation, so I'm hardly going to "die on that hill" to say she was stating that for sure. It could be the much more tame "if you're not in the mosque, you're going to hell, so all who don't believe this go to hell" which isn't that extreme a statement at all. Her original statements are VERY conservative Islam, but that's not as problematic as calling for the deaths of apostates. She's probably done that too (given her past associations, it's fairly likely), but that isn't in this quote.
     
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    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

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    For the record, I despise this stuff no matter where it happens. Whether it be taxes, calories, "savings," whatever.

    --Patrick
     
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    Depends on how it's phrased, really. "Went up" isn't quite the same as "Went up by" IMO. Like, if there was a sales tax increase from 5% to 7.5%, I'd either say taxes went up 50% or the tax went up by 2.5%. Although in the latter case I'd probably say 2.5 percentage points to clarify.
     
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    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

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    Oh, but it is (or at least is usually interpreted as such), unless you clarify like you do at the end. And people sneak this crap in all the time, knowing it'll sail by mostly unnoticed.
    And then there are those people who just do it completely wrong: "Payments increased 25% from $75 to $100" no, they increased 33%, not 25%.

    --Patrick
     
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    drifter Porkchop Express

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    Depends on context, to me. I think people just think about and express percentages differently, whcih is where confusion can arise. Although I don't doubt some people do it intentionally, I wouldn't assume deceit right off the bat (again, depending on context).
     
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    If a politician is announcing a tax increase it will always be in the smallest number possible.

    If a politician is announcing a tax decrease it will always be in the largest number possible.
     
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    As I read this I had the silly thought that @Dave ought to get himself sent to Guantanamo. He would, eventually, make millions. Win.

    But more importantly, he would be barred from seeing his brother. Big Win!
     
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    I'm horrified that the article this one is writing about is written for a website that has my hometown in its name: Female genital mutilation defended in article on ‘Muslims in Calgary’ website

    That link is NOT to the offending article, but an article reporting about it. According to the reporting, the author is in Sri Lanka, so it's not even local (thankfully).

    Horrific. We don't want that kind of thing in Canada, or anywhere else. Hell, even WHO has condemned it, and enough of you know my opinion on the UN! (WHO is almost always pretty good, one of the redeeming features of that organization IMO, though I'd rather support MSF directly most of the time)
     
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    Bubble181 The odd one out

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  11. Eriol

    Eriol One Of Us

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    Maybe it's doing geo-restriction, given where you are. It usually gives you 10 "free" before it restricts you. Try private browsing? I'll quote what I mean though in case it doesn't work:
     
  12. Frank

    Frank Mediocre, eh?

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    One of the MLAs here wants to have liquor stores be the sole purveyor of cigarettes too, and to get them out of convenience stores.
     
  13. Eriol

    Eriol One Of Us

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    Interesting idea. One stop, all "sins"? Makes for an interesting thought experiment for if/when prostitution is legalized...


    Btw, have a link on that Frank? I'm curious to read more.
     
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    Dei Always shooting Terrik

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    In the US, since weed is still technical illegal on a federal level, it is a cash only sale, no banks will touch that money, and even recreational and medicinal sales are kept in separate areas from each other to keep money going where it belongs. But since communities within states can decide for themselves whether or not weed sales are allowed, and I live in a fairly conservative part of the state despite being 30 minutes from both Denver and Boulder, I have seen a lot of pissing contests about how it should be handled. We have the tiniest of our three town area having 3 medicinal shops, but no rec shops, while the other two towns won't allow it at all. We have the city between us and Boulder not allowing weed sales, but mostly because they are trying too hard to not be Boulder.

    But really, I guess what I'm saying is, it's not any more of a clusterfuck in Canada than it is anywhere else, but at least you guys have the feds on your side.
     
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    Frank Mediocre, eh?

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    My bad, I was reading up on the marijuana thing from different sources and read an article from 10 years ago. I don't think his idea went anywhere obviously.
     
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    Sad News: Liberal MP Arnold Chan dies after battle with cancer

    I don't know anything about this particular MP beyond what I read in the article, but it would suck to lose your sitting MP. My thoughts in particular though go out to his wife and kids. Dying at 50 is far too early.

    If we have any members from Scarborough-Agincourt (his riding) please voice your thoughts.
     
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    Frank Mediocre, eh?

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    I'm in a minority on this one. IMO change Alberta (and most other places) to be on the timezone closest to Solar Time (ie: Noon is when the sun is DIRECTLY south), and then ditch all the savings, etc, crap. There is variance from Solar Time, but with some MINOR political exceptions (Canada is good for this, provinces are MOSTLY pretty contained east/west) most places are at most 30 minutes off of what noon ACTUALLY means.

    FYI for Alberta: You'd be in Pacific Time, or possibly even -8, as Alberta is just about down the center of a division there. Mountain is right out.

    People don't like how the sun is bright at 4am or setting at 4pm? Then change your workday. 9-5 is just... who the hell came up with that anyways? When most didn't live in the cities, you worked when the sun came up. Honestly, just changing around when we do stuff so that it's STILL in accord with the sun is the whole reason for this kerfuffle. The numbers mis-match, so we're changing timezones, rather than actually just change the numbers we function on. Get to work at 7, leave at 3, rather than 9-5. Same amount of the day at work, same amount of sun, Noon is no longer lunchtime. Big whoop.


    As I said, I'm in minority on this belief, but hey. Everybody has to have some kind of "It'll likely never happen, but I'd like it to be that way" issue. This is my harmless one.


    Bonus: Here's a nice interactive timezone map where you can see how fucked up your timezone is in relation to where you actually live. Realize that in many/most cases for people on the board, it's in Daylight time right now, so it's an hour worse than it actually is compared to solar time.
     
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    I honestly don't care what fucking timezone we're put into or how they decide our time works, just do away with spring forward and fall back. Just set one time and be done with it.
     
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    I want to stay on Daylight Saving time. It gets dark too early at night on Standard time.
     
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    Try "Midnight" being "The Middle of the Night" Hence my mini-rant above.

    How we got on the 9-5 bullshit I'd really like to know. It feels like a bet from the 1800s that got out of hand or something.
     
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    Blame Canada.

    Mr Fleming, specifically.
     
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    Maybe. Still think it's whomever brought in 9-5. Fleming just didn't FIX it.
     
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    Well then blame Sam Slater.
     
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    Your Name is No Longer Valid

    B.C.-specific. Apparently hyphenated names are being rejected. An interesting section from the middle of the article: