Which Canadian political party best represents your views? #cdnpoli

Posted on September 26, 2014 by

Interested in seeing which Canadian political party best represents your views?

iSideWith.com has created an extensive poll to find out where your personal beliefs stand in comparison with the policies of the various federal political parties in Canada.

My results weren’t shocking, I scored:
93% Liberal
83% NDP
72% Green
54% Bloc, and
16% Conservative.

Apparently half of me wants to separate with Quebec, but only 16% agrees with Conservatives… 🙂
iSideWith.com results

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted on May 11, 2014 by

Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, Pat London, who passed away in 2009.

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Pat London (nee Kerr).  1946 – 2009

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The terrorists have already won…

Posted on January 18, 2014 by

From The Atlantic:
The NSA Speech: Obama Accepts the Logic of Staying Terrorized

Minor appeasements, with no guarantee they will ever be implemented…

Terrorists want to change how we live, make us live in fear, and they have already achieved that and more through the disruption of our way of life than they could ever achieve through direct force of arms.

We could have fought back by refusing to give in, refusing to be scared, and refusing to give up one inch of freedom and civil liberties in exchange for a fool’s security blanket. Instead, our governments panicked and played into their hand.

Sadly, when you look at the fear that exists in modern Western society, the massive disruptions caused by all the security procedures, the cavalier disregard for personal freedoms and dissenting voices, and the domestic spying being done on Western citizens by their own governments, you realize the terrorists already won.

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Lone Survivor is intense!

Posted on January 10, 2014 by

Saw the movie Lone Survivor tonight. I can only describe it in one word – Intense.

The movie is based on a true story, and the SEAL team in this movie took a hell of a beating and the ending paid a nice tribute to the actual members of the team. Classy.

Having done 11 years of military service, most of it in the Military police, but also including some infantry time and some reserve artillery time, and having worked in some nasty places, I have the utmost respect for the guys who do the combat missions – anywhere.

I can honestly say I am glad I never went to Afghanistan, and particularly happy not in a combat role. It made me extremely happy to have spent most of my career as a REMF.

Rating? 3 1/2 stars out of 4. Action scenes were intense, the score was very good and relevant, the day-to-day issues faced by troops in the field were very real. Definitely worth spending the money to see on the big screen.

Image from www.imdb.com

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A Politically Correct, Legally Non-Binding Greeting for the season

Posted on December 2, 2013 by

Upper Lights

(Received this years ago in an email. I brush it off and share it each year, just for giggles!)

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, and without prejudice or consideration, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the secular practices or religious persuasion of your choice, with respect for the secular/religious persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice secular or religious traditions at all; and also my wishes for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Canada a great cultural mosaic, (not to imply that Canada is necessarily a greater cultural mosaic than any other country or is the only nation with a cultural mosaic), and without regard to the gender, nationality, race, creed, colour, age, height, weight, intelligence, voting preference, physical ability, food preference, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you also accept and agree to these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher. The wisher accepts no responsibility for any unintended emotional and/or physical discomfort, disruption or stress these greetings may bring to those not subject to societally sanctioned or unsanctioned seasonal emotions, beliefs or traditions.

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Do you go big or small for your social media needs?

Posted on September 24, 2013 by

In a recent white paper (brochure?), Big Blue has essentially written a reader’s digest version of how social media impacts business…
(http://public.dhe.ibm.com/common/ssi/ecm/en/ytw03168usen/YTW03168USEN.PDF)

It’s essentially a sales pitch for business customers of IBM in which they use publicly available statistics to convince you they can help your business with social.

And maybe they can, but in truth, there are a lot of smaller, much more agile companies out there I would look to for social media analytics and guidance before I would chase Big Blue.

Here’s my analogy:
Would you ask a police detective or a local kid to find the thief who stole your bicycle? The detective would have all the ‘big picture’ answers on crime rates, lots of paperwork on the case, and sound like he is working on it. And yes, maybe he will eventually find the bicycle. Meanwhile, the local kid will give you a name and show you where the thief lives in about 15 minutes if you give him an ice cream… 🙂

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What if your daughter posed nude?

Posted on July 21, 2013 by

Steve Coruzzi poses an interesting question on the Good Men Project site in his article ‘I Would Not Be Proud if My Daughter Posed for Playboy‘. In the article, he describes listening to a radio show in Philly that featured a girl who will be Playboy’s Playmate of the month and hearing the woman say that her father was proud of her. As the article progresses, Steve tangles with the thought process he went through to determine he would not be a proud father if his daughter posed nude.

The article struck a nerve with me, and I added the following comment to his article:

As a younger man, I found Playboy and its ilk interesting, and regardless of what anyone says, it wasn’t for the articles. I never understood the expression “that girl is somebody’s daughter” then.

Now that I have a young daughter of my own, I no longer find those publications appealing. While I would still love my daughter unconditionally, support and protect her if that was the path she chose to travel, I would not be a proud father if she appeared in a magazine nude.

The litmus test for me is whether I would place any magazine she appeared in on a mantle beside photos of her as a baby and her academic, soccer and music achievements. I would proudly display copies of any scientific or literary journal she was published in as a contributor, but magazines in which she appeared nude would not make the cut.

Does this make me old-fashioned?

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Supreme Court of Canada upholds some parts of anti-hate law, but not all…

Posted on February 27, 2013 by

Today the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that some of the province of Saskatchewan’s Anti Hate Speech laws were permissible because they were ‘reasonable limits’, even though they violate the Charter of Rights and Free Speech.

The story revolves around anti-gay activist Bill Whatcott – an obviously troubled individual – who has taken it upon himself to peddle anti-gay propaganda.

From the article:

The first two sets of flyers were titled “Keep homosexuality out of Saskatoon’s public schools” and “Sodomites in our public schools.”

The other two were photocopies of classified ads with Whatcott’s handwritten comments on them stating the ads were for “men seeking boys.”

The first two items (pamphlets) were determined to be hate speech, while the latter two were not.

I am torn on this. Primarily, I support anybody’s right to say what they believe, regardless of ludicrous and uneducated that may be. However, I also agree there need to be some restrictions. Interesting case, I think I’ll be reading the full; decision…

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