Take a Narrow Health Site Survey

This sort of survey isn’t going to make the best website possible for our country.

I found the survey easy to take, but the results will be skewed toward the menu options listed, instead of answering the question ask which was “where would I look for X”, which is “Google”. Making sure existing links continue to work forever, would be the best way to ensure material is locatable by the public.

Canadian Police and Suicide Hotlines Violating Privacy

It’s mind boggling that Canadian police would think it’s justified in sharing mental health information with Homeland Insecurity in order to help the USA discriminate against people with mental illness.

What in the heck made them think it’s okay? Are they crazy?

People need to trust that they can reach out to a Suicide Hotline without fear of future reprisals. Canadian police have seriously damaged this expectation, and therefore are likely to have harmed people who’d have otherwise sought help. It would be hard to learn definitively if this abuse of authority has killed people, because the people we’d learn that from will have silenced themselves permanently.

No word yet from the Regina and Saskatoon police forces if they violate privacy in this manner.

Rob Ford Does The Expected

If there’s an incriminating video out there, naturally you’d hire a criminal cracker to destroy every copy.

#CrackHousing?

Then spend months denying there’s a video. When the police confirm they have recovered the video of the drug abuse, admit to drug use, but a legal drug.
Then admit to using the other drug, but not at the time the infamous video was shot.

Rob Ford is moving to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to open the next Insite clinic for “harm reduction”. This leaves PM Harper fuming.

What he actually said during his apology press conference was:
“I feel like a 1000lbs have been lifted off my shoulders.”
“I would do anything, absolutely anything, to change the past.” Even do crack?

“I want to be clear, I want to be crystal clear…” Crystal meth clear. Clear, but not how Harper is ‘perfectly clear’. So scripted, yet so heartfelt at the same time. Odd.

Global News commentator was saying Ford’s advisers should tell him to step aside to treat his alleged larger addiction problem, because “voters love a comeback story”. Voters would love a Mayor who isn’t a crackhead drug abuser with dangerous mood swings, poor self control, and thoughtless policies that make their city less prepared for the present and future. If they equate those needs with Ford again, they’ll get the wreck of a man they collectively deserve.

Many are predicting Ford’s re-election next year. I predict he’ll become too infirm from natural causes to serve, or end up in jail as most serious drug abusers seem to do in Harper’s “tough on crime” Canada.

Dr. Goldenberg – God’s Role in Government -Liveblog

At the Filmpool, , where an overfull crowd has gathered for the Herman Lecture Series (UofR religious studies lecture).
7:06 introductions are done by Luther College and another. Luther HS students present for a class assignment.

What is religion and what does it have to do with governments around the world? Huge question. You can see details everywhere.

She’s from Ottawa now; was from the States. American education didn’t prepare her to know Ottawa was the capital.

Museum of Civilization discussed. An exhibit last year about God(s) “a users guide”.
Ottawa not first place for this. Brussels featured it first. Quebec was to have it in Quebec City next.
Some rooms had fake clouds. Clothing. Depiction of Basilica. Text.
“Religion is too many things to be confined to one definition.”
“A grid for interpreting the world.”
“Hard pressed to name anything religion is not,” she says.
Ad for exhibit was to depict different religion representing same base understanding of the world.

In late 1800s some theologians realized Christian understanding was not universal. They had other religions. “Primitive prototypes of Christianity.”

Religions being thought of as able to be studied scientifically, is flawed I think. Isolating variables as broad as a religion, is not practical for a study.

“Peace, happiness, and harmony” are what we all want from our religion, that’s generally understood in Canada. This idea may not be the case, says I.

There is a lot of fear. Fear was not mentioned at the museum. Circumcision was not even mentioned. “Anxiety” was present. Open questions to panelists were closed down after an open-mic question about Islam set organizers on edge.

7:29 I didn’t get a seat facing the screen, I’m literally well behind the speaker. Without a proper chair, my back is protesting my backless makeshift stool.

The lecture is at a pretty advanced level. I’m missing some points for live notes.

Religion, and states.
- courts
- concern religion guides states.

Switzerland concerned about Minarets in a poster. Suggests a burka clad woman is a sign aggressive Muslim men are “getting a foothold in Switzerland”. Populace shows signs of concern about Islam challenging the state’s monopoly on violence.

“Dichotomy”, “vestigial states”, some of the heavy words being tossed about in an admittedly “dry” portion of the lecture.

Biden Bible discussed.
Reference to God in swearing-in of politicians.

Canadian Constitution. “Supremacy of God and the rule of law.”
A punitively superior power remained over Canada, no longer the King/Queen.

-Vestigial states called religions…

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-Druids
Druids became dis-empowered. “A past sovereignty”. Wicca and pagans help her thesis that religions are vestigial states.

Jewish history.
Christians have defined their dogma as “not Judaism”, which also helps to define Judaism as “not Christianity”.
She proposes each is a container, for states in waiting. “Containment and survival”.

Foreign powers have been the guarantors of Jewish statehood.
The Torah once served as the constitution of Jews in Palestine.

Review of Schwartz.

Canada is not a religion just because God is in the first line of our constitution.

Religion becomes useful after colonization, to both sides.

“There’s no religion in the bible, its all about government.” She sometimes tells her students, after having described several understandings of the passage “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s & God what is God’s.” Divine power different and subordinate to state power, but possibly challenging given some circumstances.

She says we are not served well by the Museum’s thesis. Instead we should open our eyes, as a street artist said on a modified poster ad. View the history of religions as past states.

Questions. Should we ask rude questions?

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Goldenberg wants religion to be studied critically.

She went at least three times to the exhibit. Paid each time. Is concerned of the sheep-like model for the exhibit when the motivation of the exhibit is fear and it’s skirted.

Question. Example of a religion that gained statehood? Israel an obvious example. They gained sovereign violence last century.

I think Iran ’79 could be an example.

She mentions violence against children allowed for vestigial states to use; circumcision of boys and girls. FGM.

Tony Blair in Britain granting some power to some religions.

Sharia law not mentioned explicitly yet.

Labeling law as religious law makes people nervous. Many step away from debate.

Question: is Queen being head of state and Church of England an example of state using religion?

Yes, push me, pull me.

I ask a question if CFL and Disney are proto-states in their corporatehood. Many people describe the Riders as their religion. She says there is regulated male violence in it.
She needs to contemplate it more.
- Geno is an MLA. Szarka was on City Council. (Military day at last Rider game. Ticket featured soldiers in Afghanistan holding Rider flag. Hawks flew over stadium to launch the game.)

Shea M. brings up Quebec values charter maybe coming out of Conservative “nation in a nation” strategy of a few years ago.

Constitution question, I missed too much while writing and thinking.

A bloody foundational event. Freudian.

Italian constitution based on a right to work.

Cliff’s question she disagrees with. God granted laws? “Just think about law. ” It’s all government, there are no religious laws.

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-Question: brings to mind women trapped in sanctuary in Regina church. Protected from state power, for now.

She answers: Churches have power. They can sometimes counter government. This is probably a good thing to not have power concentrated in one source.

Something that didn’t come up were healing circles. I brought it up afterward, and she hasn’t looked into them a great deal. She’s suspicious they are permitted because they could serve as a means to let people who treat women violently, get off without state punishment. Assuming healing circles work to rehabilitate, that might not be as bad if the result is former criminals who no longer want to hurt people.

ADDED:
The discussion after included some mention of FGM, and comparison to male GM, both violent acts against children, but permitted by the state and religious groups. We brought up how there were researchers asking women in countries where FGM is practiced what they thought of breast augmentation, and the women were horrified by the idea. The reverse was true in American women surveyed.

What Does India Have In Common With Regina? Asbestos

One thing we share is an abundance of unsafe Quebec chrysotile AKA asbestos. Most of the world stopped using the miracle mineral once they realized what a global disaster its widespread use had been. Inhaled asbestos fibres cause lung cancer. There is some ongoing effort four decades after its use in new products was stopped in Canada, to remove it from buildings we live, work, and play in.

The effort to mitigate harm from asbestos has its limits, even in a developed country like Canada. An often overlooked source of asbestos fibres in our homes has taken a backseat, while our backsides have [statistically] been suffering from it. Over half of Regina’s drinking water supply pipes are made with Asbestos Cement (AC). 500km of AC is in our city. Edmonton has twice as many kilometers of the undesirable piping. The City of Regina has admitted it has no idea how much asbestos is coming out of our taps at homes across the city.

If asbestos is consumed in sufficient amounts, it’s been shown by government health researchers to lead to polyps in human intestines. Is Regina dickering over a quarter billion dollar Waste Water Treatment Plant deal, while our drinking Water Treatment Plant can’t even hope to address the probable health disaster taking place under our city streets as water is delivered to many of our homes through AC? How many billion dollars will it take to replace over 500 kms of undesirable water piping that is likely to lead to increased rates of tumours?

What has the City of Regina done since the Leader Post wrote about this issue in 2012? Can you even find the latest Water and Sewer Budget on the regina.ca website, in a year of major proposed sewer system changes?

Reginans, and indeed many Canadians, have become “test animals in a massive biological experiment involving a known carcinogen.” -Barbara Robson, Winnipeg Free Press reporter in 1987.

Are we safe? We don’t know for sure without knowing the amount of asbestos breaking free from our pipes, but there are many logical conclusions from the facts we have, to conclude we are not safe today. This is an urgent health concern that has been ignored, possibly due to its sheer scope. When we start to fix the problem, who gets safer water first? The ethical questions are extreme. The extent of the problem has been known for decades, and we’ve not even meaningfully begun to deal with the reconstruction of our water system to free it of asbestos contamination.

So, where do we start?

One State Can Make a (Sweet) Difference

Coke and Pepsi are still both deadly if you consume them regularly and in sufficient amounts. Yet Coke has got a leg up on Pepsi recently by reducing its product’s ability to cause debilitating or deadly illness in one form.

the centre of the years-long controversy is the iconic soda’s caramel colouring. An ingredient, 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, allegedly poses a danger to those who drink cola. That’s according to the U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest.

In 2011, the state of California listed 4-MEI as a carcinogen, forcing the coke companies to slap cancer warning labels on every can sold in the state, National Public Radio in the U.S. reported.

The products were tested outside of California in May and June by Eurofins Analytical laboratory in Metairie, La. The chemical wasn’t in any of the products in California.

Coke says it’s made the transition across the country so that it wouldn’t have to deal with two separate batches of product.

Diet, and regular cola products still cause obesity and addiction. The products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup, a chemical sweetener derived from corn, cause higher diabetes rates in countries where it is sold.

All Eggheads In One Laundry Basket #skpoli

The Sask Party is putting all of the province’s health related laundry into one laundry basket, in Regina. If you don’t know Saskatchewan geography, this borders on insanity. We’re going to be trucking bed sheets 1000km round trip in some cases. Besides costing jobs for the existing employees, a single laundry plant failure in the future will impact every hospital in the province. “A structural failure in 2011 at the Saskatoon laundry plant caused its closure.”

Maybe it would surprise the Sask. government that there are hospitals outside of Regina and Saskatoon, yet still in Sask.?

If there’s a serious problem with how clean the current system is making the laundry, then we should fix it. I’m skeptical it would cost more than $93M over ten years to do that across the province.

“For example, over 300 employees around the province will be losing their jobs due to Brad Wall’s centralization AND privatization of all hospital laundry services.”

300 people at (estimated) $35000/year salary = $10.5M
so over 10 years that’s $105M.
Are we sure the supposed savings the government is claiming isn’t just the wages for the people they are putting out of work in their home communities outside of Regina? No wonder the City of Regina is now anticipating a doubling of population, they expect the government’s policies to compel everyone to move into Regina.

Medical ‘waste’ is a noun, not a verb in most cases. The Sask Party doesn’t get that, perhaps.


Hat tip to Leftdog

UPDATE:

Three weeks before the tendering process even closed, the Alberta-based company contracted to run the Saskatchewan health care system’s linen service proposed to a local union a collective bargaining agreement that featured significantly lower wages and no benefits, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is claiming.

In what appears to be a proposed 10-year agreement between K-Bro Linen Systems Inc. and UNITE HERE Local 41, obtained by the SFL and released to media on Thursday, entry-level wages were to start at $10.75 an hour – nearly $5 less than new laundry workers make now. The document is dated Aug. 2, 2012, while the competition period ended Aug. 29.

“What they’ve attempted to do is to circumvent the collective bargaining process and to rob Saskatchewan people of their right to participate in the economic democracy by choosing their own unions,” Larry Hubich, president of the SFL, said at a press conference held in Regina on Thursday afternoon. “The company, before they were even granted the contract from the … provincial government, was attempting to find a union to sign a contract without any members, without any employees.”

Asked to verify the document’s authenticity, Chris Burrows, K-Bro’s chief financial officer, said he could not comment on “confidential meetings that may or may not have occurred.” He added that the company takes exception to Hubich’s claims.

“We will never in a million years foist union terms and conditions on any employees without their participation and ratification of an agreement,” Burrows explained Thursday during a telephone interview.

Medical Tricorder

Aspen Medical

I got to use a device at lunch-hour today that had aspects of a medical tricorder, the near magical medical scanning devices used first by the fictional Dr. McCoy on the Starship Enterprise. This modern, non-invasive scanner can look at skin and detect signs of diabetes, giving the user an indication if they do or do not need further screening soon.

Aspen Medical

Aspen Medical
-Scout DS

I got a negative score of less than 50. Woo Hoo!
Aspen Medical screening for Diabetes

This continues my longstanding tradition of sharing my non-embarrassing medical test results on the Internet, so I don’t feel so bad when eventually Sask Health or a doctor loses/destroys them ;-)

Aspen Medical
Check out Aspen Medical Centre on Twitter. They have a new website too.
“www.leaderpost.com/health/story.html?id=7378570
Oct 12, 2012 – Aspen Medical Canada recently purchased the Allied Health Centre at the University of Regina.”

Holy Sit

Kids were getting chemical burns from a toilet seat (and probably desk, for a boy with burned elbows) at an Ottawa area school. Most likely the disinfectant was sprayed on but never properly wiped off and rinsed. One of my concerns with using publish washrooms that have just been cleaned, is chemical splash-back or toxic seats. Thanks Ottawa area school for perma-scaring these poor kids for life into avoiding public washrooms…

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The Pope quit. Holy Quit, as the Daily Show wrote last night. The jokes on Twitter were non-stop, totally unlike the Pope. He gave up his job for Lent, and then I saw three others make the same connection. The jokes were coming in so fast, that by the time you thought of one, someone else had used it five minutes ago. Welcome to comedy in the 21st century; it’s all been done, woo woo woo.

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Darwin Day

Popes were no friend to science back in the day, and they still aren’t. So today it’s worth recognizing someone who was. It’s Darwin Day, to commemorate Charles Darwin’s birthday. Both Regina and Saskatchewan have formally recognized the day this year.

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It’s finally happened. Finally someone in the world has had their death attributed to their severe Coke habit. Coca-cola that is. 10L/day.

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F-35 JSF has always been a scam, and the Conservatives are attempting to blame the military for their mistakes.