#elxn42 underway

Although political blog traffic goes way up during an election campaign, I haven’t put anything on my blog since the writ dropped. That’s partly because I have better things to do than analyze an election campaign that is too bloody long (unless it is 140 characters at a time on Twitter). Maybe I’ll add more in three weeks when it’s a more reasonable time to start talking about election day.

Hands up if you think the Cons will take illegal donations and overspend again.
*shows hand*

This is also the first election in 9 years that I don’t intend to work for Elections Canada so I may volunteer to scrutineer instead.

We Are Not Charmaine Borg, We Are The Conservatives

Ms. Borg is an NDP MP, and is most definitely not one of these Conservative trained seals.

If you show too much independent thought, you must leave the Conservative Collective.
e.g.:

#WeAreBorg

Rise Of The “Religious Assailant”

Reuters has brought a new phrase to the surface in an effort to describe someone religiously and politically motivated to attempt to murder peaceful political demonstrators.

“Religious assailant” is far more precise than “terrorist”.

I looked on Google with this search
“Religious assailant” -jerusalem
to see what other news comes up. Nothing of note. Apparently this is the first publicly noted crime by a “religious assailant” in years, if ever.

Ignorance Means Power For Conservatives

A cringe-worthy tweet explains the Conservative mindset in running the election campaign early before school gets back. Keep kids in the dark, and disengaged so wise old people can continue to run things for them. Poppa Harper knows best.

Aron’s autobiography:
“Conservative. Pro Oil & Gas. Man made Climate Change is a farce. Anti Trudeau / Wynne and the biased MSM [Mainstream media].”

Starting the campaign abnormally early is a ploy to burn through campaign budgets of competing parties, rather than making ideas and people the focus of the campaign.

Killer Robots By Accident or On Purpose?

There are companies like Lockheed Martin making autonomous killing robots, and there are companies like Google making self-driving cars (which kill people by accident or poor design). At least cars don’t tend to kill on purpose, and the Google self-driving car hasn’t had a deadly accident (or one it caused, of any kind). So, what’s worse? Intentionally creating machines that can destroy humans, or accidentally doing it? Let’s aim at neither.

Many people have seen the Sci-Fi movie Terminator and Terminator 2. They were made before the WWW, and before Skynet seemed like a possibility. Now we have 3D printers, we have walking and flying robots who can shoot, and we have a global intelligence network those machines connect directly to. We need to be very cautious in Artificial Intelligence development over the coming years, or a small group of people could make a mistake that could cost millions (billions?) of lives.

To Senate Or Not To Senate

There will be no questions. Well, almost none, as per usual.

L. Lea ‏@YukonGale :
“@althiaraj Basically he’s saying he won’t appoint any more senators but he can’t make that binding upon the next government, right?”

Not without a Constitutional amendment.

15 minutes later:

Oil Is Not A Four Letter Word

Coal is a four letter word, however.

Perhaps Wall is a bit touchy about fossil fuels because Saskatchewan produces more greenhouse gases per person than any other Canadian province [link added], and is one of only three provinces whose emissions have risen since 1990. The province contains only 1 per cent of the country’s population, but produces a disproportionate 10 per cent of national emissions.

Saskatchewan recorded the highest deposit-paid bottle return rate in Canada (82 per cent) and largest wildfire detection camera system in North America, said the ministry.

Yet we had the worst wildfire season, perhaps ever, this Summer.

Until we get on top of the big industrial emissions we are going to have great trouble achieving the targets that have been set for the province,” said Coxworth.

“We are looking to beef up that part of our portfolio – with a quarter of our power production already renewable,” said Tremblay.

The ministry on Earth Day focused on what individuals can do in their everyday lives.

{Emphasis added, to highlight that what the ministry is doing is pushing responsibility for the problem off of themselves and onto the actions of individuals who cannot individually organize us into a more efficient system.}

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