Canada’s bonehead Prime Minister, in an effort to look more like Boris Johnson, has turned up in an old photo sporting a culturally inappropriate turban costume while wearing what is now, finally widely recognized as racist, blackface makeup.
Fewer years ago than when the Prime Minister dressed in blackface as a young adult and teen among sheltered & ignorant friends, the #CPCracists' leader was a young MP railing against the rights of homosexuals, while addressing the country in the House of Commons.#elxn43
The Right Honourable guy has a tattoo of First Nations imagery on his shoulder, I’m pretty sure he must have a whole closest stuffed full of inappropriate cultural appropriation. If Canadians come to their senses before polling day, they can elect a PM who wears a turban appropriately, or one who stands shoulder to shoulder with First Nations people as they’re arrested for defending unceded territory from invading oil companies.
Half of the kitty cats just walked by to sniff my hand only to keep walking as I started to pet them, so they wouldn’t be mistaken as being too interested in more petting. Charlie just came up to me again, and left when I tried to pet him.
In good news, Hubble found that an exoplanet about 110 light years distant, happens to have watery clouds in the Goldilocks zone. That means if we got as-fast-as-light transportation, it would take only 110 years to find out if there’s life there without radio transmission capabilities.
In less good news, the Canadian election is officially underway. Traditionally my blogging picks up during a campaign, and this one will likely stimulate blog posting every other day or so. My early impression is that the media will make its usual effort to characterize the race as 2-way despite there being multiple parties. This is particularly dangerous this time because a Conservatives are run by a do-nothing who works happily with racists and religious zealots.
Meanwhile, the NDP are taking out their rage from slipping into 4th place in Ontario, and other parts of Canada, out on the Greens. Watch for a whole lot more horrible things said about Elizabeth May. The other day she apparently became a separatist, and I’m certain next NDP headquarters will try to convince people that she’s a flying green people eater.
Election 2019: – the Liberals attack the Conservatives – the Conservatives attack the Liberals – the NDP attacks the Greens – Max Bernier attacks the international foods section at Loblaw’s #elxn43
The Confederate flag has been a hate symbol for longer than recently, although it was popularized in a 1980s TV show that didn’t play up its white-supremacist beginnings. The Premier knows it’s controversial (at best), and is widely accepted as a hate symbol. He chose to promote it anyway.
The Premier has appeared with Yellow Vest racists wearing a reflective green jacket. He clearly doesn’t mind being associated with symbols of racism, and that’s a shameful way for a Saskatchewan Premier to behave and think.
VIA is advertising a $15 child fare. That’s for kids under 12 years of age.
Still, it’s $516.60 to go to Winnipeg for four days with the family of four, from Melville, SK (the closest train station to Regina). We’d have to rent or borrow a car to get there. They promise nothing regarding the departure time (or the arrival time).
I’d have to leave on days the train goes through, not days desired by work schedules.
Renting a car to go from Regina to Winnipeg can cost as little as $17/day, plus gas. Obviously the hour long drive to Melville would be better directed to Winnipeg which is only 5 hours away, and people skip the train option altogether.
It’s remained disappointing that the Liberal government has done nothing to make train travel less of a joke in our country. Now, we can’t even take a bus to Winnipeg.
WestJet flights for the same days as the VIA trip outlined above are $2,348.84. That includes: Air Travellers Security Charge (ATSC) $57.00 & an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) of $180.00. Selecting a seat sale in September, that can be as low as $1,122.44.
CBC has a history of providing a substandard democracy experience for its owners, the Canadian public. Over a decade ago I organized a Regina protest in front of CBC Saskatchewan to object to the broadcasting corporation’s exclusion of Elizabeth May from the leaders debate. Years later she managed to win a seat anyway, and now the Greens are polling nationally about even with the NDP. Excluding her was obviously a partisan choice by the public broadcaster.
CBC security hassling a protestor to ‘not block the entrance’, during the opening prayer.
Yesterday, people across Canada gathered, including in Regina, to protest CBC’s lack of interest in hosting a Leaders Debate on the climate emergency that Parliament has declared. Several parties have a plan for a Green New Deal, and the public would benefit from hearing a structured debate from the leaders of those parties explain how they envision the Canadian economy will change to meet the pressing need the world is feeling to meet this crisis.
I don’t much care for his strategy most of the time, but the Greens can’t keep doing the same thing when the other parties are playing to run out the clock. We’ve less than eleven years left to maybe, hopefully have enough time to get emissions to a point where we’ll survive the first half of this century. If a punk rocking blogger with a mean streak is able to help the Greens break-through, then good enough.
I think "war room" is Fife spin on what the Greens must surely call the Peace Room.