Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mid-Week Post

It's time....

In case one forgets, former Ontario premier Mike Harris made the cuts he did because of former Premier Bob Rae's stunning incompetence, just as Tim Hudak may have to do:

It's from a very different decade, but Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader Tim Hudak seems to borrowing — heavily — from the playbook of former Premier Mike Harris and his so-called Common Sense Revolution.

Fear-mongering: the popular press' go-to plan. This is Ontario's debt clock. Who is to blame for this, I wonder?

Well, that didn't take long:

South Korean prosecutors indicted on Thursday four crew members of a ferry that capsized in April killing more than 280 passengers for manslaughter, a senior prosecutor said.

The prosecution also indicted all 11 other surviving crew members of the Sewol for negligence. The crew has been under criminal investigations after they were believed to have escaped the sinking vessel before many of the passengers.

This will not end well:

Nigeria's government signalled a willingness on Tuesday to negotiate with Islamist militants holding more than 200 schoolgirls, a month after the kidnapping that has provoked global outrage.

If the Nigerian government thinks it can reason with Boko Haram, it should prepare for future massacres and kidnappings.

This is a failure of morality and education:

If you're under 35, chances are you're unaware of the Holocaust. So says a new global survey released by the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday, which found less than half of respondents (48 percent) under age 35 knew about it.

By contrast, 61 percent of those over 50 said they knew about the Holocaust, during which 6 million Jews and as many as 5 million Roma, gays, political and war prisoners, and others were murdered by the Nazi regime in Germany from 1939 to 1945.

The poll, which included 53,100 interviews in 96 languages in 101 countries, found about a quarter of the world's population believes some negative stereotypes about Jews are "probably true," including "Jews are more loyal to Israel than [their home] country" and "Jews have too much power in the business world."

If it's any truly sad consolation, no one is bothered by the ghastly spectre of communism, either.

It's called "courtesy" and liberals are allergic to it:

When introduced to pupils as ‘Professor’, she may not have expected them to appreciate her academic achievements – but she did expect them to address her accordingly.

Instead, Jennifer Coates says she was ‘demeaned’ by the youngsters simply calling her ‘Miss’.

Professor Coates described it as ‘a depressing example of how women are given low status and men, no matter how young or new in the job they are, are given high status’.

Now the emeritus professor of English language and linguistics at Roehampton University has called for the traditional titles ‘Sir’ and ‘Miss’ to be banished from schools to stop sexist views taking root among pupils.

What an anachronistic cat!

And now, anatomical diagrams of animals that help you determine what is the cutest part of a bunny and the angriest part of a wasp. Enjoy.


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