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#ThankYouStephenHarper: Tories' hashtag tribute to former PM goes awry

From CBC:

It was meant to be a tribute to the former prime minister and soon-to-retire MP, but the Conservative Party's #ThankYouStephenHarper hashtag took on a sarcastic and sometimes nasty turn overnight.

Initially, the hashtag was used as intended — earnestly by those who wanted to acknowledge his leadership and wish him well as he leaves politics.

However, as the night went on, most of the tweets were sarcastic in nature, pointing to what his opponents see as his failings in office.


Full article (with lots of sample tweets) here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/conservative-party-hashtag-sarcastic-tweets-1.3602851

AAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa...

pardon me.

*snerk*AHAHAHahahahahahahahaha.



Fellow Liberals, Let’s Stop Doing These Things

From Slate:

I count myself among the many silent liberals who have largely kept their feelings on Bernie versus Hillary to themselves—partly because each speaks to me in different ways. But largely because, faced with the specter of a hateful orange man suffering from personality disorders that should have been disqualifying being elected president, the war between the Bernie people and Hillary people always felt like a luxury I couldn’t afford. It’s not that I don’t care which of them is the Democratic nominee. It’s just that I care far more about staving off the apocalypse. Also, my response to the very existence of Donald Trump as a serious contender for the presidency has been one of anger. I am angry almost always. Pouring more kerosene on the anger strikes me as pointless.

That said, I have been taken up short by the number of comments and scoldings I have faced, from close friends and casual acquaintances alike, for voicing even a hint of support for one or the other in recent months. The tone hasn’t merely been dismissive and furious; the message beneath has almost universally been that I am a moron.

The 2016 campaign has been focused on rage. Donald Trump’s cunning redirection of his supporters’ economic and racial fury into electoral support has been well-documented. But the fury on the progressive end of the spectrum has been harder to pin down. Some of us on the left seem to be suffering from many of the same symptoms we deride in Trump supporters: outrage with the political process; over-identification with our anger and under-identification with our commonalities; and a pervasive sense that anyone who doesn’t agree with us suffers from debilitating false consciousness.


Read the whole article here: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/05/fellow_liberals_stop_doing_this_stuff.html

Whoever the nominee is, can we please set aside petty squabbles of minutiae and decide that we need to #votebluenomatterwho? There is never going to be an ideal candidate for -everyone- on the left. Progressives have fare too many ways of being progressive to be happy with just one person, but to pretend now, after everything we've seen not just in this primary season, but in the years leading up to it, that "the parties are the same" is absurd.

Does Hillary have issues that progressives find extremely problematic? Yes.
Does Bernie have issues that moderate liberal voters find extremely problematic? Yes.

Is Trump a better choice than a blue ticket?

Not just no, but fuck no.

Toronto police and drug squad raid marijuana dispensaries|X-post Canada

From The Toronto Star:

Toronto police and the Drug Squad have been raiding a series of marijuana dispensaries in the city since noon on Thursday.

Through the investigation, called Project Claudia, members of the Toronto police drug squad and front line officers, in partnership with the City of Toronto, have issued a series of search and arrest warrants, according to Toronto police.

“The project targeted various locations that have been identified as trafficking in marijuana outside of the marijuana-for-medical-use regulations,” said Const. Caroline de Kloet.

Canna Clinic, which appears to have been spared the raids so far, sees customers lining up as early as 9:30 a.m. on weekends, Hodgins said.

Canna Clinic kept up a buzzing business amid the raids up and down the street Thursday afternoon.

Mayor John Tory did not respond to request for comments on the raids Thursday but the mayor talked about “these so-called dispensaries, which are bogus” on CP24 the previous night.

“You know what they are? They are the people who were chased out of Vancouver when they brought in a licensing system and they all said that’s no problem we’ll go down to Toronto,” Tory said.

“They’re conducting activities that are not within the law and I just think we can’t have them popping up on every street corner and near schools and messing up the livelihood trying to be earned by small business.”


Full article here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/05/26/toronto-police-and-drug-squad-raid-marijuana-dispensaries.html
And the CBC's coverage here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-marijuana-shops-warrants-1.3601413

It's a breaking story, so I expect to hear more in the coming days about what's really going on. Strange timing given that legalization seems to be just around the corner, or at least in the pipeline.

Toronto police and drug squad raid marijuana dispensaries

From The Toronto Star:

Toronto police and the Drug Squad have been raiding a series of marijuana dispensaries in the city since noon on Thursday.

Through the investigation, called Project Claudia, members of the Toronto police drug squad and front line officers, in partnership with the City of Toronto, have issued a series of search and arrest warrants, according to Toronto police.

“The project targeted various locations that have been identified as trafficking in marijuana outside of the marijuana-for-medical-use regulations,” said Const. Caroline de Kloet.

Canna Clinic, which appears to have been spared the raids so far, sees customers lining up as early as 9:30 a.m. on weekends, Hodgins said.

Canna Clinic kept up a buzzing business amid the raids up and down the street Thursday afternoon.

Mayor John Tory did not respond to request for comments on the raids Thursday but the mayor talked about “these so-called dispensaries, which are bogus” on CP24 the previous night.

“You know what they are? They are the people who were chased out of Vancouver when they brought in a licensing system and they all said that’s no problem we’ll go down to Toronto,” Tory said.

“They’re conducting activities that are not within the law and I just think we can’t have them popping up on every street corner and near schools and messing up the livelihood trying to be earned by small business.”


Full article here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/05/26/toronto-police-and-drug-squad-raid-marijuana-dispensaries.html
And the CBC's coverage here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-marijuana-shops-warrants-1.3601413

It's a breaking story, so I expect to hear more in the coming days about what's really going on. Strange timing given that legalization seems to be just around the corner, or at least in the pipeline.

Gord Downie, Tragically Hip singer, has terminal cancer

From the CBC Article:

Gord Downie, the lead singer and lyricist of the iconic Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, announced this morning he has terminal brain cancer, but still plans to join his bandmates of more than 30 years for a summer tour.

The band posted the news of Downie's illness on its website this morning and their band manager will release more details at a press conference at Sunnybrook Hospital at 11 a.m.

Despite the diagnosis, The Hip announced it will "dig deep" and hit the road together this summer. The details of that tour should be released later this week, according to the band.

"This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us," group members said in their statement. "What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it's magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans."

The Tragically Hip's frontman has long established himself as one of the country's greatest songwriters, his lyrics giving a voice to Canada's land, its history and, at times, its official winter sport.


Full article here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/gord-downie-cancer-1.3596839

The Tragically Hip has been part of the Canadian landscape for so long. They were a really integral part of my musical upbringing in the 90's. I was first really introduced to them with Fully Completely, and then I back-bought all the way back to the self-titled album. Day for Night probably remains my favourite album, and Grace, Too always catches me. I've seen them live a handful of times, including the original Another Roadside Attraction tour when it came through Ottawa. They were playing with Hothouse Flowers, Crash Vegas, Daniel Lanois, and Midnight Oil.

They were always like the biggest bar band in Canada. The one that everyone knew, and could sing along with. So many stories in Gord's lyrics. Nothing evokes a dive bar in a small working-class town that on the outs like "Trickle Down." They wrote a song about a hockey player that had been dead for 40 years and made it a huge hit.

Canada will be a little emptier without The Hip in it.

If I die of vanity, promise me
Promise me if they bury me someplace I don't wanna be
You'll dig me up and transport me
Unceremoniously away from
The swollen city breeze
Garbage bag trees
Whispers of disease and
Acts of enormity
And lower me slowly and sadly and properly
Get Ry Cooder to sing my Eulogy!

-from "At The Hundredth Meridian" from Fully Completely

(edited to include link to the CBC article)

Oklahoma Passes Anti-Abortion Bill, Making Procedure A Felony

Source: International Business Times

In a setback for women's health advocates, the Oklahoman state legislature passed a bill on Thursday that makes performing an abortion a felony.

The bill, SB 1552, was passed with a vote of 33-12 Thursday and would make the medical procedure punishable with up to three years in prison and would suspend the medical licenses of Oklahoma doctors who perform the procedure, local media reported. The bill next heads to the desk of Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill was proposed by Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm and the Center for Reproductive Rights said it the first of its kind in the U.S., the Associated Press reported.

The bill comes at the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue a ruling on a Texas abortion case which could potentially decrease the number of clinics providing the procedure.

Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/oklahoma-passes-anti-abortion-bill-making-procedure-felony-2371387



Additional information on News9:
http://www.news9.com/story/32016055/oklahoma-house-passes-anti-abortion-information-measure

Dahm says he's hopeful the measure could lead to overturning Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide. Abortion rights groups have said the bill is unconstitutional.


I hear they want small government! Small enough to get in there and guard those fetuses!

Filmmakers Caught Walking On Grand Prismatic Spring, Spark Major Outrage

From PetaPixel: http://petapixel.com/2016/05/17/filmmakers-caught-walking-grand-prismatic-spring-yellowstone/

From the article:

The group of traveling filmmaker/photographers were caught on camera disturbing the delicate ecosystem of Yellowstone’s iconic Grand Prismatic Spring for the sake of a few pictures this past weekend, and now they’re paying the price.

To paraphrase an old saying, “hell hath no fury like the Internet’s scorn,” and the Internet is pissed at the filmmakers and photographers who make up the group High On Life SundayFundayz. During a trip to Yellowstone last weekend, the foursome ignored the posted signs and decided to hop off the boardwalk and take a stroll on the largest hot spring in North America.

The perpetrators were initially unidentified, but the Internet quickly tracked down the High On Life team after they posted (and subsequently deleted) some of the images they were capturing during their walk on the spring.


They go on to showcase some of the backlash that these filmmakers received. The article isn't entirely accurate when they say the foursome ignored the signs. Later on, they note that the filmmakers actually shot some footage of themselves reading the signs before hopping the fence to go get some photos.

They owned up to the stunt, and issued an apology, along with an offer to donate up to $5000 to aid in the conservation of the region. Easier to ask forgiveness than ask permission, I guess.

Jermaine Carby was killed while officer was trying to card him

From the Toronto Star:
https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2016/05/12/peel-cop-sought-to-card-jermaine-carby-before-slaying-inquest-hears.html

From the article:

The Peel Regional Police officer who asked Jermaine Carby for his identification minutes before the Brampton man was shot dead by police wanted Carby’s name and date of birth because he was carding him, a coroner’s inquest heard Thursday.

During lengthy and sometimes tense questioning by Faisal Mirza, the lawyer representing Carby’s family, Const. Jason Senechal admitted he had no investigative reason to ask Carby for his personal information.

Passengers in a car stopped for a traffic infraction — this vehicle's licence plate was said to be obscured and its headlights were out — are not required to provide personal information to police. Under questioning, Senechal agreed he was not seeking a suspect who fit Carby’s description, and had no reason to believe the car he was in was connected to a crime. The street check was “a dominant reason” why he asked for Carby’s information, Senechal said.

When asked by Mirza if he read or watched the news, Senechal said: “Honestly, no. I watch sports highlights.”

Ongoing carding investigations by Star since 2010 have shown that, in Toronto, the practice disproportionately affects black and brown men. According to six years of data obtained by the Star last year, black people in Brampton were three times more likely to be street checked by Peel police than white people.

Asked by Mirza if he personally lived in Peel region, Senechal declined to say, agreeing he felt some discomfort disclosing that information.

“So, you can understand why, when you asked an African-Canadian passenger in a vehicle for their name and their date of birth, while they are sitting there quietly, it might be offensive to them?”

After a long pause, Senechal replied that he could.


So, the officer had no reason to card Carby, and admitted that it was for no investigative purpose. The officer also had a clear and huge lack of awareness about the controversy surrounding carding in southern Ontario. But no one could ever have predicted that someone who up until then had been cooperative and compliant would suddenly become combative...

Senechal was also questioned about his response to health information displayed on the in-car computer when Senechal ran Carby’s name.

The computer showed Carby, 33, suffered from mental instability and had suicidal tendencies — the record would have been displayed on Senechal’s screen reading “***Mental Health***.”

“Subject attempted to disarm officer. Threatened suicide, wanted police to shoot him,” the record said, referring to an incident between Carby and Toronto police just one month before his death, which resulted in Carby being hospitalized.

Jurors heard Senechal returned to speak to Carby roughly 30 seconds after seeing Carby’s mental health history on his in-car screen. By then, two backup officers, including Vasquez, had arrived on scene.

Since there was no urgency to speak to Carby — who was still compliant and calm in the car — Mirza asked Senechal why he didn’t make a plan with his colleagues, considering the high risk Carby posed to himself and others.

“You didn’t sit and take five minutes to discuss with them the plan of approach in relation to Mr. Carby, correct?

“No, I did not,” Senechal said.


Oh, wait. Yes, he had that information at his fingertips. He was provided that information when he searched for Carby's name for "no investigative reason."

Anyone believing that Canada is some post-racial society is kidding themselves.
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