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Saviolo

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Easter egg on the site for the new Canadian $10 bill!

If you do the Konami code on the new $10 bill site, it starts raining money:

http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/banknote150/


For anyone not familiar with the Konami code: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konami_Code

So, just go to the linked website and type (on your arrow keys):

up up down down left right left right B A


and it will start raining bills! Also, O Canada will play.

I'm endlessly amused by this!

Re: The now-banned image of Putin in drag makeup:

I've posted this a couple of times in the last day or so, but I just keep seeing it showing up here and there, so I wanted to start an OP about it:

Calling Putin "gay" as an insult does not fight homophobia, it enforces it. I understand the impetus behind the image, and I understand the amusement that many people have about it. As a gay man, I recognize that this is just someone yelling "fag" at Putin. Images and jokes like this are homophobic and transphobic, and do not make most gay people feel safer, but more marginalized. Same thing with that huge billboard of Putin and Trump kissing outside of the RNC.

This tweet says it very pithily:

https://twitter.com/AxiomAxiom/status/850388189416173568

My gay, trans, and queer friends are beautiful people who are trying to live their own reality (and me my own, for that matter), but here we have the implication "LOL, this dictator hates gay people, and wants to hurt and kill them, so we're going to associate his image with queer regalia to mock him." By using queer regalia to mock someone who hates queers, you are not empowering LGBTQ folks, you are mocking them, too.

Of course, this is only my opinion, and I know lots of people want to really needle Putin with this image, I just want to maybe make you think twice. If you think of yourself as a LGBTQ ally, maybe think twice about this, otherwise those that you would like to be allied with may look twice at you, wondering if they can really trust you not to appropriate their images in a mocking way.

A Major New Study Shows That Political Polarization Is Mainly A Right-Wing Phenomenon

From the article on WGBH News:

A major new study of social-media sharing patterns shows that political polarization is more common among conservatives than liberals — and that the exaggerations and falsehoods emanating from right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart News have infected mainstream discourse.

The CJR study, by scholars at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, at Harvard Law School, and the MIT Center for Civic Media, examined more than 1.25 million articles between April 1, 2015, and Election Day. What they found was that Hillary Clinton supporters shared stories from across a relatively broad political spectrum, including center-right sources such as The Wall Street Journal, mainstream news organizations like the Times and the Post, and partisan liberal sites like The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast.

By contrast, Donald Trump supporters clustered around Breitbart — headed until recently by Stephen Bannon, the hard-right nationalist now ensconced in the White House — and a few like-minded websites such as The Daily Caller, Alex Jones' Infowars, and The Gateway Pundit. Even Fox News was dropped from the favored circle back when it was attacking Trump during the primaries, and only re-entered the fold once it had made its peace with the future president.

What's at issue here is not just asymmetrical polarization but asymmetrical news consumption. The left and the center avail themselves of real journalism, however flawed it may be, while the right gorges on what is essentially political propaganda — all the while denigrating anything that contradicts their worldview as “fake news.”


Link to the article: http://news.wgbh.org/2017/03/15/politics-government/major-new-study-shows-political-polarization-mainly-right-wing

So, feel free to reach out to all of the self-styled "centrists," "moderates," and "libertarians" who tell you that the problem is on both sides, or even worse that the problem is equal on both sides, and say nope! The right gleefully stuffs their faces with junk food "news" while those from the centre to the left have a varied diet that includes actual journalism.

Those far-right propaganda misinformation sides like InfoWars, Breitbart, etc... are their safe space.

Cracked reviews the Trump administration like a TV show



Bonus points for pointing out how absurd half of the things going on are, and how if they were actually on a TV show, we'd dismiss them as ridiculously unrealistic.

Irony is officially dead

This came across my Twitter feed today:

https://twitter.com/calvinstowell/status/834241109102645249

Is there a thread listing DINOs who are vulnerable?

A friend of mine over on Twitter was asking for a list of DINOs that are not really standing against the Trump machine or upholding Democratic or progressive principles and are vulnerable in 2018. Is there a single thread or list that anyone can link for thos representatives that should be primaried and are vulnerable in 2018?

National Day of Action for Electoral Reform

The Twitter feed @FairVoteCanada linked to a Google doc with a listing of actions taking place across the country:

https://twitter.com/FairVoteCanada/status/829704303430422529

Now, I'm a bit annoyed with the Twitter feed, because they've been retweeting some National Post articles that are short on fact and long on smarm re: ERRE, but I do agree that action is a good idea to hold Trudeau to his promise. The excuses he and his cabinet have been peddling have been pretty flimsy, and it's time to hold the LPC accountable to their promises.

Here's a link to the list of actions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1c9AR6iLPH_zqH8N81iBhaqpeZJ5fkNlH-GbWIqpXVF8/edit

And I'll be at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto for sure.

Trudeau abandons pledge on electoral reform

Source: Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections.

In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau makes it clear that electoral reform – once top of mind for the Liberal government – is no longer on the agenda.

“Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate,” the prime minister writes in the letter, released Wednesday.

Trudeau repeatedly promised – both as a campaigning Liberal leader and as prime minister in a speech from the throne – to get rid of the current first-past-the-post voting system in time for the 2019 federal election.

The Liberals have since given themselves some wiggle room, saying they would not go ahead without the widespread support of Canadians.

Canadians made their views known through the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform, town halls held by MPs from all parties, the travels of former minister Maryam Monsef and a much-maligned online survey called MyDemocracy.ca.

The mandate letter shows that Trudeau and do not believe those consultations have produced their desired – albeit undefined – level of support for electoral reform, let alone any clarity on a preferred replacement.


Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-abandons-pledge-to-change-voting-system-before-2019-election/article33855925/



I've already called my MP about this. Her parliamentary mailbox was full, but I was able to leave a message at the constituency office.

This is so disappointing and incredibly frustrating, when this was one of the Liberals' major planks, and to see Trudeau just toss it away is ridiculous. This needs to be brought back on the table right away.

If you need to find your MP's contact information, look here: http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC

(x-posted to Canada forum)

Trudeau abandons pledge on electoral reform

From the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-abandons-pledge-to-change-voting-system-before-2019-election/article33855925/

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections.

In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau makes it clear that electoral reform – once top of mind for the Liberal government – is no longer on the agenda.

“Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate,” the prime minister writes in the letter, released Wednesday.

Trudeau repeatedly promised – both as a campaigning Liberal leader and as prime minister in a speech from the throne – to get rid of the current first-past-the-post voting system in time for the 2019 federal election.

The Liberals have since given themselves some wiggle room, saying they would not go ahead without the widespread support of Canadians.

Canadians made their views known through the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform, town halls held by MPs from all parties, the travels of former minister Maryam Monsef and a much-maligned online survey called MyDemocracy.ca.

The mandate letter shows that Trudeau and do not believe those consultations have produced their desired – albeit undefined – level of support for electoral reform, let alone any clarity on a preferred replacement.


I've already called my MP about this. Her parliamentary mailbox was full, but I was able to leave a message at the constituency office.

This is so disappointing and incredibly frustrating, when this was one of the Liberals' major planks, and to see Trudeau just toss it away is ridiculous. This needs to be brought back on the table right away.

If you need to find your MP's contact information, look here: http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC

Exclusive: President Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Confirmed

Source: Independent Journal Review

Two high-ranking administration sources have confirmed to Independent Journal Review that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick is Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Speaking on background, an administration source instrumental to the SCOTUS selection process tells IJR, “Yes. It is Gorsuch. 100 percent. The Hardiman thing is a head fake.” Thomas Hardiman is the other Judge Trump was considering for the vacancy, who is also in Washington, D.C.

A second source within the Trump administration confirmed IJR's reporting.

Gorsuch, at the age of 49, will become one of the youngest SCOTUS appointments in history. Gorsuch reportedly cried when he found out about Justice Scalia's death. The Colorado native attended Harvard Law with former President Barack Obama and is a firm Constitutionalist.

Gorsuch has made some past statements that seem to indicate how he would make major Supreme Court decisions. Most notably, he has praised the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s dedication to “textualism,” or the interpretation of laws based on the actual text rather than trying to decipher the “intent” of lawmakers or other potential consequences.

To the delight of Trump supporters and conservatives, Gorsuch has also routinely sided in favor of religious liberty. He famously sided with Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor when they claimed Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate violated their religious beliefs.

Read more: http://ijr.com/2017/01/790802-exclusive-president-trumps-supreme-court-pick-confirmed/



Great. A very young Scalia fanboy as Trump's SCOTUS pick (probably).
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