Evilness: Is Harper driving us back into recession?

Well the numbers for February are out and they show that the Canadian economy shrank in the month of February. Given that Harper has been crowing about how good the economy is because of his stewardship, this would be a sign that that stewardship isn’t as good as Harper has been leading us to believe.

The Loss of Formality and Ceremony

I like to drive. I have a little sports sedan, and I really like to put it through its paces on roads that have never met a straight line.  It isn’t about the speed for me, it is about pushing the machine to its limits – the brakes, the suspension, the tires – in a ...

Take off, eh?: Burlington still leaning Conservative

According to LISPOP, the riding of Burlington is still leaning heavily to the Conservatives. It doesn’t look like the Orange Crush has taken effect in the riding. The Liberal candidate is Alyssa Brierley. Her hope of winning rests on a significant number of disgruntled CPC votes bleeding away to the Liberals. I can say this ...

Take off, eh?: Burlington still leaning Conservative

According to LISPOP, the riding of Burlington is still leaning heavily to the Conservatives. It doesn’t look like the Orange Crush has taken effect in the riding. The Liberal candidate is Alyssa Brierley. Her hope of winning rests on a significant number of disgruntled CPC votes bleeding away to the Liberals. I can say this ...

Final thoughts on Decision 2011…

… and I’ll try to keep it positive. Maybe… But whatever you do, please don’t take this as an endorsement (or non-endorsement) for any of the candidates; these are just some idle thoughts that are absolutely not reflective of the opinions of the E-B. I think it’s still too close to call for Monday, in ...

Critical Brain Candy: The most useful flowchart

I saw this linked on Reddit as “This is quite possibly the simplest and most Zen flowchart I’ve ever seen”, and I like it:

Enormous Thriving Plants: Unsurprisingly, Canadian birther is…

…still birthering. Like Iraqi WMDs, a priori commitment to a claim always seems to trump (pun intended) reality for people like “Canadian Sentinel”, “WorldNetDaily”, and a goodly dose of FOX News fans. These kinds of things continue to say a lot about their critical thinking skills & reasoning.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Unsurprisingly, Canadian birther is…

…still birthering. Like Iraqi WMDs, a priori commitment to a claim always seems to trump (pun intended) reality for people like “Canadian Sentinel”, “WorldNetDaily”, and a goodly dose of FOX News fans. These kinds of things continue to say a lot about their critical thinking skills & reasoning.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Unsurprisingly, Canadian birther is…

…still birthering. Like Iraqi WMDs, a priori commitment to a claim always seems to trump (pun intended) reality for people like “Canadian Sentinel”, “WorldNetDaily”, and a goodly dose of FOX News fans. These kinds of things continue to say a lot about their critical thinking skills & reasoning.

Northern Reflections: A Failed Prime Minister

Stephen Harper set the bar for success in this election. There were only two choices, he said — a Conservative Majority or Chaos. No one at this point can accurately predict the outcome of this election. But it would appear that Canadians — as they do so often — have chosen an outcome that will ...

kirbycairo: Not to lose, is the Strategy of a Loser. . .

This article in the Globe (shame on them for endorsing Harper!), asks “Will Harper Regret the Strategy of Running Not to Lose?” It is an interesting article that makes some very cogent points. As I was reading the article it struck me how similar this strategy has been to recent events in high profile Chess ...

This also seemed worth sharing

(alternatively titled: “Reason number 457 to loathe and despise Peggy Nash”)

A few words about monetary policy

Liberal policy meant severe cuts to social program spending at the provincial level and massive provincial deficits to maintain programs, or punitive cuts. Also, liberals introduced us to bracket-creep tax increases that hurt anyone when they had an income increases. Conservative policy has been that of massive deficits and debt. Corporate tax cuts at the ...

Liberal Arts and Minds: Take a Closer Look

Bob Rae asks you to take a second look at both the Conservative and NDP platforms. Take your time especially with the NDP list of promises. They don’t make any sense. NDP platform here.

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Majority out of reach, Tories say

Schadenfreude. The Star Exclusive: Majority out of reach, Tories say The adventures of a Franco Ontarian Viz Min Woman in Ottawa.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Ritz’s ridiculous recession rheoric reflects… desperation.

Nothing like the NDP’s polling numbers going up to prompt nervous conservative MPs to go off their rockers. I particularly loved listening to 650 CKOM’s uncritical echoing of that nonsense all day long. Gotta love the “liberal media”. The NEP? Does Gerry Ritz and his Conservative Party confederates really think Saskatchewan voters are that dumb? ...

Enormous Thriving Plants: Ritz’s ridiculous recession rheoric reflects… desperation.

Nothing like the NDP’s polling numbers going up to prompt nervous conservative MPs to go off their rockers. I particularly loved listening to 650 CKOM’s uncritical echoing of that nonsense all day long. Gotta love the “liberal media”. The NEP? Does Gerry Ritz and his Conservative Party confederates really think Saskatchewan voters are that dumb? ...

Enormous Thriving Plants: Ritz’s ridiculous recession rheoric reflects… desperation.

Nothing like the NDP’s polling numbers going up to prompt nervous conservative MPs to go off their rockers. I particularly loved listening to 650 CKOM’s uncritical echoing of that nonsense all day long. Gotta love the “liberal media”. The NEP? Does Gerry Ritz and his Conservative Party confederates really think Saskatchewan voters are that dumb? ...

Ken Chapman: Is Layton the New Nenshi?

Watching the last minute rise of Jack Layton in the polls for the election on Monday reminds me of the Calgary civic election last October.  What we saw then was Naheed Nenshi, an “also-ran” candidate with little hope of success, turn the election for Mayor into a rout and rejection of the establishment candidates. Are ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism in Election 2011? Vote Liberal … OR … Vote NDP

On Monday Canadians will cast their votes in Election 2011.  IF autism is a major concern in your life or the life of a family member I ask you to consider voting for either the Liberal OR the NDP candidate in your riding. I make this request because the Conservative Party has consistently opposed any ...

Mind of Dan: About that left wing media bias

The Globe and Mail has officially endorsed Stephen Harper: Whom should Canadians turn to?… Only Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party have shown the leadership, the bullheadedness (let’s call it what it is) and the discipline this country needs. He has built the Conservatives into arguably the only truly national party, and during his five ...

Pample the Moose: In Memoriam: John T. (Jack) Saywell, 1929-2011

I was saddened this morning to learn that Jack Saywell, the widely-acknowledged founder of York University’s history department and an emininent legal and constitutional historian, passed away last week. Saywell has been a hugely influential presence in Canadian political and legal history circles over the past six decades. His most recent major monograph, The Lawmakers, ...

ParliamANT Hill: PM’s Flight Delayed in NiagrAnt Falls

Inspired by this story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/04/28/cv-election-wikileaks.html

Mind of Dan: Are they still bothering with that stupid null hypotheses?

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Terahertz: Mobile version!

Since I know own a smartphone (the HTC Incredible S to be exact), I felt it appropriate to bring a mobile version of my site online. Now if you’re visiting from a phone, iPod or what-have-you, it should look prettier (or at least load quicker). Please let me know if you have any troubles.