Things Are Good: Kids are Really Good at Detecting Bullshit

Parents already know this. Kids are really good when it comes to detecting bullshit health claims according to a new study on health. Kids were asked if certain health claims are true or not and the kids were remarkable good at deciphering bogus claims when they thought about it. The bullshit being referred to here ...

ParliamANT Hill: Mickey D’s Cantada CEO calls foreign worker controversy ‘bullshit’

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mcdonald-s-canada-ceo-calls-foreign-worker-controversy-bullshit-1.2621151

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Darkness on the Edge of Town #nlpoli

Here’s what St. John’s mayor Dennis O’Keefe told city council on Monday, according to the Telegram on Wednesday: O’Keefe proceeded to talk about the fact the city lost the opportunity to hold a Springsteen concert this summer because it and the promoter couldn’t come up with a suitable venue. This summer. 2013. Bruce toured North ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Not exactly, there, Tom, b’y #nlpoli

As part of the orchestrated campaign to attack the people making the comments instead of the comments themselves , finance minister Tom Marshall trotted out in front of the news media on Friday to lace into a group of five lawyers. Marshall said comments by five lawyers opposed to Muskrat Falls were “nothing new” and ...

bastard.logic: Happy 30th Anniversary, Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms

According to Louise Arbour, Canada’s internationally renowned & universally lauded Charter of Rights & Freedoms (HBD, eh?) “has transformed a country obsessed with the federal-provincial division of powers and enabled it to address its diversity in a substantive, principled way.” Gee. No wonder Harpercon insurrectionists can’t stand the fucking thing.

bastard.logic: Etch-A-Mitt Shakes Things Up Again: Welfare Moms Better Off With “The Dignity of Work”

Via Ryan Grim (ICYMI): Apparently Ann Romney forgot to mention to Willard that moms who don’t work outside the home do THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN THE WORLD!!!1 and already have ample dignity, thankyouverymuchyousupersexistsoand… oh, wait — Mittens meant those moms — y’know, the ones who can’t afford dignity. Sorry. They gotsta earn their Caddies (if not teh ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Great Minds Think Alike: “Jinkies!” edition #nlpoli

Ruh roh! What do Danny Williams, Kathy Dunderdale and Sarah Palin have in common? They  – and their bootlickers and wannabe bootlickers – all like to blame their own problems and shortcomings on people who write online. It’s all political bullshit, of course, but you can almost hear them saying “It would have worked too ...

Rusty Idols: Afraid to call a Liar a Liar

The Montreal Gazette headline is ‘NDP accuses Tony Clement of doctoring Hansard’.  Wow, thinks the reader, that’s a pretty serious allegation, accusing someone of deliberately distorting the public record of Parliament is a big deal.  But look, the headline just says he’s just accused of it, so if its just a case of he said, ...

Rusty Idols: Alison Redford owes me an apology

Me and the millions of other Canadians and Albertans who care about the environment for suggesting that she has the right to go to Washington and lobby for the Keystone Pipeline but those who oppose the project shouldn’t have the same right. OTTAWA — Premier Alison Redford found herself Thursday embroiled in war of words ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Baby Bullshit

The world’s 7,000,000,000th baby was not born this morning in Ottawa. Or rather, there’s no way to tell which of the baby’s delivered on October 31st, 2011 is the 7,000,000,000th, because nobody is, for example, peeking into all the yerts in Mongolia to see what baby’s are being born over there when. But of course, the Ottawa Citizen ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: “What is it do you want?” #nlpoli

“Do you want legislation well-prepared or do you want us to think seriously about the impacts that this is gong to have? (Like), is there is a sentence here that could be written one way and we think it means one thing but it could be interpreted another way and have a detrimental affect on ...

bastard.logic: Why I’m Not Jumping On Board The Google+ Bandwagon

by matttbastard Jillian C. York on why the current corporate backlash against online pseudonymity is misguided: There are myriad reasons why an individual may feel safer identifying under a name other than their birth name. Teenagers who identify as members of the LGBT community, for example, are regularly harassed online and may prefer to identify ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Misleading the House: recall the whole recall power story

Why would Nalcor mislead the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, asks finance minister Tom Marshall with all the seriousness he can muster. Yes folks, the fellow with one of the worst cases of pinocchiosis politica ever seen in this province wonders how people at a Crown corporation who hang out regularly with politicians some of ...

@marcusbgee calls Ford on his bullshit, but who helped put him there? | #TOpoli

So a few people – Thor and Nancy for starters – are linking to this piece from the Globe’s ideologically reliable urban affairs curmudgeon, who’s arguing, not without reason, that Mayor Stupid should have known all along that he couldn’t guarantee that there wouldn’t be any service cuts or layoffs. One hesitates to accuse Mayor Stupid ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: When bullshit fails…

try more bullshit. Well, that’s apparently the latest tactic the Bloc NDP are trying to deploy in an effort to distract attention from the fact that Jack Layton’s handpicked successor was a card-carrying member of the separatist Bloc Quebecois until January when she left the party to run for the NDP. I didn’t inhale, Turmel ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bullshit then or now? Nalcor boss changes story on natural gas and Muskrat megadebt project

Ed Martin dismisses the idea that natural gas might be a sensible replacement for burning Bunker C at Holyrood. Here’s the whole story from VOCM in the event they disappear it: Nalcor has considered – and rejected – the use of liquefied natural gas at the Holyrood generating station as an alternative to Bunker C ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The federal government is out to kill you

If you want an example of the sorts of irresponsible, partisan rhetoric that usually gets wound up in some types of issues in this province check out a post at a local blog. It’s titled in an appropriately hysterical way, given the subsequent comments: “They will not be happy until we are as extinct as ...

Twenty six cents.

Remember a few months ago when, to great public fanfare, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced in its budget that it would be giving consumers a break on their energy bills, by (somehow) eliminating the province’s portion of the HST from their electricity bills? As Minister Tom Marshall said in the Budget speech: “As ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Like sands through the hour glass…

Adios John Hickey, the Pavement Putin of the Permafrost. The ever-troublesome labradore offered a fitting tribute to Hickey as leaves politics. The staunch defender of the Muskrat Falls megadebt project won’t like people being reminded of his position a decade ago when another Premier had a better deal, at least as far as the taxpayers ...

bastard.logic: Cameron Tories Quietly Castigate Single Mothers: J.K. Rowling Brings Teh Pwn

by matttbastard A kinder, gentler Conservative Party (UK)? That’s certainly the image Conservative leader David Cameron has been desperate to project ever since he took the reigns of the so-called ’nasty party’.  But Harry Potter impresario (and single parent) J.K. Rowling isn’t buying the Tory’s New Labour Lite makeover. Rowling notes that despite the fuzzy rhetoric, Cameron’s Tories exhibit the same ...

bastard.logic: The Last Post I Will Ever Write About Ann Coulter (Except for Cynical SEO Purposes)

by matttbastard (Photo: Rockinon2009, Flickr) Well, well, well (h/t Sabina Becker): First, contrary to what Coulter seems to suggest in a brief phone interview with Macleans.ca scribe Colby Cosh, it was not the police who “shut it down.” I spoke with Ottawa Police Services media relations officer Alain Boucher this morning, and he told me, in no uncertain terms, ...