A Puff of Absurdity: More Doctors and Nurses, Less Waiting

I went to the CCAC yesterday after my surgery on Tuesday – the Community Care Access Centre – an agency I only heard about when they had a local whistleblowing scandal a couple years ago questioning the decision to reduce case managers instead of front line therapists, and then more recently, when they spent money to send ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Crazy-Making Cancer Treatment

I believe my doctors mean well, I really do, but their behaviour is not dissimilar from the crazy-making type of abuse wherein the abuser keeps telling a different story until the victim starts to question their own memory and doesn’t know what to believe any more. I’m really glad I write everything down (and tape record ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Crazy-Making Cancer Treatment

I believe my doctors mean well, I really do, but their behaviour is not dissimilar from the crazy-making type of abuse wherein the abuser keeps telling a different story until the victim starts to question their own memory and doesn’t know what to believe any more. I’m really glad I write everything down (and tape record ...

Dead Wild Roses: Shudankodo – Synchronized Walking

Admittedly, it looks fantastic, but is this something that is on many people’s bucket lists?   Dad:   “Ya know son, before I die, I need to find a herd of people and learn to walk with them in precise motions…” Son: “Why not learn to dance instead?” Dad:  “Good point.” Well how here it ...

Trashy's World: Um. Ok. Where are the Cons going with this one?

A Netflix tax? When nothing has been said about this by, like, anyone? Did the PMO shortpants get a rogue focus group? Were they eating shrooms when they came up with this? Can someone please explain?   (0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Dead Wild Roses: Earth Hour? Whelp, I blew that one all to Hell.

Now where did that power spike come from? Arbourist: *sheepish grin* Dammit CBC you just ratted me out! It is machinations like this (not reminding me about earth hour) and the insipid commercials on Radio 2 that are straining our relationship!   “Canadians joined millions around the world Saturday night in turning off their lights ...

Dead Wild Roses: News Flash For the Calgary Doctor: Medicine is Evidence Based. (!)

What the hell is this? Am I living in the US or something? This story broke on on CBC radio June 27th, and listening to what happened I filled this news tid-bit safely under  the “smart people doing stupid things” category.  The tale of this doctor’s mixed up medical ethos stuck in my brain though ...

Dead Wild Roses: News Flash For the Calgary Doctor: Medicine is Evidence Based. (!)

What the hell is this? Am I living in the US or something? This story broke on on CBC radio June 27th, and listening to what happened I filled this news tid-bit safely under  the “smart people doing stupid things” category.  The tale of this doctor’s mixed up medical ethos stuck in my brain though ...

Dead Wild Roses: CATSA – On the Cutting Edge of Airport Stupidity (errr..Security)

***TW – Extreme Incompetence ***   The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority are on eternally vigilant for dread items such as this: or this: Obviously items depicted above are a clear and present danger to yourself, your fellow passengers, the airplane, and Western Civilization(!).  Trying to get either types of these items past airport security ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: La dolce vita

It wasn’t always so easy. There used to be an anger in him. An emptiness that nothing could fill … nothing material anyway. He fell through time and space, and into a kind of dream. And it seemed as though … Continue reading →

Trashy's World: So, uh, the President of TB…

… doesn’t have anything better to do than to declare war on Santa-haters? Really, Uncle Tony? Really? The Government of Canada has no guidelines that restrict federal employees from putting up Christmas or other holiday decorations in their workspace. “There are those who would like to snuff out the holiday spirit in the name of ...

bastard.logic: IOKIYAR to Infinity.

Ok, so I know IOKIYAR is (and has been for ages) SOP in DC. Still, the manner in which the Village took Rosengate oh-so seriously (and turned it up TO ELEVEN) but is now suddenly backpeddling re: The Nuge’s semi-coherent call for Obama’s assassination (gosh, campaign surrogates sure do say the darndest things!*) is especially ...

bastard.logic: Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast)

TorStar, March 20th: Schools, hospitals and popular burger restaurants such as Hero’s and Lick’s are part of a suddenly massive beef recall over fears of E. coli contamination. The G&M, today: Veterinarians and other inspectors responsible for food recalls and ensuring the safety of Canadian meat are among the hundreds of federal public servants who ...

Rusty Idols: Should Canada start considering EVERY American woman eligible for Refugee status?

Government mandated rape with medical instruments, laws mandating that women be forced to explain to their boss why they are using birth control pills, laws mandating that even if pregnancy will KILL the mother she be forced to carry a pregnancy to term – even if the fetus itself is dead. At what point should any ...

bastard.logic: A Giraffe Hunter in a Ditch is Worth Two in the Bush. Or Something.

by matttbastard Newt teh Perfessor outdoes himself on the future of gender in an excerpt from a mid-90s lecture: Traditionally, he said, “if combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for thirty days, because they get infections and they don’t have upper body strength.” On the other hand, ...

Blunt Objects: NDP Collapse in Quebec?

Sorry for the triple post, but I can’t help myself – has anyone seen this? The Harris-Decima survey conducted for The Canadian Press indicates the New Democratic Party’s support in the province has plunged to 26 per cent – tied with the Bloc Québécois and down 16 points since the NDP swept 59 of Quebec’s ...

A File with Teh See-Siss

I have a seemingly unanswerable question that’s been giving me brain aches, so I thought I’d throw it out there on this fine Saturday afternoon. Why would an ordinary, if imperfect, citizen have a file with CSIS? The rundown:  A friend of mine — and no, I’m not using “friend” as a euphemism for “I” ...

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 ...

Blunt Objects: Here’s an Awesome Way to Get People to Vote

The Liberal Party is always in need of new ideas, and let this ad from Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party show us how it’s done: And the tagline, you ask? “Let’s Do It Together.” I kid you not. Sex sells anything, apparently. Even political participation.

Blunt Objects: Ontario – Screwed Once Again By Harper?

The most recent modification to the Harper government’s seat redistribution plan will now give Ontario an extra 13 seats (to 119), Alberta 6 (to 34), British Columbia 5 (to 41), and Quebec 3 (to 78). Now, this plan has gone through different variations, the first giving Ontario 18 extra seats, and that moved down as ...

Drums

Sadly, there’s an issue that is tearing Occupy Wall Street asunder and may end its presence in Zuccotti Park tomorrow, and it’s this: Drums.  According to a feverish call for help that went out today at N+1mag.com, rogue drummers are causing trouble at OWS: A trusted friend and respected activist sent the following notes, explaining ...

Blunt Objects: Whats going on with the Saskatchewan Liberals?

Today, as I’m writing this, is October 19th. The Saskatchewan general election was called on October 10th. So far, there’s been nine days of campaigning in what is only a 28-day election. That means roughly one-third of the campaign has so far come and gone. Now, no one believes this election is anything but a ...

Blunt Objects: Bizarro World BC

Because where else can you find a provincial Liberal Party attacking the leader of the Conservative Party – for not being conservative enough!? Granted, the BC Liberals are not your standard definition of “liberal,” but are instead a coalition of liberal-conservatives who want to ensure BC is pro-free-enterprise, in opposition to the BC NDP (guess ...

bastard.logic: How I Met Your Moammar

by matttbastard PhotoBlog: State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland called the photo book of Condoleezza Rice found in Gadhafi’s compound “bizarre” and “creepy” even though she hasn’t seen pictures of it. “I think I don’t need to see the photos, but bizarre and creepy are good adjectives to describe much of Gadhafi’s behavior,” Nuland said and ...

bastard.logic: Um, To Be Brainwashed, I Believe One First Has To Have A BRAIN.

by matttbastard If Toronto City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti wasn’t real, some enterprising young sketch comedian would have to invent him (and subsequently cash in on the character with a marginally enjoyable initial feature length smash, followed by a lackluster sequel): Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti has launched a Facebook site designed, he says, to give voice to ...