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  1. A "weighted" vote system is not a bad idea - the criteria should be; how much each person contributes to society. I am often reminded of Heinlein's book Starship Troopers. It's been made into a Hollywood movie that focuses on the sci-fi action but the book itself is more about politics and society. In the imagined society there are two classes; civilians and citizens. Both have rights but only the citizens get to vote and anyone can earn citizenship by public or military service. So those who are willing to contribute to society are the ones who get a say in how and where it goes. Seems like a good starting point. I've posted here before my feeling that only those who pay taxes should be able to vote. The British system used to be that only land-owners voted. Why should some person who never pays any tax but enjoys the benefits of a tax-payer supported life also get a vote in deciding anything? Perhaps a system where if you own property you get a vote, if you're a net-payer of tax you get a vote and if you're unable to meet either of these due to whatever reason you can earn your vote by public or military service.
  2. That's the kind of thing that can push me over the edge! If I see one, might just have to rip it off the person wearing it (or at least comment on the inappropriateness of it - which will, of course, lead to me being accused of being a homophobe).
  3. My recently developed feeling on the matter is this; First decide how much money your country can afford to spend on immigrants. Then figure out how many immigrants your country can successfully integrate per year. Whichever is the smaller number is the number you take each year. Then close the loopholes; illegal border crossings, chain migration, etc so that you get the best (most suited) immigrants. Lots of statements about how we "need" immigrants due to labour shortages - the shortages are not in Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal so then decide where those immigrants will go; Timmins, Thunder Bay, Flin Flon, etc. You want to immigrate to Canada - fine, you and your family are welcome - in Prince Albert.
  4. Once rescued, both pimps were arrested and found guilty in a trial held earlier this year. At the time of arrest, Amina Ahmed, 30, was charged with two counts of trafficking in persons under 18 by recruiting, two counts of trafficking in persons under 18 by exercising control, two counts of advertising another person’s sexual services, two counts of procuring a person under 18 to provide sexual services and one count of possessing drugs. Nadio Ngoto was charged with two counts of trafficking in persons under 18 by recruiting, two counts of trafficking in persons under 18 by exercising control, two counts of procuring a person under 18 to provide sexual services and one count of uttering threats. Ontario Superior Court Justice Marc Labrosse has now struck down the mandatory minimum five-year sentence given to Ahmed and Ngoto for human trafficking involving minors, citing it as a case of cruel and unusual punishment. Instead of the minimum, the judge gave Ahmed time-served after spending 18 months in jail awaiting trial. Her accomplice received a suspended sentence after spending 175 days in custody. In the judge’s responses, he noted that because Ngoto was previously a victim of the sex trade herself, with Ahmed collecting half her profits, the public would be outraged if they received a five-year sentence for attempting to sexually exploit minors for profit. “Such a sentence would outrage the standards of decency,” said Labrosse. So, let's review; - both were found guilty in a trial so this is not some random punishment being served out. - there is a "mandatory" minimum sentence of five years - note the word mandatory so how is it that the judge is able to not follow the sentencing guidelines? Furthermore, how is a five year sentence "cruel and unusual"? Sounds about right for trying to sexually exploit a minor for profit (actually sound quite lenient especially when it would likely end up with half being day-parole). - particularly galling is the judge's statement; "Such a sentence would outrage the standards of decency." I think if you polled the public we'd find that not giving these women the mandatory sentence is the outrage. Furthermore, it's not for him to decide. Our legislators have decided that such a crime deserves a five year mandatory minimum sentence. In any case, this sentencing is not the kind that bother me the most. The ones that bother me the most are when someone is back for their 3rd, 4th or 10th time and gets some sort of watered down sentence. First time, ok, a sentence at the lower end of the possible range might be appropriate but when someone is back, found guilty, for their 6th or 7th time - maybe that person shouldn't be out walking the streets. Repeat offenders should face an ever escalating period of time off the streets. Canada needs some version of the 3-strikes law: Wikipedia: In the United States, habitual offender laws (commonly referred to as three-strikes laws) were first implemented on March 7, 1994 and are part of the United States Justice Department's Anti-Violence Strategy. These laws require both a severe violent felony and two other previous convictions to serve a mandatory life sentence in prison. The purpose of the laws is to drastically increase the punishment of those convicted of more than two serious crimes.
  5. Releasing dangerous criminals with a slap on the wrist or a few months in jail doesn't work either. Personally, since neither works I'd take the throw-them-in-jail-for-a-long-time option over just releasing them back to their former life and associates.
  6. Oh, yeah, Good old JT will spend us into prosperity. What nonsense. Maybe we should encourage him to really double down on the deficits so we gets all the prosperity that much quicker. Yes, the grammar is intentional - it's a joke
  7. “I wanted to choose a moment where we had had a lot of success before leaving,” she said. Well, that didn't work.
  8. I'm loving this whole Meghan Murphy thing. Murphy has argued and pushed for years to get special rights and benefits for women to the detriment of men - and it's worked too - changes to society through government intervention, changes to the legal system to advantage women, special quotas for hiring, grants, scholarships and bursaries. YAY! Feminism! Especially ironic when other groups are now using the same tactics successfully to win access to those special rights and benefits.
  9. In the judge’s responses, he noted that because Ngoto was previously a victim of the sex trade herself, with Ahmed collecting half her profits, the public would be outraged if they received a five-year sentence for attempting to sexually exploit minors for profit. Wow. Talk about being out-of-touch - The judge thinks the public would be outraged if he sentenced the already guilty/convicted pimps to a five year sentence rather than being outraged that he released them with time-served.
  10. Don't forget the indexed pension that kicks in after 6 years - just gotta get re-elected once. I'm actually ok with the pay and benefits the MPs get. Lots of ex-lawyers and business people who could earn more in private industry and you do want to have qualified people willing to do the job. Wouldn't it be nice though if some portion of their pay was tied to job-performance? Impossible to measure of course - but a guy can dream!
  11. Everyone keeps blaming Scheer but I think he's probably a fine person and well suited for the job. Unfortunately, it's the boys in the backroom giving advice and planning the strategy that are the problem. He's got an answer to those questions they keep asking about abortion, LGBTQ issues, citizenship but has clearly been advised to try to softly deflect and avoid stating anything solid that can be twisted and repeated ad-nauseum by the media. He tried to answer the questions like Trudeau answers - by not answering, hoping that the focus would change. Instead the focus became; why didn't he answer the questions. Anyway, IMO, this was a failure of the Conservative Party more than a failure of Scheer himself.
  12. That's too bad. I was hoping they'd get up and running, last 6 months and then strand 10-15,000 passengers all around the continent before going bankrupt. A good opportunity to educate the public, the media and the investors lost. I guess this means the investors have already been educated.
  13. Yes, agreed. Someone I work with described trying this exact joke on the FA and ended up with them in the Lav looking for the non-existant camera. It's like printing up fake ACARS messages to prank the FAs. Unfortunately they "pranked" the wrong person and got an unexpected reaction. Now the pilots are in the position of either denying the whole thing or admitting that they were horsing around and using their iPad to play videos in flight.
  14. While not defending the pilots, since I have no idea what the facts are, there's some holes in the story: where could you possible hide a camera? (as mentioned by Super 80), and, if she thought there was a camera, why didn't she look for it after leaving the F/D? She's claiming that the pilots set up a hidden camera to record/transmit video from the Lav and then the Capt left his ipad displaying the video feed while going back to use the same Lav allowing himself to be recorded? And then, one of two subsequent claims; that the pilot removed the camera before returning to the F/D (we don't know, doesn't say in the article) or she didn't think of looking for it? Oh, BTW, both her and her husband have been "subjected to subjected to an increased number of performance audits" and being monitored by management. Hmmm. Gotta say; the Occam's Razor guy in my head thinks that maybe the "increased number of performance audits" and being monitored by management came before the alleged incident. Of course, as we all know, reporting on these types of stories (or any incident) is notoriously unreliable. Maybe the article is incorrect or incomplete and it really did happen?
  15. Bloc votes in Quebec have power because they diminish the number of LIB ridings. A similar situation in Alberta would take ridings away from the CONs and are therefore much less powerful - similar to the Reform days. Reform votes diminished the CONs power in government and were therefore detrimental.
  16. Yes, that's true but that's a different problem than the one you first mentioned.
  17. I grew up in Sask and I've been listening to this comment after every election for my entire life - never made sense to me. "The election is decided before my vote even gets counted", says the western voter, implying that their vote is ineffective or pointless. While, technically, that might be true it's meaningless. Imagine a system where on election day nothing got counted until after the last vote was cast and then all the counting was done and all the results published at the same time. Same results in the end. Unless you're suggesting that Western voters will adjust their vote based on the known results from the East (which doesn't happen IMO) - in which case the Western voters actually have more power to affect the outcome based on their ability to strategically vote.
  18. I look at this election as an IQ test. Anybody who doesn't see the danger in electing a government (LIB or LIB supported by the NDP) that has no respect for the realities of Canada's financial situation can't be trusted. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I don't like Scheer but out of all of the possibilities he's the only one who has given the slightest consideration for maybe, just maybe, not spending money we don't have. Faint praise but he's the best of a sad lot. There's a recession coming and the ability, or lack thereof, in being able to weather it will become critically important. I fear We are about to elect a government that will clearly show the folly of this.
  19. Well, it is the system we have. Trudeau was elected in 2015 with "promise" to revise/reform/change the system and he reneged. Personally, I would have welcomed the change and, along with an elected senate, it would have been an improvement.
  20. Well, I don't think the polling calls are limited to land-lines. I received several to my cell phone so I think the would probably have received the calls. I do, however, agree that most young people don't answer. I'm "old" and I don't usually answer random calls from unknown numbers either. So maybe the polling is off. The other thing that younger people don't usually do is vote. In 2015 I think a higher percentage voted do to the excitement of Trudeau-mania (2015 version) and the possibility of getting legalization - will the same number vote now? I think that's unlikely. What effect that will have - don't know.
  21. The sim tends to exaggerate certain things - real life that landing would have been fine (IMO).
  22. I'm sure the regret is huge but I wonder how much regret they'd be feeling if ISIS didn't collapse? Interesting quote from the letter: "What is our common denominator is our rejection of ISIS and it's theology and our desire to be in a world that allows each person to choose how and what they believe and desire to live." You had that. You chose to throw it away and join a radical group who wanted to take that exact thing away from everyone they could. Yes, most people in the western world believe that others should be able to live free from religious oppression and for these women (and others) to go join with ISIS to fight against those who believe it makes her statement especially ironic now that she's sitting in a refugee camp in fear saying "coming to Syria was a mistake." Yes it was, and I'd bet your family and friends told you that before you left Canada too. Personally, although, in general, I'm sympathetic to the regret you must feel how can I know that you won't flip to radicalism again? How can we know that, once back in the safety of a western country, you won't continue to fight for radical beliefs? You have committed crimes and fought in a war against your home country - not exactly the person most likely to be trustworthy. Sorry, if you bargain and payoff hostage-takers - you get more hostage taking. If you repatriate terrorists - you get more terrorists.
  23. If you're looking for the incipient event you're going to have to go back a little further than the 737-Max.