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Truth !!

I used to think I was just a regular person, but I was born white, which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a racist.

I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today's standards,makes me a fascist.

I am heterosexual, which now makes me a homophobe.

I am mostly non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working classand an ally of big business.

I was baptized a Christian, which now labels me as an infidel.

I am retired, which makes me useless.

I think and I reason, therefore, I doubt much that the main stream media tells me,which makes me a reactionary.

I am proud of my heritage, which makes me a xenophobe.

I value my safety and that of my family and I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.

I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual's merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.

I (and most of the folks I know), acquired a fair education without student loan debts and little or no debt, which makes me some kind of an odd underachiever.

I believe in the defense and protection of my country and I honour those who served in the Armed Forces, which now makes me a right wing-militant.

Please help me come to terms with the new me... because I'm just not sure who the heck I am anymore!

Funny ... it’s all just taken place over the last 7 or 8 years; prior to which I had no confusion or delusions about myself.

As if all this nonsense wasn’t enough to deal with ... Now I’m not even sure which toilet to go into!

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Police in Ontario free 43 Mexicans brought to Canada by alleged human traffickers

Ontario Provincial Police say they have freed 43 modern-day slaves brought to Canada from Mexico by alleged human traffickers and forced to work as cleaners at hotels.

Mexicans trapped in 'modern-day slavery' as pay from their cleaning work was controlled by traffickers: OPP

Muriel Draaisma · CBC News · Posted: Feb 11, 2019 12:44 PM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago
 
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Forty-three Mexicans, brought to Canada, have been freed from the control of alleged human traffickers. Here is an example of the accommodations in which some of them lived. (Ontario Provincial Police)

Ontario Provincial Police say they have freed 43 modern-day slaves brought to Canada from Mexico by alleged human traffickers and forced to work as cleaners at hotels.

The 43, mostly men aged 20 to 46, were coached on what to say when they entered Canada, lived in "squalid" conditions in Barrie and Wasaga Beach, and were transported to hotel and vacation properties in Central and Eastern Ontario to work, police said on Monday. 

All were freed last Tuesday following a joint investigation that involved the OPP, Barrie Police Service and Canada Border Services Agency. 

"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery," OPP Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum told reporters in Barrie. "Exploitation is the key element of this offence."

Police said the traffickers allegedly controlled the pay made by the workers. The victims had paid the traffickers large amounts of money to leave Mexico and were charged fees for transportation and lodgings. 

The Mexicans worked at locations in Collingwood, Innisfil, Oro-Medonte and Cornwall, Ont., police said.

In some cases, police said the Mexicans, after paying various fees, were left with less than $50 a month. 

opp-human-traffickers.JPGHere is another example of the squalid conditions the workers faced. (Ontario Provincial Police)

'This morning, I woke up a free man'

One victim reportedly told investigators: "Last night, I went to bed a slave. This morning, I woke up a free man."

The alleged traffickers have not been arrested or charged.

A number of sources told police last year that a Barrie-based cleaning company, run by two people, was trafficking and defrauding the Mexican-born workers.

opp-human-trafficking-rick-barnum.jpgOPP Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum says: 'Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Exploitation is the key element of this offence.' (CBC)

The Mexicans had been brought to Canada "under the pretense" of being here for educational purposes or the promise of work visas and eventually permanent residency status.

Barnum added the workers are now here legally. Since they were rescued, they have been offered legal work and accommodations at a Barrie-area resort, Barrie police said.

Twelve search warrants were executed last Tuesday in Barrie and Wasaga Beach last week, six involving residences and six involving vehicles, police say. About 250 police officers were involved. Investigators are digging into the background of the "two people" who ran the cleaning company but they have not been charged.

Labour human trafficking 'very disturbing,' police say

Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood said the joint investigation involved what she called a "labour human trafficking" situation. She called it "very disturbing." 

She said labour human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation and harbouring of people for the purposes of exploitation for forced labour. It is not confined to large urban centres, she added.

barrie-police-chief-kimberley-greenwood.Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood says: 'Whether it involves forced labour or the sex trade, the trafficking of humans is unacceptable. It has no place in our communities and will not be tolerated.' (CBC)

Victims are often members of vulnerable populations, including migrant workers and new immigrants. Victims rarely go to the authorities.

"It is inconceivable that this was taking place in our community," she said.

Greenwood said the 43 were in brought "under misleading circumstances," promised safer lives and more opportunities. "These individuals are now free from the control of the people who wished to exploit them for personal gain," she said.

After the victims were rescued, Greenwood said they went to a Barrie and Area Victim Services centre, where they were offered hot showers, food and clothing, and given medical assessments. Interpreters were made available, she said.

"I am pleased to announce that all of the victims have been offered employment and accommodations at a local resort," she said.

"Whether it involves forced labour or the sex trade, the trafficking of humans is unacceptable. It has no place in our communities and will not be tolerated."

opp-human-trafficking.JPGAll of the Mexicans brought to Canada by alleged human traffickers were freed last Tuesday. (Ontario Provincial Police )

The OPP declined to name the hotels and vacation properties where the men worked and the cleaning company in Barrie.

Criminal charges may be announced at a later date and police said they are looking for other suspects.

n Slavery not new but this was in Ontario.

 

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February 13, 2019 7:13 am

Bill Kelly: What Jody Wilson-Raybould didn’t say speaks volumes

900 CHML
Bill Kelly By Bill Kelly Radio Host  Global News  
 

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the ex-justice minister, who is rightly or wrongly embroiled in the SNC-Lavalin affair, has had enough; she resigned from her position in the Trudeau cabinet Tuesday, but she is not going quietly.

As she did when she was demoted from the justice portfolio, Wilson-Raybould issued a short statement in which she thanked her constituents, her colleagues and the Indigenous communities for their support, but there was no mention whatsoever of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

 

READ MORE: Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by Wilson-Raybould’s resignation, says she raised no concerns on SNC-Lavalin

That glaring omission, plus the prime minister’s terse statement announcing Wilson-Raybould’s resignation, which did not include the traditional thanks for her service, re-enforces the feeling that there is a huge rift between the PM and his minister.

Time will tell if there will be any continued political fallout on the issue, but, with the SNC-Lavalin issue still percolating, it’s another headache the PM doesn’t need.

WATCH BELOW: What’s next for Jody Wilson-Raybould after her resignation?

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More importantly, now that Wilson-Raybould has been emancipated from the shackles of Cabinet confidentiality, it appears she may be preparing to tell her side of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

She’s hired prominent lawyer Thomas Cromwell to represent her on this file and offer guidance on what she can and can’t say about the issue.

It’s purely speculative to suggest that any statements from Wilson-Raybould would inflame or deflate the controversy surrounding the SNC-Lavalin issue, but it has the government on the defensive again and that’s never a good thing in an election year.

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From the "what did you think was going to happen" file

https://globalnews.ca/news/4958678/quadrigacx-currency-lost/

The fact that anyone would be "gobsmacked" by this development (seems to  me) part of a worrisome trend that sees people completely disconnect from reality. Is there any pause to look around the corner before stepping out? Any thought toward what can go wrong? Here we have a company with no office, no bank account and no employees holding currency that only exists in cyberspace and people are "gobsmacked." 

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I like when they use statements that include the word "someone".  The whole intent of the blockchain is the the "someone" is known to every one .  The distributed ledger contains every transaction and is available to all parties.

knowing who moved the money is the first step.  getting it back is going to be the problem.

 

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1 hour ago, boestar said:

knowing who moved the money is the first step.  getting it back is going to be the problem.

 

Your point is well taken, but still I question the value of something that doesn't really exist in the first place that's being held in accounts by a company with no address and no employees.

It seems a huge leap to have computers undertake digital mining efforts to produce a commodity that once refined is still digital. Simply being locked out of existing accounts seems to me the lowest rung on a "what can go wrong ladder". Even I can think of a host of more nefarious potential breaches.

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I question the value of something that doesn't really exist in the first place

You can only wonder who/what is behind the crypto currency ..... last summer (?) bitcoin was around 18k/coin .... now it’s 4700 cdn....I don’t get it.. (Maybe I’m too honest 🤔)

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Value is only given to things by humans.  What is of value is only perceived because you assign value to it.

Why does gold have value.  It is a mineral naturally occurring in the earth.  it only has value because we assign value to it.  We tend to base that value on an items rarity.  Diamonds have value because we assign them a value.

In the case of bitcoin, it was hyped asn the next big thing and people began investing in...well....nothing because someone assigned a value to it.  because it is a finite amount it has rarity so the human component assigns greater value to it.  People are stupid this way.  you dont need bitcoin to survive so why does it have value?  Corn, Wheat, Water should all have a greater intrinsic value but they don't.

people are dumb.

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5 hours ago, boestar said:

Why does gold have value.  It is a mineral naturally occurring in the earth.  it only has value because we assign value to it.  We tend to base that value on an items rarity.  Diamonds have value because we assign them a value.

 

I understand your point but I also think that things of value usually have value for good reason. 

Gold has value beyond its scarcity because it is the most malleable of metals, it’s ductile, a thermal and electrical conductor and is corrosion resistant. Diamonds are chemically resistant, have the highest thermal conductivity (of any element) and are crucial to cutting tools where high durability is required.

I bet the people who lost their shirts here would have done better with corn or wheat futures, even water utility stocks likely look good to them now eh? 

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you site all the reasons why gold and diamond are useful but not valuable.  They have no value until we assign it value.  A Dog assigns no value to gold and will ignore it.  It will however assign value to a sooup bone and growl at anyone wanting to take it.  Gold had an assigned centuries ago mainly because it was shiny

 

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In the States... “ Former John Mellencamp keyboardist gets 10 years for watching child porn on a bus”

https://canoe.com/entertainment/music/former-john-mellencamp-keyboardist-sentenced-to-10-years-for-watching-child-porn-on-bus

 

 

 

In Canada.... “ Man who beheaded passenger on Greyhound bus granted Freedom “

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/man-who-beheaded-passenger-on-greyhound-bus-granted-freedom/article33987610/

 

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Police force ‘discriminated against straight, white male’

 

  • The Independent
  • 24 Feb 2019
  • ADAM FORREST
img?regionKey=pY8Q%2bQ4LdjSfpBHwJ0V9NA%3d%3d(Cheshire Police) A tribunal ruled Cheshire Police used positive action in a discriminatory way

A police force accused of rejecting a potential recruit because he is a white heterosexual male has been found guilty of discrimination in a landmark employment case. Matthew Furlong applied to join Cheshire Police in 2017 and was told at the interview “it was refreshing to meet someone as well prepared as yourself” and that he “could not have done any more”.

But he was later told he had lost out to other candidates, leading his father – a detective inspector on the force – to lodge a complaint. An employment tribunal found Cheshire Police had discriminated against the 25-year-old on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and sex. It ruled that the constabulary used positive

action – where employers take steps to boost the diversity of their workforce – in a discriminatory way.

Mr Furlong’s lawyers said it was the first reported case of its kind in the UK. Jennifer Ainscough, an employment specialist at Slater and Gordon, said: “Matthew was denied his dream job simply because he was a white, heterosexual male.

“Had he not been such an exceptional candidate he may not even have suspected anything was wrong and this unlawful and unacceptable selection process may have been allowed to continue. Positive action is an important tool to support a diverse workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

“However it must be applied lawfully to ensure the highest calibre of candidates are recruited regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation and to ensure standards in police forces are maintained to properly protect our society.”

The tribunal in Liverpool heard four days of evidence before reaching its conclusion. It ruled that while positive action can be used to ensure greater diversity, it should only be applied to distinguish between candidates who were all equally well qualified for a role.

The force’s claim it had seen 127 candidates who were equally suitable for the role of police constable was judged a “fallacy”. Imposing an artificially low threshold – candidates were assigned only a pass or fail rather than any kind of score before being put forward for possible recruitment – was deemed an inadequate way to assess them.

Cheshire Police was among a number of forces criticised in 2015 for having no black officers, but has since taken steps to improve opportunities for Bame (black, Asian and minority ethnic) candidates. The case has been adjourned until later this year for a hearing to determine the amount of compensation. A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “We have been notified of the outcome of the tribunal and will review the findings over the coming days.”

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Shortest Books

These books hold the world record for the shortest stories, and you must have a pretty good long term memory and be well informed to fully appreciate the humor.

World's Shortest Books

THE AMISH PHONE DIRECTORY

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HOW TO DRINK & DRIVE SAFELY 
By Ted Kennedy 

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THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BILL 
By Hillary Clinton 

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Sequel: THINGS I LOVE ABOUT HILLARY 
By Bill Clinton 

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GUIDE TO THE PACIFIC 
By Amelia Earhart 

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THINGS I CANNOT AFFORD 
By Bill Gates 

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MY PLAN TO FIND THE REAL KILLERS 
By O. J. Simpson & Casey Anthony 

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MY BOOK ON MORALS 
By Bill Clinton 
With introduction by 
The Rev. Jesse Jackson 
And foreword by 
Tiger Woods with John Edwards

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THINGS I WOULD NOT DO FOR MONEY 
By Dennis Rodman 

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THINGS WE KNOW TO BE TRUE 
By Al Gore & John Kerry 

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HOW TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST 
By Dr. Jack Kevorkian 

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TO ALL THE MEN WE HAVE LOVED BEFORE 
By Ellen de Generes & Rosie O'Donnell 

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AND, JUST ADDED: 

My Complete Knowledge of Military Strategy 
By Nancy Pelosi 

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And the shortest book of them all....................... 

THINGS I DID TO DESERVE THE NOBEL PEACE 

By Barack Obama

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7 minutes ago, Jaydee said:

you must have a pretty good long term memory and be well informed to fully appreciate the humor.

 

Got almost all of the references from the names.  Missed the connection completely on Casey Anthony and, TBH, couldn't completely remember the history of John Edwards or John Kerry. 

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it will be interesting to see how this works out.  8 to 11 does not sound like there would be any sexual problems but hopefully they have taken this into account.

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What is precocious puberty?

Puberty is defined as the presence of secondary sexual characteristics: breast development in girls, pubic hair, and testicular and penile enlargement in boys. Precocious puberty is usually defined as onset of puberty before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys. It has been recognized that, on average, African American and Hispanic girls may start puberty somewhat earlier than white girls, so they may have an increased likelihood to have precocious puberty.

And for the rest:

Puberty in Boys
Puberty begins for boys as early as the age of eight or as late as age thirteen; it usually takes a boy four to six years to pass through all five stages of pubertal development.

Puberty in Girls
Most thirteen-year-old girls have already gone through their major pubertal changes. The changes that puberty brings occur normally between the ages of seven and seventeen. The journey takes three to five years as your daughter passes through predictable stages of physical development

https://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/article/stages-of-puberty

Summer camp on Vancouver Island launching gender-neutral cabins for school children

Strict separation between boys’ cabins and girls’ cabins used to be as much a summer camp theme as bunk beds and late night campfires but, this summer, a children’s camp on Vancouver Island is forgoing gender segregation.

‘They don't have to choose a boys’ group or a girls’ group now,’ says camp manager

CBC News · Posted: Mar 11, 2019 2:00 PM PT | Last Updated: March 11
 
Luke Ferris says part of the hope is the gender-neutral cabins will lead to more inclusiveness and remove barriers some non-binary children may have faced before. (Shutterstock)
Strict separation between boys' cabins and girls' cabins used to be as much a summer camp theme as bunk beds and late night campfires but, this summer, a children's camp on Vancouver Island is forgoing gender segregation.

The YMCA/YWCA Camp Thunderbird in Sooke is offering mixed cabin groups for the first time to campers who are in grades three to five — children who are roughly between the ages of eight and 11.

"They don't have to choose a boys' group or a girls' group now," said Luke Ferris, general manager at Camp Thunderbird.

The camp will still offer segregated cabins as well, leaving it up to parents and campers to decide which to register for.

Ferris said the change was partly from feedback from people in the community and partly to be more inclusive.

"Kids like to come to camp with their friends and sometimes their best friend is of a different gender," Ferris told Gregor Craigie, the host of CBC's On The Island.

"The other reason is that there are some children in our community that don't identify with the binary gender system."

Luke Ferris said Camp Thunderbird is the first camp he knows of in B.C. to change its cabin policies like this and offer both gender-neutral and segregated sleeping arrangements. (Google Street View)

Message of inclusivity

Offering gender neutral facilities is part of a larger trend in summer camps, Ferris said, but Camp Thunderbird is a bit different.

"There are lots of options across North America for children to sign up for a camp that is specifically geared towards LGBTQ youth," he said.

"To my knowledge, this is the first one — certainly in B.C. — where a more traditional camp is offering non-gender cabin groupings at the same time as binary gender specific groups."

Ferris hopes the changes will send a message of inclusivity to campers.

"Camp is great for everybody and, whether you're fitting into the binary gender paradigm or not, it doesn't really matter once you're at camp and you're having fun," he said.

"We're all, at the base level, the same."

The gender-inclusive cabins are available for August 5-9 and August 19-23 camps.

"We'll see how registration goes for those groups," Ferris said.

"If the demand is there, we'll try to accommodate as many people who want this as possible." 

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