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It has been a long time since I’ve featured an RSA animation on the blog.  Today’s post deals with the idea of networks and how we organize knowledge.  Sit back and enjoy the education.

It is nice to see a little sanctimony coming from the other side of the political spectrum once and awhile.  Bill Maher fills that role admirably.

I do love what the commitment to mythology does to people.  Religion distorts empathy and reason and allows bigots like the pastor featured in this clip to get away with spewing more than a few spitefully atrocious statements.  It is funny though for a religion that often claims to represent absolute morality we observe that claims are presented such as:  love thy neighbour.  Note closely there is no “but only if they are heterosexual…” is not included anywhere in that phrase.

The heinous nature of christianity continues to stain our history with its bigotry and hate.  We should do ourselves a favour and opt out as soon as possible.

The move is over.  Let the unpacking begin.  Thank you, my committed readership, for staying with us here at DWR during the transition to our new home.  It has been a wild and hectic couple of weeks.  I should be able to commit a little more time to blogging and finding the information I find interesting and sharing it with you.  With that in mind I’d like to share and and comment on the recent furor about Tom Mulcair’s comments about the “Dutch Disease” in Canada.

The noise generated by his comments are out of proportion to what his observation was:

Mulcair claims that “Dutch disease” has hit the country, blaming energy exports from the Alberta oilsands for artificially raising the Canadian dollar and hollowing out the manufacturing industry.

Coined in an article in The Economist in 1977, the concept refers to the adverse economic effects that the discovery of large natural gas fields off of the coast of the Netherlands in the 1960s had on the country’s manufacturing sector.

The theory goes that a boom in a natural resource sector can lead to an appreciation of a country’s real exchange rate. That increase in the dollar value makes exports more expensive, and has an adverse effect on the manufacturing sector by making it less competitive.

Okay, so it sounds reasonable so far.  Our dollar goes up and makes our manufacturing industry less competitive.  But what has got the defenders of corporatism all up in arms?   Mulcair takes his statement one step further…

Mulcair said the problem is the government is not enforcing legislation that would include the environmental costs of exploiting natural resources.

“Those statistics with regard to the overall losses of jobs in Canada are irrefutable,” he said this week. “And they are directly related to the fact that we’re not enforcing federal [environmental] legislation.

Oh snap.  How dare you mention that pillaging the land in the hog-wild foo-fur-ah that is Fort McMurray might be anything less than a calm nuanced approach to resource management is beyond the pale.  Fainting couches were needed *stat* across much of the Canadian media and parliament.

I am wondering when the leader of the Opposition will apologize to western Canadians for suggesting the strength of the western Canadian economy is a disease on Canada,” Heritage Minister James Moore said in the House of Commons.

“He attacks western Canada, he attacks our energy industry, he attacks all of the West and the great work that is being done by western Canadians to contribute to Canada’s national unity. He should be ashamed of himself,” he said.

Yes, he should be ashamed for trying to keep the government accountable to for environmental legislation that is currently on the books, oh the villainy.  The tar sands have gained a love-halo that is growing in magnitude.  Speaking out against them is sacrosanct,with reasonable debate being drummed out by “it’s good for the economy!!!1!” and other nonsense.

Good On Mulcair for pointing out some of the problems with the oil-sands vis-a-vis the rest of Canada, the man is doing  his job as leader of the Opposition.


I want to sing this so very badly.

Like to watch Christians tie themselves in knots trying to explain/justify sending infants to burn forever? too.

This is a technical look at religious arguments, both for and against the way way in which religion describes our experience.  I suggest you skim the preview of  the paper for more understanding, but the video is an adequate primer for answering the following question – Are your beliefs, theistic or non-theist,ic causing you to beg the doxastic question?

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