Sunday, November 20, 2022

Cold weather blues and other news

So pending Twitter's possible demise, I have now signed up at Mastodon and at Tribel -- I'm not sure either of them can work as easily as Twitter did so we'll see how it goes. 
Here are my links to these sites, if you have to find me someday soon: 
I haven't made many posts on these sites yet and I'm not sure how much I will be able to use them, because they don't seem to have easy ways to save posts or to embed them here on Blogger. 

Moving on to today's news, here in Saskatchewan tonight, its COLD. Damned cold.
People have already died of exposure in Saskatchewan this winter: To humanize and publicize the problem,Yann Martel writes of his 36-hour "homeless" experience
Over and over, I met people who showed me the respect and dignity that poverty and homelessness so quickly strip you of. 
That’s how we begin to deal with homelessness in our city, by re-humanizing people from whom so much has been taken. Homelessness is not a cancer. It’s the suffering of fellow citizens, and if we don’t help them, we’re all brought down, the homeless and everyone around them, residents, business owners, the city, everyone. 

In the latest news from Alberta, I think we're starting to see what Premier Loon wants for her fellow citizens -- American-style health care. 
Won't Canadians just love that! 
Reducing health care expenditures is, of course, every Canadian politician's secret dream -- to cut back on the insatiable bottomless pit of health care system requirements so the politicians can strut around spending more money on ribbon-cutting stuff for which they can take credit.
But for 50 years Canadians have told the politicians to cut that out -- we want our taxes to pay for our health care and that's the end of it. 
I don't know if Danielle Smith actually thinks she has some kind of mandate to dismantle medicare in Alberta, but I think she will find she is sadly mistaken: Smith says she also wants to keep the money that Canadians pay for admission to the National Parks in Alberta, though I don't think she intends to pay to maintain the parks and for park employees. 
This pretty well summarizes what is happening: Tony Dagnone speaks out:

Moving to Ottawa, there was lots of testimony this week at the POEC - I think it is pretty clear now that the federal government had to bring in the Emergencies Act even though this was a blunt instrument. They couldn't deal with the increasingly brazen Ottawa Occupation and chaotic border blocades just by wishful thinking - the risks to Canadian security, peace, order, good government, and Canadian border trade had to be taken seriously. 
The Convoy had seized the upper hand in Ottawa and at the border crossings, and it was speculative at best to think there could be a negotiated end: This comment from Charlie Angus pretty well sums it up:
Moving on, the news tonight was that Trump will be allowed back on Twitter-
Here is a useful and interesting analysis: And another great thread here -- some excerpts:

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