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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dust has settled on a rocky October

I don't think many in Canada were sad to see the back end of October. It was a weirdly bad month - murder, politics, sex scandals and all around mayhem.  I'm looking forward to seeing Canada drop off the front page of international news. 

But glimmers of optimism came through - the Ford Nation didn't win (despite their "OMG THE WORLD WILL END IF FORD DOESN'T WIN" bullshit), the municipal elections are finally over, hatred and fear didn't win in the wake of 2 soldiers murdered, Canadians remained calm and carried on, a narcissitic media darling was finally called on his vile behaviour which triggered a much needed rational debate about rape culture and the Ontario government is entertaining the idea of shortening the 3 ring circus, commonly called the muncipal election campaign period.

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Party of the Stupid speaks again - D68

The right wing is banging on, again, claiming Americans are being infected with D68 (polio like virus) by children coming across the Mexican border.  I've seen this claim over and over, and not once has one of the right wingers stopped to do a bit of research on the virus.  If they had, they would have discovered, rather quickly, E identified in the US about 50 years ago:

"Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962." http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html

The question isn't where did it come from, but why has it become so virulent. But the Right can't be bothered with the real questions - they are more interested in pushing their racist thought wagon from one failed political point to the next. Heaven forbid they advocate funding the sciences and medical research more, that would be tantamount to heresy. It's far more productive to pretend the nasty foreign kids are infecting American children. The fine folks over at WND prefer this:

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Harper Drones R Us

Had an amusing encounter on Twitter with Tory MP Eve Adams the other day. I called her a Harper drone - which is pretty much a fair description. Here's her response:

 

Tory intellect

 

I suspect she thinks this was a scathing, intellectual retort. She seems to be particularily offended by my tweet about sweet potatoes on the weekend. Not a word defending her record, or denying she's a Harper bot, but an odd, non sequitor about sweet potatoes. Maybe she's a sweet potato bigot.  Who knows. Another light weight Harper Drone.

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Family Research Council lives in an alternate reality

 Yesterday was Columbus Day in the US,  a day of parades, protests and that ever popular pastime - watching wingnuts from the right leap on their soap boxes proclaiming JESUS will save us all. The fundamentalist disconnect in the US is staggering. The American Taliban aka The Family Research Council, seems to think slaughtering natives, in the name of Jesus, was a righteous occurance.

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Bread, Circuses and the Ford Brothers

Rob Ford is out of the race for mayor of Toronto; Doug Ford is in. Different names, same circus.

Doug bangs on about carrying on the "Ford Legacy", pretending the family is somehow exceptional. The Ford family labours under the delusion  they are the Kennedy's of Canada and somehow their repackaged Tea Party North politics are original policies.  It's just more of the same - a couple of silver spoon babies with a huge sense of entitlement. They haven't earned anything, let alone the adoration of the Ford Nation drones.

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