Nov. 29th, 2011 09:49 pm
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In related news, these girls are really cute.

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The federal election isn't the only one on the horizon. There's a provincial one too, and that one will hit very close to home for teachers. The Conservatives are laying low, attempting to slide in as the only choice in the face of dissatisfaction with the current Liberal government. The probability of labour unrest, the likelihood that we will lose gains made over the last number of years, the likelihood of increased testing and decreased teaching - all of it is strong with a Conservative government.


Jul. 17th, 2010 04:54 am
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A couple of friends ([livejournal.com profile] anidada and [livejournal.com profile] kores_rabbit) have already posted this elsewhere. I think it bears boosting. So here it is again.

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An extremely cool video promoting the type of spirituality I see in science and have fed in the UU - but I think it's applicable to pretty much everyone regardless of creed.

From [livejournal.com profile] cargoweasel.

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Still from [livejournal.com profile] siobhan63, as was the last one.

Apparently, the Conservative government is quite happy to slash funding to pro-choice groups, including refusing to fund international initiatives of maternal health that include abortion, all while starting an initiative aimed at maternal health around the world. But they're prepared to give $800K to groups that are translating the Bible into various African dialects.

And they still manage to deny that the choices of which agencies to fund is more about ideology than their ability to run their agencies well.

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But funny. Very, very funny.

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No, this isn't what I do in math class. It's the polar opposite of what I do in math class. But Tom Lehrer never fails to make me giggle, so you're getting a video! Aren't I nice?

From Cereta

Feb. 9th, 2010 09:08 pm
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So wishing it weren't well below zero outside so I could actually do this.

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A certain facebook poll pointed me towards Rick Mercer's show "Talking to Americans," which happily is available on Youtube. I've seen it before, of course, but it's comedy gold even though it's about nine years old.

I've been laughing long and loud.

The best part is when he gets governors of various states to congratulate Canada on absurd things. For example, he got Mike Huckabee in Arkansas to congratulate Canada on preserving its national igloo. The bits at Harvard and Princeton, where politics and history students sign petitions against the Toronto Polar Bear Hunt, are simply priceless.

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First, there's Good books? It's a humanist seeking to find books to enrich his child's life and give him skepticism in the face of his mother's deep beliefs.

Then there's this, where the author argues that children need a basis in faith before they are able to accept uncertainty.

I have a rebuttal forming for the second, but I don't have time for it now so I'll come back later. I suspect my rebuttal will involve concept from this video, first seen on Piet's journal and since spreading rapidly on my friends list:

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