Simple rules for avoiding sexual assault (and allegations thereof)

In the wake of the Kavanaugh circus – er, I mean “nomination process” – south of the border I thought it might be helpful to share a couple of very simple rule for avoiding both becoming a victim of sexual assault and becoming a victim of allegations regarding sexual assault (true or not).

First, a quick thought on Kavanaugh and Ford’s allegations about him.

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Queers and mental health

How often have we heard the claim that the high suicide rate in the queer community is disproportionately higher than society at large, and that the suicide rate is a result of bullying, discrimination and other non-affirming actions and attitudes? Until recently that seemed like a remotely plausible correlation to me.

But then I got to thinking about it…

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Distracted driving law – Alberta data

If I told you that the number of vehicular fatalities in Alberta dropped after the distracted driving law was passed in 2011 would you conclude, “Great; it looks like distracted driving laws save lives”?

Suppose, instead, I told you that the total number of vehicular fatalities in Alberta didn’t drop, but remained about the same; what would you conclude then?

Now suppose that I told you that the number of vehicular fatalities in Alberta actually went UP in the years after the distracted driving law was passed. What would you think then?

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Interesting stuff 2018-08-27

Well clearly this has been a full summer for me, as my blogging has completely fallen by the wayside. I have reason to believe that this Fall I will be able to chip out small chunks of time to get this habit back up and running. I hope so; it’s one of my tools for maintaining sanity.

So here’s some interesting stuff I came across, starting with some Mormon missionaries beating the living tar out of a mugger!

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The Supreme Court of Canada strikes (out) again

Two legal decisions were made at two supreme courts in two separate countries in recent weeks that will surely go down in legal history for a number of reasons, not least of which is the stunning parallels and differences between them. Both of the cases involved a dispute between the LGBTQ+ community and a privately owned religious business. Both of the cases resulted in a 7-2 decision.

And yet both of the cases resulted in completely divergent conclusions. In America freedom of conscience prevailed, and in Canada freedom of conscience was sacrificed.

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