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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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…
Continue reading “Queers and mental health”
I don’t know what it was about last week but the topic of Marijuana crossed my path on multiple occasions. So I did what I always do; research. Here are some interesting pieces of research I found, as well as a compilation of links I had previously provided.
This will be a bit of a longer post, so settle in.
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It hit the news recently that Elon Musk’s 120 hour weeks were wearing down on him. Gee, you don’t say. What the article barely touched on – and only in passing – was the impact that his tenacious focus on his career might be having on his family.
Continue reading “Work and family”
I’ve been struck recently by the extent to which Twitter has infiltrated mainstream media. This takes a problem that I previously blogged about and puts a whole new spin on it. This tendency to include tweets in journalistic articles seemingly reached a whole new level with this article that I read recently.
Continue reading “The inglorious rise of Twitternalism”
In a previous article I blogged about the loss of religious freedom in Canada, but how that loss (though far more becoming of, say, North Korea than an allegedly “free” nation) was the lesser concern. The greater concern was the lack of judicial stability. Judges change their minds – and legal precedent – on a whim.
Well, it appears to have happened again.
Continue reading “Judicial turbulence ahead”
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?
Continue reading “Distracted driving law – Alberta data”
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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Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of our wedding day. Given all the recent health developments it was extremely personally gratifying to spend the day driving through the mountains and walking around in nature a bit, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Rockies.
Here are a couple of photos, followed by some obligatory philosophical musing.
Continue reading “20 years – success!”
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.
Continue reading “The Supreme Court of Canada strikes (out) again”