May 9, 2005

Links of the Let’s-Pick-on-Canada Day (050905)

Filed under: General — Tom @ 9:37 pm

The next two weeks will be extraordinarily hectic with classes and development work (that’s good news), so one post a day will likely be the most you’ll see here.

But of course they will be good ones, starting with this mini-linkorama highlighting the absurdities and other shortcomings of Canada. I haven’t said much about the unfree-country-in-training that happens to be our neighbor to the north since this blog started (in fact, I don’t think I’ve said anything), but today the Canadian cup, so to speak, overflows:

  • First, we can thank them for not only the beginnings of Mad Cow disease on this continent, but also for layoffs and apparently imminent plant closures at some US slaughterhouses that rely on Canadian cows for “raw materials.”
  • Next, we can look to them for instruction on how to practice really effective government censorship: control access to the airwaves, insist on editorial control and even ownership over any project developed by outsiders, and never, never allow anything that disagrees with official government positions on the air. In case your wondering, the rejected project has to do with refuting the premises of the Kyoto Treaty on global warming–in other words, demonstrating that it’s a bunch of rubbish:

    17,100 basic and applied American scientists, two thirds with advanced degrees, are against the Kyoto Agreement. The Heidelberg Appeal–which states that there is no scientific evidence for man-made global warming, has been signed by over 4,000 scientists from around the world since the petition’s inception. I strongly questioned these high numbers, since I’ve had benefit of the Canadian government’s public relations machine on this issue. Dr. Leahey has since sent documentation to back his figures up.

    All those scientists were in total agreement: the Kyoto Protocol was complete fiction.

  • Finally, the Canadian crud has reached the top. Captain’s Quarters, which if there is any justice should get a Pullitzer (Blogitzer?), notes that the scandal-plagued Canadian government has taken to out-and-out bribery of provincial governments to retain their favor.

Oy Vey Canada.