Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Canada Day 2015

I'm not a citizen of NATO... fuck off.

July 1, 2015

My fellow Canadians,

Whatever your political views, I think it's obvious that we're all in this together:  we're all Canadian citizens,

Declaration of Independence from NATO

We hold these truths to be stone-cold obvious:

1. We are not NATO citizens.

2. NATO is a military alliance from which we can withdraw at any time, giving six months notice.

3. As the International Committee of the Red Cross has said, international agreements, such as the Geneva Conventions, are made between and among nation states.

4. Some international agreements - such as the Statute of Rome that Canada has signed - provide for international law taking precedence over national law where grave breaches of international humanitarian law ("war crimes") are concerned.

5. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled - unanimously - that Canada's international human rights obligations are binding [2008 SCC 28]

6. The idea that our obligations to NATO take precedence over our international human rights obligations is preposterous.

7. The idea that our obligations to NATO take precedence over Canadian law - and in particular, the Criminal Code of Canada - is equally preposterous.

8.  The idea that our obligations to NATO take precedence over our own foreign policy is even more preposterous.

9. The idea that our obligations to NATO require us to collude in war crimes is just stupid.

Happy Canada Day, everybody.

PS;  Dear Google, your Canada Day artwork of two people canoeing is also preposterous.  The canoe doesn't look like a canoe, and the paddlers seem not to know the difference.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The revolving door to McDonalds...

....where the Political Elite go to work if they can't get jobs at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

Much has been made of the revolving doors in Washington, where important regulatory jobs with the executive branch (sheepdogs) are regularly given to those who are being regulated (wolves).  The sheep are the raw material that keeps both groups in highly paid employment but are otherwise of no consequence.

Prominent examples are listed by The Intercept.

Plus there's my personal favourite, Anne-Marie Slaughter, who has been an Ivy League/Oxbridge shill for McDonald's.

The destruction of Canada's "long gun registry"

...and the inconvenient continuation
 of Australia's

"In the 19 years since the announcement of legislation specifically designed to reduce gun massacres, Australia has seen no mass shootings. As Howard wrote in an opinion piece for the New York Times in 2013, "Today, there is a wide consensus that our 1996 reforms not only reduced the gun-related homicide rate, but also the suicide rate."

Source:  Australian Institute of Criminology

By now it must be obvious to everybody except the Gun Lobby that military solutions to international disputes make matters worse, not better.  The Gun Lobby clings mysteriously to the belief that violence is very much a reasonable solution to civilian disputes, in the absence of evidence that such is the case.

So the numbers are not obviously up, except for sexual assault.

If you account for the growth in Australian population (to express the rate of violent crime per 100,000 population)

So what seems clear is that during the period that these statistics were collected, all forms of violent crime were lower in 2012 than in 1992, except for sexual assault.

Hard to believe that sexual assault increased because of decreased access to guns.

Fortunately, we have the Federal Court...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Strong, stable leadership for Canada

He thinks he was born to be Prime Minister but...