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Weekend Funny Stuff and Animal Crackers

Posted July 15, 2024 by Anonymous

We need a break before plunging into the fresh hell of next week. First, some funny stuff:Lenin said this, or maybe didn’t say it, but in either case it’s apt right now:”There are decades where nothing happens. and there are weeks where decades ha…

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Today’s News: Save the Last Dance For Me

Posted July 9, 2024 by Anonymous

 So some Democrats may still be flirting on the dance floor, but Biden is telling them all to save the last dance for him. Josh Marshall describes the media frenzy around Biden and whether he will withdraw from the nomination:
…For the seco…

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Today’s News: Moving on from Biden?

Posted July 3, 2024 by Anonymous

As the days pass after Biden’s disastrous debate, I’m reading more stories from people I respect, saying that Biden needs to withdraw from the presidential race. For a time after the debate, I dithered about this. But the problem as I see it now i…

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Today’s news: Hooray for Pride Parades!

Posted July 1, 2024 by Anonymous

The happiest photos ever taken in Canada are from our Pride parades!

Here are photos of Toronto’s Pride Parade today:

As usual, Trudeau was there!
🇨🇦🏳️‍🌈I STAND WITH TRUDEAU🏳️‍🌈🇨🇦Happy Pride Canada 🇨🇦#Trudeau2025🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/Q4nl0B…

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Animal Crackers!

Posted June 29, 2024 by Anonymous

A Dog at the Museum, by Tom MosserIt’s been one of those weeks, eh … the Liberals lose the by-election, the Oilers lose the cup, Joe Biden loses the debate. So here’s some funny to go on with, for the weekend:

Dog got skills..🐕🐾🛹🤯 pic.twitter.c…

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Happy Saturday: from Reggie Jackson to Indigenous Peoples Day; from “shark!” to Dark Brandon; some great moments in Twitter; animal crackers; & some beautiful threads to enjoy

Posted June 23, 2024 by Anonymous

Reggie Jackson describes the racism he had to endure when playing ball:
👉🏽 “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin— Coach Julio (@FitnessFoundry) June 21, 2024

For National Indigen…

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Random Roundup: trying to kibosh the capital gains tax; trying to debunk misinformation; jousting over “likes”; hearing Dr. Fauci’s story; and laughing at Trump

Posted June 20, 2024 by Anonymous

Some interesting factoids and articles recently: First, some comments on how Canada’s rich people are trying to kibosh the Liberal plan to increase tax rates on capital gain profits:

Why is the debate about the capital gains inclusion rate so der…

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Today’s News: Heatwave!

Posted June 18, 2024 by Anonymous

This summer’s first heat wave is here.

Over 135 million people are facing a dangerous heat wave this week with the AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures occasionally approaching the 100-degree mark. https://t.co/9aZ2r7LycJ pic.twitter.com/9QndnUU6IC— Ac…

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Today’s News: About the Foreign Interference Scandal, from May, Wark, Smith, and Scrimshaw

Posted June 12, 2024 by Anonymous

So I’ve been sort of following the NSICORP (National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians) report revelations about foreign interference in Canadian politics, except there really hadn’t been any, nothing concrete at any rate, about e…

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80th anniversary of D-Day: “We will remember them”

Posted June 6, 2024 by Anonymous

Too much going on this week to do a longer post, but here’s some interesting stuff about D-Day and the 80th anniversary.  First, posted above is the Veterans Affairs video commemorating the 80th anniversary – “We will remember them”.Next, c…

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Guilty X 34 = two solitudes in America

Posted May 31, 2024 by Anonymous

In Canada in the 1940s, we were experiencing what we described as Two Solitudes  between our French-speaking and English-speaking peoples:…two peoples within one nation, each with its own legend and ideas of what a nation should be. …the …

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And on the lighter side!

Posted May 28, 2024 by Anonymous

This is one of those weeks for me personally — so here’s some funny stuff to lighten the mood:
First, some Poilievre makeup jokes:
What’s the difference between the Trudeau Foundation and the Poilievre Foundation? The Trudeau foundation gives sc…

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Great threads: from sculptures to libraries, from Curb Your Enthusiasm to Cow 88, from TikTok to Kermit

Posted May 23, 2024 by Anonymous

Here are some fascinating threads I have seen recently on Twitter – click to see all of the posts: Amazing sculptures:2. Melancholy, a sculpture created by Albert Gyorgy, portrays the void that grief leaves us with.”We may look as if we carr…

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Into the long weekend: mosquitos and Poilievre and polls, oh my

Posted May 19, 2024 by Anonymous

Ahh, summer is starting at last!MOSQUITOES! pic.twitter.com/wvHI7RLein— Brittlestar (@brittlestar) May 17, 2024 Moving on to something even more biting, I think Pierre Poilievre is now finding there is a downside to being up 20 points in the polls — p…

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Today’s News: Trump makes cowards of them all.

Posted May 15, 2024 by Anonymous

The more I see of the Congressional Republicans, the more they remind me of The Sopranos.And anyone who doesn’t fall into line gets sent to the Gulag.The cowardice is appalling.

George Carlin put it best in 1988: “These are the people who are against …

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More writings about the Israel-Hamas War: Biden’s dream, IDF goals, casualty statistics, Israel divestment

Posted May 13, 2024 by Anonymous

I have seen several recent useful posts and comments about the Israel-Hamas War so I wanted to share them.
First, an interesting analysis from Dan Rather about Biden’s Big Dream For The Middle East:
…why did Hamas attack [on Oct 7] seemingly out of t…

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Happy Mother’s Day and other comedy bits

Posted May 12, 2024 by Anonymous

I liked this New Yorker cartoon — says it all. I also saw this thread on X and yes, I could appreciate this sentiment:Anyone who has ever worked in food service knows Mother’s Day brunch is the worst shift of the year. People are such assholes ab…

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Today’s news: the stupid, it burns!

Posted May 6, 2024 by Anonymous

What a crazy week it has been — we’ve all been sick with what I am calling the Black Death Cold, plus a family member fell and now has a broken pelvis. I’m afraid to leave the house.

You spend your 40s thinking “hey, maybe aging isn’t so bad, I’m en…

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Animal crackers

Posted April 29, 2024 by Anonymous

Just a few tweets about animals to enjoy! I’m sure by now the whole world has recoiled in horror after hearing that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem boasted about killing her dog. She really deserves the title “Christ, what an asshole!”

Mitt Rom…

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“Never Again for anyone” – Discussions about ending the Israel-Hamas War: Shulman, Fox, Alkhatib, Friedman, Ganz, Elbein

Posted April 27, 2024 by Anonymous

Here are some interesting and useful commentaries about the Israel-Hamas War, including some discussion about how it can be brought to an end

First, this article is recommended by Eric Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money — at the New York Review of B…

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Support for Ukraine and Israel

Posted April 21, 2024 by Anonymous

(And read to the end for a Trump fart joke!)Today I was very glad to see the US support for Ukraine and for Israel approved by the House — now only was it great to see the aid approved itself, but also it was a demonstration that Trump and his crazy M…

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“Protect the rich” is NOT going to catch on

Posted April 18, 2024 by Anonymous

Yeah, lots of financial press whining in the last 2 weeks about how raising taxes on the rich or on corporations would be so unfair & so awful — but “protect the rich!” just isn’t going to cut it as a #BaloneyFactory slogan.— Cathie from Canada 🇨…

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Great stories

Posted April 13, 2024 by Anonymous

Just sharing some stories tonight:

Good Samaritans rush to save herd of elk trapped in frigid waterTwo dozen people jumped into action Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. when a herd of elk fell through the ice at Palisades Reservoir near Alpine, WY.https://…

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Yeah, isn’t this just what we all needed now … bird flu!

Posted April 7, 2024 by Anonymous

So let’s all worry about bird flu now!The @USDA is closely tracking #H5N1 #flu in the dairy industry, and it’s turning up in a very dispersed pattern across the USA.States w/confirmed cases since March 25: TX, KA, MI, NM, ID, OH.https://t.co/2vuQKuh3CS…

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Trending tonight: #PuntTheRunt

Posted April 5, 2024 by Anonymous

Canadians are laughing at Poilievre’s three-word policies for anything that ails Canada — and tonight, “Punt The Runt” is trending: Also today, Charlie Angus announced he won’t run again, and Poilievre couldn’t resist responding with the usual pe…

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Canadian Border Now Fully Open

Posted November 24, 2022 by Ben

On October 1st 2022, the Government of Canada removed all COVID-19 border measures such as required proof of vaccination, random testing, and mandatory isolation for high-risk travelers. For the first time since early 2020, the Canadian border is operating under “normal” conditions. For example: Americans interested in visiting Canada no longer need to download the […]

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Pre-Entry COVID Test No Longer Required at Canadian Border

Posted April 2, 2022 by Ben

As of April 1st 2022, the Canadian border will no longer require a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test from fully vaccinated travellers entering or returning to the country. Previously, a rapid antigen test or a PCR test indicating a person does not have COVID was required by border authorities. This rule change should encourage Canadians to […]

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US Land Border Opens to Canadians

Posted November 8, 2021 by Ben

After being closed for nearly 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on November 8th 2021 the United States land border officially opened to all fully vaccinated Canadians. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced they will be staffing their border at pre-pandemic levels, but warns that wait times may be longer than in […]

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When Will USA Border Open to Canadians?

Posted August 25, 2021 by Ben

On August 9th 2021, Canada opened its border to all fully vaccinated Americans allowing tourists from the United States to visit the country once again. The US border remains closed to Canadians, however, and American authorities recently extended the border closure until September 21st citing COVID-19 transmission rates south of the border as well as […]

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Where Can Vaccinated Canadians Travel?

Posted July 1, 2021 by Ben

Most Canadians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Consequently, Canadians are starting to think about international travel again, and are beginning to research possible vacation destinations. This leads to the question, which countries can a fully vaccinated Canadian visit? As of July 2021, Canadian citizens who have received two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or […]

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