chasing--the--universe  asked:

So, what exactly do you think will be achieved by the March for science? I am all for science and anything that counters Trumps anti science measures, but the people that are anti science aren't going to care, there are very few people on the fence as it were, so I don't actually see this as having any impact.

It raises awareness. When people are more aware they will:

1. Contact their elected representatives, and if enough pressure is put on the Republicans, they may change their minds. This actually worked recently. People got pissed off that the Republicans wanted to eliminate the  The Office of Congressional Ethics. They changed their mind:

Power of American voices again displayed in Republican backtrack of OCE changes

2. If people are aware about the importance of Science, they may reject anti-science politicians. This may help give an edge to more progressive candidates for the Senate & House, and it may just oust Donald Trump in the next election. If people value science, they’ll probably want to remove the guy defunding and censoring it.

This worked in Canada. In 2015, after 9 years in power voters had enough (for various reasons), and kicked our Conservatives out of power. The Harper Government was the most anti-science government in Canadian History, and we got rid of them. Admittedly, the Liberals aren’t perfect, but at least they’re not censoring and defunding Science as the Conservatives were.

outside-the-government  asked:

Owen Harper?

who? | only know their name | loathe | ugh | overrated | indifferent | dead | alive | just okay | cute | badass | my baby | hot | want to marry | favorite

Oh, my Owen… he gets an “ugh” for his occasional dickish moments, but otherwise I adore him.  My little cocky shithead but pure-hearted doctor. <3

Originally posted by claracivry

Ask me a fictional character!

Canada fought the war on science. Here’s how scientists won.
Stephen Harper’s government had proposed steep cuts to many research programs. Collectively, these mass demonstrations — the March for Science alone attracted more than 15,000 people to DC and thousands more in satellite cities — send a clear message that President Trump’s full-scale assault on the basic tenets of science on numerous fronts is among his most unforgivable sins of willful fiction. For President Trump is not the first chief executive of a major Western nation to wage a war on science. Read more

bulletbiters  asked:

‘you like this, don’t you? i remember you saying that.’

Roy didn’t think Jason had been listening, as he rarely was, when he was whining about how badly he wanted the new Zelda game. He hardly had time to play video games anymore, as working as a vigilante proved to be pretty time consuming, but when the Nintendo Switch was announced he had to see if he could build his own. And with a couple google searches and one well placed call to a friend in Checkmate he was able to get the rough designs and put together his own Switch, with a few minor improvements, such as making it backwards compatible and doubling the processing speed. 

He jumped up from his seat and snatched the box out of Jason’s hand, his eyes going wide. You do love me He gasped, already hurrying to find the box he had stuffed the jerry-rigged Switch into.  You wanna play with ? I was planning on doing a speed run, but we can take turns every other dungeon if you want.  //   @bulletbiters​  /  i love you ( accepting )

Cheat Sheet on the Canadian Election (for my American Friends)

How the System Works

  • Canadians do not vote directly for our Prime Ministers the way you vote for Presidents; rather, Canadians elect representatives (called ‘Members of Parliament’ or ‘MPs’) for their local district (called a ‘riding’), to control one seat in the House of Commons (roughly analogous to Congress). 
  • Each candidate in a riding represents one political party. When all of the votes are counted in every riding, the party that controls the most seats in the House of Commons forms the government and their leader becomes the Prime Minister.
  • A candidate wins the election in a particular riding if they get more votes than any one of the other candidates; note, that I didn’t say “the majority of the votes.” This system is called ‘First-Past-the-Post’ and it can create serious problems.
  • There are more than two parties here. Depending on where you live in the country, there could be as many as five parties with a serious shot at winning your seat. What this means is that it’s possible (common, in fact) for a candidate to be elected with most of the population voting for other parties.
  • There is one right-wing party and three or four left-wing or centre-left parties. This means that vote-splitting is a much bigger problem for left-wing voters than it is for right-wing voters.

Who the Players Are

  • Conservative Party of Canada (AKA ‘the CPC;’ ‘the Tories’)
     - Leader: Stephen Harper
     - Colour: Blue
    • The farthest right of the parties and the government for the last ten years. Created from a merger between the old Progressive Conservative (moderate right-wing) and Reform (far-right wing) parties. Roughly analogous to your Republican Party the mainstream wing of your Democratic Party. 
  • New Democratic Party (AKA ‘the NDP;’ ‘Dippers’)
     - Leader: Thomas Mulcair
     - Colour: Orange 
    • Formerly a perennially third-place socialist party but, since 2011, it has been the largest of the opposition parties. It now lists its politics as ‘social democratic.’  Roughly analogous to Bernie Sanders.
  • Liberal Party of Canada (AKA ‘the LPC;’ ‘Grits’)
     - Leader: Justin Trudeau
     - Colour: Red 
    • A centre-left party. Once upon a time, the Liberals were so secure in their power that people called them ‘Canada’s Natural Governing Party,’ but they have since been humbled into third party status; now trying to recapture their former glory. Their leader is the eldest son of one Canada’s most popular and longest-serving Prime Ministers. Roughly analogous to the left-wing of your Democratic Party.
  • Green Party of Canada (AKA ‘GPC’)
     - Leader: Elizabeth May
     - Colour: Green (obviously!)
    • An Environmentalist party. Only really a force in a few specific ridings on the West Coast. Battling against the perception of being a one-issue party, they have staked out a policy platform somewhat to the left of the present position of the NDP. Roughly analogous to your Green Party, except somewhat more successful.
  • Bloc Québecois (AKA ‘Bloc’; ‘BQ’; ‘Bloquistes’)
     - Leader: Gilles Duceppe
     - Colour: Light Blue
    • Their ultimate goal is separating the province of Quebec from the rest of the country and as such, they only run candidates in Quebec. Politically, they tend to be socialist on economic issues, but in recent years they have adopted right-wing policies on immigration and accommodation of religious minorities (especially Muslims and, to a lesser extent, Jews). For twenty years, they dominated Quebec politics, but were humiliated in the last election, when they lost all but four of their seats to the NDP. There is no analogue to Bloc in American politics.

What the Issues Are:

  • Harper’s Record
    • Stephen Harper has been Prime Minister for 10 years, and a widespread sentiment has developed that it may be time for a change. Thus, many have charged that this election is a “referendum on the Harper years”
  • The Economy
    • As the price of oil has plummeted, Canada has become the only country in the G7 to lapse into recession. Opposition parties charge that Stephen Harper is to blame for developing Canada’s oil sector at the expense of every other sector in the economy. Moreover, the unemployment rate, particularly the youth unemployment rate, has yet to fully recover from the last recession in 2008, and the value of the Canadian dollar has fallen sharply.
  • Austerity
    • The Harper Government has imposed severe cuts on spending in the wake of the recession in the name of balancing the budget. The opposition parties call for more focus to be placed on reducing income inequality by increasing taxes, either on the wealthiest 1% of Canadians or on corporations. The Liberals in particular have promised deficit spending on infrastructure to stimulate the economy.
  • The Environment
    • In his zeal to develop Canada’s oil sector, Stephen Harper has all-but-eliminated Canada’s regulatory framework for approving resource-extraction projects, and also withdrawn Canada from the Kyoto accord to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions. Relatedly, he has also strictly curbed environmental oversight, forbidden scientists in the civil service from publishing research or talking publicly about environmental issues, and destroyed research data with findings that would be inconvenient to the oil and gas sector.
  • Democratic Governance
    • The Harper Government has introduced a series a new laws, which prominent critics have denounced as being anti-democratic and authoritarian. Most notably is Bill C-51, which essentially converts the Canadian Security Intelligence Service into a secret police force with limited oversight, tasked with disrupting extremely loosely-defined “terrorist activities,” and Bill C-24, which allows the government to strip any citizen eligible for citizenship in any other country of their Canadian citizenship if they are determined to be a “terrorist” (again, very broadly defined).
  • Corruption
    • The election is taking place in the context of a major scandal involving Senators (especially Tory Senators appointed by Harper) illegitimately claiming expenses on the taxpayer dime.
  • Immigration
    • One issue that has blown-up in the middle of the campaign has been that of immigration. The Harper government has made it more difficult for refugees to come to Canada during its time in office and refused to offer such refugees healthcare. In an unrelated incident, the issue of whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear a face-veil (Niqab) while reading the oath of citizenship has become a wedge-issue in the hands of both the Tories and the BQ.

After decades of painstaking and often lethal breeding experiments, the Harper Government has successfully weaponised the Canada Goose. Formerly docile and agreeable, these newly-vicious terrors are capable of skeletonising an adult cow in under three minutes. While some may question the wisdom of unleashing migratory bioweapons upon an unsuspecting planet, everyone can agree that Canada can no longer be ignored on the world stage.

Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs refuses to stand or clap when the Truth and Reconciliation announces a recommendation for an inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 

Mulcair is giving him such a disappointed look.

I’d just like to clarify something about the tax being removed from Menstruation Products

The way the Harper government is talking, it seems like this was their idea. They never, ever pushed for this in Parliament. It took public pressure by those that signed the petition and the NDP who pushed the issue in Parliament.

“I think this is just a very positive move for Canadian women and in alignment with our government’s record in this regard,” Rempel told reporters.

I think they’re more in favour because it fits in with their history of lowering taxes, rather than because its a feminist issue.

Who really deserves the credit is the NDP and Jill Piebiak who started the petition (now with 74,644 signatures) demanding this change be made:

All parties supported the NDP motion presented earlier this month during one of the party’s opposition days. However, the government was non-committal on when the change could occur.

Following the vote, the New Democrats began demanding the government amend its budget implementation bill so the “tampon tax” could be removed immediately. The party has been trying to pass a bill to eliminate the tax since 2004.

The conservatives have been in power since 2006, and only now have decided to support the NDP to remove this tax. Think about that.

It is an election year, and the Conservatives will do and say anything to get elected, so please remember who made this change happen.

Canadian government pushing First Nations to give up land rights for oil and gas profits

The Harper government is trying to win support for its pipelines and resource agenda by pushing First Nations to sideline their aboriginal rights in exchange for business opportunities, documents reveal.

The news that Canada’s Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs is working to this end by collaborating with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is sparking strong criticism from grassroots Indigenous people.

Funded by the federal government, the Working Group on Natural Resource Development held private meetings in Toronto and Edmonton in the fall of 2014 that were attended by several invited Chiefs and representatives from Enbridge, Syncrude and other oil corporations, as well as mining companies and business lobby groups.

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anonymous asked:

What is the TPP? Why is it controversial that the libs support it?

Its a massive free trade agreement with countries representing 40% of the world’s economy that’s heavily lobbied by corporations. Some of it is good, but a lot of it is extremely problematic.

On medicine

Proposed intellectual property rules in the TPP would limit competition from generic drug manufacturers that reduce drug prices and improve access to treatment, and would accelerate already soaring medicine and vaccine prices.

The TPP, which is currently being negotiated between the U.S., Canada and ten other Pacific Rim nations, is on track to become the most harmful trade pact ever for access to medicines in developing countries, unless damaging provisions are removed before the deal is sealed.

The negotiations are being conducted in secret, but leaked documents reveal that the United States is pushing for stringent intellectual property protections for drugs. These protections could give pharmaceutical companies longer monopolies over brand name drugs. This would allow them to charge high prices for longer periods of time and either stop or delay the generic competition from producing less expensive versions that are vital to global health.

And here’s a good list:

Trans-Pacific Partnership: 11 Things Harper Doesn’t Want To Reveal About Uber-Secretive Trade Pact

1. It Could Criminalize Small-Scale Downloading

Canada’s new copyright laws, passed last fall, cap the liability for unauthorized downloading of copyrighted material at $5,000, so long as the downloading is not for commercial purposes. But the TPP could force Canada to institute criminal penalties even for small-time downloaders, according to a number of consumer advocacy groups.

2. It Could Reduce Or End CanCon Rules

An umbrella group of U.S. media companies has been lobbying the U.S. Trade Representative to pressure Canada into repealing Canadian content rules as part of the TPP.

That has raised significant concerns among music and film and TV groups that Canada’s cultural industries could be threatened by the TPP.

3. ISPs Could Become Internet Cops

Article 16 of a leaked 2011 draft of the TPP mandates that countries create “legal incentives” for internet service providers to do their own copyright policing online. That is interpreted by many to mean that ISPs could be held legally accountable if their subscribers download illegally.

Consumer groups fear this will mean expanded monitoring of web users’ online habits, and the possibility of three-strikes-and-you’re-out rules that would cut off internet services to subscribers alleged to have engaged in unauthorized downloading.

4. Critics Call The TPP A Corporate Giveaway

U.S. House Rep. Alan Grayson, who rose to fame four years ago with his quip that the Republican health care plan amounts to hoping you “die quickly,” was recently allowed to see a draft copy of the TPP.

While he’s been banned from divulging any details, the populist Florida Democrat described it in a recent blog post as an agreement that “hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests.”

He told HuffPost: “Having seen what I’ve seen, I would characterize this as a gross abrogation of American sovereignty … And I would further characterize it as a punch in the face to the middle class of America. I think that’s fair to say from what I’ve seen so far. But I’m not allowed to tell you why!”

He added on his blog: “There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret.”

5. It’s Not Secret To Lobbyists

While politicians like Grayson have to keep quiet in public about what they’ve seen, a “consultation group” likely composed of lobbyists has had access to the talks through the Canadian delegation, critics say.

OpenMedia reported it received a non-disclosure agreement the group said was mistakenly sent to them, and was apparently meant for industry insiders.

“It appears … the Canadian government got confused about which contacts were industry lobbyists and which are from public interest groups,” OpenMedia stated.

The Harper government had previously denied that such a group existed.

6. It Could Mean Foreign Telecom Coming To Canada

This might not be something the Harper government wants to keep from the public, which is largely unhappy with the state of telecom in Canada, but it could be something it’s trying to keep out of sight of Canada’s telecom companies.

The U.S. Trade Representative recently criticized Canada’s protectionist telecom policies, along with policies in a number of other countries negotiating the TPP. That has led some to conclude Canada will come under pressure to relax restrictions on foreign ownership of telecoms.

The Tories have previously loosened foreign ownership rules in order to spur competition in the wireless market, so there is a good chance they will be receptive to further liberalization of telecom regulations.

7. Corporations Could Control Your Browsing History

One of the clauses being debated in the TPP would allow corporations to decide themselves whether internet browsers can make “temporary copies” to your computer’s history folder.

Temporary copies are a basic element of how web browsers work (it’s what they use to remember your browsing history). Critics say allowing companies to control what is and isn’t copied could harm the ability of search engines to become more sophisticated. It could also have a chilling effect on tech innovation, as it could halt the development of apps that, for example, use a picture of a book cover or a part of a song to identify that book or song.

8. It Could Change Your Grocery Bill

Canada was reportedly kept out of TPP negotiations at first because of its supply management system, which controls the price of some basic grocery goods like milk and eggs.

Canada’s acceptance into the talks has been interpreted by some as meaning the Tories are willing to put the supply management system on the table. (The Tories have already ended the Wheat Board’s monopoly.)

Many Canadians would like to see the end of the “milk and eggs monopoly,” and supporters of change say freeing up the market would result in lower prices. Supporters of the current system say there is no reason to believe prices will go down without supply management, and it will make business less stable for farmers.

9. Copyright Terms Will Likely Be Expanded

The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports the TPP would amount to the most significant expansion of copyright terms in two decades.

The group says the TPP proposes to extend copyright on works created by individuals to life plus 70 years. (In Canada, it’s currently life plus 50 years). It would also expand copyright owned by corporations to 95 or 120 years after creation, depending on which proposal is accepted. This would ensure that Mickey Mouse (born 1928) would continue to be owned by Disney and would not become part of the public domain.

Critics of lengthy copyright terms argue they are bad for economic development because they restrict innovation.

10. You May Have To Do Less Copying And Quoting

The U.S. and Australia apparently want tougher rules for “fair use” exceptions from copyright law. Currently, people are allowed to copy parts of textbooks for educational purposes, or quote copyrighted materials in news articles. But a proposed “three-step test” for fair use could make it considerably harder for people to use parts of copyrighted materials in these ways.

11. Even Politicians Are Fed Up With The Secrecy

Some U.S. politicians have been pressuring President Barack Obama to open up the TPP talks to greater public scrutiny. The latest is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, who sent a letter to the Obama administration earlier this month asking the U.S. Trade Representative to make a copy of the negotiating text available to the public. “Without transparency, the benefit from robust democratic participation — an open marketplace of ideas — is considerably reduced,” she wrote.