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@ink_slinger Yeah my bias is firmly towards abolition of the senate, rather than going over to elected senators.
There's certainly an argument to be had for having a body that's not directly elected and knows it shouldn't push too far with its power, but can then step in with sensible objections or additions on occasion. But, that's somewhat reliant on norms being followed, and content-warning-uspol these days is an abject lesson in how *that* can go wrong.
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@ink_slinger For a long time now I've been broadly hoping for them to go against some broadly popular thing that passes through the House of Commons so that we can Constitutional Crisis the senate out of existence ;) But much like the British monarchy, I think they know full well that exercising too much power makes them vulnerable to having the power they do have stripped away.
@ink_slinger @mpjgregoire Ahh, right. I'm sure that like much anti-GMO opposition there was a broad mix of concerns of wildly varying validity, none addressed in the Op-Ed; for example the linked-to opponent's article seems to base her opposition on how the problem in India was "converting mixed cropping systems to monocultures of wheat and rice and by spreading the use of herbicides which destroy field greens", losing crops like Coriander which traditionally supplied Vitamin A.
@mpjgregoire Seems like very good news (and a bit surprising to me, since yeah I remember when very promising human trials were announced a decade ago or so and I would have assumed the uptake would have been faster, particularly considering how prevalent GMO crops nonetheless have become in the intervening years). That being said I find the author's dismissal of caution in a general sense rather unconvincing, and not unlike the gambler who, when winning, then presumes it had been a sure bet.
Now accepting submissions for a new sports/parenting site: Dadspin
Sure, I'm neither a Dad nor a sportsfan. But that puts me as applicable for running this new site as the guy running Deadspin nowadays is, I love diving into impromptu projects, and I found https://toot.cat/users/garbados/statuses/103087203883838491 inspiring. So lets do this!
Lest you think I'm joking, you can see me struggling to learn Hugo as we speak over at https://dadspin.net/
@ink_slinger Actually, in all seriousness, about half of the Federated timeline on my Pleroma instance seems to be content I don't see an obvious connection to, so I'm not entirely sure why it's being federated to there (my lack of understanding what's actually going on with such federation being perhaps a worrying sign considering I'm running a fediverse instance, haha)
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@ink_slinger At least a few years since there've been white dove pins in their place, although I'm not sure if those have remained available themselves.
Definitely keep meaning myself to dig out an old red one and paint it, but I never seem to get around to it or find any of my old ones, which I'm sure I still have somewhere for some reason (I always seem to find them well away from November). Maybe if I see one dropped on the street.
Continuing to glacially slowly dial down the irony level in my "Vive la Free Strathcona!" bit
Looks like the local theatre has an election party going on at 18:00, but instead of that going into the night, at 21:30 there's a showing of Let The Right One In? Feels like cheeky scheduling.
@ink_slinger @mpjgregoire Yeah, I seem to remember there was some odd questions regarding that, very abstracted framing despite clearly being a proxy for the specific lines drawn over Bill 21. IIRC, I answered like a godless commie to one of the questions and not the other due to pedantically treating the specific wording, somehow ending up near the centre of the chart in stark contrast to previous elections where I've sometimes fallen off the chart in the top-left.
Did we used to get "I Voted" stickers for the Canadian Federal election, or am I misremembering? (I remember getting a sticker in my last *American* vote-by-mail ballot, but I swear I remember getting ones at polling stations too, so I didn't think it *wasn't* a Canadian thing. But American pop culture often overwrites our Canadian consciousnesses...)
@mpjgregoire There's a lot of weirdness with the CBC VoteCompass, which I suppose is inevitable when trying to map something as multifaceted as "how should we run society?" onto a 2D graph (and discrete points therein, which makes it even worse).
But there's a lot that's even a bit baffling within that; for instance, taking the mainstream definitions of "socially progressive" I can't really believe the Greens are moreso than the NDP. Just seems like they're equating fringe support & position.