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  1. Who is going to live there? And communism doesn’t inspire visits. In my province, it’s one of the very few sunny winter locations accessible by a single flight.
  2. I think Lenin brought in something a little more sweeping than a tax on the very wealthy. No major political party in Canada proposes an end to the market economy.
  3. One question, as always: will the NDP vote hold up or will many of their number assess the grim realities of FPTP and plump for JT in the end as the lesser of two weevils.
  4. He is correct to be concerned about cell phone bills and tax avoidance schemes. They are serious problems that weren’t tackled by Harper or Trudeau.
  5. JT’s first problem is that the election call was unpopular. Most people don’t see a need for one now. Secondly, O’Toole comes across as a calm, reasonable and reassuringly uncharismatic candidate not too affected by the zanier enthusiasms of the right, so it’s hard to paint him as a fire-breathing extremist. His personal story plays well too, especially when compared to the incumbent. However, the protesters at Trudeau’s rallies are a serious matter and could swing sympathy behind him if things deteriorate. I give Singh credit for raising two issues that bested our last two PMs - the cell phone oligopoly and the inability of CRA to get to grips with tax evasion and the ‘completely legal’ loopholes enjoyed by Trudeau’s trust fund buddies.
  6. I doubt Harper would want to lead the party in opposition again. In his last campaign, which he foolishly lengthened, he looked tired up against JT and he’d be over 65 before he’d get a chance to be PM. As a private citizen he can express what he really thinks which is to the right of how he governed. Three terms is enough for anybody,
  7. I looked at the video at the beginning of this thread. Floyd may have been lying about claustrophobia or it may have been genuine. It certainly does not look at all like opioid overdose as anyone who has seen Narcan videos from Vancouver knows. For whatever reason(s), Floyd looks highly agitated. I have no reason to change my opinion on cause of death here.
  8. I’m going on the visual and chemical evidence I have seen already of the actual death, none of which supports fentanyl or any opioid intoxication. In this other evidence you speak of, has the respiratory rate etc. been assessed? As several experts pointed out during the trial, in fentanyl fatalities one would expect a low respiratory rate before death and probably diminished consciousness, possibly snoring. A person about to die from fentanyl poisoning lacks respiratory drive which is why they die. They are not aware of their hypoxia unlike a person being choked who struggles frantically in the initial stages.
  9. Floyd wasn’t behaving like somebody about to stop breathing from fentanyl poisoning.
  10. Where is the evidence supporting a fatal fentanyl level? Dr. Martin Tobin’s analysis of the video led him to conclude that fentanyl was not a significant factor in death here.
  11. This sort of thing is just daft: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/17/us/police-air-fresheners.html?referringSource=articleShare At the very least, the US needs federal standards on policing (if any exist, they need to be greatly improved) and a federal register of law-enforcement officers to track and root out bad apples. There seems to be a chaotic approach to this at the moment.
  12. Actually, that was a typo on my part. It should have read: Making a serious mistake that leads to another person’s death may be considered accidental and can lead to criminal prosecution.
  13. Making a serious mistake that leads to another person’s death may be considered accidental and can lead to criminal prosecution. Anybody who intends to drive in the UK should know that driving on the wrong side of the road over there and killing somebody may lead to conviction and potentially a prison sentence or some type of community service. https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/18870459.wrong-way-fatal-crash-driver-caroline-bourgois-emmet-admonished/ Caroline Emmet would have been far less familiar with driving in the UK than the 26 year police veteran Potter was with the difference between a taser and gun. Same in NZ: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/395673/family-of-man-killed-by-driver-in-wrong-side-of-road-say-sentence-not-enough
  14. Actually, it’s easy to notice both. Mass-killings are a bizarre aspect of American life that the people down there seem to accept.
  15. On the mass-killing front, though, the US is an outlier. It has become a feature of their culture that they seem unable to do anything about.
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