Ford is that guy who fancies himself a shade tree mechanic and when the real mechanic tells him the brakes are going to go, he decides he knows better, refuses to replace them, and drives around until he kills someone. Then he blames the real mechanic for not fixing the brakes.
And his friends all agree with him because the real mechanic is just an elite asshole anyway, trying to sell brakes to those who don't really need them, and shade tree mechanic Dougie knows how to keep cars on the road.

They never explore their logic.
Because they really, really hate those elite mechanics. And they'd rather let Dougie drive around killing people with his broken down brakes than admit the mechanic might have been right.

When political partisanship trumps human life, what's next?
Every morning now, I need to either rant a little (sorry) or choose a course of avoidance.

I'm a little tired of avoidance this week (sorry).

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7 Apr
I had to stay off Twitter for a while because I kept accidentally running into the narrative that the reason the pandemic became so deadly in certain provinces was because the feds "failed" on vaccines.

Stupidity and dogma make me cranky when they cause death. Go figure.
It's not even that it isn't true. Even if it were true, and it was a failure, it was a known failure. Like knowing your paycheque is going to be X dollars but buying that unnecessary thing that costs X+ and then blaming your employer because the bill collectors come knocking.
Let's pretend they failed big. Let's pretend they could have pirated or stolen or made deals with the devil to get 38 million vaccines in March and didn't. Let's pretend that.

How does that let premiers who *knew* that off the hook for managing the reality?
Read 6 tweets
6 Apr
In Nova Scotia. I just booked an AZ vaccine for my cousin who is in the 55-60 age group. There were hundreds of location choices. It took about twenty clicks to find a suitable location with an available appointment. About 15 minutes.
Most sites are pharmacies and are scattered all over the place, even one locally in a town of less than 3000 people. (But they're only booking 70+ at the moment.)

Site updates in real time, so I did lose one because I stopped to make a coffee in the middle of filling the form.
Was straightforward. Easy to understand and simple to fill out.

You do have to do a fair bit of clicking to find an available spot - no central registry, but I think that's the logistical trade off for being able to pick your location.

8/10 stars.
Read 8 tweets
5 Apr
A walk in the woods on a rainy spring day.

This owl followed us around and Molly made a game of finding every tree it landed upon. When she wasn't flushing pheasants, that is. ImageImage
Mosses are spectacular this time of year, especially in the rain. I see the chairs by the duck/dog pond need a painting this summer. ImageImage
Then she waited patiently while I took far too many shots of the bog. In a few months this will look like a tropical forest with five-six foot high wood ferns. ImageImage
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4 Apr
Would a political party in Canada try to fail and let people die because that's the best way to win an election or because they feel that's the price the economy demands?

Six months ago I would have taken a strip off anyone saying that.

Today, I'm honestly really not sure.
It feels like this internal question I keep asking myself is trying to literally break me in half, sometimes.
I do not mean to suggest anyone is sitting around gaming which ten people will get on the last lifeboat, but I am suggesting that *where there was no need* to choose, where most people could have been saved, they chose to pander to groups and placed the economy before people.
Read 5 tweets
21 Feb
One of the reasons I'm so agitated by the response to the #FireGallant situation is that I'm currently engaged in what is best described as the "deprogramming" of a beloved niece who went to Alberta and fell into a @cherylgallant type rabbit hole.
The first week she just ranted and raved about Trudeau being a pedophile and communist agents taking over the Liberal party and the clear drive to turn Canada into a slave state. "You used to love Canada!" she screamed at me in frustration.
She's irrational and deeply frightened and claims the vaccine is simply a way to finish off what the virus started, turning us all into automotons.

She was a pretty normal teenager. More peace and love and hippie beads than the darkness she's in now.
Read 6 tweets
20 Feb
Hello Twitter Followers.

Yes, I am on a mission. And I need your help.

Please peruse the #FireGallant tag and share the tweets that best represent how you feel or make your own fresh, awesome, original tweet with the tag #FireGallant. Tag @erinotoole and @CPC_HQ too!
It's just Twitter - but I've watched immense pressure on social media cause politicians to do things - just to shut us up.

So, let's be loud. And united. If we all raise our voices - even in simple, straightforward ways, they *will* hear us.

Let's *do* democracy.
This is the *one, single* advantage we have over the asshats: there are more of us.

They're just louder.

If we want to keep our democracy healthy, we need to get loud, too.

We can do this.
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