This is a classic example of the UCP government making penny-ante changes in the name of "cost savings". Meanwhile, the government is funnelling millions in money through the "War Room" and other blatantly political expenditures. /2
Saying that the living wall is an "unnecessary expenditure" is really more of a "let's poke people in the eye again" to see if they react. /3
At the end of the day, it's using iOS APIs in ways that they are NOT supposed to be used. _EVER_. This is a hard line in Apple's iOS environment.
I had a similar experience professionally a number of years ago which is illustrative as to why this is a bad idea. /2
At the time, the company I was working with was migrating our product to Windows, and the decision was made to use Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQL) with Microsoft Clustering Services (MSCS) for redundancy.
All of this is fine - in fact both choices made sense. /3
In general, the conservative/libertarian mantra of "gotta balance the budget at all costs" (slash-and-burn cuts), and "OMG, taxes are _TOO_ high" (tax cuts for the wealthy) just makes me angry because it is short sighted, and narrow minded. /2
But Smith's reasoning in today's column is exceptionally misguided, both because it fails entirely to understand historical context, but also because some of it is simply outright wrong. /3
[Thread]: What follows is speculative, more my own musings on some of the gambits that Trump may attempt to use to remain in office. /1
The first point I want to make here is that while most of this ignores both the US Constitution and the conventions that have evolved around the Constitution and elections, Trump himself has argued that he has absolute powers in an emergency.
This is an important assertion: Trump THINKS this way - regardless of whether he's "right" or not, this is how he looks at things (and he clearly has a collection of people around him who are quite willing to play along). /3
[Thread] If you're screaming about the whole WE business with the LPC, and wondering why I'm not losing my shit over this, here's why: /1 #cdnpoli#ableg#abpoli
The whole affair lacks substance. Lots of indirect connections which could easily be drawn with just about any political party and any large charity org. (Politicians love charity photo ops for good reason) /2
Second, most of the thing seems to be originating out of Canadaland, and the more I see, the more it looks like someone in Canadaland is settling an old score with either WE, or Trudeau (both?). /3
1) Most jobs where "work from home" is possible are knowledge work. In other words, my employer is paying me for the expertise and ability in my head in the first place. It's not a "occupy a station on the assembly line" job. /2
1a) If you're going to cut my salary because of where I choose to work from, you're basically saying that you don't value my knowledge. /3
Okay - Alberta Press Leader is pretty much hardcore Alberta conservative on everything, so the content and tone of the letter isn't surprising to me. After all, 97% of the respondents to this poll said they wanted open carry:
Dear @AndrewScheer: Next time you want to criticize the government's aid to citizens, maybe try not inferring that Canadians as a whole are a lazy lot who only work when a gun is put to their head? #cdnpoli
Something that seems to elude the #CPC's deep thinkers these days is that not only has #COVID19 been a major shockwave to the world's economy, but that it has revealed how bad that economy has become for actual people. /2
Canadians are willing workers, what they aren't is willing slaves.
Decades of wage suppression have left many so far behind the curve that they cannot possibly make ends meet without holding down multiple jobs. /3
For clarity, I am not a doctor, so it is entirely possible that I have misread aspects of these papers. I will happily accept correction from those who are more qualified than I am in these matters. /2
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is a well known drug with a long history, and well known but potentially very serious side effects. /3
Let's talk a bit about Jason Kenney's lovely little bit of legislative overreach with #Bill10 wherein he's given himself the power to simply create whatever laws he likes while there's a public health emergency. #ableg#abpoli /1
The need to suspend / modify the workings of various parts of things during a public emergency is a normal part of good governance. It's more than passing strange for the government to give itself the blanket right to create random laws without legislative oversight, though. /2
You know it's bad when one of Kenney's staunchest allies - John Carpay over at JCCF - is critical this move: jccf.ca/alberta-govern… /3