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I do not belong to any party. If I am criticizing what you say, it's because I think you're full of nonsense not because I belong "to the other side".
18 Nov
The UCP wants to remove this "because of costs". #ableg #abpoli /1

edmonton.ctvnews.ca/province-remov…
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
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18 Nov
I see it's "All Hands On Deck" to defend #ABTraceTogether, with the Matts and the Minister going at it flat out trying to convince Albertans that the app is just fine.

It's not, and it never will be - here's why: #abpoli #ableg /1
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
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16 Nov
"Religious gatherings aren't the problem"... /1

#abpoli #ableg #COVID19AB Image
So ... quick google search turns up the following: (and this is in the period from August through October) /2 Image
... a quick sum of the total cases this covers is some 292 cases. /3

Why is this?

It's pretty simple: Religious gatherings _ARE_ social gatherings. By far, the majority of people attend church in part to meet their social needs.
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24 Oct
O'Toole is, once again doing the standard conservative tactic of lying.
First of all, it wasn't exactly the case that First Nations were supporting the Northern Gateway project in the first place:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enbridge_… /2
Second, Enbridge's general inaction on the conditions imposed on approval strongly suggests that the project was already shelved by 2014/15. /3

cbc.ca/news/business/…
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24 Oct
[Thread] So, let's have a little talk about the significance of Pierre Trudeau's "middle finger salute" and Alberta politics. /1
It seems that even 40 odd years on, there are some in Alberta who refuse to let go of what happened in the past, and still want to argue that it was some big slight to Alberta (especially). /2

globalnews.ca/news/7417011/a…
Except, when they do this, these people forget the context in which that infamous salute happened.

It was protests over official bilingualism, and protestors were hurling epithets at the PM's train as it went by that in today's language would be understood to be racism. /3
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7 Oct
Let's talk a little about subtleties in writing - word weighting, bias, etc. #abpoli /1

calgaryherald.com/opinion/column…
Mr. Braid's column seems to suggest that we should be "surprised" at the harsh tone and lack of cooperation between the UCP governing party and the NDP opposition. /2
It would be easy to read this snippet and think "well, it's really both of them that are at fault here". Except it's not. /3
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16 Sep
I'm sure that whatever gets proposed in the Throne Speech on September 23, we will get one response from the political RW: "We can't afford it" - especially if it's any form of UBI #cdnpoli /1
BUT - the real question is "can we afford not to"? The COVID-19 shut-in of the economy revealed some very interesting things about our existing social safety net - especially EI. /2
First of all, it showed us that the employment economy has changed, more substantially than our politicians realized. /3
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4 Sep
[Thread] It seems that Danielle Smith has forgotten a little bit of basic history (fairly recent stuff too) #ableg #abpoli /1

calgaryherald.com/opinion/column…
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
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1 Sep
A little bit on the NDP's over-the-top attack on Chrystia Freeland's grandfather.

I'm going to approach this from a human factors perspective, because the attacks are making a number of very broad assumptions that deserve to be addressed. /1
First of all, C. Freeland was born in 1968 - 20 years after the end of WWII.

This is significant. Her grandfather was born in 1905, so he was 63 when she was born. /2
That means, for all intents and purposes, she came to know him in the 1970s, and he passed away when she was 16 - still a high school student. /3
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26 Aug
So, I see once again the "Real Names Only" on social media crowd is getting going over this story. /1 #cdnpoli #abpoli

cbc.ca/news/canada/ca…
I'm going to say this again:

Go down this road, you effectively muzzle women online and deny them a voice. /2
Many women online take an anonymous handle _because_ they have been stalked, doxed, and harassed IRL, and putting their identity out there creates a real danger to themselves and their families. /3
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22 Aug
Since our conservative media has decided that "Canadians are lazy", let's take apart the latest pile of steaming garbage that The Globe and Mail decided to not paywall. /1

#cdnpoli

theglobeandmail.com/opinion/articl…
This thing is basically conservative talking point bingo in one 700 word column.

a) Workers are lazy
b) Borrowing money is "placing a burden on future generations"
c) You can _NEVER_ pay people more than they would get from working /2
Let's begin. We start with the concept of "Moral Hazard". /3
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19 Aug
Let's talk a bit about the ways media bias creeps into our discourse. /1
I'm going to point to two articles, both of which are based on the same Associated Press piece. /2
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6 Aug
[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.

npr.org/2020/04/14/834…
/2
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
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25 Jul
Remember Bill Smith? Ran in 2017 to unseat Mayor Nenshi on #yyccc?

This is him today: cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…

/1
This guy was the conservatives' chosen candidate in 2017, and they poured money into his campaign by the truckload.

To the extent that his name was all over the Saddledome during Flames games - that's not cheap whether it was direct ad buy or a "gift" from the Flames. /2
... and it's good to remember that the developers declared war on Nenshi in 2013: /3

globalnews.ca/news/502394/ex…
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13 Jul
[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

fairpress.ca/jesse-browns-l…
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21 Jun
So, working at home should come with a pay cut?

I don't think so. Here's why: /1

globalnews.ca/news/7090216/c…
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
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7 May
Want some idea what the "pro-gun" crowd really wants? Read the following tirade:

albertapressleader.ca/trudeau-gun-ba…
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:

albertapressleader.ca/poll-are-you-i… /2
I want to address a few things in more detail, but I'll start off with the claim that firearms = $9Bn in economic activity.

If that makes you suspicious, it should. The firearms market in Canada simply isn't that big. What this number appears to include is "soup to nuts". /3
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5 May
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
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18 Apr
The US has turned capitalism into a religion.

Consider the following: /1
If you even dare suggest that "free markets" need to be regulated, you now get a lecture on how "socialism doesn't work" - as if regulation is a unique feature of socialism (it isn't). /2
If you question whether certain fields should be profit making ventures (healthcare, education come to mind), you get lectured on how private enterprise is "more efficient". /3
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14 Apr
[Thread] With all of the foofurrah over testing #hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for #COVID19, I decided to go looking to see what the evidence was in the medical literature. #abpoli #cdnpoli
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

drugs.com/hydroxychloroq…
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7 Apr
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
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