Saturday, February 24, 2007

Confession: Am I a Conservative? UPDATED

Over the past couple years I have developed my political and personal beliefs. About three years ago I voted for NDP and in the 2004 federal election I voted for the Liberals, because I thought Stephen Harper was 'scary'. Thankfully I've seen the light and become more critical of what my professors and the media tells me to think. I still think the current Liberals (both Federal and provincial) are not fit to run our country/province. However, I'm beginning to wonder where my place is in the political ideological spectrum. I will explain my beliefs.

As indicated on the right in my profile I'm pro-same-sex marriage and against the death penalty. I don't believe in the death penalty because I think it goes against the whole philosophy of law. It's wrong to kill, but when we kill you it's okay: this just doesn't make any sense.

I'm pro-SSM but at the same time, I also believe in freedom of religion. Tolerance and respect are a two way street. If religious people are supposed to be "tolerant" of gay couples wanting to marry, then the GLT community should be respectful of people who hold beliefs about marriage being between one man and one woman. But therein lies a fundamental problem. While, I would argue that religion does not own the word 'marriage', but when 'rights' conflict, gay rights will always trump religious rights. I've written a long 30 page paper on this topic, and can't do justice to it in this short blog entry.

As for other political topics, I'm on the fence whether I'm pro-life/choice. I don't like when it's done as a form of birth control, and I am appalled that Canada does not have any abortions laws (especially 3rd trimester abortions), but at the same time, if I got pregnant today (over 5 years ago) I can't honestly say that I wouldn't consider an abortion. At the same time I argue against the created "women's reproductive rights". If we want men involved, and since they are a part of the creation of a baby, then it can't just be a one-sided 'right', even if women are the carriers.

I hate feminists as I have previously blogged about.

As for the environment: while the environment is important we should leave as less of a footprint as possible on this earth, I believe that the Church of Kyotology and their zenmasters Gore and Suzuki are just as susceptible to influences of money just as oil companies are. I'm also not sold on the 'science' that backs it up man-made global warming. Many of my fellow bloggers have done a great job of pointing to the holes in this new mass "crisis".

Somehow in all of this, 'The Sky is Falling' we have forgotten other very important issues: Health Care. On less controversial political topics like health care, I also have strong opinions. Thanks to the left: Tommy Douglas and our health care system have become national icons, and anyone who dare question universal health care is un-Canadian. But many fail to realize that Canada was not the first to have universal health care, that it's not the best in the world, and it's going to collapse in the next twenty years if changes are not implemented because of our aging population. I also despise it when people refer to changing our health care system to assume it to be "American-style health care". The American system is not a free-market system, it is actually very regulated, but at the same time the American health care system is the most expensive and ineffective of all the Western nations. If this topic interests you check out three books by David Gratzer. The truth is, health care will be a crisis because of our aging population and changes will have to be made that will include private health care. The sooner 'private' stops becoming a bad word in political discourse, the sooner we can take action.

The problem is, in an election or unstable minority parliament if Harper were to talk about private two-tired health care and how Kyoto is a fantasy, he will lose the next election. As Kim Campbell once said, "An election is no time to discuss serious issues".

In terms of economic policy, I understand the importance of understanding the economy and how it works. I actually believe that economics should be a mandatory course for students to graduate high school. I get really fired up when colleagues, and professors spew crap about how the world should be, but have no understanding of how the world works. Not that I have all the answers, but I'll give an example. My student union, who I work for but who doesn't speak to me, are always protesting something. The beef I take is the push for $10 minimum wage. These tree-hugging hippies can't even understand basic math. They profess on how they hate the evil multi-national corporations, but don't understand that $10/hr min. wage gives puts out the small businessman (I mean....businessperson....*hurl*) and actually gives more. I'll illustrate. Let's say a small business employs 10 employees, and extra 1$/hour for 10 full time workers in 1 year is $20,000! To a big corporation, that's pennies, to a small business owner that's a fortune. But somehow my hippie colleagues can't figure this out. And don't get me started with the constructed statistic of women's $0.71 of a man's $1.00...

I believe in universal education, but I believe that post-secondary education is a privilege and not a right, and that tuition fees should not be lowered.

I could go on about other issues like the military etc... But the problem is, in the Canadian political spectrum, with more and more parties moving to the left the conservatives have almost become the centre party, almost but not quite.

However, according to some of my fellow bloggers, I'm not a true conservative because of some of the issues in which what I believe. So where do I belong?

According to Michael Adams in this book, I am a moderate progressive swing voter in terms of US politics (see the last chapter in his book).

Will I vote Liberal one day in the future? Perhaps, but certainly not today. I'm not a political sciences student, so I don't know all the theories about liberalism, conservatism and the whole big and small letter L/l C/c. But, where Canadian federal politics stand, I am definitely Conservative (big C intended).

UPDATE: Thanks to one of my commentators, I did the political compass quiz and here's where I stand. Thanks for all your comments :-)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Good News: I'm going to be a grad student!

I've been accepted to my 4th choice for grad school. No word yet on amount of funding (I was told a couple more weeks), but I was told it would be "generous". Now just the waiting game.

I'm very impressed with this school because it only took two weeks for them to review my app. This could mean two things. Either they are on the ball, or didn't have that many people apply.

The reason why this school/program is my fourth choice is because I want to do a MA in Public Administration over an MA in Sociolgy. Even if Sociology departments/school programs offer me more money, I will still choose PA over Sociology.

Yah me!

Quote of the Month:

"Watching liberals play scientist is like observing a chimp while it attempts to operate an Easy-Bake oven. It's entertaining, but rather harmless." -- Rachel Marsden

Made me laugh out loud!!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Got Powerade?

Mooooove over "Got Milk?" and Sidney Crosby! Will cows one day be in Gatorade advertising?

Australia exports over 4 million cattle and sheep a year, mainly to the Middle East, but animal welfare concerns have prompted calls to ban the practice. Temperatures can soar to over 40 °C with 80 per cent humidity as ships pass through the tropics, causing the animals to become severely stressed, suffer respiratory distress, lose weight and even die.

Now a study aboard a ship bound for the Middle East has found that adding measured amounts of sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride to water increased the weight of 39 steers by 3 per cent compared to 40 steers that drank plain water (Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, vol 47, p 119).

Source: New Scientist

Why No Two Snow Flakes Are Alike

With all the snow that Ontario got last night, if you're home reading this because of a snow day, here's some interesting information about snowflakes.

In all that snow, however, scientists believe the chance that any two flakes are exactly alike is virtually zero. Why?

The answer, according to New York-based writer Mariana Gosnell, is in the way snowflakes form and fall to Earth. The process is detailed in her book Ice: the Nature, the History, and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance.

A snowflake begins to form when water vapor condenses around a speck of dust high in the clouds—up to six miles (ten kilometers) up—and then crystallizes.

How the water vapor keeps on condensing and where the snowflake falls "is what determines the way the snowflake, or snow crystal, looks when it lands on your coat sleeve," Gosnell said. "It is extremely sensitive to microenvironments."

Source: National Geographic

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Orgasm Workshop?

So THIS is where my $9.00 OPIRG $1.50 Trent Queer Collective and $2.75 Trent Women's Centre levies are going?

UPDATE: Picture of what link would show you:

Monday, February 05, 2007

REVIEW: Howie Mandel, No Big Deal

I had free tickets to see Howie Mandel Friday night at Casino Rama. My boyfriend and I went, and we were not impressed.

First, the show was 30 minutes late and it began with an older man singing "Oh Happy Day" on an endless loop. Some people starting clapping along, and even singing along, until it got irritating and people starting booing.

Finally the opening act, John Mendoza comes out. Of course everyone is cheering, thankful that they stopped playing that stupid song. Mendoza says, "You're thankful that's over, I have to listen to that every f-in night!" Mendoza was alright, my boyfriend thought he was funny, I thought he was alright. He did a schtick about ugly people, it wasn't anything original.

Finally, it was Howie's turn. Unfortunately, it was a complete disappointment. Howie's material was based on three things. His body parts, the audience and his wife. He began by talking about his ass hair, went on to talk about seeing a doctor and have his finger up his butt etc... and other things about his genitalia.

He starting asking the audience some questions, but wasn't getting the answers he was looking for, which made his off-the-cuff humour non existent.

Then, he couldn't stop talking about his wife. Normally, I would find this cute, but he just went on and on about her shopping habits.

He ended the show by showing us some of his hidden camera acts. He acted as a shampoo guy in a Supercuts. It was just boring slap stick and, again, nothing that original.

There was an older couple next to us, who actually got up and left in the middle of the show!

Don't believe me? This review concurs with a lot of what I saw!

Sadly Howie just adds to a running list of Canadian comics, that, aren't funny!