Octospider

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16 year olds should legally be allowed to vote in my opinion

Seriously it really grinds my gears that the Canadian government thinks that 16 years olds are mature and intelligent enough to drive a car, work a full-time job, pay taxes, apply for a passport, and are able to live independently on their own without a parent or guardian if they want to and get married with parent consent....

Octospider,

Canadians don’t even want proportional representation. Improving our democracy isn’t important. So, I can’t imagine they would support 16 year olds voting.

Octospider,

If he’s a “hard follower” of Joe Rogan than he likely won’t be interested in other content. Rogan is a fool, but that’s why people find him appealing. Content that is insightful and educational is the opposite of the junk food of Rogan.

Maybe instead, when Rogan says something like “Bro did you know like the pineal gland of the chimpanzee produces anti-covid hormones? This is just what I’ve heard. Look it up. By the way did you see the tree growing in my toilet?” You can help your sibling by teaching them ways to think, reason, and critically evaluate the BS that freely flows from the Roganverse.

Octospider,

Who are you, who are so wise in the ways of science?

Octospider,

Conservatives are way ahead in the polls. Apparently, less environmental protection is acceptable to most of us.

Toronto Public Library accused of anti-Palestinian racism after abrupt removal of work by Gazan poet (ricochet.media)

Toronto Public Library branch removed a poem by a celebrated Palestinian poet killed in an Israeli airstrike in December, following pressure from pro-Israel lobby group B’nai Brith Canada, a move that advocates are calling a clear example of anti-Palestinian racism....

Octospider,

Try putting up a poster of anybody kidnapped by Hamas. Won’t last a day anywhere in the city. Not a tear shed about their human experiences.

Octospider,

Nothing is banned in Toronto because bans are not enforced.

The police only have >$1 billion. We can’t expect them to do their jobs.

Octospider,

Sometimes on the news or social media, I’ll hear about some well-known musician, author, etc, who has died. There’s been occasions where I check out their material and suddenly become a fan.

Have you heard of Daniel Dennett? Check him out.

Octospider,

May as well start an outdoor trance rave while they are there. What’s the worst that could happen.

International students will be allowed to work 24 hours a week starting in September (ca.news.yahoo.com)

OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Marc Miller says international students will be able to work off-campus up to 24 hours per week starting in September. The Liberals temporarily waved the 20-hour cap on work hours for international students during the COVID-19 pandemic in a bid to ease labour shortages. That waiver expires...

Octospider,

I’m glad we continue to allow international students to work. When we couple them with temporary foreign workers, maybe one day we can ensure no Canadians are employed.

If your company can’t afford to pay Canadians and instead needs to exploit overseas workers, then your company shouldn’t exist.

Octospider,

I hear that Hamas listens to liberal college students from Western countries. It’s really their core demographic.

Octospider,

I’m betting they instead continue to make record profits all through May.

Octospider,

I know this sounds heartless, but it’s not our responsibility to ensure international students are employed.

Octospider,

I’m rooting for the day nobody cares about this type of thing.

Octospider,

Religion can make otherwise good people do bad things.

Boycott or not, Canadians are paying for Galen Weston’s castle (ricochet.media)

Last October, cabinet minister François-Philippe Champagne joined the CBC’s Rosemary Barton to discuss what the government billed as a series of new measures to stabilize the spiraling price of groceries. Even with this somewhat conservative framing onhand (“stabilizing” prices, it should go without saying, isn’t the...

Octospider,

Poilieve’s campaign manager is an active lobbyist for Loblaws. Conservatives are way ahead in the polls.

Things are going to go from unaffordable to starving.

Octospider,

Do you remember when Sun Chips changed their chip bag material to a more environmentally friendly compostable material? People lost their minds. Why? Because the bag crinkled a lot. All of the boring late night talk shows made fun of Sun Chips bags. So, they switched it back to the old bags.

Moral of the story is that people don’t care if something is better for the environment if it inconveniences them now. If everything was in cans people would cry because they can’t close them or whatever. In fact, many items that were previously sold in cans are now plastic. Also, money… Cheaper to wrap water in plastic.

You can still buy Coca-cola in glass bottles if you look hard enough. But they are pricey.

Octospider,

I’ve found the term “independence” to be ambiguous when discussing Taiwan. Everyone knows Taiwan is effectively an independent state. But in practice, it is less clear where the government or people of Taiwan stand on the topic. For example, Taiwan has agreed to participate in the Olympics under an ambiguous name, Chinese Taipei. Which is purposively designed to appease notions of independence from China.

For me, it would encompass the idea of a formal declaration of the Taiwan state. Perhaps even renaming the country from RoC to Taiwan to further solidify that notion, which I think does not have popular support in Taiwan. In fact, the PRC has clearly stated that military action would occur if Taiwan “declared independence”. So, instead of “declaring independence”, I hear that Taiwan instead says “well, we don’t have to declare independence, because we already are. So, we aren’t going to declare it.” Which to me sounds like: “We would officially and unambiguously declare independence, but we are afraid of what the PRC would do if we did. So, instead we are going to act like we don’t have to do it because we already are independent… even though we won’t declare it”. I don’t know… I’m probably just confused.

Octospider,

I’ve heard it said that a society is 3 missed meals away from a revolution. You make food increasingly unobtainable and people are going to lash out. I saw $10 for a loaf of bread the other day.

Octospider,

Some Millennials are now in their forties. “Now is the time?” Now it’s too late. These generations have missed so many milestones. We don’t need “progress in delivering policies” - whatever the hell that means. We need to afford a house, food, and other necessities for life. We want to start families of our own. At this point, we all know nothing will happen.

Octospider,

Your kid doesn’t need a phone. If you want them to have a phone, then a flip phone that allows them to call you.

Octospider,

I’ve been burned before using crowdfunding. I’ll believe it when I see it for sale, and then I’ll get one

Octospider,

Every “Why?” question when it comes to the motives of business people and corporations in a capitalist system can be answered with:

Money. The pursuit of endless profit at the expense of everything else.

Octospider,

But, “nobody wants to work”, “there’s a labour shortage”…etc…etc…

It’s almost like we can’t survive when our capitalist overlords don’t want to provide decent wages.

Octospider,

War is like really super profitable though. So, on one hand we could potentially save the planet… but on the other hand we could get some short term profits. Tough call.

Octospider,

But, according to the government, “we have a labour shortage”.

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