I'm going to be taking this website in a new direction over the next couple weeks and months.
#AccessibilityforAbleds is a weird hashtag. If they were "Able" then they wouldn't need accommodating. Why is it so wrong to say people are suffering from DISABILITY and need a little extra help to participate in society?
As someone who chaired the Accessibility Advisory Committee in our community, I think this virtual signalling nonsense needs to stop. Call a spade a spade.
I have glasses, which are considered a disability, and I don't care if you call it that. My glasses limit me in ways that people with perfect sight are not limited. It's not about treating someone differently it's about providing the services and means for them not to be seen as different. Calling them "abled" not only sounds ridiculous but doesn't point out the problem. Acknowledging "disability," tells people it is a part of our society that needs help. Telling everyone you are "abled" says you don't need any help to fill in any gaps created by your disability.
I swear if liberals spent as much time on resolving issues as they do on finding new names for them we'd have cured half the things that ail Canadians in just 4 years.
First, yet another stupid ignorant message comparing COVID-19 (why are we still calling it coronavirus?) to diabetes and heart disease.
We spend $Millions in public education getting people to eat healthier and avoid diabetes and heart disease. Should we stop because there's a greater risk of getting killed in a car accident or dying of food poisoning?
Why do people have to die for it to be taken seriously? Isn't it bad enough to get sick or even deathly ill? I don't know about you but like diabetes and heart disease I think taking steps to avoid getting COVID-19 just makes sense.
This message would have been good if they'd just treated COVID-19 like the others and said wash your hands but instead they chose to mock the people who have died and not focus on the illness itself. This is probably the same type of person who runs out every year to get their flu shot because they don't want to get sick.
This pic is from a Costco. Stupid people. I get buying enough to be comfortable but you can't eat toilet paper.
My local NoFrills had tonnes of toilet paper, this whole panic buying nonsense is getting weary. I had no problems at all buying everything I needed today food and medicine wise, but then I wasn't looking for N95 masks either. A decent cold syrup, some other supplies and lots of canned goods.
I went to NoFrills and Shoppers and both were stocked just fine. I didn't hear a single cough from anyone at NoFrills so at least if people are sick they've got the decency to stay home or shop during quieter times. At Shoppers the two clerks were talking about how someone was making and selling masks online, great way to profit off the panic I guess.
So yeah, no panicking, everyone doing their normal shopping. I saw one person (out of 29) with 4 cases of water but that's probably a normal purchase around here. I bought one case myself, not because of COVID-19 but rather because my coffee maker likes bottled water for some reason.
If you go grocery shopping I recommend buying for 3 weeks, lots of canned goods, oats, lots of non-perishables. It's a good time to skip the sweets and go with practical foods instead. Grab a bottle or two of cold medicine just in case, at least 1 per person in your household. And that's about it.
There is one good thing to be said about all of these idiots gutting toilet paper supplies, you leave lots of food and medicine for the rest of us behind (no pun intended).
Be a smart shopper and you'll do just fine, but seriously, cases of toilet paper? It's not "that" kind of virus folks.
How mismanaging a potential crisis unfolds in Canada.
On February 1st there was maybe 1 or 2 cases (not entirely sure so we'll say 2) of coronavirus in Canada (now known as COVID-19).
March 6, There are now 51 cases of COVID-19 in Canada; 26 in Ontario, 21 in B.C., 3 in Quebec and one in Alberta. All but one of the B.C. cases have been linked to travel to affected areas.
Interesting to note, the Canadian health website states there are only 45 cases proving once again how the government can't even keep their own public information up to date and accurate. It states that this was up to date as of March 5, today is March 6, this means that 6 cases have come forward in less than 24 hours.
But hey, it's all just a hoax or it's all completely contained right, nothing to see here.
Disturbingly, we've tested more people in Canada than the US has in their country!
CANADA "As of March 4, 2020, the National Microbiology Laboratory has confirmed 519 negative cases and 14 positive cases of COVID-19."
USA "United States: 445 concluded tests, of which 14 positive (3.1% positivity rate)"
That being said, the US will soon have the capability to test 1 Million Americans. Canada, meh!
"On March. 2, Dr. Stephen Hahn, FDA Commissioner, announced that the US will have, by the end of the week, the ability to perform 1 million tests."
The attached chart shows how no one source can provide accurate information, however, as Canada has performed more tests than the US yet does not appear on the list. Clearly lists and reports are biased to display only certain countries. Whether this is economically or politically motivated is uncertain.
Data sources: Health Canada, and, https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/
The interesting thing I've noticed is that they say you should spend 20-25 seconds or so washing your hands. Too often you walk into a retail/restaurant bathroom. Press the tap to turn on the water, get soap, and by the time your hands are lathered up the water has stopped (10-15 seconds). Then you have to touch the dirty tap in order to get the water flowing again. Seems if they really want us to wash our hands and improve public health they would make taps that run for 30 seconds.
And what is the new obsession with hand dryers. It's great, your hands get dry. But what if you want to wipe the sweat from your brow or clean your eyeglasses? Mandatory hand dryers discriminate against those wanting to clean their glasses at the same time while they are in the washroom. It is really saving the Earth by replacing biodegradable paper towels with electricity generated heat (and we won't even get into things like dust and microbes that just love dryers)?
The question is: Okay, bear with me and my simple mind... you get run over on a four lane highway by a driver that couldn’t stop in time or did not see you in the first place as you are protesting...who is at fault and can be held liable? ~CM
My response is: That's a good question. Many of these so called protests (I call domestic terrorism) are well marked, however, I'd have to wonder. If you honestly didn't know there was a protest and the police weren't there to adequately warn you you could find yourself accidentally running one of these idiots over.
Since pedestrians aren't allowed on primary roadways really they are at fault for being out there. Some US States I've noticed will allow motorists to continue through the human blockade because standing in the middle of the road like this is illegal everywhere in North America (that I'm aware of).
Legal protests are only allowed so many metres up away from the roadway on the shoulder or on the sidewalk in urban settings and even then I think only certain roadways as on a highway would be deemed an unsafe distraction to motorists (like a bright roadside sign).
Memes like this are some of the most ignorant things I've read so far. This and there's one about suicide as well. Coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it's really called, displaying even more how long this crap has been circulating) is not caught by choice.
You can choose to seek help before committing suicide just as you can choose not to eat the chips. Stop being ignorant and stupid blindly reposting memes like this comparing two very different things it's just beneath you. What's next, a meme comparing "coronavirus" to gun deaths?
I don't know the economic status of the people who died from COVID19 but I'm guessing that most of them aren't "rich". Why are "some" deaths acceptable to some people?
If this killed 3,100 people in Canada or the United States would we have such a nonchalant attitude about it?
I am beginning to wonder if our racist attitudes don't lie in avoiding the people who "might" have the virus but rather in those affected by it. First I read how it's okay not to be concerned because it's killing Chinese. Next, it's only killing old people who are sick already. And now...
There are times online when I have questions and feel compelled to just put it all out there in hopes of a reasonable and well thought out discussion;. Unfortunately that discussion rarely touches on reasonable or well thought out in the end. Some times what I say might hurt my chances at going somewhere in life, like to political office, but I can not sell out my morals and ethics to the devil just to get a posh seat at the table. I am and will remain honest with myself first to the grave, if you don't like it why are you reading this website at all?
Do Americans not understand satire? I'm not trying to be mean here I'm serious...
It seems every time someone posts a story which is clearly satire (like Joe Biden stepping out of the race to lend support to Biden) their immediate reaction is "this is fake news" (which by the way I find more ignorant a response than comparing coronavirus to diabetes or suicide rates). Of course its fake, usually that's what satire is. For the undereducated, this is a SATIRE website https://www.theonion.com
It seems that Americans can't seem to grasp the concept of satire. This goes back a long way in observations and includes friendly bantering with sarcasm.
I remember as a teenager my friends and I were cutting each other up with sarcasm and their American cousin just sat there mouth open stunned that we were so insulting toward each other. It must be a regional thing I'm sure but I find very few Americans seem to get satire and sarcasm (both meant in a positive way not actually demeaning).
Like I said, I'm not trying to be mean or rude, it just seems like Canadians use satire and sarcasm far more often than many Americans and I wonder why. With all the "free speech" in the US you'd think they'd take the opportunity often to cut each other up. Perhaps that's the problem though, when they do everyone takes things down there so damned seriously that you'd have to worry about being sued constantly. Ironic how they give everyone free speech and then others the ability to profit off of it (this is sarcasm, obviously lawsuits are based on slanderous comments, however, it just goes to show sometimes how "not free" their "free speech" really is).
Dictionary.com defines satire as,
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the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
Satire is used to show foolishness or corruption in people, organizations, or governments, by using sarcasm or irony. ... Satire is often used as an attempt to bring about social or political change or to prevent it. Satire can be achieved by using irony, sarcasm, juxtaposition, double entendres, and exaggeration.
The meme below is an example of satire, which is backed up by the article link as being "not true". An example of satire. Corona beer sales are fine, this is just jokingly linking the beer name and deadly virus and pointing out the prevalent IQ of people who actually think beer sales have declined or the few who think coronavirus is linked to the beer itself. It's called satire. It's called humour. https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/03/03/business/28reuters-china-health-constellation.html
This website section uses a lot of satire and sarcasm to get points across. if you don't like it why are you reading this website at all?