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More than a Promise Broken

The decision of the Federal Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to break their campaign platform promise of Election reform is a truly bad idea.

In the last election, the liberals promised a new era of transparency compared to the previous party in power and in some ways they have done that. However, this was a key campaign platform and many people voted for the Liberals instead of the Green Party or the NDP based on what they promised to do on election reform.

In recent years we have seen people’s views of politicians and the political system become more cynical. This is not without some merit if you look at the last campaign both in the US and Canada.

Many people were hoping that a change was happening from business as usual politics but it looks like it is just more of the same. I found it striking to read tweets and Facebook posts by supporters of the party and I found them very similar to supports of the Conservative party defending a policy that the public did not think was right.

Beyond the issue, itself is the fact that this will make more people more disappointed and cynical about politicians and the political system in general. Having more of the electorate disengage and not being as informed can be a dangerous thing. People are more likely to believe fake news sites and other sources of misinformation.

This issue could have been handled much better. Make a decision on what sort of voting system would be best and put it to the citizens in a referendum. In this way, if the majority of voters did not like the idea then you could say you put it to the people. Instead, all this has done is anger many people who took a chance and wanted change. Those that do choose to participate in the voting process again may not be as trusting in future. And that is the real shame.

It’s real simple to understand

Women and People of Color should be treated the same as white men. Until they are treated the same, we as white men are ‘privileged’. We should do all we can to change this.

How difficult to understand that everyone regardless of sex, race or anything else should be treated equally. That’s it, it’s really that simple. It’s the 21st century and Women still make between 65% to 75% of what Men do for the same job. People of Color have to put up with so much more crap then white folks just based on skin color.

It’s unbelievable in this modern age we are still having to deal with this instead of moving on and solving other issues. And frankly, I’m getting tired of hearing excuses and whining from those who feel threatened by change. Grow up, and if you can’t then please don’t waste my time with excuses. The world has far too many important things to do then put up with this.

Slow TV

 

Image courtesy BBC

Quite often when writing or working on another task at my desk I like to have something playing in the background. Sometimes it’s music but other times I’ll take to watching things on Youtube. There is a new thing happening in the last few years that originated from Norway. It’s called slow TV.

Slow TV basically is just an unedited event that can span several hours without any interruption and usually (but not always) no dialog. A good example of that would be the log fire burning in a fireplace broadcast that some TV stations put on over Christmas day.

The concept is actually started years ago with things such as driver views from trains and subways in Europe designed to appeal to rail enthusiasts. It has now moved on to a much larger audience.

Some recent examples from Norway include ferry and train journeys. Just like white noise, they can help to focus or just as a way to relax.

Recently I’ve discovered a variation of slow tv from the BBC. James May of Top Gear fame has made a show now in its second season called “The Reassembler”. In it, May takes an ordinary household object and reassembles it while giving some interesting stories about the object.

The components are completely disabled and laid out every so neatly on a white worktable. (OCD people will want to pause and just stare at the pieces perfectly laid out with military precision and spacing.) He then takes several pieces at a time to his workbench and begins to assemble them. Items have included a lawnmower, an old stand mixer, and a phone set.

As a tinkerer, there is something fascinating about watching these objects go back together but also the commentary that goes along with it is strangely relaxing as well. I find I have watched these and then I watch them again while doing other tasks.

In this highly stressful world with many distractions and things that get one’s blood pressure up, it is nice to find something that can relax you.

All of these programs can be found on services such as Netflix and Youtube.

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