Anonymous asked: Although i'm not a fan of Harper, i am happy that he won the 2011 federal election over Ignatieff. I could not imagine how our Country would be run under Ignatieff and although Harper is not the best Prime minister, I think he was one of the best choices at the time

allthecanadianpolitics:

Considering what Harper has done since 2011, I would not agree:

-Passed Omnibus bill C-10 to further the conservatives tough on crime agenda (despite Canada’s crime being at a record low). Source (x)

-Removed the Long Gun Registry, despite widespread opposition (including the police who find it invaluable in crime prevention). Source (x)

-Withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol; the only country in the world to do so. Source (x)

-The PMO became involved with a secret money cover up (the Senate Scandal). Source (x)

-Prorogued Parliament AGAIN for political purposes (2013). Source (x)

-Was found in Contempt of Parliament (first time this has ever happened in the British Commonwealth). Source (x)

-Bev Oda steps down for overspending on the public’s dime. Source (x)

-The Harper government cut half the staff BC’s fisheries and oceans department and closed all but 5 of their offices in BC right before that department was planning on doing an assessment on enbridge’s pipeline. Source (x)

-Has black-listed environmental charities in a smear campaign. Source (x)

-Removed environmental protections on bodies of water & removed mandatory environmental assessments. Source (x)

-Has cut 36 billion dollars out of healthcare (will take effect in 2015). Source (x)

-UN has warned canada about issues of poverty, hunger and nutrition. The government has ignored them. Source (x)

-The government refuses to start an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women or do anything concrete to fix the problem. Harper even denied that it was a social problem. Source (x)

-The 2011 voter suppression scanadal (i.e. Robocalls). The calls have been associated with the conservative party. Source (x)

-PMO Bruce Carson charged with Fraud, illegal lobbying. Source (x)

-Tried to hide details of the parliamentary finances from the FINANCIAL BUDGET OFFICER, Kevin Page. Source (x)

-The conservative party was found guilty of cheating in their previous election by overspending. Source (x)

-Pamela Wallin, a Harper appointed senator was suspended following audits over her expense claims. Another Senator, Brazeau appointed by Harper has also run into legal trouble in this scandal (He was also charged with sexual assault in a domestic case). Source (x)

-The Human Rights Watch has called out Stephen Harper over his comments on first nations women and their difficulties from filing abuse complaints to police (police brutality, racism, etc). Source (x)

-The government specifically cuts programs related to Women’s health. Source (x)

-Defunded a prominent gender equality and human rights agency: Rights & Democracy. Source (x)

-Excluded contraception measures in its initiative to improve the health of mothers in poor countries, claiming that it ‘doesn’t save lives’. Source (x)

-Approved the Northern Gateway pipeline despite overwhelming opposition from BC and aboriginal groups. Source (x)

There are loads more, but I think this speaks plenty for this government.

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arabbara:

R.I.P. The 2976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P. the 48,644 Afghan and 1,690,903 Iraqi and 35000 Pakistani people that paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit

this is the only september 11th post I’m reblogging

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galiciaphoto:

Chinese artist Yang Yongliang is known for his sprawling photographic collages that depict the devastating effects of uncontrolled urbanisation and industrialisation. At a distance the works look like traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy but when viewed up close, the peaceful mountains and seascapes are found to be choked with buildings, factories, and machinery. 

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nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

YES.

Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.

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takealookatyourlife:

This is hilarious in the darkest way because this tree is holding the dead corpse of one of the other trees

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fuckyeahsouthasia:

Two 15-year-old school boys have developed a device that will enable a shoe to charge a mobile phone while walking. Anand Gangadharan and Mohak Bhalla, both students of south Delhi’s Mount Carmel school, have invented a compact attachment, which, when attached to the heel of the shoe, will automatically act as a portable mobile charger.
Named ‘Walkie Mobi Charger’, this gadget generates electricity up to six volts, as against five volts released through a plug point and ensures that the phone battery is charged at a faster pace. So if a plug-in charger takes half-an-hour to charge a phones up to 25%, the walking device will charge 40% of the battery in the same time………..
The device functions on the principle of electromagnetic induction. The compression and relaxation caused by walking creates pressure on the sponge attached in the middle which produces electricity.Two LEDs, blue and red, indicate the supply of electricity and battery charging, respectively.The device is equipped to charge several models of phones. All one needs to do is connect the charger to the shoe while the phone rests in your pocket. “This is an effective way to utilise an alternate source of energy and is also a healthy way to decrease your electricity bills,” they said.

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But Hamas…

In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.

Re: The Nakba

1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.

Re: The 1967 Occupation

2. In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and still occupies them until this day.

Re: Settlement expansion; the apartheid wall; and the siege of Gaza

3. Over the past 47 years of occupation, Israel has illegally confiscated more and more Palestinian land; built an apartheid wall; systematically denied Palestinians basic human and civil rights and engaged in state-sponsored violence; and forced the Palestinians in Gaza to live in appalling conditions that make it increasingly impossible to survive. Israel’s latest bombing campaign, Operation Protective Edge, has killed over 1,900 Palestinians, at least 450 of whom are children, and has displaced hundreds of thousands more.

If those of us in the Jewish community who are committed to justice begin from these facts, I think it would become clearer – regardless of who the Palestinian leadership is – that the underlying problem really is the denial of freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades. And, as a community, it should also become clearer where priorities need to be in order to have any integrity on this issue: addressing the Nakba of 1948 and the responsibility for the Nakba head-on – including the right of return for refugees; ending the occupation; ending the siege on Gaza; and recognizing the right to full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.

— Donna Nevel

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lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.

Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money. 

While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.

That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating. 

I couldn’t hit the reblog button fast enough.

So much reblog.

All of the reblogs!

But make sure to read this essay about how Amazon is better for writers than for publishers, too.

The more you know, bitches.

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xlizardx:

Apparently this is "The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken."

why isnt everyone getting so excited about this, it is literally another planet look at how beautiful it is stop what your doing and look at how alien like this planet is what is living there oh my god mercury

so amazing

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babythc:

thank u ryden

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ethicfail:

Nature; No Photoshop required.

1. Lenticular Clouds
2. Anvil Clouds
3. Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds
4. Fallstreak Hole
5. Mammatus Clouds
6. Polar Stratospheric Cloud
7. Roll Cloud
8. Undulatus Asperatus
9. Mammatus Clouds
10. Undulatus Asperatus

Gtfo

FUCKIN LOVE CLOUDS

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An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday.

· Officer ignored warnings that teenager was terrified
· Defence says ‘confirming the kill’ standard practice

Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl

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Her name was Iman al-Hams. Never forget.

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