Canadian Politics

Canadian Politics


His Holiness Turned Tar Into Oil

Prime Minister Harper decreed that henceforth, Canada’s tar sands would be known as the oil sands. Of course, the tar (aka bitumen) still sinks making spills impossible to clean up. It still takes far more energy to extract than oil. It still emits far more greenhouse gas than oil. This conversion strikes me as like the transubstantiation miracle where nothing happens.

~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

An Uncruel Unusual Punishment

According to Darwin, the prime directive is to reproduce. You would think blocking reproduction would be the ultimate punishment, offering even more deterrence than death. If all men and women who were convicted of a violent crime causing bodily harm were given a non-reversible vasectomy/tubal ligation, it would simultaneously remove their genes from the pool and act as a Darwinian deterrent. Yet it is not particularly cruel or costly or time-consuming or psychologically damaging compared with prison sentences. It would only work on first offenders.

~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)

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