Double Standard

February 7, 2009

Holocaust-denying bishop promises to review evidence

Last Updated: Saturday, February 7, 2009 | 11:55 AM ET Comments29Recommend6
CBC News

Bishop Richard Williamson of the ultra-conservative Society of St. Pius X told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that based on research he did in the 1980s, he became convinced of his views about the Holocaust, which historians say resulted in the deaths of six million Jews.

Williamson is quoted by Der Spiegel as saying he would re-examine “everything again and look at the evidence.” However, he said he won’t be visiting the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

“Since I see that there are many honest and intelligent people who think differently, I must look again at the historical evidence,” the British bishop was quoted as saying.

“It is about historical evidence, not about emotions,” he added, according to the report. “And if I find this evidence, I will correct myself. But that will take time.”

So let me get this straight. This man denies a fairly recent historical event because of a lack of tangible evidence which he himself has has seen, yet is high up in a religious system based on age-old blind faith? Wow, I don’t even know what to say. At least he will now have an easier time understanding my views on his religion.



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January 8, 2009

I noticed that the sings at Dalhousie station were changed recently to accommodate the (eventual) opening of Crowfoot LRT station. However, the old “inbound” and brand new “outbound” sings both have arrows that point inbound! Come on Calgary Transit, get it together if you expect people to pay more for your services this year!


PS: Sorry about the quality of that picture, the iPhone doesn’t take great photos at the best of times, let alone at night in a snowstorm. 🙂

PPS: This was published in the Friday, January 9, 2009 edition of The Calgary Herald. See here.

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Memory Express

December 31, 2008

As some of you know I purchased a 22 inch display from memory express this week to use with my MacBook Pro. Although I enjoyed having two massive monitors on my desk it soon became clear that I would never get the colour calibration to work with the display on my mac. As it turns out, Apple uses a very high quality S-IPS display, and the cheap Samsung monitor just didn’t cut it. So, I took it back.

The guy at the counter was extremely anti-Mac and went so far as to tell me that this was all my fault, and that Macs themselves were inherently “finicky.” He then stated that he would say no more for fear of becoming “offensive” and, amazingly, began to tout the benefits of Windows Vista for gaming and explained how I probably spent too much on my mac, which I “couldn’t even play real games on.”

What a jerk! In this day and age where UNIX-based operating systems (Such as OS X and Linux) have proven to be infinitely better than Windows, only a complete idiot would refer to Windows as the pinnacle of computing. As far as customer service goes it should seem obvious that under no circumstance should an employee accost a customer for buying a product in their store. Furthermore, it should be noted that during the whole return process he never once looking me in the eye, and was oblivious to the fact that there were dozens in line waiting to return Xmas gifts.

Great service, Memory Express… I won’t be back! Apple’s market share is only going to go up, so you’d better learn to deal with people like myself who have chosen to use a Mac, whatever the reason may be!


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No Surprises, come on!

December 20, 2008

You won’t believe this, but I have just noticed something extremely profound! I am 22 years of age, and EVERY SINGLE year since my birth I have experienced cold weather and snow from November to March. How could this be? Well, I have collected some data and come up with the following hypothesis: The season “winter” comes once a year and can be assumed with great conviction to commence in November, and end in March. However, what’s most interesting about this hypothesis is that A) it comes at the same time every year, and B) it is a yearly phenomenon, i.e. it is never missed, skipped or forgotten. But this raises even bigger questions, and I feel the following statement can really bring light to our understanding of this issue: Perhaps once a year the big man up in the sky decides that it should be winter in our hemisphere and we are faced with several months of bitter cold and snow. Since he is omnipresent and all-knowing it would be impossible for him to forget when and where winter is to occur, and therefore we see it every year.

Give me a break!!!!

What’s the problem, Calgary? Winter is no surprise, but every time we face it Calgary Transit grinds to a halt, city snow removal crews are nowhere in sight, and people forget how to drive! There are no excuses. If it’s too difficult to operate an at-grade public transportation system in the winter months (1/4 of EVERY YEAR) maybe it should have been placed UNDER GROUND! When – not if – it snows, send out the snow removal crews. And, if you have difficulty driving in ice or on snow… LEARN THE FUCK HOW FOR GOD’S SAKE, YOU’RE GOING TO KILL SOMEONE IF YOU DON’T! It takes practice… you can’t just pull these skills from your ass!!

It’s unbelievable the mayhem we see in this city that is related to one of the most predictable phenomenons in the world: The changing of the seasons. I can’t wait until we realize how to deal with it…

On a lighter note, my furnace appears to be working properly again (*knocks on wood*).



October 24, 2008

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I can’t believe there are people like this in the world. She is so ignorant as to base her opinion on the man’s NAME, and PRAY for her husband’s OPINION! What kind of world do we live in?


Vote Dammit

October 14, 2008

I read some hilarious things in the paper this morning with regard to the election. First off, everyone has seen the X92.9 advertisements all over Calgary declaring “Vote Dammit,” but the question (apparently!) is whether or not people understand that a third party has solicited these ads, not the government. Let me say that I can’t even believe this needs to be discussed…

Keep it clean

Calgary Herald

Published: Monday, October 13, 2008

I’m not sure when billboards with cursing on them became acceptable and I’m disgusted and surprised that the Canadian government thinks it is. I have seen several of the “Just Vote Dammit” ads set up in and around the C-Train stations, visible not only to people who think it’s hip and cool to use foul language, but also to families, children and other people who would rather not be exposed to such tastelessness.

I know that ads must relate to their target group, which I’m assuming in this case is post-secondary students, but if all the ads relate to is our perceived collective immaturity, then I’m not sure why the government would expect us to make mature choices concerning whom we vote for. Respectable citizens will vote, and the government should encourage that in respectable ways.

Carla Heinrichs,

Wow, it doesn’t take very many neurons firing to come to the realization that the mark in the middle of these ads is the X92.9 radio station’s logo. The whole campaign is actually brilliantly creative advertising. As for the profanity, we are subject to far more offensive advertising techniques every single day than a word that, in this day an age, barely classifies as a curse. How could someone resent one word, and yet succumb the daily barrage of blatant sex appeal and subliminal advertising? (The latter of which, by the sounds of it, is most advertising for people like Carla.) How about this for a billboard, Carla: “Try to be more discerning while you are awake for Christ’s sake. Use your fucking head.” People like this are perhaps the most pertinent argument against mandatory voting, and even the fundamentals of democracy. Anyways, I have proven my point…

Also today there was a voting question and answer section. I found that the following was also hilarious (in fact, I laughed out loud)…

Calgary Herald

Published: Sunday, October 12, 2008

Q: Are voters allowed to eat their ballot?

A: No. Eating a ballot, keeping it or destroying it is a serious breach of the Canada Elections Act.

Haha… such brilliant comic relief. It turns out, however, that this is a serious problem, and that there actually is some sort of “ballot eating” protest that’s purpose is to show one’s disgust for the electoral process. Since such is the case, this question is actually answered FIRST on the Elections Canada FAQ. Learn more here…

In closing, rather than eating your ballot, why not vote ABC (Anything But Conservative)? It’s the newest way to say “fuck you” to the Conservative party in Calgary. Sure, they might win every riding, but at least you can get out there and try to shake things up a little bit, and feel better about it in the end.



The Idiot Test

September 27, 2008

Recently I have discovered a simple way to test whether or not somebody is an idiot in less than five minutes by means of simple conversation. There are a few simple rules to follow, but after the “test” is over, you will have a pretty good idea about the person in question. It works like this:

The Idiot Test:

Step 1) Begin a “small-talk” conversation with your subject. Choose wisely, as this topic must segue into Step 2. Good topics include affordable housing, abortion and most anything to do with philosophy or religion.

Step 2) After several minutes, present an extremely controversial opinion on the matter. You don’t have to agree with it, but you should be able support the opinion as if it were your own.

Step 3) Converse (if you can!) for several minutes.

There are three possible outcomes:

1) If you have a two-sided, intelligent discussion you have found a highly intelligent person capable of communicating effectively under stress.

2) If you experience an emotionally-charged response but still have a two-sided discussion, this implies that the subject has an attitude, but is still capable of communicating under stress. Although it can be difficult to converse with somebody who has an attitude, it should be noted that most people will try and protect their opinion if it is objected to in order to avoid experiencing cognitive dissonance. (The idea that the mind cannot truly believe conflicting ideas.)

3) If you find that the conversation is no longer a conversation at all, and is now significantly louder than when it began (i.e. continuous competitive speaking and/or yelling has occurred) then the person you are dealing with is an idiot.

Having an intellectual conversation is a “mind over matter” activity that requires restraint and creative reasoning. Idiots will always yell and scream before they stop and think. And intelligent people will always stop and think before they resort to yelling and screaming.

Try it, it works every time.