Archive for October, 2020

Who could object to the Equality Act?

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

This article in ‘The Economist’  would be more useful if it identified specific problematic wordings in the proposed US Equality Act (whose goal is allegedly to “ban “discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation””).

If the act really is intended to completely “ban” discrimination on the basis of sex, then the inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation as additional forbidden grounds has little opportunity to undermine the legality of women’s sports and spaces.

It’s hard to find an article anywhere which does not use weaselly mis- and/or partial quotes to deniably misrepresent one side or another in an argument (or just to make a story more “interesting”). So Perhaps Donald Trump is right that all news is “fake”.

Of course his own lies are more blatant. But perhaps that means that at least he is an honest liar (in a similar sense to how the dad of a friend of mine in England referred to the cow shit we fell into while playing rugger in a pasture as “good clean dirt”).

Missed Opportunity

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

What I had intended to post about is now gone! Moments ago the article: Federal Election Averted As Liberals, NDP Defeat Contentious Conservative Motion | HuffPost Canada had been about Singh’s raising the abstention option – which I had thought was fucking brilliant! He could just have said “we support this motion and will not vote against it but are not willing to vote for it at this time because we do not think it advisable to trigger an election”. So why did they end up actually voting against it?