Aug 18. 1920 – Is this a Day in History or an Ongoing Issue? – When Quakers, Abolishionists, Temperance Advocates and Women Unite for the Vote…

Aug 18. 1920 – Is this a Day in History or an Ongoing Issue? – When Quakers, Abolishionists, Temperance Advocates and Women Unite for the Vote…

Things change in the world. Sometimes it takes speeches and pickets, and sometimes it takes more severe actions.

The right to vote is under threat again in the USA. At the very time when it should be celebrated, the REPs are trying to destroy it.

  • They are sending out broken counting machines to polling sites esp in larger black population areas,
  • They are wrecking the mail sorting system and crashing it with help from a long time REP backer who has financial interests in the opposition to the mail system. Mail drop boxes are being limited in swing states. Even though there are entire groups of people that need that mail for medicine deliveries who are at further risk of death without their meds. So many people are dying in the USA these days that I guess they think they can hide their criminal negligence. What are a few more?
  • And even e-voting has been having glitches.

And by November, either someone will act to protect the vote, or they will find this election will be rigged by the REPs. But you have to know that if that happens, the only way it COULD happen is if the DEMs are complicit. At the moment, Congress is on their mandated August break.

The people who are most likely to go to poll sites and wait in line, who are they more likely to vote for?

But at least this time, the chances are that there are people who are motivated to take down the current govt. Hoping that the Biden/Harris ticket actually means change.
But will it be change? Or is there a better way to dismantle the current system and build anew? To show a system that actually reflects the people who it’s meant to represent?

How could that happen? In this extreme a situation, it’s either going to take a civil war or a general strike. Where workers refuse to do more than absolutely critical to life. And big biz that both DEMs and REPs work for finds out who they rely on. It’s not the govt, it’s the people. The ones they are working toward enslaving more and more. And figure they can get away with it.

What will you do to protect your right to vote? And what will you do to have that vote actually represent what you mean it to?

These days, women, BIPOC, people need to remember their parents and grandparents struggle to get that right and fight for it again.

Aug. 18, 1920 – Aug 18, 2020. It seems appropriate that it’s the centennial of women’s struggle and it’s victory somehow.

….USA –

  • 19th Ammendment – Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, granted women the right to vote.
    source

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  • In 1848, a group of abolitionist activists—mostly women, but some men—gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss the problem of women’s rights. They were invited there by the reformers Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 – October 26, 1902) and Lucretia Mott.(née Coffin; January 3, 1793 – November 11, 1880)
  • In 1869, a new group called the National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906)
  • 1890 the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the organization’s first president.
  • The 14th and 15th Ammendments were coming up at the same time and this caused conflict within the suffragettes.
  • In 1916, NAWSA president Carrie Chapman Catt (January 9, 1859 – March 9, 1947)
    National Woman’s Party founded by Alice Stokes Paul (January 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977)
  • August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. And on November 2 of that year, more than 8 million women across the United States voted in elections for the first time.
    source

….. Canada

  • 1918-05-24 Canada
    An Act to confer the Electoral Franchise upon Women

S.C. 1918, c. 20

Women who are British subjects, 21 years of age, and otherwise meet the qualifications entitling a man to vote, are entitled to vote in a Dominion election. In effect January 1, 1919.

  • 1960-03-31 Canada
    An Act to amend the Indian Act

Statutes of Canada, 1960, ch. 8.

An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act

Statutes of Canada, 1960, ch. 7.

The First Nation is granted the right to vote without relinquishing their status. Statute came into effect on July 1st, 1960.
source

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In Canada, Women’s suffrage was also supported by Black abolitionists (such as Mary Ann Shadd Cary (October 9, 1823 – June 5, 1893) ), as well as unionists, socialists and temperance activists. The majority of Canadian suffragists relied on peaceful campaigning. Only a handful identified with the militant suffragettes led by Emmeline Pankhurst (born Emiline Goulden; 15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928) and the Women’s Social and Political Union in the United Kingdom.source

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History of Women Suffrage in Canada. The woman suffrage movement in Canada had its beginning in 1878 under the leadership of Dr. Emily Howard Stowe,(née Jennings, May 1, 1831 – April 30, 1903) who was one of the founders and the first president of the Dominion Women’s Enfranchisement Association, incorporated in 1889.
The struggle for female suffrage in Canada had started in Ontario, and was instigated for the most part by the Dominion Women’s Enfranchisement Association.
The Dominion Women’s Enfranchisement Association became the Canadian Suffrage Association.
During the years 1914-6, upon the instigation of Dr. Margaret Gordon, president of the Toronto Suffrage Society, referenda were held in municipalities of Ontario upon the question of municipal franchise for women.
source

Ok Bible Thumper – When you say Dinosaurs Are a Hoax, the Earth is Flat,

Ok Bible Thumper – When you say Dinosaurs Are a Hoax, the Earth is Flat,

and humans were created in the garden of Eden….that we are NOT the cousins of chimps or bonabos.

I scratch my wondering two things:

  • Where did you get your blinders from?
  • And why do the govt, media, and science guys who rarely ever agree on anything pick this hill to die on?

Cuzz they sure as shit have spent a LOT of time and money perpetuating this common view. I mean, they are really invested, aren’t they?

Same as the latest conpiracy. If you believe that the coronavirus is a flu or something new, either way people are getting sick and dying. So why do you care what they call it? Oh right, not near you?

But here we go again, same crowd. All gathered to say the offenders are at it again. They’re lying to us. Really? Well shit! Shutting all those borders and businesses down was for nothing?? Was it you who they tried to fool? Or you were the only sharp tool in the shed who figured it out? And beliebers in dem are a bunch of sheeple?

Yeah Imma gonna need some paper work. Brain scans, summat like that.
I betcha they’re taking meetings bout you. lol

So doll, just what IS the truth? And why do I have a sick feeling you’ve got an answer that involves aliens? Do Bible thumpers believe in aliens?

(sits waiting for the response__)…..lordie lordie it’s gonna be a humdinger aint it? Buckle up!

10 ways to reduce your business carbon footprint – Green Element UK

10 ways to reduce your business carbon footprint – Green Element UK

10 ways to reduce your business carbon footprint and see what is applicable to your home as well.

1. Switch to renewable energy backed by REGO certificates

REGOs – or Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin – assures that the origin of the energy supplied to you is 100% renewably sourced. Using the GHG Protocol market-based calculation method to work out your carbon footprint focuses on the fuel mix of your electricity supplies. Consequently, if you use renewable energy your emissions for electricity will be zero!

2. Reduce your emissions from air travel

Increasingly, companies are opting to travel less for business by using popular software programmes such as Zoom and Skype.

Consider travelling by train domestically to reduce emissions from air travel. However, if air travel needs to take place, investigate the travel class that is being used. Using the 2019 UK Defra Carbon Factors for a long haul flight, the emissions per passenger km for first class travel are 0.60kg CO2e, for business class 0.43kg CO2e and for economy 0.15kg CO2e. This is calculated by the amount of space taken up per seat on the plane.

This means a one-way flight from London Heathrow to New York JFK airport will have a carbon footprint per person of 3684kg CO2e for first class, 2671kg CO2e for business class and 921kg CO2e for economy class. For those undertaking several trips per year, a switch from business to economy class will mean a reduction in comfort but also a significant different in the associated emissions.

3. Reduce your emissions from road travel

If you have your own fleet install a telematics system (GPS tracking) to allow the collection of data that can help analyse your fleet’s usage and make your fleet more efficient. Analysis of telematics data could inform criteria for future purchase/leasing decisions.

Choosing more fuel efficient or alternatively fuelled vehicles such as alternative fuel or electric vehicles. Government grants are available to subsidise the cost of new low-emissions vehicles. As with the cost of EVs the government also offers subsidies to those installing charge points at home.

It will be worthwhile engaging The Energy Saving Trust (EST) who can carry out several different reviews to help you make your fleet greener and more efficient. EST’s Green Fleet Reviews are usually available at no cost for most private and public sector organisations in England as they are paid for by the UK Government to promote energy efficiency goals. Green Fleet Reviews identify opportunities to reduce emissions, fuel costs and expenditure.

To apply for a Green Fleet Review email fleetadvice@est.org.uk
EST also offer a series of best practice guides.
And a ‘Fleet Healthcheck’ tool which uses the answers to a five minute questionnaire to give some indicative answers of the type that a full review would provide.
Training drivers in ecodriving techniques can save fuel and reduce emissions. In summary this consists of teaching drivers how to drive with more anticipation of road conditions and more consideration of fuel economy.

4. Increase the efficiency of your office lighting

Changing lighting across a building to more energy efficient options such as LED can make a big difference and is a quick win with long lasting effects. Where possible ensure that natural light is used when adequate, many offices are artificially lit unnecessarily. Natural light saves energy and has been found to improve sleep and avoid health risks associated with unnatural lighting such as an elevated stress response.

Solar shading and transparent film can be used to help, by minimising glare and excessive heat. There is also an array of technology available, such as motion sensors which will automatically ensure lights are switched off if rooms are not in use. Dimmable lights are another method to ensure lights aren’t at their brightest maximum when not required. This should also help reduce electricity costs.

5. Reduce energy usage in your data centre and comms room

Set cooling systems to a higher temperature to save energy and increase cooling capacity
Often data centres are set around 19°C resulting in unnecessary energy usage. Data centres can save 8% to 9% in energy costs for every 1°C increase in server inlet temperature. 23°C is the optimum temperature for many data centres to save energy without risking overheating.

Set up hot and cool isles
Typically, only 40% of the electricity consumed in a data centre is used by IT equipment. A staggering 60% is consumed by the server room infrastructure: air conditioning, lighting, UPS systems, etc. Reorganising your aisles into either hot or cold air containment systems could save you 20% to 40% in annual cooling system energy.

Install plastic curtains
The most simple and cost-effective hot air containment system we found is that used by Google and involves placing metal-end caps on rows and vinyl plastic curtains, such as those used in meat lockers, which limit air of different temperatures from mixing, whilst maintaining ease of access and flexible rack layouts.

6. Optimise your heating and cooling systems

Implement temperature controls, ensuring heating and air conditioning is timed correctly and according to outside air temperatures. This can minimise over heating or cooling. Ensuring that temperature is minimal during the night is important. Lots of energy can be wasted if heating and cooling systems are competing, this can be avoided by installing a Building Management system.

Ensure staff are trained on local heating and cooling units to avoid dramatic swings in temperature or take away ability to manually adjust the thermostat. Train or take away locally controlled thermostats and have them centrally controlled.

Make sure your boiler is regularly serviced to ensure it is operating as efficiently as possible. In addition, regularly clean fins on heating and cooling appliances.

Consider installing window film, that allows light in but reflects the heat back out during the summer. This gives you the benefit of natural light without causing increased need for air conditioning. This film can be reversed in winter so that heat is reflected into room.

7. Reduce, reuse, recycle

Thinking about sustainable procurement can act as an exercise to engage employees with thinking of ways they can reduce consumption of items such as water, paper, food and drink, laptops, phones and packaging. Manufacture and transport of all these items has an associated carbon footprint.

Purchasing recycled paper or refurbished phones and IT equipment is an easy way to reduce your businesses carbon footprint. Buying recycled paper instead of primary production reduces carbon emissions as stipulated by the GHG Protocol. If your business has a large supply chain, then it is particularly important to ensure that sustainability is fed right through.

8. Minimise emissions from food and food waste

Food takes a significant amount of energy to produce and transport it. Therefore, food waste can be source of carbon, particularly if your business has a canteen serving fresh food daily. Check with your waste contractor if food waste collection is possible.

Ensure that kitchen staff are all trained and aware of the issue, and provide proper facilities, in kitchens, dining rooms and canteens for employees to dispose of any food waste they may have. Additionally, it is worth looking into food waste apps like Olio for example.

If your business has a canteen or café it is worth making sure you have vegan and vegetarian options available to encourage staff to choose to eat food with fewer associated carbon emissions. 18% of global emissions are associated with livestock agriculture (FAO Report). Providing employees with good vegan and vegetarian food can help to reduce your businesses carbon footprint.

9. Minimise single use plastic

By introducing sustainable procurement policies as suggested above, your plastic waste will be reduced. The next step to reduce plastic is to look as removing all single use plastic items you’re your business model.

Be cautious of biodegradable or compostable materials as many of them can’t be combined with food waste. We have written a more in-depth article outlining suitable alternatives to single use plastics.

10. Print as minimally as possible

Many offices consume vast amounts of paper. Take action to cut down paper usage, especially by reducing printing, and digitising (e.g. online contract signings, avoiding printing emails, presentations and annotating on screen instead).

If printing is required, ensure double sided printing is set as a default. Having ‘follow me’ printing services across office printers can also help cut down any accidental or unnecessary printing as options can be altered at the time of printing.

Subby D and the Pandemic Bukake – (Dark Humour/Erotic/ish)

Subby D and the Pandemic Bukake – (Dark Humour/Erotic/ish)

Subby D was looking thru the ads section of her local paper for a distraction from her day. Just in case there was something she wanted to pick up for her house.

Scanning page after page, she was finally drawn to an ad that she noticed had been running for a bit:

Wanted: Sub to take part in a dark play bukkake. not for newbs, SJWs or snow flakes. Bring your A game and it’ll be a long lasting fun time for all participants.

Well then! Subby D posted a quick note of interest:

… Subby D been around forever, Nothing new can surprise or dismay me. Please respond at (demeter@earthsigns.ca)

The next day, Subby D was thrilled to see she had been invited to a gala event at bukkake HQ. So she picked up a sexy outfit for the occasion that was washable though. And practiced her oral exercises so she’d be in good shape for the day.

At last she arrived at bukkake HQ.

When she was let in by the major domo, she was led into a room that was lit by black candles and had thick red curtains.

The major domo made the introductions of those gathered. ‘Subby D, these gentlemen are Death, Dismemberment, Disease, and Disorder.”

Subby D’s jaw dropped. The major domo contimued, “and they want to know if you’ll be their toilet slave, if things go well today’.

Subby D pulled off her mask and showed her true form to the gentlemen who she suspected were more than human. “I have no such intention, gentlemen! You may use me for a bit of fun now and then. But in the end, I always prevail’.

And Demeter walked out of the house, making sure the door was firmly closed between them.

Happy Birthday to the Geneva Convention!

Happy Birthday to the Geneva Convention!

says the ICRC – 71 yrs!!

the Convention for the Amelioration of the Wounded in Time of War in 1864. This convention provided for:

  • (1) the immunity from capture and destruction of all establishments for the treatment of wounded and sick soldiers and their personnel,
  • (2) the impartial reception and treatment of all combatants,
  • (3) the protection of civilians providing aid to the wounded, and
  • (4) the recognition of the Red Cross symbol as a means of identifying persons and equipment covered by the agreement.

It was amended and extended by the second Geneva Convention in 1906, and its provisions were applied to maritime warfare through the Hague conventions of 1899 and 1907.

The third Geneva Convention, the Convention Relating to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (1929), required that belligerents treat prisoners of war humanely, furnish information about them, and permit official visits to prison camps by representatives of neutral states

An International Red Cross conference in Stockholm in 1948 extended and codified the existing provisions. The conference developed four conventions, which were approved in Geneva on August 12, 1949:

  • (1) the Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field,
  • (2) the Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded, Sick, and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea,
  • (3) the Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, and
  • (4) the Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

After four years of Red Cross-sponsored negotiations, two additional protocols to the 1949 conventions, covering both combatants and civilians, were approved in 1977.

  • The first, Protocol I, extended protection under the Geneva and Hague conventions to persons involved in wars of “self-determination,” which were redefined as international conflicts. The protocol also enabled the establishment of fact-finding commissions in cases of alleged breaches of the convention.
  • The second protocol, Protocol II, extended human rights protections to persons involved in severe civil conflicts, which had not been covered by the 1949 accords. It specifically prohibited collective punishment, torture, the taking of hostages, acts of terrorism, slavery, and “outrages on the personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment, rape, enforced prostitution and any form of indecent assault.”
    source

Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to…… Wash my Hands? In a Pandemic??

Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to…… Wash my Hands? In a Pandemic??

Public Health is advising us all to wash up, to keep ourselves safer. As part of basic strategy for reducing the germs/viruses in this pandemic.

In Canada and USA, most of us are privileged to say we feel ok with our water. We may prefer to drink bottled water, but rarely second guess taking a bath or shower, swimming, brushing our teeth, or washing our hands. It’s pretty rare when there’s a boil water advisory. And even then, most people don’t even consider that may also mean we can’t safely wash our hands in the water. But we really can’t.

Canada and the USA are G7 nations and we feel secure that our water is ok.

But that picture changes when you go onto reservations.
Canada
And maybe that isn’t all. Some Ontarians may remember the Walkerton crisis a few years back. And apparently British Columbia has the most advisories.
betterdwelling

So imagine if we lived in a country or place within that is war torn, or subject to biochemical attacks, has had a nuclear or chemical incident or an oil spill. Or they realize that a dump of toxic materials is leaching into the water table or the local rivers or seas.

Or we live in a country that is more sand than water sources.

Or we live in a place that is better described as a shanty town or garbage heap than a neighbourhood. Or how about a refugee camp?

Feeling pretty lucky here in your cushy world full of water that you can wash your hands in now?

Please consider giving the few $$ you have for charity this year to the projects that help these places access water. Because if these places get hit by the pandemic, we won’t see daylight for years. It’ll just keep coming after us.
world vision
icrc

…. Standard advisory recommendations usually include this advice:

Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.
If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes), then allow it to cool before use.
Boil tap water even if it is filtered.
Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.
Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if available.

Handwashing

In many situations, you can use tap water and soap to wash hands. Follow the guidance from your local public health officials.
Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and rinse them well under running water.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Bathing and showering

Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.
Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.

Brushing teeth

Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.

Washing dishes

If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory.
Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.55°Celsius), or if the dishwater has a sanitizing cycle.
Sterilize all baby bottles.
To wash dishes by hand:
Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.
Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.
Let the dishes air dry completely before using again.

Laundry

It is safe to wash clothes as usual.

Cleaning

Use bottled water, boiled water, or water that has been disinfected with bleach to clean washable toys and surfaces.

Caring for pets

Pets can get sick by some of the same germs as people or spread germs to people. Provide bottled or boiled water after it has been cooled for pets to use.
If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes), then allow it to cool before use.
Boil tap water even if it is filtered.
Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Caring for your garden and houseplants

You can use tap water for household plants and gardens.
cdc

…..

End Water Poverty (EWP) is a global civil society coalition, campaigning to end the water and sanitation crisis. Established in 2007, we have now grown to over 150 members in more than 90 countries around the world, working in all regions across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America.

endwaterpoverty.org

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford Tells Disabled Who Are Starving….. “Get a Job!”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford Tells Disabled Who Are Starving….. “Get a Job!”

Well now that he’s said it, I guess it has to be done, right?

Though there might be a few things that impede those who can/would follow his directive…. Stupid things really, like:

(accessibility) – How many companies are willing to accomodate someone with disabilities, at their own cost, instead of hire someone who is able-bodied or able-minded? How many has Premier Ford himself hired?

How easy is it for the disabled to get around most cities in Ontario? (public transportation). Do they live in the cities?

(Schedule) – How many hours do the disabled have that aren’t used up in therapy programs, doctors appts, and managing their conditions?

(Budget) – What disposable income do the disabled have to look for a job, dress for success to interview for and keep a job, maintain transport, socialization many jobs need, and work a minimum week?

Presuming that the person needs training, how will they access the facility where the training is held?

Is the employer willing and able to offer web-commuting? It’s noted that a LOT of companies found they could for the pandemic, but how many would offer this to a disabled person? They weren’t all willing prior to the pandemic, were they?

Disability isn’t just a thing you can turn on or off, and it often comes with other factors like:

pain, nausea, cramping, fatigue, lack of focus, that distract them from duties an employer would have and are rarely well managed by their physicians.

And what if the disabled person is LGBTQ and/or BIPOC? Do you even consider the possibility that some potential employers may actually be bigots?

What type of job do you suppose the disabled could safely do? Esp during a pandemic when one of their issues may be that they’re immuno-compromised?

Should they risk their lives to follow your directive? Some WERE gainfully employed prior and couldn’t continue to risk it.

How about benefits? Cuzz at least on ODSP they have that. Not all employers have benefit pkgs that cover everything they need, Then what? Do they let things go, only to become even more disabled?

So Mr Ford, what programs does Ontario have to address these issues so the disabled of Ontario can hop to it as you’ve suggested?

And since you received federal funds to help buffer Ontario people thru the pandemic, and have shown your bias now, what have you done to protect the most fragile of Ontario’s population?

I notice ODSP were given funds for pandemic relief and few of their clients were even told it was there for them. So no money for food or prescription delivery, extra cleaning supplies, or masks. Unless they paid for it and went even hungrier?

Frankly you sucked at the LTCs and the army had to help out. But we all know that is because you want to sell them off.

So where is the money, Mr Premier? HMMMMM?? Probably spent on your provincial feeding tour. Were those treats more or less delish, knowing that same night a disabled person went to bed without supper?

Because yeah $1169 a month isn’t much when most apts cost between $1-1200, plus utilities. And you can’t go to food banks more than 3 x a mth. Then there’s the lack of subsidized housing to consider too. Which you won’t deal with either.

I’m sure you have a lot on your plate and everyone’s trying to grab at your wallet. But what you said is actually illegal and you should face a human rights complaint., at bare minimum.

If I were the disabled of Ontario, I’d be looking for a class action suit right about now. You should be familiar with that, since the families of the dead from the LTCs are suing you though.

Please find a conscience and put the money you were given for Ontarians back where it’s supposed to go. To buffer the vulnerable thru the pandemic.

Canada vs USA – Limiting Police Behaviour – Road Side Checks, Street Stops and ‘No Knock’ Warrants. Reasonable Suspicion

Canada vs USA – Limiting Police Behaviour – Road Side Checks, Street Stops and ‘No Knock’ Warrants. Reasonable Suspicion

I think a distinction needs to be made in policing between a person or place/bldg that police ‘know’ (have surveilled for some time) and either a new place, vehicle or a home where a crime MAY be occurring but they have no knowledge about it. Where someone MAY be acting wrongly but they have no evidence and it’s ‘new to them’.

I would reasonably expect them to engage as if it’s a civilian in distress. A family in crisis, Vs a criminal who is a threat to them. I think that would diffuse most of their ‘ready to act with force’ state of mind when they engage. Stop them from being so hopped up on hormones & group anxst that someone ends up dead who was just living their life that day. Whether that was an officer or a civilian.

I think that change would make a world of difference in interactions between the police and civilians.

But the biggest issues aren’t that IMO.

To me, there are bigger ones at play. And they are racial profiling and/or untrained police. I’m sure they know how to handle a gun and walk or march. But have they ever learned about things that require more sensitivity? Like addictions/harm reduction, mental illness, Panic and victim recovery, domestic violence, rape/molestation/incest, safe take downs and restraints, sensitivity in interviews of people who aren’t criminals.

Or in another direction, what do they know about the different communities in their districts and the belief practices therein?

Maybe they are too immersed in fitness and war games. Rather than negotiation and calming strategies for individuals and crowds.

But at least in Canada, police shouldn’t reasonably expect all citizens to have a gun when they walk up to them to engage. Not in the streets or in their homes.

So maybe before they enter a home loaded for bear, they could check to see if the home owner has registered weapons? Just a thought!

Police officers don’t have to be a cleric, a social worker, or a doctor. But it’d be nice if their curriculum was on understanding the clinical aspects of protection and not just the force and defend ones.

…. variance in policy

  • department policy on the use of deadly force
  • state/province law
  • federal law
  • case law before the supreme court.

…. factors

self-defense, which means officers have the same rights and obligations as any resident. Yet police have the unique power to initiate violence—like knocking down the door of a private home in the middle of the night—that other people don’t.

“But most states also say that when police are acting in their official capacity they can’t be aggressors for purposes of self-defense law.”

officers can invoke self-defense even if their behavior was objectively unsafe or likely to provoke a violent response.

even if a person has a valid self-defense justification, the protection doesn’t extend to “wanton” behavior—essentially defined as knowing something is extremely dangerous and doing it anyway in a reckless manner.

that is murder under Kentucky law, and self-defense would not be a viable defense,” Miller said.

wanton murder charges require a mindset of “depraved indifference,” which can be a steep bar.

manslaughter is when you’re reckless and you kill someone. Depraved indifference is when you’re really, really reckless and you kill someone

……

“probable cause,” the legal standard of proof needed for an arrest is “an exceedingly low bar,”

charge some type of crime in that case, whether it be endangerment manslaughter or murder.”

…. the no-knock raid,

the practice by law enforcement agencies of breaking into a home without prior warning.

“castle doctrine”/USA, which traces to 17th century English Common Law. It gives people in every state, except Vermont and Washington D.C., the right to use deadly force against an intruder in their home, with no duty to retreat.

“reasonable in the circumstances”/Canada More likely to be charged with murder than self defence

“standing your ground” an armed homeowner acting in apparent self-defense. unidentified intruder enters their home without permission and fails to identify as an agent of the police or govt.

carding – asking for someone’s ID requires some level of officer thinking a crime has occurred or is about to. Speeding, driving high, irratic driving, are cause to pull someone over and traffic cite them. But people can walk freely and sit in public spaces. They can also peacefully congregate and protest.

…… accountability

(by police union, and police board) Does the Crown think they can win the case? Is it worth upsetting police dept they have continuing reliance on?
SIU – Cdn civilian oversight

  • suspension – during investigation, indefinitely, paid/unpaid
  • charges , imprisonment
  • fire, strip of pension and rank
  • demote – lesser rank and position

….. consequences

public view of police – have less faith in the force acting rightly, since they serve and protect the community, not each other

police view of each other – blue wall vs right actions, responsible behaviour – knowing they can count on their colleagues works both ways/ double-edged sword.

sanctions against an officer – can undo their credibility before the court. On present, past and future cases and guilty people can be freed.
But failure to sanction can lead to public and other officers lack of respect and trust. Society and the dept need their ‘best efforts’ morally and ethically.

….. resources – no knock warrants; Canada and USA

the marshall project
gpcrimewatch
cdn lawyer mag

…. resources – street checks Canada – by province

lawnow.org
ontario.ca/govt

The Trump Rules of the Day – Conspiracies, Deny deny, Law & Order, Voter Suppression and Storm Troopers

The Trump Rules of the Day – Conspiracies, Deny deny, Law & Order, Voter Suppression and Storm Troopers

I’m really glad these days that I live in a country that the party in charge gets things that mean freedom cost less than hard line conservative things ever will. Social changes and programs mean more than law and order.

And it’s being shown in the coronavirus numbers around the world that liberal and socialist govts are riding out the wave and recovering better. Though initially, being able to act quickly to get borders closed was a totalitarian perk, these days people need to see their govt cares about their well being. Those govts get people who are willing to work with them. Esp as things keep dragging on. As we head to serious food shortages and the potential of lines, supply chain problems and riots among those who have no family income now.

Leaders who take on the role of a parent or teacher seem to do better with the people. Even in countries where they are really hard hit. People at least want a leader they can count on to tell them the truth.

And it’s no great surprise then, knowing/watching Trump these past four years that the USA is the worst country in the world right now. He is the epitomy of what not to have in a leader, isn’t he?

And that is the frame in which he tries to stay in power and get re-elected.

In a world that is worrying about how we’ll stay alive, feed our families, and take care of ourselves and loved ones. In a world that cares more about our neighbour we have to see starve or become diseased, he is pulling out tricks from old times to control and disempower the systems that could lose him the election.

And he is distancing himself from the very people who could help his country as things get worse. The int’l agencies, the scientists, public health, his own country’s state governors, and even his neighbours. I mean… is now really the time when you want to have a tariff war with the neighbouring country? Really? Didn’t we just ratify NAFTA?

If it’s voting machines, he sees they aren’t available. If it’s mail in votes, a buddy of his basically buys USPS and lays off workers so the system is unreliable.

And you think that ‘joke’ campaign ad about Trump Forevah is funny? … I’m not laughing.

All the while telling his supporters that they are helping him ‘make America great again’…. Actually it seems more like he’s trying to smash it to bits so he can sell it cheap. Probably to Russia or Saudi Arabia, considering who his buddies are.

Or is it a white supremacist plan? Where he ‘let’s’ the pandemic take out the people that he doesn’t want in his country. Srsly have you looked for gas chambers near you?

Because those are the people who are getting hit hardest. He couldn’t have done better if he had engineered the virus. And trust me, China had no reason to go after those particular groups, did they? So their engineering would have turned out way different.. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

The grand political manipulator who shoved business and a new approach, a new kind of politician all around the world in 2016 is killing his own. And being really blasé about it. ‘It is what it is’.

I just wish there was a viable alternative to him. Because the DEMs are also all about business and politics over people. (sighs)

Good luck USA! You’re going to need it.

Big Pharma – Vaccines, Masks, Tests, Treatments – Time to Cash in Or Show Compassion?

Big Pharma – Vaccines, Masks, Tests, Treatments – Time to Cash in Or Show Compassion?

When I was in univ, I took a course that was directly applicable to the ethics drug companies live and die by. My research paper was on Ely Lilly. They were a big issue due to the fact they had produced Thalidimide. Which you may know caused health problems and disabilities for the children born after their mothers used it to curb peri-pregnancy nausea. The drug was banned from min North America.

Well the company turned around and started selling it in third world countries…. Not good, right? Years later it seems they are still one of the top pharmaceutical companies. (sighs)

Part of the reason for this is because pharmaceutical companies are often multi-national companies. (TNCs) So really, nobody can go after them. Not to sue them and not to shut them down. They are virtually untouchable.

They are out to profit, and it doesn’t really matter much if the people who take their drugs live or die. Or get harmed in horrible ways they have to manage the rest of their lives, no matter how poor they are.

And in the days of pandemics? Surprisingly the drug companies are actually trying to be decent ‘neighbours’. Making donations of medical needs, running to find which of their drugs could help that are already produced and thru the tests and trials, helping chronic patients source out meds they need, like insulin. (Something is better than no money, right?)

But make no mistake, they will get it back. If it isn’t thru the brand name, they’ll sell generic rip-offs to the brand. And they’ll gouge and gouge every possible dollar doing it too.

And nobody will be able to stop them.

With treatments; from over the counter remedies for early symptoms to those for patients on their death beds. From vaccines to tests. And masks. These companies are making off like bandits. Because that is what they are. And it’s this kind of company that makes stock markets seem flush when the monetary funds and stock markets are pretty bad off actually.

So if you hear that one of these pharmaceutical companies makes a drug and is doing nice things with it for the people? Keep in mind that the drugs that go so insanely cheap to produce, are some of the most expensive in the world for you to buy.

And they don’t change that in the third world countries either.

Welcome to the modern day robber-barons.

…. top 10 big pharma 2020

1 Johnson & Johnson 82.06 USA
2 Hoffmann-La Roche 63.85 Switzerland
3 Pfizer 51.75 USA
4 Bayer 48.02 Germany
5 Novartis 47.45 Switzerland
6 Merck & Co. 46.84 USA
7 GlaxoSmithKline 43.92 United Kingdom
8 Sanofi 39.28 France
9 AbbVie 33.27 USA
10 Abbott Laboratories 31.9 USA
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….. top 10 big pharma 2019

  1. Johnson & Johnson
    $345.907 billion
    NYSE (JNJ)
    ↓ 10.7%
  2. Novartis
    $226.539 billion (CHF 224.178 billion)
    SIX Swiss Exchange (NOVN)6
    ↑ 0.3%
  3. Merck & Co.
    $216.409 billion
    NYSE (MRK)
    ↑ 11.4%
  4. Roche
    $211.513 billion (CHF 209.29 billion)
    SIX Swiss Exchange (ROG)5
    ↓ 1.6%
  5. Pfizer
    $205.039 billion
    NYSE (PFE)
    ↓ 18.9%
  6. AbbVie4
    $128.791 billion
    NYSE (ABBV)
    ↓ 4.4%
  7. AstraZeneca
    $124.44 billion (£96.910 billion)
    London Stock Exchange (AZN)3
    ↑ 21.3%
  8. Sanofi
    $114.421 billion (€103.962 billion)
    Euronext Paris (SAN)2
    ↑ 1.1%
  9. GlaxoSmithKline
    $110.224 billion (£86.777 billion)
    London Stock Exchange (GSK)1
    ↑ 9.0%
  10. Eli Lilly
    $108.677 billion
    NYSE (LLY)
    ↓ 8.6%
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….. drug companies to watch re: coronavirus

Pharmaceutical companies taking centre stage in the Covid-19 fight, such as Gilead and Eli Lilly, are seeing positive growth on the stock market and a new burst of innovation in the infectious disease landscape as the race for treatment approval for a Covid-19 therapy takes off.
AstraZeneca (AZ) prospect of a successful drug agent against Covid-19, such as their cancer treatment Calquence (acalabrutinib). The company is rapidly developing a clinical trial of the drug in Covid-19 patients.
Bayer , which has donated three million Resochin (chloroquine) tablets to the US government for use in Covid-19 patients.
Resochin and its less-toxic derivative hydroxychloroquine **Novartis ** also involved with this.
both Bayer and Novartis will gain financially from the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine worldwide.
Pfizer’s pneumonia vaccine Prevnar 13 has seen an unexpected jump in sales, most probably due to the course of the coronavirus, which in severe cases causes pneumonia with high mortality rates.
Gilead , potentially the most beneficial and controversial of all Covid-19-fighting drug-makers, has also made a contribution to the Covid-19 battle. Remdesivir, …. orphan drug designation would also entail huge tax benefits and a long patency period in which generics—cheaper and more accessible alternatives—would not be permitted. Gilead bowed out of that after uproar.
AbbVie, at a similar time, denounced all incentives of orphan drug designation for its HIV antiviral Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir) being trialled for coronavirus.
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