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Navel-gazing and lint-picking from the Halifax council on Commonwealth Games

This past week’s council meeting in Halifax was democracy at work. When asked about updates to estimated costs for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the bid committee CEO Scott Logan replied:

[we] will continue to release data when we can — when it’s known and when it doesn’t jeopardize our bid.

Nice. So we can expect to be fully briefed on the costs of the Games only when it’s too late to do anything about it. How’s about we withhold your paycheque until we tell you if we’re happy with the job you’re doing?

Didn’t think so.

Not that being out of the loop seems to bother our councillors; Jim Smith, whose Albro Lake district is one of the areas being considered for new facilities, reduced resident and councillor concerns to repetitive carping:

“There’s a few members that constantly ask the same questions, and we get the same answers. . . . We have to trust ourselves as a council (and) we have to trust the people that are on this committee to do the job,” Mr. Smith said, adding, “We have to start getting together on this.”

So, questions like “how much is this going to cost?”, “what happens to our other important projects?”, and “how much is this going to hit us for taxes?” should be reduced to simply trusting the people that have said they don’t want to release the data when it might “jeapordize” the project?

Just for the record, I didn’t vote for a bid committee, I voted for you guys to spend my money. I didn’t vote for you guys to sit on your trusting asses and hope things work out well.

Get back to work.

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Sometimes It’s Scary out on the Edge of Exploration

Or at least that’s what I discovered today, when following some roundabout links from one of my favourite sites, I discovered this site – yes folks, geocentricity, or the belief that the sun revolves around the earth, is alive and well. I quote:

This site is devoted to the historical relationship between the Bible and astronomy. It assumes that whenever the two are at variance, it is always astronomy—that is, our “reading” of the “Book of Nature,” not our reading of the Holy Bible—that is wrong. History bears consistent witness to the truth of that stance.

Yeah – cause why believe all that pesky ‘evidence’? Now, if you don’t mind – I’m not going to explore for a bit – I’m just going to have a nice cup of tea – and lie in my bed whimpering for the future of the human species.

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I’m not one to advocate violence…

but if I knew who this guy was, dental records would be required for later investigation.

I rest in the hope that when they catch this bastard he gets put in with the general prison population.