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Just a reminder to everyone getting excited about Clinton setting world history: on average ~20 world leaders are women at any given time.
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This is one of those "are you free" moments.

To my US associates: when discussing Canada, be careful not to assume it is a unified country

(Meanwhile, I still haven't had a Big Rock: Warthog , or Unibroue: Maudite , since coming to Nova Scotia)
Day 2 of the Council of the Federation talks in Whitehorse sees the 13 provincial and territorial leaders wrestle with one of the most perennially dysfunctional aspects of Canada's economy: how hard it is to do business across provincial borders.
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On second thought, I prefer my 12 small governments over a monolithic Federal one.
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This morning, I was struck by how similar a point on Trump's Platform was to a point on Trudeau's Platform. With all of the slanderous accusations being thrown around I decided to go read and compare both Clinton's and Trump's official platforms, also I was going to bring in Trudeau's platform for an outside comparison.

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions
https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/

https://www.liberal.ca/realchange/
https://www.trudeaumetre.ca/

The first thing that did strike me was that many of Trump's plans are roughly the same as Trudeau's: veterans, taxes, military spending, and firearms (sort of). It is interesting that Trump and Trudeau share many common objectives. Naturally, this was meaningless until we compare Clinton's platform as the commonalities could simply be common across the entire board.

This is where I was struck by my second big observation: Hillary Clinton hasn't made any statements of action. When comparing platforms, I generally isolate the stated actions and identify where the politicians are speaking about a similar issue (common features), and where they are speaking of things their competitor is ignoring (unique features). While I can do this between Trudeau and Trump, I cannot do it with Clinton, she has no actionable statements, only goals (exception for her VA platform).

Under these conditions, it would be impossible to hold Clinton accountable to her promises, given she hasn't actually made any (officially).

This is my arm-chair political analysis, for the weekend. I strongly encourage individuals who are voting in any election to always read the official platforms of the people they are voting for.
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I happen to live in one of the most corrupt cities in Canada (a claim made by politicians and newspapers every election).

It annoys me that this issue has been buried until recently.
Justice Minister Diana Whalen should appoint an independent investigator to probe what happened to the money and drugs that seem to have gone missing at the Halifax Police Department. There’s no way around this.
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The Long Read: Our voting system worked well for decades, but now it is broken. There is a better way to give voice to the people
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You put it in a nut shell there.
As Churchill said It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
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Can anyone suggest resources regarding presenting effective arguments? I have a recent need for brushing up on this skillset.

For example, in past positions I have attempted to make an argument for a different programming language at work; not a different compiler, but a different language on the same compiler. I feel the language was more expressive and would allow us to write code that was more maintainable.

The discussion keeps getting hung up on the all of the benefits of our current compiler, completely ignoring the fact that I am explicitly stating that part should not change.

Generally, the discussion fizzles when I press the point that the language, and the compiler, are two distinct things. I can tell that my audience suddenly understands there is a distinction, but no longer has any interest in pursuing discussion (and basically just walk away). I will later have to start all over again when the issue comes up.

So again, can anyone suggest resources that might help me frame arguments in a more effective manner?
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Ya.. the comments to date are relatively similar to the ones I get in the office. No Scala fans in my circles?
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So Turkey no longer has anything resembling an opposition party.

That didn't take long.
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Similarities between American/Canadian/UK governmental systems.

+Jennifer E I've had to explain this to a couple of American friends. (+Meirav M. let me know if I get anything drastically wrong for the UK, I'm speaking from a Canadian perspective).

The systems are pretty much identical between the American, French, Canadian, and UK systems, with a couple of surface things that make that slightly shift the balance of power in each region.

* Congress == Parliament
* Senate == Senate (CAN) == House of Lords (UK)
* President == Governor General (CAN) == Queen/The Crown (UK)

The big difference is that at some point in history in, the UK and Canada, the congress (parliament) elected a single representative to act as their voice: a primary-congressman (prime-minister). They then voted to restrict the president's (the crown's) power since it was too dictatorial; rather than face a coup, the president (the crown) agreed.

Overtime, given the president (the crown) had no real decision making power, power shifted to congress (parliament), and as the primary congressman, the prime-minister became the defacto head of state.

Prime-ministers are not elected by the people, ministers members of parliament are. Ministers MPs elect a first-minister from among their ranks.

That is also how France can have both a president and a prime-minister.

I hope that makes things less confusing (not more)

EDIT: I have made edits for accuracy based on comments by +Mark Hanson
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Bravo for the clear explanation. But let's make this messy and go into the notion of "electoral votes" in the US when voting for the prez ;)
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For a long time, I have watched this organisation with interest. I personally feel that the greatest change can only come from transparent accountability.

While they have had some pretty dodgey encounters with police, all CopWatch encourages people to do is "record".

Resources for fighting police brutality and law-enforcement misconduct. Fight back with Copwatch.com!
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It's hard to obey the rules of the road, when the police are trying to run you off of it.

At the start of my commute home, on my bicycle, I was trying to make a right hand turn... cop pulls right up on my rear. Hovers on my rear tire through the turn and into the lane. When I start to signal a lane change into the turning lane, then speeds up to take my arm off.

Wish I'd got the cruiser number, but was trying to establish a gap to get into the lane after being pushed out by the cop.

Thank-you to the car behind the officer.

Just to add insult to injury, an RCMP cruiser blew past me with about a foot clearance at the end of my commute.

#HfxRegPolice #RCMP #ShareTheRoadNS

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It has been pointed out to me that I am a fishing fanatic. Unfortunately, my fanaticism runs widdershins to most other fisherman. I was amused this morning to find an article (1982) that absolutely describes my techniques and feelings toward fishing.

The best part of the article was at the very end where he describes his views on conservation techniques. I am viewed with absolute derision for my views on conservation, but I can see now that I just come from a different time.
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Jeff's first rule of fishing, as passed down from The Ancestors (aka Uncle Zeke): Only take what you need, and take only what you need. 
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Something for Canadian's to consider while observing Britian's vote to leave the EU.

Only one in four Canadians say the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is good for their country, and more than one-third want it renegotiated, according to polling results released ahead of a North American leaders' Summit on Wednesday.
Only one-in-four Canadians say the North American Free Trade Agreement is good for their country, and more than one-third want it renegotiated, according to polling results released ahead of a North American leaders' Summit.
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Of all the Free trade agreements New Zealand has had I have never heard as to whether they have been beneficial or not.  Once they have been agreed to it seems like they are forgotten by the media.
I certainly can not see the TPPA being at all beneficial for the average guy on the street but I can see how the big multinationals would like it.
If the TPPA is such a good deal why has it been surrounded in secrecy?
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  • University of Calgary
    Nursing, 1995 - 1997
  • DeVry Institute of Technology
    Computer Science, 1999 - 2001
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"If ignorance is bliss, knowledge is the burden I choose to bear" --Jeff Cave, private conversation, 1994
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  • Capital District Health Authority
    Senior Systems Analyst, 2014 - present
  • Plaid Sheep
    Business Technology Consultant, 2009 - present
  • Barteaux Farms
    Labourer, 2011 - 2012
  • Pandell Technology
    Developer, 2008 - 2009
  • Calgary Co-op
    Business Analyst, 2007 - 2008
  • Sunergon Information Services
    2001 - 2007
  • IWK Hospital
    Clinical Applications Specialist, 2010 - 2010
  • Service Nova Scotia
    Programmer/Analyst, 2013 - 2014
  • Dalhousie University
    Web Analyst, 2013 - 2013
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