Banning Plastic Straws May Harm the Disabled
On Monday, Starbucks joined a growing list of companies in pledging to phase out the use of plastic straws (by 2020). Many other companies — and even cities like Seattle, Wash., and Vancouver, B.C. — have banned plastic straws, widely seen as a fairly easy way to minimize harm to the environment. These bans will make life harder for the disabled, however.
Many disabled people with diseases like muscular dystrophy find it increasingly difficult to lift cups to their mouths. Plastic straws enable them to drink without what would be a herculean effort. There may not be a fitting substitute.
Daily Beast Uncovers Devious Papist Plot to Destroy America: The Federalist Society
Kudos to The Daily Beast and reporter Jay Michaelson for uncovering a deep conspiracy to change America into a theocracy by placing Catholic extremists into the Supreme Court.
Yes, that’s actually the gist of “The Secrets of Leonard Leo, the Man Behind Trump’s Supreme Court Pick.” The alternate headline is even more laughably overwrought: “The Secretive Puppetmaster Behind Trump’s Supreme Court.” This is not a story filed under “Opinion,” by the way, so it’s evidently a verifiable fact that a shadowy puppetmaster controls Trump’s Supreme Court.
Canada wins if the globe warms but we must be ready
“Why can’t Al Gore be right?” asked my friend as we suffered another bitter Canadian winter.
Intolerable Januaries aside, global warming alarmists suggest we should be happy if global warming doesn’t occur. But that may not be the case, especially for Canadians.
Signature in the Cell and Intelligent Design
A question that never ceases to fascinate is that of how life originated, and how and why it has progressed as it seems to have. The official story and de rigueur explanation is that that life came about through spontaneous generation from seawater. Believing this is the mark of an Advanced Person, whether one has the slightest knowledge of the matter. In academia researchers have been fired and careers ruined for questioning it. If you doubt that scientists can be ideological herd animals, as petty, intolerant, vindictive, and backstabbing as professors, read Heretic, by the PhD biotechnologist and biochemist Matti Leisola, who fell on the wrong side of the herd. Ths establishment’s continuing effort to stamp out heresy looks increasingly like a protracted desperatoon.
Quebec blocks asylum seekers from public daycare network, alarming advocates
Asylum seekers are no longer eligible to put their children in subsidized daycare in Quebec, making it difficult for single parents to get off welfare and into the workforce while waiting for their refugee claim to be heard, advocates say.
The Quebec government sent out a notice to early childhood education centres (CPEs) this spring, instructing them not to take in children whose parents are awaiting a refugee hearing.