Steve King and the Republican Party’s Tolerance of White Nationalism

Twitter employees recently explained why they haven’t banned their all of the white nationalists. In theory twitter has a hateful conduct policy which should result in the banning of white nationalist accounts. However, the algorithms that are supposed to capture hateful posts are not designed to pick up the bulk of white nationalist posts. Some […]

Comparing Green House Gas Emissions

When some Canadians see articles about Canada’s carbon tax they immediately begin to spout off explanations for why it’s a bad idea. These explanations often include assertions that the whole thing is a giant scam. Some of them include references to yesterday’s weather. But one of the most frustrating things they do is to try […]

Comparing Green House Gas Emissions

Esperanto

Introduction: I’ve been interested in the idea of an international auxiliary language (IAL) for a long time now. It’s the idea of a single language spoken by everyone in the world as a second language. The purpose would be to enable a common language for all people without eliminating people’s native languages. The idea has […]

Esperanto

Great Lakes Nation

This is a map of a hypothetical union between the Canadian province of Ontario and the following US states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The dark red cities represent the capitals of each region. In Ontario, the city of Algonquin would be a newly created city created from scratch. The combined population of this nation would […]

Great Lakes Nation

Seven Wonders of Australia

Australia is a land of many natural marvels. It is no surprise therefore, that previous lists of the “Seven Wonders of Australia” comprise either entirely or mostly of natural wonders. However, this list is different. This list was created using criteria that will make it more similar to the original seven wonders of the ancient […]

Seven Wonders of Australia

Seven Wonders of Canada

In 2007 CBC did a “Seven Wonders of Canada” competition. They asked viewers to nominate picks and cast votes. Ultimately, the final decision was left to a panel of judges. And they did a terrible job. Here are CBC’s “Seven Wonders of Canada”: The Canoe The Igloo Niagara Falls Old Quebec Pier 21 Prairie Skies […]

Seven Wonders of Canada

The Power of Seats

39 percent of the votes = 54 percent of the seats = 100 percent of the power. This line of thought has been used to criticize Canada’s democracy. These specific values pertain to the 2015 Canadian election however the underlying point applies to most of Canada’s past majorities. A minority of voters are able to […]

The Power of Seats