July 13th, 2005

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Linkfest 2005

How'd they Vote?
This is a handy resource for keeping track of MP's voting records. Non-partisan and everything.

Novels bridge the cultural gap
This is an article about the suddenly increased popularity of books about the middle east, particularly memoirs and narrative non-fiction.
Worth noting is the comment on the second page that many of these memoirs are not entirely reflective of present-day Iran.

Weight-loss drugs make you sick

Skinny and rich
This one's no longer available without a subscription (curse you, Globe and Mail!), but it describes a study linking greater wealth to weight loss.
.... Ah. and here's another article about the study. This one has a few more details, and is a little more responsibly-written. It does actually suggest weight discrimination as an explanation for at least some of the difference. They beat me to most of the points I was going to rant about, so I guess that spares me some typing.
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Same-sex marriage "inside job"

I really want to splutter and rant about this wretched editorial, but I barely know where to start. It's just so... absurd and offensive, all at once.

There's the bizarre obsession with female lawyers and reporters, the significance of which was never explained. Why would women be particularly in favour of gay marriage? Is it just some 'everyone who's not a straight white man is in league' thing? It's never made clear. And then there's the suggestion that two openly gay MPs magically changed the opinion of parliament, merely by being openly gay. And then it's all because of the Globe and Mail and the CBC. And so, gay marriage is due to the media, two gay politicians, and ... "women lawyers". What?

Let's not even get into the claim that the Conservative are "Canada's 'natural opposition party'".

And what does any of this have to do with Michael Ignatieff and David Frum?

I know, I know. I ought to know better than to read anything that comes out of the Sun, let alone try to make sense of it. But this is just so insane, it makes me wonder (snarkily) if someone's off his meds...
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