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Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 965

I'm saying you can't look at how people were 500 years ago and extrapolate that to assume they are the same today.

You fail to understand Islam. Islam by its nature rejects modernity and embraces the idea that it's followers should act as Mohammed did, back in the 7th century. I'm not a fan of any religion, but Christianity has, for the most part, reformed the worst barbarisms out of itself. Islam is regressing and becoming more and more barbaric.

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 965

Islam initially spread because it was very liberal

B.S. Islam initially spread by killing anyone who didn't convert. That tends to be a pretty persuasive argument.

Islam was never, ever in any sense "liberal". Even in the so-called golden age of Islam when Europe was in the Dark Ages, it was still pretty barbaric. Just not quite as barbaric as Christianity at the time.

Comment Re: The farther left you go, the more you lose (Score 1) 284

how much do you trust their information security?

Very much. I've had professional dealings with Statistics Canada in the past and their computer security is very, very impressive. I would say the census data is amongst the best-protected data in Canada, if not North America.

Comment Re:The farther left you go, the more you lose (Score 1) 284

Was it a science based decision to force his cabinet to be 50% male and 50% female?

Trudeau wanted a cabinet that reflected Canadian society. Whether or not you think that's a good thing can be argued, I suppose, but it's not unreasonable to try to make your government representative of the wider society.

Comment Re:The farther left you go, the more you lose (Score 3) 284

Equality (in this sort of sense) is not a legitimate governmental purpose.

Maybe not in the US. But in Canada, the purpose of a government is whatever Canadians decide it should be, and if most of us think the government should help marginalized and disadvantaged groups, then that is by definition a legitimate governmental purpose.

Comment Re:A sample of the actual 61-question census (Score 2) 284

The basic reason we don't want the government to meddle in these things is that they never do a good job. Some examples from your list:

Maybe in the US. The Canadian health-care system, for all the complaints you hear, is actually pretty good. It was a major reason my sister moved here from the US. And all your other examples of things done badly in the US are not nearly as big a problem here in Canada.

Could it be that the US system of government is completely dysfunctional, and the Canadian one isn't?

Comment Re:Open and (Score 1) 284

If you want your statistical data to be reliable, it has to be random and that means it cannot be a self-selecting group of responders.

The actual questions on the long form (which is sent to one in five households, randomly selected) are here: http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs...

And no, most Canadians don't believe the government will do anything sinister with the information. We have a long tradition of democratic traditions and strong democratic institutions and those offer far more protection than refusing to answer a bunch of questions. If a government is out to get you, it won't matter whether or not it has census data.

Comment Re:Online text does what now? (Score 2) 478

Words can affect anyone, not just the mentally instable. To use your Mein Kampf example, most Nazis were certainly not mentally unstable. They were just manipulated into believing evil things and doing evil acts.

And if you believe you're too smart to be manipulated that way, you're almost certainly wrong.

Please note that I'm not advocating censorship or banning of Mein Kampf or anything like that. But the reactionary outrage to a panel about online harassment is completely stupid and childish. Online harassment is a real issue, and if you get offended just by people discussing it, then you're worse than all the SJWs you put down.

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