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(Huffington Post Canada)   Stephen Harper asks Twitter followers for questions to ask Commander Hadfield on board the ISS. Hilarity ensues   (huffingtonpost.ca) divider line 45
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2013-03-08 10:35:38 AM  
Even though the tweets are in a slideshow format, they're really worth reading. These people were trolling the shiat out of PM Harper.
I'm not quite sure, but something tells me they aren't thrilled with hypocrites in Canada.
 
2013-03-08 10:50:50 AM  
The Colonel's tumblr. Link

Pictures...from SPACE
 
2013-03-08 11:06:12 AM  

Via Infinito: Even though the tweets are in a slideshow format, they're really worth reading. These people were trolling the shiat out of PM Harper.
I'm not quite sure, but something tells me they aren't thrilled with hypocrites in Canada.


Stephen Lautens had a bunch of really good ones yesterday.

"#PMHadfield On your next pass over Venezuela, the Prime Minister would like you to give it the finger. Thanks"
 
2013-03-08 11:06:26 AM  
can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.
 
2013-03-08 11:08:12 AM  

Via Infinito: Even though the tweets are in a slideshow format, they're really worth reading. These people were trolling the shiat out of PM Harper.
I'm not quite sure, but something tells me they aren't thrilled with hypocrites in Canada.


Nothing in a slideshow is worth reading.
 
2013-03-08 11:09:48 AM  
This link was given in one of the tweets:

http://t.co/UnQbf4hy0Y

It's goes to the BBC version of the story.

/Alludes! Alludes! Alludes! Sorry!
 
2013-03-08 11:09:58 AM  

OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.


He passed a law making it mandatory for scientists to wear muzzles.
 
2013-03-08 11:10:24 AM  
Commander Hadfield is a national treasure.

Harper is a national embarrassment.


I say we make them switch roles, and then just leave Harper up there.
 
2013-03-08 11:11:38 AM  

Russ1642: Nothing in a slideshow is worth reading.


Oh really?  Because I seem to remember your mom being in a slideshow!

/Oh snap!
 
2013-03-08 11:11:43 AM  
FYI, Harper is like Obama, only for Canada.
 
2013-03-08 11:11:59 AM  
The allegation of "muzzling" came up at a session of the AAAS meeting to discuss the impact of a media protocol introduced by the Conservative government shortly after it was elected in 2008.
The protocol requires that all interview requests for scientists employed by the government must first be cleared by officials.
  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16861468
 
2013-03-08 11:13:16 AM  

OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.


The influential magazine Nature has taken Canada's Harper government to task for limiting federal scientists from speaking publicly about their research.

Canadian government is 'muzzling its scientists'

And the best one:
Rick's Rant - Scientists Muzzled Again
 
2013-03-08 11:13:27 AM  
If people didn't want Stephen Harper in office they could have held their noses and voted for either Michael Ignatief or The Moustache. They didn't.

Which is funny, because the Liberal gov't of Jean Chretien managed to stay in office all those years ago because of vote-splitting by the Progressive Conservatives and the Reform Party. Once the conservatives decided to knuckle down to the Conservative and Reform Alliance Party, and thence the Conservative Party, they got into office because the Liberals, New Democrats, and Bloc Quebecois decided that they were better off serving in hell rather than ruling in heaven.
 
2013-03-08 11:13:41 AM  

Ishkur: Commander Hadfield is a national treasure.

Harper is a national embarrassment.


I say we make them switch roles, and then just leave Harper up there.



Agreed, with the proviso that we not let him stay in the ISS. He'd be consuming air, food and space better used by people who aren't completely useless wastes of space.
 
2013-03-08 11:14:15 AM  
What's it like to be weightless?

--Weedlord BonerHitler
 
2013-03-08 11:14:47 AM  

ardubz: FYI, Harper is like Obama, only for Canada.


Not even slightly. He's our slighly smarter version of Dubya.
 
2013-03-08 11:15:59 AM  

ardubz: FYI, Harper is like Obama, only for Canada.


Harper's a rightish-wing turd who cheated his way to electoral victory, and who's primarily concerned with eliminating protections for the environment that interfere with oil and gas business... so yeah, just like Obama.
 
2013-03-08 11:21:30 AM  

OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.


Allude - to suggest
Elude - to evade
 
2013-03-08 11:27:30 AM  

OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.


-Any scientist working for a government agency such as Environment Canada needs approval before releasing reports or speaking to the media. In so doing they must publicly appear to support the government's position on issues like pollution, global warming, etc. regardless of the scientific merit of these positions.

-Slashed funding to research agencies such as NSERC, Agriculture Canada, Canadian Space Agency etc.

-Eliminated the position of National Science Adviser


-Etc.
 
2013-03-08 11:30:22 AM  

Tyrosine: OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.

-Any scientist working for a government agency such as Environment Canada needs approval before releasing reports or speaking to the media. In so doing they must publicly appear to support the government's position on issues like pollution, global warming, etc. regardless of the scientific merit of these positions.

-Slashed funding to research agencies such as NSERC, Agriculture Canada, Canadian Space Agency etc.

-Eliminated the position of National Science Adviser


-Etc.


He's targeted researchers and scientists in every Federal Department.
 
2013-03-08 11:31:16 AM  
The pictures Commander Hadfield posts are just amazing. Worth following.
 
2013-03-08 11:33:11 AM  
`Which is more suffocating - the vacuum of space or the policies of the conservaturd government led by Stevie Von Dickcheese-Harper?'
 
2013-03-08 11:37:34 AM  

mrshowrules: Tyrosine: OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.

-Any scientist working for a government agency such as Environment Canada needs approval before releasing reports or speaking to the media. In so doing they must publicly appear to support the government's position on issues like pollution, global warming, etc. regardless of the scientific merit of these positions.

-Slashed funding to research agencies such as NSERC, Agriculture Canada, Canadian Space Agency etc.

-Eliminated the position of National Science Adviser


-Etc.

He's targeted researchers and scientists in every Federal Department.


I work at a Cdn funding council and I don't normally publicly comment on work-related things, but there's been massive pressure to move to commercialized research and away from pure research, funding cuts, and layoffs. Oh and we can't announce any grants funded until we get ministerial approval, which can take months.
 
2013-03-08 11:38:35 AM  

Tyrosine: OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.

-Any scientist working for a government agency such as Environment Canada needs approval before releasing reports or speaking to the media. In so doing they must publicly appear to support the government's position on issues like pollution, global warming, etc. regardless of the scientific merit of these positions.

-Slashed funding to research agencies such as NSERC, Agriculture Canada, Canadian Space Agency etc.

-Eliminated the position of National Science Adviser


-Etc.


Don't forget the Experimental Lakes Area. We can't afford the $2 million a year for a world renowned research facility but can spend more than 10x that to masturbate over the war of 1812, or billions of dollars on airplanes that don't work.
 
2013-03-08 11:39:32 AM  

mrshowrules: Tyrosine: OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.

-Any scientist working for a government agency such as Environment Canada needs approval before releasing reports or speaking to the media. In so doing they must publicly appear to support the government's position on issues like pollution, global warming, etc. regardless of the scientific merit of these positions.

-Slashed funding to research agencies such as NSERC, Agriculture Canada, Canadian Space Agency etc.

-Eliminated the position of National Science Adviser


-Etc.

He's targeted researchers and scientists in every Federal Department.


I know. I just don't have an hour to list them all.
 
2013-03-08 11:47:41 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: I work at a Cdn funding council and I don't normally publicly comment on work-related things, but there's been massive pressure to move to commercialized research and away from pure research, funding cuts, and layoffs. Oh and we can't announce any grants funded until we get ministerial approval, which can take months.


I heard a rumor a couple of years ago that the Harper government was directly interfering in the awarding of NSERC grants to both labs and students. Express vocal disagreement with Harper on the Oil Sands?: Don't expect your grant renewed and don't expect any of your students to get a PGS.
 
2013-03-08 11:56:32 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: mrshowrules: Tyrosine: OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.

-Any scientist working for a government agency such as Environment Canada needs approval before releasing reports or speaking to the media. In so doing they must publicly appear to support the government's position on issues like pollution, global warming, etc. regardless of the scientific merit of these positions.

-Slashed funding to research agencies such as NSERC, Agriculture Canada, Canadian Space Agency etc.

-Eliminated the position of National Science Adviser


-Etc.

He's targeted researchers and scientists in every Federal Department.

I work at a Cdn funding council and I don't normally publicly comment on work-related things, but there's been massive pressure to move to commercialized research and away from pure research, funding cuts, and layoffs. Oh and we can't announce any grants funded until we get ministerial approval, which can take months.


An environment with less actual knowledge/information will be more conducive to Conservative policy in the long run.
 
2013-03-08 12:01:24 PM  
I don't think Harper is anti-science so much as he is opposed to people understanding his agenda.  He's a social conservative, but he's also seems to have realised that most Canadians will never tolerate much of what he wants to do. So, his only solution:  don't let anyone know what he's up to.  His government has tried to control messaging more aggressively than any previous government, but I think it's starting to unravel a bit.  We'll see what happens.

Cheers.
 
2013-03-08 12:04:27 PM  

OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.


OK, it's "alludes"
 
2013-03-08 12:14:11 PM  
Harper is the best evidence yet that the reptile people truly walk among us.

The Canadian public is pretty apathetic about politics, which is the real problem. For the most part we're just content with our country and don't really worry about the government so much. Everything will be fine here forever! Say what you will about US politics, but US citizens are vigilant and quick to protest things in large numbers, even if many of those things are stupid. There's lots of things Canadians should be rioting in the streets about, but the most we do is subtle, or not so subtle, mocking like you see here.
 
2013-03-08 12:21:41 PM  
Harper Government = Penny wise, pound foolish
 
2013-03-08 12:38:51 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: OceanVortex: can i get a quick recap of what the PM has actually done to science?  Story eludes to him muzzling scientists but not sure what that is in reference.

/ready to be outraged, just point me in the right direction.

OK, it's "alludes"


Everyone, you win.  You are correct.  I spelled "ALLUDES" incorrectly.  Thank you.  Have a good day.  Move along, nothing to see here.
 
2013-03-08 12:52:00 PM  

Tyrosine: God Is My Co-Pirate: I work at a Cdn funding council and I don't normally publicly comment on work-related things, but there's been massive pressure to move to commercialized research and away from pure research, funding cuts, and layoffs. Oh and we can't announce any grants funded until we get ministerial approval, which can take months.

I heard a rumor a couple of years ago that the Harper government was directly interfering in the awarding of NSERC grants to both labs and students. Express vocal disagreement with Harper on the Oil Sands?: Don't expect your grant renewed and don't expect any of your students to get a PGS.


Not directly but yes, pressuring mgmt to add more industry reps to our academic peer review committees.
 
2013-03-08 12:58:05 PM  

Glenford: Don't forget the Experimental Lakes Area. We can't afford the $2 million a year for a world renowned research facility but can spend more than 10x that to masturbate over the war of 1812, or billions of dollars on airplanes that don't work.


No to mention the Canada Economic Action Plan ads he spends money on, even though that program is long over...
 
2013-03-08 01:02:29 PM  
Harper, the king of the sweatervest republic of Ontario/queerbec, made a special department where any scientist who gets public money, must have all the profit losing parts of the data blacked out via the censorship bureau.

/It's only censorship when China does it.
//enjoy whats left of Pacific Salmon. seems something is killing them. but those public results are now blacked out.

//So did Harper marry his gay farmer yet? They made such a cute couple.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-08 01:09:26 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: Harper is the best evidence yet that the reptile people truly walk among us.

The Canadian public is pretty apathetic about politics, which is the real problem. For the most part we're just content with our country and don't really worry about the government so much. Everything will be fine here forever! Say what you will about US politics, but US citizens are vigilant and quick to protest things in large numbers, even if many of those things are stupid. There's lots of things Canadians should be rioting in the streets about, but the most we do is subtle, or not so subtle, mocking like you see here.


Yes and no.  Canadians fired the Liberal Government over $2M in misspending.  Bush spent $2T (Hundreds of Billions in no-bid contrats) in Iraq and was re-elected.
 
2013-03-08 01:11:49 PM  
I wonder if we could get Hadfield to take a few pictures of the Oil Sands, and the Canadian Arctic, while it's still, you know cold.
 
2013-03-08 01:36:53 PM  

Ishkur: Commander Hadfield is a national treasure.

Harper is a national embarrassment.


I say we make them switch roles, and then just leave Harper up there.


It's not like an android needs air.

Harper's tone-deafness to his own obsessions is particularly revealing when he tries to mount the bandwagon in his farm boots.
 
2013-03-08 01:38:40 PM  

KiltedBastich: ardubz: FYI, Harper is like Obama, only for Canada.

Not even slightly. He's our slighly smarter version of Dubya.


Or a cat-loving, hair-in-the-fridge, training-wheels version of DIck Cheney.  Not quite 100% evil, but willing to try.
 
2013-03-08 01:53:09 PM  
Why are they all using the word "muzzling"?  Did they all get their opinions from the same source?
 
2013-03-08 01:54:18 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: Say what you will about US politics, but US citizens are vigilant and quick to protest things in large numbers, even if many of those things are stupid. There's lots of things Canadians should be rioting in the streets about, but the most we do is subtle, or not so subtle, mocking like you see here.


That's interesting to hear as an American 'cause I feel like protests here are often ineffective. Then I look at countries like France that riot pretty much anytime someone threatens to touch their labor laws, and I get jealous of the huge amount of vacation time my European friends have.
 
2013-03-08 08:32:21 PM  

Mad Scientist: What's it like to be weightless?

--Weedlord BonerHitler


I lold
 
2013-03-08 09:01:20 PM  

ardubz: FYI, Harper is like Obama, only for Canada.


Slightly disappointing but still vastly superior to the other choice?
 
2013-03-09 01:42:26 PM  

sheep snorter: Harper, the king of the sweatervest republic of Ontario/queerbec,


WTF? What does harper have to do with QC?
 
2013-03-09 05:03:44 PM  

Nurglitch: If people didn't want Stephen Harper in office they could have held their noses and voted for either Michael Ignatief or The Moustache. They didn't.

Which is funny, because the Liberal gov't of Jean Chretien managed to stay in office all those years ago because of vote-splitting by the Progressive Conservatives and the Reform Party. Once the conservatives decided to knuckle down to the Conservative and Reform Alliance Party, and thence the Conservative Party, they got into office because the Liberals, New Democrats, and Bloc Quebecois decided that they were better off serving in hell rather than ruling in heaven.


You can't really call the election of Harper to be the "will of the public".  The Conservatives combined parties, and the Liberals didn't.  Thus, the biggest party is going to win.  End of story.  All binary (Winner Take All) election democracies will ultimately fall into a two-party system.  It's basic math.

What's going on in Canada is almost like the polar opposite of what is going on in the US.  Over here, the Republicans are on the verge of splitting into two parties, to which the Democrats could take advantage.
 
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