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Jays DFA Vogelbach, call up Barger Jays DFA Vogelbach, Call Up Barger

The headline says it all, Daniel Vogelbach has been DFAed and Addison Barger has been called up in his place. Vogelbach seemed like a great guy, but wasn't hitting, and a DH that doesn't hit isn't...

Jays DFA Vogelbach, Call Up Barger

> The headline says it all, Daniel Vogelbach has been DFAed and Addison Barger has been called up in his place.

> Vogelbach seemed like a great guy, but wasn't hitting, and a DH that doesn't hit isn't of much use.

> Barger is up for the second time. I hope they give him a good amount of playing time this go round.

Off-topic: I'm happy for Cavan Biggio, ending up on the Dodgers. Got a hit in his first game, I think. I hope he gets enough playing time on that stacked team


The Blue Jays' chance to go on a run is now. Can they do it?

The trade deadline (July 30) is about 6 weeks away.

The Blue Jays are currently 2 games below .500 and 4 teams out of the 3rd wildcard spot with the Rays only a game behind them. They've got a tough schedule ahead without an easy opponent until the Athletics on August 9th.

If the Jays can get above .500 the next month and get within a few teams of the 3rd wildcard spot, they could potentially be buyers at the trade deadline. Saying this, I realize I'm not exactly sure how much trade capital they can afford to part with. Alternately, they'll probably sell off expiring contracts to try to come back stronger for 2025.

There's a good chance we'll know more about the future of this team a month from now. How's everyone feeling about the team in general, how do you think the Jays will do against this spree of tough teams, and any predictions for the future?

We're now upgraded to 0.19.4
  • Agreed. I updated to Firefox 127 and that fixed it. Thank you!

  • We're now upgraded to 0.19.4
  • I haven't used github before. I reluctantly updated FireFox to 127 (it was previously 109) and that fixed it. Thanks again =)

  • We're now upgraded to 0.19.4
  • Thanks! I recreated this issue with Safari and with on both browsers. I think it's an issue with 0.19.4 interacting with something on my end, as I don't have the issue on any instance that isn't on 0.19.4 (and no other user seems to be affected). As a stop-gap solution, I've setup an account on (Edit: another stop-gap solution:

  • We're now upgraded to 0.19.4
  • Thank you, you've been very generous with your time and I don't want to take any more of it up. I tried cache clearing, private window, computer restart. I have one account ( I can view communities fine from my nsfw account and there are no issues in general, but directly using and using my account no longer work (as described above). This stuff is beyond my comprehension but if it's only affecting me (which it seems to be based on the lack of other reports) than it's hardly an problem for the instance

  • We're now upgraded to 0.19.4
  • Thanks for the report!

  • We're now upgraded to 0.19.4
  • Thanks, Shadow! That didn't work unfortunately, but if this is just a me thing, I can deal with it. I don't have the most up-to-date version of FF, which could be part of the issue

  • We're now upgraded to 0.19.4
  • I can't select a different feed or select sort options on community/feed pages or posts

    I use the web version on FireFox. I've been experiencing these issues for about 12 hours (some time following the upgrade to 0.19.4). It doesn't matter if I'm signed in or not - is pretty unusable. I'm not experiencing this with other instances. Is anyone else experiencing this?

    I was going to create a post about this, but I can't post either. As soon as my cursor leaves the title or body fields, the text in those fields disappears

  • Heading Home
  • Neat! I'd never heard of bug houses before

  • Canadians who have lost their sense of smell say it's misunderstood, undervalued — and deserves more attention
  • I'm sorry to hear that. Do you ever eat for pleasure if you can't taste anything?

  • Getting death threats from aggrieved gamblers, MLB players starting to fear for their safety
  • You hit a triple. I have not enjoyed the legalization of sports gambling in my area. Sports gambling ads all the time now. 100% parasitic capitalism. We'll probably have to wait to see the effects it has on kids now who will grow up seeing gambling ads every time they watch their favourite team play

  • Geopolitics community is just a propaganda outlet
  • There are hundreds of legal documents from around the world (with a fair amount of consistency) that we could use to define hate speech with legal precision. Overton window is a political concept a few decades old that is not without its criticism. "It's all relative" doesn't meaningfully apply here.

    Hearing your thoughts has given me ideas on how personal characteristics relate to a preference of leaning in favour of removing content over protecting free speech. So, I appreciate the dialogue. You might enjoy this related paper:

  • ITAP when I went to Tiger and Dollarama at the dead mall
  • maybe this post doesn’t fit idk but I thought it might be a nice contrast from those May boycott empty parking lots I saw all over reddit

    What? This photo has nothing to do with this community, there are ITAP communities, and this isn't reddit

    (Edit: I took a look at the Giant Tiger wiki to see if it were in fact a banner under loblaws. It's not. It's not one of the super-big grocery players in Canada. It looks preferable to support over loblaws)

  • Geopolitics community is just a propaganda outlet
  • We can agree to disagree. I don't want to see any policing of an Overton window on Lemmy. I just want hate speech and credibly malicious actors removed

  • Geopolitics community is just a propaganda outlet
  • Beyond the main issue that this thinly-veiled propaganda community is going to attract the wrong audience and expose the existing/future audience here to utter bullshit, I take specific issue that the end goal is to undermine the security of our fucking country.

    If everyone on Lemmy thought in such broad, sensationalist strokes and/or identified as a passive consumer of information, then maybe gatekeeping acceptable and unacceptable ideas above and beyond hate speech might make sense (as it might on FB and other mainstream social media platform).

    Personally, I don't need information to be censored to help me identify truth. I take great pride and responsibility in my critical thinking skills. If the range of ideas acceptable to post on Lemmy were restricted to those acceptable to our mainstream media, this would cease being an intellectually engaging platform.

    I really hope we don't need to put up the same kind of cognitive bumpers on here as on other platforms because our userbase lacks critical thinking skills. But the more users who abdicate responsibility for critical thinking, the more we'll be pushed in that direction

  • Vacant unit tax brings in way more than forecast, but still irks some homeowners
  • Indeed! They also need to observe the tax's effect on the availability of rental units for multiple years to evaluate how it's working. Data after 1 year aren't that meaningful in this case

  • Geopolitics community is just a propaganda outlet
  • I don't think the admins or most of it's users want the instance to take on the responsibility/experience of being an instance where there's a prescribed view of acceptable and unacceptable (banned) content, above and beyond objectively objectionable stuff. Curb appeal as an argument doesn't sway me. But if curb appeal or who we're attracting is a concern, I'd point out that most of the posts in that community are very downvoted, so to some extent Lemmy's existing checks and balances are working as intended to limit newcomers' exposure to a less popular community

  • Kaia is a big dill
  • Pickle toy. Pillow by the window. Kaia's living well

  • Vacant unit tax brings in way more than forecast, but still irks some homeowners
  • If the tax brings in twice the expected revenue, maybe the vacancy's more of an issue than the city realized

    If you're representing wealth, you get a microphone in the mainstream media, regardless of the quality of your ideas

  • Geopolitics community is just a propaganda outlet
  • Your comments about anti censorship in the past have helped me form my thoughts about what makes the most sense on Lemmy. Banning certain ideas here that aren't hateful or malicious is not a decision that should be taken lightly.

    Reminding people that they can ban communities and users is a good idea.

    I imagine there could be a pre-existing taxonomy for online moderation of what's misinformation vs low-quality posts vs hate speech that we might be able to use. If I find something useful, I'll share it.

    I don't know if there's any value to this, but would a stickied thread about the community in question where people can hopefully describe their objections a little better help? Like, what beyond being pro-Russian and having low-quality information do you find problematic with the community? Is deception involved? If the content is just YT videos that others (ie, not the community mod) have created, I don't see that as deception. Even though I would block it, I wouldn't be in favour of banning a pro-Donald Trump community (as an example).

    If 50, 75, or 90% of users on an instance block a community, would that hinder moderation to catch instances of misinformation that did pop up? (I'm just asking as some have raised that as a concern, and I don't know if that's legitimate or not)

  • Canadian blood plasma products can be sold abroad for profit by pharma giant ⋆ The Breach

    Letter from pharma giant-connected advocate helps reveal blood plasma products from paid collection centres to be sold abroad by Spanish company

    Canadian blood plasma products can be sold abroad for profit by pharma giant ⋆ The Breach

    > A foreign multinational company can export Canadian blood plasma products for profit abroad, The Breach has learned. That flies in the face of what’s been pledged by Canadian Blood Services and Grifols, the Spanish multinational corporation that is trying to open private plasma collection centres across Ontario and already operates in some other provinces. But the revelation that they can export products for sale overseas is the first window into a secret contract the company signed with Canada’s blood authority in 2022 to allow them to pay for blood plasma.

    > Grifols hit a roadblock on Monday, as Hamilton’s Public Health Committee unanimously backed a resolution from Mayor Andrea Horwath to reject a planned Grifols collection centre and declare the city a “paid-plasma-free zone.” Horwath said that “anything that preys upon the most vulnerable is hideous and doesn’t belong in Hamilton.”

    > That deal between Grifols and Canada’s blood authority has accelerated an assault on the voluntarism that has been at the core of blood and plasma collection in Canada for decades, and quickened the country’s shift toward a for-profit system.

    > Critics have often invoked the example of the United States, where private centres operate in low-income neighbourhoods, paying poor people to sell their plasma so multinational companies can manufacture expensive drugs for large profits.

    > The privatization of blood and plasma collection goes against the founding principles of Canadian Blood Services, a national charity that manages blood supply outside of Quebec. It was created to keep donations voluntary after the “tainted blood” scandal of the 1980s, which resulted in 8,000 Canadians dying from improperly screened, infected blood from paid donors through a for-profit donation system.

    > Paying for blood donations remains banned in British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario. But Doug Ford’s Conservative government quietly gave a green light to Grifols earlier this year, appearing to accept the Canadian blood authority’s argument that the Spanish company is acting as an “agent” of Canadian Blood Services.

    Loblaws is out of control streetfestival

    New lesson learned: If it's on sale, always check the sale expiry date, because I'm finding a lot of expired sales tags

    I shop at No Frills, a discount chain in Ontario that's a part of the loblaws oligopoly. In the last 6 months, I've noticed more price tags on shelves that advertise sales prices that have expired. This means that after I glance at the tag in the aisles, I will expect to pay the reduced price. However, at the register, I will be charged the full price. If I fail to notice the discrepancy at the register, I will end up paying more than I expected to and more than was advertised. To the best of my knowledge, in this scenario, the company is not considered to be at fault for false advertising. If I say I was charged the wrong price, they can just say they forgot to take down the expired tag and I'm not entitled to the cheaper price or anything related to the formerly called Scanning Code of Practice.

    I'm seeing these expired sales tags more and more. At best, loblaws can't be trusted to perform a basic duty; more nefariously, this may be an intentional scam. Word to the wise!

    If there's only 1 date (in size 8 or 10 font) on a price tag advertising a sale, it's presumably the expiry date. Some tags may have both start and stop/expiry dates


    This could be humorous… but it’s actually tragic

    62 Liberal health critic's bill would ban private-pay nurse practitioner clinics

    Adil Shamji's bill would also increase penalties for breaking the law

    Liberal health critic's bill would ban private-pay nurse practitioner clinics

    > Liberal health critic Adil Shamji wants the province to ban private-pay nurse practitioner clinics instead of waiting on the feds to do so. His private member's bill, to be tabled Wednesday afternoon, would do just that. The Keeping Primary Care Fair Act would also increase penalties for breaking the law. Shamji shared an advance copy with The Trillium.

    > As primary care shortages persist in Ontario, private-payer nurse practitioner clinics have come under scrutiny for openly charging patients fees to access primary care services normally provided by a family doctor.

    > Though charging for services covered under provincial medicare programs is illegal under the Canada Health Act, some nurse practitioners say they're exempt because they're not allowed to bill public insurance. Not everyone agrees with that interpretation.

    > "The reality is that there's something that can be done right now by the provincial Minister of Health, and she is, in my opinion, refusing deliberately to act," he said.

    > Two other Conservative-led provinces, Alberta and Saskatchewan, have taken steps to bring nurse practitioners under the public system, he noted. Ontario also funds some public nurse practitioner clinics that do not charge patients. Shamji's bill would not affect those.

    > As the Ford government expands publicly funded, privately delivered health care, Shamji said he's convinced [Ford's Health Minister] Jones has "a deliberate privatization agenda that is communicated, if not by her words, certainly by her actions."

    0 ‘No evidence’ Big Oil is serious on climate, report finds

    Oil Change International graded the plans of eight major oil corporations and found all of them are failing to meet their much-publicized climate pledges — with American firms receiving "worst of the worst" reviews.

    ‘No evidence’ Big Oil is serious on climate, report finds

    > Major oil companies have in recent years made splashy climate pledges to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and take on the climate crisis, but a new report suggests those plans do not stand up to scrutiny.

    > The research and advocacy group Oil Change International examined climate plans from the eight largest US- and European-based international oil and gas producers — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Shell and TotalEnergies — and found none were compatible with limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels — a threshold scientists have long warned could have dire consequences if breached.

    > The report’s authors used 10 criteria and ranked each aspect of each company’s plan on a spectrum from “fully aligned” to “grossly insufficient” and found all eight companies ranked “grossly insufficient” or “insufficient” on nearly all criteria.

    > The authors also found that the companies’ current oil and gas extraction plans could lead to more than 2.4C of global temperature rise, which would probably usher in climate devastation. The eight firms alone are on track to use 30% of the world’s remaining global carbon budget to keep global average temperature rise to 1.5C, the study found.

    > The report, in its fourth annual edition, was endorsed by more than 200 climate groups internationally. Since the first edition of the report in 2020, many oil companies have rolled back climate pledges amid spiking fossil fuel prices.“ The Big Oil Reality Check data illustrates these companies’ dangerous commitment to profit at all cost,” said Tong. It follows a March report from the thinktank Carbon Tracker, which found none of the world’s 25 largest fossil fuel companies’ production and transition plans align with the central goal of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

    4 An oligopoly is driving up grocery prices. What can we do?

    Blaming the carbon tax is a useful talking point to distract people in Canada from the role of corporate-dominated global supply chains in climate change and the real causes of food price inflation.

    An oligopoly is driving up grocery prices. What can we do?

    > In 2023, a shocking one out of every five people in Canada were food insecure — defined as having a lack of access to food, or concern over lack of food access. Severe food insecurity — when people miss meals and sometimes go days without food — rose by 50 per cent.

    > The Globe and Mail reported that Per Bank, the new CEO of Loblaw Companies Ltd., made $22 million from two months of work in 2023 — including an $18 million signing bonus. That’s 500 times more than the yearly median income in Canada.

    > Galen Weston Jr., Loblaw’s president, blamed suppliers, who forced “unjustified” price increases on the company. Others, like the Conservatives, blame the carbon tax for raising prices. In a report, the Centre for Future Work found that there is an infinitesimally small correlation between carbon pricing and inflation — just 0.15 per cent.

    > When prices spike, corporations take advantage. According to Statistics Canada, food prices were twice as high as the overall inflation rate — which was at its highest level in almost 40 years. Meanwhile, since 2020, Canadian food retailers have nearly tripled profit margins and doubled profits — making $6 billion per year. It’s not difficult to do the math. This is called “greedflation” — companies taking advantage of inflation to raise prices even higher.

    > Meanwhile, Canada’s top three food retailers (Loblaw, Sobey’s and Metro) control 57 per cent of food sales. Loblaw alone takes home 27 per cent. Costco and Walmart are next in line at 11 per cent and 7.5 per cent respectively, according to 2022 statistics.

    > The boycott has focused the country on the affordability crisis and the role of corporate profiteering. However, the responsibility for change does not fall on the consumer, but rather those in government, who are ultimately the ones with the tools to curtail corporate greed. Reigning in corporate profiteering, curtailing oligopolies, building holistic approaches to food provisioning and supporting incomes to match the cost of living are the real changes we need. On May 30 at 1 p.m. EST, Food Secure Canada is hosting a webinar titled "Greedflation: The role of large corporations in food price inflation and what can be done about it." You can register here.

    Loblaws is out of control streetfestival - Explore Alternative Grocery Options Across Canada

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    3 Liberals' response to Israel-Gaza conflict puts off religious voters: poll

    A new poll shows low support for the Liberals among religious voters, including two groups they've traditionally counted on — Muslims and Jews

    Liberals' response to Israel-Gaza conflict puts off religious voters: poll

    > Foreign affairs usually don’t play a role when it comes to voting in Canadian federal elections. But the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is having an effect on religious voters in this country. That’s the finding of a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute that shows low support for the federal Liberal party among all religious groups, including two groups they have traditionally counted on — Muslims and Jews.

    > The poll, which was released in mid-May, shows

    • 41 per cent of Muslims support the NDP, 31 per cent support the Liberals and 15 per cent support the Conservatives. By contrast, in a 2016 Environics Institute poll, 65 per cent of Muslims reported voting for the Liberals in the 2015 election, 10 per cent voted for the NDP and just two per cent supported the Conservatives.
    • Jewish support for Liberals is also low, with 42 per cent supporting the Conservatives compared to 33 per cent for the Liberals. Liberals have traditionally performed well in federal ridings with significant Jewish populations, the Angus Reid article notes.
    • forty-five per cent of Roman Catholics prefer the Conservatives, 24 per cent the Liberals and 16 per cent are for the NDP.
    • Among mainline Protestants, 58 per cent are for the Conservatives, 25 per cent for the Liberals and 11 per cent are NDP.
    • Seventy-nine per cent of evangelicals would vote Conservative, five per cent for the Liberals and 14 per cent NDP. -Fifty-three per cent of Hindus would vote Conservative, 22 per cent support the Liberals and 18 per cent the NDP.
    • For Sikhs, 54 per cent are Conservative, 21 per cent Liberal and 20 per cent NDP.

    The ugly truth behind ChatGPT: AI is guzzling resources at planet-eating rates The ugly truth behind ChatGPT: AI is guzzling resources at planet-eating rates | Mariana Mazzucato

    Big tech is playing its part in reaching net zero targets, but its vast new datacentres are run at huge cost to the environment, says economics professor Mariana Mazzucato

    The ugly truth behind ChatGPT: AI is guzzling resources at planet-eating rates | Mariana Mazzucato

    > Despite its name, the infrastructure used by the “cloud” accounts for more global greenhouse emissions than commercial flights. In 2018, for instance, the 5bn YouTube hits for the viral song Despacito used the same amount of energy it would take to heat 40,000 US homes annually.

    > Large language models such as ChatGPT are some of the most energy-guzzling technologies of all. Research suggests, for instance, that about 700,000 litres of water could have been used to cool the machines that trained ChatGPT-3 at Microsoft’s data facilities.

    > Additionally, as these companies aim to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, they may opt to base their datacentres in regions with cheaper electricity, such as the southern US, potentially exacerbating water consumption issues in drier parts of the world.

    > Furthermore, while minerals such as lithium and cobalt are most commonly associated with batteries in the motor sector, they are also crucial for the batteries used in datacentres. The extraction process often involves significant water usage and can lead to pollution, undermining water security. The extraction of these minerals are also often linked to human rights violations and poor labour standards. Trying to achieve one climate goal of limiting our dependence on fossil fuels can compromise another goal, of ensuring everyone has a safe and accessible water supply.

    > Moreover, when significant energy resources are allocated to tech-related endeavours, it can lead to energy shortages for essential needs such as residential power supply. Recent data from the UK shows that the country’s outdated electricity network is holding back affordable housing projects.

    > In other words, policy needs to be designed not to pick sectors or technologies as “winners”, but to pick the willing by providing support that is conditional on companies moving in the right direction. Making disclosure of environmental practices and impacts a condition for government support could ensure greater transparency and accountability.


    Unions seek intervenor status to protect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms at the University of Toronto protests Unions seek intervenor status to protect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms at the University of Toronto protests - USW Canada

    Two of the largest unions in the province and the largest unions at the University of Toronto are seeking to intervene in the injunction application by the university against demonstrations.

    Unions seek intervenor status to protect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms at the University of Toronto protests - USW Canada

    This is similar to the previous post based on the Toronto Star article, but this press release adds that the unions are trying to directly legally intervene on the matter as well.

    > Two of the largest unions in the province and the largest unions at the University of Toronto are seeking to intervene in the injunction application by the university against demonstrations.

    > The United Steelworkers union (USW) and OPSEU/SEFPO are seeking intervenor status in the injunction application by the university which would allow administrators to end protests. The unions are working together to protect the freedom of expression and freedom of association by workers at the university.

    > “We will defend workers’ right to their freedom of expression. The university cannot deny workers or students their rights as outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because they are inconvenient,” said Myles Sullivan, USW District 6 Director (Ontario and Atlantic region). “We will defend the right to protest on public property, like the University of Toronto and ensure Charter rights are not trampled. As far as we are concerned, the protest has the right to stay and workers have the right to participate.” The USW represents 10,000 workers at the University of Toronto as well as workers at other University campuses.

    > “University campuses are precisely the places where our community debates the most pressing issues of the day. Above all, it’s where we find common ground, and if necessary, we disagree, but we do so without violence” said JP Hornick, President of OPSEU/SEFPO. “So to threaten to forcibly remove a peaceful encampment which is simply an expression of political opinion, where students and workers and other members of the University community are asserting their Charter rights – is an abdication of the University’s very reason for existence.”

    > “A ruling like this has the potential to threaten the Charter protected right to the freedom of association (Section 2 (d)) so we take this very seriously indeed,” concluded Hornick. OPSEU/SEFPO represents workers on the University of Toronto campus as well as workers on other University campuses and also represents workers on every public college campus in Ontario.

    1 Why are grocery bills so high? A new study looks at the science behind food price reporting

    Without a clear picture of the actual drivers affecting food prices, we lack the necessary information for developing policies that protect the rights and well-being of Canadians.

    Why are grocery bills so high? A new study looks at the science behind food price reporting

    > So, we completed a rigorous analysis of the most prominent reports that shape the narratives around food prices in Canada, including twelve years of Canada’s Food Price Reports and 39 reports from Statistics Canada. Our findings, which are peer reviewed and soon to be published in Canadian Food Studies, were both insightful and concerning.

    > Our analysis found that most claims about food prices in these reports lack scientific rigour. Nearly two-thirds of the explanations for price changes given are not backed by evidence. Arguments about the causes of food inflation are frequently incomplete, neglecting to connect the dots between cause and effect.

    > These reports also rarely consider the decisions that grocers and other private sector entities have on food prices. Increased consolidation and concentration in the grocery sector is a structural issue that deserves scrutiny.

    > The bread price-fixing scandal a few years ago showed how a lack of competition enables price manipulation and hurts consumers. Canada’s Competition Bureau recently announced they are launching an investigation into the owners of Loblaws and Sobeys for alleged anti-competitive conduct.

    > With grocer profits expanding in Canada, too, it is fair to ask tough questions about how much grocers’ decisions are contributing to the pain at the till.

    > In our analysis, only three per cent of the over 200 explanations for food price changes point to grocer actions or other agency in the private sector as driving price increases. This reflects a tendency to portray food prices as erratic and overwhelmingly opaque.

    8 For the good of the country, rich Canadians need to pay higher taxes on passive income

    A tiny slice of the Canadian population was touched by the recent capital gains change. Far more must be done to tax the rich.

    For the good of the country, rich Canadians need to pay higher taxes on passive income

    > In its 2024 federal budget, the Trudeau government proposed steps that would help equalize the tax rates between the richest Canadians who primarily make their money from passive income, and working people who earn a paycheque. These proposed changes to how capital gains are taxed would only require the richest 0.13 per cent of Canadians to pay more, alongside help to address exploding housing costs.

    > Despite the narrow scope of this change, it (predictably) generated outrage among some of my wealthy peers alongside those who seem ready to go to battle to ensure that the very rich continue paying less tax than working people as a per cent of taxes on income.

    > It’s not an option available to most people, and yet while working people are taxed on their full paycheque, only 50 per cent of capital gains are currently taxed. I may pay a higher dollar amount compared with some working people, but I pay a much lower rate, even compared to high earning doctors, lawyers and engineers.

    > Why should I pay a lower rate just because I was lucky enough to have money to invest, and why should someone who actually works for a living have to pay a higher one?

    > As you move up the wealth and income scale, you come across fewer and fewer people who are making most, or sometimes any, of their money from a paycheque. Instead, the rich invest in the stock market, property and other ways to keep their wealth growing. As such, they have enjoyed lower tax rates for decades.

    > Meta recently announced the layoff of 11,000 people. This resulted in a 20 per cent increase in their stock price, and a dividend issued to shareholders. I own stock in Meta. If I sell that stock and realize capital gains, I will have directly benefited from an already profitable company that has just negatively impacted the lives of thousands of people.

    > At the very least, I should be paying the same per cent of tax on those gains as former employees would have paid on their salaries.

    6 ‘We will be your human shields’: Why unions are showing up in force to support the U of T pro-Palestinian protest encampment

    With tensions stretching to their limit, representatives of workers have thrown their hat into the ring, pledging to support the student protesters till the end.

    ‘We will be your human shields’: Why unions are showing up in force to support the U of T pro-Palestinian protest encampment

    > On Monday, union leaders from across Ontario descended on the University of Toronto campus, vowing to physically defend the students.

    > “Our job is to put our bodies in between you and whatever the administration brings to you,” JP Hornick, president, Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU), told a rally by the protesters and their allies. “If the police come, we will be your human shields. We will be your line of defence. And I promise you that we will be here for as long as it takes to make sure that you are safe.”

    > Laura Walton, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), pledged not only her union membership in defence of the protesters, but her own maternal instinct.

    > On Saturday, in response to the university’s trespassing notice, the OFL’s Walton issued a call to all unions to support the encampment, and on Monday she was joined by four past and present union leaders, including Sid Ryan, former head of CUPE; Fred Hahn, current president of CUPE; and Carolyn Egan, president, United Steelworkers (USW) Toronto Area Council.

    > Walton said that, in her mind, support for the protesters is undeniably linked to labour issues. “If the university administrators can get away with trampling on your rights to protest and dismissing your legitimate demands, then employers everywhere will feel emboldened to do the same,” she said.


    Don't Put It In Your Mouth (Full Version, 1992)


    Dress to impress? The Blue Jays debut the Home Run Jacket on a night that the offense comes alive against Chicago

    The Blue Jays launched an updated version of the Home Run Jacket in game 47 of the season today, the 3rd of a 3-game series with the Chi Sox.

    (The Home Run Jacket is a celebration prop for hitting a home run that's worn by the player who hits the home run upon returning to the dugout.)

    Bo Bichette had the honours of wearing it first, hitting a 2-run homer in a bottom of the 2nd, when the Jays scored a season-high 7 runs in an inning.

    John Schneider, interviewed on the TV broadcast soon after, said that the idea had to come from the players. He also said that he'd had a chat with some of the players a week ago, telling them that anything that the players could come together around would be good to implement [to hopefully stir up a very under-performing offense].

    The Blue Jays have also introduced a red carpet in the dugout as well, which debuted a few days before the Home Run Jacket did this year


    Coming to terms with no longer having privacy and control over my technology

    I miss the days of VHS and DVD shelfs in homes, for example. If you bought the tapes and had them in your home, no corporate entity could alter those tapes without your consent, monitor how many times you watch them, sell your data to whomever they please without your knowledge, roll out new mandatory conditions to a 'user agreement,' or remove them from your library if/when they like.

    I noticed some dumb change in how Dictionary definitions are shown in the Spotlight (ie, overall search my computer function) in MacOS this week. I've turned off all auto-updates, and I didn't make that change or consent to it. But despite paying the full price all by myself for this machine, I clearly don't have 100% control over it. It seems very clearly to me that consumers having control and privacy over their Internet-connected devices is a bygone era.

    After Blizzard, the video game company, replaced copies of Warcraft 3 that I and others had paid for in full and installed on our computers that we could play without connecting to the Internet with a lower-quality copy that prohibited offline play - I swore I'd never pay for a video game again*, and 3 years later I haven't backslid on that. I felt so angry, cheated, and robbed by that. (*Edit: my criticism and frustration is really more with larger developers/companies/creators - I appreciate and am happy to support smaller, more independent and libre ones.)

    Many people probably won't be bothered by these things, but I am. I don't want to pay full price for something that I don't truly own. I miss the familiarity. I miss the reliability. I miss feeling like it's mine. Dependable. Trustworthy.

    Picking my old guitar up again has never looked so appealing. I think I want to go back to investing more time, money, and energy into things that aren't connected to the internet


    Jays even up the Twins series with a whole-team, feel-good 10-8 win

    Gausman didn't have a very good day on the mound. But it didn't matter. The Jays were down 7-1 in the 3rd inning, and they managed a comeback by putting up runs in 5/8 innings and getting good outings from the bullpen.

    The first three hitters in the lineup today (Schneider, Varsho, and Guerrero) had 6 RBI, with return-to-form? Vladdy contributing 4. Bichette, who's been slumping hard, homered today.

    Swanson pitched a solid inning without giving up a hit, as did Yimi Garcia who made his return today.

    What happens when George Springer comes back, will he go back to hitting lead off? I can't see that happening with these results. Turner might get a bump down and Jansen up to cleanup