Watch Usain Bolt race Donovan Bailey // Morning read-up: July 27, 2012

27 Jul

*Slate’s put together an unbelievably cool page, with animations showing Olympic champions of various types, racing against each other.

It’s pretty cool to see Flo-Jo’s drugs kick in, isn’t it?

**President Obama gave a speech on Wednesday, questioning some of America’s gun control stance. And yet he remained in a position that most Canadians just can’t get their head around.

“I – like most Americans – believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,” Obama said. “I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.

“But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,” he added.

Whatever the man actually believes personally about guns, that’s some pretty solid politicking there. He talks about guns whose existence on the street is just absurd.

But the bigger question remains, one that most Canadians probably know the answer to: can you really have only *some* guns on the street, but have others almost totally unregulated? Being able to buy 6000 rounds online, with ease, would be almost a big a problem as actually having the gun, no?

***A house got moved from Dunbar to Vancouver Island yesterday. That’s insanely impressive, given the size of the house.

****And finally, the Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson ponders our inability as  Canadians to deal with climate change.

And so on, year after year. Weather changes yearly do equate to a changed climate, but when a pattern takes hold over a sustained period of time, as it has, then something is happening. And that something is of course climate change, which among other effects brings on more extreme weather conditions, more often, as we have been experiencing.

Every August, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits the Canadian Arctic, an excellent idea for which he deserves congratulations. And yet every year, something quite odd occurs. Mr. Harper goes and sees how the geography of the Arctic is changing rapidly, makes policy announcements about defence procurement and economic opportunities flowing from these geographic changes, but almost never speaks about what’s causing the changes: climate alterations.

If only our actions could match our rhetoric.

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