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Politics and its Discontents: U.S. Military Takes Steps to Ensure There’ll Never Be Another Disaster Like the F-35

As far as the US military is concerned, the F-35 has broken the bank. With the American people on the hook for what is estimated to be up to 1.5-trillion greenbacks for a warplane, a gimmicky bomb truck, that keeps failing to live up to expectations, the military is determined to see that something like the F-35 fiasco never happens again.

A new US Air Force report, “…paints a future of the Air Force that resembles an innovative 21st Century company as opposed to a traditional fighting force. The document says that it’s now impossible for the (Read more…)

Queer-liberal: Edward Keenan hits nail on the head of Rob Ford’s "shamelessness" and "ignorance"

Very pleasant reading today courtesy of Edward Keenan in the Toronto Star. Here’s an excerpt:“Is he shameless, or ignorant? Those seem to be the options. If he knows what he is talking about, then he is being brazenly dishonest. If instead he is attempting to be truthful, then he suffers from an ignorance so profound as to be worthy of an Adam Sandler movie treatment. “To put it another way, is Rob Ford lying, or is he bone-crushingly stupid? “The answer is yes. “Yes, he is shameless. Yes he is ignorant. But even after he is confronted with (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Queer-liberal: Edward Keenan hits nail on the head of Rob Ford’s "shamelessness" and "ignorance"

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Conversations Registered 60,538 Visits in July

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

I am delighted to report that there were 60, 538 visits to Cowichan Conversations in July. That is a record and follows a trend of steadily increasing viewers.

Thank you for dropping by and especially to those who leave comments. The comments section is moderated and yes, I still require full names before posting. I know that many others do not but I believe that the quality of the comments is in direct proportion with whether it is an anonymous ‘Stargazer’ or Fred Smith.

You must also join me in thanking the contributors who appear. Their efforts (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan MLA Bill Routley Defends the ALR

The Common Sense Canadian: Kinder Morgan seeks to force its way onto Burnaby Mountain

Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson at a Vancouver Board of Trade talk (photo: Kinder Morgan)

Read this July 29 story by Jennifer Moreau in the Burnaby Now on Kinder Morgan’s attempt to gain support from the National Energy Board to override Burnaby Council’s denial of permits for survey work on Burnaby Mountain. The company recently changed its proposed pipeline route and now wants to explore drilling through the mountain. The Common Sense Canadian previously reported on the growing tensions between the city and the pipeline company.

Kinder Morgan has gone to the National Energy Board in hopes of surveying Burnaby (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Vancouver Aquarium can keep cetaceans, with breeding restrictions

Beluga whales in captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium

Read this August 1 story from on the Vancouver Parks Board decision allowing the Aquarium to keep cetaceans in captivity, with restrictions on breeding.

The Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously to allow the aquarium to keep cetaceans in captivity at a special meeting Thursday night, but ordered an end to the breeding of most whales and dolphins.

The board has directed its staff to bring forward an amendment to the park bylaw that would prohibit the breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Vancouver parks unless they are a threatened (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Credit card fraud fundraiser

I had a mysterious $150 charge on my credit card from June. I called Visa and asked what it pertained to. They said they’d flag it and that they’d be in touch. They never did get in touch, but they did reverse the charge for WPY*Fundrazr Victoria, which appears to be a crowd funding site. Perhaps it was exploited to launder credit card fraud, using stolen card numbers?

I was also given a new card. Last time I had my card number stolen behind the scenes, it was also charged $150 in two $75 transactions.

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Policy On Gaza: The Canadian Toll

While the cost of the Israeli invasion of Gaza is almost incalculable in turns of human suffering and loss of life, there is another casualty in all of this, one that is far less obvious and, in the eternal scheme of things, I suppose, of lesser consequence: Canada’s psyche and reputation, both of which have been perhaps irremediably scarred.

The Mound of Sound has written a great deal lately on the ongoing carnage, and he has been hard-hitting in his condemnation of the leaders of all three major Canadian federal parties. All have either overtly or implicitly consented to (Read more…)

Queer-liberal: Victory in Uganda as Anti-Homosexuality Act struck down in step towards ending discrimination | Amnesty International

Wonderful news!

Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act struck down in step towards ending discrimination | Amnesty International

“Uganda’s Constitutional Court today ruled that the Act was “null and void” as not enough representatives were in the room for the vote when it was passed by Parliament in December 2013.”  “Even though Uganda’s abominable Anti-Homosexuality Act was scrapped on the basis of a technicality, it is a significant victory for Ugandan activists who have campaigned against this law. Since it was first being floated in 2009, these activists have often put their safety on the line to ensure that Ugandan law upholds (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, August 1, 2014

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Warren Kinsella: Leading Torontonians endorse John Tory!


Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Colleen Flood writes that our health care system is more similar to the U.S.’ than we’d like to admit – and that many of the most glaring inefficiencies within it are already the result of services funded through private insurance rather than our universal public system: The latest Commonwealth Study ranked Canada’s health care system a dismal second to last in a list of eleven major industrialized countries. We had the dubious distinction of beating out only the Americans. This latest poor result is already being used by those bent on (Read more…)

cartoon life: Hot orange variation

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Neolithic site dig uncovers sophisticated structures

A Neolithic site in the Orkney Islands shows our ancestors had sophisticated building skills more than 5,000 years ago. According to a story in The Scotsman, A groundbreaking excavation of a 5,000-year-old temple complex in Orkney has uncovered evidence to suggest that prehistoric people were a great deal more sophisticated than previously thought. The archaeological […]

Northern Reflections: The Law Of Unintended Consequences


On the environment, Stephen Harper’s record is appalling. Rick Smith summarizes the damage he has done:

The Fisheries Act no longer protects most fish.

The Navigable Waters Protection Act no longer protects most lakes and rivers.

The federal Environmental Assessment Act was repealed in its entirety and replaced with a law so cursory it might as well have been drafted on a cocktail napkin.

Canada remains the only country in the world that signed the Kyoto agreement on carbon pollution, only to withdraw from the treaty.

Even the impressive environmental achievements of previous Conservative governments have (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Libloggers Ascendant: Danielle Takacs For LPC Nominee

I should note that Danielle Takacs is running for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination up in Brant.  Danielle used to blog at  galloping around the golden horseshoe before deciding to jump into the political ring rather than merely snarking about it.  She is to be commended for that, as are the others of our ilk who have taken the same plunge.  Its a tough job, and there is no guarantee of success. Danielle certainly has my support.

PS.  I hear that Danielle is the only LPC potential in Brant, but that the party has been dragging its (Read more…)

Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Leading Legal Headlines for Friday, August 1, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, August 1, 2014:  A shout-out to our good friend, John S., now of Wise Law’s growing Cobourg contingent. May your gardens always be green. Great seeing you. Creator of Mr. Big tactic disappointed in Supreme Court decision Big Political Money Now Floods US Judges’ Races, Too Son walks to park; mom arrested Ontario Court of Appeal: Man jailed for 31 years before conviction thrown out, can sue police, Crown Make all complaints about Ontario doctors public: trial lawyers Lawyer sues over bad Yelp review, says author (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Leading Legal Headlines for Friday, August 1, 2014

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Is Making California’s Drought Worse, Say Activists

California is in the middle of an epic water shortage, with nearly 80% of the state experiencing “extreme or exceptional” drought conditions. Check out this animated map to get a sense of how extensively the drought has impacted the Golden State.

Things have gotten so bad that California enlisted Lady Gaga to record a public service announcement (PSA).

Given the situation, anti-fracking activists say it’s time for Governor Jerry Brown to put a stop to water-intensive fracking, claiming that the controversial oil and gas production method is exacerbating the problem.

“We’re talking about a triple threat to (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Inquiring minds want to know.

The American penny dreadful National Enquirer must have been named before Fowler’s Modern English Usage encouraged people to say ‘inquire’ for asking and ‘enquire’ for an investigation. Or maybe not. Nobody cares about the proper use of English anymore.

But something that caught our attention last week still has us puzzled. Why would the Department of National Defence be the biggest spender in the Canadian government in doing research into the opinions of Canadians? It is bothersome. One rarely thinks of our National Defence Headquarters staff of having enquiring or even inquiring minds.

Are we finding out with whom Canada (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair – Soft on Terrorism

Let’s begin with the definition of “terrorism.” Merriam-Webster offers up a fairly standard definition: “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.”

That sounds exactly like what is going on in Gaza right now. That is exactly what is going on in Gaza right now. It’s terrorism. Deliberately planned and precisely executed terrorism. And our prime minister and his government and our opposition Liberal and New Democrat leaders and all their parties are just fine with it. Trudeau even praises the terrorist government for (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper blasted for pushing Kinder Morgan’s $5.4B oil pipeline

In a strongly worded letter, Lower Nicola Indian Band Chief Aaron L. Sam blasts Stephen Harper for pushing Kinder Morgan’s $5.4-billion oil pipeline, ignoring climate change.

The post Harper blasted for pushing Kinder Morgan’s $5.4B oil pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Music Trivia Interlude – Album Covers

Never noticed those before.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Another tired dog and sway-backed pony show #nlpoli

Temporary premier Tom Marshall and natural resources minister Derrick Dalley released a 40-odd page document on Thursday.  It’s was supposed to be a report of a committee of senior public servants appointed to provide something called “oversight” of the project.

Neither the report nor the committee actually reports on anything about the project.  This first report is actually about re[porting on the project.  More specifically it contains information about the oversight committee,  all the other sources of “oversight” for the project,  some boilerplate about project schedules and budgets,  and a report from Ernst and Young. 

That last document takes up about 12 pages of the total.  It is dated July 25 and describes what Ernst and Young suggest would be the best way for this “oversight” to work.

If you wanted to know how to say absolutely nothing useful in 40 pages,  this is the document to study.

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Alberta Diary: Never mind Alison Redford: Finance Minister Doug Horner, unfortunately, needs to resign

Ed Stelmach, Alison Redford and Doug Horner together on the stage on the night of Ms. Redford’s election as PC Party leader in October 2011. Below: Mr. Horner, Ms. Redford and Mr. Stelmach.

If the Parliamentary convention called ministerial responsibility still has meaning in Alberta or Canada, Finance Minister Doug Horner must resign.

Everyone in political Alberta has been focusing on another question: what should happen to former premier Alison Redford in the wake of the many recent revelations about her controversial conduct in office?

This serves a political purpose for those with a partisan axe to grind, but as (Read more…)