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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Sonata No. 7 in D Major Op. 10

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3, was dedicated to the Countess Anne Margarete von Browne, and written in 1798. This makes it contemporary with his three string trios of opus 9, the violin sonatas of opus 12 and the violin romance that became his opus 50 when later published. (The year also saw the premiere of a revised version of his second piano concerto, whose original form had been written and heard in 1795.[1])

It is divided into four movements:

Presto – cut time Largo e mesto – 6/8 (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sure Its Only Forum

…from a week ago, no less.  But that’s majority territory, as the poll suggests.  As for the pollsters, well, can’t find where he wrote it but 308′s Eric Grenier has been taking Forum a bit more seriously lately, after they called NS and Que. roughly correct, and Eric is a smart fellow.  A long way to go, and many a slip between cup and lip, but decent news, which for me, would suggest that the Tories are likely to drag out an election call rather than go in Spring 2015.

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: 2019 should be interesting #nlpoli

The cheque’s been cash. 

There’s no more cash flowing.

But the deal is not quite done, yet.

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bastard.logic: Trolling: Still An Art (Blues Rock Revival Edition)

Meanwhile, in Chicago…

Filed under: frivolity Tagged: Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Jack White, resting bitchface, The White Stripes

Canadian Trends: The stench of western hypocrisy is becoming hard to ignore

Another day, more western endorsed Gazan deaths. “Self defense”, “Rockets”, and “Human shields” are really getting old fast in terms of the excuses Israel is using to justify it’s slaughter, and it is a slaughter, of what you must remember is a very very tiny occupied land. There is no where for these people to go. From Wikipedia… Gaza has an annual population growth rate of 2.91% (2014 est.), the 13th highest in the world, and is overcrowded.[4][5] There is a limited capability to construct new homes and facilities for this growth. The territory is 41 kilometers (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: I’ll answer your question, Mr. Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron, like our PM a cheerleader for Israel, posed a rhetorical question this week: how would those criticizing Israel’s actions expect their own government to react if hundreds of rockets were raining down on their country’s cities?

Well, Mr. Cameron, if hundreds of rockets were raining down on Canadian cities because our government had in effect imprisoned 1.8

Alberta Diary: You could drive one of those tar sands heavy haulers through the gaping holes in the latest Fraser Institute ‘study’ of Alberta’s finances

A worker in Fort McMurray prepares to drive this truck through the holes in the Fraser Institute’s “report,” which claims Alberta’s finances are in worse shape than those of places like Texas, North Dakota and Louisiana. Below: The Norwegian oil port of Stavanger, which, according to the Fraser Institute, doesn’t exist!

Alberta should adopt a sales tax, according to the latest press release from the Fraser Institute.

But don’t worry, the latest piece of far-right puffery from the market-fundamentalist “think tank” – which prefers to refer to this bumpf as a “study” or a “report” – only advocates a consumption (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Muslim Double Standards Abound

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

This piece by Tarek Fatah appeared in the Toronto Star’s Middle East Forum last week and was sent to Cowichan Conversations as a comment. Upon reading it I determined that while it is a good comment piece it should be elevated to a post.

It offers readers a fresh perspective and draws upon the thousands of deaths in the Syria conflict and also in Pakistan pointing out that there is an absence of coverage, awareness and outrage resulting from the horrendous experiences there. It is worthwhile for so many of us trying to get are heads around (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: I swear to God, Saskatchewan is so beautiful

If I lived here, I’d lay in a park and stare at the sky all the time.

Taken by Lala on the way back to Moose Jaw, from Regina.


DeSmogBlog: Australian Press Watchdog Criticises Climate Report From Rupert Murdoch’s Flagship Newspaper

The headline on The Australian newspaper’s story about a leak of a major United Nations climate change report read “We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC”.

But an investigation by Australia’s press watchdog has found that in fact, it was the Murdoch-owned national newspaper that “got it wrong”.

The Australian Press Council has upheld complaints about the coverage, led by a story from the newspaper’s environment editor Graham Lloyd.

The council also found the newspaper’s attempts to correct its story had failed to meet the press standards.

Lloyd’s original story, published on page one in September 2013, was an echo (Read more…)

Sudbury Steve May: Lack of Attention to Lake Water Quality Contributing to Systemic Public Concerns in Greater Sudbury

Something has been simmering beneath the City of Lakes’ political surface for some time now, and as the summer temperature has started to rise, the issue appears to be bubbling to the top of mind of our citizenry. It’s not the usual issue about roads, or about how tax dollars are spent and why – although both roads and taxes play a part in shaping and defining this issue. In short, Greater Sudburians are becoming increasingly fed up with the lack of attention we are collectively paying to water quality issues, especially those which impact drinking water sources, such as (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: spare a thought for Moose Jaw

MOOSE JAW, SASK. – As you head into town here, there’s bright yellow canola sprouting on one side of the highway, and bluish flax to be seen on the other side. There’s winter wheat, too, but it’s a bit harder to spot at this time of year.

The Saskatchewan sky goes on forever and ever, and it’s frankly more simply beautiful than anything you’ll see almost anywhere else. Our pilot, Dane, takes a hand off the wheel and waves in the direction of the canola and the flax and the wheat.

“Five bucks a bushel,” says Dane Friese, who pronounces (Read more…) Michael Geist: 2 out of 3 ain’t enough

Two of Canada’s biggest telecoms have done the right thing and publicly announced that they will not share subscribers’ private information without a warrant any more. It doesn’t seem like much to ask for, but Bell is still holding back. Add to the pressure at

Article by Michael Geist

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Spencer decision, several leading Canadian ISPs have publicly announced that they have changed their practices on the disclosure of subscriber information (including basic subscriber information such as name and address) to law enforcement. For example, Rogers announced that it will (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Reign of Terror – Part Four

Except, that is, in Harperland. The latest Orwellian edict to come down from the Harper-directed CRA, reported by The Winnipeg Free Press, is as follows:

The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world, it can only alleviate poverty — because preventing poverty might benefit people who are not already poor.

The bizarre bureaucratic brawl over a mission statement is yet more evidence of deteriorating relations between the Harper government and some parts of Canada’s charitable sector.

The lexical scuffle began when Oxfam Canada filed papers with (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: EI Needs To Increase Access Not Lower Premiums

Erin does a nice job of documenting the fact that the number of EI recipients is falling, despite the fact that unemployment is rising.

But it seems to me that the crisis in EI is forever falling on deaf ears. Even though only 37.5% of unemployed workers are receiving EI, pundits and politicians feel that the problem with EI is not access, but high premiums. Improving access is usually not even presented as an option. If there’s a surplus in the EI Account, it must be that there is too much revenue, full stop.

Recent case in point. The (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Canada’s green cities take lead on climate change

Vancouver is Canada’s climate leader (photo: Wendy / flickr)

Amid the dire warnings about global warming’s impacts, what’s often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it’s not surprising that tangible positive action on climate change is happening in Canada’s cities.

My hometown, Vancouver, is the real leader on Canadian urban climate initiatives. Oil and gas capital also pursuing energy efficiency

Plenty of examples can be found in the National Measures Report, released in (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Gaza Conflict: Canadian man wants Harper charged with inciting genocide

A Newfoundland man says PM Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird should be charged under Canada’s Criminal Code for inciting “genocide” in Gaza.

The post Gaza Conflict: Canadian man wants Harper charged with inciting genocide appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

DeSmogBlog: ‘No Swimming’ Advisories Issued for Three West Vancouver Beaches … Is Your Beach Safe?

Nothing is better than splashing around in the water on a hot summer day, but B.C. residents should be questioning whether that refreshing dip is going to make them sick, says Lauren Hornor, executive director of Fraser Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization working to ensure B.C. waters are safe for swimming, drinking and fishing.

This week, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority issued a “no swimming” advisory for three West Vancouver beaches due to high levels of E.coli, which can increase risk of gastro-intestinal illness.

“Due to high levels of bacteria in the water swimming is not recommended at Ambleside, (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservative Chris Tells A Tall Tale

.@CBCNews – @calxandr HarperCON’s trained MP seal, announces Poverty has been eliminated in Canada. Yes, really— StopApartheid Israel (@NadineLumley) July 24, 2014

How Chris Alexander stacks up with James Moore, and Lying Leona A. I’ll leave to you to sort out.

DeSmogBlog: Is B.C.’s LNG Plan Destined to Fail?

This is a guest post by Mark Jaccard, professor of sustainable energy at Simon Fraser University and a convening lead author in the Global Energy Assessment.

During B.C.’s 2013 election campaign, at a conference of energy economists in Washington, D.C., I spoke about how one of our politicians was promising huge benefits during the next decades from B.C. liquefied natural gas exports to eastern Asia. These benefits included lower income taxes, zero provincial debt, and a wealth fund for future generations. My remarks, however, drew laughter. Later, several people complimented my humour.

Why this reaction? (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: When a Tree Falls in Saskatchewan

.@SusanFelucifer @acoyne We have a deep seated fear of high places, since none exist here. Closed off top floor public observatories too.— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 24, 2014

While reading news page comment sections, even hopeless trolls who’d normally mock people saving trees by “hugging” them, have seen the light because of the nanny-state circumstance dooming the trees they’ve been coached to hate even more than “tree huggers”.

Saskatchewan is a province of leaders. We lead the country in smoking. We lead the world in per capita Green House Gas emissions. And we’re leading the fight against (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Gaza Conflict: Letter From Norwegian Doctor Mads Gilbert

“Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?” asks Norwegian Dr. Mads Gilbert in this letter, which also describes the incomprehensible horror he’s currently witnessing in Gaza.

The post Gaza Conflict: Letter From Norwegian Doctor Mads Gilbert appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

DeSmogBlog: Exclusive: Former Enbridge Lobbyist John Paul Fraser Named New Head of B.C. Government Communications Branch

The newly appointed head of the B.C. government’s communications branch is a former lobbyist for Enbridge Inc., the company that hopes to build the $7.9-billion Northern Gateway pipeline stretching 1,200 kilometres from the Alberta oilsands to Kitimat on the B.C. coast.

John Paul Fraser, who DeSmog Canada has learned became acting deputy minister in charge of Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE) earlier this month, worked as a lobbyist for National Public Relations from 2008 until shortly before moving to the B.C public service in 2011.

He previously worked for Burrard Communications Inc. — (Read more…)

Art Threat: Just For Laughs: Jerrod Carmichael, Nikki Glaser & Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It

The Just For Laughs Festival is taking place in Montreal, and Art Threat’s Kristi Kouchakji is there to review the politically-tinged humour for us.

Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-lady Rape About Comedy Starring her Pussy and Little Else

With a title like “Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It” and a no-pants-performance gimmick, it is easy to assume this show is a deconstruction and subversion of rape jokes and rape culture.

What it mostly is, however, is a defence of rape jokes under the guise of free speech. Truscott’s thesis seems to be essentially that rape is bad, but rape (Read more…)

Morton's Musings: Seriousness of charge and 11(b) balancing

R. v. Stilwell, 2014 ONCA 563:

[61] Lastly, in my view, while the trial judge did not err in finding some prejudice, she significantly under-emphasized the seriousness of the charges against the respondent and society’s interest in having them tried on their merits. At p. 787 of Morin, Sopinka J. stated that as the seriousness of the offence increases, so does the societal demand that the accused be brought to trial. Further, as McLachlin J. (as she then was) stated in her concurring reasons in Morin, at p. 812: “Where the accused suffers little or no prejudice, (Read more…)