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Warren Kinsella: Things you can’t do when you’re not a toddler

Okay, this made me laugh. Yes, I’m strange.

Politics and its Discontents: Gaza – A Suggested Solution

Further to that piece Friday on how Israel’s radical rightwing shift is brutalizing Israeli society, I stumbled across this:

And I found this insightful and well footnoted piece from The Nation on AlterNet debunking Israel’s (and our own) narrative on the Gaza invasion.

When an Israeli, of all people, can openly call for a “final solution” to the Palestinian problem, well…

Netanyahu calls upon Palestinian civilians to “leave Gaza.” How exactly? And go where?

I have a solution to this unbearable mess. This would be a perfect opportunity for NATO to (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: EPA Internal Audit Finds Flawed Pipeline Oversight Adds $192 Million a Year to Gas Bills, Harms Climate

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog, the inspector general released a scathing report on the agency’s failure to control leaks from the nation’s natural gas distribution system.

The report, titled “Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines,” describes a string of failures by the EPA to control leaks of one of the most potent greenhouse gases, methane, from the rapidly expanding natural gas pipeline industry.

“The EPA has placed little focus and attention on reducing methane emissions from pipelines in the natural gas distribution sector,” the report begins. “The EPA (Read more…)

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Mother and Severely Autistic Son Evicted by Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation Will Be Homeless Friday, August 1

“People with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their  environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. … the symptoms of people with ASD will fall on a continuum, with some individuals showing mild symptoms and others having much more severe symptoms“ American Psychiatric Association, Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet   [Underlining added for emphasis - HLD] Mistie Delorey is a single mother currently residing in a property of the Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation.  Her son  with severe autism will turn 7 two days from now, on July 31, (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Mother and Severely Autistic Son Evicted by Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation Will Be Homeless Friday, August 1

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Jewel in the Crown #nlpoli

If you are a Newfoundland politics junkie who hasn’t been reading Uncle Gnarley,  then you’ve been missing out.

You can fix that by reading the latest offering from Gnarley – a.k.a. Des Sullivan – about Nalcor and the idea of having bureaucrats play at being entrepreneurs.

While you’re at it,  you might also want to read a couple of SRBP posts to go with it:

“The sound of silence” and “Newfoundland and Labrador Hydra”


Dead Wild Roses: Shadow is a pretty dog!

Arb gave Shadow a bath the other day, and she got all shiny and silky and pretty!

She wasn’t sure about this whole “posing for pictures” thing

She was much happier once the ordeal was over

Filed under: Cute Tagged: Cute, dogblogging, shadow

Cowichan Conversations: I Support BC Teachers!

Alberta Diary: So much for ‘leading by example’ – Alberta Tories’ 3-year pay freeze for top civil service executives melts like ice cream on a hot day

Ice cream on a hot day – melts almost as fast as an Alberta Tory management wage freeze! Actual PC promises of “leading by example” may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Finance Minister Doug Horner, nowhere to be seen yesterday; leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk, bemoaning the decision last night.

Senior Alberta government managers had to be rejoicing yesterday – and presumably resolving to update their lapsed memberships in the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party.

Leastways, word leaked out yesterday to us in the Hoi Polloi that the government’s three-year freeze on civil service executive salaries, which began amid great fanfare (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: A column in which I again stand with Israel hate mail landing in 5…4…3…

For political parties, winning elections is – naturally – the big prize. Almost as good: stealing away an entire demographic group from an opponent.

Case in point, Canadian Jewish voters. The Liberal Party of Canada used to have ‘em. Now they don’t. The Conservative Party of Canada, Stephen Harper, prop., stole ‘em. It is an extraordinary achievement. But when you consider how dissimilar Canadian Jewish voters are to their equivalents south of the border, maybe not.

In the U.S., about three out of four Jews have traditionally voted Democrat. An overwhelming majority of American Jews – 73% (Read more…)

350 or bust: There’s Only Love

Life is sometimes hard. This is in memory of my mother, Leona, who passed on last week. Mom, it turns out, there’s only love. “We are fire and sometimes we are light We are passions that sometimes are right And we are brick, we are mortar, we are ashes tomorrow – that is to say, […]

Left Over: Telling It Like It Is……

When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more

Once there was widespread Israeli outrage over the bombing of homes in Gaza. Now there is just indifference

Yuli Novak, former Israeli air force officer The Guardian, Monday 28 July 2014 18.34 BST I have been waiting along time to read something like this..and of course, comments were closed by the time I found it..still, absolutely worth reading. Here is a woman who could, with a certain moral force, speak the opposite of what we read here, and be supported in (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Canada Among Top 7 Countries Least Likely to Agree with Climate Science. But Why?

Canada ranks among the world’s countries least likely to agree that climate change is a result of human activity, according to recently released Ipsos MORI research. The study, “Global Trends 2014,” posed a number of survey questions to individuals in 20 countries and discovered agreement with climate science is lowest in the U.S., Great Britain, Australia, Russia, Poland, Japan and Canada, respectively.

Agreement with climate science was highest in China, of all the countries surveyed, a fact that Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos MORI, attributes to high environmental concerns in China as a result of (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Baby Killers

He is a man who lost his moral compass a long time ago, if he ever had one.He is a liar, a bully, a cheat, a grubby little dictator.But at least he won't be able to pose as Mother Harper anymore. As he was doing just two months ago when he hosted this summit. Not when he's ordered his stooges at Revenue Canada to go after organizations like Oxfam…

And of course, not when he is cheering on Benjamin Netanyahu and his ghastly baby killers. Read more »

The Common Sense Canadian: Industrial energy expert: BC govt policy, IPPs to blame for high power bills

Construction of a private power project on the Ashlu River (Photo: Range Life)

Read this July 24 op-ed in The Vancouver Sun by the former head of the Association of Major Power Users of BC, Dan Potts – who places the blame for skyrocketing power bills squarely on the BC Liberal Government’s shoulders. Potts’ comments mirror the editorial opinion of The Common Sense Canadian, published repeatedly in these pages over the past four years:

BC Hydro has recently released its annual report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. The details of energy costs are set forth on (Read more…) AlphaBeatic: How both Canada and the U.S. are lagging behind

Why Canadians need to look farther than the U.S. for sensible cell phone policy.

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

When discussing the state of telecommunications services and their respective prices in Canada, industry defenders often point to the United States in their rationalizations.

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Warren Kinsella: Watching the CP24 circus


The Common Sense Canadian: Can environmentalism be liberated from partisan politics?

Ex-BC Green Leader Jane Sterk (left) and Premier Christy Clark on the 2013 campaign trail (Facebook)

In BC, conflating environmentalism and politics is a mainstay. Is it possible to restore environmentalism in BC, free of partisan politics and more in tune with the actual environment? Here is where environmentalists can learn a lot from the rich and much longer history of the labour movement.

Much like labour, the environmental movement has hitched itself to a political party. This approach did not – and has not – served labour well as a force for progressive change, but rather doing so allowed electoral (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Has The Gulf Of Mexico Hit Peak Oil?

There are enough articles on the “myth of peak oil” floating around the Internet to fill a book; and there are enough books on the subject to fill a small library. One of the common threads throughout these publications is their lack of credible sources, because not only is peak oil real, but we’re rapidly approaching that threshold.

An example that is smacking the United States and the oil industry in the face right now is floating in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to a new government report, oil and natural gas production in the Gulf has (Read more…)

centre of the universe: Always should be someone you really love

I drove in to the city this morning and there was, just as I was pulling in to my parking spot, a “thing” on the radio about a transgender child from Alberta who is in the process of requesting his legal documents change his gender to represent the gender with which he identifies (male). I remembered reading an article about … Continue reading →

DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Report: Obama Administration Exporting Climate Change by Exporting Coal

Greenpeace USA has released a major new report on an under-discussed part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon rule: it serves as a major endorsement of continued coal production and export to overseas markets.

“Leasing Coal, Fueling Climate Change: How the federal coal leasing program undermines President Obama’s Climate Plan” tackles the dark underbelly of a rule that only polices coal downstream at the power plant level and largely ignores the upstream and global impacts of coal production at-large.

The Greenpeace report was released on the (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Massaging The Message: How A Republican Has Helped Israel Justify Its Invasion Of Gaza

The Independent reports on how an American Republican pollster and political strategist has helped Israel sell its recent invasion of Gaza, drawing upon a

playbook [that] is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those “who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel”.

The strategy, which relies (Read more…) AlphaBeatic: Canadians want lower prices and greater choice

Tens of thousands of Canadians are speaking out for lower cell phone bills – and this report suggests our pressure could be starting to deliver results. Keep up the pressure at

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

Something very unusual is happening in Canadian wireless services: for the first time in a long time, the average bill might actually be set to go down.

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Bill Longstaff: Canada Revenue Agency snubs Parliamentary Budget Officer

It may be hard to believe, but Canadians don’t know the difference between what the government is owed in taxes and what it collects. And we aren’t going to find out. That is the decision by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in response to a request from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) for information that would allow calculation of the tax gap.

Apparently the Commissioner of Revenue had

The Canadian Progressive: Politicians Betray Canadian Values in Israel-Gaza Conflict

Rights group says Canadian party leaders’ unequivocal support of Israel a betrayal of Canadian values, demonstrates “no nuance of understanding of the broader situation between Israel, Gaza and the Palestinians.”

The post Politicians Betray Canadian Values in Israel-Gaza Conflict appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Blunt Objects Blog: Democratic Dipper Values In Action

Oh, this is brilliant: Long-time Progressive Conservative MLA Bev Harrison invoked the memory of former British prime minister Winston Churchill as he confirmed on Friday that he will run for the NDP in the next provincial election.

Harrison appeared with NDP Leader Dominic Cardy at a news conference on Friday to confirm that he will run for the NDP in the Sept. 22 election.

… The NDP’s riding of Hampton is in tumult with resignations, allegations of heavy-handed politics and party switching.

Pat Hanratty, the riding association’s president and a former president of the provincial party, resigned this week and posted on Facebook (Read more…)