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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Weaponized Aryan Jesus?

The term “weaponized Jesus” comes from an article I read on, from November 2013, titled “The Religious Right With Their Weaponized Jesus Are Not Christians.” It’s worth a read, if you enjoy the political-religious debate. I eventually traced the phrase back to a 2010 story in Mother Jones. It’s a good description of the way […]

Trashy's World: Yet another rant about texting…

… and driving. So here I was last week, coming home from work along my usual route. I stopped at the Heron/Riverside lights and looked around me at the other vehicles. I really wasn’t to surprised to see that every one of the drivers were “heads-down”, furiously typing away or reading whatever was on their […]

Northern Reflections: Canada’s Elmer Gantry


There was a time in this country when those charged with enforcing the law broke it in the name of national security. Tom Walkom  reminds his readers why CSIS was created:

In 1984, CSIS was created specifically to get Canadian spooks out of the dirty-tricks business.

Before that time, security had been the purview of the RCMP which, as a 1981 royal commission found, routinely broke the law in its war against those it (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Herr Harper, Who Is Your Goebbels?

Having returned from our Cuban sojourn last evening, I have not yet had time to get caught up on the Canadian political scene, but this item by Heather Mallick deconstructing one of Herr Harper’s recent 24/Seven productions caught my eye.

Its martial music, military imagery and depiction of Dear leader’s steady hand on the tiller of state, standing strong against those who “hate our freedoms,” left me with only one question: Are Herr Goebbels’ descendants now gainfully employed by Prop Can?

P.S. I noticed that the closed captions were turned on when playing the video. I guess (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: “And deliver us from evil.”

That line from the Anglican version of the Lord’s Prayer is a simple request to God to keep us from being beset by that which is evil in society. Were we to leave that job to those we choose to govern our country, we could be in serious trouble. Politicians seem to overreact. They go after malefactors with a zeal that puts the Lord of Hosts to shame.

Take the Hair and his friends in Ottawa. For years now they have been building new prisons for evil doers. It does little good to tell them that statistically crime is decreasing (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: A look into Sam Harris and Islam – Liberal Viewer

Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them. – Sam Harris.

This is a dangerous quote from Mr.Harris because it muddles the line between action and intent. How can there be any sort of dialogue when one faction can be singled out for death for nothing that they have done, but their beliefs.

Consider how easy it would be for opponents of US policy to follow this same doctrine – would they too be taking ethical action?

Harris, in this context, is not adding clarity to the complex (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Terror Laws and the Madness of Stephen Harper

When I saw Stephen Harper delivering his deranged speech on terrorism at a campaign-style event in a Toronto suburb yesterday, at first I almost felt sorry for him.Because that's not the face of a well man. That's the face of desperate leader cracking up before our eyes. But my sympathy didn't last long. Because this is INSANITY.Read more »

Blunt Objects Blog: Queensland Live

For those awake this early Saturday, you will likely know my calculations in the previous post about time zones mixed up AM and PM.

However, the good news is that this means those of you who like getting up before the sun can watch the election live!

Here is a screengrab I made from earlier

One thing the keen eyed readers might notice is how little blue there is in Brisbane compared to my earlier predictions. Labor has done very well. Currently there are 3 Independents leading, and the LNP and Labor are tied at 39, (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: Pretty much every time I hear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen…

Pretty much every time I hear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper or one of his Conservative minions speak, I think of this song: “Propaganda” by the defunct punk/Oi! band Blitz. The same goes for when I hear Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne or one of her provincial Liberal hacks spew BS talking points. Even though the crooked politicians and partisan bureaucrats are obviously lying and spinning the facts, I realize that a large percentage of the population takes what they say at face value. It is scary and demoralizing to contemplate.

Here’s my suggestion for an updated version of one of (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: Canadian and American right-wing politicians going on about…

Canadian and American right-wing politicians going on about Islamic terrorism has a sickening stench of hypocrisy, considering the fact that the American government and other Western governments helped fund, arm and train Muslim extremists during the Cold War, which has contributed to many of the problems in the Middle East (and beyond) today. It looks like the American military-industrial-spy complex backed the wrong “enemy of my enemy is my friend” in that one. They made their bed, and now they are lying to us.

One of the main reasons there isn’t a strong secular, democratic alternative in most Middle Eastern (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc-$108,125 CVRD Communications Coordinator Panned

According to the Cowichan Valley Citizen at a recent Cowichan Valley Region District (CVRD) budget meeting, “the top priority item was to create a position for a communications coordinator for the district at a total cost of $108,125 including salary and benefits.”

Explaining that CVRD is not very good at getting their message out to the public, Chief Administrator Brian Carruthers told the meeting that he personally has to spend his even more expensive time cleaning up press releases so the public can understand them.

Admittedly it is often difficult to write for the media while being a truthful (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Monbiot-The Lamps Are Coming On All Over Europe

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The world is spinning at an unbelievable rate. Change is in the air. Neo Con control of our countries is being challenged throughout the world.

The following article by British writer George Monbiot, along with the many sources cited flush out many of the threats we face. It may be the most enlightening and informative that I have read, perhaps ever, on the grim matters of turning back fanatical right wing extremism.


George Monbiot

With the sudden collapse of the neoliberal consensus, it’s time to ditch tactical voting and start choosing what we want.

By George (Read more…)

Canadian Trends: A call to arms. We’re going head first and at full speed down the slippery slope.

My blood is absolutely boiling. Some days, I have hope, today is not one of those days. Today I am sick to my stomach, getting sicker and sicker with each and every bullshit propaganda filled quote that came out of Harper’s mouth.

Whether you’re a conservative, a liberal, or NDP, or Green or whatever listen up because I really want you to think about what I have to say next. Reading many of the comments on news articles I see a lot of Harper supporters with blind faith this is good. It’s good because Harper did it. Their trust and (Read more…)

Morton's Musings: Disclosure produced in professional discipline producible despite Wagg

One might think P.(D.) v. Wagg, 2002 CanLII 23611 placed limits on production of disclosure in discipline matters.  That would be wrong.  Philip Services Corp. v. Deloitte & Touche, 2015 ONCA 60: [24]      Importantly, as counsel for the Institute acknowledges, since Howe v. Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ontario) (1994), 1994 CanLII 3360 (ON CA), 19 O.R. (3d) 483 (C.A.), leave to appeal to S.C.C refused, [1994] S.C.C.A. No. 348, was decided, the Institute’s practice is to provide disclosure to the subject (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Morton’s Musings: Disclosure produced in professional discipline producible despite Wagg

Morton's Musings: Snow day

CuriosityCat: Two Questions about the new Anti-Terror Act

Today saw the unveiling of the proposed new Act to cope with terrorist activities, as discussed in this CTV article. The draft bill may be found here. Two immediate questions arise from the definitions set out below: Question 1: Would any activity by a person within Canada to further the separation of a geographical portion of Canada from the nation of Canada fall within the newly prohibited activities in this definition? Would this be an “activity” that “undermines … the territorial integrity of Canada”? Question 2: Would any activities undertaken to block the transmission of oil through pipelines or by rail (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Fuel – Bittersweet CBC: Spy agencies "drowning in data"

Does mass surveillance, like the new laws the government proposed last week, actually make us safer? The answer may surprise you. 

Article by Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira and Dav Seglins for The CBC

Mass trawling of internet data — as done by Canada’s electronic spy agency in a project dubbed Levitation — can impede cyber spies in the hunt for extremists more than it helps, some security experts argue.

read more Gigaom: Net neutrality violators just got smacked down

Could Canada lead the way in the fight for net neutrality? 

Article by David Meyer for Gigaom

The list of countries that find zero-rating to be a violation of net neutrality just keeps on growing, with Canada the latest to crack down on the practice.

read more Global: Canada’s new anti-privacy law – the next great threat to free speech


Article by Anna Mehler Paperny for Global

Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled his government’s new counter-terror bill with dire warnings about the threats facing Canada from radical, freedom-hating groups on the other side of the world.

“A great evil has been descending on our world,” he said in Richmond Hill on Friday.

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Warren Kinsella: The 2015 ballot question explained, gratis

A light just went on in my tiny cranium.

Whichever way things go, the Conservative narrative comes out a winner. Things going great? You can only credit Harper. Things really suck? Only Harper has the experience to get us back on track.

It’s evil genius, but genius, no less. Comments welcome, per usual.

1. Economy good, no security issues? #CPC credited with good times. 2. Economy bad, terrorism? #CPC needed in bad times. Symmetry. #cdnpoli

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January 30, 2015

Canadian Dimension: A Strategy of Ruptures: Ten Theses on the Greek Future

Alek­sandr Ves­nin, Pro­posal for a Mon­u­ment to the Third Inter­na­tional, 1921


Jan­u­ary 25th marks a his­toric turn­ing point in recent Greek his­tory. After five years of dev­as­tat­ing aus­ter­ity, a social cri­sis with­out prece­dent in Europe, and a series of strug­gles that at some points, espe­cially in 2010-2012, took an almost insur­rec­tionary form, there has been a major polit­i­cal break. The par­ties that were respon­si­ble for putting Greek soci­ety under the dis­ci­pli­nary super­vi­sion of the so-called Troika (EU-ECB-IMF) suf­fered a humil­i­at­ing defeat. PASOK, which in 2009 won almost 44% of the vote, now received only 4.68%; and the splin­ter (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Not Sure How Jeb Gets Past This

It’s looking like former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, intends to seek the Republican presidential nomination.  There’s a big slate of aspirants this year and plenty remaining even after Mitt Romney stood down.

I’m guessing here but I expect some of Jeb’s rivals might just suggest he take his mother Barbara’s advice.  (Go to 2:20)

Queer-liberal: Feature film ‘Tru Love’ a delight

I want to give a quick shout-out for a feature film I saw last weekend: ‘Tru Love,’ by co-directors Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald, which is playing for a second week until Feb 5th at Toronto’s Carlton Cinema.

Like most queer Canadian indie flicks, this delightful lesbian romance was shot on a small budget by some very talented people.   Their labour of love has had much success on the international film festival circuit, won many awards and is getting released soon on various platforms around the world.  For now in Canada, the film continues its theatrical run in (Read more…)

cartoon life: The Annunciation

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