Northern Reflections: The Focus Shifts To Europe

Elections are coming in Europe. That’s where — not in the United States — we will see the first reverberations of the Trump Effect. Six months ago, it looked like Europe was drifting dangerously to the Right. Now — after the world has had fifteen weeks of Trump — Tony Burman writes that things are ...

wmtc: petra

Petra is breathtaking. It is unique, certainly in my experience, but likely in all the world. Imagine an extremely unusual and beautiful natural site, with unique rock formations, colours, and features, combined with a unique archaeological site, a place where ancient people honoured and buried their dead. It is wondrous. More on this later. First, ...

The Disaffected Lib: The New Founding Fathers – Mk. 2

Americans love their Constitution and they revere their “founding fathers” which makes it all the more curious that they’re devoutly supporting the ultimate charlatan who wants to relieve them of both. Day by day they’re working to unravel everything that has gone on before – the founding fathers, the Constitution, judicial independence, freedom of the ...

Alberta Politics: Opposition parties strangely quiet as Alberta Finance Minister stops the ABC Sector gravy train

PHOTOS: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci considers a reporter’s question during Friday’s news conference (screenshot). Below: Alberta Workers Compensation Board CEO Guy Kerr and Alberta Energy Regulator CEO Jim Ellis. Being a conservative in opposition apparently turns what your Mama taught you on its head: If you can’t say anything bad, don’t say anything at ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘He’s a Liar’: Why British Columbians Are So Over Justin Trudeau

This article originally appeared on iPolitics. The man sitting at the head of the table has a face that should be on money. It is calm, etched with wrinkle lines of infinite patience, utterly immune to honeyed words. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has heard more vows than the parsons in Reno’s drive-thru wedding chapels — most ...

The Disaffected Lib: Riding the Geezer Train to Nowhere

Sometimes You Have to Know When to Let Go. If the Tories want to reclaim a respectable share of the youth vote before the Boomer generation dies off, they’re barking up the wrong tree. That goes double for Kellie the Leech and O’Neill the Hustler. Researchers brought a sobering message to the annual convention of ...

Warren Kinsella: It’s Forum. But. 

It’s Forum. That’s the first thing.  Election is far away, that’s another. Wynne’s been counted out before, plenty of times. Seat projections are voodoo science. Media polls are worth what you pay for them – nothing.  And, it’s Forum.  But: Kathleen Wynne and Ontario’s Liberals could be on the verge of electoral disaster in 2018, ...

The Decarie Report: Feb. 25: Hitler has never left us.

What can one say?  Trump is a Hitler. And I don’t say that lightly. He appeals to racism. He poses as the man of the people while he really does nothing for them – except to satisfy their prejudices. While he speaks of his concern for ‘the people’, he announces he’ll be cutting taxes for ...

politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: more reflections on free speech

I’m still slowly reading a big book about 17th century arguments for and against religious tolerance. It is called John Locke, Toleration and Early Enlightenment Culture by John Marshall. I’m really not used to being stuck in the middle of one book for this long, but it seems like the kids are still always talking ...

The Disaffected Lib: Bill Maher’s Hypocrisy On Paedophilia

Bill Maher thinks he did a great public service by inviting Milo Yiannopolous on his Real Time programme on HBO where the alt.right troll got into it for defending man/boy love he received as a youngster from “Father Mike.” Gloating, Maher praised Bill Maher, saying that “Sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome.” It turns out ...

The Disaffected Lib: Coyne Pans the Manning Conference

Andrew Coyne sees Canada’s Conservatives as heading down a dark road, one that may (hopefully) consign them to years in the political desert. He offers, as proof, this year’s Manning Conference, now a love fest for right wing populism. Consider what items might have been on the agenda. A forward-looking conference intended to help shape ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Crazy-Making Cancer Treatment

I believe my doctors mean well, I really do, but their behaviour is not dissimilar from the crazy-making type of abuse wherein the abuser keeps telling a different story until the victim starts to question their own memory and doesn’t know what to believe any more. I’m really glad I write everything down (and tape record ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Age of Angst

I grew up in the 50s and 60s, the height of the Cold War. That was the time when the MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction paradigm hadn’t yet quite taken hold. It was the Dr. Strangelove era when planners thought a nuclear first strike – by us – might just work. Where I lived we got ...

Scripturient: Saunderson shirks his responsibility to taxpayers

The town’s budget is by far the single most important thing elected officials have to manage. It’s complicated, affects everyone in town, reaches into every department, ranges through services, user fees, and ultimately determines the quality of life for everyone here. It is the one thing that demands the full attention, the full concentration,  the ...

Parchment in the Fire: Greece’s Debt Relief Conundrum

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18459:Greece%27s-Debt-Relief-Conundrum Filed under: Uncategorized

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Winter Seating–But Not for Long

Last Sunday Lukas and Thomas built an igloo in the backyard, and the snow was knee deep in the parks.  Not much chance that anyone would have been tempted to sun themselves on these benches either. But climate change is blowing through and the snow is melting rapidly.  Outdoor skating rinks which are frequently open ...

Warren Kinsella: Leitch goes all alt-Right

But Breitbart isn’t “alt-Right.” It’s the principal North American platform for white supremacists, neo-Nazis and motley bigots and haters.  And Conservative leadership candidate has chosen to advertise there. It wasn’t an accident. Here. A few weeks ago, I pointed out online that the Ontario government had an ad there, too. Right afterwards, I heard from the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – David Giles reports on the increasing cost of living in Saskatchewan. And Barbara Ehrenreich writes about the future of the U.S.’ working class – including the reality that its major recent success has involved improving minimum wage levels: Now when politicians invoke “the working class,” they are likely ...

Dead Wild Roses: Noam Chomsky On Trump and American Politics

There is always hope. Filed under: Culture, Politics Tagged: American Politics, Hope, Noam Chomsky, Struggle

Northern Reflections: You Can’t Believe A Word He Says

Kevin O’Leary has been making the occasional trip up from Boston in his bid to become Prime Minister of Canada. His sales pitch — like Donald Trump’s — is that, as a business man, he knows how to get things done. Alan Freeman writes: O’Leary’s Trump-esque bid to lead the Conservative party is based on ...

Politics and its Discontents: All You Need To Know About Kellie Leitch

The picture below conveys all one needs to know about Kellie Leitch. In the right-hand corner is an ad placed by that very strange lady in Breitbart. Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is running advertisements on alt-right website Breitbart news. The advertisements include calls to dismantle the CBC, oppose the carbon tax and to screen ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is that Mainstreet or Elm Street?

Having started out as a young man writing scripts for telephone co-incidental research, we are not about to easily buy into Interactive Voice Response (IVR) polling. This is mentioned in that some recent political polls in Alberta and B.C. have the politicos excited. The polls were done with IVR by Mainstreet Research. What we have ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A week and a verdict later #nlpoli

Last Saturday, this headline (left) in the Telegram prompted a storm of outrage from people who thought that it placed the blame for a sexual assault on the victim. The words were essentially what the victim had said during her testimony in the trial.  They were also a more blunt version of what both the ...

The Disaffected Lib: America’s Deep State – More and Less Than Meets the Eye

There’s a lot of talk about America’s “deep state.” This supposed hidden government is the stuff of many conspiracy theories. Donald Trump is obsessed with the idea, wants them exposed. Foreign Policy’s Steven Cook says the leakers are a last resort response to a rogue government gone amok. American bureaucrats are doing something similar to what the ...

Views from the Beltline: Will city folk continue to be Alberta’s second class citizens?

Amid debate about adopting a voting system to replace the egregiously undemocratic first-past-the-post, another offense against fair voting is sometimes overlooked. In Alberta, an opportunity to redress that particular sin is underway. In accordance with the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission Act, a commission has been established to set the constituency boundaries for the 2019 provincial