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The Disaffected Lib: Remember "Snakes and Ladders"?

Well, Americans should brace themselves, for their future holds a lot more snakes and damn few ladders.

I have long been convinced that the American public and, to a lesser extent, our own have been groomed, conditioned into a state of powerlessness. Fake news and the corporate media cartel have been instrumental in leaving . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Remember "Snakes and Ladders"?

The Disaffected Lib: When the President Does It, That Means It Is Not Illegal.

Takes you back, doesn’t it? Back to the days of Richard Milhous “Tricky Dicky” Nixon. It came up in the Frost-Nixon interviews.

Flash forward to 2016. Now we have the Giant Orange Turd channeling the worst of Nixon.

At a Tuesday lunch with the New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said several things. He . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: When the President Does It, That Means It Is Not Illegal.

The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship

Harvard prof and Foreign Policy columnist, Steven Walt, has a thoughtful essay, “10 Ways to Tell if Your President is a Dictator.“

My fears about Trump’s foreign policy have always been two-fold: that he might pursue a more sensible grand strategy but do it incompetently, thereby weakening America’s international position, or that he will eventually get . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship

The Disaffected Lib: Trump Will Blind NASA’s Eye on Earth

Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Trump Will Blind NASA’s Eye on Earth

The Disaffected Lib: Van Jones Warning to Canada. Listen Up.

“It can find a home in your country, too, if you don’t stand up to it.” Van Jones understands the bigotry Trump has tapped across America does not respect borders. There is plenty of low life in Canada to carry that same torch, burn that same cross.

A high-profile American political commentator says Canadians . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Van Jones Warning to Canada. Listen Up.

The Disaffected Lib: If There’s One Thing We Ought to Have Learned.

One thing that we have learned about Donald Trump, both from his last two years on the campaign trail and from the Trump of earlier decades, is that it takes a real Gullibilly to believe anything that comes out of his mouth.

Trump used to say all manner of mainly liberal things on issues . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: If There’s One Thing We Ought to Have Learned.

The Disaffected Lib: When the "Indispensible Nation" Becomes Expendable.

Writing in Foreign Policy, Max Boot argues that “Trump’s ‘America First’ Is the Twilight of American Exceptionalism.”

Boot’s essay begins with an extensive catalogue of the similarities between Obama’s policies and what Trump will likely deliver. He finds Obama a latter day Jefferson and sees in Trump a 21st century Jacksonian. For those not . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: When the "Indispensible Nation" Becomes Expendable.

The Disaffected Lib: The Smart Move – Yes, From the Trudeau Government at That.

The federal government will order 18 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets from Boeing to bridge the gap while it awaits the next wave of new generation fighters for the Royal Canadian Air Force. They’re following an idea that Australia implemented a couple of years ago.

Most of America’s allies are going for Lockheed’s troubled F-35 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Smart Move – Yes, From the Trudeau Government at That.

The Disaffected Lib: The Many Faces of Donald Trump and Company

Apparently the video of the Alt-Right gathering with the “Heil Trump” and Nazi salutes was just too much for America’s president-elect. Trump now says he denounces the Alt-Right movement. The only problem is that he’s keeping Alt-Right champion, former Breitbart chief and white supremacist, Steve Bannon as his chief political strategist. Sorry, Donald, but words . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Many Faces of Donald Trump and Company

The Disaffected Lib: Is Anybody Listening?

Judging by the petro-posture of our prime minister and America’s “clean coal” president, it doesn’t sound like there’s anybody on our side of the Atlantic listening to the alarms being sounded by science types in the Arctic. The scientific community calls it a climate emergency.

When atmospheric temperatures are 20 degrees Celsius, roughly 36 degrees . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is Anybody Listening?

Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Portugal reached a very significant milestone on its path to being fully powered by renewables by consuming energy only from sustainable resources for four days. Other countries are on similar paths. In 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s power from renewable sources, Scotland powered itself exclusively on renewables for a week earlier this year, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Canadians Prefer Businesses with Green Vehicles

Should your company cars and long distance fleets go green? 90% of Canadians believe businesses should reduce transportation related emissions and 82% feel having an environmentally friendly fleet is an important factor when choosing vendors. I look at the findings to see if turning your fleet green may make business sense. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Canadians Prefer Businesses with Green Vehicles

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Nestlé Creating Shared Value Through Environmental Sustainability

Nestlé mark their 150th anniversary with key commitments to creating shared value in Canadian society. I look into their goals and progress as well as how their strategy of creating shared value differs from other corporate social responsibility programs. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Nestlé Creating Shared Value Through Environmental Sustainability

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Greening Offices Without Adding to Landfill

Many corporations are moving their staff into modern green offices in LEED buildings. But the left-behind furniture and equipment often end up in landfill. It’s better to recycle, resell, and donate them to minimize your footprint, recover costs, and benefit charities. Let’s see how Chevron did it and what you can learn from their experiences for your next move or renovation. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Greening Offices Without Adding to Landfill

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Why Do Banks Invest in Big Oil?

For profits, obviously. Divesting from fossil fuel would lose business and lower profits, so the thinking goes. But is this true? A study finds ethical banks are just as profitable as major banks. If a mainstream bank adopts sustainable banking principles can they realistically expect to maintain profits? I look into the study’s methodology and see what a major bank can take away from the findings. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Why Do Banks Invest in Big Oil?

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Green Energy Pioneer Bullfrog Power Talks Energy Landscape

Bullfrog Power is an inspiring Canadian green energy success story. Since 2005 Bullfrog pioneers in providing easy solutions for large businesses like Walmart, Unilever, and RBC as well as individuals to power their homes and offices with 100% renewable energy. At their tenth anniversary I talk to CEO Ron Seftel on how the green energy landscape has evolved and how businesses may position themselves for the anticipated changes from our new climate-friendly federal and provincial governments. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Green Energy Pioneer Bullfrog Power Talks Energy Landscape

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Creating a Mob May Be Easy

…But controlling a mob isn’t something you can really predict.

What’s the Saskatchewan Premier doing releasing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a “pause” and “delay” to refugee settlement? He’s equating terrorism in France with Syrian refugees on their way to live in Saskatchewan. That’s a terrible, and Islamophobic position to take.

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Creating a Mob May Be Easy

Morton's Musings: Dangers of mid trial R 21 motion

Holgate v. Sheehan Estate, 2015 ONCA 717:

[28]       The issues raised by the appellants – albeit unsuccessfully – demonstrate the challenges and potential pitfalls involved when a r. 21 motion is entertained by a trial judge.  

[29]       In this case, the trial judge’s initiative in inviting a mid-trial r. 21 motion . . . → Read More: Morton’s Musings: Dangers of mid trial R 21 motion

The Decarie Report: well, we averted disaster – but that’s all….

My computer has been in computer hospital since Sunday. I’m hoping it’s now showing paragraphs and slightly larger print. The Canadian federal election had the second-worst possible result. I’m much relieved at the defeat of Harper. He was a threat to democracy and to any independence of the Canadian nation. He’s an ideologue who . . . → Read More: The Decarie Report: well, we averted disaster – but that’s all….

The Disaffected Lib: It Wasn’t Just Harper Who Went Down in Flames Last Night.

Damn! I forgot to unload my Enbridge stock. I expect the market for pipelines is a tad wobbly this morning. The Northern Gateway (we’re told) is dead, dead, dead. The north coast is saved.

Face it, Enbridge/Harper never succeeded in establishing ‘social licence’ for the Northern Gateway, especially not with our stalwart First Nations. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It Wasn’t Just Harper Who Went Down in Flames Last Night.

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Perth-Wellington: vote Liberal

If polls are to be believed, the Liberals are dominating in Ontario. Grenier’s poll tracker projects the Liberal support in Ontario at 43% and the Conservatives down to 31%: Ontario Polls from Poll Tracker This shift against Harper is showing up on the ground in ridings that one would normally assume are fairly safe, such as Perth-Wellington, . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Perth-Wellington: vote Liberal

Northern Reflections: What Does He Say In Private?

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The differences between the Liberals and the Conservatives are getting starker. Susan Delacourt writes:

If this election is distilling down to a potentially ugly culture war in the final two weeks before the vote, much could rest on how Canadians feel about the people living around them.

Trudeau gave . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: What Does He Say In Private?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CBC Wrecks Another Debate #elxn42

I’ve long called for More Debates, Not Fewer Debaters, and CBC again disappoints.

Not much watchdog press left in Canada. No wonder people reject mainstream journalism for real reporting online.#cbc https://t.co/cWMUdIm5s3

— John MacDougall (@coircomann) October 2, 2015

Despite efforts by the major TV broadcasters, NDP have refused to participate . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: CBC Wrecks Another Debate #elxn42

CuriosityCat: Will Mulcair look left and Harper’s eyebrows not move in Monday’s debate?

An expert in body language viewed the French language debate and Christine Gagnon had this to say about Tom (Thomas?) Mulcair’s body gestures:

Watch for Mulcair to repeat these gestures in Monday’s debate on foreign affairs. What about Harper? The expert says he had a fake smile, and his eyebrows gave him away:

Gagnon . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Will Mulcair look left and Harper’s eyebrows not move in Monday’s debate?

Left Over: Take a Propaganda at this Ridiculous Headline….

Spin Cycle: Is the NDP’s proposed corporate tax hike a ‘job killer’? Liberals, Conservatives decry NDP plan to raise corporate tax rate to 17% from 15%

By Ira Basen, CBC News Posted: Sep 17, 2015 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 3:32 PM ET

Who wrote that headline, . . . → Read More: Left Over: Take a Propaganda at this Ridiculous Headline….