Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:25:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Machiavelli and Xenophon Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:25:00 +0000 Ian Chadwick Another piece posted on The Municipal Machiavelli this week; this time a short comment about Machiavelli and Xenophon, the ancient Greek writer who Niccolo referred to in The Prince and The Discourses: This recent post was sparked by a review of a new book on Xenophon aimed at the business-management reader: Larry Hedrick’s Xenophon’s […]

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Warren Kinsella: Hey Nick Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:21:08 +0000 Warren You’re served.

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In This Corner: Thomas Lukaszuk, world’s most expensive relationship counsellor. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:12:50 +0000 mauricetougas OK, I have about a million questions about the Thomas Lukaszuk $20,000 phone bill scandal. Or maybe about seven.

First, the background. It was revealed this week that Lukaszuk, the soon-to-be third place finisher in the anemic PC leadership race, rang up a $20,000 phone bill while on a personal trip to Poland. Lukaszuk first said it was because of ‘government business’, which at least had a ring of truth to it. But later it was revealed that the ‘government business’ was a call from a frantic cabinet minister who was involved in a family crisis. The police were called, (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: With Climate Change Sometimes There are Winners and Losers. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:12:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Washington State has a water problem.  It’s a warm water problem.  A report in The Seattle Times says warmer Pacific waters off Washington are diverting salmon runs to Canada.

Unusually warm water off the Washington coast is sending the vast majority of the sockeye-salmon run to Canadian waters, leaving Puget Sound fishermen with nearly empty nets. According to data from the Pacific Salmon Commission, nearly 2.9 million sockeye have been caught in Canadian waters, while only about 98,000 have been netted in Washington through Aug. 19. That means 99 percent of sockeye have gone through the Johnstone Strait around (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: With Climate Change Sometimes There are Winners and Losers.]]> 0 The Disaffected Lib: Oh, Crap! Sorry, I Meant the Ukraine. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:47:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Vlad Putin, it seems, has a response to the hectoring recently from the likes of Sideshow Steve Harper and John Baird and others – “meet me in the Arctic.”

The Guardian reports that Putin has had enough of Western criticism of Russian involvement in the Ukraine whose government he likens to Nazis.

Hours after Barack Obama accused Russia of sending troops into Ukraine and fuelling and upsurge in the separatist war, Putin retorted that the Ukrainian army was the villain of peace, targeting residential areas of towns and cities like German troops did in the former Soviet Union.… (Read more…)

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Eh Types: Progressively Worse Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:43:49 +0000 andrewtumilty Toronto seemed gripped in a mix of terror and disbelief yesterday. Rumours Wednesday night were a new poll would show Ford in the lead. Yesterday the poll while having Tory in front, had a significant bump for Ford. Panic ensued as though a raccoon army had arrived carrying signs that read “First Your Green Bins, […]

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Buckdog: Canada Slips From Most Developed Nation In The World To 11th Place Because Of Stephen Harper And The Conservatives .. Shame!! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:30:00 +0000 leftdog Canada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation’s human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade.The 2013 report, which reviews a country’s performance in health, education and income, places Canada in 11th place versus 10th last year.A closer look at the trends shows Canada actually did better than last year, but other countries such as Japan and Australia improved at a greater rate.When the numbers are adjusted for gender inequality, Canada slumps to 18th place. The United States fares (Read more…)

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Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo (Day Early): 50 Years Déjà! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Mary Soderstrom    It was a Saturday, all right, 50 years ago today when Lee and I got married.  Seems hardly possible that so much time has passed, particularly since he’s the same sweetie, only with a beard, a little less hair on top and a little more weight around the middle.    The VW was what brought us together.  We’d been buddies on the student newspaper at Berkeley until he bought the car between our Freshman and Sophomore years with his summer savings.  Then he asked me out to a dance where there was going to be an (Read more…) ]]> 0 The Disaffected Lib: How the Right-Wing Media Machine Slimed Michael Brown Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:12:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter – not an ounce, not one ounce of integrity among them.

In the wake of the execution of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, America’s right-wing slime machine struggled to get control of the story.

It’s hard to know whether it came from Drudge’s brain or Hannity’s ass or Coulter’s mouth – who can tell them apart – but a couple of weeks after the shooting they came up with another story, this one in which the young black man viciously attacked the cop and tried to get the officer’s gun.

This was (Read more…)

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Your news links for today:

Paper billing fees add up to over $500M a year, study finds – CBC News New PIAC report, “How to Pay the Piper: A Primer on Additional Charges to Consumers in Canada for Paper Billing” – Public Interest Advocacy Centre CRTC Vice-Chairs report on outcome of paper bills meeting – CNW Surge in Smartphone Users Demanding Flawless Mobile Broadband Service – MarketWatch We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie – The Register ICREACH and FBI’s PRTT Program – emptywheel The trap of simplicity: Why analogies for surveillance fail (Read more…) ]]> 0
BigCityLib Strikes Back: Clean Coal Does Not Exist Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:00 +0000 bigcitylib …or at least is a deceptive term, according to the UK Advertising Standards Authority:

The ASA understood that the phrase “clean coal” was the term given to a branch of research and innovation aimed at reducing the environmental impact of using coal, such as filtering out particulates and preventing or neutralising the emission of waste gases. However, we also understood that this technology was not able to prevent CO2 from being emitted during the use of coal, relying instead on carbon capture and storage, and that although emissions such as sulphur dioxide were reduced, they were still produced. We (Read more…)

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ParliamANT Hill: Wine, spirits to move more easily between B.C., SaskatchewAnt Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:53:00 +0000 Jim Sadlemyer

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:44:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Assorted content to end your week.

- Ralph Surette suggests that Nova Scotia’s tax and regulatory review pay close attention to the fact that it can do more than simply slash both: Nova Scotia already has relatively low corporate taxes and lower than average taxes for the highest earners. Yet none of this can seem to get into the conversation that has us as high-tax, anti-business and anti-everything. I invite the review committee to pin down where we actually stand on the comparative tax scale.

I also invite it to take note of what’s going on next door. New Brunswick (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: Floods Come and Go But Drought Likes to Climb Onto Your Back and Stay There Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:21:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound We hear lots about California and it’s three-year-running drought that has left the State in severe water stress.  Wells are running dry, emergency bottled water has to be brought in to help the poor survive, orchards are being bulldozed as the trees die off, Nestle keeps plundering the state to bottle water for other places, municipalities are finally preparing to recycle waste water, etc., etc.

The “exceptional” drought zone is spreading ever northward, nearing the Oregon border.  Officials from Humboldt County say the Eel River levels are at unprecedented lows and people along the coast are not ready for (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: World’s Largest Private Bank, UBS, Says Fossil Energy is Toast Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:17:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound The Swiss banking giant, UBS, says renewable energy is the hands down winner and conventional power generation is finished.

In a briefing paper sent to clients and investors this week, the Zurich-based UBS bank argues that large-scale centralized power stations will soon become extinct because they are too big and inflexible and are “not relevant” for future electricity generation.  Instead the authors expect it to be cheAper and more efficient for households and businesses to generate their own energy to power their cars and to store any surplus energy in their own buildings even without subsidies.“Solar is at the edge (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: Performance Art – High Voltage Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:17:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Photographer Patrick Hall reveals human emotion at 300,000 volts

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Scott's DiaTribes: Interviews galore coming Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:27:54 +0000 Scott Tribe Hello folks:

Sorry for the delay on new blogposts, but I didn’t feel like regurgitating news you can find elsewhere, such as more polls from multiple pollsters showing good Liberal leads, or the fact Conservatives are bemoaning the fact this is the case and still viewing Justin Trudeau as incarnate evil (read the Paul Wells story at Macleans to see what I mean by that comment). I find the downtime between House of Commons sittings to be hard to write stuff.

In the meantime, I’ll just briefly mention part of the delay is I’ve sent out a ton of interview (Read more…)

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Babel-on-the-Bay: But when does the PC contest begin? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:18:33 +0000 Peter Lowry We are missing some fun here. Sure MPP Christine Elliott is going to run for the Ontario Conservative leadership. That is not a race, it is a leisurely walk. We need some contestants. Let’s deal some excitement.

Obviously Christine Elliott is a tough opponent. Why do you think Stephen Harper held her late husband, Jim Flaherty’s, seat for her in the House of Commons? He could have called the by-election before this but he knew she could win the seat easily. As things stand, he might just call a general election before bothering with a by-election that the Conservatives are (Read more…)

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Northern Reflections: What Do They Do Now? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Owen Gray


Justin Trudeau said recently that the biggest threat to global security is “the kind of violence and misunderstandings and wars that come out of resource depletion—concerns of lack of hope for generations growing up in a world that is getting smaller and seemingly less and less fair.”

Alberta MP Michelle Rempel took to her Facebook page, writing that Trudeau’s statement sent her into a (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: A Documentary Recommendation: Blackfish Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Lorne Once again, I am writing a post that, in one sense, has nothing to do with politics but in another sense has everything to do with it and much more. If we consider political systems simply a methodology by which we engage with the our fellow human beings and the larger world, then the film I am about to recommend is a very political one.

As I have indicated in past posts, I have a real appetite for well-made documentaries. Blackfish falls into that category.

Balckfish explores the world of orcas, also known as killer whales. In fact, they (Read more…)

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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NB Adult Autism Residential Care Facility Needed: "It Is More Than Overdue" "When Will They Ever Learn?" Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:19:00 +0000 H L Doherty 0 DeSmogBlog: Stealth Carbon Bombs Stopped In Their Tracks Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Mike G North America is now the biggest producer of oil in the world thanks largely to Canada’s tar sands and North Dakota’s Bakken shale, and West Coast refineries are looking to cash in.

But not all crude is created equal, and oil companies hoping to import tar sands oil and Bakken crude — known as “cost-advantaged crude” in industry parlance — are deliberately disguising the true nature of upgrades they’re making to their facilities when seeking the necessary permits from regulatory agencies or speaking about the projects to the public.

“We’re seeing this all over the state,” says Yana Garcia, a (Read more…)

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Postmodern Jukebox: Maps Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Ed Hollett It’s the Friday before a long weekend.

Enjoy some music.

And if you like Morgan James, you can find more of her work at her website:


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Montreal Simon: The Con Clown John Baird and the Dangerous Ukrainian Crisis Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Simon

The situation in Ukraine couldn't be more ominous, with reports that some Russian troops have crossed into that country.World leaders like Obama are calling for calm, refusing to call it an invasion, and ruling out military action. The need for cooler heads to prevail has never been more urgent.So what is our ghastly Con Foreign Minister John Baird doing?Answer: blowing hot air out of every orifice, and fanning the flames of war.Read more »

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The Disaffected Lib: Is This the Ultimate Zero-Emissions Urban Transporter? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:16:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound They can move you along at speeds upwards of 20-miles an hour for distances up to 30-miles at a stretch.  They’re computer controlled and host features too numerous to list.  They’re e-bikes, electrical power assist bicycles.  You still do the peddling but when the going gets harder on hills, for example, the electric motor kicks in to carry the extra load.

A recent U.S. competition was won by Seattle’s Teague “Denny”:

But the Denny is just one of a horde of contenders.  Motors by Yamaha, automatic gear boxes by Shimano, designs by Audi, there seems to be no limit (Read more…)

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