Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:58:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Puff of Absurdity: Supporting Bare Boobs Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:42:00 +0000 Marie Snyder the Braza Bra

It’s about arguing in favour of a woman’s right to take off her shirt.

How stupid, right?

I mean, it’s stupid that we have to argue about this and try to make it clear to everyone why it should be acceptable and actually have to argue with police who don’t know it’s been legal in Ontario for decades. But some people – mainly men, judging by the comment on various articles – are still having a hard time with it. And it’s really, really stupid that 8-year-old children and their parents have to (Read more…) ]]> 0 The Political Road Map: Seeking Prime Minister (Non Entry Level Position) Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:25:00 +0000 Anthony Passaretti The government of Canada is currently seeking a Prime Minister to resume the responsibilities of good governance and leadership for the citizens of this great country. Located on Parliament Hill, the successful applicant will assume the role of Prime Minister, with an obligation to travel where necessary in order to service the will and needs of the government.

A little bit of information about Canada:  Population of roughly 33 million people Located geographically north of the United States of America Renowned for being a supporter of peace initiatives around the world Previously a member in good standing among the United (Read more…) ]]> 0 BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Short Note On A Long Election Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:20:00 +0000 bigcitylib This has risks for all parties.  The risks for the 2nd and 3rd parties are obvious.  They might run out of dough.  But it also has a downside for the CPC.  More is not always better when it comes to bombarding the airwaves with attack ads.  Once you’ve reached the saturation point you’re just wasting money  And, remember, these guys are terrible when they don’t have a script.  Now they have twice as much script to write, and airheads like Kory Teneycke are going to be the auteurs.  

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Politics Canada: Harper will do everything to give his Conservatives the advantage, including a long campaign Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:18:47 +0000 PoliticFreak Stephen Harper had to work hard for his majority government. He had to do everything possible, including breaking election laws, first with the in and out scandal and in 2011 the robocalls misdirecting voters who were not voting for them. He had to prevent Conservative candidates across the country from talking to local media, or participating in all candidates debates that were not in winnable ridings. He had to spend millions of dollars when there was no election campaign destroying the brand of two Liberal leaders.

With his majority his government implemented the “fair elections act”, which (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous threatens to reveal “real reason” John Baird jumped the Conservatives’ sinking ship Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:15:09 +0000 Obert Madondo The hacktivist collective Anonymous is threatening to release decrypted text messages revealing the “real reason” former Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird abruptly resigned as both a senior government minister and elected MP earlier this year.

The post Anonymous threatens to reveal “real reason” John Baird jumped the Conservatives’ sinking ship appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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The Disaffected Lib: If Your Guy Gets to Run Canada, Do You Really Think It’ll Be Much Better? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:41:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound As the world witnesses the steady progress of “early onset” climate change impacts we’re coming to realize what it means, that there is no going back. It’s a one-way road to nowhere good.  Maybe, through some miracle far beyond anything ever experienced by man, someday we’ll get really creative and find a way to slow it down, perhaps even stop it from getting any worse but rolling it back, to say the 60s, isn’t going to happen.

There are a lot of potholes awaiting us just up ahead.  If we want to we can avoid some of them but that’s (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Start your engines: Stephen Harper to call election as early as Sunday Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:17:51 +0000 Richard Hughes Steve Harper makes a mockery of of fixed date elections

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will call an election as early as this Sunday, kicking off what would be the longest federal election campaign in

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In-Sights: Lumber and log exports, LNG and pay-to-play Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:40:00 +0000 Norman Farrell

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Canadian Dimension: Spain: ‘Popular unity’ councils sworn in amid huge enthusiasm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:30:00 +0000 Dick Nichols

Ada Colau • Photo by Marc Lozano

The squares in front of scores of town halls across the Spanish state were jam-packed with enthusiastic crowds on June 13. Tens of thousands had gathered to celebrate the inauguration of progressive administrations elected in a leftward swing in the May 24 local government elections for Spain’s 8144 councils.

The joy was greatest in the capitals where “popular unity” tickets threw out conservative administrations. These tickets were citizen election platforms supported by the majority of the radical left, which defeat right-wing incumbents from the People’s Party in Madrid, A Coruna in Galicia and (Read more…)

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Morton's Musings: Even where rates charged are discounted partial indemnity costs should be about one-third less than substantial indemnity costs Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:28:00 +0000 James C Morton 790668 Ontario Inc. v. D’Andrea Management Inc., 2015 ONCA 557:

[20]       The appellants argue that the motion judge made three errors in principle and was plainly wrong in making the cost order. First, the motion judge failed to give any or sufficient weight to the losing party’s reasonable expectations as to costs. She awarded substantially more than the 60 per cent of the actual rate (amounting to $210 per hour) that the third parties had obtained on a previous partial indemnity costs award, on which they based their reasonable expectations. 

[21]       The motion judge noted, at para 6, that the (Read more…)

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: July 29: Well. a front page headline that is important.. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:22:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

Too bad it’s not a well-written story. As it is, it gives the impression that lobsters are plentiful. But it’s a little more complicated than that. And the newspaper did bother to find an expert for an opinion on the subject. After all, there are credible (Read more…) ]]> 0 The Disaffected Lib: CBC Reports Election Call by Sunday Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:11:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Are Canadians in for an 11-week election campaign? That seems to be what’s in store according to CBC News.

The election is generally considered to be set for Oct. 19, 2015, under the Conservatives’ fixed election law, although there is wiggle room. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Bloomberg News Wednesday that he considers that date to be set in stone.

Dropping the writ more than 11 weeks before voting day will make it the longest campaign in modern history. The previous longest campaign was a 74-day one in 1926.

Harper’s interview with Boomberg raised some eyebrows for the prime (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Is Canada Set to Cave on Copyright Term Extension in the TPP? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:33:30 +0000 Obert Madondo If Canada caves on copyright term extension in the TPP, the country will be condemned to “20 years of no new works entering the public domain”. University of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist, explains.

The post Is Canada Set to Cave on Copyright Term Extension in the TPP? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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cartoon life: Saving an iPad screen from Crazy Glue Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:05:06 +0000 dougrogers  

Richard says, “Just doin’ my job!”

  Some time in the last month I used a tube of Crazy Glue for a quick repair. Somehow during that event, I managed to glue my fingers together. The tube spurted out an excess of glue, missing the intended target and covering my fingers. I had a paw. I don’t know if this is the actual solution to glueing your fingers together with crazy glue, but I quickly went to the kitchen sink, coated my fingers with dish soap and gently pried my fingers apart. Some rubbing and scraping later removed (Read more…)

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In-Sights: Avoidance / Evasion: often a fine line Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:03:00 +0000 Norman Farrell

Shifting profits across borders, Prem Sikka, The Guardian: …secrecy, complex organisational structures, tax havens and profit hungry accountancy firms [are] the key ingredients of the tax avoidance industry. They all come (Read more…)

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The Enlightened Savage: Running Scared Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:00:00 +0000 Enlightened Savage Nation, the numbers don’t lie – nobody raises more money in Canadian politics than the Conservative Party of Canada. It’s not even close.

No doubt, most of that money is being studiously squirreled away for the upcoming election. However, there are expenses that a party has to incur BEFORE an election: Advertising, platform development, branding, polling – the list is long. But it’s that LAST one – private polling – that really gets the attention of a party’s movers and shakers.

I’ve been in meetings where the platform was a 5 minute conversation, and internal polling took just about an (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: Enough Said Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:40:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Jimmy Kimmel on the slaughter of Cecil the lion. He nails it.

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Politics and its Discontents: The Signs Are Everywhere – Part 2 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:52:00 +0000 Lorne You can access part one here.

Logical fallacies The reason why there’s a 97% consensus is because of the many lines of evidence that humans are causing global warming. Human fingerprints are being observed in heat escaping out to space, in the structure of the atmosphere and even in the changing seasons. Another denialist technique used to counter the weight of evidence is the logical fallacy.

The most common fallacious argument is that current climate change must be natural because climate has changed naturally in the past. This myth commits the logical fallacy of jumping to conclusions. It’s like finding (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: How America ReStructured the Balance of Power in the Middle East. Hint – Neither Israel nor Saudi Arabia Came Out on Top Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:40:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound It was a strategic defeat when Washington failed to impose a “secular” government on Iraq and, instead, had to back off and watch a government representative of Iraq’s long marginalized and brutally suppressed majority, the Shia, ascend to power with its public support. If Bush/Cheney didn’t capitulate they were in for two endless unconventional wars – one with the Sunni army who were sent packing off home with the toppling of Saddam’s government, the other with the Shiite militias. And so Nouri al Maliki came to power to run roughshod over a country that has never demonstrated itself capable of (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Jumbo Ski Resort Developer Revising Proposal to Skirt Environmental Assessment After Certificate Pulled Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:12:35 +0000 Judith Lavoie The development group that has spent more than 24 years trying to build a controversial ski resort in the East Kootenay’s Purcell Mountains is not giving up without a fight.

Glacier Resorts Ltd. plans to ask for a judicial review of Environment Minister Mary Polak’s decision to pull the project’s Environmental Assessment Certificate. The group is also looking at building a smaller resort that would not have to go through a new environmental assessment process.

A July 20 letter to the chief administrative officer of Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality from Oberto Oberti of Pheidias Project Management Corp., the group that (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Agriculture, not Energy, Will Fuel Canada’s Economy in Coming Decades: Experts Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:57:36 +0000 James Wilt The agriculture sector will rise in importance in coming decades as the world warms and moves away from fossil fuels.

That’s the most recent prediction from Jeff Rubin, former chief economist for CIBC World Markets, whose latest book, The Carbon Bubble, forecasts a not-so-distant future in which climate change will open up the possibility for cultivating crops, historically grown in places like Kansas and Iowa, much further north. At the same time, Rubin argues, global dependence on fossil fuels will drop, freeing up capital to migrate to crops like corn and soy.

“There could be some tremendous opportunity for (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: Signs that you are old Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:49:57 +0000 Warren You actually enjoy talking to the pigeons outside one of the Starbucks on Robson. 

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mark a rayner: A post in which I quote Marx Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:37:08 +0000 Mark A. Rayner See, there was nothing to worry about, comrades. Alltop is not half-hearted about humor.

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Warren Kinsella: Reuters takes note of Mr. Trudeau’s predicament Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:22:37 +0000 Warren One of their genial guys contacted me when I was up in Whitehorse to talk politics. This being the new era and all, I responded via text: 


The resulting story, which includes the far-more-noteworthy comments of my friend Dennis Mills, is here.

What thinkest thou, O Readers? Can the good ship Liberal be righted? Is it too late? What does Trudeau need to do?

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Politics and its Discontents: The Signs Are Everywhere Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:50:00 +0000 Lorne

It is only the ideologically blind who refuse to see the signs. Whether we live on the West Coast, Central Canada, or the East Coast, we are being affected by climate change, More protracted droughts. More wildfires. More oppressive heatwaves. Or unseasonably cool conditions.

Of protracted winters I will not even speak.

So what is to be done about the obdurate climate-change denier? Other than ignoring them, we can confront them with the facts they so willfully dismiss. We do that by first recognizing their sleazy and unscientific tactics. Here is how we do it:

One of the deniers’ favorite (Read more…)

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