Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strategically Unwise and other political own-goals #nlpoli Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Edward Hollett Depending on which interview you listened to on Tuesday,  Tom Marshall would be hanging around as Premier until the end of the summer.

At least.

That’s the VOCM story.

Marshall will run the place for two full months after the Conservative convention in early July while Coleman runs around the province attending all sorts of summer festivals.

Meanwhile, on CBC,  Peter Cowan said in his report on Tuesday evening that Marshall expects to hand over the Premier’s job shortly after the Conservative party meeting in early July.

Which is it?

That’s a good question, but there’s no clear answer.

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Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Whale Songs of Resistance Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:44:00 +0000 Simon

When I was a boy I sometimes used to dream about running away to sea. So the sight of that old sugar boat today, made me dream for a moment of sailing to some place far from Harperland.Because this tortured country is getting crazier by the day.And so is the monster who would destroy it.Read more »

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ParliamANT Hill: Humpbacks losing ‘threatened’ status amid pipeline concerns Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Jim Sadlemyer

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Politics, Re-Spun: Does BC’s Neglect of Poverty Constitute a Eugenics Plan? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:05:01 +0000 Stephen Elliott-Buckley There has been a great deal of talk in recent decades about the cycle of poverty, how it’s a vicious circle that children have difficulty getting out of.

Human chromosomes with telomeres stained fluorescent red. Copyright Nakamura et al.

It makes sense. If parents are short on economic resources, have to work multiple jobs, have little free time to nurture their children, it can impede children’s growth.

What if poverty actually harmed children physiologically, not just impeding socio-economic opportunities? Wouldn’t that then constitute a plan to ensure the poor really, really, really stay poor?

An underclass?

It wouldn’t be a (Read more…)

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drive-by planet: Leaflet targeting Jews in Donetsk ‘a political hoax’: anti-Semitism as a propaganda tool Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:02:00 +0000 Jay Cables Anti-Semitism has a long and ugly history in Ukraine. During the current conflict between the interim Kiev government and regional pro-Russian movements in the east, anti-Semitic incidents have been used as a propaganda tool. An example of this was the recent bogus leaflet in the form of a “decree” that was handed out to Jews leaving a synagogue in Donetsk. The incident had all the appearances of a fraud, possibly intended to smear activists behind the recently declared “Donetsk People’s Republic.”

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drive-by planet: John Kerry steps up Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:01:00 +0000 Jay Cables 0 My journey with AIDS...and more!: Drop-kicking HIV/AIDS stigma to the curb Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:55:08 +0000 Kenn “This December I found a mass the size of a cantaloupe in my lung…I used social media to express my feelings without having to burden my family and friends. I’d like to write a feature…that explores the way the Internet has changed the way we view illnesses, both visible and invisible, and how it’s changed […]

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Cathie from Canada: Whale of a tale Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:51:00 +0000 CathiefromCanada Now, it could be that the Harper government’s move to take humpback whales off the endangered species list  is just a routine change which echoes similar downgrades by environmental organizations like the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.And it could be that it is merely a happy coincidence such a downgrade means no protection of critical whale habitat will be required anymore if the Northern Gateway pipeline and Trans Mountain pipeline expansion just happen to be approved someday soon.But this is a government that sends out press (Read more…)

]]> 0 - Alberta politics: Building a replacement school in Greater Highlands? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:45:49 +0000 daveberta TweetWhen was the last time we talked about opening a new school in the urban core, rather than closing one down? Packed into the gym of the hundred year-old Highlands Junior High School, hundreds of school and community members heard about plans to replace three already existing schools with a brand new Kindergarden to Grade […]

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Earth Day, corporatism, fascism and the saving of our future and our home Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:07:44 +0000 jtoddring The only thing worse than capitalism is corporatism: which we have now, and which is a kind of neo-feudal oligarchy in which business and the state are merged – which, as Mussolini himself defined it, is the proper term for fascism. And to make matters worse, not only is our present global regime of neo-feudal […]

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Strangelove effect – or how we are hoodwinked into accepting a new world war Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:40:21 +0000 jtoddring The Strangelove effect – or how we are hoodwinked into accepting a new world war. I almost never re-publish articles on my blog that have been written by other people, since the blog is intended for original content only, and my own essays and articles. I think I have twice posted an article written by […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:25:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Gifted cats.

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Recreating Eden: Alistair MacLoed Is Dead: Far from No Great Mischief Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:16:00 +0000 Mary Soderstrom The news this weekend was that Alistair MacLeod, short story writer and novelist, is dead at 77.    As it happened, his only novel No Great Mischief was the focus of the book discussion group I led at the Atwater Library last Wednesday which means that MacLeod and his interesting view of the world is very fresh in my mind.

The book, which MacLeod worked on for 13 years before finally agreeing to have it typed up and prepared for publication by MacLelland  and Stewart in 1999, is told by a Cape Breton man (one of three Alexander MacDonalds in (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: This ad? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:40:41 +0000 Warren Really bad.


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cartoon life: Merle Tingley 1958 book of cartoons is online Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:40:34 +0000 dougrogers

With help of espresso, and the driving drums of Kate, the last few pages have been scanned. The images have had only quick cleanup treatments, but now all 96 pages are up. I didn’t scan the inside front covers as they are blank. I expect to get into enhancing the quality of the scans and adding a bit of description and tagging.

Filed under: art, book, cartoon Tagged: ldnont, Merle Tingly, Ting, TingFest, Tingly

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DeSmogBlog: Breaking: $3 Million Jury Verdict in Texas Fracking Nuisance Case Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:27:11 +0000 Brendan DeMelle A jury in Dallas, TX today awarded $2.925 million to plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Barnett shale fracking company Aruba Petroleum Inc. for intentionally causing a nuisance on the Parr’s property which impacted their health and

The jury returned its 5-1 verdict confirming that Aruba Petroleum “intentionally created a private nuisance” though its drilling, fracking and production activities at 21 gas wells near the Parrs’ Wise County home over a three-year period between 2008-2011.

Plaintiffs attorneys claimed the case is “the first fracking verdict in U.S. history.”

Aruba Petroleum plans to appeal the verdict.

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DeSmogBlog: Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:09:58 +0000 Steve Horn The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada‘s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

American Petroleum Institute (API) deployed one of its paid consultants — former Obama Administration National Security Advisor General James “Jim” Jones — to deliver an Earth Day address in the home state of the presidential caucuses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

James Jones used his time on the podium to promote the Keystone (Read more…)

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Morton's Musings: When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 James C Morton Bertrand Russell

]]> 0 Over 2.7 Million people now demanding leaders Stop The Secrecy before it’s too late’s-too-late’s-too-late#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:00:37 +0000 Josh Tabish

Today is the big day. Together with our partners at Daily Kos, Fight for the Future, Roots Action, and Demand Progress, OpenMedia has launched Stop The Secrecy – a huge international campaign calling for an end to the excessive secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You can see it for yourself at

To amplify our message, we have attracted support with the help of dozens of groups from across the political spectrum to make Stop The Secrecy one of the largest online campaigns ever. Together with major collaborators ranging from Avaaz to Reddit, over 2.7 million people have (Read more…)

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In This Corner: Does anybody want to be the PC leader? Seriously, anyone … Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:49:17 +0000 mauricetougas The Progressive Conservatives will select their latest leader in September, a mere five months away. You would think that the lineup to claim such a glittering political prize would be long, but so far it begins and ends with Ken ‘Who?’ Hughes.

Hughes, the Calgary West MLA and grown-up version of Charlie Brown, left cabinet and announced his candidacy April 11. First to declare isn’t a bad strategy (it worked for Ed Stelmach) and Hughes will need every available minute to pull this off; it appears he doesn’t even have a website yet, which is entirely clueless in 21 (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: Dear Adam Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:32:01 +0000 Warren We put our clients on our web site. Have for years.

Here’s one of the ones that, shockingly, has been there for years:

Oh, and this is where this sort of nefarious stuff all gets tracked, year after year, from the Auditor General’s web site.

Anyway, best to your Dad. Good luck and God bless, etc.


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DeSmogBlog: Very Little Cheap Natural Gas in New York Marcellus Shale, New Report Concludes Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:30:09 +0000 Sharon Kelly For years, the shale industry has touted the economic benefits it can provide. An overflowing supply of domestic natural gas will help keep heating and electric bills low for American consumers, they argue, while drilling jobs and astounding royalty windfalls for landowners will reinvigorate local economies. These tantalizing promises have caught the attention of politicians in Washington, D.C. who argue that the rewards of relying on shale gas outweigh the risks, especially because harm can be minimized by the industry or by regulators.

But across the U.S., communities where drilling has taken place have found that the process (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: If the US is an Oligarchy, What Does that Make Canada? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:27:09 +0000 Guest This is a guest post by author and filmmaker Michael Harris. It was originally published on iPolitics.

Why do I know that Stephen Harper would hate these guys?

You have probably never heard of Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page but their message just might wake up dozing Canadians oblivious to the decline of our democracy.

They are professors from Princeton and Northwestern universities and they have just pronounced American democracy dead. Some have already called this the “Duh Report” because the ugly truth has been apparent for quite some time: The United States is now the land of the rich and (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: In Celebration of Earth Day: Photos Capture the Beauty of Southeastern Louisiana’s Wetlands Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:50:15 +0000 Julie Dermansky Louisiana’s wetlands are threatened by coastal erosion, climate change and the oil and gas industry.

The Green Army, a group representing environmental and social justice organizations led by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore is trying to stop bills they believe stand in the way of preserving Louisiana’s disappearing coast, including bills that would kill the lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East that would require 97 oil and gas companies to pay for their share of the damage the industry has done to the coast.

Governor Bobby Jindal has pushed to derail the lawsuit by backing legislation that is (Read more…)

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cartoon life: Kate Bush: Hello Earth Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:29:19 +0000 dougrogers dougrogers:

With just one hand, held up high, I can blot you out…. Out of sight… Go to sleep little earth…

Originally posted on The Chawed Rosin:

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