Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Politics and its Discontents: Something For The Winter Weary Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:00:00 +0000 Lorne WARNING: SOME MAY FIND THE LYRICS IN THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIONABLE

Others may find find they speak precisely for them:

Recommend this Post ]]> 0 The Disaffected Lib: It Ain’t Your Grandfather’s Fascism, But It’s Still Facism – John Pilger Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:10:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound There’s a form of fascism that’s flourishing today and it’s even considered pretty respectable.  Then again, old school fascism prior to WWII was also considered respectable in some pretty high places.

Journalist, documentary filmmaker, social critic John Pilger sees the face of fascism in much of Western foreign policy.  An important essay published in Asia Times Online.  If what Pilger claims is remotely accurate, we have been well and truly had – by our own governments.

“To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: Tweeting the Llama chase Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:53:47 +0000 Warren It started innocuously enough:

This is an Open Carry Llama State. #llamachase

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) February 26, 2015

But, it quickly got out of control:

Madonna was on one of the Llamas, but she fell off. #llamachase

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) February 26, 2015

.@JustinTrudeau just broke his open nomination promise, again, to appoint one of the Llamas to run in the next federal election. #llamachase

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) February 26, 2015

BREAKING: @ThomasMulcair has welcomed one of the llamas that had crossed the Commons floor to nibble food bits in his beard. #llamachase

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) (Read more…)

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Feb. 26: playing an old game…. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:49:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

The real questions are – what was that meeting about? And why were two very senior journalists there and taking part in the meeting? And how often has this sort of thing happened? (Read more…) ]]> 0 Warren Kinsella: Operation Alienation™ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:22:00 +0000 Warren Operation Alienation™ hits the jackpot again – this time a family member, no less! 

What superior people management skills! What morale-building! What a proud legacy!

What a spectacular mess they’ve made.

]]> 0 It’s an Internet party, and everyone’s invited Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:16:35 +0000 Eva Prkachin

We did it! Today, the FCC announced that it would not allow Big Telecom to create Internet slow lanes, and would preserve real net neutrality. Go to to celebrate! 

You can also share this historic win on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

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The Disaffected Lib: Remember that Mysterious Crater in Siberia? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:44:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound It caused a world wide uproar when a helicopter crew in Siberia overflew a massive crater in the permafrost in the summer of 2013.  Within a week or two a couple of additional craters were found.  Then the whole business died down.

Well, they’re back, and there are a lot more.

Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula, which means ‘end of the world,’ is becoming increasingly porous, according to scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Last July, a sinkhole measuring 260 feet in width was reported in the region. Researchers now suggest that up to 30 more could litter the cold (Read more…)

]]> 0 Canadian group plays pivotal role in Historic Win for Internet, as U.S. FCC announces strong new rules to save Net Neutrality Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:27:56 +0000 Josh Tabish

Year-long campaign ends in victory, after massive global coalition unites to stop telecom conglomerates’ plan to force millions of websites into an Internet slow lane.

February 26, 2015 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just announced strong new Net Neutrality rules. Experts say the new rules will entrench net neutrality and prevent telecom conglomerates from creating ‘slow lanes’ on the Internet.

The rules came after a massive, year-long grassroots campaign involving over 5 million people from across Canada, the U.S. and the globe. The campaign was organized by an inspiring coalition of open Internet (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Prime Minister and Allies Working to ‘Neutralize’ Environmental Opposition, Says Harperism Author Donald Gutstein Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:18:57 +0000 Carol Linnitt In his recent book Harperism: How Stephen Harper and His Think Tank Colleagues have Transformed Canada, author and adjunct SFU professor Donald Gutstein outlines a battle being waged in Canada for the “climate of ideas.”

The Prime Minister is often thought of as a lone wolf, “the rogue conservative who marches to his own drummer.” But it’s not so, argues Gutstein. Harper is merely “one side of an ideological coin.”

The flipside is the network of key influencers — politicians, industry titans, think tanks, journalists — who work to advance not just Harper’s agenda, but the agenda of (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: The Video Every Member of Congress Needs to Watch Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:56:00 +0000 The Mound of Sound Thanks to a White House that’s willing to stand up to him, Benjamin Netanyahu is finally being exposed as a manipulative, chronic liar.  For starters there’s this clip recorded surreptitiously in 2001 in which Netanyahu boasts of his prowess at twisting American legislators to do his bidding.

The Washington Post reports how Netanyahu spoke freely of trashing the Oslo Accord.

Netanyahu also bragged how he undercut the peace process when he was prime minister during the Clinton administration. “They asked me before the election if I’d honor [the Oslo accords],” he said. “I said I would, but … I’m going to (Read more…)

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Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s Trans* Rights Bill Now Endorses Bans in Washroom and Gendered Spaces Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:43:16 +0000 dentedbluemercedes Canada’s trans* human rights bill C-279 was amended by a Senate committee, in a way that makes it legal to ban trans* people from washrooms and gendered spaces appropriate to their gender identity.

Sen. Donald Plett, Conservative member of the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, added a legal exemption for “any service, facility, accommodation or premises that is restricted to one sex only, such as a correctional facility, crisis counseling facility, shelter for victims of abuse, washroom facility, shower facility or clothing changing room.” The amendment passed with six of the committee members supporting it, four opposed, (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: Why Has Accepting Scientific Fact Become A Matter Of Choice? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:23:00 +0000 Lorne Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean. They speak different languages and use different powers of the brain.

-Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership

As the quotation above suggests, the schism between scientific fact and religious belief is, in fact, one that shouldn’t exist. Yet, given the kinds of absolutist thinking that permeate the world today, demagogues and zealots suggest the two are mutually exclusive, an invalid proposition if one’s belief in transcendent truth manages to rise above seeing the narratives of the world’s religions as literal truths.

It (Read more…)

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Scott's DiaTribes: Calm before the political storm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:20:00 +0000 Scott Tribe Twitter was all aflutter yesterday from some journalists saying several people had told them they had heard an election was going to be called today and the writ dropped for April. That set everyone into panic mode or excited mode, depending on your point of view. So far as of this blogpost, it hasn’t occurred. I’m on record and on a political bet with one of my Liberal colleagues that there won’t be a Spring Election. It may not be on October 19, but I don’t think it will be in the Spring, so we’ll see if I manage to (Read more…)

]]> 0 Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, February 26, 2015 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:30:11 +0000 Andrew Currie

Your news links for today:

In the Conservative war on terror, the first casualty is Parliament – CBC News Why are the Tories determined to rush C-51 through committee? – National Post Do Canadians know what they just voted for? – Al Jazeera Then along came terror – Globe and Mail Harper urges swift passage of anti-terror bill as NDP calls for full study – Winnipeg Free Press I emailed Thomas Mulcair about bill C-51 a while back and finally got a reply! – reddit Canadian Spies Collect Domestic Emails in Secret Security Sweep – The Intercept Sim card firm (Read more…) ]]> 0
Northern Reflections: A Cabal Of Fools Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:52:00 +0000 Owen Gray You may have missed it. But, recently, the Harper government pulled funding for the Palestinian organization, MIFTAH, which is headed by Hanan Ashrawi. Paul Adams provides some context:

For more than twenty years, Hanan Ashrawi, an ethnic Christian and a moderate, has been a prominent Palestinian leader. In 2006 she was elected to the Palestinian parliament as a member of the Third Way, an almost laughably small party which has tried to provide a democratic, centrist alternative to the corruption of Fateh and the violent Islamism of Hamas — the two dominant Palestinian political factions.

She founded a (Read more…)

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Will the Hair delay death and dying? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:46:28 +0000 Peter Lowry Obviously the Prime Minister is not a fatalist. He has been low key in response to the Supreme Court giving his government a year to do something about the current legal position of medical specialists assisting terminally ill patients to die. The time has come to take a stand on the issue and it is just not in his playbook. It looks like the Supreme Court judges will be asked for a stay of execution.

But bear in mind, the only thing the Hair has said on the issue is that Canadians have strong opinions on both sides of the (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:35:00 +0000 Greg Fingas This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson link inequality and climate change as massive problems which are generated by political choices (and thus amenable to correction through the political system): Rising inequality is no more natural than global warming. And just as with global warming, our biggest fear should be that it becomes increasingly self-reinforcing — not because of some “natural” economic process, but because economic power begets political power, which can be used to further increase economic advantage. Look around, and the evidence that this is a real threat abounds. To cite just (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:09:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Here, condensing this post on the risks of allowing CSIS to self-assess the scope of Canadians’ Charter rights under C-51.

For further reading…- Again, the go-to source for analysis of C-51 is Craig Forcese and Kent Roach’s site here. - Clayton Ruby and Nader Hasan’s analysis is here.- John Mueller and Mark Stewart duly reject the attempt to invent some existential terrorist threat. - Dale Smith muses about the Cons’ rush to ram C-51 through without analysis here. PressProgress challenges the conventional wisdom as to the supposed popularity of the bill here. And the Star appeals for (Read more…)

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: What’s Wrong with Municipal Bonusing? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:52:54 +0000 Ian Chadwick Until the early 1970s, municipalities in Ontario were involved in a free-for-all competition to attract business and industry. They offered tax breaks, free land, free infrastructure, utilities or services, housing — whatever it took to get a plant or office to open within their boundaries. A lot of small Ontario communities were able to attract […]

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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 19 Year Old Non Verbal Autistic Man Evicted From Miramichi Special Care Home Because He Is An Adult Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:38:00 +0000 H L Doherty

Huge gaps remain n New Brunswick’s adult autism residential care and treatment system. An autism specific residential care and treatment centre and autism specific group home system is needed to bridge those gaps. 

HON. CATHY ROGERS Minister of Social Development HON. VICTOR BOUDREAU Minister of Health HON. BILL FRASER  MLA Miramichi  HON. STEPHEN HORSMAN MLA Fredericton North As an autism advocate for over 15 years in New Brunswick (and father of a 19 year old severely autistic son) I was saddened, though not at all surprised, to read the report by Samantha Magee of the  Miramichi Leader of (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 19 Year Old Non Verbal Autistic Man Evicted From Miramichi Special Care Home Because He Is An Adult]]> 0 Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Terrorist Hysteria Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:07:00 +0000 Simon

I have absolutely no doubt that when historians look back at this dark period in Canadian history, some will compare the reigning terrorist hysteria to the equally insane hysteria of the Salem witch trials.A collective act of temporary madness fomented and encouraged by evil men like Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney, for their own sinister purposes.For it is madness, and it is hysteria, and it is being aided and abetted by the some in the MSM.Read more »

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nova Scotia won’t get Muskrat Falls electricity #nlpoli Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:30:00 +0000 Ed Hollett As part of its deal with Nalcor,  Emera will get its electricity from Bay d’Espoir, not Muskrat Falls. 

The Business Post’s March 2015 edition reported that confirmation of the arrangement came from Emera Newfoundland and Labrador chief executive Rick Janega following a speech to the St. John’s Board of Trade on February 23. Janega took the view, though, that the company will get power from whatever source of generation was operating at the time.

As the Business Post reported, the “deal between Nalcor and Emera is not specifically to supply Nova Scotia with Muskrat Falls power, but rather to supply the equivalent of 20 per cent of Muskrat’s generating capacity from any source.”

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Dead Wild Roses: Life, in one round of show-jumping Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:00:21 +0000 The Intransigent One The shit hits the fan, and somehow you make it through, with amazing panache. Then, when it’s over, you lose it.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Fatal Polar Vortex Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:49:00 +0000 Simon

He is using his Great War on Terror to try to scare Canadians into voting for him, even as he turns the country into a police state.He is using fear and bigotry as a blunt weapon against his own people. He couldn't sink any lower.But of course that foul campaign isn't just intended to appeal to the most bestial instincts of Canadians.It's also The Great Distraction.Read more »

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Cowichan Conversations: Bill C 51 Has Passed Second Reading! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:31:47 +0000 Richard Hughes

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