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The Disaffected Lib: The Little Bomber That Couldn’t

F-35 “Fatso”

The myth of the F-35 as an all purpose, multi-role fighter imploded this past week with the leak of a report on flight tests showing that it couldn’t hold its own, much less defeat a decades old F-16 in air combat maneuvering.  To put it bluntly, the old (and cheap) F-16 waxed the F-35′s tail.

When the specs were written for the F-35 one of the requirements was that it had to maneuver at least better than the venerable F-16 it was intended to replace. It’s not the first time the F-35 has come up short – or (Read more…)

Queer-liberal: So Eve Adams’ boyfriend is two-faced liar too?

It would seem so from this article.  

If this flimsy attack on NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is the best intelligence that Dimitri Soudas can offer the Liberals, it reinforces just how dumb it was to welcome his partner Eve Adams into the caucus this year (for she brought nothing of value on her own to the Liberal team or brand.)  

It also doubly reinforces the stupidity of tipping the scales in her favour in the Eglinton-Lawrence Liberal nomination race.   She’d lose the riding handily for the Grits.

I can’t tell you how many progressive centrists (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: 2015 Election: Harper’s Conservatives down 30% in EKOS poll

The most significant statistic in the latest EKOS snapshot of Canadian politics is that the “new” Conservatives lead by PM Stephen Harper have now plunged to a level in anticipated support which is 30% below the votes they garnered in the May 2011 election:

You can find the EKOS report through the reference in this Huffingtonpost article.  The Tories are 12 percent lower in the latest poll than they were on election day 2011. That’s a 30% plunge in total votes! Now ask yourself: You are in early July with an election in October. Almost 1 in 3 of (Read more…)

Morton's Musings: Release plan relevant to tertiary ground for bail release

R v Dang, 2015 ONSC 4254

Politics and its Discontents: A Barbaric Practice

I have written before on the ugly and wholly indefensible slaughter of sharks so that their fins can be enjoyed as a delicacy, but now seems a good time to remind people of this barbaric practice. I just received a petition from Change.org calling on the Canadian government to ban the distribution, consumption and sale of shark fins.

Please take a moment to watch the following brief video, read the ensuing explanatory text and then consider signing the petition, obtainable by clicking on the above link.

Sharks – the apex predators of the oceans – have survived 400 million (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 25: The great $15 debate; more McMania; new low for Tories

“The folks over there think it’s totally appropriate for a single mother of two or three to have to work 70 hours a week in order to earn a living wage. I say to you that they’re just wrong, and that’s why we are changing the minimum wage in Alberta.” That’s Rachel Notley indulging in a flight of hyperbole in the Legislature last week, defending her government’s decision to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2017. This, in a nutshell, is the NDP’s rationale for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Because of all those thousands (Read more…)

Political Eh-conomy: Oxi: a political opening amid economic ruin

This week has been a taste of what the economy would look like with a real rupture with the Eurozone: uncertainty, elite blackmail, banks teetering on the brink and the start of rationing. That the mobilization of Syriza and the left outside it has overcome this and made Oxi a possibility is impressive. Greece and its economy can expect no miracles either way Sunday’s vote goes and for quite some time afterwards, but they deserve full international solidarity.

And so on the eve of the Greek referendum, with the streets of Athens still buzzing from Friday night’s enormous Oxi!/No! (Read more…)

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: When Caregiving Leads to Employment – One Woman’s Experience

My name is Michelle Thompson and I am part-time blogger and social outreach coordinator for Parentgiving.com, as well as a mother of three, wife of one, and caregiver for both of my elderly parents (who live with us here in Caldwell, New Jersey). My caregiver journey began three years ago as my father began to show subtle, then not so subtle signs of dementia.  As I assisted my Mom in understanding his condition, his outlook, and his therapies, my world (as I knew it then) was in for a change.  Over the years, my very capable (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: My love letter to Maude, after spending the night at the airport

And I mean it in the nicest possible way. 

  

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Way behind schedule #nlpoli

The reports you will likely read in the conventional media all peg the Muskrat Falls project as behind schedule.

That’s what the latest project update from the provincial government and Nalcor says.

The media reports are also citing an overall number that has the project modestly off schedule.

You need to look at the whole report.

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Northern Reflections: A Grave Mistake

                                               http://news.nationalpost.com/

The story of the Harper Party’s rejection of Ches Crosbie’s candidacy in Avalon tells you much more about Stephen Harper than it does about Mr. Crosbie. Stephen Maher writes:

It is part of the culture of the distinct society of Newfoundland to have a bit of fun, to mock oneself, one’s fellows and, especially, one’s betters, who must either laugh or lose face.

So Crosbie put on a Stephen Harper wig, a kilt, (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: The problem with problem gambling.

Usually in diatribes against the sin of gambling, you get disjointed, uninformed and confused information based on bible studies, imagination and urban legends. It was interesting the other day to read an objection from someone with a surfeit of supposedly scientific information. A gentleman named Rob Simpson signed the article. He is reputed to have spent ten years as the chief executive of the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. That meant the Ontario government provided about $3 million per year for his organization to arrange for professional studies of problem gambling.

These studies would probably have shown that problem gambling (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: I missed International National Torture Day?

No one tells me ‘nuthin anymore. We missed the UN international torture day, it happened on June 26th and of course I hear about it after it happens. Our media coverage was, underwhelming, as torture must not bring us down from the elation felt in the US for the SCOTUS SSM decision.

I’m not even sure what to wear to celebrate UNITD, orange jumpsuit? Bruises? How does one costume lifelong psychological trauma.

I’ll be ready next year though, rest assured. :/

Filed under: International Affairs, Politics Tagged: CIA, satire, That’s Not Helping, Torture

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Most Sad and Pathetic Calgary Stampede

Well there he was in this PMO picture, at the Calgary Stampede in his black bad guy cowboy hat, framed between a horse and a horse's ass.Watching the parade and trying to put on a brave face, or smile like a winner. Or at least open his mouth and show his teeth.But it couldn't have been easy. Not with Rachel Notley, the new sheriff of Alberta, riding triumphantly past him…

He must have had lockjaw by the time that was over eh?And of course the latest EKOS poll didn't exactly make him want to stand up and shout "Yee (Read more…)

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Alberta Politics: Independence Day: an excellent moment to remember Stephen Harper is no ‘Tory’

PHOTOS: Today is Independence Day in the United States, and also in Texas, where this photo was snapped. Below: Stephen Harper, not a Tory, unlike John A. Macdonald, below him, who was. Below both of them, a Hessian soldier gets ready to load up and shoot at an American insurgent. Only the Hessians’ pants were […]

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Cowichan Conversations: Water, Water Everywhere. Well that is what they told us. Now what ?

Richard Hughes-Your Humble Blogger

Isn’t it odd that the stranger something is the less explanation we get from our governments.

Take the recent deals where the BC Liberal government got tough with Nestle’s and

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Parchment in the Fire: Europeans tried to block IMF debt report on Greece, say sources | Business | ekathimerini.com

Europeans tried to block IMF debt report on Greece, say sources | Business | ekathimerini.com.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Syriza

Parchment in the Fire: Europe Stands in Solidarity with Massive OXI (No) Vote Rally in Athens Greece

Europe Stands in Solidarity with Massive OXI (No) Vote Rally in Athens Greece.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Syriza

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Mumford & Sons – Believe (Kyau & Albert Remix)

Sudbury Steve May: Orange Sleaze: The NDP’s Fact-Free Smears of the Green Party

There used to be a time when New Democrats wouldn’t lower themselves to uttering the name of the “Green Party” or its leader, out of fear that acknowledging its existence would lend legitimacy to the Party.  It’s 2015 now, and all of that has changed.   With the Green Party now polling at around 16% in British Columbia, the NDP appears to be in the midst of launching an all-out smear campaign against the Greens. The filthy mist rising from the ranks of BC’s NDP is starting to waft westward, across the country.  Rather than taking the Green (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Techdirt: MEP Cavada doesn’t want you to share your photos for free

The so called freedom of panorama was included in MEP Julia Reda’s copyright report, but a troubling amendment voted it out. Speak out now to push back against those powerful interests who want to restrict and censor our right to link online: SaveTheLink.org

Article by Glynn Moody for Techdirt

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cartoon life: Final thoughts

Filed under: art Tagged: despair, destiny, dialog balloons, Doom, madeWithPaper, space, thought clouds

Morton's Musings: TGIF

Morton's Musings: Aboriginal people and Canadian Criminal law

The Criminal Code and the Youth Criminal Justice Act have parts that consider the unique legal status of Aboriginal people in Canada.

So Section 718.2 of the Criminal Code says:

718.2 A court that imposes a sentence shall also take into consideration the following principles:…  (e) all available sanctions other than imprisonment that are reasonable in the circumstances should be considered for all offenders, with particular attention to the circumstances of aboriginal offenders. Similarly Section 38 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act says:

38. (1) The purpose of sentencing under section 42 (youth sentences) is to hold a young (Read more…)

The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: July 3: A sad day at the beach…

Yesterday, I went down to the Northumberland Strait shore and its wonderful beaches. I took my five-year old grandaughter out at low tide for a walk through the shallows and over the sandbars. I remember my own first such walk  very well.  On that first occasion, it was a shock for this city boy to walk in  shallows that had hundreds, probably thousands; of very small  fish.   Dozens of crabs scuttled in the shallows and onto the bars. And dozens of tiny holes in the sandbars showed where clams had dug down to wait for a rising tide; and (Read more…)