In the wake of last summer’s mega-flood in Calgary, Alberta’s enviromin was quick to absolve herself and her government, claiming nobody could have seen it coming.
That wasn’t quite right. What Diana McQueen should have said was that nobody in her government chose to see it coming. They could have seen it coming. They had a report that told them it was coming and the spots likely to be hardest hit.
One year before flooding devastated Calgary, officials were given a study that warned the next big flood to hit the city would bring higher water levels and (Read more…)
Keystone XL’s southern half is one step closer to opening for business. TransCanada announced that “on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the company began to inject oil into the Gulf Coast Project pipeline as it moves closer to the start of commercial service.”
The Sierra Club’s legal challenge to stop the pipeline was recently denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, so the southern half, battled over for years between the industry and environmentalists, will soon become a reality.
According to a statement provided to DeSmog by TransCanada, “Over the coming weeks, TransCanada will (Read more…)
The United States is the flagship of modern inequality. The chasm between rich and poor, between the 1% and the bottom 75%, both in wealth and in power, is unraveling the Republic. It was easy, perhaps natural, to be cynical about Obama’s recent speech on inequality but Paul Krugman maintains it was very meaningful.
Mr. Obama laid out a disturbing — and, unfortunately, all too accurate — vision of an America losing touch with its own ideals, an erstwhile land of opportunity becoming a class-ridden society. Not only do we have an ever-growing gap between a wealthy minority (Read more…)
The CSEC commish, entrusted to the task of ensuring CSEC doesn’t break the law during its spying on, err, for this country, is not coming out smelling like a rose.
It was a puppet head trifecta today – the new CSEC *watchdog* defending NSA puppet CSEC to the PMO puppet Senate.
This is my 1500th post on wordpress.com on this blog! My stand-alone WordPress blog posts I’ve still not restored, containing archives circa 2006-2009 are not all included in that number.
At least it is so in Harperland.
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Authors of a report published in the Comprehensive Guide to Autism 2014, pp 1585-1609 better duck fast! The article abstract reviews the highly toxic nature of aluminum and conclude that research data suggest that vaccines containing aluminum adjuvants may be a contributing etiological factor in the increasing incidence of autism. Such an assertion is forbidden by health policy authorities if not by science:
“Abstract Impaired brain function, excessive inflammation, and autoimmune manifestations are common in autism. Aluminum (Al), the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant, is a demonstrated neurotoxin and a strong immune stimulator. Hence, adjuvant Al has the necessary properties (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Oh Oh!! Authors of Report Concluding Aluminum Vaccine Ajuvants Are Contributing To Increasing Incidence of Autism Disorders Better DUCK!
Global warming would be a lot worse than it is, were it not for a protocol agreed to in 1989 that cut back the cloroflurocarbons that attack the earth’s ozone later. That’s what The New York Times is reporting today about the Montreal Protocol, which it calls “The Little Treaty That Could.”
It banned about 100 subtances, many of which, besides destroying the ozone layer, “also happen to be exceedingly powerful greenhouse gases,” Justin Gillis writes.
“If production had been allowed to continue, a batch of scientific studies show, the planet would most likely be warming a (Read more…)
By now we’re all too familiar with American administrations cherry-picking facts and mixing them with hollow assumptions to manufacture a casus belli, or grounds for whatever war suits them at the moment. Legendary U.S. journalist, Seymour Hersh, accuses the Obama administration of doing just that in manufacturing a case to attack the Assad regime in Syria.
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in (Read more…)
Fracking operation in northeast BC’s Horn River (Two Island Films, Ltd.)
A First Nation with un-surrendered traditional territory in both northern BC and the Yukon passed a motion late last week banning fracking. On December 5, the Carcross/Tagish First Nation (C/TFN) General Council ratified an earlier motion from the nation’s Executive Council, opposing the controversial natural gas extraction process on its territory.
“It’s our responsibility to protect our lands and water for future generations,” said the Executive Council’s George Shepherd, who moved the motion.
Not only is fracking a completely ineffective way to extract resources, it would cause a great (Read more…)
For years, I have engaged in a rather profitable side hobby: online poker. Poker is a fascinating game with layers upon layers of complexity, and I love the challenge, the excitement, and the competition of it. It is also very profitable, even for someone like me who doesn’t intend to move beyond small stakes. Anybody that spends a considerable portion of their life doing something, particularly if they are making money at that something, ought at some point to step back and consider the ramifications of their actions. Am I doing something morally praiseworthy or morally objectionable?
In this post (Read more…)
For the first time since it began measuring the statistic 50 years ago, the Pew Research Centre reports that a majority of Americans believe the U.S. should mind its own business internationally. The primary reason suggested for this new-found humility is “war fatigue.” They would also like more focus on their struggling economy.
This is not to say Americans want their country to disengage from
The Toronto Star has created an interactive graphic detailing the myriad of reckless spending cuts the Harper Government has made over the past 8 years.
The article also delves into Harper’s Soviet-style government secrecy and the difficulties the Parliamentary Budget Office — Harper created — has had in gaining access to public budget documents.
“The idea for a parliamentary budget office came when the Conservatives were an opposition party,” Page said in an interview. It was a “noble idea” to set up an independent body to make government spending more accountable. “Obviously, everything changed when they took power.”
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Veteran business reporter, Amanda Lang, has a warning up on CBC’s web site that all Canadians need to hear. The financial system is rigged, top to bottom. Even if you don’t play, they find ways to ensure you pay. Follow the link above, read the whole thing.
Yesterday’s release from Statistics Canada on the income share of the wealthy generated some interesting coverage and commentary. It reported that the top 1%’s share of total income in Canada remained steady that year in Canada, at 10.6 percent — but still significantly higher than in the 1980s.
Most observers did not mention, however, that this oft-cited income share statistic does NOT include capital gains in the calculation of incomes and income shares. A capital gain, of course, is a realized benefit resulting from the disposition of an asset (buy low, sell high … unless you are a (Read more…)
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Most of us growing up were taught that the Western world was Master of the Universe. We had that undefined something that nurtured democratic civilization, science and industry of a standard the rest of the world could only envy. There were highly destructive wars, sure, but we bounced back. The harder you were hit, it seemed, the grander the “economic miracle” that followed. Even wobbly old Britain only needed a touch of Maggie Thatcher’s lash to hit the reset button.
Germany remains Europe’s powerhouse. Norway vexes on just what to do with its trillion-dollar, sovereign (Read more…)
The banner headline on p. 1 reads “Alward pleased SWN ‘persevered’ through protests”. Yes, those are the words from the lips of the man who represents all the people of New Brunswick. And just imagine the ordeal those executives had to survive, standing out there in the rain and the cold with nothing but their briefcases to hold off raging native grandmothers defiantly kneeling on the road and holding up feathers.
Generally, it reads like an embarassing kiss-up speech – but that would have gone over big with his audience (Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce). However, there was something Alward (Read more…)
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Well, it’s not that it’s all that good but it’s not entirely bad either. At least that’s what the Chinese government was telling its people as a toxic cloud covered half the country. Within every smoggy cloud lies a silver lining.
On Monday the website of China’s state broadcaster CCTV published a list of five “unexpected benefits” brought by the crippling smog.It said the haze had unified Chinese people, as they find solidarity in their complaints; equalised them, as both rich and poor people are vulnerable to its effects; enlightened them, as they realise the cost of (Read more…)
Balloons are a threat to civil order. The police must protect themselves from you with riot gear. You are a bad person.
You. You enemy of the state. You radical environmentalist. Or worker rights advocate. Or whatever cause you are promoting.
You. You are a threat to order. When you gather, you are a threat to civil order. You may escalate your activities to the criminality you harbour in your mind.
You. You are a threat to unquestioned profitability for the 1%.
Why? Because you think Walmart is a bad employer. And maybe even bad for the planet.
So this (Read more…)
If you’re wondering why I write so much about Nelson Mandela then it is because of my interest and involvement in human rights issues. A fellow prisoner and friend of Mandela was invited here in the Maritimes to speak at a human rights conference. My job was to pick him up from the hotel and bring him to the conference. He was a very humble man. Unfortunately I forgot his name. I asked him all kinds of questions and he told me about Nelson Mandela and how he was an inspiration for fellow prisoners.
Last night I was watching NBC (Read more…)
Government surveillance just got another bloody nose. This time it was some 500-top authors who have joined forces to denounce the degree of state surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden and condemned the West’s spy agencies for undermining democracy.
The signatories, who come from 81 different countries and include Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Orhan Pamuk, Günter Grass and Arundhati Roy, say the capacity of intelligence agencies to spy on millions of people’s digital communications is turning everyone into potential suspects, with worrying implications for the way societies work.They have urged the United Nations to create an international bill (Read more…)
Your news links for today:
Snowden document shows Canada set up spy posts for NSA (CBC) Right to Know: Bill C-13 — cyberbullying or legislative bullying? (Ottawa Citizen) Canadian Conservatives’ cyber-bullying bill—a pretext for expanding police surveillance (World Socialist Web Site) Bill Clinton says security does not justify espionage (Xinhua) Government is all talk when it comes to wireless policy (Globe and Mail) Simple guide to the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) benefits (Nathan Lee) Trans-Pacific Partnership: a guide to the most contentious issues (The Guardian) U.S. TPP Proposals Defy Congressional Objectives, Unanimous Partner Country Opposition (Public Citizen) Why USTR (Read more…)
There was something profoundly surreal about Conrad Black interviewing Rob Ford. This is what the Canadian Rightwing has been reduced to – a drug-addled Mayor being interviewed by a convicted fraudster. It would be laughable if it weren’t so serious.
Ford, who has now transformed his career into dropping media bombs, made the bizarre claim that Police Chief Bill Blair had cooked up the entire investigation concerning Rob Ford, Sandro Lisi, et al., for reasons of personal resentment. This is the model of the new right in Canada – always blame someone else for your problems. But just how (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
We are living in a world dominated by the Oil and Gas industry, crooked bankers, and surveillance of citizens throughout the world.
These attacks on our rights to privacy have been driven by the Obama administration and have seen our Canadian Prime Minister Harper embrace the CIA and NSA even empowering them to spy on Canadians.
Unprecedented surveillance is being imposed and you might ask just who is pushing back in protection of our civil and privacy rights.
Who is calling for increased alternate fuel production to lessen our dependence on the Tar sands and fracking?
Are (Read more…)