The Disaffected Lib: Trump’s Next Ratings War

Obama Inauguration, 2009 Donald Trump thinks of people in terms of ratings. He’s fond of tweeting that this critic or that is “grossly overrated.” He couldn’t resist taking a swipe at Arnold Schwarzenegger for this modest ratings as host of The Apprentice. On Friday Donald Trump will be facing his own ratings war – the ...

The Decarie Report: Jan. 17: re Trump – a promise

.I shall try to avoid mentioning Donald Trump as much as I can. It’s going to be tough. The news media all over the world are obsessed with him. But the reality is that Donald Trump is not the issue. Yes, he’s an egoist. Yes, he makes big promises, then changes his mind. Yes, what ...

Dead Wild Roses: Democracy and the Crisis of Confidence – Christopher Lasch

    The excerpt is from a great piece by Christopher Lasch writing in the short lived journal “Democracy”.  Written in the 80’s, details the systemic problems facing US democracy.  The situation described shows the roots of where we are now, and how (unfortunately) we have arrived here.    “The centralization of power in the United ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday January 17, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:03am PST Ontario employees are prohibited from discrimination and harassment against any employee. Employers may not discriminate on the basis of race, ...

Montreal Simon: The Final Humiliation of the Con Clown Joe Oliver

It isn't the biggest story in the world, compared to the coming of Trump, or for that matter any other story.But like the ghost of Harper past, the old Con Joe Oliver is back in the news. And sadly for him not in a happy way.For after losing his seat in the last election, now he's ...

Warren Kinsella: Be of good cheer!

Life's short. The world is 4.54 billion years old. But when you are down, remember you can always say: "I lived in the same time as Warren." — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January 17, 2017

Things Are Good: Reusing Renewable Power Pieces

Despite being more efficient and better than other forms of generating electricity renewable power generation does cause waste. The waste isn’t in the form of smog or tailing ponds or even radioactive barrels. When it comes to wind power the waste generated is broken blades, and there are a lot of them! Rotterdam has taken ...

Northern Reflections: No Catharsis

Donald Trump is the new LBJ. That’s Richard Cohen’s conclusion in this morning’s Washington Post. And, like Lyndon Johnson, his presidency is doomed: But Trump ought to pay attention to [John] Lewis and what he represents. The president-elect will take the oath with a minority of the popular vote — a substantial deficit of almost ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: When a friend gives a friend a lift.

This is not the prime minister’s problem. It must be the ethics and conflict of interest commissioner’s problem. This commissioner acts independently and reports to parliament on those issues that might involve the ethics or any conflict of interest on the part of federally elected persons. We hear that she is currently looking into a ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The last man on the moon

Gene Cernan died on Monday. He was many things in his life but Cernan will be best known as the last man who set foot on the moon during the Apollo missions. Cernan’s official website contains all you will need to know about the man who went to the moon twice: once as lunar module ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cognitive Dissonance (2014) #nlpoli

People like things in life to fit together. When things don’t fit together, people get upset.  They get fidgety.  They try to make things fit together. It’s an idea regular readers know from other posts.  Take this bit from a post from 2012 as a good example of how some people react when faced with ...

Tattered Sleeve: Yes we are all going to die

NATO is not something that can be brazenly referred to as obsolete in a brief missive by the PEOTUS in the days before assuming office. The shockwaves of uncertainty generated from’t (especially lacking any spark of contextualization) are far greater than the capacity of the planet to withstand. Geo-politically speaking, war has been declared on ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Powerful NDP fundraising machine, Kenney implodes the Tories, Liberals launch leadership campaign

The Alberta New Democratic Party raised more than the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties combined in the final quarter of 2016 and more than any other party over the entire year, according to financial disclosures published by Elections Alberta. The NDP… Continue Reading →

Warren Kinsella: This week’s column: conservatives, call home

Anyone seen the Conservative Party of Canada?  They were here just a minute ago. Remember? Had just about half the seats in the House of Commons? Forty per cent of the vote, give or take? Seats in every province but one? Fundraising behemoth? Remember them? They were led by a guy who wasn’t particularly warm ...

Paul S. Graham: Reclaiming socialism for this new millennium

L. B. Foote / Winnipeg Free Press Archives1919 StrikeCrowd gathers at Victoria Park Sometime in the 1990s, it became fashionable for many socialists to refer to themselves as “anti-capitalists.” I’m not sure why this was the case, but I suspect it involved a large measure of opportunism; socialism (at least that variant represented by recently ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta Liberals launch leadership race as Tory contest takes an acrimonious turn

PHOTOS: The Alberta Liberal Party executive. From left to right: Vice-President Fundraising John Roggeveen, Secretary Alyssa Moore, Treasurer Greg Springate, President Karen Sevcik, MLA David Swann, VP David Khan, VP Policy David Gamble and VP Constituencies Dan MacLennan. Below: Potential candidates Nolan Crouse, Mr. Khan and Nirmala Naidoo. OTTAWA Optimistically billing themselves “the common sense ...

Warren Kinsella: Unpresident unpoll 

.@realDonaldTrump-haters pre-inauguration self-deception list: — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January 17, 2017

The Disaffected Lib: Well, He Does Know a Thing or Two About Divorce.

Is the marriage over? For longer than I’ve drawn breath, Europe and America have been intertwined in a relationship that blossomed into a marriage in the aftermath of WWII. Now, in a pattern that echoes his path from Ivana to Marla to Melania, Donald Trump seems intent on straining America’s relationship with Europe, perhaps in ...

The Disaffected Lib: The View From the Tanks

Think tanks are a wonderful and often overlooked source of garnering perspective on world events. Some, such as the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute or our own Fraser Institute are ideological hack factories posing as legitimate think tanks but there are others – Chatham House, Brookings, the Carnegie Endowment, the International Institute for Strategic ...

DeSmogBlog: Revealed: Inside the B.C. Government’s Site C Spin Machine

BC Hydro officials and members of Premier Christy Clark and Energy Minister Bill Bennett’s offices were all involved in a coordinated attempt to discredit DeSmog Canada’s reporting on the $8.8 billion Site C hydroelectric dam, according to documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests. The documents detail a flurry of e-mails following a DeSmog Canada ...

Canadian Dimension: Toxic Tsunami

An abandoned car amidst the ruins of the village • Photo by Senado Federal A year and counting of mud and struggle since Latin America’s worst mining disaster. Judith Marshall reports. On November 5, 2015, a tailings dam collapsed at the Samarco iron mine. The mine is a joint venture of Vale (a Brazilian multinational ...

The Disaffected Lib: Simon Says

I don’t want anyone to miss Montreal Simon’s great take on what some consider the Twilight Zone’s scariest and most memorable episode, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” Simon really nailed it, especially if you remember that episode.

Warren Kinsella: Copping to the ‘copter

So, The Lobby Monitor asked me about the Aga Khan, helicopter, lobbying, blah blah blah.  Here’s my response.  The sponsor is almost always a lobbyist. CIJA, for example, sponsors a great deal of air travel – with MPs from all parties – every year. That never raises any concerns.  This case shouldn’t either. The Opposition ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR 2017 / SALON DU LIVRE ANARCHISTE DE MONTRÉAL 2017

Mark your calendars … MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR 2017 Préparez vos calendriers… LE SALON DU LIVRE ANARCHISTE DE MONTRÉAL 2017 [français suivra) Mark your calendars … MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR 2017 Two days: Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28 From 10am to 5pm on both days The Anarchist Bookfair will take place in two buildings across ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Ctrl-Alt-Delete: An Antifascist Report on the Alternative Right

The latest from Kersplebedeb Publishing, Ctrl-Alt-Delete addresses the origins and rise of the so-called “alt-right,” the fascistic movement that grabbed headlines in the months leading up to the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. It is due back from the printers in February, but is available for pre-order now; the cover ...