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The Scott Ross: Why The Syrian Rebels Are Wrong

The Syrian civil war has been raging for so long that nobody remembers why the rebels are wrong.The rebels are wrong of course because this war started, not because the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was overzealous in repressing protesters, but beca… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why The Syrian Rebels Are Wrong

The Scott Ross: Why The Syrian Rebels Are Wrong

The Syrian Civil War has been raging for so long that nobody remembers why the rebels are wrong.

The rebels are wrong of course because the Syrian Civil War started, not because Assad was overzealous in repressing protesters, but because Assad was overzealous in repressing terrorists.

Today it is admitted by the United States that . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why The Syrian Rebels Are Wrong

The Scott Ross: The Real Problem For BC Liberals

It’s not the low poll numbers or the ethnic voter outreach controversy, the real problem for the BC Liberals is that there are BC Liberals who want a problem.

Considering it was just 2011 when the federal Conservatives’ ethnic voter strategy made headlines it’s more than obvious that the current outrage against Christy Clark and . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Real Problem For BC Liberals

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Compilation of ConMem.ca Politics Past

I logged a timeline of public news information about the deeds and direction of those leading our Canadian federal government from 16 October 2008 through 2012. That log was on my Web site named Conserving Memory (conmem.ca). I hoped to maintain an archive in critical blog format for public memory, which could be reviewed for . . . → Read More: Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Compilation of ConMem.ca Politics Past

Eclectic Lip: Very amateur investing, yellow-tinted glasses edition

(originally written Oct 2, 2011. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)

I find it amusing that, while many of my fellow Vancouverites are attending places of worship this Sunday morning, I’m taking a break from work to muse about money, that root of all kinds of evil. 🙂

Right now, the stock market is a . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Very amateur investing, yellow-tinted glasses edition

Eclectic Lip: The Black Swan’s Thanksgiving Turkey

(originally written Nov 24, 2011. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)

It came to my attention that Naseem Nicholas Taleb, who authored The Black Swan (surprisingly, not about a ballet dancer, but about financial crises) discussed other avians in his book, among them the Thanksgiving turkey. Per the Wikipedia page, he seems to’ve co-opted the . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The Black Swan’s Thanksgiving Turkey

Eclectic Lip: The world (of investing) according to Dante

(originally written Oct 21, 2011. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)

It seems like the financial markets will have an “upwards bias” for the next few months, despite the circling-the-drain quality of the macroeconomic picture, which inspired this magazine cover from the Oct 1 issue of The Economist magazine.

If there’s anything I’ve learned . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The world (of investing) according to Dante

The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

Many progressives are elated that Obama won last night, they should thank Stephen Harper. For though many Canadians were happily surprised that Obama’s re-election strategy worked, there was really little doubt, as Stephen Harper had already proved i… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

The Scott Ross: Conservative Robocall Double Standard

If a single standard is good, a double standard must be better.

On March 5 with his party embroiled in the Robocall scandal Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro stood up during Question Period and called for the Liberals to release their robocall records. When asked less than thirty minutes later if that meant . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservative Robocall Double Standard

The Scott Ross: NDP & the Decline of Labour

The NDP is certainly not asking whether it should abandon organized labour, but maybe organized labour should ask whether it abandon the NDP.

What does it say about the New Democratic Party when it is the only political organization of unions, for unions and organized labour over the last thirty years has only lost power . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: NDP & the Decline of Labour

The Scott Ross: 30 Day Time Limit For Robocall By-Election Applications

If by-elections are to result from the recent reports of election fraud in a growing number of ridings then a 30 day time limit might already be ticking.

The Canada Elections Act (see below) clearly stipulates that any application for a by-election resulting from election fraud must be filed within 30 days of when . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: 30 Day Time Limit For Robocall By-Election Applications

The Scott Ross: Liberal Change For Innovation

May 2 2011- The Liberal Party had its worst defeat in history.

June 18 2011- The Liberal Party holds an extraordinary convention over the phone and online, the first teleconference of its kind in North America.

January 11 2012- Despite suffering worst electoral defeat, Interim Leader Bob Rae announces the Liberal Party has raised the . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal Change For Innovation

350 or bust: 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 51,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: 2011 in review

Montreal Simon: The Horror of 2011 and the Hope of 2012

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I can’t remember a more gloomy New Year’s eve, grey, strangely warm, and eerily ominous. Last year, on the final day of 2010, I wrote this:

It was the worst of years. The year when the crazed tyrant Stephen Harper ripped a giant hole in the fabric of Canada, chewed . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Horror of 2011 and the Hope of 2012

The Equivocator: Canadian Politics Word(s) of the Year: 2011

Today is the final day for writing/releasing end-of-the-year posts. 2011 featured a federal election and provincial/territorial elections in Manitoba, Ontario, PEI, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the NWT. At the end of 2011, Canada now has 4 female premiers (up from 2 at the beginning of the year), the BQ have 4 seats in the HOC . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Canadian Politics Word(s) of the Year: 2011

Things Are Good: Just Show Up

People often say to me “Why go to protests? They don’t change anything.” Usually my response relates to the necessity of an actively engaged population within a democracy. If we’re not on the streets asking for change then change won’t happen. The usually response to that is a lame excuse that we can’t change the . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Just Show Up

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-12-12 21:57:00

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: 2011: A YEAR OF REVOLUTION: 2011 was a remarkable year. As revolutions sparked throughout the Arab world the “lower” classes of many other countries also rose up as evidenced in Europe, North America and South America and now even in Russia. In sum there hasn’t been so much opposition to power for . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-12-12 21:57:00

McFadyen Brings Knife to Gun Fight

Poor, poor Hugh. He`s stuck playing Charlie Brown……again. I can only imagine the scene over at the Omega Theta Pi Frat House when they were discussing their latest scheme. “Hey, Hugh!”, says brother Neidermeyer, “I know how we can fix that Greg Selinger, real good!” “How’s that?”, says Hugh. “Let’s challenge him!”, says Neidermeyer. “Challenge […] . . . → Read More: McFadyen Brings Knife to Gun Fight

McFadyen and Crime

We know that Hugh McFadyen and some of his supporters think that issue of crime is a game, a ball to be taken out every once an awhile and played with. Used to suit their own personal agenda. Going back to their wildy successful 2007 campaign, we had McFadyen and his accolytes with gems such […] . . . → Read More: McFadyen and Crime

Hugh wants a “do-over”?

Today’s Freep has a piece by Dan Lett in it about how Hugh McFadyen and his team are “holding their fire” in this “pre-writ” period. I say, “pre-writ” period, because McFadyen has been campaigning for the past two years. This notion that Team Hughie is somehow just sitting back and working on their election infrastructure […] . . . → Read More: Hugh wants a “do-over”?

Do No Pass Go! No Soup for You!

The thing about Hugh McFadyen that sets off people’s bullshit detectors is his penchant for resorting to stunts that are cheap, cheesy, and perhaps worthy of a Junior running for Class President, but notsomuch when it comes to being the Premier. It’s the whole lack of maturity thing. One would thing that a man of […] . . . → Read More: Do No Pass Go! No Soup for You!

Where, oh where?

On Monday we had Ian Rab and Myrna Driedger parroting the claims of the Winnipeg Scum that the government was beng unethical because they announced programmes and services for Manitobans. Today we have Ian Rab and Team Hughie wannaba Scott Gillingham doing their Twitter sock puppet routine on behalf of Colin Craig of the Canadian […] . . . → Read More: Where, oh where?

McFadyen changes feet

Guess Hugh McFadyen finally woke up and realized that his strategy to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory is working. Good on you Hugh. Today McFadyen issued his call to arms and wants the Premier to call the Legislature back into session because Hugh’s duck-and-cover strategy needs saving…..er, rather to deal with the flooding. […] . . . → Read More: McFadyen changes feet

antigonemagazine.wordpress.com: Women’s Worlds 2011

Women’s Worlds 2011 has blasted through barriers and has broken new ground over the last four days that it has taken place in Ottawa. I have had the privilege to be a part of it as a participant, a presenter and as the BC Network Leader for the non-profit participation part of the conference. It . . . → Read More: antigonemagazine.wordpress.com: Women’s Worlds 2011

Death By Trolley: The world ended yesterday

Or not. Nothing happened. What a shock. No quakes, no Rapture, no nothing. The closest we came were some day-early Victoria Day fireworks in Canada and some American atheist jokesters laying full clothing outfits out on the street and sending off helium-filled inflatable plastic bodies into the sky. On this site, a non-scientific poll was […] . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: The world ended yesterday