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350 or bust: Extreme Weather Events Escalating Around the World

The HawkkeyDavis Channel on YouTube does an excellent job of compiling extreme weather events from around the world at regular intervals during the year. Here’s the end-of-the-year compilation for 2013. As the video’s description notes, this is not viewing for the faint of heart; all kinds of extreme weather events are escalating both in frequency . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Extreme Weather Events Escalating Around the World

Things Are Good: Bill Gates Shares Some (More) Good News From 2013

Bill Gates is best known for his hyper capitalistic behaviour creating Microsoft, but since he left the company he’s trying to change that perception. Indeed, he has done good things for the planet since he left he company he once founded. Gates and his wife have created the Gates Foundation to improve the world. They . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Bill Gates Shares Some (More) Good News From 2013

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s 13 most under-reported political news stories of 2013

Another aircraft takes off from Fort McMurray International Aerodrome loaded with CO2 captured from Alberta’s Athabasca bitumen sands. The gas will be stored in the basements of Russian buildings as part of a deal worked out through the province’s $2-billion “carbon capture” program. Actual Alberta carbon capture boondoggles may not operate exactly as . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta’s 13 most under-reported political news stories of 2013

Trashy's World: E Day à Montréal!

Thinking of my bro-in-law this afternoon as the polls close in about 5 hours across Quebec. It’s municipal election time and Steve Shanahan will make a GREAT city Councillor! As well, Mélanie Joly will make an awesome Mayor! What a nice change from old white guys that will be. My wife just left Ottawa to . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: E Day à Montréal!

Trashy's World: Yeah, the weather is WAY too nice to work…

… I think I’ll prorogue work! Thanks Prime Minister Harper! Way to show leadership and initiative! I am taking your lead and proroguing until October. And like you Parliamentarians, I’ll continue to be paid, right? (7) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Is Unstoppable

Christy Clark is unstoppable.She became Liberal Leader with only the support of one MLA. Members of her caucus criticized her. 17 of them fearing defeat didn’t run for re-election. Practically every pundit and journalist thought Clark was going to lose… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Is Unstoppable

The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Is Unstoppable

Christy Clark is unstoppable.

She became Liberal Leader with only the support of one MLA. Members of her caucus criticized her. 17 of them fearing defeat didn’t run for re-election. Practically every pundit and journalist thought Clark was going to lose and so did every single polling firm. But last night she won.

Not only . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Is Unstoppable

The Scott Ross: Another Thing Trudeau & Layton Have In Common

Justin Trudeau and the late Jack Layton have quite a few similarities, underestimation by Conservatives is yet another.

It wasn’t too long ago a certain inexperienced federal politician became leader of a third place political party. Though the son of a prominent politician1, in his early life he had not been immediately drawn to federal . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Another Thing Trudeau & Layton Have In Common

Walking Turcot Yards: Verdun, April 12, 2013

Can only remember this much snow a couple of times in my life this far into April and probably only in the last 15 years or so. My father was born on April 22 and he always said that his father claimed there was still snow in the backyard the day he was born. My . . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: Verdun, April 12, 2013

The Scott Ross: Trudeau, Soldiers With Guns, and Ironic Pride

In 2006 the Liberal Party was ashamed for accusing Stephen Harper of wanting to put armed soldiers on every street; yet somehow in 2013 Liberals are proud that their next Leader fondly recalls how his father actually did put armed soldiers on every street.

Two weeks ago Justin Trudeau was asked whether he could . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trudeau, Soldiers With Guns, and Ironic Pride

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: World Autism Awareness Day 2013 Should Include Some Autism Reality

April 2, 2013 will feature another World Autism Awareness Day around the world.  Many blue lights will shine, politicians will pose and take credit for helping advance the cause of autistic persons and their families, countless media reports will talk about the gifts of autism and television series and movies alike will feature . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: World Autism Awareness Day 2013 Should Include Some Autism Reality

The Scott Ross: Why Canada Needs An Elected Senate Just Like America’s

“Washington is broken.” – Barack Obama

Looking at the Canadian Senate in isolation might motivate many to question it, but compared to the American Senate, Canadians should be proud of their upper chamber.

Besides the fact that googling “Ottawa is broken” brings zero related results, the American Senate is so dysfunctional quite a . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Canada Needs An Elected Senate Just Like America’s

bastard.logic: Happy Day-After-MBV-Day (Hmm — Must Polish My Shoes…)

Classic My Bloody Valentine to whet your appetite:

Head on over to mybloodyvalentine.org to grab MBV, the LOOOOOOONG-awaited (and oft-delayed) follow-up to 1991′s seminal shoegazer classic, Loveless (assuming you haven’t already been sated, natch).

Filed under: music, video Tagged: 1991, 2013, Kevin Shields, Loveless, MBV, music, My Bloody Valentine, new releases, shoegaze, shoegazer, UK . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Happy Day-After-MBV-Day (Hmm — Must Polish My Shoes…)

The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

Today Ontario Liberals chose their next leader, but if 2006 is any indication, they might have just chosen their next loser.

Similarities between Kathleen Wynne’s recent victory in the Ontario leadership race and Stephane Dion’s in the federal Liberal leadership contest in 2006 suggest a just as similar electoral future.

Old, Tired Parties: It was . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

Trashy's World: Resolutions for 2013…

… Before I have a second glass of Pinot Noir… – not be as critical of our Dear Leader and encourage all my friends to cut he and his Cabinet some slack. They’re trying really darned hard – not ridicule Tea Baggers and their ilk who are found south of the border. They think differently . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Resolutions for 2013…

The Scott Ross: Trudeau, Harper And Canadians Lack Substance

Critics claim Justin Trudeau has no substance when it comes to policy, they fail to realize that neither does Stephen Harper, nor any other leader or party; not to mention the fact that Canadians increasingly don’t care.

This is not a defense of Justin Trudeau but an offence committed by Canadians.

Politics has increasingly . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trudeau, Harper And Canadians Lack Substance