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The Canadian Progressive: RCMP planning mass arrests of indigenous Unist’ot’en activists under Bill C-51: Reports

Canadian rights defenders are warning that the RCMP is planning mass arrests of members of the indigenous Unist’ot’en First Nation using the country’s new police state law, Bill C-51.

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Politics, Re-Spun: Elect Harper = Kill Medicare for Good

#HeaveSteve

THIS is how much the Harper Conservatives resent, hate and want to kill Medicare with a slow, painful death [starting with a $36 billion cut]…leading to for-profit healthcare where the rich are OK, the companies are brutally profitable and the middle class and poor go bankrupt or die from untreated diseases.

Just like before Medicare in Canada, except now with American corporations earning billions in profits.

Want any more time with Harper’s gong show in charge?

No. Heave the Steve!

And here’s a bonus for you:

August 3, 2015 11 Weeks of Daily Harper Protests (0) December 11, 2013 (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Man Fined $543 for Displaying ‘Fuck Harper’ Sign on His Car

An Alberta man was recently slapped with a $543 ticket by the RCMP for decorating the back of his car with a protest sign that boldly declared: “Fuck Harper.”

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Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: There are so many election issues that matter.

One of the reasons that an eleven week election period feels like a drag is the that politicians and the media focus too much on the wrong things. They focus on mud slinging, on scandal and on just a small handful of controversial issues, when there are much more interesting issues at play. Eleven weeks might seem like a long time for talking about the Duffy trial or to hear politicians bashing one another, but if a person is trying to get a handle on what the different political parties are actually doing or speaking of doing, 11 weeks doesn’t seem that long.

Let’s talk (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: LeadNow Activists To Storm Joe Oliver’s Eglinton-Lawrence Riding

LeadNow activists are planning to storm the key Toronto-area battleground riding of Eglinton-Lawrence and snatch from the Harper Conservatives during the 2015 federal election.

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Christos Tsiolkas talks to Yanis Varoufakis about the Troika’s appalling contempt for Greek democracy. And Barbara Ehrenreich laments the fact that only well-off people are given any meaningful opportunity to speak about poverty and deprivation – though that should highlight the need for workers to organize to ensure their voices are heard: There are many thousands of people like these – gifted journalists who want to address serious social issues but cannot afford to do so in a media environment that thrives by refusing to pay, or anywhere near adequately pay, its “content (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Obama Battles Harper Over Climate Change

Obama spoke the other day about climate change: “we’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change; we’re the last generation that can do something about it.”

Stephen Harper denies the science.

It’s about that simple.

#HeaveSteve

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Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper Is Such a Bad Economist!

He says he’s awesome, but he’s so bad, that on the economy he’s the worst prime minister since WWII.

And his campaign is “don’t change horses in mid-stream, I’m a great economist, we aren’t in a recession, we have a balanced budget and only I can protect you from the terrorist onslaught that wants to kill us all.”

All lies.

And here’s some data that demonstrates Harper’s delusion that he knows anything useful about economics:

December 11, 2013 How Harper is Gutting Canada: THE LIST (0) August 11, 2014 Welcome to the 1,000th Politics, Re-Spun Editorial! (1) (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: 11 Weeks of Daily Harper Protests

The Harper Re-election Disaster Bus Totalitarianism: daily, for 11 weeks!

Get used to this.

People hate Harper and his Conservatives. We will see through his weak attempt to wedge oppositions parties by running a long election campaign because he has more money to spend.

Saturation will come fast.

We will remember how much contempt he holds for people and democracy.

We will listen to his 5 non-answers to 5 media questions each day and we will be constantly reminded of how much we can’t stand what he has done to Canada.

And we will see this. Every day:

Harper campaign (Read more…)

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: Election 2015: Stop Harper Resource List

Harper has increased the election period because he knows he can outspend other parties. That means those of us who want him out have work to do. We need to donate money to the parties and other organizations working to campaign against him. We need to volunteer for those parties and organizations. We need to help make up for the lack of funds that other parties face, either through our money or our time.

Here is a quick list of some of the organizations that… well… they don’t all say straight out that they want Harper out of office but they want Harper (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Sandra Bland to be honoured with a candlelight vigil in Ottawa

A candlelight vigil honouring Sandra Bland, organized by Black Lives Matter Ottawa, BlakCollectiv and other allied grassroots movements, takes at the Human Rights Monument in Ottawa on Friday, July 31.

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A Puff of Absurdity: Supporting Bare Boobs

It’s not about this:

the Braza Bra

It’s about arguing in favour of a woman’s right to take off her shirt.

How stupid, right?

I mean, it’s stupid that we have to argue about this and try to make it clear to everyone why it should be acceptable and actually have to argue with police who don’t know it’s been legal in Ontario for decades. But some people – mainly men, judging by the comment on various articles – are still having a hard time with it. And it’s really, really stupid that 8-year-old children and their parents have to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous threatens to reveal “real reason” John Baird jumped the Conservatives’ sinking ship

The hacktivist collective Anonymous is threatening to release decrypted text messages revealing the “real reason” former Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird abruptly resigned as both a senior government minister and elected MP earlier this year.

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The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous “now privy to many of Stephen Harper’s most cherished secrets”

Anonymous has started releasing high-level documents retrieved from secure Harper government computers as retaliation for the RCMP’s recent murder of a protester in British Columbia.

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Politics, Re-Spun: Is Greece the Front Line in the War Against Neoliberalism?

The EU is a powerful vehicle for neoliberalism. When democracy in Greece pushes back, we see the length the EU will go to punish and control Greece.

Neoliberalism is inherently anti-democratic. Greece deserves our support. And we need to continue to oppose neoliberalism and the soft fascism in Canada [like C-51] that the Conservative and Liberal coalition have been pushing for decades.

Viewed from either side of the political spectrum, the EU looks like a disaster right now:

The conservatives are proven correct about the way the EU takes away national sovereignty: The Greeks voted in a referendum to reject (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: RCMP national website downed, Anonymous claims responsibility

After vow to avenge the RCMP’s deadly Dawson Creek shooting, Anonymous is claiming responsibility for downing the Canadian police force’s website Sunday.

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A Puff of Absurdity: The Smell of Your Moral Judgment

“If you’re going to tell people the truth, make it funny or people will kill you.”   

                        – Billy Wilder

I just watched a series of videos (65 minutes if you watch them all in one go) by Innuendo Studios that were made specifically about the backlash against Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist who questioned some of the choices made by video game creators, but the ideas in these videos can be applied to explain the backlash to any social movement, like environmentalism.

First, they look at why people (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: The great Canadian campaign to kill C-51 is alive, thriving

OpenMedia.ca, LeadNow.ca and AVAAZ.org lead renewed campaign to free Canada of Stephen Harper’s brand new dictatorships style legislation, Bill C-51

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A Puff of Absurdity: In the Realm of Terrifying

CBC has a brief (7 min.) podcast up about the rise in anxiety in the population being reported by psychologists over the past couple of years due to climate change. One of the climate scientists, when asked how he feels about it, suggested the title of this post.

This is something I discuss with my students regularly, and I was pleased I’ve come to the same conclusions as the experts in this field. It all goes back to Freud’s defence mechanisms as a way of coping with cognitive dissonance (see more in Anna Freud’s book). In a (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: So I Went to the March

I went to the Jobs, Justice, Climate march on Sunday.  It’s taken me a few days to think about what I think about it.

Klein so close at the pre-pre-rally.

I got to Queen’s Park way early and sat under a big tree to read and wait, and I happened to sit where the media were setting up, so right next to Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben.  I missed seeing David Suzuki, and I somehow didn’t recognize Jane Fonda.  But the usual crowd was there.  In the pre-rally show, they faced the media with their backs to us, which felt (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians take fight against Harper’s Bill C-51 to UN rights committee

Canadian rights activists to challenge Bill C-51, Stephen Harper’s new anti-terror law, before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva this week.

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The Canadian Progressive: For Canada, a commitment to the environment and jobs is possible

Naomi Klein and environmental activists will call for a “long term sustainable strategy that leads to renewable energy” during the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in Toronto on July 5.

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- The Star’s editorial board writes that five years after police committed serious human rights violations at Toronto’s G20 summit, nobody seems to have learned any lessons from the abuses. And David Lavallee tells his story of being interrogated for a “precursor to terrorist behaviour” based solely on his having filmed a pipeline for a documentary.

- Ian Gill argues that the impending federal election will may represent a last opportunity to take Canada off of a path toward environmental destruction. And Brian Kahn notes that the rest of the world is predictably shifting (Read more…)

wmtc: some thoughts on the u.s. moving a bit closer to equality (#lovewins)

At last, it has happened. With Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage has been declared legal and constitutional in the United States. Same-sex couples can legally marry, just as opposite-sex couples have always had the right to do. Most importantly, laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are now unconstitutional.*

For some years on this blog, I used to note every country that joined the equal marriage club, but about two years ago, I stopped counting. More than 20 countries now recognize same-sex marriage as a right, and that number continues to climb.

This issue has always been, is, and always should (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.

- Sean Illing writes about the utterly misplaced view of the privileged few that they can or should be treated as immune from the environmental realities facing everybody: I see the decadence of the people in Rancho Santa Fe as a microcosm of America today, particularly corporate America. What these people exhibit, apart from their smugness, is a complete absence of any sense of collective responsibility. They can’t see and aren’t interested in the consequences of their actions. And they can’t muster a modicum of moderation in the face of enormous scarcity. Every resource, (Read more…)