Fifty years ago today in Dallas, history was literally changed by a hail of bullets. It was before my time, but my parents were teenagers at the time and they recalled it vividly – JFK’s assassination caused grief in Canada too.
It might be said that the JFK assassination started the long decline in American politics – the escalation of Vietnam and the subsequent divisions over that, then Watergate. American politics hasn’t been particularly the same since JFK. We all know by now that JFK certainly wasn’t perfect, but one wonders what would have happened if he had remained alive (Read more…)
First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. In my family’s household, the tradition is to hold the big turkey dinner on the Sunday and make turkey soup from the leftovers on Monday… and that tradition continues today.
Today.. I’ve been following the budget events in the US on their “Columbus Day” with interest. It appears that the not-so-crazy Republicans in the Senate are desperately trying to find a face-saving measure with the Senate Democrats, trying to avoid a US default on this Thursday – a default caused by the far-right in the House of Representatives egged on by a couple of (Read more…)
They aren’t trying to stop it by shutting down the US Government because of the devastation and damage it will bring to the US, as their hyperbole claims (never mind that the conservative Heritage Institute advocated this type of setup in the 90′s and former Mass. governor and last Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney DID institute this kind of setup in Massachusetts, and by all accounts it works very successfully), they’re trying to stop it because they’re afraid Americans will get on the health exchanges and pass along more stories like this one sample of a few stories there from (Read more…)
I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big […]
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky […]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has interesting friends. As the Prime Minister said in New York the other day, neither he nor his friends take ‘No’ for an answer. It was bad enough when we were ridiculing him and Jim Flaherty for lionizing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. It is less than funny when you learn who Harper has lobbying in Congress for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to send Alberta bitumen to the Texas Gulf seaports. Harper’s best friend selling the tar sands pipeline is none other than Texas Senator Ted Cruz. This is the guy who recently provided a (Read more…)
(that the mass media won’t tell you about) 1. The Middle East holds 60% of the world’s remaining energy reserves: therefore, the entire region is critical to control – for anyone with an empire fetish, that is. And if you’re serious about controlling the Middle Eastern oil reserves, then you must control, not just the […]
The games are endless. Only the representatives of the people change. The current combatants are President Obama of the United States and Prime Minister Harper of Canada. Both have finite time left. Harper will have to face election in 2015 and Obama will be out of office in 2016. The American President grandiosely wants to save the planet. The Canadian Prime Minister just wants to save the tar sands investors.
But before then, President Obama will have to give a yes or no to the Keystone XL Pipeline. What he needs, to allow the pipeline, is Canada’s introduction of (Read more…)
Original Production by Irene Kock. Updated by Anna Tilman, April 2013, International Institute of Concern for Public Health
Ontarians may have no idea of the volume of nuclear-related facilities in the Great Lakes basin, but a new map offers a clear picture. The Great Lakes Nuclear Hot Spots Map recently created by Great Lakes United and the International Institute of Concern for Public Health is a comprehensive depiction of all facilities related to nuclear power production in the region. And it is intended to get our attention.
“The objective was to wake people up,” said John Jackson, program director (Read more…)
Earlier today, Owen at Northern Reflections, commenting on a piece by Joseph Stiglitz, wrote a post on student debt, a scourge on both sides of the border.
Here is a video of Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, for whom I have a great deal of respect, on her proposal for dealing with that scourge. Eminently reasonable, one can safely predict that her approach will inflame the right-wing zealots:
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Bill Moyers almost always has interesting guests and topics of discussion. The topic of this video is why the American Congress has been so ineffectual as of late(?). A long view, but interesting none the less.
Filed under: Politics Tagged: American Politics, Bill Moyers, Congress Fail, Republicans
It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s first anniversary, the weekend of Rebelfest in Hamilton, and a few days before International Workers’ Day (aka Mayday, aka the real Labour Day). Additionally, April 28 is International Day of Mourning for workers who were killed or injured on the job. A lot has happened since my last post, and here are just a few tidbits.
● Rita MacNeil – singer, political activist and sex abuse survivor – died on April 16 at the age of 68. The down-to-earth artist was always on the (Read more…)
I don’t normally blog this late, or on a Friday night.. but I couldn’t pass this up.
Tonight, the police managed to capture the 2nd suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing, which is important to find out what in the world caused these 2 to do what they did.
You may remember Harper and the Conservatives attacked Justin Trudeau for his wanting to know the “root causes” of the Boston Marathon attack (and Harper brought it up voluntarily in a foreign country, no less, an extremely crass politicizing of a tragedy.). You may hear more of that inflammatory rhetoric (Read more…) them from on Monday when they debate their anti-terrorist [...]
As a follow-up to my last post, here are a few quotes about our crazy, corrupt, upside-down world.
“A sane person to an insane society must appear insane” – Kurt Vonnegut “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” -George Bernard Shaw “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.” -John Lennon “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” -Albert Einstein “In America, the criminally insane rule . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: As a follow-up to my last post, here are a few quotes about our…
Dear President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry:
As a concerned Canadian, I am writing to urge you to reject TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline for purposes of transporting dirty oil from Alberta’s tar sands to refineries in the United States.
I assure you that not all Canadians are quite as eager to export climate-busting bitumen as our federal government seems to be. Many of us recognize that the high energy demands required to exploit this unconventional resource give it a dangerously large carbon footprint. For this reason, we consistently oppose similar projects, such as (Read more…)
(Gallup: Staggering 99 Percent of Americans See Iran’s Nuclear Program as ‘Threat’ Americans See Civilian Program as a Bigger Threat Than North Korea’s Actual Nukes by Jason Ditz, February 20, 2013) ”A grim new poll from Gallup shows an overwhelming majority of Americans, indeed 99 percent of them, believe that Iran’s civilian nuclear program [...]
Far be it from me to cast a pox on what has been one of the only few bright lights in the last few years but premises matter. In Krugman’s recent Looking for Mr. Goodpain he presents a reasonable derision of those pushing austerity in the face of zero evidence it actually works to restore growth. Unfortunately he starts badly:
Three years ago, a terrible thing happened to economic policy, both here and in Europe. Although the worst of the financial crisis was over, economies on both sides of the Atlantic remained deeply depressed, with very high
. . . → Read More: Looking for Dr. Goodpain? Check the Reflection in the Mirror Dr. Krugman
Murray Can Lead Canada Forward | Chris Wattie, Reuters (via National Post)
For almost seven years, Stephen Harper has been the Prime Minister. Canadian progressives unite in their call that “we can do better” and yet, little is done to meet actions with words. In the New Democratic leadership race, I backed Nathan Cullen for his progressive partnership proposal. It was bold, it was controversial, but it represented real leadership. Mr. Cullen challenged New Democratic progressives, presenting them with an opportunity for real, meaningful change. Mr. Cullen inspired many people with his surprising success, but New Democrats decided to meet
. . . → Read More: centerandleft: Endorsement for Joyce Murray
Fuck the USA!*
*and to be fair, fuck Canada for allowing the Harper Conservatives to drag our country through the muck, down the same failed, destructive and suicidal path as our neighbours to the south
Yeah, I know there are many good and decent individual Americans, and I acknowledge that a lot of great things have come from the United States, including many of the computer and Internet technologies that allow me to post my views here. This rant is not directed at them. The following are criticisms of the negative aspects of American society as a whole, and
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Fuck the USA!*
*and to be fair, fuck Canada for allowing the…
I saw this on Facebook from a friend:
It was made by the “Occupy” movement in the US, and obviously is most relevant to them, but with what has been going on up here in Canada of late with a pro-gun /anti-gun regulation Conservative government, and their actions/attempts/considerations at weakening gun control laws and/or gun regulations, I thought it would be good to see the comparisons, to see where Canada currently stacks up.
If anyone honestly can argue that the regulations on the right that the Occupy folks would like to see on guns isn’t reasonable, be it in the
Over three-quarters of the firearms used to carry out mass shootings in the United States since 1982 were obtained legally. How on Earth can there not be a national discussion on gun control?
And to those gun advocates who say that tragedy ought not to be politicized, that we need to wait a respectful amount of time before debating such contentious issues as gun control (but who don’t object when such violence is attributed to the absence of God from public schools), I will point out that there have so far been sixteen mass shootings in the United States
. . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Mass Shootings by the Numbers
Assuming that the world survives this coming December 21, the United States Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases in June which could result in the nation-wide legalization of gay marriage.
I cannot forecast with certainty how the court will decide, but supposing for a moment that it rules in favour of marriage equality, the short-term results are easy to predict: conservative commentators across the country will complain of judicial activism, despite having in many cases urged precisely such an overreach one short year before when Obamacare hung in the balance. Right on cue, public support for same-sex
. . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Emerging Consensus on Gay Marriage
With every problem, there are symptoms and there is the disease.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States today — this one leaving twenty-seven dead at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school — the disease, clearly, is the culture of violence that pervades the country, and I do not blame anyone for wanting to tackle this disease directly. But when the symptoms manifest themselves in the form of twenty dead children, a call to manage the symptoms through gun control is more than just understandable; it is urgently necessary.
Without doubt, these frequent shootings represent an
. . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: On the Latest School Shooting: Symptoms, Disease, and Gun Control
The Real Story of the 2012 US Presidential Election – the story the mass media missed altogether – And the critical lessons from history that we must learn now “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – anonymous “Evil can flourish only when good people do nothing.” – anonymous “Repeating [...]
The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012 : http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1291812—the-great-lie-of-the-populist-politician The linked column is a great summary of the North American tradition of rich… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012