Categories

A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

In the eleven years since I started publishing this blog, I have almost entirely focused on Alberta politics. But while my writing focuses on provincial politics here at home, like many Canadians I pay close attention to what is happening… Continue R… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

The Disaffected Lib: Pope Warns We May Already Be In "Piecemeal WWIII"

Has the world already stumbled into a third world war?  Pope Francis thinks that could well be the case.  Denouncing war as “madness”, the Pope made his remarks while visiting Italy’s largest military cemetery.

In Saturday’s homily, standing at the altar beneath Italy’s fascist-era Redipuglia memorial – where 100,000 Italian soldiers killed during WWI . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Pope Warns We May Already Be In "Piecemeal WWIII"

The Disaffected Lib: Of Zombie Politics and Culture War

In a system that reduces life to a chain of disconnected reactions to shock, personal communication tends to lose all meaning… The individual under terrorist conditions is never alone and always alone.  He becomes numb and rigid not only in relation to his neighbor but also in relation to himself’; fear robs him of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Of Zombie Politics and Culture War

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: What The Senate Ruling Says About Harper

The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the Senate Reform questions that Harper put to them last year came out today.  The ruling itself is not terribly surprising, but what is more interesting is Harper’s reaction.

Harper said he had no option left after the high court concluded that no major change can be . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: What The Senate Ruling Says About Harper

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Future Of The CPC

Andrew Coyne made an excellent point in his column about the Manning Networking Conference that the Manning Centre is hosting in Ottawa:

So this is what a Conservative convention looks like.  After that bizarre lockdown in Calgary last fall – reporters harassed and penned in at every turn, the prime minister’s defiantly empty speech, the air . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Future Of The CPC

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Alberta Bills 45 and 46

Others have spoke very eloquently about the problems with Bills 45 and 46.

What I want to bring to readers’ attention is how the Redford Government is abusing not just legislative procedure, but democracy itself.

It is not unusual for this government to limit debate on bills.  What is unusual is to introduce a . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Alberta Bills 45 and 46

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: More on Baird and Iran

People, even the media who watch such things, seem mystified by the Harper Government(tm) stance on Iran.

It’s no big surprise, really.  When I took this blog out from under wraps in May, I wrote a lengthy essay describing the “Modern Fascism” that Harper has been cultivating.  On foreign affairs, I wrote the following: . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: More on Baird and Iran

The Disaffected Lib: The Face of Corporate Feudalism

Democracy is reeling.  Corporatist authoritarianism is quietly ascendant.  Rights and freedoms are now being issued with price tags and, if you can’t afford them, you don’t get them.

Zoe Williams, writing in The Guardian asks, “When did being lowly become a criminal offence?“

It’s a new world order that you probably have not seen . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Face of Corporate Feudalism

The Disaffected Lib: CCCP, Meet CPC3

For years I’ve been pointing out that Stephen Joseph Harper has certain instincts reminiscent of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin.  

The way Comrade Steve “reformed” the Prime Minister’s Office was a dead giveaway.  His appointment of political commissars to disrupt public access to the civil and armed services was a masterful coup, entirely Stalinist.   Henceforth his political . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: CCCP, Meet CPC3

DeSmogBlog: Are Conservatives Inherently More Biased than Liberals? The Scientific Debate Rages On

Republican Brain.jpg

In the first round of critical reactions to my book The Republican Brain, there wasn’t much to impress. As I related at AlterNet, the general conservative response to the book was to misrepresent its arguments, rather than to engage them seriously. (The book predicted this, incidentally.)

But now that some researchers . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Are Conservatives Inherently More Biased than Liberals? The Scientific Debate Rages On

DeSmogBlog: Let’s Just Say It: When It Comes to Science, The Right is the Problem

polar_House_Means.jpg

This weekend in The Washington Post, two deans of the Washington establishment, the Brookings Institution’s Thomas Mann and the American Enterprise Institute’s Norman Ornstein, finally stated what has been increasingly obvious: The problem with U.S. politics is coming from the right, not from “both sides.” In their piece, provocatively titled “Let’s . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Let’s Just Say It: When It Comes to Science, The Right is the Problem

The Disaffected Lib: The Peril of the Authoritarian Mind

“They would march America into a dictatorship and probably feel that things had improved as a result…. And they are so submissive to their leaders that they will believe and do virtually anything they are told. They are not going to let up and they are not going away.” – Robert Altemeyer, “The Authoritarians” 

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Peril of the Authoritarian Mind

Teresa Healy's Blog: Map reading equipment

Early on in my courtship with the man himself we still hadn’t figured out the best way to drive from Eastern Ontario to Western Massachusetts. Mapquest would have us go straight through Montreal but I, familiar with the joy of discovering great secondary roads, was sure that there would be a way to avoid the . . . → Read More: Teresa Healy’s Blog: Map reading equipment

Liberals, NDP, whoever. I don’t care what we call them | #cdnpoli

The Tyee – This Year, Put the Country Ahead of the Party:

” … with the election of Stephen Harper, everything changed. No prime minister in Canadian history has come to power with such a ruthless determination to implement an agenda so at odds with the interests of the country and the values of its . . . → Read More: Liberals, NDP, whoever. I don’t care what we call them | #cdnpoli

A File with Teh See-Siss

I have a seemingly unanswerable question that’s been giving me brain aches, so I thought I’d throw it out there on this fine Saturday afternoon. Why would an ordinary, if imperfect, citizen have a file with CSIS? The rundown: A friend of mine — and no, I’m not using “friend” as a euphemism for “I” . . . → Read More: A File with Teh See-Siss

Lawrence Martin on Harper’s proto-fascism | #cdnpoli

Under this PM, the state is everywhere – The Globe and Mail:

‘via Blog this’ It doesn’t make up for the fact that it still publishes Wente, but every now and then the Globe manages to do something worthwhile. My only quibble with Martin, other than that he still hasn’t appeared on the Tweeter, is . . . → Read More: Lawrence Martin on Harper’s proto-fascism | #cdnpoli

Lt. John Pike, UC Davis Police: Little Eichmann of the Day

Time to revive a dormant feature.

Here’s the tough guy, pepper-spraying unarmed students. Can’t help but notice the contrast: students sitting peacefully and silently get pepper-sprayed in the face. Students trashing their campus and destroying vehicles because a child-rapist football coach got fired get … a stern frown?

Full story here. Why do I get . . . → Read More: Lt. John Pike, UC Davis Police: Little Eichmann of the Day

DeSmogBlog: Is There a Bias Asymmetry Between Democrats and Republicans?

democrat_and_republican_symbols.jpg There’s a must read item today at the Huffington Post by Jonathan Weiler, co-author of the excellent book Authoritarianism and Polarization in American P… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Is There a Bias Asymmetry Between Democrats and Republicans?

The next time

… some screechy, screaming conservative Catholic like Our Lady of the Fetuses or Father Tubesock tries to make the case that conservatives like them are all about “liberty” and “the free market”, point them towards this little item: The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment of a “global public authority” and a “central world […] . . . → Read More: The next time

A Tale of Two Georges

I shouldn’t have to say it, but for the benefit of the cerebrally-deprived I will anyway: I am not a fan of George W Bush — far from it. But this is ridiculous: Next week’s appearance by former U.S. president George W. Bush at an event hosted by a local evangelical Christian university has been […] . . . → Read More: A Tale of Two Georges

@LacyMacAuley and my namesake: This is where we juxtapose, redux | #G20

“Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn’t matter: only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you—that would be the real betrayal.”She thought it over. “They can’t do that,” she said finally. “It’s the one thing they can’t d… . . . → Read More: @LacyMacAuley and my namesake: This is where we juxtapose, redux | #G20

On CBC, a further demonstration of Toronto cops’ contempt for us

On Metro Morning today, Matt Galloway talked to police union boss Mike McCormack about the nameless asshole who broke Dorian Barton’s arm at the G20 last summer, and about the SIU’s investigation coming to a dead end. Anyone want to guess where Mike m… . . . → Read More: On CBC, a further demonstration of Toronto cops’ contempt for us

Toronto Police: Unaccountable, uncaring, unbelievable

The Star doesn’t always get it right, but this time it’s taken a centring pass in the slot and buried it in the top corner. When the provincial Special Investigations Unit threw in the towel and said it couldn’t identify the brutal, cowardly slimeball… . . . → Read More: Toronto Police: Unaccountable, uncaring, unbelievable

Meanwhile, Back In Utopia Democratica …

First Tunisia and now Egypt. One can only rejoice at seeing people taking their aspirations for civil rights and freedoms into their own hands, courageously claiming these justly as their undeniable birthrights as human beings and steadfastly demandin… . . . → Read More: Meanwhile, Back In Utopia Democratica …