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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta Politics Roundup – Eve of Fall Sitting

TweetFall Legislative Session November 17, 2014 will mark the start of the first legislative session for new Premier Jim Prentice, Health Minister Stephen Mandel and Education Minister Gordon Dirks. The 43-year old governing Progressive Conservatives have promised to introduce new laws focusing on property rights and ‘ending entitlements’ for their MLAs. This will be Rachel Notley’s first session as […]

Alberta Diary: Welcome to Alberta, where, baby, these are the days of miracles and wonders…

Conservative political leaders distribute loaves and fishes, part of the school lunch program planned for the hundreds of new schools that will be popping up overnight out here in Alberta. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Premier Jim Prentice, Opposition Leader Danielle Smith and Education Minister Gordon Dirks, all of whom we can have faith will deliver.

It is no longer a metaphor when we say Alberta’s conservative politicians are performing miracles and wonders.

Leastways, yesterday, Premier Jim Prentice announced his intention to perform an actual, literal miracle – to create 230 new (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: The magic of Tory reinvention. A new era for Alberta.

TweetAs the Progressive Conservatives brandish their new slogan, “A new era for Alberta,” many Albertans might be confused about which political party has been in power for the past 43 years. The Oxford English Dictionary defines an era as “a long and distinct period of history.” If we were to apply the geological time scale of the Earth […]

drive-by planet: New US-led Middle East war repeats old mistakes: fuels the cycle of violence

Airstrikes and rockets targeting sites in Syria and Iraq this week marks an escalation in the early stages of a war stamped with the trademark Made-in-the-USA. This misguided war is a continuation of earlier interventions and strategic errors that have fanned the flames of jihadist resistance around the globe.

The American hand is all over the current crisis. The disastrous fall-out from the US invasion of Iraq and Washington’s covert involvement in the Syrian conflict are key factors behind the creation of ISIS and like-minded groups – links ignored by Obama as he worked with the regions monarchs and autocrats (Read more…)

drive-by planet: US journalists critical of Obama admin secrecy – ‘setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide’

Barack Obama came into office promising the most open and transparent government ever. In the light of the Obama administration’s obsessive concerns with secrecy and information control the claim seems badly out of sync with current realities.

People close to the action are best placed to judge when it comes to issues of access and transparency. Veteran NYT Washington correspondent David E. Sanger described the Obama administration as “the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered.”

More recently at a convention of news/media editors in Chicago speakers were sharply critical of the lack of White House openness. AP’s (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta tar sands claim the soul of Conservative MP Rob Merrifield

Conservative MP Rob Merrifield resigned his elected seat this week to work as Alberta Premier Jim Prentice’s leading tar sands lobbyist in Washington.

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Bill Maher offers some simple math and important observations about inequality:

- And Gary Engler proposes ten ways to build a better economic system.

- Vanessa Brcic points out that corporatized medicine is as unethical as it is inefficient. And Garry Patterson laments the premiers’ weak response to the Harper Cons’ attacks on health care.

- Dean Beeby reports that the CRA’s investigation of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is focused squarely on the question of whether the CCPA is adequately complying with the Cons’ definition of rightthink, while Dr. Dawg (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL greenhouse gas emissions higher than estimates: Study

by: Obert Madondo Follow @Obiemad | Published Mon, Aug 11, 2014

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A new study strongly suggests that U.S. State Department grossly underestimated the negative environmental impact of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

In its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Assessment earlier this year, the State Department concluded that the pipeline wouldn’t be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, estimating the carbon impact would be 27 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The new study estimates that Keystone would produce four times that amount: 110 million tonnes.

The research was conducted at the Stockholm Environment (Read more…)

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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: One of the most Powerful Countries in the World Can no Longer be Trusted

There is a Public Relations firm operating in both the United States and Canada, Ketchum Inc., that has for the past several years, been working with Vladimir Putin, to sell Russian influence in the United States.

They run an English language website, ThinkRussia.com and when tensions first began to rise in the Ukraine, postings included ‘a look back at the Sochi Olympics, a feature on international women’s day in Russia, and a piece detailing a crackdown on bitcoin.’ Nothing on Ukraine. Indeed, if you visit the site today, you get no sense of the turmoil currently taking (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Government Propaganda While Canada Once Again Stands Alone

A very strange Oped piece appeared in the Globe and Mail on the weekend, written by none other than Stephen Harper. It was a follow up to a government announcement that we would be giving the Ukrainian military another 220 million dollars, on top of the 300 million already provided, to assist in their battle with rebel forces.

It reads like a typical propaganda piece, laying all of the blame on Russia’s doorstep, for the horrific downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, that killed 298 innocent civilians.

Had this appeared under a different byline, it would simply reflect the views (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Clearly Liberalism is Not Dead Though Conservatism May be On Life Support

When Stephen Harper was with the Reformers, promoting an American style conservative movement, he mocked Canada’s historic Conservative Party, because they boasted to be descended from Sir John A. MacDonald. “So what!” he said.

Recently the Harper government conducted a poll to determine the top ten Canadians who inspired us. From top to bottom:

1. Pierre Trudeau2. Terry Fox3. Tommy Douglas4. Lester B. Pearson5. Chris Hadfield6. David Suzuki7. Sir. John A. MacDonald 8. Wayne Gretzky9. Jack Layton10. Romeo Dallaire

What first struck me about the list was that no women were (Read more…)

Impolitical: The long run

No, the blog is not dead. Apologies for the lengthy absences. I’m a little busy at the moment. But I wanted to post this item below that I drafted a while back.

For whatever reason, this blog post by Andrew Sullivan hit a few notes with me and I wanted to link to it here. On the occasion of a surprisingly positive deadline result in sign-ups for eligibility for the Affordable Care Act in the U.S., aka “Obamacare,” Sullivan noted it as one more stage of Obama’s presidential success: Last fall, I argued that Obama’s presidency, already historic (Read more…)

LeDaro: Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama: Don’t approve Keyston XL Pipeline

I believe Jimmy Carter was one of the best president U.S ever had. I suppose nice guy finishes last. Too bad he did not win the second term. He is giving a great advice to Obama.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview on Monday March 24, 2014 in New York. Carter said Monday that he doesn’t support the Palestinian-led “boycott, divest, sanction” campaign against Israel but said products made in Israel-occupied Palestinian territories should be clearly labeled so buyers can make a choice about them. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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LeDaro: Rep. John Lewis’s dance

Clapping and swinging his hips, civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis danced to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” in a recent YouTube post.“This is my song!” the 74-year-old Georgia Democrat exclaimed…

Mr. Lewis hopes that good days are ahead as the civil rights movement has made a lot of progress and the U.S has its first black president, Barack Obama. Mr. Lewis was a colleague of Martin Luther King Jr. and fought along side him for civil rights.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ukraine Crisis: The Harper Conservatives Are NOT Canada

by: Obert Madondo

Last week’s “Canadian delegation” to Ukraine wasn’t a Canadian delegation. It was an all-Conservative outfit. The opposition was completely shut out.

The shut out reminds me of how Third World tyrants do politics. How they exploit global crises to score cheap domestic political points. The shut out makes a mockery of our multi-party liberal democracy. And the idea of by-partisanship that comes with it.

But shut-out is mostly part of the Conservatives’ campaign to retain power in 2015. It’s part of the effort to woo the ethnic vote, something the Conservatives would have to do on a (Read more…)

LeDaro: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine – A New Cold War?

 Is there a new Cold War? The situation in Ukraine is escalating with Russian troops invading the Crimea, and with concerns about Russian soldiers potentially advancing further. There has been a dip in world markets in response to this news. The United States has halted trade and investment talks with Russia and the planned G8 summit in Sochi looks to be in trouble.

In the 21st century, an era of globalization and trade, a post-Cold War era, this talk is shocking, and really does sound like another Cold War could be upon us. Hopefully not, hopefully this situation will de-escalate (Read more…)

LeDaro: Artist Saint Hoax turns Obama and Putin into drag queens

It is quite funny.

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LeDaro: Putin in deep thoughts

He is thinking how to deal with Obama.;) He is upset that his buddy Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich has been toppled by the Ukrainian Parliament. Putin thinks that that is what Obama wanted.

Is cold war on again?

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sad and Pathetic Return to Canada

He's back in Canada after his disastrous trip to Mexico and rarely has he looked so diminished.For while he is desperately trying to spin the trip into a triumph, nothing can conceal the humiliation of this slap in the face. Read more »

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Redford’s top advisor earns more than Obama’s top advisor, claims Wildrose

TweetPremier Alison Redford‘s chief of staff earns a bigger salary than his counterpart in the West Wing, claimed the official opposition Wildrose in a press release yesterday. As the salary disclosure ”sunshine list” of Alberta’s senior public servants who earn more than $100,000 annually was released late last week, opposition critics honed in on Ms. Redford’s senior staff. The Wildrose opposition […]

Alberta Diary: Small changes may signal glimmer of awareness of trouble ahead among rank and file Tory MLAs

Members of Alison Redford’s brain trust plan the latest hashtags in the Twitter war with AUPE … No! Wait! That’s Bob MacNamara telling LBJ about his plans for the war in Vietnam! What the hey? Below: That rude info-graphic; Red House Chief of Staff Farouk Adatia; White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

Opposition political operatives in Alberta spent an entertaining weekend poking through the entrails of the Progressive Conservative government’s Sunshine List, noticing cool things to mention like the fact Premier Alison Redford’s chief of staff earns $144,000 a year more than the guy who does the same thing (Read more…)

LeDaro: Obama’s State of Union Address in 60 seconds

Interesting. At least he recognizes climate change and need for clean energy. He also recognizes the need to do something about the inequality in U. S society.

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Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

Canada or USA? USA or Canada? Texas Senator Ted Cruz, visible between the signs, ponders what he should do. Actual Tea Party favourites may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Cruz waves bye-bye to his fellow Canadians … maybe; Lord Black of Crossharbour.

It’s said here that Calgary native Ted Cruise needs to make an appointment to have a serious chat with Conrad Black before he makes any rash and irrevocable decisions to run his Canadian passport through the shredder.

Mr. Cruz is now the junior Senator from Texas and a favourite of the Tea Party, a group that (Read more…)

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 described. Below: A Lethbridge student continues studying as hydraulic fracking operations take place next to her school; why is this doctor smiling? Hint: He runs a Family Care Clinic.

Soon it’ll be 2014 and the mainstream media can get back to doing what it does best: panicking (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-Harper adviser blasts Keystone XL, calls Canada a “rogue state”

Ex-Harper appointee Mark Jaccard trashed the Conservatives’ support of the tar sands industry during a key Keystone XL summit in Washington D.C. on Monday.

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