Alberta Politics: Give some credit to Jerry Bance for improving the quality of Conservative public discourse

ILLUSTRATIONS: Is it time to give Jerry Bance a break? After all, he’s raised the tone of Conservative discourse in Toronto, and raised our national profile abroad. (Image grabbed from the CBC, just as Mr. Bance reaches for the cup.) Below: Mr. Bance in happier times, with both his hands where you can see them; ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Rear Admiral Stupid Has New Recruits.

   I was going to preface this post with a Captain Stupid character but I found that the outright level of stupid going on here required a (much) higher rank in the Hurr-Durr Legion to properly accommodate the conditions being described.  The leaders of the ulta-orthodox Belz sect in North London eminently qualify for Admiralty ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Generation Jihad on the BBC

Religious fundamentalism of any creed, is a threat to peace, secular societies and evidence based decision making.  Lets take a closer look at one strain of the radical fundamentalism – radical Islam with the BBC as our guide. Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: BBC, Fundamentalism, Radical Islam, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Alberta Diary: Why Denmark fears militarization of Arctic islands means Canada could soon control almost all of Hudson’s Bay, and other tall tales

If we just listened to Stephen Harper and the BBC, what a wonderful world this would be! Below: Catherine the Great, USAF Gen. Philip Breedlove. Last Wednesday, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported in shocked tones on its online news site that “NATO’s top military commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russian ‘militarization’ of the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Media Lens – Our Propaganda

I’m always amused when I see people commentating on the “liberal bias” in the media.  It is usually followed by a trenchant analysis of at least one instance of how news corporation X has finally gone off the rails and has lost all of its journalistic integrity blah blah blah. Sitting where I am, in ...

Things Are Good: BBC Drastically Improves Science Coverage and Debate

The BBC is finally doing something that all media organizations should do – don’t let crazy people derail important debates. For this entire millennium mass media organizations have invited reality-denying people to debates on issues like climate change. This causes the issue to not actually be talked about. No more will climate change deniers and ...

Dead Wild Roses: Oh Auntie Beebs! Not you too! “Objective Reporting” on the BBC.

Media Lens is an invaluable source to in describing and measuring how far the “respectable media” kowtows to state and corporate interests.  This excerpt from their latest media alert illustrates the mendacity that is common place in what is considered to be “acceptable journalistic practices”. “The key to what is precisely wrong with corporate journalism ...

Left Over: The Revolution will Start, With or Without Me….

Russell Brand’s Epic Interview With BBC’s Jeremy Paxman Just Might Start A Revolution (VIDEO) The Huffington Post  |  By Ryan GrenoblePosted: 10/25/2013 4:11 pm EDT Many have seen Russel Brand’s remarkable interview with Jeremy Paxman, either on TV or YouTube..if not  please go to the HuffPo article cited here and see it..the best ten minutes you’ll have today, or ...

Politics and its Discontents: Russell Brand’s Frustrations

Although I do not subscribe to the ‘tactic’ of refusing to vote, much of what comedian Russell Brand says in this BBC interview with Jeremy Paxton is worth listening to as he articulates the frustrations that are felt by millions of us: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: America: A Superpower Of Near-Demonic Dimensions

So says Noam Chomsky in this 2003 video produced for the BBC. I find little with which to disagree in his analysis: Recommend this Post

drive-by planet: Nigel Kennedy ‘apartheid’ reference to be censored by BBC: Palestine Strings at the Proms

  On August 8 the BBC Proms featured the Palestine Strings in company with world renowned violinist, Nigel Kennedy, and members of his Orchestra of Life. Palestine Strings is made up of seventeen young Palestinians ranging in age from 12 to 23 who study at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in the occupied ...

Politics and its Discontents: Appeasement at the BBC

Whenever I travel, especially when a Canadian television station is not available, I tend to tune into the BBC, which generally practises the kind of hard-hitting journalism that the CBC was once known for, before embarking upon a policy of trying to appease the right-wing. Sadly, that virus of appeasement now seems to have been ...

Alberta Diary: Wicked Witch war of words: ‘Has Thatcher bashing crossed a line?’ Well, er… no!

The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. Below, Ezra Levant in an orange wig with a can of Orange Crush mocks Jack Layton’s funeral. RIP or give it a rest? Oh my – quelle horreur! – naughty Britons still appalled by the depredations visited upon their country by Margaret Thatcher’s government ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s New Democrats prefer Obama re-election

Canada’s Official Opposition, the New Democrats, prefers to see Barack Obama re-elected as U.S. President rather than Republican challenger Mitt Romney. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told reporters in Montreal on Sunday that he “hopes to work with a president who shares his party’s values, particularly in terms of sustainable development.” The NDP’s position is in sync with ...

Alberta Diary: Yikes! U.S. program with remarkable knack for spotting future foreign leaders picks … Danielle Smith

Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith prepares to set off on her 19-day American tour. Future America-friendly leaders may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Smith for real. With tout le monde political Alberta focusing on the province’s final farewell to Peter Lougheed, founder of the 41-year Conservative dynasty who passed on last Thursday, Alberta ...

Drive-by Planet: Canada-Israel relationship: BBC survey and ‘Fault Lines’ report

With discussion of a possible boycott of goods from Israeli settlements heating up this week, the question is often asked why Canada is taking such a marked pro-Israel stance. Really that is more about perceptions than reality. The majority of Canadians are far from ardent pro-Israel supporters. The face of ‘pro-Israel Canada’ is being steered ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The Goon Show: Tales of Men’s Shirts

Before Monty Python, there was The Goon Show. I love the way that when Spike Milligan does anything, he breaks the rest of the Goons up. This is their penultimate radio performance, which also happened to be televised, and is, … Continue reading →

BBC: Canada "muzzling" its scientists

This may not be news in Canada but good to see the news is spreading abroad. Prof Thomas Pedersen, a senior scientist at the University of Victoria, said he believed there was a political motive in some cases.  “The Prime Minister (Stephen Harper) is keen to keep control of the message, I think to ensure that ...

Tracking down an internet troll, courtesy of BBC

Ever wonder what kind of person leaves all those disgusting, ill-informed comments on blogs and news sites, mostly it seems at least in North America, in support of the Conservatives and Republicans? These right-wing taunts and insults dominate most of the media sites on the web. What kind of a person becomes a troll? Of course, many ...

DeSmogBlog: Real ‘Climategate’ Scandal: UK Police Spent Measly $8,843 In Failed Attempt to Identify Criminal Hacker

shutterstock_6710920.jpg Richard Black at the BBC points to the real 'Climategate' scandal that needs further investigation – why the UK police have done such an astonishly poor job investigating this criminal hacking, as evidenced by their tiny expenditures to date this year. From Climate Emails, Storm or Yawn?:  I have it from a very good source that it absolutely was ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The Magic Of Reality

Richard Dawkins has a new new book out called the Magic of Reality.  Doing the promotional rounds in the UK and the US must promote a certain amount of cognitive dissonance for Dawkins as the calibre of the questions he faces varies a great deal depending on which side of the Atlantic he’s on.  Compare ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Paxo & Moore on OCW

Jeremy Paxman talks to Michael Moore on BBC’s Newsnight program yesterday about the embryonic nature of OCW movement and whether a new form of capitalism may possibly arise from it… It seems like an incredible stretch to imagine that anything terribly significant will materialize from this movement, although… it is quite astounding how in just ...

Politics and its Discontents: Goldman Sachs Rules The World

At least it does according to trader Alessio Rastani who, in an interview with the BBC, confesses that he dreams of recessions, [and]sees Goldman ruling the world. Remember this interview the next time someone tells you that business knows best, and that governmental regulation simply unfairly fetters it. UPDATE: It has now been revealed that ...

Tony Benn to BBC "If you wont broadcast the Gaza appeal then I will myself"

BBC meets its match. Liberal media my ass. Hey Tony, why not visit the CBC and kick some ass here, too? H/T: @EverettColdwell

Things Are Good: Haydn Makes You Healthy

Well not just Haydn, or classical music for that matter – a recent study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has shown that the greater an individual’s engagement in cultural activities, the greater the benefit to their personal health. This trend exists across many different artistic and creative pursuits, and affects both men ...