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Montreal Simon: Raif Badawi, Saudi Arabia, and the Hypocrisy of the Harper Regime

A few days ago I wrote a post pointing out that our ghastly regime had failed to say a word about Saudi Arabia's savage flogging of the blogger Raif Badawi.After signing a deal with that reactionary kingdom to sell it $10 billion worth of armoured cars.Well now Harper's faithful stooge John Baird has finally . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Raif Badawi, Saudi Arabia, and the Hypocrisy of the Harper Regime

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Saudi Blogger Floggers

Yesterday he declared that an "international jihadist movement" had declared war on Canada.And claimed that only he could save us.But who will save us from his good friends the Saudis? The beating heart of the jihadist movement.Who would flog a blogger so savagely. Read more »

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Don Pittis makes the case for a guaranteed annual income on economic and social grounds: The young would be some of the biggest beneficiaries. Students could use the money to pay for their education, thus eliminating student loan programs. Students from poor families could afford to take courses . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: The Israeli Attack on Gaza – You Will Not See This On the MSM

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Lead CBC News story the other day told that an Israeli soldier had been killed and the Palestinian’s continue to fire rockets. They eventually got to the part of the story where 52 more Palestinians were killed and score more injured.

Obama and Harper both roll over in fear of . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Israeli Attack on Gaza – You Will Not See This On the MSM

Scott's DiaTribes: Bloggers will be officially accredited at the Montreal LPC Biennial Convention

The official word has come from the LPC: bloggers will be accredited to the Convention, and they are inviting applications for accreditation. Since they’ve sent out a press release, and the form is publicly available on the convention web site, I don’t think they will mind me re-posting it below (also because anyone, not just . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Bloggers will be officially accredited at the Montreal LPC Biennial Convention

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Blogger ponders on things instead of musing about them

LONDON, Ontario (The Skwib) — The web is still reeling from the revelation that a blogger has been pondering things instead of musing about them. “Yeah, I’ve spent a lot of time musing, in fact, the tagline from my blog … Continue reading →

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.

– Frances Russell discusses the dangers of Stephen Harper’s authoritarian democracy. And Michael Harris takes note of Harper’s decision to mete out career executions to his own Senate appointees based on exactly the same evidence he once declared to be fully exculpatory.

– Dan Moutal points out Mike Tobis’ . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Michael Harris offers a theory for the Cons’ handling of the Clusterduff – from their willingness to pay him off to their subsequent decision to cut him loose: Why were the CPC and the PM’s chief of staff willing to risk what would be an explosive scandal . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Convention countdown!

Only 8 – EIGHT! – days until the 2013 Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention in Toronto, & I’m in organized chaos mode trying to figure out payments, fundraising, travel, & so forth. Because I’ve focused more on LGBT blogging & Twitter lately, here are a few random thoughts before I get too busy to . . . → Read More: Convention countdown!

Trashy's World: Bloggers not welcome?

If this is accurate and the Ontario Libs are going to make it prohibitively difficult for bloggers to attend their leadership convention, then they are dumber than I thought. Really? C’mon. You’d be alienating a significant segment of your supporters. Do you REALLY want to drive some of your membership into the arms of the . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Bloggers not welcome?

Wise Law Blog: A Continuing Kowalski Cameo

Perhaps I should feel honoured that I continue to make a cameo appearance in prolific scribe Mitch Kowalski’s Twitter profile photo.  (And I sort of do).   Still, I have to admit that every time I see Mr. Kowalski’s tweets, a far different image keeps coming to mind: “Hello Dum Dum”  Just sayin…

Mr. Kowalski’s . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: A Continuing Kowalski Cameo

Accidental Deliberations: On open channels

Fern Hill is frustrated at how political reporters have tried to make a non-story out of the #denounceharper hashtag which trended globally yesterday as Twitter users took the opportunity to discuss what Canadians actually want for Canada Day. And I can certainly understand the concern at normally well-connected reporters choosing to dismiss widespread public activism, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On open channels

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your Saturday reading.

– As much sympathy as I normally have for Linda McQuaig, I’ll argue that her premise in discussing Andrea Horwath’s call for the wealthy to pay a fair share of taxes is entirely off base. Even if it is easier to discuss such ideas when there’s a Warren Buffett . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

The Skinny: Progressive Bloggers: abortion-‘bortion, what’s that contortion?

I do enjoy reading the differerent blog posts on the Progessive Bloggers aggregate.  There are a diversity of opinions expressed by bloggers who post under the progressive label.  Bloggers include Liberals, NDPers, non-aligned social democrat… . . . → Read More: The Skinny: Progressive Bloggers: abortion-‘bortion, what’s that contortion?

The Skinny: Progressive Bloggers: abortion-‘bortion, what’s that contortion?

I do enjoy reading the differerent blog posts on the Progessive Bloggers aggregate.  There are a diversity of opinions expressed by bloggers who post under the progressive label.  Bloggers include Liberals, NDPers, non-aligned social democrats, perhaps a socio-path or two, former Progressive Conservatives, current Greens, and the occasional Marxist-Leninist.  I do not expect everyone to . . . → Read More: The Skinny: Progressive Bloggers: abortion-‘bortion, what’s that contortion?

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Alison draws the links between Robocon and an American firm proud of its efforts in some of the Republicans’ most odious causes, while Sixth Estate provides a timeline of shady election dealings by the Harper Cons. Dr. Dawg asks the media to stay focused on the “fraud” part . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Jeffrey Simpson compliments the NDP’s leadership contenders for dealing with the issue of inequality, but rightly notes there’s a long way left to go: Good for the NDP leadership candidates for talking about income inequality in Canada.

At their first leadership debate last weekend, and on their websites, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: RIP Joe Kuchta

Leftdog and David Hutton have already posted about the passing of blogger and activist Joe Kuchta. But I’ll take a moment to pay my respects as well: nobody offered more thorough surveys of provincial and local issues than Joe, and his contribution to Saskatchewan’s political debate will be dearly and sorely missed. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: RIP Joe Kuchta

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– Thomas Walkom rightly points out that the voters most affected by the Cons’ push for privatized pensions are the ones paying the least attention to the issue: For workers over 50, the pension reforms introduced by Canada’s Conservative government on Thursday mean virtually nothing.

Such workers have relatively . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your afternoon reading.

– Stephen Maher exhorts the Cons to stop stifling democratic debate, featuring a strong point by NDP MP Jack Harris: When Harris was first elected to Parliament in 1987, he said, and Brian Mulroney had a majority, the government regularly adopted opposition amendments.

“We don’t expect you to adopt . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saskatchewan Election Links

For those who can’t get enough coverage of Saskatchewan’s provincial election, here’s a quick set of links to keep an eye on (to be filled out and updated as the campaign progresses).CBC has set up a dedicated election page, while Leftdog has joined Jo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saskatchewan Election Links

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New Infographic Shows how Keystone Pipelines are ‘Built to Spill’

r-KEYSTONE1-mediumvariable.jpg TransCanada claims their pipelines are the safest in the continent. And the State Department seems inclined to agree having released their Final Environmental Impac… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New Infographic Shows how Keystone Pipelines are ‘Built to Spill’

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous content to start your week. – Ian Welsh reminds us of the golden rule that should govern politics and everyday interactions alike: To paraphrase many of the greatest religious and moral leaders, there is only one law: imagine you are in … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Geoffrey Stevens notes that much of the Cons’ justification for utterly senseless choices is to point to an imaginary majority: We don’t have a “silent majority” in Canada. It appears we have instead an … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted material for your weekend reading.- He’s a bit too shy in pointing out exactly how thoroughly the Cons’ position on the Canadian Wheat Board has been rebuked in CWB elections for ages. But Bruce Johnstone nicely describes the PR blitz designed… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links