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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 said something.

Canada is deeply concerned by flogging of @raif_badawi – it is a violation of human dignity and freedom of expression— John Baird (@Baird) January 15, 2015

But only after it was revealed that he is planning a high-level meeting with one (Read more…)

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 »

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 to improve their skills.

The old age security system could disappear. So would the baby bonus itself. The demogrant would supplement government programs such as minimum wage, EI, CPP/QPP, disability allowance – all resulting in bureaucratic savings.

But going back to my original question: if (Read more…)

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 the political reaction if they dare to tell the truth about the reality of the slaughter that is still underway.

There is one big difference this time and that is that word is getting out in spite of our political leaders. In Canada Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair (Read more…)

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 Liberal supporting blogs, can apply.. but they of course reserve the right to decide who attends. That said, I hope some non-Liberal bloggers or non-partican bloggers are approved).

The next big question for bloggers (yours truly included) is whether the travel and accommodation costs are (Read more…)

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’ spectrum of positions on climate change as compared to how the issue is covered. And in a related story that doesn’t tend to receive anywhere near an appropriate amount of attention, CBC documents over a thousand Canadian pipeline safety incidents over the past 10 years, (Read more…)

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 if the facts leaked out, as they did on May 14, 2013? The answer that seems most likely is this: To stop an audit into Senator Duffy trailing back into the 2011 election.

In the early innings of this story, Conservative strategists took the view (Read more…)

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 think:

Fundraising: I realized the other day that 2013 is a Liberal anniversary for me: the first campaign for which I volunteered was the 1993 federal election. (For the record, I made calls on behalf of Jim Peterson in Willowdale. Hands up if you remember the

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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 [...]

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 current profile photo (now archived forever for posterity) was taken at the first LSUC Articling Debate in October, 2012. Oh, and happy new year.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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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, particularly in contrast to such compelling issues of public importance as “what do you call the July 1st holiday?”

But I’d think there’s a more positive side to the story: based on Kev’s numbers, it’s possible to reach upwards of 14 million people

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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 willing to take the side of the general public, the more important conclusion is that we should be able to determine as a citizenry how our tax system should be structured – and not give the wealthiest a veto over the outcome.

- Which is

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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 agree on everything.  If we did, then the Progressive Bloggers site would be truly boring.

The people who post on PB hold a range of opinions on issues such as abortion rights, the Alberta Tar/Oil Sands, the environment, unite-the-progressives, proportional representation, (Read more…)

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 of the Cons’ Robocon scam; Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher seem set to oblige by hinting that the infamous Pierre Poutine may soon be coming forward, while John Geddes speculates about just how far up the rot within the Cons actually goes. Allan Woods notes

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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, some of the candidates have made proposals about reducing it. The ideas are broad brush, of course, although Brian Topp has a detailed list of big tax increases proposed for the wealthiest people and corporations. But at least the candidates are willing to underscore what

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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.

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 little time to save before they retire even if, as Ottawa’s proposed legislation contemplates, their voluntary savings are pooled into group RRSPs.

Similarly, the counterproposal suggested by the New Democratic Party opposition — an expansion of the existing, public Canada Pension Plan — would offer

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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 every one of our amendments,” he said. “We’d like you to, but we don’t expect you to. We expect you to listen to them with respect. We expect you to consider them seriously and we would hope that you would adopt some of them that

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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

Accidental Deliberations: Kept on track

Impolitical rightly points out that the Harper Cons are well on their way to implementing every single odious policy that was rightly labeled as unacceptable overreach when included in Deficit Jim Flaherty’s 2008 fiscal update. Now if only somebody had… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Kept on track