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The Disaffected Lib: You’ll Never See Vlad Putin the Same Way Again

If there’s one guy who doesn’t get any slack from the Western media, it’s Russian strongman, Vlad Putin.  We vilify Putin at every turn and, while he certainly brings some of it down on himself, we make sure to depict ourselves as the guys in the white hats while we heap scorn on him.

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The Disaffected Lib: Yeah, But in Harper’s Eyes, They’re the Canadians That Matter.

Another zinger from the parliamentary budget officer.  The PBO is confirming what other critics have been saying for a long time – Harper’s income splitting initiative will benefit just one in six families and they’re already the well off.

“The FTC [family tax credit] benefits about two million households, or 15 per cent of the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Yeah, But in Harper’s Eyes, They’re the Canadians That Matter.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: _THIS_

I was never a fan of Bush II and his malicious sidekick Cheney, and even less so of their misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Yesterday’s revelations of CIA Torture are crimes.  These people abused prisoners in ways that all Western powers should be horrified by, and they knew damn good and well what they were doing.

. . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: _THIS_

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: You’re Richer Than Your Stink

If you like to know how banks screw everyone, you’ll want to read Alison’s latest.

Between September 2008 and August 2010, Scotiabank received a $25 billion bailout amounting to 100% of the bank’s value – or as Steve and Jim preferred to call it at the time: “liquidity support” ***.

Last year Scotiabank made a . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: You’re Richer Than Your Stink

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wrong Side Of History

I found it ironic today that there are people viewing staying out of Iraq as being on the “wrong side of history”. I couldn’t think of a more perfect example of a battle fought in folly, than Canadian troops going to fight ISIS in Iraq with bombers.

Eleven years ago I was in an evening . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wrong Side Of History

Left Over: Shakedown in Yankeeland

ANALYSIS

American shakedown: Police won’t charge you, but they’ll grab your money U.S. police are operating a co-ordinated scheme to seize as much of the public’s cash as they can

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM ET

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Obama Didn’t End Illegal Spying, He Extended It

“There are no checks and balances here, and we’ve got to restore them.” Sensenbrenner, Republican who drafted the Patriot Act II.

Go read 2001/2002 debate over the Patriot Act – NOBODY thought it enabled mass, indiscriminate, bulk collection of all Americans' records.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 11, 2013

Sensenbrenner pointed out the government administration can . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Obama Didn’t End Illegal Spying, He Extended It

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Being Insulted By Cheney Is An Honour

It bothers me that American media doesn’t preface interviews with Dick Cheney by pointing out he’s evaded charges for war crimes (re: Iraq War). It does please me that Snowden has had a chance to respond to Cheney’s hypocritical rebuke of Snowden’s epic NSA PRISM leak.

Snowden responds 2 Cheney like a BOSS! huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/17/edw… 'Being . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Being Insulted By Cheney Is An Honour

drive-by planet: More of the same

kirbycairo: Guatemalan Dictators, and Brutes of our Own. . . .

Yesterday the former dictator of Guatemala, Efrain Montt, was convicted of 80 years in prison for Genocide. The sentence is, in a sense symbolic considering that Mr. Montt is now 86 years old and very unlikely to survive any significant time in prison. But the sentence is interesting at least because it is one of . . . → Read More: kirbycairo: Guatemalan Dictators, and Brutes of our Own. . . .

LeDaro: Boston Marathon Violence

Since the Boston Marathon Violence I have been feeling very depressed. What kind of morons brainwashed these two brothers and what did they achieve? They killed three innocent people and wounded many others. The older brother is dead and the younger one is in serious condition; he will suffer a lot more than his brother.

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The Disaffected Lib: Putting America’s "Wars of Choice" in Perspective

America, land of the formerly free and home of the lamentably broke.

A recent Harvard study estimated the costs of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at at least $4-trillion and likely closer to $6-trillion.

That’s six trillion taxpayer dollars, a mountain of money that has been essentially borrowed which makes it an ever-growing . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Putting America’s "Wars of Choice" in Perspective

The Disaffected Lib: Do We Really Need Des to Tell Us This?

Desmond Tutu wants Tony Blair and George w. Bush tossed into the prisoners’ dock before the International Criminal Court.   The Archbishop wants the pair tried for the invasion of Iraq.

Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the anti-apartheid movement, accuses the former British and US leaders of lying about weapons of mass . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Do We Really Need Des to Tell Us This?

Jacked Up: So much for freedom of the press

Since Harper has been Prime Minister, I don’t think anyone would argue, there has been a bit of a crackdown on journalists. First, he told Canada that he would no longer tolerate press conferences, because those pesky interviewers dared to ask him some tough questions.

Then Conservatives had the RCMP haul away journalists in the . . . → Read More: Jacked Up: So much for freedom of the press