A shortage of skilled workers is the biggest challenge many Canadian businesses face today, Employment Minister Jason Kenney told a skills summit Wednesday, warning it could also jeopardize Canada’s economic development in the future.
The problem would continue to grow as the population ages, Kenney told the one-day conference, which brought . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper’s War On The Middle Class
On CBC’s “The House” this weekend, I heard an interview with the Financial Post’s Terrance Corcoran, in which he was basically poo-pooing the very real issue of the growing disparity between Canada’s top earners and the rest of Canadians. He made a comparison between a pensioner pulling in $20,000 a year and an executive making . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Corcoran Misses The Point On Income Disparity
It makes it easier to run a society when you can get the poor people to fight amongst themselves rather than organize against the real problem.
Filed under: Politics Tagged: Class Warfare, funny-sad, US Society
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The American Entitlement Paradox
Writer, war correspondent, religious scholar, Chris Hedges has become increasingly radicalized over the past dozen or so years although he would argue it’s society that has truly changed, particularly through the influence of religious fundamentalism and the capture of political power by the forces of corporatism. Whatever the balance of changes and forces, he’s . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges Call for Revolt
Michael Valpy — whose new address seems to be the Toronto Star — writes that Canadians are becoming markedly intolerant of one another — and Stephen Harper is reaping the political benefits:
What we have are profound, systemic demographic divisions of age and education that aren’t going to go away for years, . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Canadian Class Warfare
Capitalism Reaches its Ugly Claw into Recess
This is appalling: capitalist invasion by way of neoliberal privatising of playtime at recess and noon. Isn’t it bad enough that we have a class division for families outside the school yard between the haves and the have-nots? Do we have to commodify and commoditize our children and . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Neoliberal Privatizing of School-yard Play
Capitalism Reaches its Ugly Claw into RecessThis is appalling: capitalist invasion by way of neoliberal privatising of playtime at recess and noon. Isn’t it bad enough that we have a class division for families outside the school yard between the… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Neoliberal Privatizing of School-yard Play
Income inequality seems to have sprung up as a hot issue in the American elections. With a consummate rent-seeker, Mitt Romney, carrying the Republican banner, America’s crippling inequality – income, wealth and opportunity – was bound to bubble to the surface.
Today’s American Right (no, they’re not conservatives) has reacted like junkyard dogs at the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Right Will Howl Tonight
When I see Tea Party rank and file interviewed on television I’m often struck by how thoroughly indoctrinated they are. They’re sort of the white bread equivalent of North Koreans only obviously much better fed.
They’ve been taught things that they come to firmly believe and it seems they’re programmed to auto-reject anything, no . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: North America’s North Koreans
Via a helpful reader, one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen this week:
I don’t know Joe Couto, and I’m sure he’s a perfectly decent guy in real life, but this is on behalf of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.
How many ways do you want this to be a bad idea? . . . → Read More: Sure. Private-sector involvement in police work. | #areyououtofyourfuckingminds
RoboCon: Journalism Failure at the Globe – UPDATED | Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: “And what’s the reason that John Ibbitson, a professional journalist for a national newspaper, treats Giorno with so much respect and kid-gloves that he talks him up as some sort of non-lying politician, while a nobody blogger in Regina has quickly demonstrated the . . . → Read More: Saskboy and Jymn rub The Globe’s nose in #RoboCon | #cdnpoli
Strictly speaking, I have doubts about the authenticity, as this guy can actually spell.
Electro-Motive: Foreign corporation takes Canadian tax dollars, fucks over Canadian workers | #cdnpoli The Sun’s effect on our national conversation is obvious, but what about the Globe? BCL catches @SueAnnLevy rewriting history, smearing brave firefighters #SunMedia . . . → Read More: Once again, time to play … Let’s hear from another Sun reader!
… while Harper’s thumb stays firmly planted up his ass.
Montreal Simon and Owen Gray have already flagged this, so I can’t really add much.
But hey, I could be wrong, so please — let me know if I’ve left anything out.
Liberals, NDP, whoever. I don’t care what we call them | . . . → Read More: Electro-Motive: Foreign corporation takes Canadian tax dollars, fucks over Canadian workers | #cdnpoli
This could just be what the corporatist Right fears most; the American public realizing there’s a class war underway and they’ve been taking fire. If the American people get in a mood to counterattack, the forces of corporatism and their rightwing political minions could be in a very bad way.
A Pew Research Center . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Americans Waking Up to Class Warfare, Find Themselves Under Attack
Daily Kos: I See What Occupy Vancouver Did There…And It’s Brilliant:
‘via Blog this’
At the Daily Kos, Ed Murray shines the light of reason on the corporate media’s theme-O-the-week: The media’s latest attempt to undercut the message of Occupy movements all across the globe is by touting the “cost” of these protests. Many . . . → Read More: Oh, and while we’re busy demonizing the #Occupy movement … | #classwarfare #cdnpoli
Like clockwork, the corporate media are swinging into action. Or perhaps like robots.
Either way, the narrative is being reinforced and amplified. Just now on CTV a “news” report is pegging the cost of Occupy at something over $714,000. Police, EMS, landscaping, etc.
Cue the manufactured resentment and the divide-and-conquer rhetoric: dirty fucking hippies taking . . . → Read More: Fiscal demonization of @OccupyTO continues on CTV | #classwarfare
Managing Occupy protest cost city $1-million, city says – The Globe and Mail:
‘via Blog this’
It’s masquerading as “objective” “news,” but in fact it’s anything but.
Note how Canada’s National Fishwrap steers the discourse: the whole story is about how much money the city of Vancouver had to spend “managing” the protest. The . . . → Read More: How The Globe channels the 1 per cent | #Occupy #classwarfare
George Monbiot – Unmasking the Press:
‘via Blog this’
Too bad about Hitchens, but the best thing I’ve found about the corporate media this week comes from Monbiot. Everything you need to know, including the essential 99 percent versus 1 per cent dynamic, is in here.
The class-warfare element is fairly obvious, and set . . . → Read More: @GeorgeMonbiot takes down the corporate media
It’s a straightforward question: what are people talking about? What’s capturing their attention and imaginations? Public conversation. Nothing gives you a better sense of a community or a society than gauging what people are talking about. (24/7 on Ki… . . . → Read More: The Sun’s effect on our national conversation is obvious, but what about the Globe?
It’s a big man who can start a national column with an admission that he got it wrong.This little corner’s been relatively silent on the whole Occupy thing, but now that it’s gotten the Masters of the Universe sufficiently rattled, they’re cranking up … . . . → Read More: Thoughts for Remembrance Day, and Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) figures out the #Occupy movement
When President Obama proposed higher taxes on the very wealthy this week, Republicans were apoplectic. Once again, they screamed, “Class Warfare.” A look at the numbers exposes that lie. Paul Krugman writes in this morning’s New York Times that:D… . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Rich Have Declared That The Poor Are The Enemy
While CK’s on the road, she’s invited me to blog and cross-post here. So I’m recycling this tasty little item, which I found via @NaomiAKlein. (They say she’s polarizing … )
Vast swathes of public policy have already been closed off and rendered inaccessible to conventional democratic processes. Anyone who’s seen . . . → Read More: The ‘debt crisis’ and the undermining of democracy in Europe . . . → Read More: The ‘debt crisis’ and the undermining of democracy in Europe
Serge Halimi: Europe’s wakeup call – Le Monde diplomatique – English editionWhen the balance that keeps labour and capital in relative equilibrium gets trashed (or more likely in this context, sold off to private investors), the political and so… . . . → Read More: Democracy withers away: Europe’s wakeup call – Le Monde diplomatique | via @NaomiAKlein