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Alberta Politics: Baked Alaska and the Fraser Institute: what changes, and what doesn’t, when oil prices fall and the money melts

PHOTOS: Alaska Governor Bill Walker illustrates about how much is left in the northern state’s budget now that oil prices have gone south. (Alaska Dispatch News photo.) Below: The wild rose, official flower of both Alaska and Alberta; baked Alaska, g… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Baked Alaska and the Fraser Institute: what changes, and what doesn’t, when oil prices fall and the money melts

The Disaffected Lib: Here’s One Way to Fund Badly Needed Infrastructure Projects

It’s the Colorado way – weed.  Since legalizing the production, sale and recreational use of marijuana the state has been raking in a tidy sum in new excise taxes.

Colorado’s marijuana users are helping to buy new roofs, boilers and security upgrades for public schools across the state as the first round of special . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Here’s One Way to Fund Badly Needed Infrastructure Projects

Alberta Diary: What the Fraser Institute’s numbers actually show, minus the spin: Alberta has a revenue problem, not a spending problem

The Fraser Institute: peddling conclusions that don’t match the evidence and have enough holes to store captured carbon. Actual Fraser Institute “fellows” may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: A piece of Swiss cheese, which may actually resemble the claims in a Fraser Institute press release, metaphorically speaking.

If the Fraser Institute told . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: What the Fraser Institute’s numbers actually show, minus the spin: Alberta has a revenue problem, not a spending problem

Alberta Diary: Warning to Canadians: Reefer Madness in Colorado and Washington could mean the end of civilization as we know it!

Your intrepid blogger with one of the wholesome and touristic murals of Legal, Alberta – evidence Civilization As We Know It survives in Canada, thank goodness! Note the crowds of tourists. Below: Perfesser Dave; Mural on the Legal Post Office; Mural on the wall of Denver Airport; So, do you stand with civilization . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Warning to Canadians: Reefer Madness in Colorado and Washington could mean the end of civilization as we know it!

Alberta Diary: ‘Ethical Cannabis’: Is it time to make … ‘The Case for B.C. Bud’?

Who would’ve thought we’d find a suitable reference to Riders Nation and Ethical Cannabis in one photograph? But courtesy the Calgary Sun, there it is! Note the hat, bottom right. Just saying. Below: Some guy standing in front of Rob Ford’s office.

Those of us who don’t regularly wear melons on our heads . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: ‘Ethical Cannabis’: Is it time to make … ‘The Case for B.C. Bud’?

LeDaro: U.S. Colorado: Floods

I never heard of such an erratic weather that we are experiencing this year. Floods all over North America. In Maritimes, Canada, some of the coastal communities are dealing with floods and damage caused by these floods. Many U.S. communities are dealing with excessive floods. Colorado is hit quite hard this year and three deaths . . . → Read More: LeDaro: U.S. Colorado: Floods

Things Are Good: Open Tech Forever Hardware Cooperative in Colorado

Colorado has a new permaculture and open sourced initiative taking shape and it look promising. The team is adding open source technology from hardware and software to a sustainable agriculture setup. On top of all of that they are also developing an open source business model!

This is an exciting project with the ultimate . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Open Tech Forever Hardware Cooperative in Colorado

Alberta Diary: U.S. pot decriminalization: will B.C.’s economy go up in smoke?

Smugglers sneak B.C. bud ashore in Washington State. Below: Typical pot smugglers’ accoutrements. Actual Canadian marijuana smugglers may not appear exactly as illustrated. If we Albertans want a hint of what it may be like when the oil runs out – or is replaced by cold fusion or something – all we may have to … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: U.S. pot decriminalization: will B.C.’s economy go up in smoke?

Left Over: Is the Grass Greener in the States, Now?

  Marijuana Legalization: BC Effects Of Washington Vote The Huffington Post B.C. | By Jesse Ferrera   Since Jesse is obviously from TO, I won’t comment much on this except to opine that: Since the only thing the Right here in Canada … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Is the Grass Greener in the States, Now?

The Equivocator: 10 Ballot measures to Watch in Tonight’s U.S. election

Tonight President Barack Obama will be re-elected, Democrats will keep the Senate and for no apparent reason the Republicans will keep the House of Representatives for another 2 years. More awesomely, Wisconsin is going to elect America’s first openly gay … Continue reading . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: 10 Ballot measures to Watch in Tonight’s U.S. election

Law is Cool: The 2nd Amendment Right to a Rocket Launcher

This morning on Fox News:

WALLACE: What about… a weapon that can fire a hundred shots in a minute? SCALIA: We’ll see. Obviously the Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried — it’s to keep and “bear,” so it doesn’t apply to cannons — but I suppose here are hand-held rocket . . . → Read More: Law is Cool: The 2nd Amendment Right to a Rocket Launcher

DeSmogBlog: Exposed: Pennsylvania Act 13 Overturned by Supreme Court, Originally an ALEC Model Bill

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On July 26, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled PA Act 13 unconstitutional. The bill would have stripped away local zoning laws, eliminated the legal concept of a Home Rule Charter, limited private property rights, and in the process, completely disempowered town, city, municipal and county governments, particularly when it comes to shale gas development.

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Exposed: Pennsylvania Act 13 Overturned by Supreme Court, Originally an ALEC Model Bill

RedBedHead: Is Gun Control Debate Missing The Point?

The brutal and tragic killing of 12 people in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado has raised the thorny issue of gun control in an election year. Not surprisingly both Obama and Romney, fearful of being targeted the politically powerful National Rifle Association have dodged the issue and stated that they are committed to defending . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Is Gun Control Debate Missing The Point?

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… summer doldrums edition… +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I hate guns. I really do. And I did long before all of this tragic shit that has gone down in Scarborough and now in Colorado. Don’t give me that crap about gun ownership being a right or not having to worry about lawful owners of guns. I don’t want . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany…

DeSmogBlog: Hot Enough For Ya? Extreme Weather Events Consistent With Climate Change Science

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Large portions of the U.S. are on fire. Record droughts currently encompass massive swaths of America. The areas not experiencing droughts have been inundated with flooding. Winter weather in many areas was almost non-existent. A few years ago, an Academy Award-winning film called “An Inconvenient Truth” warned wary Americans that all . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Hot Enough For Ya? Extreme Weather Events Consistent With Climate Change Science

350 or bust: Extreme Weather Blasts U.S.: “The Sun Felt Like Fire On Our Skin”

In North America, we are starting to experience the global climate disruption that results from dumping more heat-trapping carbon dioxide molecules into the earth’s atmosphere; and it ain’t fun. The folks in the Eastern U.S. are reeling from the effects of a”derecho” storm, that has left millions without power from Ohio east through the mid-Atlantic . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Extreme Weather Blasts U.S.: “The Sun Felt Like Fire On Our Skin”

DeSmogBlog: Massey WV Coal Battle Take Two: Erie, CO Citizens Fight Fracking

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Erie, CO meet Naoma, WV. Though seemingly different battles over different ecologically hazardous extractive processes — hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for unconventional gas versus mountaintop removal for coal — the two battles are one in the same and direct parallels of one another. 

On June 2, a coalition of activist organizations led by . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Massey WV Coal Battle Take Two: Erie, CO Citizens Fight Fracking

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter Council of State Governments

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19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made."

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its "ALEC Exposed" project, is the archetype of von Bismarck's truism. So too are the fracking chemical disclosure bills . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter Council of State Governments

DeSmogBlog: Tar Sands in the United States: What You Need to Know

Think that that dirtiest oil on the planet is only found up in Alberta? You might be surprised then to hear that there are tar sands deposits in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, much of which are on public lands.

While none of the American tar sands deposits are actively being developed yet, energy companies . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Tar Sands in the United States: What You Need to Know