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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No. Just No.

As I had expected, the first steps in the Harper Government’s overreaching reaction to this week’s events in Ottawa are starting to surface.  

Introducing Harper’s Thought Police:

Sources suggest the government is likely to bring in new hate speech legislation that would make it illegal to claim terrorist acts are justified online. 

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Thursday that Canada’s law and policing powers need to be strengthened in the areas of surveillance, detention and arrest. He said work is already under way to provide law enforcement agencies with “additional tools” and that (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Why Does Stephen Harper Hate Renewable Energy?

Born into an oil company family, Stephen Harper’s rise to petro-politics has been uninterrupted from his days in the Calgary mailroom of Imperial Oil all the way to his arrival at Sussex Drive.

Harper doesn’t like to talk about climate change and he’s even less disposed to doing anything about it.  That’s hardly surprising given that he’s Canada’s top fossil fueler.

We know that Harper is a bitumen booster but how many of us realize that he’s deeply, ideologically predisposed against renewable energy?  It’s something Naomi Klein explores in her new book, “This Changes Everything.“

Klein contends (Read more…)

Left Over: Morphing Tragedy into Terror: the Harper Agenda

Canada won’t be cowed by terrorism, or by a draconian response to its threat The Ottawa shooting requires a measured reaction. We won’t let this society be divided into ‘us and them’ Emer O’Toole theguardian.com, Thursday 23 October 2014 04.33 ED

You that never done nothin’ But build to destroy You play with my world Like it’s your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly.

-from “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan

 

I found Harper’s speech (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Dispossession by Negotiation – Harper’s Approach to Native Land Rights

In what appears to be “Shame on You, Canada” Day, the Guardian has a damning piece on how the Harper regime is intent on severing Canada’s First Nations from their rightful claims to ancestral lands.

First Nations have been emboldened by this summer’s Supreme Court of Canada William decision, which recognized the aboriginal title of the Tsilhqot’in nation to 1750 square kilometres of their land in central British Columbia – not outright ownership, but the right to use and manage the land and to reap its economic benefits.The ruling affects all “unceded” territory in Canada – those lands (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The New Republic Slams Harper, Abbott and Canada’s "Government of Thugs"

It’s an American publication so you’ll have to excuse the hyperbole.  The New Republic, in an article entitled, “These Two World Leaders are Laughing While the World Burns Up,” obviously conflated Stephen Harper and his Australian ventriloquist’s dummy, Tony Abbott, with “world leaders.”

Canada once had a shot at being the world’s leader on climate change.  Back in 2002, our northern neighbours had ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s first treaty that required nations to cut their emissions or face penalties.  In 2005, the country hosted an international climate change conference in Montreal, where then-Prime (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Experiment to Wrap Canadians in "Protective Stupidity" Mission Accomplished?

The Tyee’s Murray Dobbins laments the success Stephen Harper has had, with the powerful support of a shamelessly collaborative media, at manipulating the Canadian public.

Harper’s amoral political calculations about who and when to bomb people has little to do with any genuine consideration of the geopolitical situation or what role Canada might usefully play — or even in what Canada’s “interests” are. So long as he is prime minister it will be the same: every calculation will be made with the single-minded goal of staying in power long enough to dismantle the post-war activist state. The nurturing of his (Read more…)

Left Over: Harper’s Zipper: Stuck Again

ANALYSIS

Conservatives’ copyright law changes could backfire Does the government really want to trigger a debate over the use of political attack ads?

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Oct 14, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 14, 2014 8:12 AM ET

The Cons haven’t had much success so far in trashing Junior Trudeau…well, not too surprising, but then they are guilty of the same sort of overstatement, so hard for the pot to call the kettle..and what they’ve focused on seems odd in the extreme..if their new regulation vis a vis the press and what is and (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flirting With Fascism

ICYMI: @DonMartinCTV does his last word on changes to the Copyright Act http://t.co/bLonc1F5om @ctvnewschannel #cdnpoli

— CTV Power Play (@CTV_PowerPlay) October 9, 2014

It’s about damn time someone in the MSM noted the obvious. This isn’t akin to calling Harper a Nazi; It’s about calling a spade a spade. Hijacking news footage for propaganda purposes, is entirely unethical for any political party.

Harper’s latest “nefarious scheme” should be called out for what it is. Too bad this sort of thing isn’t enough to change more minds about him.

Uncool for @DonMartinCTV to say PMSH is "flirting with fascism"; proper (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Has the Worm Turned? Are Conservatives Beginning to Fold on Climate Change?

Grist.org scribe David Roberts observes the GOP is beginning to wobble on climate change.  He says this may be the time to ramp up the pressure on the Right.

In the following passages, I’ve replaced Roberts’ references to GOP or Republicans with “Conservative” or “Tory.”  It still seems to make sense.

I have said before, the Conservative position on climate is unstable, both intellectually and politically. You can’t credibly deny the science at this point, but if you accept it, “do nothing about it” is an incoherent response. They’ve only gotten away with it for this long (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Has the Worm Turned? Are Conservatives Beginning to Fold on Climate Change?

The Disaffected Lib: Gazette Calls Out Harper on Climate Change

It’s one of the grand old English-language papers in Canada, the Montreal Gazette, and its editorial board has had enough of waiting for the Harper regime to act on the threats Canada faces from climate change.

Many of the arguments the government employed in favour of sending war planes to northern Iraq also apply to the necessity of acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: climate change is a growing threat to global peace and security; only through international cooperation will the emergency be brought under control; Canada would be an freeloader if it failed to do its part in the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Canadians – Say ‘No’ To Airstrikes in Iraq

Harper wants Canada to go on airstrikes on Iraq. That’s right. Canada. The nice ones, the peace keepers, the polite people, the bastion of warm-gooey-joy-joy feelings, the “we’re awesome because we can solve problems without bombing people” great white north. He wants us conducting air strikes. We have to tell him ‘No.’

Elizabeth May of the Green Party spoke against the airstrikes (video below) and I think she did a good job. There’s a big part of me that wishes she didn’t tread so softly, that she went for the jugular and tore them a new one. That said, I (Read more…)

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 classroom learning about computer graphics when Bush and Cheney started the second Iraq War with “shock and awe” bombings. The ensuing destruction of that country left the Americans floundering for money at home, and Iraq awash in political instability and weapons. With the Americans weary (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Justin, Tommy – Here’s Your Talking Points

Look, if you can’t nail Harper on this ISIS business, you’re not fit to govern anything much less our country.

What you need to do is pry the lid off ISIS.  Show Canadians what lies beneath, who stands behind.

Start with the notion that this seemingly well-organized, well-trained, well-equipped and obviously well-funded ISIS army didn’t rise magically from the sands of the Arabian deserts.

ISIS is an armed force that was quite carefully and skillfully manufactured. Somebody, with a lot of money and know-how, raised ISIS.  That sort of undertaking leaves traces – all over the place.

Western intelligence scours (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Closer You Look …

The closer one looks at the ISIS thing, the more it starts looking like a sectarian war in the Middle East.  Yesterday in the Globe and Mail, Robert Fowler very nicely articulated the problem with short term solutions to the mess in Iraq, and today I spotted a really interesting read describing some of the reasons behind the apparent lack of response from several Arab states, in particular Saudi Arabia.

As is typical of these situations in the region, it is starting to become apparent that for all of its bloodiness, ISIS is simply another sectarian feud spilling out (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: So, We’re Going To War…

It comes as no surprise that Harper is all hot and bothered about jumping into the quagmire that is the Middle East.  He wanted to commit Canada to invading Iraq back when Shrub and his gang of morons were gearing up to invade in 2003.

Canadians should be more than a little skeptical of the motives involved here.  Harper has been itching for an open war for some time, and whether it is in the Middle East or Ukraine doesn’t really matter to him.  The goal is a shooting war.  Something he can use for maximum photo-op glamorization of himself.

(Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No, It’s Not "Short Sighted"

I’ve seen stories popping up recently where Justin Trudeau is being criticized for refusing to engage with Sun Media.   The issue is that Sun Media has allowed people like Levant to run amok.  Of course, they’re going to play the taunting card.  What Levant’s tirade demonstrated was that Sun Media is acting as a mouth organ for the PMO.   From the Liberal party’s perspective, why would they engage with a group who is so obviously biased, and will no doubt take anything that Trudeau says before their cameras and splice it into something entirely different?   If Sun (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: You’re Paying for Those Pot Holes Whether They’re Fixed or Not

It’s no secret that essential infrastructure in North America is in a bad way. Neglect driven by tax cutting has led to deterioration in everything from roadways to overpasses, bridges, sewers and water mains.  The end result is essential infrastructure in immediate need of repair and replacement.

An illustration of the problem comes from a forced retreat of the “just in time” manufacturing sector.

Companies like Whirlpool and Caterpillar are making costly additions to their otherwise sinewy supply chains to compensate for aging U.S. roads that are too potholed and congested for “just in time” delivery. Some (Read more…)

The Right-Wing Observer: Our Conservative Speaker and the Protection of Democracy

Andrew Scheer says he has to stick to past practice in executing his role as the allegedly un-biased Speaker of the House of Commons. It is not his role to police the quality of questions and answers, unless the House asks him to do so. And apparently, despite Thomas Mulcair’s numerous attempts to do so, the House has not asked.

And with that, Mr. Scheer and his Conservative ilk have suddenly become the protectors of Canadian democracy. By not “rocking the boat”, they ensure that practices which have developed over decades continue to function as they were intended to. Because (Read more…)

Left Over: Back Door Justice on a Friday Afternoon….

NDP forces Commons debate on murdered, missing indigenous women Conservative-controlled committee didn’t recommend public inquiry but NDP seized debate opportunity

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2014 2:44 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014 5:12 PM ET

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-ndp-forces-debate-on-missing-and.html

Ffinally, the NDP comes through in a wonderfully calculated move that both highlighted the need for a public inquiry, and beat the Cons at their own game..timing is everything.

Anyone who thinks that the NDP isn’t ready for Prime Time better think again…

Probably your best blog to date, Simon..I feel exactly as you do.. (Read more…)

Left Over: The Emperor’s (ap)Prentice Magically Transforms First Nations Support

Jim Prentice says many Alberta First Nations are behind new pipeline projects ‘Amongst the strongest allies that Alberta has at the table are the First Nations of this province’

CBC News Posted: Sep 16, 2014 9:25 PM MT Last Updated: Sep 17, 2014 6:20 AM MT

 

Great that you have First Nations behind the Cons and Chinese in Alberta (I don’t believe it, but whatever…) Another reason to keep all that filthy bitumen in-Province..why not build a refinery right there, on a supportive rez? Still think you’d have First Nations support?

“Art Sterritt, executive director of British Columbia’s (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Will Mike Duffy Call the Next Election?

Sure, it sounds far fetched, but the opposition parties had better be prepared for Harper to call a snap election.

Word I’m getting from Ottawa is that the evidence in the Duffy trial will directly implicate the prime minister in the under-the-table payment/bribery scheme.  If that happens, Stephen Harper’s political career is essentially over.

Duffy is pushing for an early trial date, the sooner the better.  Given his circumstances – the cost, two open-heart surgeries, stress – he’s apt to get a receptive response from the court.

From Harper’s perspective the Duffy trial is a matter of optics and, for (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Texas Brainwashing Youth

Well I guess North Korea doesn’t have a monopoly on this any more.

The great state of Texas wants to implant lies in the minds of its youngsters.

Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.

The proposed text books …were already attracting criticism when it emerged that the science section had been altered to reflect the doctrine of the Heartland Institute, which has been funded by the Koch oil billionaires.

In the proposed 6th grade texts, students were introduced to global (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Amazing Discovery

Have you heard about the amazing discovery the Harper Government is responsible for?

No, not the Franklin Expedition which remained known to the Inuit for almost 200 years through oral history, I’m talking about the discovery in Ottawa that the federal government isn’t maintaining important national landmarks related to science.

Scott's DiaTribes: Harper / PMO: “The Inuit knew about the Franklin ships? Who knew?”

APTN demonstrates how low a priority First Nations relations are with the Harper government at the moment:

The Franklin expedition ship found by researchers on the Arctic seabed has a detailed and colourful history within Inuit oral tradition, yet the Inuit garnered only one 17-word sentence among the press releases and backgrounders released by the Prime Minister’s Office at the time after Tuesday’s announced discovery…the general public wouldn’t know about the key role Inuit oral history played in the selection of the search area by reading the information posted on the PMO’s website. There, the role of the Inuit in (Read more…)

Left Over: Desperate Times Call for Desperate Opinion Pieces…

OPINION

Justin Trudeau may be the next big thing – but Stephen Harper’s still Nickelback Politics, like music, is about sound and vision. What will voters want to hear in 2015?

By Andrew MacDougall, for CBC News Posted: Sep 07, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 07, 2014 5:31 AM ET

 

How did we guess that MacDougall was a former paid Harper hack – and using Nickleback as a metaphor for the Cons is about as perfect as it gets..they both truly suck..and what has Nickleback done lately? As for Trudeau, to act as if he is (Read more…)