Politics and its Discontents: He’s Everywhere!

Disclaimer: Despite the fact that this is my third recent posting about him, there is no ‘bromance’ budding between me and Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt. It’s just that I am fascinated by him, given his seemingly ubiquitous media presence, one that belies both his profound, quite peculiar stupidity and smug self-righteousness. As reported in The ...

Dead Wild Roses: Birth Control – An Ounce of Prevention…

Fiscal conservatives give me a headache at the best of times.  Having them opine about how availability of birth control is going to drive up costs and make every one sad, well…makes me sad.  It would be nice, for once, if our conservative friends would base their opinion on something more than a dogmatic adherence ...

Alberta Diary: Is Premier Alison Redford’s bitter fight with the docs about money, or control?

Who’s in change here? Progressive Conservative MLAs get ready to supervise the work of an Alberta Health Services medical team while Alberta voters look on. Health officials, physicians and electors may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: AMA President Dr. Michael Giuffre; a space invader Is the increasingly bitter fight between Alberta’s government and the ...

Alberta Diary: Misleading with statistics: the Fraser Institute on health care and ‘value for money’

This just in! The latest mainstream media news straight from the Vancouver studios of the Fraser Institute, complete with no fact checking! No sooner noted than illuminated – yesterday morning mainstream media was credulously reporting another “Fraser Factoid,” this one a report by the far-right political lobby group purporting to show Albertans get poor value ...

Alberta Diary: Time to call out the media for uncritically reprinting ‘Fraser Facts’

Sun News Network columnist Lorne Gunter, bottom centre, listens as a Fraser Institute “senior fellow” tells a wonderful story about the benefits of private health insurance. Right wing bloviators may not be exactly as … oh, never mind! Below: The real Mr. Gunter. Claims by the market-fundamentalist Fraser Institute widely rebroadcast by mainstream media that ...