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Politics and its Discontents: No Shame, No Shame At All

There is no situation, however tragic, that Harper and his regime won’t exploit for political advantage. I guess that comes as no surprise to anyone:

Be sure to check out the Conservative Party website for more evidence, as well as Alison’s caricature at Creekside. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Don’t Let A Culture Of Defeat Hold You Back

That’s right, folks. There are untold opportunities to enhance both your gross domestic product and your wallets through the scourge gift of oil spills, as oil pipeline company Kinder Morgan recently explained. But of course, that ‘leftie’ Rachel Maddow looks a gift horse in the mouth as she continues to spread her dangerous ideas:

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Melissa Fong: Why @Suey_park won’t “enact the labour”: Women of Colour don’t owe you an education- #CancelColbert Part 4

…she seemed to discount Zepp as a “White Male” and told him that she, “won’t enact that labour” of explaining to him why a White male probably couldn’t understand why a Woman of Colour’s point of view. I am here today to enact that labour. We are born into this history of racism and sexism. White men have the privilege of never second-guessing their rights or citizenship. Women of colour, everyday, are learning to work in a White patriarchal world. While White men can take this existence for granted, Women of colour struggle, everyday, to figure out the rules;…

Melissa Fong: Proving male privilege: @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid @cheuya striking back #CancelColbert Part 3

Some of the most prominent women of colour, anti-racist, feminists are coming together to talk about male privilege. Except they aren’t talking about it. They are proving it.   @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid and @cheuya […]

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Bill C-13 would grant immunity to telecoms who hand over your private information without a warrant

It looks like the video we created with your support about the online spying bill C-13 has really been turning heads. Check out this piece about how Peter MacKay’s bill would grant immunity to telecoms who hand over your private information without a warrant.

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Interesting And Encouraging Poll Results

According to a Huffington Post survey, more than 60 per cent of Albertan respondents backed Neil Young’s condemnation of the tarsands; as well, an Edmonton Journal online poll found more than 70% approval for his comments.

That has got to be an encouraging sign.

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Politics and its Discontents: Charlie Angus Sings ‘The Reactionary Blues’

Kind of catchy, and makes for a great singalong, don’t you think?

They’re melting down the ice caps And raising up the trolls.Putting shutters on the windows And burning all the notes.The climate bell is ringingBut they’ve turned it back to snooze. I’m here a-singing the reactionary blues.There’s a war you never heard ofBetter join the big paradeOr they’ll cut off all your fundingThat’s how they play the game.We ain’t in this all together or don’t you watch the newsThey want you all singing the reactionary blues.

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Left Over: Huffington Post: Big Brother is Unstoppable……

I don’t think I’m alone in this..I hate Facebook and the site has morphed into..a crassly capitalist commercial, 24/7…and after telling us that they would use whatever images we had foolishly uploaded for whatever purposes they deemed beneficial to them, and that our privacy was, essentially, at an end, I closed my accounts. That was at least two years ago, and don’t miss it, although I notice that all my ‘friends’ have lost track of my existence since then, despite the fact that there are numerous other ways to keep in touch online…which only reinforces the opinion that (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: The War Crimes of Our Political Leaders

Recently I wrote a brief post directing readers to a story written by Chris Hedges. Hedge’s piece, entitled The Crucifixion of Tomas Young, conveyed the very sad story, one that has probably been lived out many times, of a young man, paralyzed in Iraq in 2004, who has made the decision to die by refusing to take nourishment. His is an age-old tale of a naive but well-intentioned response to the patriotic call to war by a government adept at cynically manipulating its populace for its own immoral purposes (think access to oil as an example) and then ultimately

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The Canadian Progressive: Chief Theresa Spence’s Heroism Already Eclipses Nelson Mandela’s

by Obert Madondo | Huffington Post Blog: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/obert-madondo/chief-theresa-spences-her_b_2408049.html Hunger-striking Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is the reincarnation of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. She is becoming the greatest moral and political leader of our time. In fact, Chief Theresa Spence’s courage and sacrifice already eclipses that of South Africa’s globally-celebrated anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela. READ MORE

DeSmogBlog: I Love You Huffpo but What’s Going On?

I have been writing on environmental issues on the popular news blog Huffington Post going on five years now but I am not sure if I will continue.

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The other shoe: Why the Globe’s ‘temporary leaves’ are likely to become permanent for some

One of the Globe and Mail’s senior copy editors writes a headline while a Pagemasters NA trainee looks on. Globe editors may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Globe Publisher Phillip Crawley.

In the 21st Century, corporate bosses aren’t opposed to journalists making a fortune – as long as they make it for someone else.So while the Toronto Globe and Mail struggles with technological and social changes that have driven its business model toward obsolescence, it is also launching an attack on its unionized journalistic workforce under the cover of Internet-caused hard times.

This is the story behind Part

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DeSmogBlog: GM Dumps Heartland Institute, Will No Longer Fund Climate-Denying Spinstitute

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General Motors is breaking up with the Heartland Institute, announcing recently that the company will discontinue funding to the notorious climate-denying spin shop.

The move by GM comes in direct response to a national outreach campaign organized by Forecast the Facts, which garnered more than 20,000 people, including 10,000 GM vehicle owners, calling on GM to drop its financial support of the Heartland Institute.

"We applaud GM’s decision and the message it sends: that it is no longer acceptable for corporations to promote the denial of climate change, and that support for an organization like Heartland

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Jymn’s half-assed Predictions for 2012

Occupy will stay underground and grow its infrastructure and goals. More and more organizations and individuals will pledge allegiance to the movement. The media will interpret this lack of visibility to the failure of Occupy and continue to treat supporters as dirty fucking hippies. The year of Occupy will have to wait until . . . → Read More: Jymn’s half-assed Predictions for 2012

LFR’s half-assed predictions for 2012

Occupy will stay underground and grow its infrastructure and goals. More and more organizations and individuals will pledge allegiance to the movement. The media will interpret this lack of visibility to the failure of Occupy and continue to treat supporters as dirty fucking hippies. The year of Occupy will have to wait until 2013. Instead of Occupy, social media and specific protests around the

Why did Arianna Huffington allow her Canadian blog to be an extension of Sun Media/Blogging Tories?

I’ll be brief about this because I’ve written about it before. Huffington Post made a name for itself by bringing a centre-left edge to political blogs, presenting a fresher view of the world than the more staid traditional media. Sure, it is rife with gossip and non-political reportage, but it still maintained a snarky, somewhat progressive slant.

So, I’m wondering why Arianna Huffington

How to Speak Conservative

As much guff as I give to Huffington Post, it has some good writers who visit once in awhile. Jimmy Kimmel’s Jonathan Bines is such an asset, writing the ” first comprehensive Republican-to-English dictionary”.Example:Warming (Global): An anomalous, an… . . . → Read More: How to Speak Conservative

DeSmogBlog: Gas Industry Front Group Called Out By RFK Jr Attempts To Spin Facts Yet Again

frack.jpeg The oil and gas industry has a long history of resisting public accountability and protective standards, and generally avoiding tough questions about its practices and attacking its cr… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Gas Industry Front Group Called Out By RFK Jr Attempts To Spin Facts Yet Again

LeDaro: Has Huffington Post run out of stories?

This is one of the most disgusting stories I have read on the Huffington Post, and I am a regular reader of the Post. It is about a bridesmaid having sex with the groom. It is so disgusting that I will provide the link but I will not post the video on … . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Has Huffington Post run out of stories?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Reality Check: Huffington Post Now Misrepresents Autism Disorders

It is 6:40 am (Atlantic) time here in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Conor, my 6 feet tall, 15 year old son with Autistic Disorder, is now relatively quiet after several hours of screaming and crying.  The noise was accompanied by periodic o… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Reality Check: Huffington Post Now Misrepresents Autism Disorders

DeSmogBlog: BP Oil Dispersant Corexit Contained Cancer-Causing Agents

dispersant-application1.jpg A new report on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster of 2010 is providing adequate cause for concern for residents and clean up workers along the Gulf Coast. The report&nbs… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: BP Oil Dispersant Corexit Contained Cancer-Causing Agents

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: The Huffington Post’s Autism Big News Page Ain’t What It Used To Be

When the Huffington Post merged with AOL there were some who wondered about the impact of the deal on the Huffington Post’s positioning outside the news establishment. Emily Bell explored this concern at the UK’s Guardian in AOL + Huffington Post = di… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: The Huffington Post’s Autism Big News Page Ain’t What It Used To Be

Am I the only one who feels a little uncomfortable with Mrs. David Frum penning a column on 9/11?

That Danielle Crittenden is a columnist for The Huffington Post is curious enough, but her piece today on 9/11 seems a little .. well, unseemly. This once ‘proud wife’ of the ‘axis of evil’ author and stepdaughter of the evil Peter Worthington, Is… . . . → Read More: Am I the only one who feels a little uncomfortable with Mrs. David Frum penning a column on 9/11?

Leftist Jab: The Huffington Post Is Not A Sweatshop

The Huffington Post, which has recently launched its Canadian version, receives both praise and criticism from all sorts of people. The Right hates it because it’s progressive voice online. It serves as an aggregate news site that caters to progressive… . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: The Huffington Post Is Not A Sweatshop