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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, a rare Saturday column on the lessons we should draw from the election of Donald Trump in how we organize and work within our political system.

For further reading (beyond the writing already linked here)…– Others offering similar thoughts include Murray Dobbin, Rick Salutin, Kai Nagata and Robert Reich.– Tabatha Southey highlights how racism . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Owen Jones interviews Ha-Joon Chang about the foreseeable harm caused by the UK’s austerity, as well as the false claims used to push it. – The Stoney Creek News rightly argues that Canada Post should move toward pos… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Dennis Howlett reminds us that we can raise enough money to strengthen our social safety net merely by ensuring that a relatively small group of privileged people pays its fair share. And Seth Stephens-Davidowitz examines the glaring nepotism which festers in the absence of some policy counterweights.

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Neil Irwin highlights the reality that top-heavy economic growth has done nothing to reduce poverty in the U.S. over the past 40 years: In Kennedy’s era, [the “rising tide lifts all boats” theory] had the benefit of being true. From 1959 to 1973, the nation’s economy per person . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On party time

Not surprisingly, I have some reservations about Kai Nagata’s view that the federal Lib leadership campaign has much to offer toward the development of progressive politics in Canada. But I’ll give Nagata credit for this much: he’s absolutely right to make the point that we should treat active and public involvement within party structures as . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On party time

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– The Toronto Star’s Public Editor Kathy English discusses the wall being built around information by the Harper Cons. But at least as interesting to me is the Cons’ determination to put up roadblocks in the way of information which can obviously be obtained through other means – such . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Song of the Watermelon: On Ezra Levant’s Victimhood

I have been blogging for nearly four months now, and am embarrassed to admit that — contrary to firmly established best blogging practices — I have yet to engage in the art of personal attack. Today, I intend to correct this error and make the anonymous overlords of the blogarchy proud. The target of my . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: On Ezra Levant’s Victimhood

DeSmogBlog: Ethical Oil: The Puppet Rap

It's time for Friday funnies, and the top hit today is Ethical Oil: the Puppet Rap, which first popped up over at The Tyee.

It's a foul-mouthed, satirical music video remix of Kathryn Marshall's ridiculous PR gymnastics to avoid answering a basic question from CBC's Evan Solomon whether Enbridge funds the Ethical Oil Institute. The . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Ethical Oil: The Puppet Rap

Politics and Entertainment: Much on the Progressive’s Wishlist but much for which we should be grateful

We should be grateful to the occupy wall street folks who may just have started the non-violent socio-economic revolution for which we’ve all been waiting. The democratic character of this movement, the rapidity with which it is spreading, and its brea… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Much on the Progressive’s Wishlist but much for which we should be grateful

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Will Canadians Finally Rise Up Against the Evils of Neoconservatism?

I mentioned the musician Tom Morello, who had appeared on Bill Maher recently, discussing social issues.  I was so impressed with his genuine concern for societal imbalance and dedication to several causes.Morello spoke of the “occupation of Wa… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Will Canadians Finally Rise Up Against the Evils of Neoconservatism?

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Simon Enoch rightly criticizes the Cons’ fair-weather commitment to democracy in the wake of a fairly resounding vote on the part of Canadian Wheat Board members to preserve the institution and its single-des… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Leftist Jab: Solutions For TV Journalism After Kai Nagata

Kai Nagata’s much discussed cri de coeur regarding TV journalism made some waves throughout Canada and specifically within the Canadian media. The reaction ranged from acknowledging that job dissatisfaction is common, providing a rebuttal or sympa… . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Solutions For TV Journalism After Kai Nagata

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the need for Canadian workers to follow Kai Nagata’s example in valuing and insisting on the right to express their opinions.For further reading…- Sandra Thomas’ rebuttal to Nagata serves mostly to highlight why most workers can’t afford to … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Help Put an End to Rupert Murdoch’s Criminal Empire

The ongoing scandal in the UK involving media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is making waves everywhere.His stock prices are on the decline and citizens are beginning to mobilize against him.AVAAZ has launched a petition to End Murdoch’s Criminal EmpireMurdoch’… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Help Put an End to Rupert Murdoch’s Criminal Empire

Politics and its Discontents: The State of Journalism

Thanks to Dr. Dawg for posting this link to an essay by Kai Nagata, who writes about why he recently quit his job as a reporter for CTV. His observations about the current state of television journalism are instructive, and will be of interest to anyon… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The State of Journalism

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading.- Kai Nagata’s post on why he quit his job as a reporter is well worth a read in full. But let’s particularly note his observations which may apply just as much to many other jobs as to positions in the media (eve… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Leftist Jab: CTV Quebec City Bureau Chief Kai Nagata Quits: Rips TV Journalism

In what is the most spectacular long blog post I’ve read from a TV personality ever, former Quebec City bureau chief Kai Nagata explains why he quit his job.This came to my attention via Fagstein’s blog which is a must read for all things relating to Q… . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: CTV Quebec City Bureau Chief Kai Nagata Quits: Rips TV Journalism