PHOTOS: Beggars and bazillionaires, not really as far apart as you think, the Fraser Institute insists. Top 100 Canadian corporate executives may not appear exactly as illustrated. Minimum wage workers, though? Not so different. Below: CCPA researcher … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Fearless champion of the corporate overdog snarls at CCPA’s eye-popping New Year CEO salary tally
Alison is right to highlight the latest right-wing astroturf group in Canada. But we shouldn’t assume that mere exposure will meaningfully affect the growth of corporate-owned politics alone.As is typically the case, Canadian politics tend to be influe… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On countermovements
PHOTOS: ‘Super PACs’ have access to corporate vaults, and very little control or oversight of what they do with the money they’re given. Below: Alberta Prosperity Fund Director Barry McNamar, APF Advisory Council members Dave Rutherford and Camer… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Canadian market-fundamentalist right looks to ‘Super PACs’ like so-called Alberta Prosperity Fund to grab back power
The Oil and Gas crowd are an addicted and confused force that take up air and space at a time when change is begging for action.
Somewhat like the ‘Flat Earther’s refusal to get that
PHOTOS: The Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Below: International studies scholar Vijay Prashad; former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal. On Labour Day 2015, the world’s attention is focused on the great migration of desperate human beings streaming into Europe from the economic and military catastrophes of North Africa and the Middle East. The proximate . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Labour Day 2015: Analyzing Europe’s refugee crisis through the lens of labour rights
David Suzuki explains how the Koch Brothers, the largest U.S. leaseholder in the Alberta tar sands, use their vast wealth to fund climate change denial.
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Miscellaneous material to start your week.
– Jim Stanford points out that the choice to leave drug development to the market resulted in a promising ebola vaccine going unused – and indeed untested – for years until the disease threatened a wealthy enough target population: Canada’s outstanding work to invent one of the world’s most . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
Assorted content to end your week.
– Following up on yesterday’s column, Michael Harris offers his take on how Stephen Harper refuses to accept anything short of war as an option: Stephen Harper talks as if this is yet another of those good-versus-evil fables he is always passing off to the public as deep analysis . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Parody of “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” – the classic Coke commercial from the early 70′s, targeting the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch.
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Koch Bros. – They’re The Evil Thing!
Ontario’s victorious Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne last summer. Below: Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.
Well! That didn’t work out quite as well as we’d hoped, did it? Can we get back to being New Democrats now?
I speak, of course, of the results of last night’s Ontario . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ontario election: OK, that didn’t really work … can we get back to being New Democrats now?
During the 2010 U.S. mid-term election campaign, a group of “discontents” emerged, calling themselves Latinos for Reform. President Obama had secured most of the Latino vote in 2008, so the group’s message was that Obama had let them down. Given the Republican’s anti-immigration policies, LFR knew that voting GOP was not an option, . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: None of the Above and Latinos for Reform
Damn. What a happy coincidence. Last night I was complaining about how the Liberals and the NDP were failing to go after Tim Hudak for his botched million job plan.And for his connections to American right-wing extremists like the sinister Koch brothers, in whose think tanks that plan was hatched.But today the Liberals came . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Tea Bagger Tim Hudak and the American Invasion
Well I'd like to tell you I'm having totally relaxing weekend eh? But sadly I'm not.I mean how can I relax when Stephen Harper just spent three days in my neighbourhood pretending to be Mother Theresa? Or ranting and raving like a maniac.Which naturally enough had me deeply concerned about my own safety…
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tim Hudak and the Made in Amerika Monster
I have to admit that I sometimes find it hard to take Tim Hudak seriously. He's such a goof, such a lousy campaigner, such a loser.
Until I remember that after Stephen Harper he is the most beastly Con in Canada, and a Republican clone if ever there was one.A man who lives to . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Abominable Tim Hudak and the Koch Connection
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This compelling video landed in my inbox this morning courtesy of a Cowichan Bay activist.
It claims that a Canadian corporation Trans Canada Pipeline, the force behind Keystone XL pipeline is training FBI and local law enforcement agencies on how to charge legal protestors with terrorism.
They say that . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Charge Protestors With Terrorism And Throw Them in Prison!
Well surprise, surprise. I see that Jason Kenney has stopped bragging about how he plans to fix the foreign workers problem, after the tragic story of that waitress in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.Who was reduced to tears after she lost her job to one of them.And who can blame him eh? When he created the problem, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney’s Other Big Foreigner Problem
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
– Robert Reich discusses the Koch brothers and their place in the U.S.’ new plutocracy: The Kochs exemplify a new reality that strikes at the heart of America. The vast wealth that has accumulated at the top of the American economy is not itself the problem. The problem is . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
This and that for your Thursday reading.
– Thomas Walkom writes that the Cons’ economic prescriptions are doomed to fail because they’re based on a fundamental misdiagnosis: (T)hat half of the Conservative theory is correct. There is still persistently high unemployment.
But the other half, the study found, does not hold water: With the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
This and that for your Sunday reading.
– Edward Robinson laments the willingness of European centre-left parties to abandon any attempt to argue against austerity even when the evidence shows that’s the right position to take: Centre-left parties in Europe appear to have completely lost the argument for pragmatic fiscal policy, much in the way . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Assorted content to end your week.
– Stewart Prest writes about the Cons’ war against experts: (I)n modern democratic states one of the most important sources for non-partisan information and expertise is the government itself. Government bureaucracies are the only institutions in the world today with the access, the resources, and the motivation to systematically . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Criticism of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline focuses, understandably, on the threat it poses to the environment, both in its construction and in its enabling more production from the tar sands. Too often overlooked is the political mischief that approval will contribute to.
According to an article in the CCPA Monitor, “Petroleum Coke from Oil . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Supporting Keystone is supporting the Kochs
Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, in motorcycle sidecar, gives the order to go after a pesky trade unionist’s blog. But look out! Alison Redford’s Alberta Thought Police may already have their eyes on you! Actual Redford cabinet ministers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Then again, new uniforms for cabinet and caucus may already . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Who gets muzzled next by unconstitutional Redford Government laws? Environmentalists?
Here, marking yet another year of broken Conservative promises when it comes to climate change.
For further reading…– CBC reports on the the continued lack of regulations for the oil and gas sector, while offering the questionable theories about the Cons’ lack of interest in actually getting work done.– Linda McQuaig rightly notes that there . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
* The Koch brothers are about their usual dirty business, this time in Detroit: WINDSOR, Ontario — Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canadian Oil Waste Blackens Detroit
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
– Yes, there’s plenty more on the Cons’ Senate scandal, with Tim Harper headlining the latest discussion: Mike Duffy is radioactive.
The one-time Conservative cheerleader is now the poster boy for the filth which envelops the party brand.
The man holed up on Friendly Lane in Cavendish, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links