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We Pivot: Stop Fact-Checking Christy Clark

We’ve learned a few things. But we need to pick up the pace of wisdom. As we pivot to a new world that is suffering from deeper entrenched tendencies of fascism and contempt for truth, we need to stop wasting … [Read more]

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Miles Corak asks how we should see the growing concentration of income at the top of the spectrum, and concludes that we should be concerned mostly with the breakdown between personal merit and success among the extremely privileged: Connections matter. And for the top earners this might even . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

We Pivot: Self-Care Tips As Trump’s Inauguration Approaches

It’s all about self care. Care for yourself with more sleep, more time walking in nature, less time in elevators and more time on stairs. Eat healthier, simpler foods. Spend more time with your people: less texting and more phone … [Read more]

A Puff of Absurdity: More on Critical Thinking

Owen at Northern Reflections wrote about Crawford Kilian‘s recent article in the Tyee about the need for critical thinking in schools, which referenced Jeet Heer‘s twitter essay on Sartre where I found this nugget from Sartre’s Anti-Semite and Jew:  (And somehow I wonder why my house is such a mess.)

This one passage isn’t . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: More on Critical Thinking

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Wall government has Saskatchewan on the road to the same post-truth politics that laid the groundwork for the spread of fictitious “news” and Donald Trump’s election.

For further reading…– Dan Tynan, Craig Silverman and Terrence McCoy are among those who have reported on the development of a new strain of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Alberta Politics: Smoke-Free Alberta asks: Why hasn’t all of the Smoking Reduction Act been enacted?

PHOTOS: Water pipes and flavoured tobacco … Why has Alberta legislation outlawing them not been enacted? There are no secret political messages in this picture, by the way. Below: Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, NDP MLA Sandra Jansen, and Edmonton Journal Editor Mark Iype. A letter Monday from the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta to . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Smoke-Free Alberta asks: Why hasn’t all of the Smoking Reduction Act been enacted?

We Pivot: Trump, Hypocrisy and Fascism

My Canada…my WORLD…involves people with integrity. The new American president spent months attacking people with racist, xenophobic and sexist venom. But when people satirize him, or criticize him, he cowers like a victim. This is hypocritical people living in glass … [Read more]

Alberta Politics: Trading press barons for social media behemoths: not an improvement for people who want news

PHOTOS: The Calgary Herald newsroom, back in the day. (Photo grabbed from Facebook, of course.) It’s quieter, nowadays. Below: Brodie Fenlon, managing editor of CBCNews.ca, and Gillian Steward, former managing editor of the Herald. I have bad news for you, people: mainstream media in Alberta is a trainwreck! Of course, if you were paying attention, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Trading press barons for social media behemoths: not an improvement for people who want news

A Puff of Absurdity: Is This the Sixth Estate?

The “Fourth Estate” is an antiquated term for unofficial social and political forces, primarily the media. Use of the term recognized, over two centuries ago, that the media affect social change. But once that became clear, it became a tool of the establishment. The church, politicians, and corporations started using the media to sway . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Is This the Sixth Estate?

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Kevin Connor reports that the more Ontario voters are exposed to the realities of public-private partnerships, the more they’re turning against the idea – with a quarter or less of respondents seeing any upside to handing public services over to businesses. Tony Keller writes that Canada’s history of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

We Pivot: Do Not Conform!

Do not conform.

Do not give in.

Do not let the soul within you be molded or driven cold by circumstances, geopolitics, megalomania and division, or desperate people flinging their abuse at you because they think you’re a snowflake.

Do not let the Soft Fascism on the rise since 9/11 become hardened with jackboots, brown . . . → Read More: We Pivot: Do Not Conform!

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Andrew Nikiforuk highlights how Donald Trump’s election is just one more predictable consequence of the end of shared growth – even as it figures to perpetuate that reality. And Andrew Coyne argues that Trump’s win under the U.S.’ warped electoral rules should thoroughly debunk the theory that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

cmkl: Fake news on Facebook: what they could do to fix the dust cloud of misinformation

Fake news played a pretty significant role in influencing opinion on the recent US election, which, I note, has not gone unnoticed here in Canada. The Guardian had an interesting piece about the preponderance of lies that got circulated and re-circulated amongst both Clinton and Trump supporters. Although it notes that the Trump camp . . . → Read More: cmkl: Fake news on Facebook: what they could do to fix the dust cloud of misinformation

The Canadian Progressive: Julian Assange Statement on the US Presidential Election

In this statement issued on the eve of 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Julian Assange defends WikiLeaks’ publication of the DNC Leaks and the Clinton political campaign and Foundation email leaks (Podesta Emails). “The right to receive and impart true information is the guiding principle of WikiLeaks,” says Assange.

The post Julian Assange Statement on . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Julian Assange Statement on the US Presidential Election

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Andrew Jackson writes that the Libs’ fall economic statement represents a massive (and unjustified) shift away from promised infrastructure funding even while planning to privatize both existing operations and future developments. And Joie Warnock highlights why it would represent nothing short of scandalous mismanagement for the Wall . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– George Monbiot rightly makes the point that a general attitude of kindness is a must for a functioning society – while lamenting that anything of the sort is all too often lacking from public policy choices.

– James Di Fiore discusses Justin Trudeau’s failed attempt at a triangulation . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

We Pivot: This is Obama’s America, Obama’s Legacy

You’d think Obama would want his legacy to not be settler/colonial terrorism against First Nations water protectors. See the video below.

You’d think he would not be interested in people being dragged from prayer circles to be arrest and put in kennels.

You’d think he wouldn’t want anyone putting numbers on the arms of prisoners. . . . → Read More: We Pivot: This is Obama’s America, Obama’s Legacy

Dead Wild Roses: Media Complicity – The Wars We Fight

John Pilger does what a journalist is supposed to do. He questions decisions made by those who are in charge and hold them to account for their decisions. As witnessed during the lead up to the Iraq war in 2003 most of the easily accessible media in the West is, for the most part uncritical . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Media Complicity – The Wars We Fight

The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the CPP debate

This fall, Canada’s Parliament will debate a proposal to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). And over at the Behind the Numbers web site, I’m co-author of a blog post titled “Ten things to know about the CPP debate.” The blog post’s other co-authors are Allan Moscovitch and Richard Lochead.

Points raised in the blog . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the CPP debate

Scripturient: Tough Times for Print Media

It’s not like the halcyon days when I first started writing for newspapers, back in late 1969. Today, print media is struggling to survive in a world dominated by digital media and mega-corps owners (although not so hard it can’t pay its CEOs and executives several million dollars while they slash real jobs).* Print media . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Tough Times for Print Media

Alberta Politics: Schiaparelli lander missing; ground control still in contact with Postmedia; prognosis grim for both

PHOTOS: An artist’s impression of the Schiaparelli Mars Lander descending gently toward the Martian surface. Schiaparelli’s actual Mars landings may not have unfolded exactly as illustrated by the European Space Agency. Below: The evocative cover of today’s National Post. About 178 million kilometres from us yesterday, give or take, Europe’s Schiaparelli spacecraft went missing and . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Schiaparelli lander missing; ground control still in contact with Postmedia; prognosis grim for both

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Peter Rossman explains why the CETA falls far short of the mark in accounting for anybody’s interests other than those of big business. And Dani Rodrik discusses the dangers of laissez-faire fundamentalism, particularly to the extent it threatens to undermine the foundation of a functional society: (T)he . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Ellen Gould comments on how the CETA and other trade deals constrain democratic governance – and the fact that corporate bigwigs are threatening any government which considers giving effect to popular opposition doesn’t exactly provide any comfort. Meanwhile, Scott Sinclair points out the dangerous effects of the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Baratunde Thurston makes the point that even beyond income and wealth inequality, there’s an obviously unfair distribution of second chances in the U.S. depending on one’s race and class. Denis Campbell reports on the link between poverty and childhood obesity, while Jen St. Denis highlights how poverty . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: We Need to Prepare for Those Worse Than Trump

We can't just worry about Trump, but all those for whom he is paving the way. #Trump #TrumpTapes #SoftFascism #cdnpoli #bcpoli

— Politics, Re-Spun (@PoliticsReSpun) October 8, 2016

It’s one thing to lower the bar, but with Trump, someone pulled out the jackhammer and has dug through the floor.

But let’s not . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: We Need to Prepare for Those Worse Than Trump