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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Ben Oquist laments the fact that trickle-down economics and destructive austerity remain the norm in Australia no matter how thoroughly they’re proven to fail. Alvin Powell discusses the burgeoning inequality of oppo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

Clinton breathed a sigh of relief and spun the result: thanks for the “win.” This was no win. Despite the massive corporate media campaign to ignore Sanders, he did exceptionally well because he resonates with actual people. Democratic Results in Iowa » Pct. Delegates Hillary Clinton 49.9% 22 Bernie Sanders 49.6 21 Martin O’Malley … Continue reading Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

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The Common Sense Canadian: So long Ed Murrow and hard-hitting mainstream journalism

Rafe Mair on the death of hard-hitting mainstream journalism: “The world will get by without Woodward and Bernstein and Edward R. Murrow – but it won’t be as good a world, as honest a world.”

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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Duncan Brown discusses the connection between precarious work and low productivity. And Sara Mojtehedzadeh examines how Ontario’s workers’ compensation system is pushing injured individuals into grinding pove… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: End Energy East

This is also how I feel about Energy East and similar pipeline projects. In the national discussion about our energy and transportation network future, if you don’t put chemistry before a constructed economy, the economy will fail. Comedian @mescottvrooman destroys Rick Mercer's Energy East rant https://t.co/SoKH1hxFab via @NatObserver — Jenny Uechi (@UechiVO) January 28, 2016 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: End Energy East

Writings of J. Todd Ring: “The News” – Jefferson, Chomsky, propaganda, and alternatives

As I keep saying, stop watching, reading or listening to “the news.” It is misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, distortion, lies and illusions, mass distraction and mass manipulation – psychological warfare, to put it in the te… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: “The News” – Jefferson, Chomsky, propaganda, and alternatives

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Julie Delahanty comments on Canada’s crisis of inequality and poverty. And Sean McElwee highlights how the ill-founded belief that income inequality is more a matter of merit than luck tends to lead people to ac… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Alberta Politics: Hints of Sun news-management style emerge in plans for Edmonton’s combined Postmedia newsrooms

PHOTOS: “Well, Fred, they used to wrap the grocery flyers in these things. They were called ‘newspapers.’” Below: Gerry Nott, senior Postmedia functionary, and Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister most hated by the Canadian newspaper ind… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Hints of Sun news-management style emerge in plans for Edmonton’s combined Postmedia newsrooms

Alberta Politics: Can one newsroom plus one editor add up to two newspapers? That’s Postmedia’s story and they’re stickin’ to it!

PHOTOS: The Edmonton Journal’s building in downtown Edmonton as it appeared today. Below: Margo Goodhand, Paul Godfrey (Toronto Star photo) and Stephanie Coombs. After a day of merger mania accompanied by brutal newsroom cuts at Postmedia’s daily n… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Can one newsroom plus one editor add up to two newspapers? That’s Postmedia’s story and they’re stickin’ to it!

Alberta Politics: Senior editorial heads roll at Edmonton Journal and more may drop soon

PHOTOS: The Edmonton Journal’s headquarters in downtown Edmonton, one of the Postmedia assets that still retains some value. Below: Departing Journal editor-in-chief Margo Goodhand and managing editor Stephanie Coombs. There’s already blood on the … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Senior editorial heads roll at Edmonton Journal and more may drop soon

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Mental Note: Design rocket so it doesn’t explode at 90 degree tilt

Rockets that land are a new thing, so it’s probably a minor oversight. No one was hurt in the blast. It’s hard to reuse a rocket that lands, if it then explodes. SpaceX rocket explodes after landing on ocean barge https://t.co/FowcJfrvJ0 pic.twitter.com/FAzyrvf6ns — CP24 (@CP24) January 18, 2016 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Mental Note: Design rocket so it doesn’t explode at 90 degree tilt

Blunt Objects Blog: Missing the point: Pacific Centre edition

Holy hell, what a mess.I know the adage that you should never read the comments section on news sites or YouTube, but with the Pacific Centre photographers still making the news, I couldn’t help myself.Today in the CBC article about a meeting with Vanc… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects Blog: Missing the point: Pacific Centre edition

Dead Wild Roses: Wow, 2016 is just as chockfull of Sexism as 2015.

This just isn’t right, not at any time or circumstance. Yet, these witty ad-wizards have decided that sexism sells and are trying to promote a translation device that allows you, as demonstrated, to creep on non-English speakers. Awesome.   Cringe worthy to say the least.Filed under: Feminism, Media Tagged: Advertising, Creepers, Feminism, Oh those normative […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Wow, 2016 is just as chockfull of Sexism as 2015.

Scripturient: Where Have all the Readers Gone?

No, it’s not a remake of Pete Seeger’s famous 1955 anti-war song. That’s the title of an article that appeared in the Globe and Mail this week, by Peter Denton, lamenting our overall slide into image-based information with the “… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Where Have all the Readers Gone?

Alberta Politics: ‘Kevinismus’ in Canada: Should Kevin O’Leary run to lead the sad-sack federal Conservatives?

PHOTOS: Kevin O’Leary, in a typical pose (CBC photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and perpetual Alberta conservative leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk. Give Kevin O’Leary his due. At … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Kevinismus’ in Canada: Should Kevin O’Leary run to lead the sad-sack federal Conservatives?

Accidental Deliberations: You say "glib", I say "callous and dehumanizing". Let’s just call the whole thing off.

Sadly, even a modicum of criticism of Brad Wall on Saskatchewan’s editorial pages is all too rare. But while the Star-Phoenix offers at least that much, is there any doubt that Wall’s contempt for inmates (among others who rely on provincial services) … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: You say "glib", I say "callous and dehumanizing". Let’s just call the whole thing off.

Scripturient: Lessons from the paper

There’s a story on page B2 of the January 1 Enterprise Bulletin (not online yet*) that offers us three lessons. Two lessons on how the local media fails us, one on cringe-worthy political ineptitude. Those lessons are: How far the credibility … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Lessons from the paper

Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

PHOTOS: Cameras try to follow a nearly invisible Rachel Notley through the crowd at an Edmonton hotel on May 5, 2015, moments after she had been declared the winner of the Alberta election. No one could quite believe that the NDP had just won a majorit… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: First they want to ban Muslims. Now this …

… an opinion poll shows that 30% of Republicans and 19% of Democrats want to bomb Agrabah, Saudi Arabia. Just one problem – it’s the fictional town in Disney’s Aladdin. This canard was thrown in with such serious questions as if one is evangelical an… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: First they want to ban Muslims. Now this …

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Duncan Cameron offers his take on the Paris climate change conference. Martin Lukacs notes that while the agreement reached there may not accomplish anywhere near what we need, the building climate movement sho… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Alberta Politics: Are moderate Alberta conservatives likely to find themselves waking up to a Wildrose nightmare?

ILLUSTRATIONS: It’s a nightmare alright – but whose? Actual Alberta voters may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and NDP Premier Rachel Notley. (Both shown in CBC photos.) The prevailing narrative in the Alberta m… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Are moderate Alberta conservatives likely to find themselves waking up to a Wildrose nightmare?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Two Different Takes On Gas Prices

You can either lose your mind and your perspective: It’s not your imagination — gasoline prices in Canada should be a lot lower than they are right now. That’s according to Benjamin Reitzes, an economist at Bank of Montreal, who said the price Canadians pay at the pump should be a lot lower than it […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Two Different Takes On Gas Prices

Dead Wild Roses: Media Reinforces Patriarchal Norms

Completely shocking I know…  Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Helpful Infographics, Media, Patriarchy . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Media Reinforces Patriarchal Norms

Alberta Politics: Four veteran news professionals depart as Bell Media slashing hits CTV Edmonton

PHOTOS: CFRN in happier, pre-CTV times. Below: Journalists Serena Mah and Kim Taylor, veteran camera operator Robin Cleator, and editor Brian Fletcher. Fallout from the mid-November “restructuring” at Bell Media continues to be felt at CTV operatio… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Four veteran news professionals depart as Bell Media slashing hits CTV Edmonton

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What is going on at CHCH?

Seriously? Has Channel 11 finally gone off the rails? This is the station that gave Canada The Party Game, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Tiny Talent Time, The Great Debate, The Party Game, Smith and Smith (which spawned The Red Green Show) …a… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What is going on at CHCH?