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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Addictions and Mental Illness

Watched a TED talk about addiction, and then heard the same concepts being discussed in this Regina news story about a man who committed suicide last week.

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Thomas Mulcair and Stephen Harper Dance to the Beat of a Shared Drummer

Someone posted a link to an interesting article yesterday, from January of this year.  At the time the NDP were third in the polls and going nowhere, so the party met in the Conservative caucus room, to discuss strategy.

Tom Mulcair is trying to turn around the NDP’s flagging fortunes as he gears up for a federal election within nine months, shaking up his office and campaign team and stepping up his attacks on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

That the NDP has been more focused on Justin Trudeau, than Harper, has been evidenced for quite some time. However, there was (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Pay To Access Harper

A lot has been said recently about people paying to have access to the Prime Minister.

@Justin_Ling @saskboy you are being told what to write?if i an issue with that

— shawn d hill (@nbf54321) July 8, 2015

Ling has said:

So @KoryCPC asked me to write a story about how I can't ask Harper questions without paying $78,000. I obliged. http://t.co/8V3HCr7o7m

— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) August 24, 2015

Perhaps it’s too obliging to ask the Harpercons about their exploitation of ISIS propaganda in this campaign?

While it's just a media access issue, I think @Justin_Ling is (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What Are Market Predictions?

“Mon, Aug 17, 2015 – 8:15 AM Bill Baruch, chief market strategist, iiTrader joins BNN to discuss why he’s watching crude oil to move sharply higher today.” “oil will rally today” is the BNN video title, but I didn’t hear the trader say that, but he did say a rally by midweek. In the video he notes $35 oil is realistic in the near term (which was actually a better prediction), and it will be unlikely to rebound to $60 if production levels stay similar to now.

How far are we from $30 oil? http://t.co/A1CW1aOkcn @iiTRADERbill @BNN #crudeoil

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Real Life First Person Shooter (Chatroulette version)

This is great improv acting and a great concept for a video.

LeDaro: Stephen Harper faces media on campaign trail

Harper is doing okay.

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Alberta Politics: Code Crossover: How long before the Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun are merged?

ILLUSTRATIONS: Sun Journal, or Journal Sun? Hyphen or no hyphen? Broadsheet or tabloid? Now that Journal subscribers are being pitched the Sunday Sun, and the two papers’ staffs will soon be working at the same address, amalgamation is only a matter of time. With apologies to the Lewiston, Maine, Sun Journal, whose front page I […]

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Alberta Politics: The #AngryCon: he learned those attitudes about the media from the party he supports

PHOTOS: A screen shot of the man identified by the Toronto Star as Earl Cowan at the moment he informs a reporter she’s a lying piece of … something. Below: Tory operative Fred DeLorey and Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick. I have to confess I felt the tiniest bit of empathy for the aged Harper […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Martha Friendly examines what a “national child care program” actually means. And Jim Stanford makes a compelling economic case as to why Canada needs one: In the case of early childhood education, however, this standard claim of government “poverty” is exactly backwards.  Because there is overwhelming and credible economic evidence that investing in universal ECE programs is actually a money-maker for governments.  In this case, the argument is truly not whether government can afford to provide universal quality care.  In reality, especially at a moment in history when economists worry (Read more…)

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye » Politics: CBA Resolution on Solitary Confinement

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Council passed a resolution on August 13, 2015, against the overuse of solitary confinement in Canada. Omar Ha-Redeye addressed Council to modify the wording of the resolution, which was ultimately passed.

The text of the resolution concludes:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Bar Association urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to adopt or amend legislation and policies to clearly restrict and regulate the use of solitary confinement, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation and other forms of separate and isolated confinement in Canadian correctional institutions and create effective enforcement mechanisms to ensure those restrictions are (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Christos Tsiolkas talks to Yanis Varoufakis about the Troika’s appalling contempt for Greek democracy. And Barbara Ehrenreich laments the fact that only well-off people are given any meaningful opportunity to speak about poverty and deprivation – though that should highlight the need for workers to organize to ensure their voices are heard: There are many thousands of people like these – gifted journalists who want to address serious social issues but cannot afford to do so in a media environment that thrives by refusing to pay, or anywhere near adequately pay, its “content (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Harper’s Campaign Against a Mythical Netflix Tax Backfires, Badly

Check out our savvy PM, getting all hashtaggy on us all!

But to quote Mr. Layton from 2011, it’s become a #Fail, or, “Hashtag-Fail” if you will.

You see, our PM has decided to say that others want to bring in a Netflix Tax. So he opposed it. But he just made that up.

And now social media is punishing him. With the aplomb we’ve come to expect…remember #TellVicEverything?

Try the trending #NoNetflixTax to see what people are doing to our lying PM.

Harper's original #NoNetFlixTax and my improvement. #cdnpoli #elxn42 pic.twitter.com/nGaOAmB1wb

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) August (Read more…)

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: A labor journalism resurgence?

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Podcast150803-Labour-reporting.mp3

 

As unions and workers suffered defeats over the past few decades, so has labor journalism dwindled from a mainstay of major media outlets across Canada and the US to a relatively niche reporting interest. The past few years, however, have seen a still small but noticeable resurgence of labor reporting. Large media outlets, both print and online, have once again started to hire journalists looking at workers’ issues and reporting from the perspective of workers. At the same time, independent media have continued to do the same and some have gained in readership and size. (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: 11 Weeks of Daily Harper Protests

The Harper Re-election Disaster Bus Totalitarianism: daily, for 11 weeks!

Get used to this.

People hate Harper and his Conservatives. We will see through his weak attempt to wedge oppositions parties by running a long election campaign because he has more money to spend.

Saturation will come fast.

We will remember how much contempt he holds for people and democracy.

We will listen to his 5 non-answers to 5 media questions each day and we will be constantly reminded of how much we can’t stand what he has done to Canada.

And we will see this. Every day:

Harper campaign (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Mulcair fails Media Relations 101

Today was election campaign launch day in Canada. Well I suppose that really happened a year or so ago, but today was the official launch, when the official rules kick in, at any rate. All the parties want one main thing out of these launches, to say a few positive things in their opening declaration that gets picked up by the media and gives them a round of free, positive advertising.

Mulcair, however, fumbled badly. He gave his speech, the media was there, but his mistake was that he pissed the media off by not answering any questions. This result (Read more…)

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: A Long Campaign Season Would Be Good For The Pirate Party

Well, the rumours are flying that Prime Minister Harper intendsto ask Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliamentthis Sunday. This would begin the longest election campaign inCanadian history. It seems clear the Conservatives fully intend towin by outspending their opponents. While this would be arather crass political movement if it occurs it would also be verygood for minor political parties such as the Pirate Party ofCanada. Here’s why.

After the last federal election in 2011 the Leader of the PirateParty of Canada (with help from the candidates) wrote a reportdetailing the (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: A Long Campaign Season Would Be Good For The Pirate Party

Alberta Politics: Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone: As PM, Stephen Harper’s economic performance is a bust!

PHOTOS: From the sublime to the ridiculous? Liberal Lester Pearson, the top postwar economic performer among Canadian prime ministers. Below: Stephen Harper, the bottom. Below him: Pierre Trudeau (second best) and Brian Mulroney (second worst). Below them: Unifor economists Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan. One of the most effective ways to keep a population quiet […]

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We Are Not Charmaine Borg, We Are The Conservatives

Ms. Borg is an NDP MP, and is most definitely not one of these Conservative trained seals.

It's funny but I think they left out female MPs to make it look like CPC are a bunch of old white men https://t.co/k42JOtTSTC

— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) July 30, 2015

This is hilarious. 13 Conservative MPs deliver the same PMO script. #WeAreBorg https://t.co/aJPW1Kosoy #cdnpoli

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) July 29, 2015

Trained seals….. https://t.co/LJ2ASKPEha

— Brent Rathgeber, MP (@brentrathgeber) July 30, 2015

If you show too much independent thought, you must leave the Conservative Collective. e.g.:

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Rise Of The “Religious Assailant”

Reuters has brought a new phrase to the surface in an effort to describe someone religiously and politically motivated to attempt to murder peaceful political demonstrators.

“Religious assailant” is far more precise than “terrorist”.

I wonder what a search of @Reuters for "Religious assailant" turns up in other similar terrorist attacks?

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) July 30, 2015

I looked on Google with this search “Religious assailant” -jerusalem to see what other news comes up. Nothing of note. Apparently this is the first publicly noted crime by a “religious assailant” in years, if ever.

Excited Delirium: Harper: Worst PM in Canadian History

The National Observer is bold enough to tell it like it is when it comes to Stephen Harper. Will we see similar reviews from other media companies. Swift response: NO. I explain the media war that Stephen Harper is waging against Canada.

Alberta Politics: Upstairs Downstairs at the Edmonton Journal as Sun staff gets ready to move in

PHOTOS: The Edmonton Journal Building at 101st Street and MacDonald Drive in downtown Edmonton. It remains to be seen who will be Upstairs, and who will be Downstairs, when the staff of the Sun joins the staff of the Journal at the same address in the fall. Below: Journal Editor-in-Chief Margo Goodhand, Postmedia President and […]

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Alberta Politics: Two polls, widely different results, and Postmedia only reports one – what gives?

PHOTOS: “It is indeed Christmas in July for Conservatives!” Maybe it’s July, but is this guy really Santa Claus? Below: Pollsters Quito Maggi and Lorne Bozinoff. A Forum Research Inc. interactive voice response poll conducted on Tuesday of this week indicates 34 per cent of decided voters plan to vote NDP, 29 per cent to […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Barry Eidlin argues that Canada’s comparatively stronger trade unions have led to a far more equal distribution of income than exists in the U.S., and discusses what we need to do to reinforce that tendency: In a recent article and forthcoming book, I put forth a new theory: Canadian unions remained stronger because they were better able to retain a legitimate social and political role as defenders of working class interests. By contrast, U.S. unions got painted as a narrow “special interest.”

These different roles for labour weren’t just (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: New Research Explains WHAT CAUSES RAPE

This just in…choose to not rape anyone this weekend.

August 6, 2013 Women As Meat, Volume 874,597 (1) February 19, 2015 Looking for Heroes? (0) November 27, 2012 No, Taylor Swift. No. (4) November 30, 2012 “Female Characters Are Still Sidelined, Stereotyped, and Sexualized in Popular Entertainment Content” (0)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil Is Not A Four Letter Word

Coal is a four letter word, however.

Perhaps Wall is a bit touchy about fossil fuels because Saskatchewan produces more greenhouse gases per person than any other Canadian province [link added], and is one of only three provinces whose emissions have risen since 1990. The province contains only 1 per cent of the country’s population, but produces a disproportionate 10 per cent of national emissions.

Saskatchewan recorded the highest deposit-paid bottle return rate in Canada (82 per cent) and largest wildfire detection camera system in North America, said the ministry.

Yet we had the worst wildfire season, perhaps (Read more…)