Workers must do our part to Stop Harper!
Happy Labour Day!
In Stephen Harper’s Canada, we keep enumerating the things we’re losing: meaningful legislative debate, evidence-based policy, public science, a free and open society, among other things. But what happens if we go too long with a slow erosion of the features that make our society vibrant? What happens if we let the right wing continue to teach us that we shouldn’t expect anything meaningful from government?
What happens if young Canadians grow up without a sense of what used to be the Canadian birthright: Medicare, the CPP, and (Read more…)
Steve Harper, the greatest threat to Canadian security in the modern era.
Happy August! Happy Day!
I have a few comments about this, the 1,000th editorial at Politics, Re-Spun. But you can read them below, about my sabbatical plan, new visions for this almost 12-year-old website, and other things.
But at the top of this post, I have something slightly more urgent to delve into before I check out for a break.
That great sick freak, Donald Rumsfeld is generally credited with popularizing the concept of unknown unknowns to our modern/post-modern era. Being a sick freak, he spun that bafflement (Read more…)
Translink is “being evasive on exactly how much money is being spent on this.”
via Compass Card program delayed again by TransLink – British Columbia – CBC News.
How’s that for not surprising.
Translink is notorious for its taxation without representation: taking municipalities’ money without providing democratic representation to municipalities. This was a gift from the provincial government years ago to keep local communities from directing their transportation infrastructure.
And now, Translink continues to be evasive about how much money they’re spending on the Compass card system and turnstiles, in place ostensibly to stop fare evasion. They’ve always been (Read more…)
Recently, with the WEF spending the last few years acknowledging global income inequality is a problem, I’ve declared a kind of victory for the Occupy Movement: getting the lexicon on the 1% and inequality on the tongues of the sly gazillionaires who rule the world, and into mass consumption.
Now we see that the CEO of Goldman Sachs, one of the biggest cancers of neoliberal capitalism and a prime mover of the 2008 crash, has admitted that income inequality is a problem and a destabilizer. Sadly, though not surprisingly, in this interview he also trotted out typical neoliberal “realities” (Read more…)
In Davos, the 1% rule the world. Literally. They also have the guns.
The 1% are claiming we have it out for them; that if we don’t tone down the rhetoric and stop calling them names like “the contemptuous rich,” we might end up starting a class war. But they already know there’s a class war, and it’s been going on for generations. Today, the rich are winning because they have more solidarity than we do. The year 2014 is a battleground and the currency is solidarity. If we don’t start organizing together, quickly, and far more effectively, the contemptuous (Read more…)
Watch Pam Palmater’s response to the SCC ruling. Click above.
Stephen Harper had about a week to enjoy the glory of his remarkably understated whispery notification that the Enbridge climate killing pipeline will proceed.
Yesterday the Supreme Court shut down the prime minister, which they have a tendency to do because he so flagrantly intends to violate it. So they keep slapping his hand.
With the Tsilhqot’in ruling, our hope that first nations are our last line of defense against more climate killing tarsands development, has been greatly augmented.
In the coming weeks we will see how this may be (Read more…)
We don’t see brown shirts and jackboots, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t seeing the de-democratization of our society.
In Vancouver this month, armed police with guns drawn, raided a house because they suspected people inside not of being terrorists, but of spray painting “No Pipelines” all over the place.
Read Police raid house in East Vancouver, with guns drawn, on pretext of anti-pipeline graffiti | Warrior Publications.
But in Harper’s Canada, opposing pipelines is deemed by the climate change deniers as an act of economic terrorism, which we will likely see in a far more pronounced fashion if in (Read more…)
You know you want it!
Someone really crossed the line from whoops, to nuclear codes.
One of the15,000 weekly blog spam comments that never make it to the human eyes stage on this website, accidentally made it through.
Sadly, it is a compendium of all the kinds of faux-sincere blog comments. Which is like Christmas for those who pay attention to the sociology of the internets.
Read at your leisure, and peril. Actual websites deleted to not encourage bad behaviour.
It becomes a mildly deranging mantra of ill. Kind of like neoliberal capitalism.
Remember, Occupy Vancouver reboots at (Read more…)
It seems to be working in Washington, DC.
And you know what? They’ve got our backs.
When ranchers are farmers and tribal communities realize that the tarsands and their toxic pipelines threaten us all, it’s pretty easy to figure out how working together gets things done.
They’re even occupying the Mall in DC. With teepees. See? Look:
#Sacred Indigenous Activists return to the #RejectAndProtect encampment on #NationalMall @WaveOfAction #WaveofAction pic.twitter.com/FISKVCQjNG
— NYCCamp (@NYCCamp) April 24, 2014
You can watch a simple summary of the Reject and Protect campaign to encourage the White House to stop delaying (Read more…)
There has been a great deal of talk in recent decades about the cycle of poverty, how it’s a vicious circle that children have difficulty getting out of.
Human chromosomes with telomeres stained fluorescent red. Copyright Nakamura et al.
It makes sense. If parents are short on economic resources, have to work multiple jobs, have little free time to nurture their children, it can impede children’s growth.
What if poverty actually harmed children physiologically, not just impeding socio-economic opportunities? Wouldn’t that then constitute a plan to ensure the poor really, really, really stay poor?
It wouldn’t be a (Read more…)
By the way, if you were keeping track, the World Economic Forum rules the world. They’re the richest corporations in the world getting together with governments to plan the world. And why not, they’re the elite.
And it turns out, since you’re keeping track, that Occupy has been quite successful. How successful?
Simple. Check this out, from the WEF’s recent document called Global Risks 2014, page 13.
Occupy is all about justice and equality, politically, socially, economically and environmentally. Since we’ve convinced the World Bank and IMF that grotesque inequality is trouble, the WEF has now acknowledged it’s one (Read more…)
Once upon a time, before we knew much about ecology and systems theory, corporations just went around raping and pillaging the countryside, polluting whatever they wanted.
Shhh, there’s a secret new law: it’s open season for corporations to rape and pillage our environment.
This came back to me grotesquely in a Mad Men episode a few years ago when Don Draper takes his family out for a picnic in the countryside. When they finished, they packed up to go back to the car to drive home and left all their garbage on the grass. And the sight of that (Read more…)
Today we are fresh off the tar soaked heels of Enbridge’s lie and spin machine in Kitimat, leading to a vote AGAINST their toxic future.
In Kitimat, in a non-binding plebiscite, the people of Kitimat, but not the first peoples who live outside the town boundary, voted about 60-40 to kick out Enbridge.
They’re liars, don’t you know, making up a fake map of BC’s coast to pretend that oil tanker risks are lower than they are.
But it also turns out that Yoko Ono knows a thing or two about fracking and carbon energy.
And we also know (Read more…)
“When Centennial’s students found out Seymour couldn’t hold a pyjama day because many students didn’t have pyjamas, they fundraised to buy every Seymour student a pair last Christmas.”
- When the Field Trip’s Too Pricey, Students ‘Self-Exclude’
BC’s disgusting and preventable child poverty crisis. Let’s stop coddling the rich!
When parents receive letters from their kids’ school asking for donations for playground upgrades or library books or technological devices, a certain segment of the population sighs, grows a few more grey hairs and dies a little bit inside.
Parents who are struggling financially cannot afford the luxury of even (Read more…)
It’s now Friday, April 4, 2014.
Greetings, world, the reboot of the Occupy Movement, the Worldwide #WaveOfAction [follow it live in Twitter here], has begun in a variety of places around the world! And it will last for 3 months while it evolves its next phase.
But as it turns out, Vancouver will be fashionably late.
Here’s what’s up:
Crickets, as far as I can tell.
Now, granted, I haven’t beaten down doors checking out ALL the usual suspects involved in mobilizing Occupy Vancouver 2.5 years ago. Though I do know that a few of them are (Read more…)
We need to think about two things for this Friday’s Occupy Movement reboot in the Worldwide #WaveOfAction:
When thinking about pursuing social, political and economic equality, what is the list of things we need to change, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally? Who do we need to build coalitions with to listen to them, support them, empower them; and who will convene the meetings?
And instead of wondering who’s got your back, figure out whose back you need to protect.
There are two days left. No rush, because Friday is just the start of the 3-month Wave that culminates on (Read more…)
Work should be liberating, not enslaving!
It’s Saturday so it’s the weekend so you’re not working.
But that’s just an incorrect hypothesis. Lots of people are working this weekend. In fact, weekends don’t mean much to billions of people. They are a luxury, relatively speaking.
But your job may be bullshit, in the context of how our society could/should be operating. We should have way more leisure time if we managed human economic activity more intelligently.
Instead, “we” [well, the 1%] are busy maximizing shareholder wealth instead. This is why we don’t have a sustainable 15 or 20 hour work (Read more…)
America: Where the rich get richer faster than in so many other places!
Yesterday I wrote about the rebooting of the Occupy Movement in 10 days. I’m very excited.
And to help you understand why this is such a big deal, especially in Canada, it’s important to see how Canada is increasingly becoming the poster child for income inequality. We are not nice and neighbourly and friendly. We are increasingly unequal society. Unless we step up and say that we’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it any more, the rich in Canada will continue to pad (Read more…)
Occupy Returns! This Friday!
Ladies and gentlemen, citizens of the world, the 99%: Occupy Wall St. returns on Friday.
And not for one day. But we’re starting with 3 months. Let’s call it a trial marriage.
After all, if it fails, the despotic corporate totalitarians who run the world will continue to steal our money and make everyone all too intimately familiar with the word “precariat.”
Here are 8 reasons why you should be thrilled with this, as I am:
The exciting details of Occupy, version 2, are here.
And here are my 8 reasons:
I’ve been hoping (Read more…)
The smile: it’s fake. He was fired.
Seriously, is it me or did Stephen Harper fire Jim Flaherty over his disloyalty over the income splitting policy disaster?
Certainly, I haven’t read EVERYthing written this week about dude going back to spend more time with his family private sector, but the finance minister was perhaps the strongest credible threat to Harper’s executive overdrive control over his domain [echo echo echo].
Here’s how this played out:
I think Flaherty was a more credible threat than Baird, Moore, McKay, Clement and Kenney.
And Flaherty spouted off on how income splitting was bad policy (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper Fired Jim Flaherty Because of Income Splitting Disloyalty
Once upon a time, we were taught to envy and respect our “betters,” like the rich.
They’re taking our money and throwing us under the bus every day. And it’s not even just the super-rich or those in America, it’s the aspirational rich; they’re just as toxic.
This stops now, it’s time to ramp up the Occupy Movement again, and for good this time:
The super-rich of the 21st century no longer think that you and I are needed for their continued success.
And in some ways, they have given up on America, period.
As Paul Buchheit brilliantly (Read more…)
Ugh. We’re so much poorer than our parents!
Yes, your parents’ standard of living was better, so what are you going to do about it?
When I was growing up in the 1970s, most [maybe 80%?] of my friends had a mom who stayed home and didn’t work.
Over the last 40 years the proportion of single income households seems to have flipped so that it seems to be only about 20%.
So what’s wrong with this graph over there?
There’s a huge increase in the number of families with more than one income source in the last 40 (Read more…)
Now, stop tolerating ignorance! And smile, TGIF.
For many people it’s TGIF. But for many people who aren’t even teenagers, the work week isn’t ending today.
We often THINK minimum wage is for the new entries to the job market. Maybe it was one day. Maybe just for one day.
But today? If it isn’t a living wage, it’s exploitative.
And if it is just minimum wage, we are likely not too accurate on who is suffering with these low wages.
Let’s take a peek:
It is not the stereotypical pothead living in their parents’ basement.
You’d think we were building guillotines. The rich, however, are starting to feel antsy and they want our pity and compassion.
Here are some of the ludicrous fears they are spilling out to the masses, to avoid a genocide against the rich:
It’s almost like there hasn’t already been a class war going on FOR GENERATIONS!
I’m going to underline the absolutely stunning, amazing and jaw-dropping parts. Get your pitchforks ready!
Why the rich are freaking out
By: Ben White
January 30, 2014 05:02 AM EST
NEW YORK — The co-founder of one the nation’s oldest venture capital firms fears (Read more…)
Do the math. Please.
For a great long time, I’ve been talking about how we must dump the oil, gas, fracking, tankers, pipelines, coal…all the carbon-based energy systems because of climate breakdown [aka climate change, aka global warming, aka the greenhouse effect]. We need to transform our society to a post-carbon energy infrastructure.
The lie that there are billions in government revenue and 90 gazillion jobs just waiting for us all (sigh) is so incredibly compelling. But if you look at some data, like…facts, you might find some startling surprises that indicate that you’ve been swallowed whole by the carbon-based (Read more…)