Alberta Politics: New York Times coverage of Russian hacking deserves another Pulitzer – for fiction!

PHOTOS: Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, who the New York Times blames for everything. (Photo from Kremlin.ru.) Below: Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary R. Clinton; former Nixon speechwriter Patrick J. Buchanan; Republican Party presidential candidate Donald J. Trump; and Felix E. Dzerzhinsky, director of the Soviet secret services from 1917 to 1922. As readers shall ...

Alberta Politics: Why Canada’s belligerent Conservatives are likely praying for peace in the Persian Gulf

PHOTOS: The nuclear powered American aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf in in 2014. (U.S. Navy photo.) Mighty warships are the carriers, but in the constricted waters of the Gulf, vulnerable nevertheless. Below: A map of the Gulf, showing the proximity of Saudi Arabia and Iran to one another; a Canadian ...

Alberta Politics: Baked Alaska and the Fraser Institute: what changes, and what doesn’t, when oil prices fall and the money melts

PHOTOS: Alaska Governor Bill Walker illustrates about how much is left in the northern state’s budget now that oil prices have gone south. (Alaska Dispatch News photo.) Below: The wild rose, official flower of both Alaska and Alberta; baked Alaska, going up in flames. Looks like Alaska is totally … baked. As in, done like ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Linda Tirado writes that whatever the language used as an excuse for turning public benefits into private profits, we should know better than to consider it credible: Given how much I had heard my whole life about British dignity, and the fact that there is a thing ...

Alberta Politics: Fast food and fair wages: What happens when a good idea from Alberta hits the big time in New York?

PHOTOS: New York, New York … You gotta love it! Below: Fast food, New York City style. Below that: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Alberta’s New Democratic Party government got a powerful boost from an unexpected quarter yesterday for its plan, which is controversial among certain well-heeled interest groups, ...

Alberta Politics: Will Canadian troops in Ukraine have to train radical Islamist volunteers said to be tied to ISIS?

PHOTOS: Defence Minister Jason Kenney explains who Canadian troops will train in Ukraine last fall. Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ukraine in 2010. Photos are from the CBC and the Prime Minister’s Office’s Flickr account. It’s been evident for several months now Ukraine has a problem with neo-Nazis, in particular battalions of “volunteers” who ...

Alberta Politics: The effort to engineer regime change in Greece could lead to a much bigger disaster

PHOTOS: Leaders of the Greek military government of 1967 to 1974. Is something similar waiting in the wings if the eurozone leadership’s effort to terrorize the Greeks into voting Yes to never-ending austerity fails today? Below: Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras, former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien and Nobel-Prize-winning American economist Paul Krugman. Recent Western ...

Cowichan Conversations: Pilger: Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger John Pilger’s thorough examination of fascism from the German Nazis Holocaust through to the US led attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo,Vietnam, and the sorry list goes on. Read about President Obama’s Tuesday ‘CIA’ kill list, the tie in with the evolution of US backed radical groups culminating in todays murderous ...

Alberta Diary: Advice to Canadian politicians and media: Proceed with caution on your support for Ukraine’s rebels

Anti-Government Ukrainians prepare to fight police in Kiev. Below: Rioters throw gasoline bombs at police in Ukraine; Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. (Wikimedia photos.) You can bet money that when trouble is brewing abroad things are always far more complicated than local enthusiasts for one side or the other make them out to be. Here ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Charles Campbell discusses Robert Reich’s work to highlight the importance of a fair and progressive tax system. And while Lawrence Martin is right to lament the systematic destruction of Canada’s public revenue streams under the Libs and Cons alike, his fatalistic view that nobody can stem the ...

Bill Longstaff: The New York Times bashes Canada’s science-bashing

Is it just my imagination or is Canada’s international reputation slipping into the sewer? The question seemed particularly pertinent this morning as I read an editorial in the New York Times Sunday Review entitled “Silencing Scientists.” I don’t have to tell you whose scientists they are referring to. It’s a short piece so I’ll include ...

Montreal Simon: The New York Times Goes After the Harper Regime

Uh oh. It looks like Stephen Harper has been exposed. He's been trying to fool the Americans into thinking he's a REAL environmentalist, so Obama will give him his precious Keystone pipeline. But being called a tongue biter, or a muzzler, by the New York Times, isn't going to help.Read more »

Bill Longstaff: McCain answers Putin—great stuff!

I love it—war with words rather than guns. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times laying out his views on international law and gently chiding Barack Obama for his “American exceptionalism.” Now John McCain, Senator from Arizona, has answered Putin in kind—and in spades. In the online ...

Bill Longstaff: Did Putin really write that?

I’ve always thought of Vladimir V. Putin as an amoral ex-KGB thug. And I still do. But I have to admit he wrote a rather progressive op-ed piece in the New York Times on Wednesday. Overlook a belittling of Syrians’ desire for democracy, a fudge about who used the poison gas and a gratuitous sermon ...

Politics and its Discontents: A True Gateway Drug

For those who believe in the virtues of unfettered capitalism, you might want to read up on how teens and pre-teens are now ingesting nicotine, many for the first time, thanks to the diabolical marketing of e-cigarettes to them. Available in flavours that include bubblegum, cherry and strawberry, the lure is proving irresistible to more ...

The Canadian Progressive: Immigrants: 70,000 People Tell The New York Times To Drop The I-Word [VIDEO]

  We recommend:New York Times reconsidering the term ‘illegal immigrant’Associated Press Ditches “Illegal Immigrant”. And A Lesson For Jason KenneyFukushima’s victims show why Harper must update nuclear liability lawCanada, immigration raids and deportations are not entertainment!Jason Kenney: Thank Me For Cutting Refugee Health Benefits The post Immigrants: 70,000 People Tell The New York Times To ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: New York Times reconsidering the term ‘illegal immigrant’

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  Last week, the Associated Press ditched the demeaning and exclusionary term “illegal immigrant”. Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in 2011, responded with: “It was inevitable. It was just a matter of time.” The New York Times called the […] The post New York ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Redford’s Keystone Ad in the New York Times: The St Patrick’s Day Blunder

So it’s come to this has it?  Premier Redford has officially abdicated responsibility for the Canadian natural resource strategy to her communications director, Stefan Baranski, who persuaded Ms Redford to place an ad in today’s New York Times.   The ad, entitled Keystone XL: The Choice of Reason, was meant to counter the Times “just ...

350 or bust: The Happiness Game

“The essence of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness is the peace and happiness of our people and the security and sovereignity of our nation” The Centre For Bhutan Studies, http://www.grossnationalhappiness.com There’s  not much good news for a climate activist these days, other than the awakening of indigenous people around the world as IdleNoMore goes ...

Alberta Diary: Paywalls: a real ‘fiscal cliff’ for a plunging news industry

You’d have to be as rich as these well-dressed young readers to manage multiple newspaper subscriptions online! Below: P.T. Barnum with Commodore Nutt, the well-known newspaper paywall technology entrepreneur. Warning: potential profits may be smaller than they appear in newspaper publishers’ rear-view mirrors. Beneath Barnum and Nutt: some comments from yesterday’s Globe and Mail story ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Christmas Story Reprinted Just Because

Merry Christmas Everyone!  I wanted to share this wonderful story that a friend sent to me this Christmas night.  It seems just right for anyone who cares for someone they love and seeks meaning in the experience.  I wish all my readers health, resilience, a strong sense of hope and optimism in the New Year. ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: How To Live Without Irony: Just Ask a Caregiver

VS A day or two ago, I was driving along the highway enroute to visit Nicholas, my young man who lives in a truly cozy and pleasant care home.  Nick is 24 and has severe cerebral palsy as well as a myriad of other complicated medical conditions.  He is blessed with fantastic nursing care to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Friedman on What Being Pro-Life Should Really Mean

Still convalescing from food-poisoning, I realized today that my re-entry into regular blogging will likely be slower than I had anticipated. Nonetheless, as the situation has permitted, I have been spending some time getting caught up in my newspaper reading, and would like to recommend a fine piece by Thomas Friedman entitled, Why I Am ...

In This Corner: Tuesday with the Sunday New York Times, all three pounds of it.

Did you know that you can get the Sunday New York Times delivered to your door for about $26 a month? Neither did I, until my dad pointed out an ad in the Globe and Mail with the offer. Anyway, dad suggested we give it a try for a while, so I have now entered ...

Alberta Diary: The Globe and Mail joins the cabin boys – deceitful blind quotes come to Canada

Aspiring to be a cabin boy to the big shots, an unnamed Globe and Mail reporter scans the horizon for news. Actual Globe reporters may not be as snappily dressed as illustrated, or willing to climb as high for a story. Below: Bob Garfield. The Globe and Mail wants to make us pay for this ...