One of the not-so-solemn duties of the blogosphere is to hold the Main Stream Media in check when they go a little astray. I’m not sure if I should hold Andrew Coyne’s hand as I walk him back to where he was a week ago, or if I should slap it for being caught in the Conservatives’ propagand acookie jar. Mmmm, raisins.
Here’s where Coyne was last week:
.@acoyne: We’ve grown used to seeing prime ministers sealed inside an impenetrable bubble, but a whole party? ow.ly/qs0nR #CPC13— canada.com (@thecanadacom) November 04, 2013
Here he was (Read more…)
…Or that might be what the usually compliant and forgiving media would say if they hadn’t been pissed off about being locked out of policy meetings at the Conservative Convention last weekend in Calgary.
the weird, unsettling vibe that hung over the whole event. (We’ve grown used to seeing prime ministers sealed inside an impenetrable bubble, but a whole party?) That reporters were constrained from doing their jobs is perhaps a side issue. But that a democratic political party, at its national convention, would go to such lengths to hide from public view is just a bit creepy.
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The Independent got a black eye today from a former editor who shamelessly confessed to being an authoritarian.
Blackhurst, in explaining why he would never have allowed his newspaper to publish any of the documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, actually wrote:
If the security services insist something is contrary to the public interest, and might harm their operations, who am I (despite my grounding from Watergate onwards) to disbelieve them?”
Most people, let alone journalists, would be far too embarrassed to admit they harbor such subservient, obsequious sentiments.
Greenwald sums up:
But it does still surprise me when (Read more…)
Ten years ago, SaskPower was spending money to promote education about Climate Change.
The poster contest is an important component of our efforts to educate the public about the climate change issue. There are increasing concerns that human activity – such as the burning of coal and other fossil fuels to generate electricity – contributes to climate change, which has been associated with increased risk of droughts, heat waves and storms.
Yet a decade later its CEO and President, Robert Watson, has written the Star Phoenix dismissing a good question from a Saskatoon Community Wind representative, James Glennie, to meaningfully (Read more…)
Need to visualize the amount of heat trapped due to the greenhouse effect enhanced by excessive carbon dioxide levels. By raising carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s air, the land, ice, and oceans are warming significantly, even during the last 15 years when climate change deniers attempt to claim there hasn’t been any warming and thus their incorrect point is that there is no global warming.
That’s nearly 2 billion atomic bomb detonations worth of heat accumulating in the Earth’s climate system since 1998, when we’re told global warming supposedly ‘paused’.
From SMH (A serious Australian newspaper):
Mr Cook said (Read more…)
It’s unfortunate that it’s taken over 2 years for the RCMP to dig into Conservative election records. We desperately need some authority to enforce election laws, because not paying a bill to make it seem as if a spending limit isn’t exceeded, is two kinds of crime.
CPC MP's defence for why campaign did not actually overspend: "We never paid the bill". Cripes. cbc.ca/news/politics/… #cdnpoli— Kevin O'Donnell (@ODonnell_K) June 18, 2013
Harper’s corrupted the PMO past the point even Chretien did, and it’s only a partisan, censoring, Conservative relations machine.
When the PMO wasn’t busy cutting a (Read more…)
Technology and civil liberty experts knew PRISM was a very real possibility. I knew, and wrote about it last August. The National Security Agency (NSA) (star bad guy org. in the Will Smith movie Enemy of the State) has been collecting domestic Americans’ phone and Internet records since at least 2007. This activity is a clear violation of the American Constitution, and was overseen by Bush II, Obama, Al Franken, and other high level leaders who’ve betrayed the trust of Americans and broken the law.
A WARNING: The U.S. is undergoing a "calamitous collapse in the rule of (Read more…)
If you don’t care who gets the credit for something, you can accomplish more. That works in both directions. You can pass an idea along without asking for anything in return, or someone can steal an idea and not give desired credit.
@JohnKleinRegina thanks! didn't know about this … will make amend— marc weisblott (@scroll) June 04, 2013
When asked whose idea it was, representatives from the Pennsylvania snack-maker cited James S. Herr — who founded the company in 1946 and died in April 2012 — was fond of quoting President Harry Truman, even if he probably didn’t (Read more…)
John Gormley attempts to sing a lullaby; Mixes up the words.
[L]eave us alone to reconnect with life and keep the warmth coming. And get back to us when you’ve fired some Senators and Toronto is done. [...] advice is neatly summarized in Seven Things You Need to Stop Doing Every Day.
The don’ts include worrying about the wrong people instead of focusing on those in our lives who truly matter, and directing our attention and worry to the future instead of staying in the present and cherishing the time we have now. [...] The lines I (Read more…)
“We depend too much on coal” — @MayorMandel #p2syyc; glad someone said that too— Chris Turner (@theturner) May 29, 2013
.@MMandryk IEA says we have ~3 years left (worldwide) to stop building coal power to avoid 450ppm. SaskParty renewables investment is poor.— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) May 29, 2013
The Leader-Post may be giving kudos to the Sask Party’s singular focus on Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), but I won’t be. The primary reason CCS (clean coal) is getting so much Conservative and Sask Party government funding, is because it’s a hidden subsidy to the oil (Read more…)
The Federal Court found there was fraud in the 2011 federal election (duh), but decided the irregularities were not enough to justify calling byelections to let a fair election play out in each of the six challenged ridings.
Six contested election results stand but Federal Court finds evidence of robocalls fraud in 2011 election. Story soon.— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) May 23, 2013
UPDATE I: The court by ruling there was a “concerted campaign” to defraud voters, has decided the Members of Parliament for those cheated out of a fair election. Votes have been denied to (Read more…)
The problem with how Sweden, the UK, and the United States have been treating Julian Assange of Wikileaks, has dragged on for years. It’s left the foremost journalist in the world stuck in a London apartment building that houses the Ecuadorian Embassy where Assange is trapped as a political prisoner. He sought asylum from the Swedish extradition order, and Ecuador granted him that request. Assange’s home country of Australia has sided with the United States in wanting him imprisoned and taken offline, because they’ve failed to negotiate his safe return to Australia or Ecuador where he could be free.
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The Conservative government is out of control. The Guardian UK newspaper confirms what environmentalists have already suspected (since the Conservatives have openly accused them previously): This Conservative government regards environmentalists as a threat to national security. It’s offensive, absurd, and an extreme step into authoritarian police-state behaviour.
-(UofR image, to keep this blog post from appearing boring.)
“We’re aware of this” said Greenpeace Canada’s executive director Bruce Cox, who met the head of the RCMP last year. “We’re an outspoken voice for non-violence and this was made clear to the RCMP,” Cox said.
He said there was real anger
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The comments sections on some newspapers and online news sites can be infamously bad. The Calgary Herald’s commenters, many of them frequent enough to be “top commenters”, put on a despicable display today. Chief Spence ended her hunger strike, and was hospitalized as a precaution because she’s been without proper nutrition for six weeks. Obviously such a drastic diet, with the purpose of forcing an emotional outpouring of support for political ends, is not healthy.
Mike Neumeier · Top Commenter Look at her, there’s no way she was on a liquid-only diet – stop lying already. I’m pretty sure I
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I haven’t encountered a Kelly McParland article that I can say I agree with. His latest, about Elizabeth May’s attempt to subvert the stalemate in Parliament amongst the opposition parties, is missing the point. May isn’t just out to help the Green Party, which of course is a given, despite McParland’s ridiculous claim that he’s revealed a dastardly, secret trap that the NDP or Liberals could fall into. May’s insistence that she’s putting the country before partisanship isn’t hot air, she’s attempting to win the next election using co-operation. Co-operation was not tried on a grand enough scale the last
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Elections Canada may be allowing the Conservative Party to set the glacial pace of the criminal investigation across Canada into illegal election robocalls that misdirected and harassed electors. May be? Who are we kidding. It’s well past 600 days since the crime that calls into question the right of the Conservatives to represent our country, and Elections Canada investigators are moving so slowly that newspapers are announcing their next move before they bring suspects in for questioning.
The full audio of a clip previously available in a CBC story, is posted in the latest from the Citizen.
The message captured
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I missed this Rap News from last May. You won’t want to miss it. If it’s confusing though, you’ve got fifty minutes of documentary catch-up, plus some news footnotes to follow up on. Plus, it helps if you’ve seen Star Wars. If this is all greek/geek to you, it’s a good thing you’re reading my blog, you’ll be up to speed in ‘know time’.
I love that Hrafnsson’s daughter commented on the video. [Strange she missed an 's' in the name though ]
Wikileaks: “A little group of activists…” – Julian Assange
“The doctors haven’t actually examined Ms. Spence. They seem more like political cheerleaders with medical-school degrees.” (fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/01/04/barbara-kay-on-theresa-spence-you-call-that-a-hunger-strike)
But Barbara Kay has examined Chief Spence? She questions the seriousness of the Chief because her hunger strike includes no solid food for 25 days, but has some nutrients suspended in water? No, Kay has no medical degree, or first hand inspection of the Chief.
Then, it gets worse: “Meanwhile, she may actually end up doing her body a favour.”
This is the kind of shitty, racist, unhealthy, Government-defending editorial section we get when Conservatives own newspapers. I didn’t
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I can’t simply make a fun Star Trek related blog post, I have to tie it into the Canadian political discourse also. So, here we go.
Ottawa Citizen reporter, Glen McGregor came up with a manifesto to guide modern journalism. He’s seen journalism fall prey to some ridiculous habits, like commenting on the tweets of celebrities as if they are newsworthy. It’s hard to deny that celebrity tweets are amusing, but they are rarely “newsworthy”. Journalists, in newspapers, should stick to roughly the guidelines in Glen’s #cdnpoli Dogme95.
A few days ago I posted a video of the International Space
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The Conservatives have had a (deservedly) rough week, and it’s about to get more rough next week. The Council of Canadians’ court challenge is Monday. The Prime Minister closed out the final news cycle hour this week by actually taking questions from the press, (which has hardly ever happened before). The Conservatives procedural pushed a public petition calling for a Royal Commission inquiry into Robocalls, to next week. Will they prorogue first?
.@impolitical Yeah, this from a PM who had a convicted fraud, Bruce Carson, advising him on oil matters. @pmoharper #cdnpoli #nexen— Saskboy
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There’ve been several Canadian media organizations investigating the RoboCon election fraud scandal linked to the Conservative Party. In February, Postmedia broke the story by tying the many localized reports of misleading phonecalls together by unleashing details of the mysterious Pierre Poutine alias. At that time they also reported there were emails from Elections Canada staff [...] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: CBC vs. Postmedia vs. Elections Canada #RoboCon
The Financial Post is the stupid-wing of the National Post. The NatPo manages to publish some actual news, while the Financial Post publishes misinformation that is there simply to anger and confuse people. That’s why I’m angry about their latest hyping of a stunt by climate change deniers like Tim Ball. (http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/11/29/open-climate-letter-to-un-secretary-general-current-scientific-knowledge-does-not-substantiate-ban-ki-moon-assertions-on-weather-and-climate-say-125-scientists/) This came on [...] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Financial Post = Zombie Host
If politicians don’t start being a little more brutally honest about some well established facts, and how they endanger life, then expect them to support laws that endanger us all. For instance, if our POS Environment Minister Peter Kent hadn’t made a habit of lying about the danger of climate change, then I wouldn’t be [...] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Honesty In Politics: Punished, With Good Reason?
Today I’ve had a bit of a back and forth discussion with a National Post editor and columnist who figures it’s not strange to base a prediction on the Conservatives’ electoral chances in 2015 on an economic forecast given recently by Jim Flaherty. I indignantly pointed out that the Conservative Party of Canada should be [...] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Up In Smoke #RoboCon