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Alberta Politics: Give some credit to Jerry Bance for improving the quality of Conservative public discourse

ILLUSTRATIONS: Is it time to give Jerry Bance a break? After all, he’s raised the tone of Conservative discourse in Toronto, and raised our national profile abroad. (Image grabbed from the CBC, just as Mr. Bance reaches for the cup.) Below: Mr. Bance in happier times, with both his hands where you can see them; . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Give some credit to Jerry Bance for improving the quality of Conservative public discourse

Politics and its Discontents: Putting A Face On Minimum-Wage Poverty

Last evening I watched a fascinating documentary on PBS’ Nature* about the black crested macaque, a monkey that is endemic to rainforests in Indonesia, which includes the island of Sulawesi. The monkeys are a badly endangered species whose numbers have dropped 90% over the last 25 years thanks to hunters who sell them as . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Putting A Face On Minimum-Wage Poverty

LeDaro: Mitt Romney Vs. Big Bird

Mitt Romney said during last night’s debate ( October 3, 2012):

“I love Big Bird. I actually like you too,” he said to PBS moderator Jim Lehrer, “but I’m going to stop borrowing money from China to pay for things we don’t need.”

Big Bird Tweeted:“Look what Mitt Romney has done to me… twitpic.com/b0syqt”

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Politics and its Discontents: The World We Are Willfully Destroying

Last year, I wrote a post on the power of the documentary. In it, I discussed how a good nature documentary can very powerfully help us to see both the wonders of the world and how we are destroying that world.

Last night I watched the show Nature on PBS. The particular episode, called . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The World We Are Willfully Destroying