Events in Ferguson, MO this past week have been deeply disturbing, if not downright distressing. I don’t particularly need to recount them in any detail.
Precisely what happened, and who thought what is no longer even relevant. In the public perception, a white police officer has gunned down an unarmed black youth in cold blood. Talk about a trifecta of cultural currents that a prominent in the social malaise that is the southern US. Racism, gun violence, youth crime all rolled into one little ball.
To say that the police and other civic decision makers in Ferguson have handled this (Read more…)
What else is there for a genuine, honest to God-Fearin’, Warfare State? Once you’ve militarized your economy, militarized your foreign policy, militarized your society with M-16s under every other bed, why would you not militarize your law enforcement agencies? What is that beyond a sign of progress toward the evolution of illiberal democracy, nascent oligarchy as prescribed by the ascent of corporatist rule?
Ferguson, Missouri is not an aberration. It’s no fluke. That’s what they tell you but it’s not true. It’s a calculated atrocity that lies in wait in any number of hot spots (Read more…)
So, Harper wants to connect the CRA with the RCMP. Chantal Bernier, Canada’s interim privacy commissioner, says she is concerned by the government’s proposal to allow Canada Revenue Agency officials to voluntarily hand over taxpayer information to police if they have reason to believe such information is evidence of a crime.
In her testimony before the House finance committee on Wednesday, Bernier urged the committee to properly demonstrate that information sharing between auditors and law enforcement is needed.
“That is exceptional and therefore should be buttressed by an empirical demonstration of necessity,” she said.
The proposal, which (Read more…)
He seeks total control. His dark world is full of enemies and he must know them ALL.His slogan is "Knowledge is Power, Ignorance is Strength. Where he knows everything about us, but we don't know anything about him.He's building a massive security apparatus, he's been trying to violate our privacy for YEARS.And threatening us if we don't surrender…
So I suppose we shouldn't be surprised to discover him with his pants down creeping out our social media. Read more »
He has committed so many crimes against Canada and his values it's hard to list them all, let alone categorize them. But without a doubt his worst crime is his never-ending assault on our democracy.And in that regard nothing he has done is as sinister as his plan to suppress the vote with his new so-called Fair Elections Act.For what makes it so sinister is that it is so deliberate, and it is leading us into dangerous territory.Read more »
We know where it comes from, the diseased mind of Great Ugly Leader himself. We know what his filthy Cons have done to our country.But what more can you say about a government whose essence is personal cruelty?Read more »
Ever since he came to power he has been stealthily gnawing away at the fabric of our country.Waiting until we are asleep, or distracted, to gobble up another little bleeding chunk of what was once Canada.But what Stephen Harper has done in just the last week, is now threatening to kill our democracy.Read more »
The revelation this week that CSEC has the capability to monitor the movements of Canadians simply by gathering some metadata from the traffic that goes by on public networks raises a lot of interesting questions that are worth discussing.
In an e-mail conversation on the matter, the following question was raised:
And I see that in a debate in the House today Nicholson (Defence) says that the documents don't support that Canadians were targeted. But if WIFI generally is being monitored how can Canadians avoid not being targeted?
It's a good and legitimate question. One that I wish had (Read more…)
You've just got back to Canada. You have some time to kill before your connecting flight.You whip out your mobile phone to check out the web, using the airport's free Wi-Fi.Only to have Big Brother start following you around.Welcome to Harperland. Read more »
As if it couldn’t get any worse, the ridiculous paranoia of the Harper regime has surfaced once more in the wake of a sneaky, but peaceful protest in BC. Senator Runciman wants a law so that protests like this can’t happen again.
“People who sneak into these kinds of events, using phony ID, impersonate others, or conspire with others to do the same, should face indictable offences with serious fines and/or imprisonment,” said Senator Runciman in a written statement sent to the parliamentary press gallery.
“The decision not to charge two individuals who impersonated wait staff, avoided RCMP security (Read more…)
“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those […]
Normally the sight of the moon rising over Mount Royal on a beautiful cloudless night would make me whoop with joy at the thought that I had finally escaped from Harperland. If only for a few precious moments. Or smile at the sight of the Muslim crescent and the Christian cross sharing the mountain, after the way the hideously flawed PQ Charter of Values has divided the province.But somehow last night I found myself shivering in the cool night air, staring up at the inky darkness, and wondering again where Stephen Harper is taking this country.Because this rings hollow. (Read more…)
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I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big […]
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky […]
If I were asked what I felt were the top priorities facing human beings today, in the 21st century, I would have to say there are four that top the list, in my mind. 1. Halt the global corporate coup. Defeat the corporate war on democracy, which is now escalating daily, and take democracy back. […]
He is, after his depraved leader, the most brutish Con of them all.A religious bigot, a ghastly hypocrite, a political thug who has spent a lifetime attacking judges, and jailing Canadians.For he cannot jail enough of them. Or violate our liberties enough. And now he's out of control. Read more »
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Well now we know how desperate he is to destroy Justin Trudeau.Now we know how far he will go to use the government of Canada against his opponents.And turn Canada into a police state. Now we know how in pursuit of all of the above, he would play politics with terror. Read more »
It's a scene that keeps repeating itself in the streets of Montreal.A few hundred demonstrators set out on a peaceful march to protest against a totalitarian by-law limiting freedom of assembly.Only to be kettled by the riot squad, and then arrested. Like they were again this weekend.Read more »
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever. – George Orwell
As always, the writer had exceptional clarity about where Western society was headed.
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We know them as the silent killers of the Great War on Terror.For years they have been killing Al Qaeda terrorists, and hundreds of innocent people, in places like Yemen and Afghanistan.Now the deadly birds are coming home to roost, and if we're not careful we too could end up with no place to hide.And living in a police state.Read more »
During the Quebec student protests against the tuition hikes, members of the press came under attack by the SPVM (Montreal Police). This video aims to raise the issue of press freedom in face of suppressive and brutal tactics by the SPVM to deny access of coverage to members of the media. The Canadian Progressive recommends: READ MORE
During my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, a prominent opposition MP told me hunger protests weren’t part of the process of democratic engagement in Canada. I was shocked and disappointed. First, during our conversation on the steps leading to the READ MORE