mark a rayner: The side benefits of coulrophobia

Alltop is afraid of skin tanner. Chart by Indexed.

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Joy of Victory; Disappointment of Defeat

I’m a member, donor and supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada and I’m on the board of the local Liberal riding association. I also volunteered many hours of grunt work to the election campaign of the Toronto Centre (my home riding) Liberal candidate, Bill Morneau. I didn’t put in as many hours as some ...

LeDaro: Robot kills autoworker at Volkswagen plant in Germany

I watched an hour long documentary on robots on CBC. It is amazing how advanced robots are becoming. Then I read a story where a robot killed an autoworker at Volkswagen plant in Germany. Although this was considered a human error but imagine if humans are able to produce robots who can think and have ...

Left Over: A California Cautionary Tale…Served Dry

Drought-ravaged L.A. looking to ‘sponge up’ every bit of rainwater New storm drains built to let rainwater ‘piddle out’ into soil, $1B emergency plan to add more By Kim Brunhuber, CBC News Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4:39 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 20, 2015 10:20 PM ET   Having grown up in SoCal, I can attest ...

ParliamANT Hill: Ex-dominAntrix vows ‘information’ on politiciAnts if prostitution bill passes

Inspired by this headline:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/terri-jean-bedford-kicked-out-of-prostitution-bill-hearing-1.2761325

Cowichan Conversations: Jessica Ernst Exposes Drilling and Fracking Crimes in Alberta

Left Over: The Veil of Oppression?

Hair is the western woman’s veil The west is fixated on Muslim veils, but all women’s hair is bound in ideals of femininity, and a source of male judgment Arwa Mahdawi theguardian.com, Friday 10 January 2014 15.23 GMT Give me a head with hair Long beautiful hair Shining streamin’ steamin’ Flaxen waxen Give me it down ...

LeDaro: Politicians and their capabilities

calgaryliberal.com: Budget 2013: Petty Politics in the PCs

The Conservatives, in a grand act of pettiness, have punted the Canadian Taxpayers Federation from the budget lockup on the 7th. It is likely in response to the organization holding the government’s feet to the fire. The budget lockup is a long tradition of the province that invites politicians from the opposition benches, the media, and ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: Would you ever consider running for public office?

Your politicians disgust me. They pander to the lowest common denominator. They lie. They’re corrupt. They are vile, low creatures, worse than a Tregladian Bladder Beast, or even that fuzzy purple stuff you see growing all over dead things on … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: Another Reason To Be Cynical About The MSM

The implications of this are truly and deeply frightening. Recommend this Post

CalgaryLiberal: A Merger That’ll Never Happen

The left in the province of Alberta will never merge. There are four core reasons for this to be the case. Firstly, the NDP is directly tied, through its organization, its employees (many of whom who work for the federal NDP as well), and other means, cannot get the nod for merger from Ottawa. This ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: How politicians explain the stock market

The stock market — also known as the greed-fear cycle. Alltop prefers the lust-sloth cycle.

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-01-12 01:35:00

CANADIAN LABOUR NEWFOUNDLAND: TROUBLE IN PARADISE It is a very old story out in Newfoundland way. Fish processing companies come and go, opening, closing and reopening elsewhere. All, of course, to keep labour costs as low as possible no matter what the effect on local communities. The Ocean Choice International company is cut from the ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-01-11 01:42:00

CANADIAN POLITICS QUÉBEC: POLITICIANS LEAD CHARGE AGAINST PENSIONS IN QUÉBEC: It seems that in almost all countries there is a concerted effort to deny workers the pension benefits that they have worked and struggled for. Canada is, of course, no different, and the following open letter from the Canadian Union Of Public Employees (CUPE) speaks ...

CalgaryLiberal: A Post-Jack NDP: If the NDP were a stock I’d be shorting them

Jack Layton, long time NDP leader, died on August 22nd. He brought the NDP from 13 seats and 8.9% of the vote under Alexa McDonough to his stupendous 2011 results of 103 seats and 30.63% of the vote. He pulled the party from a million Canadians voting for him to four-and-a-half million. And it was ...

Canadian Progressive World: Double Standards And Chauvinism In The Nycole Turmel Affair

For over a week now, politicians, the media and pundits have relentlessly sniped interim NDP leader Nycole Turmel for her past association with the Bloc Quebecois. To them, it’s not enough Turmel canceled her membership with the Quebec separatist party in January before registering to run for the New Democrats. That the rookie MP for ...

Art Threat: A left-leaning take on political portraits – Michael Caines’ depictions of US leaders are sincere yet ridiculous

Karl Rove is a baby. Or, at least the Karl Rove of Michael Caines’ art collection Perfect Happiness is. In one painting Rove’s bulbous forehead peeks out from under a bonnet, while a smiling Ronald Reagan, depicted in a blue frock and enormous hat, holds on to Rove’s tiny body like a proud mother. “I ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Rant For Canada

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ottawa’s Green Bin Program – Time for City Council to Lead

An Open Letter to Ottawa City Council and Residents RE: Residential Solid Waste Service Level Review RecommendationsThis open letter is being posted on my blog, The Fifth Column ( http://the5thc.blogspot.com/ ) and being sent via email to the the following city councillors:Jim.Watson@ottawa.caAllan.Hubley@ottawa.caMarianne.Wilkinson@ottawa.caDavid.Chernushenko@ottawa.caThere is a time for politicians to follow and a time for politicians to ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-04-03 15:52:00

CANADIAN POLITICS WINNIPEG: HARPER ESCAPES RIDICULE BY THE SKIN OF HIS TEETH: Here it was last Tuesday, and Molly was zipping along the roads of Winnipeg dodging the spring crop of Grand Canyon sized potholes. It was local news time on the radio, and one item caught my interest, even more than the ever deceptive ...