Scripturient: The dystopian present

If there is one good thing to come out of the election of Donald Trump, it has been the renewed interest in a certain genre of literature. Sales of dystopian novels have skyrocketed on Amazon, in particular what might be called “The Big Three” of dystopian tales: George Orwell’s 1984, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – Susan Rosenthal on Capitalism

“As children, we count each birthday, eager to become adults so we can do what we want and make our own decisions. Once arrived, we discover that adult freedom is an illusion. Our childhood dreams of an exciting life are replaced with never-ending work and little to show for it. We feel like failures. What ...

Dead Wild Roses: What Happens in the Next Four Years is Up to You…

You know its bad when American Conservatives are up in arms. Filed under: Politics Tagged: Conservatives Against Trump, David Frum, Informative Vids, US Politics

politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: free speech and fair play

I’ve been fascinated by discussions of free speech recently. Now even a right-wing American group has decided to uninvite a horrid right-wing troll from speaking at their event. The topic of his speech was supposed free speech and how the left is trying to curtail it, but apparently since it has come out that he ...

Politics Canada: America, can you not tell your president is ill?

Donald J Trump is a sick man. He is suffering, tortured, obsessed and day by day drifting farther and farther from reality and sanity.  

The Common Sense Canadian: Trumplandia vs. Clarklandia: How BC stands to lose on LNG, lumber and trade

Part one in a series by Kevin Logan February 17th 2017 As the faux populist facade fades and the new reality show “Trumplandia” begins to emerge from the ruins of the Democratic elite’s embrace of hedge funds and wall street masters, one thing is crystal clear: Big oil and gas is now in the driver’s ...

The Political Road Map: The Religious Left – Mathew 22:21

It is the evening of Thursday February 16th and at midnight I will begin the celebration of my 3rd decade on this planet. While I look to the future with caution, I cannot help but look toward the past and see how much I have changed along with my surroundings. The Religious Right is a ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s Not Been A Great Week

@CBCSask It's a spectacular failure for @SUMA_amplify to denounce the federal solution, while providing no alternative plan. — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 14, 2017 https://t.co/4fRVzIa6U7It won't get better soon.#Drumph — Saskboy (@saskboy) February 14, 2017 Parking extension in 2017. Extension of safe cycling infrastructure? $0. #YQRcc https://t.co/WgCCI7TfX0 — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 14, 2017

The Common Sense Canadian: Note to Justin: Pipelines don’t help transition to green economy

Photo: Canada2020 / Flickr When Justin Trudeau talks of oil pipeline projects as part of an energy transition, what exactly is he talking about? That we will be on the path to reducing our dependency on fossil fuels by increasing our oil dependency in the short term? And that by immaculate conception we will reduce ...

Eh Types: O’Leary Can’t Lead The Conservatives, And They Know It

When the Conservative party elects a new leader, it will be an important decision for the party’s future. Should the membership decide that reality TV star Kevin O’Leary is the best choice to carry the party forward, they will have to contend with the party’s own past. Attack ads against O’Leary have already been written, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Canada’s Flirtation with Proportional Representation – PM – “Just Say No”.

    It would be nice if our political class would make the effort to look like they give a damn about breaking their promises to the electorate.  Assigning inexperienced junior ministers to such an important issue, combined with a milquetoast online survey  is setting up the entire process for failure.  And of course, surprise of ...

Dead Wild Roses: On The Recent American Election

Filed under: Politics Tagged: American Poltics, Democratic Duties, Participating in Democracy, Voting

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: BC Green candidate Lia Versaevel brings a lot to the table

MLA candidate for Nanaimo-North Cowichan Lia Versaevel (photo: BC Green Party) This coming election, May 9, is the most unsatisfactory one I can remember since, perhaps, 1952,  when the old Coalition broke up. Most people I talk to throw up their hands, saying such a terrible choice – a corrupt, cheating, lying, government and an ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Gets Support From Postmedia & CBC For “Doing Right Thing”

“rather than the politicians trying to do the right thing“ You’ve evidence that Wall is trying to now do the right thing, and not cynically trying to get out in front of an issue to which public opinion has turned against his view of only a year ago? Wall pays enough hacks that he doesn’t ...

Politics Canada: Betrayal of electoral perform promise endangers us all

I can’t believe a small part of me actually believed it was possible that our wonky, undemocratic and downright dangerous electoral system would be replaced by Justin Trudeau and his band of smiling hacks. The government announced it was abandoning one of its main election promises.  A promise spoke in no uncertain terms: “2015 would be ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: BC Liberals taking heavy fire, but NDP need to pour on the gasoline

BCNDP Leader John Horgan (Flickr/BCNDP) and Premier Christy Clark (Flickr/Province of BC) It’s not easy to write an article on politics in the quiet backwater of British Columbia in light of the tragedy in Quebec. I’m going to make this, then, a doubleheader.  This past weekend, the initial story, of course, was all President Trump as ...

The Political Road Map: 3 Reasons to Not Punch a Nazi

Lately, I have kept my distance from the American election and much of the ongoing affairs in Canadian politics as well. With work being busy and life equally as busy, it has been hard to follow every aspect of current political affairs, while dedicating the sufficient time needed to complete my personal goals, so let ...

Eh Types: How Canadians Can Resist Trump

The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency was not at all what many expected — it was considerably worse. Following his election, many found solace in the idea that a serial liar like Trump was unlikely to fulfill the many ugly promises he made. His border wall and Muslim ban were no more likely to ...

cmkl: Outrage and shame over Québec City shooting

There is a meme going round the internet for a couple of years now showing the faces of several American terrorists — the white man who opened fire on the audience of a Batman movie. The white man who opened fire on Sandy Hook. The white man who opened fire on a Black Baptist Church. ...

Dead Wild Roses: My New Favourite Journalist – Caitlin Johnstone

  Much has happened in the world in the past few months. Especially since November 8, when the “left” or the “progressives” in the USA and indeed the world have been crapping their pants about some orange skinned person with homunculus like hands winning the seat of most powerful person in the world. While as concerning ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: American ban on refugees is a crisis Canada must help solve

Dear Minister Goodale: Please help refugees stranded by the illegal and immoral Republican ban on Muslim people going to the United States. You could grant access to Canada for any family that had already been granted an American Visa which was subsequently cancelled yesterday by the Republicans. This is an international humanitarian crisis, and I ...

The Common Sense Canadian: How rich elites took over BC…and the Liberals welcomed them

Imperial Metals’ Murray Edwards, Real Estate magnate Bob Rennie and Kinder Morgan’s Ian Anderson The following is re-published with permission from author Roy Hales and The Eco-Report. It’s been a fortnight since the New York Times carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News: If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Liberal pals plundering BC Hydro for tens of Billions

By Norm Farrell Until the mid-twentieth century, much of British Columbia lacked reliable and affordable electricity. To resolve the privation, W.A.C. Bennett created BC Hydro, a publicly owned utility. The province’s leader acted because the private sector had refused to meet growing needs for electricity. Unlike less effective successors, Premier Bennett was a pragmatist, not ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SK Government Response Too Slow

“”The secrecy around pipeline spills in Saskatchewan is astonishing,” said Keith Stewart, head of Greenpeace Canada’s climate and energy campaign, in an email on Tuesday. “First the government waits three days to announce it, then the company will neither confirm nor deny that it’s their oil. More worrisome, however, is that once again pipeline spill ...

Scripturient: Auden, Trump and poetry

There’s a poem by W. H. Auden (1907-73) going the internet rounds these days with suggestions of Auden’s prescience towards the latest American president and contemporary politics. It’s a powerful piece, but the bad news for conspiracy theorists is that Auden was a poet, not a prophet. A good poet, even a great poet, mind ...