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In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 5: The trial of Jian Who, and Trump is trumped

The Iowa caucuses were held on Monday, and the picture for both parties is now crystal clear — I can say without fear of contradiction that Martin O’Malley will NOT win the Democratic nomination. O’Malley was running for the Democratic nomination, apparently. When the votes were tallied, the former governor of some state — no […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 5: The trial of Jian Who, and Trump is trumped

Babel-on-the-Bay: Minister Monsef ‘s measure.

How would you like to have a job based on proving your boss is right? It seems the same as Canada’s Fraser Institute that is always commissioning studies designed to prove the Institute’s right-wing theories. Now we have a cabinet minister trying to implement her leader’s campaign promise that Canadians will never again use first-past-the-post […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Minister Monsef ‘s measure.

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Shame on Premier Clark for playing Site C politics at Bill Bennett’s funeral

Rafe Mair calls out BC Premier Christy Clark for shameless politicking over Site C Dam at Bill Bennett’s funeral and for dismissing LNG opponents as “the forces of ‘No’”

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Scripturient: De Officiis: Cicero on Political Obligations

No phase of life, whether public or private, whether in business or in the home, whether one is working on what concerns oneself alone or dealing with another, can be without its moral duty; on the discharge of such duties depends all that is morally r… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: De Officiis: Cicero on Political Obligations

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Assange Illegally Detained by UK Police

The London police force has wasted millions of pounds on detaining Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy for years. UN group reportedly backs Julian Assange 'unlawful detention' claim https://t.co/vgeXcKVWHl pic.twitter.com/5ziSJwBdpC — Wired UK (@WiredUK) February 4, 2016 The UN finding in favor of Julian Assange shows what many of us have already known. The UK must […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Assange Illegally Detained by UK Police

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Failed to Protect Privacy

The Liberals record? Not much better. “I can’t answer the question about the former government, what their reasons were,” said Sajjan, also noting he does not believe any of the metadata inadvertently shared could have ended up in the hands of any countries beyond the Five Eyes. BREAKING: #CSE suspends #metadata sharing with int'l partners […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Failed to Protect Privacy

A. Picazo: Undignified Death

This column ran in The National Post on January 20, 2016. The Supreme Court hearing that granted the Liberals a four-month extension to review assisted-dying legislation last week brought out the usual coterie of critics, many of them religious. We are… . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Undignified Death

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 4: The Iowa caucuses explained … sort of

After 15,723 polls, 787,252 hours of TV time, and 254 billion words written (all numbers estimates), the election process to choose the next President of the United States begins in earnest on Monday. If you’ve only been paying fleeting attention, you may well be saying, “What, Donald Trump isn’t president yet?” Well, no, he’s not, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 4: The Iowa caucuses explained … sort of

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: End Energy East

This is also how I feel about Energy East and similar pipeline projects. In the national discussion about our energy and transportation network future, if you don’t put chemistry before a constructed economy, the economy will fail. Comedian @mescottvrooman destroys Rick Mercer's Energy East rant https://t.co/SoKH1hxFab via @NatObserver — Jenny Uechi (@UechiVO) January 28, 2016 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: End Energy East

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

For ages now Canadians have been conditioned to accept that we “need” more pipelines to move more oil. Otherwise we’ll continue to exhaust train crews and have bombtrains in every town. Canadian oil production to keep rising even if pipelines not approved: National Energy Board https://t.co/Sa4Me2FjDR #business — Regina Leader Post (@leaderpost) January 27, 2016 […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Looking Back At the Conservatives’ Campaign

I wrote this on October 1, 2015, but never finished it: Let’s examine the Conservative’s campaign thus far: It began with them showing ads where men are being drowned, as an example of how they’ll protect us, but no one else will. In the middle it had one of their candidates quit for being caught […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Looking Back At the Conservatives’ Campaign

Writings of J. Todd Ring: “Liberals” bash Bernie, get Berned

Advisory: Adult language warning, adult conversation – not for children or those who watch FOX or CNN: The whores to corporate America, the political and media prostitutes, including Bill Clinton and Paul Krugman, are coming out with guns a-blazi… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: “Liberals” bash Bernie, get Berned

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Shell-Shock: A novel by installments

Here is an unconventional move. I am considering publishing a novel by installments. This has been done in the past, but is not the current norm. But I am not sure if it has been done while the novel is still in the process of being written. That would… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Shell-Shock: A novel by installments

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Blessed be the gadflies

Metaphorically speaking, and only with regard to issues of the greatest importance, I wholeheartedly agree: “When confronting your enemy, go for the jugular, and never back down.” – Alexander Cockburn (A journalist with a rare quality… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Blessed be the gadflies

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Confronting Evil: Not with a bang, but a whimper? Neither, I say

Yes, it is best to be cordial, courteous, friendly and respectful, and to avoid harsh words and harsh speech, generally speaking. But when it comes to confronting power, when it comes to addressing the power elite and their willing vassals, servants, p… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Confronting Evil: Not with a bang, but a whimper? Neither, I say

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: The backlash is on – surprise, surprise!

Bernie Sanders was effectively silenced and blacked out of the media, by and large, for a long time, until he became too popular and too prominent to ignore. Now, the only candidate who is not a Wall Street hireling, hack or shill, the only candidate w… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: The backlash is on – surprise, surprise!

Dead Wild Roses: The Energy East Pipeline to Nowhere – Tarsands Puppet Brian Jean has a Sad.

Progress in the laying of plans for Canada’s build-your-own-envirnomental-disaster have hit a snag. The people’s land that we want to endanger are saying no way, and no how. Pretty rude considering that one of our more outspoken Premier’s comments ,“Let those Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.” Oh Ralph, how we miss those straight talkn’, […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Energy East Pipeline to Nowhere – Tarsands Puppet Brian Jean has a Sad.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Rona Ambrose – Smoke From The Ears

Anyone else smell pants burning? Maybe it’s something else. Hold on, you’re about to get whiplash. I guess having an empty head is a biological advantage since your brain doesn’t rattle around when you change direction this quickly. Not even Google can keep up with her position. “June 11, 2015 10:19PM EDT Health Minister Rona […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Rona Ambrose – Smoke From The Ears

The Common Sense Canadian: Reductio ad absurdum: Why we environmentalists are missing the boat with sham hearings, technical arguments

Technical arguments and sham hearings on the merits and risks of pipelines and tankers miss the point, argues Rafe Mair.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau To Rush A Billion Dollars to Wall and Notley

The government is in talks to quickly allocate $1 billion for infrastructure projects in the two provinces — money earmarked by the previous government’s infrastructure fund but not yet delivered, two of the officials said. I sincerely hope that this money goes into supporting the growing renewable energy industry, and not into propping up the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau To Rush A Billion Dollars to Wall and Notley

The Common Sense Canadian: How the BC Liberals killed WAC Bennett’s dream of affordable public power, ferries, rail

Longtime BC Premier WAC Bennett’s dream of affordable public power, ferries and rail is dead. Rafe Mair describes how a need generation of right wingers – the BC Liberals – killed it.

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Scripturient: The Political Agnostic

Watching the American political debates, especially the increasingly vituperative and acerbic Republican debates, reminds me again why I am a political agnostic when it comes to party politics. I simply cannot believe that any single political entity, … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Political Agnostic

Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Introduction Today, getting a lift to the store is as easy as loading an application on a digital device and summoning a roving car to one’s door. It is fast, cheap and, many argue, less onerous than ownership. The so-called sharing economy is on the… . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Scripturient: Oh, Ann, You Do Make Me Laugh

Ann Coulter, that spewing harridan of hatred, bigotry, malevolence and xenophobia makes most thoughtful people cringe. Hell, she makes even rabid, right-wing frothers cringe. She makes the Westboro Baptist morons cringe. She makes the Duck Dynasty win… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Oh, Ann, You Do Make Me Laugh

mark a rayner: William Shatner’s Inaugural Address

(After Winning the First Post-Two-Party Presidential Election) Friends, Americans, Countrymen! Lend me your ears. I come to bury our two-party system, not praise it. I stand before you today, not as a conqueror, not as pop icon, but as your President. … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: William Shatner’s Inaugural Address