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Dead Wild Roses: I missed International National Torture Day?

No one tells me ‘nuthin anymore. We missed the UN international torture day, it happened on June 26th and of course I hear about it after it happens. Our media coverage was, underwhelming, as torture must not bring us down from the elation felt in the US for the SCOTUS SSM decision.

I’m not even sure what to wear to celebrate UNITD, orange jumpsuit? Bruises? How does one costume lifelong psychological trauma.

I’ll be ready next year though, rest assured. :/

Filed under: International Affairs, Politics Tagged: CIA, satire, That’s Not Helping, Torture

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Politics Canada: Is Harper Government a bigger threat to your security than terrorists?

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Politics Canada: When will the Liberals learn?

We saw the Conservatives define Stephane Dion as not a leader.

The Liberals then elected Michael Ignatieff as leader and I watched in awe as once again they allowed the Harperites to define Michael Ignatieff as a poncy opportunist with their “just visiting” campaign. No worthy Liberal attack ad was made.

The Liberals now have Justin Trudeau at the helm and they still refuse to attack the Conservatives back. Trudeau took the helm back in 2013 and the Liberals said their strategy was still, to “stay positive” and not play the political attack ad game. Whenever I suggested the Liberals attack (Read more…)

Scripturient: The Continued Rise of Anti-Intellectualism

I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true. Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter* Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America, says the headline in this recent Psychology Today story. The subtitle reads: Social dysfunction can be traced to the abandonment of reason. I wrote about anti-intellectualism as […]

Dead Wild Roses: DWR Quote of the Day – Brian Oliver Sheppard on Capitalism

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Queen City Ex Musical Ride

Here’s an advance preview, if a similar “musical ride” comes to Regina?

Kids expecting horses and music from RCMP Musical Ride treated to para-military violence. http://t.co/MSqET5fY0G pic.twitter.com/XHipX4zt4f

— CC (@canadiancynic) June 29, 2015

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservative Senate Overthrows Speaker #cdnpoli #SenCA

Whoa, whoa… chaos reigns…. they might have just overthrown the speaker…

— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) June 26, 2015

Housakos rules the government’s attempt “violates a fundamental distinction in our rules and practices."

— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) June 26, 2015

Jesus you really can do anything you want with a majority in Canadian politics

— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) June 26, 2015

You mean election fraud 3 elections in a row didn’t already tell you that?

Now the government is overruling the speaker and making its illegal notion legal. It is surprising this is even able to happen.

— Paul McLeod (Read more…)

A. Picazo: As Some Fight To “Take Alberta Back,” Others Work To Move It Forward

In 1954, when the U.S. Senate voted to censure Wisconsin Republican Joseph R. McCarthy, a man whose motivations were deemed “evil and unmatched in malice,” it closed the book on a particularly shameful chapter of American politics; One marked by relentless character assassinations, vicious demagoguery, and incessant partisan witch hunts. The extent to which the … Continue reading →

Pop The Stack: Executed Prisoners Are Not Political Props

Huffington Post: The Conservative Party of Canada uses the execution videos of the people they want to protect as props to attack Liberal leader as unprepared for leadership.

Whether military action is warranted and productive is a case by case decision. That is a discussion to have and the Liberals and Conservative and NDP may be right or wrong on it. Most likely they’re all wrong. I don’t know if Canada’s contribution to air strikes is the best use of our resources or if the current strategy for fighting ISIS is the right one. But I know this, using video (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Deano the jailbird

As much as Cons are blubbering about the injutice of it all, Del Mastro is a convicted criminal, once one of Harper’s trusted Lieutenants, who will now do time. I wonder about Steve’s judgement on this guy. Maybe he’s not ready to be Prime Minister. The not-so-honourable member from Peterborough broke the law. And justice […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I Think Pat Martin Is Swell

You heard about the woman hospitalized for wearing so called “skinny jeans”? Global didn’t seem to understand Pat Martin was joking.

From Kady’s old 2008 report comes this line:

Pat Martin, meanwhile, is playing Goldilocks. After unsuccessfully hopping up and down on his chair, he swaps it for another one – just right, apparently.

VIDEO – Don’t get your knickers in a a twist, but Pat Martin says tight underwear led him to leave seat during vote http://t.co/1n6l9YL4Q4

— CBC News (@CBCNews) February 19, 2015

“I left to go and have a chat with the Speaker, and Mr. Galipeau (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Conservative Defender of Robocalls now Jailed for #elxnfraud

Dean Del Mastro is going to jail for a month, house arrest for longer, and cannot run (for office) for at least 5 years.

Hey, kids, remember Stephen Harper from back in 2006? http://t.co/z8SoCu2Pss Have fun, Dean-o. pic.twitter.com/ZN1ZM9yAow

— CC (@canadiancynic) June 25, 2015

BREAKING:video of Dean Del Mastro being led out of courthouse in shackles. pic.twitter.com/ZQUKtMave0

— Pamela VanMeer (@Pamreports) June 25, 2015

Let's never forget that Harper hand picked Del Mastro to be his Parliamentary Secretary & appointed him to the Ethics Committee. #cdnpoli

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) June 25, 2015

Dean Del (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Difficult To Talk About, Important To Try

This is a difficult subject to talk about, because highlighting it could easily be viewed as hypocritical. In my defense, I’m not defending Trudeau because I want him elected, and I’m not attacking the Conservatives over this because I think they’re unfit to govern. I just think that using propaganda videos created by ISIS is not something Canadian political parties should ever do.

I regret even posting a link to this remarkably bad Conservative video www. facebook.com/ cpcpcc/videos/10153435917054204/ “Conservative Party of Canada – Parti conservateur du Canada:

On the same day that ISIS releases yet another barbaric video, Justin (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: What was the British Electorate Thinking?

An anti-government protest placard is seen outside Downing Street during a march to protest against the British government’s spending cuts and austerity measures in London on June 20, 2015. The national demonstration against austerity was organised by People’s Assembly against government spending cuts. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

Well, let us pause in complete shock as the Tories institute more cutting of public services and benefits. You may have heard that Austerity is the new black in terms of doing shitty things to societies. Austerity has destroyed Greece and rightly the people of Britain are fighting back.

“Thousands (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: Racism and the Media – When will enough be enough?

The recent terrorist shooting in South Carolina have brought the issue of racism back to the top of the heap in the mainstream media. I’m sure there will be deep introspective think pieces in all of the major dailies and magazines. Then, like any story the media deigns “having being milked enough”, the racist terrorist attack will be quietly shunted to the side while the next tragedy is cued up for consumption.

Consumption of news these days seems to be the problem though. We are expected to keep track of the world, hell even personalize our ‘news (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Government travel

Just a short note to express my displeasure in seeing a whole lot of attention being paid to, what are really, fairly reasonable travel expenses.  I get that there needs to be oversight and that MPs need to be conscious and prudent because they are, after all, expensing public dollars. I’m a public servant and […]

Trashy's World: Government travel

Just a short note to express my displeasure in seeing a whole lot of attention being paid to, what are really, fairly reasonable travel expenses.  I get that there needs to be oversight and that MPs need to be conscious and prudent because they are, after all, expensing public dollars. I’m a public servant and […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #C51 Is a Brazen Power Grab

Canadians are so trained to accept power grabs, that we didn’t fight sufficiently to stop it.

The police state usually pads up behind you on cat’s paws. But this time, Harper has stabbed his finger into everyone’s chest to give us a hearty shove. This is a blatant, brazen grab for the kind of power no leader in a democracy should seek — let alone have in perpetuity.

How can there be unfettered sharing of information between departments of government without massive and illegal privacy violations?

Here’s a typical response by a Harper supporter on Twitter:

@saskboy Oh, you (Read more…)

Terahertz: Libertarian activist puts politics before reality to argue the left puts politics before reality

On the libertarian blog Reason, John Stossel trots out the tired cliche that the left are just as anti-science as the right, and in this case potentially even more damaging. Because non-evidence based views about climate change have no real world consequences right?

He cites the usual tropes as the left-wing anti-science positions, yet fails to actually show any political divide for any of the claims. In fact, public opinion research debunks his two main examples: vaccines and GM. In the US, at least, there is a divide on support for nuclear power and animal research* – but a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: C-51 Stops a Veteran From Being a Liberal Candidate

I wondered why Peter MacKay’s Liberal challenger was quitting too, and it seems the reason was how Trudeau mishandled the C-51 “anti terrorism” vote by supporting the bad bill. Since MacKay is quitting too for other reasons, Central Nova will be a riding to watch again.

Now-former LPC candidate on #C51: "a repressive act which assaults Canadian liberty.” @JaneTaber1 reports http://t.co/Qr5W0KFT3s

— Laura Payton (@laura_payton) June 15, 2015

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Out of context tweet, missing information:

Free sex

— Inky Mark (@inky_mark) June 15, 2015

“Free sex” – Inky Mark.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: “I wonder if she gets paid.”

I wonder if she gets paid. “@GreenpeaceCA: Arctic drilling is obscene. @Janefonda http://t.co/MRRx4vvo6o pic.twitter.com/2vAlfXhw5e”

— Vivian Krause (@FairQuestions) June 12, 2015

I wonder if she gets paid, to ask that.

In the same time frame, Krause received significant funding from the oil, gas and mining industries and has said 90 per cent of her income in 2012, 2013 and 2014 was drawn from speaking fees and honorariums funded by industry sources.

Krause said the “90 per cent” comment was out of context, because she had “zero” income aside from her speaking arrangements. Krause said (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Boom With the Bomb Train Boom

CBC is a funny beast now. Along with their story parroting what the latest Canadian Energy Research Initiative report says, is RBC/tarsands shill Amanda Lang staring at you from the sidebar. Also we learn about “Dollarama’s winning formula” of selling Chinese mass produced garbage to Canadians, a “retail success story”, and again with “Amanda Lang takes you inside the world of business.”

Back to the oil train story. Outpacing oil trains apparently are wheat and coal. Coal shouldn’t even be burned anymore, now that we know how deadly and damaging it is. The report makes no mention of the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saving Canada $90,000,000/year not worth Wall’s “effort”

“The Senate is never going to run properly and it’s never going to be worth the money we put into it. So it should be scrapped.”

.@PremierBradWall Couldn't SK start the constitutional amendment process by proposing and adopting an amendment to abolish the Senate?

— Mike Burton (@Mikefromregina) June 9, 2015

Wall continues… “I’m not going to actively campaign for the Senate to be abolished.”

“even in light of this latest mess, then it’s not really worth the effort to try to change [the provinces’ {opposed to abolition}] minds.”

I don’t think Premier Wall is the (Read more…)

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Question The Nature Of Your Orders – new Facebook page.

New Facebook Page.Instead of continuing to fill up my personal Facebook page with political posts, I’ve created a new paged called Question The Nature Of Your Orders. Anyone wishing to continue to follow my posts (like I was posting to my Facebook page) can Like (and then choose to Get Notifications) at this new page. I will continue to post things here on Driving The Porcelain Bus too as I have been.

Descriptions for the Question The Nature Of Your Orders:

Short: How about instead of calling it “politics”, we call it “your life”? Then will you be interested?

(Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: CBC House Cleaning Claims the Vapid Evan

Evan Solomon was always a pathetic pseudo-journalist.

Ask an intriguing question, politician spins or lies or evades or trots out talking points, then Evan…what does he do? Move on. Nothing to see here.

Waste of air.

The world is better off with him off the air.

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