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Dead Wild Roses: Premier Jim Prentice – Forgetting Simple Truths

Funny Juxtaposition of our Fossil Fuel Premier in front of a Nature themed backdrop.

I love Alberta! Where else can you see bought politicians spew unvarnished truth about who is important in Alberta and who isn’t. I skip ahead of myself though, allow me to backtrack a bit.

Reading this article from the CBC stoked up the cranky cynic in me. I wish that our politicians would make their allegiances to power less obvious.

“Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says the province has forgotten some key points about the sustainability of the energy industry and is vowing (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Before You Become a Politician

No, this isn’t about me. This is about federal politics. I never had an inclination for higher levels of politics, those other arenas, other battles, nor the lofty separation of politician from the electorate such roles entail. But some of it is relevant to those who want to enter municipal politics; indeed to all levels of […]

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

 - Lynn Stuart Parramore writes about our increasingly traumatic social and political culture, along with the response which can help to overcome it: A 2012 study of hospital patients in Atlanta’s inner-city communities showed that rates of post-traumatic stress are now on par with those of veterans returning from war zones. At least 1 out of 3 surveyed said they had experienced stress responses like flashbacks, persistent fear, a sense of alienation, and aggressive behavior. All across the country, in Detroit, New Orleans, and in what historian Louis Ferleger describes as economic “ (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Order Your Opportunities

My job, trying to change the world, is at least twice as hard as a conservative’s. I have to overcome others’ instinctual fear of change and new technology. Monday evening I proposed my condo board “investigate” using solar energy, if the association’s Winter expenses don’t exceed our budget. 2 Board members opposed the idea! The motion passed anyway, but why would someone oppose an investigation of saving money on electricity? They stated it was an opportunity cost. Let’s look how that claim stacks up:

They suggested raising property value by installing carpets as a competing example. If we spent $10K (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Poor King Henry VII

As Rodney Dangerfield might have said had he been cast in a role as Henry VII, “I don’t get no respect.” Henry VII is one of those English kings who never seem to get any attention, outside the rarefied realms of academia. Only of late, it seems, have a few writers and TV producers turned their […]

Dead Wild Roses: Trumpeting the Nordic Model – How Socialism Wins the Day

Damn, Ólafur Grímsson, President of Iceland, is getting cocky. For good reason of course. Keeping the people that run your country and businesses educated and healthy = productivity and innovation.

 

Shocked I am. Positively aghast.

 

Filed under: Education, International Affairs, Politics Tagged: Neo-Liberal Troll Bait., Nordic Countries, Socialism, Welfare State

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: “Clean and Ethical Campaign” #RoboCon #elxnfraud

Because the Guelph Liberal campaign was fined for not self-identifying in a robocall about their opponent’s position on abortion, the Conservatives ran a “clean and ethical campaign”. The crime of another party washes them clean. It’s very Jesus-like, somehow. Have them explain it to you, it’s beyond me.

“The Conservative Party ran a clean and ethical campaign. We spend our campaigns identifying supporters and getting them out to vote,” Cory Hann wrote in an email.

This, in response to knowing that the Conservatives’ communications worker on the Guelph campaign has been found guilty of criminal election fraud. It’s really a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: You’re Richer Than Your Stink

If you like to know how banks screw everyone, you’ll want to read Alison’s latest.

Between September 2008 and August 2010, Scotiabank received a $25 billion bailout amounting to 100% of the bank’s value – or as Steve and Jim preferred to call it at the time: “liquidity support” ***.

Last year Scotiabank made a record $6.7 billion in net profit and CEO and president Brian Porter netted a total compensation package of $6,902,242 for the same year.

Nonetheless, Scotiabank has announced it will cut 1,500 jobs, including about 1,000 in Canada.

Check out Alison’s blog.  

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lest we Forget #nlpoli

More people will pay attention to Remembrance Day this year than usually might.  The murder a few weeks ago of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, and to a lesser extent, the murder of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, are enough to remind a few more of the memorial day for those who have died in military service.  The rest will wear a poppy in their lapels or come out to the parade because this is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. 

Thirty-odd years ago, you wouldn’t have seen this level of interest.  The passage of years since the end of the Korean War made military things too distant from most people’s lives to have a personal impact.  And for many others, the anti-American, anti-war views that came as a reaction to the Cold War kept them not merely indifferent to Remembrance Day but openly hostile to anything . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lest we Forget #nlpoli

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Learning Lessons of History

11. Government handing over the most vulnerable to religious groups has worked out well in Canadian history: look at the residential schools

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 10, 2014

1. Canada is now a country that will offer sex workers the "option" of being sent to religious reeducation camps: https://t.co/sxaDIW1bC5

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 10, 2014

I’ll give old clothes to Salvation Army, and shop in their thrift shops, but I wouldn’t attend a re-education camp of theirs.

@HeerJeet Also, how will people of First Nations descent caught up in this react to being offered 'ride out of (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: That’s So Meta #PRISM

This is why Edward Snowden risked life and liberty. http://t.co/FNhj7mIi8a https://t.co/c7f4hynSZm via @RecentApp pic.twitter.com/PED4veBpWw

— Declan McCullagh (@declanm) November 9, 2014

Critics of Snowden tried to claim that no one would ever be hurt by metadata collection willy-nilly. We can hopefully all put that canard to bed.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Clearing The Forest

The Queen’s act against this homeless woman is unkind, and Canada’s laws shouldn’t be unkind for the sake of protecting unused land from First Nations people building a temporary home. Further, we don’t need to urbanize more people, and this law is clearly aimed at clearing Canada’s wilderness of humans, and putting them into overcrowded cities without the means to buy food, shelter, and drink.

Canada should stop at Clearing the Plains, and not push the same outdated, genocidal agenda into this century.

The Misanthropic Bird: Apprentice. Intern. Slave.

The employment climate for many students and graduates has been a difficult terrain to not only navigate but also survive. And slavery masked under labels of ‘apprentice’ or ‘intern’ only make it worse.

Infographic: The 99% vs. The 1%, http://www.policyalternatives.ca

Bogged down with insurmountable student debts, and often forced to take remedial positions to make ends meet, many of this educated generation are enticed by intern or apprentice programs – hoping that their volunteered time could break them into their fields, making them some real money. However, with the rising cost of living most are unable to dedicate (Read more…)

Eh Types: You Get What You Need

Between changing more diapers and falling deeper in love than I’d have thought possible, I’ve struggled to put in to words my thoughts on Toronto’s election since the ballots were counted. Sleep deprivation is likely an accomplice to my inability to write an adequate epilogue but hardly the ringleader. More likely the feeling of having […]

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Mind-Numbing Sameness #nlpoli

The Conservatives were looking to the by-election in Conception bay South to break their losing streak.

As it seems now as voters in the district head to the polls on Wednesday,  Premier Paul Davis is already conceding that CBS is heading Liberal.  He spoke to reporters [CBC Here and Now, 40 mins in] after announcing a $20 million venture capital fund and tax credit scheme.  Davis said that “one of the disadvantages [in politics is that] it takes a long time for people to have an opportunity to identify with the new government,”  what they have done, their work ethic and all that.

Some of you are undoubtedly wrinkling your nose up at that one.  Well you should.  It’s a ridiculous claim given that Davis has just come through a leadership contest and he’s been in office a while. People know all about him and his team and what . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Mind-Numbing Sameness #nlpoli

The Common Sense Canadian: Suzuki: Constitutional right to healthy environment gaining traction

David Suzuki and Neil Young, who will team up in Vancouver for the “Blue Dot” tour (Photo: davidsuzuki.org)

The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada’s highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced “An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights” in Parliament. If it’s passed, our federal government will have a legal duty to protect Canadians’ right to live in a healthy environment.

Blue Dot Tour gains momentum

I’m travelling across Canada with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Tour to encourage people to work for recognition (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Cancer Time Machine

One disturbing part of modern life, is that no one will escape this Earth untouched by cancer in their life somewhere. It’s a toxic environment we’ve created for ourselves, and with lifespans well past what they used to be, cancer is most likely to catch up with our bodies.

I dare say Minister Raitt’s perspective on cancer stories is sharply modified this year, opposed to her view five years ago.

“But it’s sexy,” Ms. Raitt said. “Radioactive leaks. Cancer.” vs. “Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday to remove a “solid growth” on her (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Canada Versus ISIS – Don’t Buy The Imitation Soundwave Steven Harper!

Canada has sent CF-18’s to participate in the bombing of ISIS. I think this is a very bad idea and I need to tell you a story from my childhood to illustrate why.

This whole sending planes overseas to bomb people reminds me of one Christmas I had the pleasure of spending in Hawaii. Oh let me assure you gentle readers, it was a very merry Mele Kalikimaka for my Mom and I. We saw many wonderful sights, swam on many beaches, drove around for the first couple of days in a standard car that my dear (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: A Year Without Politics – Month 1

Just after 9am on October 1st, I sat down at my computer, left every political group I was a member of, unfollowed every political page I was a fan of (except PRS, because I write here), and hid every political post in my newsfeed posted in the previous 12 hours. I ended up hiding 16 posts, including almost every post made by one of my favourite people… and the bulk of those 12 hours were overnight.

I found myself questioning what constituted “political” an awful lot. This study that shows children who grow up on dairy farms have 1/10th the (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Social Media, Public Opinion, and Jian Ghomeshi

I doubt anyone in North America is unaware of the furor surrounding CBC’s recent firing of radio show Q’s host, Jian Ghomeshi last week. In case you were on the moon when it happened, you can read some of the many stories on the Star and other news sites (just Google it…). It’s a complex story; about […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bob Rae in Regina about Honouring The Treaties

Hundreds listening to @BobRae48 at #uofr #bigcrowd #HonourTheTreaties #IdleNoMore pic.twitter.com/QAzkPW01Lz

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 31, 2014

The Calder case about the Niska people. Argued no treaty so they had Aboriginal title to the BC land. Crown: settlement extinguished title.

Millions lived in North America hundreds of years ago, but settlers viewed it as empty. By 1867, only 150000 indigenous people remained alive in Canada.

Our country must face and address tough issues at all levels of government. Largest Aboriginal population is in Toronto says Bob Rae. Dynamic in the country is changing. Assimilation and powerlessness have failed.

(Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: DDM Goes Down For #elxnfraud

The Prime Minister’s first attack dog on the RoboCon file, Dean Del Mastro, has been found guilty of election fraud in 2008. The courts haven’t really caught up fully with the Conservatives’ election frauds of 2011, but they’ve already convicted Michael Sona after accepting Andrew Prescott’s worthless, immunized testimony about Pierre Poutine. Poutine’s actions had been defended by Del Mastro at the behest of the Prime Minister, in 2012.

#Breaking: Former MP Del Mastro guilty on all counts at election overspending trial http://t.co/OAt9idTyCT pic.twitter.com/QvUBEX8YPB

— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) October 31, 2014

What comes next? (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: On Ghomeshi

Years ago, in the house of a queer friend from Atlantic Canada, I joked about Jian Ghomeshi and how he rudely and aggressively hit on her once. She laughed, I laughed, we laughed. She was queer – I thought he was queer. It was comedic gold. I didn’t think anything about it, and I sort of thought it was one of those “flaws” that celebrities have. I didn’t think twice about it.

I lived in Toronto. Used to joke with female friends about going and seeing George Strombolopolous’ show, because he was kind of funny. And I was from Vancouver, so seeing (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: Sodom: Review of a Russian Anti-Gay Documentary

On Tuesday, October 28th, Peter LaBarbera re-entered Canada for an immigration hearing, then to speak at an anti-LGBT conference, and finally on Thursday to face charges for mischief (which stem from an arrest while distributing anti-LGBT leaflets at the University of Regina).

LaBarbera (nicknamed “Porno Pete” by bloggers because of his penchant for filming pride parades and gay BDSM events in the name of “research”) has returned to Canada at the invitation of Bill “Anal Warts” Whatcott (so nicknamed because of his fondness for distributing graphic depictions of anal cancers and other deliberate shock leaflets).LaBarbera was briefly detained, searched (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Austrialia Is Nuts About Space

And Australian conservatives may just destroy Earth. What we don’t know, could demolish us faster than anything else. In the space age, it’s really flabbergasting that we’re not doing everything technologically possible to watch for NEOs.

Could a responsible country like South Africa, or New Zealand pick up the slack please?