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Pop The Stack: Come on Colorado, Just Take One Whiff, What Harm Could It Do?

Colorado may be about to try out another experimental lifestyle habit, single payer universal healthcare: Colorado May Replace Obamacare with Single Payer Prominent Democratic Consultants Sign Up to Defeat Single Payer in Colorado Lobbyists Move to Stop Colorado Report says ColoradoCare would have higher revenues than McDonald’s This needs to happen. Just try it out […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Come on Colorado, Just Take One Whiff, What Harm Could It Do?

Finding Clarity: Primary vs. Election – President Trump?

It is fun to watch the pundits sweat. We had the pleasure of watching them carom from one instance of “this will kill the Trump campaign” to another. Who didn’t have fun watching them try to justify including Trump in every question, article and discus… . . . → Read More: Finding Clarity: Primary vs. Election – President Trump?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau on Forest Fire Tragedy

The Prime Minister spoke about forest fires’ connection to climate change at a community affected by a massive evacuation due in part to climate change. “The reality of climate change is that we’re going to see more and more extreme weather events and we need to make sure that as a country we’re properly equipped […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau on Forest Fire Tragedy

Dead Wild Roses: David Cromwell – On Academic Collaboration with the Private Sector

David Cromwell excels at identifying key points of friction between public and private interests. In this excerpt he examines how higher learning is being bent to fulfil its corporately mandated responsibilities to society. “This [Academia] is a privileged sector where critical thought and enquiry into human society, the natural world and the cosmos ought to […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: David Cromwell – On Academic Collaboration with the Private Sector

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Skip The Wishes

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement intended to remove red tape for international trade, so if someone overseas can provide a product at a better price than a local producer, the market decides instead of national or regional pride, or even Health Canada regulations. Congrats, your milk could soon have banned hormones in […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Skip The Wishes

The Common Sense Canadian: Search for future Governor General raises ghosts of Canada’s scandalous past

Rafe Mair reflects on how the “law and order” Conservative government and our outgoing Governor General whitewashed the Mulroney/Airbus scandal and made a mockery of Parliament.

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Scripturient: O tempora, o mores!

Nihil est incertius vulgo, nihil obscurius voluntate hominum, nihil fallacius ratione tota comitiorum. Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote those words in the short book about a Roman court case, Pro Lucio Murena (For Lucius Murena). They mean, in English, Not… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: O tempora, o mores!

Dead Wild Roses: The Madness of the Global Economy – David Cromwell

Did you want to get the gist of Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s master work ‘Manufacturing Consent’ but not have to read that long, dryly informative tomb? Have I got the book for you. ‘Why are we the Good Guys?’ by David Cromwell runs on essentially the same thesis but is many more times […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Madness of the Global Economy – David Cromwell

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s Horgan too quick to dismiss Leap Manifesto

BCNDP leader John Horgan has been too quick to dismiss the Leap Manifesto, says Rafe Mair. Instead of showing real vision and distinguishing himself from Premier Christy Clark, Horgan has chosen a losing path to the 2017 election.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskOil

Learn all about the oil industry in Saskatchewan. From issues of mineral rights and salt water spills, to a lot more, you’ll learn a bit about what makes our economy and political system tick and grind. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskOil

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Not Faulted For Listening To Harper

3 years ago, I explained what was happening with the Duffy trial. Today it came to a close. It's about the credibility of Duffy vs. the credibility of the Harper PMO. One of them will take a big hit today. — Lawrence Martin (@LMartinOttawa) April 21, 2016 whatever else to think about #duffy verdict, good […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Not Faulted For Listening To Harper

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Aww, Poor Police

“That continuous accountability, continuously being in the public eye, and that having to be infallible … it puts a lot of pressure on our police officers, and contributes to their mental health.” Did he mean “poor mental health”? Imagine being watched all of the time. What kind of stress would that cause? Sorry for the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Aww, Poor Police

Scripturient: Muddle-headed editorial palaver

There’s a muddle-headed editorial in this weekend’s Collingwood Connection titled “Citizens, not rich developers should drive political ship” (sic*) that shows (again) how little the chain’s editorial writers understand m… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Muddle-headed editorial palaver

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Gutless Horgan caves to union, apologies for opposing LNG project

Rafe Mair calls out BC NDP Leader John Horgan for caving to a powerful union and apologizing for opposing Petronas’ Lelu Island LNG project.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Look At Who They Leap

“Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries” – NYT What are we going to do about it? Let’s pillory the people with the only plan capable of decarbonizing the economy in time, says Canadian MainStream[Corporate]Media. “Naomi Klein and the usual cadre of left-wing reliables want the NDP to ..” – National Post […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Look At Who They Leap

Dead Wild Roses: How Not to Audit the Pentagon – William Hartung

I keep thinking about all of the rhetoric about how wasteful social spending is, and how programs for the poor are being taken advantage of, then I read something like this… then I get mad. “From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: How Not to Audit the Pentagon – William Hartung

Scripturient: Peter, Parkinson and Adams

C. Northcote Parkinson, Lawrence J. Peter, and Scott Adams are for me the ‘holy trinity’ of philosophers of modern bureaucracy, within both the public service and the corporate structure. As philosophers, they are all keen observers and wi… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Peter, Parkinson and Adams

Eh Types: Lame Duck L’Orange

An orange shock wave rolled over the Canadian political landscape yesterday. In its wake Tom Mulcair’s leadership of the NDP came to a sudden, even shocking end. Some time ago I made the case for why the NDP should choose a new leader. I was surprise… . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Lame Duck L’Orange

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election

BC NDP Leader John Horgan’s decision to oppose Petronas’ Lelu Island LNG project is a game-changer for the upcoming provincial election, says Rafe Mair.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Things Trudeau Must Do

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to do several things this year: legalize pot reform elections MMIW inquiry get renewable energy products into the hands of people you know If he fails to complete, or make meaningful progress on this list by Christmas time of 2016, I think he’ll de-inspire many of the fresh new Liberal […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Things Trudeau Must Do

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Fine Bigger Than Most Crimes – #PanamaPapers

Canada’s rich and powerful do not fear the media, and they do not have their names in the newspapers (some owned by foreign investment funds) when fined more than a million dollars for a crime much larger than that. FINTRAC won't name bank fined $1.1 million for suspicious transactions?! We are still a banana republic. […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: A Fine Bigger Than Most Crimes – #PanamaPapers

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- In the wake of the Panama Papers, Don Pittis writes that tax shelters serve only to ensure that the wealthy don’t pay their fair share for a functional society – meaning that everybody who can’t afford… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Dead Wild Roses: Oh Tom – It Just Might Be Time – Rick’s Rant

Is the writing on the wall? Rick certainly seems to think so. Filed under: Politics Tagged: NDP, Rick Mercer Rant . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Oh Tom – It Just Might Be Time – Rick’s Rant

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wealthy Implicated in #PanamaPapers will not #FeelTheBern

‪What is #‎PanamaPapers? Over 2TB of leaked bank communications exposing shell companies and tax avoidance and money laundering by HSBC, UBS, and others. CBC and Toronto Star have the names of the Canadians, but will not be releasing them since they’d face libel suits for doing so without other supporting evidence (and probably even then […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wealthy Implicated in #PanamaPapers will not #FeelTheBern

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s Saskatchewan’s Election Day

I basically stopped writing about the Saskatchewan election on my blog following the hair pulling, anti-democratic decision by CBC and its consortium of TV broadcasters to block most party leaders from debating with Wall and Broten. So we’ll go another 4 years not knowing how those two shouty leaders behave when there are adults in […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: It’s Saskatchewan’s Election Day