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Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Death of the Democratic Party

  Let’s start with some basic facts about Hillary Clinton, the darling of Wall Street and the Democratic party establishment, and why her credibility is both threadbare, and also collapsing. From there, after establishing a basic reality check, … . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Death of the Democratic Party

Writings of J. Todd Ring: In or Out? Democracy, the EU, and the Fate of the Earth

The people of Britain have now voted to leave the EU. That vote has deeper and more far-ranging consequences than many people realize. Among other things, it means the beginning of the dissolution and death of the EU. And I would say that is a very goo… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: In or Out? Democracy, the EU, and the Fate of the Earth

cmkl: Dear Canada Post, settle. Don’t be as stupid as I know you can be

Wherein I plead with Canada Post to do the sensible thing and settle. As if corporations are guided by rational thought.Read more . . . → Read More: cmkl: Dear Canada Post, settle. Don’t be as stupid as I know you can be

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Clinton Lied But No Consequence. It’s Like It’s the 1990s Still

“Here, for the record, is Clinton saying, on March 10, 2015, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email.”” I’m particularly offended by this oligarchy-outcome because Clinton is guilty of doing what she persecutes American hero Ed Snowden for doing – “mishandling classified information”. Yet he lives in exile in Russia, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Clinton Lied But No Consequence. It’s Like It’s the 1990s Still

Dead Wild Roses: Welcome to the Shitfestival, brought to you by Po-Mo and Social Media.

“How We Reached the Point Where We Can’t Hear Each Other” is a article on Counterpunch by Joseph Natoli. I’ve excerpted some of the beginning bits for context, but the best is when he focuses on what is happening in Education and how people are taught to think these days. I’m also a fan of […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Welcome to the Shitfestival, brought to you by Po-Mo and Social Media.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sask Party Not Getting the Best Rate For You

“Our principle here … is that we do no further harm to an economy that already has its hands full.” – Brad Wall “We’ve always been in competition,” said Boyd about Saskatchewan and Alberta competing for oil and gas investment. “Certainly we’ve had productive conversations here in Calgary.” Why would we want to compete with […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Sask Party Not Getting the Best Rate For You

Dead Wild Roses: America “B” – John Feffer

Who doesn’t like to kick back and watch the US primary election campaign? I just scan the highlights, but John Feffer is big picture prognosticating with his recent article on Tom’s Dispatch titled Donald Trump and America B. The article examines the disaffected people who make up America B and who have bought into his […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: America “B” – John Feffer

The Political Road Map: Happy Birthday Canada!

A quick shout out to the best country in the world and to all of the lovely people who call it home!As the day is almost at an end, let us continue celebrating this amazing country into the night and remember why Canadians are citizens of the world. He… . . . → Read More: The Political Road Map: Happy Birthday Canada!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Leave Or Remain In? The Former UK Chooses Out And About Does Itself In

Brexit: It’s a term I first heard months ago on Twitter in relation to people mostly angry with immigration in the UK. It means “British Exit from the European Union”. The country narrowly voted to leave the EU, and the economy/currency Pound Sterling soon crashed from the uncertainty of the Prime Minister resigning, the opposition […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Leave Or Remain In? The Former UK Chooses Out And About Does Itself In

Left Over: Brexit – Stage Left…

The Guardian view on post-Brexit politics: perilous times for progressives Editorial Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London in the wake of resignations from his shadow cabinet. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Sunday 26 June 2016 20.12 BST   … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Brexit – Stage Left…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower Correcting the Record Feels Like Lying

Semantics! Q remains: USGov says coal+CCS twice price of wind & gas; why did @SaskPower select most expensive first? https://t.co/4pGTaVhOmx — SaskWind (@SaskWind) June 24, 2016 Letter: carbon capture project doesn't double cost of electricity Mike Marsh, president and CEO of Sask-Power, writes: …The technology at Boundary Dam is the first of its kind and, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower Correcting the Record Feels Like Lying

The Progressive Right: Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night, #Remain ( #Brexit #EUref )

I’m expanding on a Facebook rant I went on.From Facebook.One of the tenets of a strong democracy, is a loud vocal opposition. So, I say this to the Remainers …The leaders of Leave campaign are weak and have showed their cards. They made unfounded thr… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night, #Remain ( #Brexit #EUref )

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: politics in Gulliver’s Travels

I’m reading Gulliver’s Travels again right now and wanted to share this excerpt from when Gulliver is explaining about British government to the king of the giants: He then desired to know, what Arts were practiced in electing those whom I called Commoners. Whether, a Stranger with a strong Purse might not influence the vulgar Voters to chuse him before their own Landlord, or the most considerable Gentlemen in the Neighborhood. How it came to pass, that People were so violently bent upon getting into this assembly, which I allowed to be a great Trouble and Expense, often to the Continue reading

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bogus Brokerage Bull, and Other Online Obstructions

“by keeping that purchase threshold at $20 instead of giving Canadian shoppers a break and raising it to $80, Ottawa spends about $166 million to collect $39 million in additional taxes and duties.” Here’s something the Industry Minister should fix this year. Especially in light of the Liberals’ support of the TPP, why are they […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Bogus Brokerage Bull, and Other Online Obstructions

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post Sees Coal Future As Reality

The Leader Post published my letter, and a couple weeks later Murray Mandryk cites the same inexplicable 30-40 years canard. He also makes the same conclusion as Johnstone, which is to not cut our losses on the project. “Even some strident environmental groups recognize clean coal technology” Can anyone name even one? “replacement of dirty […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post Sees Coal Future As Reality

Scripturient: More relevant words from Nixonland

Once again, as I continue to read through Anthony Summers’ biography of Richard Nixon, The Arrogance of Power (Penguin Books, 2000), I am struck by the uncanny resonance of many comments quoted within it to local politics. It’s like people … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: More relevant words from Nixonland

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Take Your Mind Off Things

Sometimes The Beaverton really understands me. This morning on CBC Morning Edition, Sheila Coles had Mark Jacobson as a guest. He’s a Stanford professor who I mentioned in my letter to the editor a couple weeks ago. Anyway, I learned a lot of great points about transitioning to a Wind, Water, Solar (WWS) electrical system […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Take Your Mind Off Things

Scripturient: Alger Hiss, Richard Nixon and Collingwood

Remember the case of Alger Hiss? I didn’t think so. It was before your time. Mine too. But let me jog your memory, just in case you’re older than I am. Or perhaps just well read in recent history. Hiss was a US government employee, a diplom… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Alger Hiss, Richard Nixon and Collingwood

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gas Production, not Power Byproduct

This clip makes it seem as if CCS is more about producing gas to enhance oil recovery, and not so much about trapping a dangerous byproduct of dirty electricity production. As a result of the renegotiation though, Cenovus is not required to take 100 per cent of the C02 output, meaning less revenue coming into […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Gas Production, not Power Byproduct

The Political Road Map: Omar Mateen and the Orlando Massacre

I began sipping my Sunday morning coffee, when upon opening my CBC app, I was confronted with the headline: “Mass Shooting in Florida, 50 Dead, 53 Injured.” Suddenly, my coffee didn’t taste very good anymore; it became bitter and left a feeling of u… . . . → Read More: The Political Road Map: Omar Mateen and the Orlando Massacre

Scripturient: Demagogues and dictators

I’m not sure why they fascinate me, but I’ve been reading about demagogues and dictators for many decades now and still can’t seem to get enough of them. Of course, it’s in part because I like to read about politics in all its… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Demagogues and dictators

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil’s Four Letter Word Defender

Brad Wall seems to only ever be speaking to oil executives about oil and gas. Does he understand anything else? Are there any examples of our Premier meeting recently with organizations other than Big Oil and Gas? Anytime he’s trying to boost the province’s economy, it’s coal this, oil that. Meanwhile, the renewable energy sector […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Oil’s Four Letter Word Defender

Things Are Good: Ontario Adopts $8.3 Billion Climate Change Plan

Climate change is the biggest threat to human wellbeing and if we don’t do anything about it’s inevitable that society as we know it will collapse. This is why nations around the world are acting to change their policies and support things like renewable energy and better water conservation. There are so many minor changes […]

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

SaskPower’s latest consultant on renewable energy might be Pinocchio. 8. In "researching how to incorporate more" #solar power, I wonder how publishing deceptive info-graphics was found to help #PowerToGrow? — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 7, 2016 Their misinformation about renewable energy intentionally leaves out the point that our power mix is not entirely coal, hydro, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

Things Are Good: Holding War Criminals to Account

War is a messy business with the victorious side usually cleaning up how it all looks to outsiders. This is obviously problematic, particularly as we ought to hold people accountable for crimes they commit. When one rogue state let’s their war crimes go unpunished it calls into question the international agreements on how to handle […]

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