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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

A Puff of Absurdity: The Panama Papers

From Woodward and Bernstein to Edward Snowden, breaking stories from the 5th Estate are always exciting. This one is the biggest story yet to blow open millions of files linking dirty money to high-powered officials. After a leak of over 11 million d… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: The Panama Papers

The Progressive Right: A Wide-Open Liberal Party ( #LPC #WPG2016 #cdnpoli )

The big news is the public announcement of the proposed changes to the Liberal Party constitution (via National Newswatch):The proposal, adopted Saturday by the party’s national board during a three-hour meeting with the prime minister in Halifax,… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: A Wide-Open Liberal Party ( #LPC #WPG2016 #cdnpoli )

The Progressive Right: Report: How the Right to Deny the Existence of God is Under Threat Globally

Via, the Independent, How the right to deny the existence of God is under threat globally:Atheists and humanists are increasingly being targeted as distinct minorities in “hate campaigns” across the globe, according to a new report which found… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Report: How the Right to Deny the Existence of God is Under Threat Globally

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Apotheosis, Canonization, and Hagiography of Rob Ford

I feel sympathy for former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his family, but watching a few minutes of the CBC news coverage of his funeral (it was on in the cafe where I had a coffee, and could not be avoided), I have to think, this man was, by all indicatio… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Apotheosis, Canonization, and Hagiography of Rob Ford

Scripturient: Master Han Fei’s Wisdom

Long before Niccolo Machiavelli wrote his now-famous work of political philosophy, The Prince, there was another man writing in a similar vein in China. And, like many other sages, his words have important lessons that can prove useful, even today, for… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Master Han Fei’s Wisdom

Politics – Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye: Remembering Rob Ford

He wasn’t a great mayor, but he will be greatly remembered.   . . . → Read More: Politics – Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye: Remembering Rob Ford

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Weaver, BC Greens should quit backing private river power sham

Rafe Mair has praised the Green Party on many fronts, but its BC leader, Dr. Andrew Weaver makes a fatal mistake with his continued support of the Liberals’ private power sham, which is bankrupting BC Hydro while destroying our rivers.

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Dead Wild Roses: The USA – Fascism and the Failure of (neo)Liberalism.

Chris Hedges occasionally has some good ideas when it comes to the American body politic. Consider what we are seeing on the news, and is it really that far off from what is being stated here? “As Arendt noted, the fascist and communist movements in Europe in the 1930s “… recruited their members from this […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The USA – Fascism and the Failure of (neo)Liberalism.

A Puff of Absurdity: A Reasonable Doubt?

A post wherein I get a little grumpy and swear-y about it all. What does reasonable doubt look like? Is there really, REALLY, a reasonable doubt that Jian attacked the women who had their lives scrutinized on the stand? With sexual abuse cases, … . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: A Reasonable Doubt?