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Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: thoughts on the networks that control our internet experiences

Certain things about the internet leave me very uncomfortable. I dislike the near monopoly of book sales that Amazon has, and the way in which supporting that monopoly is one of the few way in which bloggers can make money – through affiliate links. I tried that for about a week and then gave up not because I could not stomach the idea of helping along the growth of Amazon.

Then there is the growth of Facebook, and the knowledge that so many small businesses and organizations depend upon facebook, yet facebook changes the rules repeatedly to make it harder (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Hard To Survive

We think of population control as unethical, but is it ethical to not respond to reality?

Trashy's World: Jason Kenney, Tony Clement and…

… a number of other ReformCon Ministers and PMO staff are reportedly on their way to the site to get new material for the 2015 CPC election campaign. Artifacts like these meets the criteria necessary to be considered as platform planks – material must be very old, fail the smell test and originate from Middle […]

Cowichan Conversations: Windmills Are Things of Beauty

Here is a David Suzuki post on the controversy over wind power

By David Suzuki

I have a cabin on Quadra Island off the British Columbia coast that’s as close to my heart as you can imagine. From my porch you can see clear across the waters of Georgia Strait to the snowy peaks of the rugged Coast Mountains. It’s one of the most beautiful views I have seen. And I would gladly share it with a wind farm.

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Dented Blue Mercedes: “Instead, the official reiterated the government’s position that political parties and candidates, not Elections Canada, would be responsible for increasing voter turnout under Bill C-23.”

“Instead, the official reiterated the government’s position that political parties and candidates, not Elections Canada, would be responsible for increasing voter turnout under Bill C-23.”

That’s the altogether revealing comment that might have slipped past you in a Hill Times article last month which showed that a 2008 Elections Canada ad which was seemingly critical of industry — and which Conservatives had pointed to as evidence that Elections Canada needed to be stripped of the ability to encourage people to vote — never actually aired in the first place.

“The ad—a 25-second video that contrasts urban pollution and emissions (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: “Instead, the official reiterated the government’s position that political parties and candidates, not Elections Canada, would be responsible for increasing voter turnout under Bill C-23.”

“Instead, the official reiterated the government’s position that political parties and candidates, not Elections Canada, would be responsible for increasing voter turnout under Bill C-23.”

That’s the altogether revealing comment that might have slipped past you in a Hill Times article last month which showed that a 2008 Elections Canada ad which was seemingly critical of industry — and which Conservatives had pointed to as evidence that Elections Canada needed to be stripped of the ability to encourage people to vote — never actually aired in the first place.

“The ad—a 25-second video that contrasts urban pollution and emissions (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: BC Liberal director linked to Ontario gas plant scandal

Laura Miller and boyfriend Peter Faist (Facebook photo)

Read this April 1 story by Leo Knight in 24 hours, arguing that BC Premier Christy Clark has been too quick to exonerate now BC Liberbal Party Executive Director Laura Miller for her connection to the Ontario gas plant scandal.

While loyalty should be considered a good thing, the blind support displayed by Premier Christy Clark in defending Laura Miller — the executive director of the BC Liberal Party — would seem to be a bit misplaced. Or, at the very least, premature.

Miller’s boyfriend Peter Faist is embroiled in a (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Environment, green economy left out of Quebec election

The PQ’s Pauline Marois and Pierre Karl Péladeau (Photo: Graham Hughes/CP)

It is not unusual to hear and read about Québécois saying they don’t like any of the four options offered in this election. What is often referred to as mudslinging/insults – between Philippe Couillard of the Liberals (PLQ); Pauline Marois of the Parti Québécois (PQ); and François Legault of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) – has become the main focus on this election campaign. To her credit, Françoise David of Québec Solidaire (QS) has managed to stay away from the mud.

Sadly, in this election, there isn’t (Read more…)

Things Are Good: The Purpose Economy

Triple-bottom line companies and other terms that describe companies that focus on more than just profit keep coming. The most recent is what is no referred to as the purpose economy in a new book. The idea is that as we run out of resources on the planet we need to refocus how we measure and talk about economic success.

A generation of Purpose Economy pioneers, like Whole Foods Market’s John Mackey and Virgin’s Richard Branson, are challenging others to follow their lead and to create new frameworks both to do well and to do good, which raises the bar (Read more…)

Illuminated By Street Lamps: The Toronto G20 Summit: A State of Exception

By Joe Fantauzzi@jjfantauzziBetween June 26 and 27, 2010, thousands of demonstrators[1] descended on Toronto, Ontario to protest while the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies[2] met behind a protective fence built of steel and secretive legislative authority. When the tear gas cleared and the G20 Summit ended, 1,105 people had been detained. It has been described as “the largest peacetime mass arrest in Canadian history.”[3] Of those arrested, 779 — 80% — were released without any charges (as of June 2012).[4] Following Giorgio Agamben, I contend that the Province of Ontario employed (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: UnFair Elections Act

Sent by email to pierre.poilievre@parl.gc.ca

Dear Mr. Poilievre:

I’m very disappointed with the proposed Fair Elections Act. I agree with experts like the CEO who says Canadians will be disenfranchised if your plans to change ID requirements go ahead. Having assisted with past elections, I think your bill is awful, and will have mostly the opposite effect claimed by its Orwellian title. Your party’s refusal to include Green Party and independent voices at committee betray your efforts to create an unfair Elections Act, lacking broad consultations with most voting Canadians.

Sincerely,

John Klein

My MP’s office already (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: DWR PSA – Zinn on Social Power

Filed under: Politics Tagged: DWR PSA, Howard Zinn, People Power, Unions

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Soudas was Resign-Fired #HarperFired #cdnpoli

It happens with plenty of Harperites. They Resign, no wait, they were Fired. Depending on who you are, there’s a different tale of what caused the undesirable to fall under the Harper Omni-Bus.

Fired.

Resigned.

Nigel Wright who worked in the Prime Minister’s Office until last year was also Resign-Fired. Fired.

Resigned.

Michael Sona was Resign-Fired too. Maybe this needs a name or hashtag? #HarperFired? Resigned.

Fired.

The Common Sense Canadian: Christy Clark was a partner in firm that lobbied for Enbridge

BC Premier Christy Clark during talks with her Alberta counterpart on the proposed Enbridge pipeline

Read this April 1 Vancouver Observer story on the revelation through leaked documents that BC Premier Christy Clark was a partner in a firm that lobbied the Harper government on behalf of Enbridge.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark was a partner in a lobbying firm that was contracted by Enbridge and which lobbied the federal government on the company’s behalf, according to documents obtained by The Vancouver Observer. The documents on lobbying originate from 2005-2011, when Clark stepped away from politics.

In a 2008 Confidential (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Canada used to be our moral paradigm

“I wished [Americans] were more like Canadians…until you elected Stephen Harper,” quipped Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at a recent Vancouver event.

“You used to have this great law called the Fisheries Act…but now that law is gone.“

Kennedy was in town last Wednesday to address Vancouver’s annual Globe conference, an “international forum on business and the environment”. Following his panel discussion at Globe, titled “Clean Capitalism”, the renowned environmental lawyer and president of the global Waterkeeper Alliance was the main attraction at an evening gathering of business and environmental leaders from BC and around the world.

Canada’s fall from (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling and Complies

Japan has long been criticized for its “scientific” whaling and now the UN has asked them to stop. Japan defended itself by saying that their ships who were slaughtering whales were doing so in the name of science – a defence nobody believed.

In a lengthy ruling, the presiding judge in the Hague, Peter Tomka, said Japan had failed to prove that its pursuit of hundreds of mainly minke whales in Antarctic waters every winter – under a programme known as Jarpa II – was for scientific purposes.

“The evidence does not establish that the programme’s design and implementation are (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower Carbon Capture and Storage Going Online Today, On Schedule

@tingeyd -Construction of the @SaskPowerCCS facility is complete. Currently commissioning and preparing for commercial operation Spring 2014—   (@SaskPowerCCS) January 27, 2014

“The government boasted at last week’s Boundary Dam symposium that the project will be up and running this fall and completed by next April, on time and on budget.”

Hey, today’s April Fool’s Day. Of course it’s not going online today, as planned last May September by politicians managing SaskPower.

.@saskpowerccs capture unit ready to go online this summer – essential technology for the future #ppet @ACforesight http://t.co/1b1rEk4yqK— Mihaela Carstei (@MCarstei) (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Political Parties and Ideology in Newfoundland and Labrador #nlpoli

If you haven’t read it already, flip on over to Drew Brown’s blog coaker’s ghost and check out his post called “much ado about nothing.”

Drew discusses some recent events in local politics and makes two major points:

There isn’t much of an ideological difference between the Liberal and Conservative parties in Newfoundland and Labrador. Maybe this explains why the activists for the parties tend to fight among themselves so aggressively.

There’s more there  – and Drew is always worth your time – but those are the two points to take up here.

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The Canadian Progressive: Scandalous Senate and PMO appointments say Harper is unqualified to criticise Trudeau’s f-bomb

by: Obert Madondo | March 31, 2014

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dropped the f-bomb when he addressed the crowd at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Quebec, over the weekend.

“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into this ring and measuring yourself,” Trudeau said. “Your name, your fortune, your intelligence, your beauty, none of that fucking matters.”

The crowd reportedly cheered.

But, as usual, the Conservatives weren’t amused. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to capitalize on the expletive to score cheap political points.

“This is yet another example of Justin Trudeau’s lack of (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The American Second Amendment in One Picture

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Gun Violence, Killing the Innocent, NRA, Second Amendment

A Puff of Absurdity: EQAO, Literacy and Ability

My 9-year-old says that EQAO stands for Evil Questions Attacking Ontario.  I think she’s on to something.

We just administered the literacy test at our school this week.  I’ve always understood administering this standardized test as a means to ensure that nobody graduates high-school without demonstrating an ability to read and write at a specific level so that nobody ends up at a job unable to read the safety signs or the equipment manuals all by themselves.  And how embarrassing would it be to pass someone through the system who can’t actually read?!

But many students with exceptionalities are allowed (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: 17 Things To Do While Watching TV News

There’s more than 17. Way more.

And you don’t have to do them all, you just have to start with a few.

Chances are, though, that you already do some of this. Click here, you’ll thank me:

“Never have I seen such a perfectly exquisite – and devastating – deconstruction of a ‘journalist.’”

via Watch This Perfect Dissection of Grief Lamprey Nancy Grace From HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ – disinformation.

August 15, 2009 Ambient Media Has Now Killed Off Broadcast Media (3) February 1, 2013 How to Petition the CRTC against Sun News’ Mandatory Carriage (54) September 3, 2013 You (Read more…)

calgaryliberal.com: Gay Straight Alliances.

What if I told you there was a tool to use in our schools that could drop heterosexual male suicide rates by 50%? And that can reduce by more than half the homophobic discrimination and suicidal thoughts by LGBT youth versus schools without this tool? No child should live in fear and GSAs would help. So sign it! […]

Trashy's World: Russia invades Ukraine? Yup, going to happen…

.. it’s now not “if” but when. As reported here, Russian troops are massing at key points along Ukraine’s border. There will be a swift attack, territory will be secured and lives will be lost. Another human tragedy caused by greed. Then Putin will turn to the West and say: “so, what are ya gonna […]