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CuriosityCat: Iraq, Syria & the Islamic State: Obama’s new & revised Queensbury Rules

For many years, a code has governed the manly art of boxing: the Queensbury Rules, endorsed by John Douglas, the Marquess of Queensbury. These rules set out what you can and cannot do to your opponent in the boxing ring, and are equated with a sense of fair play and sportsmanship. The essence the Queensbury Rules is that you do not enter the ring to fight to win; you must win by the rules. The rules are very specific (no wrestling; if a man falls down, you wait for him to get up; no seconds in the ring to (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: New program can analyse your personality (and a politician’s)

Yair Neuman: Personality Analyzer

Prof. Yair Neuman, a researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has developed such a program, and has used it to analyse the views of President Obama and Hillary Clinton towards Israel:

Neuman’s method, which he describes as augmented intelligence, works with any text of a person’s words – from a speech, interview, essay, or online post. The text is processed by computer software he developed. An expert must interpret the results. Among other things, Neuman has used the program to profile political leaders and school shooters, to predict behavior on Twitter, and to evaluate (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: New program can analyse your personality (and a politician’s)

350 or bust: Harper Government In Stark Contrast To President Obama on Climate Policy

* This exchange took place in the Canadian House of Commons yesterday: Mr. Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay—Superior North, GP): Mr. Speaker, two of Canada’s greatest challenges are rising CO2 and growing poverty. The Conservative government has not addressed either one. Proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby, carbon fee and dividend would address both by setting […]

Cowichan Conversations: BC Ombudsperson slams province on environmental protection

Premier Clark’s chickens coming home to roost!

The chickens are coming home to roost as Premier Christy Clark winds down the first year of her 4 year mandate to govern, protect and enhance life in BC.

Have you noticed her low profile of late? If there are not any good news announcements to be made, and apparently there are not, then ‘Ms Photo-op’ is hunching down hoping that those the storm clouds that are gathering over the ‘Northern Pipeline Proposal will pass. They will not.

Christy’s Chickens

By now we should have been rolling in money according to the rhetoric (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Ukraine: One possible Russian-driven solution

Bill Clinton: Ukraine Saviour?

Ukraine is in turmoil, with positions apparently hardening on all sides, since the Geneva Agreement outlining a method of resolution was agreed upon a short while ago. The level of support for the anti-Kiev position in eastern Ukraine is unclear at the moment: Armed men have seized public buildings in a string of towns in the Donbas region. It is unclear how much support they have. Polls suggest that two-thirds of people in the south and east want to stay part of Ukraine and not be annexed by Russia, as Crimea was in March. Even (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Keystone: Harper & TransCanada asleep at the switch

Read this Bloomberg News article for an interesting analysis of the events behind the Obama stalling of the Keystone Pipeline approvals. Harper, a micro-manager at home, appears oblivious to how the environmental forces operate in the US, and TransCanada missed the boat, as well:

On Aug. 31, just after the State Department passed its favorable assessment, Governor Heineman wrote Obama and Clinton. “Do not allow TransCanada to build a pipeline over the Ogallala Aquifer and risk the potential damage to Nebraska’s water,” he stated, adding he generally favored pipelines.

TransCanada was eager to get the line operating and deliveries started (Read more…)

350 or bust: 350 or bust 2014-01-30 08:21:22

* Thank you, President Obama, for using your “bully pulpit” to publicly confirm the accuracy of climate science. Now, what the world needs is action based on the science, not business as usual: Obama’s Hopelessly Wrong On The Environment: Here’s The Reality of What We Face. (Alternet.org)

CuriosityCat: US Debt Ceiling: Issues Punted to early next year

The Cat goes to the Senate

Twenty-four hours of so before the US government ran out of money to pay its debts, Republican senators nudged aside the Tea Party senators and House representatives, to kick the can down the road and renew the fight in two months time:

The expected Senate deal would avoid a potential U.S. debt default, but it would only set new deadlines for lawmakers to make decisions about the long-term course of fiscal policy.

As outlined by aides, the deal would fund federal agencies through Jan. 15 and extend the nation’s borrowing authority through Feb. (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Obama’s Powers and the Debt Ceiling Increase: What if the Tea Party is right?

Senator Collins

The debate is getting testy down south. The Republicans seem to believe that they have now become paragons of reasonableness, while the Democrats are risking armageddon:

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said that while Republicans entered the shutdown debate with unreasonable demands to scuttle key portions of Obamacare, it is now Democrats who are guilty of bargaining too aggressively.

“Republicans started off in a place that was an overreach, to defund a law that was central to the president’s agenda was not achievable,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Now Democrats are I think getting too cute. (Read more…)

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CuriosityCat: Iran & Syria: Obama Talks Softly but carries a Big Stick

Teddy Roosevelt’s Big Stick Policy

President Obama has confounded his domestic and international critics by adopting the negotiation posture first espoused by President Teddy Roosevelt:

The widespread use of ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’ began with American president Theodore Roosevelt. In a letter to Henry L. Sprague, on January 26th 1900, he wrote: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Roosevelt claims the phrase to be of West African origin.

Obama has based his whole foreign policy on Roosevelt’s dictum. With Syria and the use of chemical weapons in defiance of the (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Iran & Syria: Obama Talks Softly but carries a Big Stick

CuriosityCat: Obama & Syria: A UN Formula that meets the interests of Obama and Putin

The Reluctant World Sheriff

 Right now, despite Senator Kerry waving a piece of paper after the negotiation session he had with Russia’s Foreign Minister, the wheels seem to be coming off the UN negotiations for a Security Council resolution that meets the needs of Obama, the French and the British, on the one hand, and Russia on the other:

Dispute between Russia and the United States over the terms of a path to rid Syria of its chemical weapons has caused fissures in the latest round of diplomatic efforts. Disagreement between the two chief negotiators over the repercussions of a (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Obama & Syria: A UN Formula that meets the interests of Obama and Putin

CuriosityCat: Obama & Syria: Another serious crisis that will not go to waste?

With the bottom falling out of the world’s financial markets, economies seizing up, panic setting in, one of President Obama’s top advisors, Rahm Emanuel, added this gem to political wisdom:

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. And Obama then launched into the Stimulus program, rescuing – at taxpayers’ cost – both the large banks and the remnants of the auto industry. Is the imminent decision to launch “limited strikes” against the Syrian government’s stockpiles of chemical weapons and (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Obama & Syria: Another serious crisis that will not go to waste?

350 or bust: President Obama Takes First Step On Path To Climate Sanity

As President Obama unveiled his plan of action to address climate change earlier this week, my husband and I were part of a group of 370 citizen lobbyists from across the U.S. and Canada who fanned out over Capitol Hill to make the case for the market-based approach of a revenue-neutral carbon tax to reduce […]

CuriosityCat: Climate Change: President Obama declares war on the Flat Earth Society

The President has a fight on his hands. I wonder if he has been briefed about the Flat Earthers? They are a stubborn and dogmatic lot, forever fighting with those globists who claim the world is round. You can bet that they will take up the President’s challenge with vigour. Starting way back in the late 1800′s in England, the Flat Earth Society’s centre of gravity shifted in early 1900′s to the USA, where it died out, but in the 1950′s and later in the 2000′s it was resuscitated. We start our search for the early Flat Earthers with the (Read more…)

350 or bust: The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline

Is the Keystone XL pipeline really what President Obama wants to leave as his legacy, for future generations to remember him by – and curse him for? * Meanwhile climate destabilization continues as unabated as our carbon dioxide emissions: Czech PM Declares Emergency As Floods Threaten Prague: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of […]

The Canadian Progressive: Dr. James Hansen: Keystone XL, tar sands expansion “can be stopped”

By: Dr. James Hansen Today (May 9, 2013) 36 Norwegian organizations sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stoltenberg expressing opposition to development of Canadian tar sands by Statoil (the Norwegian state is majority shareholder of Statoil). Signatories include not only environmental organizations, but a broad public spectrum, including, appropriately, many youth organizations. It is encouraging that Norwegian [...]

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350 or bust: Obama Calls Out Climate Deniers, & Other Good News

It’s always enjoyable (and all too rare!) to share good news, and I’m pleased that there’s some to share on this, the last Friday in April: The Ontario government under newly elected premier Kathleen Wynne announced on Wednesday that it will be partnering with the government of Manitoba and the International Institute for Sustainable Development [...]

Cowichan Conversations: President Hugo Chávez Dies-The Vultures are Circling

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Democratic Socialist Hugo Chavez delivered democracy, human rights and reduced poverty for his citizens.

He dared to stand up to the Americans and allied with Cuba.

US President Jimmy Carter monitored Venezuelan elections and described them as the most fair in South America and yet US and Canadian politicians snidely maligned Chavez as a dictator.

The sins of Chavez and his administration were that in fact that he did exactly the opposite of what the US-Canada practices are in relation to the oil wealth and the corporate forces that dominate the energy resources.

Canadian provinces Newfoundland and

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Alex's Blog: The Trouble With Austerity: Economics as Ideology

A somewhat abridged version of this post first appeared in The Toronto Star here

Governments here and elsewhere are increasingly preoccupied with cutting even as evidence piles up of its harmful consequences on people and the economy. Austerity is not even delivering the balanced budgets its advocates promise. Even the IMF is now preaching balance rather than a single-minded focus on cuts. Yet, austerity’s adherents hold fast, deny the evidence or double down. Why is that?

Of course a few at the top benefit from austerity, at least in the short term, and though few, they exert considerable influence. And

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Alex's Blog: The Trouble With Austerity: Economics as Ideology

A somewhat abridged version of this post first appeared in The Toronto Star here

Governments here and elsewhere are increasingly preoccupied with cutting even as evidence piles up of its harmful consequences on people and the economy. Austerity is not even delivering the balanced budgets its advocates promise. Even the IMF is now preaching balance rather than a single-minded focus on cuts. Yet, austerity’s adherents hold fast, deny the evidence or double down. Why is that?

Of course a few at the top benefit from austerity, at least in the short term, and though few, they exert considerable influence. And (Read more…)

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

We act not because it’s easy, but because it’s right. Thousands of people are gathering in Washington DC today to send a message to President Obama that clean air, clean water, and a stable climate are not negotiable – the Keystone XL Pipeline must not be approved. *

350 or bust: President Obama’s SOTU Sends Message To Canada: Act On Climate Change Or Get Left Behind

The times, they are a-changin’! Not only did President Obama speak clearly about the need to act on climate change in his State of the Union address earlier this week, yesterday on CBC Radio’s flagship supper-hour news show, As It Happens, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobsen was interviewed about Canada’s lack of action [...]

The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL pipeline: Leaders in historical act of civil disobedience in front of White House

48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders engage in historic act of civil disobedience to stop Keystone XL pipeline. Julian Bond, Bill McKibben, Michael Brune, and others arrested in front of White House in call for action on climate. By Sierra Club | Feb. 13, 2013: WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, 48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders READ MORE

350 or bust: How Republicans (& Canadian Conservatives) Can Answer Obama’s Challenge To ‘Reduce The Threat Of Climate Change’

Today’s blog post is courtesy of Citizens Climate Lobby: In his State of the Union address, the President said, ‘If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations [from climate change], I will.’ Republicans who wish to avoid more regulations should embrace the free-market approach of a revenue-neutral tax on carbon. Saying that “for the [...]

350 or bust: Mr. President, Please Don’t Overlook Climate Change

A message from an Oklahoma farmer for President Barack Obama, as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address tonight: