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Politics and its Discontents: Bernie Sanders Offers Both A Prescription And A Warning

Spending five minutes watching this video will likely provide more truth and insight than were heard in the entire U.S. presidential campaign.

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Left Over: There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…

I’ve been holding back on commenting….reality has been so overwhelming and I feel as if, for the first time since possibly the War of 1812, that the West is slowly, inexorably being pulled into another war, this time on home … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…

Politics and its Discontents: She’s Back

And it sounds like Stephen Colbert has missed her. I haven’t.Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: She’s Back

Susan on the Soapbox: Jim Prentice Fails the “Truthiness” Test (apologies to Stephen Colbert)

If Jim Prentice is going to wade into the murky waters of “truthiness” the least he could do is do it properly, otherwise the whole thing becomes a farce.

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“Truthiness” is a term coined by political satirist/comic Stephen Colbert to describe the practice of framing a political message to appeal . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Jim Prentice Fails the “Truthiness” Test (apologies to Stephen Colbert)

Melissa Fong: Why @Suey_park won’t “enact the labour”: Women of Colour don’t owe you an education- #CancelColbert Part 4

…she seemed to discount Zepp as a “White Male” and told him that she, “won’t enact that labour” of explaining to him why a White male probably couldn’t understand why a Woman of Colour’s point of view. I am here today to enact that labour. We are born into this history of racism and sexism. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Why @Suey_park won’t “enact the labour”: Women of Colour don’t owe you an education- #CancelColbert Part 4

bastard.logic: Obligatory ZOMG CONCERNED!!1 #CancelColbert Post

Jamilah King breaks down #CancelColbert:

What’s important to understand here is that Park’s aim wasn’t necessarily to get The Colbert Show kicked off the air. Instead, it was to, as point out that satire isn’t always the best activism. “Well-intentioned racial humor doesn’t actually do anything to end racism or the Redskins mascot,” Park . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Obligatory ZOMG CONCERNED!!1 #CancelColbert Post

bastard.logic: Obligatory ZOMG CONCERNED!!1 #CancelColbert Post

Jamilah King breaks down #CancelColbert:

What’s important to understand here is that Park’s aim wasn’t necessarily to get The Colbert Show kicked off the air. Instead, it was to, as point out that satire isn’t always the best activism. “Well-intentioned racial humor doesn’t actually do anything to end racism or the Redskins mascot,” Park . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Obligatory ZOMG CONCERNED!!1 #CancelColbert Post

Melissa Fong: Proving male privilege: @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid @cheuya striking back #CancelColbert Part 3

Some of the most prominent women of colour, anti-racist, feminists are coming together to talk about male privilege. Except they aren’t talking about it. They are proving it.   @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid and @cheuya […]

Melissa Fong: What is satire responsible for? #CancelColbert trending & Colbert not apologizing for racism & transphobic tweets

Is it satire if it hurts millions of people it intends to defend? Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Repor is receiving a lot of heat for recent racist and trans-phobic […]

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Gain Ground In Latest Polls

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For an election that started off so slow this is turning into a lively one.

Adrian Dix and the BC NDP have dug down and gone after Christy Clark and the BC Liberals for their remarkable ‘Untruthiness’ to borrow a line from ’Late Night Talker-Satirist Stephen Colbert.’

If Colbert was . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: NDP Gain Ground In Latest Polls

Death By Trolley: Whose death would stun the Western World?

A month ago I asked readers What is the most misunderstood idea of all time?

My next big (slightly morbid) question is Whose death would stun the Western World?

A few years ago when Michael Jackson unexpectedly died, it felt like the world sort of skipped a few beats. I was in South Korea at . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Whose death would stun the Western World?

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert “in the crosshairs of the Canadian press”

Once again, American comedian Stephen Colbert is playing victim and anti-Canada provocateur. This time he drags Canada, Canadians, the CBC, Winnipeg and Windsor into his attack routine. Watch: . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert “in the crosshairs of the Canadian press”

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Northern Insight: Be cautious of demon inspired thinkers

For those who would be devout except it’s so difficult, Stephen Colbert updates advice from the leader of an ancient group that threatened to hijack their nation’s regulatory system to achieve a radical ideological agenda:

“Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. And hide in the Caymans what is the Caymans’.”

Colbert, a religious man . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Be cautious of demon inspired thinkers

Northern Insight: Truthiness in BC

During the past week, this blog’s third birthday slipped by and I barely noticed because life is busier than ever. What began as an aim to gain a little writing proficiency through practice has grown into a fairly consuming hobby.

After more than 50 years as a news junkie, I’ve always thought myself to be . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Truthiness in BC

DeSmogBlog: Can Geeks Defeat Lies? Thoughts on a Fresh New Approach to Dealing With Online Errors, Misrepresentations, and Quackery

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This afternoon, I’ll be at MIT for this conference, sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and the MIT Center for Civic Media and entitled “Truthiness in Digital Media: A symposium that seeks to address propaganda and misinformation in the new media ecosystem.” Yesterday was . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Can Geeks Defeat Lies? Thoughts on a Fresh New Approach to Dealing With Online Errors, Misrepresentations, and Quackery

DeSmogBlog: Fox News Versus The Muppets: Do Conservatives Have Different Senses of Humor Than Liberals?

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You’ve probably already heard: In a video “press conference” that has already been seen by almost two million people, Kermit and Miss Piggy take on, and take down, Fox News.

The provocation? A comment by a conservative media watcher, Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center, on the Fox Business Channel—accusing the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Fox News Versus The Muppets: Do Conservatives Have Different Senses of Humor Than Liberals?

Red Tory v.3.0.3: “Double Negative” SuperPAC Ad

From the definitely not co-ordinating with Stephen Colbert Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow SuperPAC, a negative ad attacking the negative ads of the Republican frontrunners… then vows donations will be used to “destroy both these guys and their SuperPACs with a merciless ad torn so fierce they’ll wish they’d never been incorporated… an orgy . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: “Double Negative” SuperPAC Ad

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Colbert v. Citizens United

More fun with SuperPacs from the team of Stephen Colbert and his friend/business partner Jon Stewart (with whom he’s definitely not co-ordinating!).

Because he’s not on the ballot in South Carolina and that state’s GOP doesn’t allow write-ins, the latest TV ad from the Americans for a Better America Tomorrow, Tomorrow SuperPac, Republican primary . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Colbert v. Citizens United

The Skwib: Pretty much the only way a nuclear explosion is fun

Comic genius, Stephen Colbert, recreates a nuclear explosion using only his voice, hands and face.

Alltop loves a good thermonuclear device. Via Laughing Squid.

Politics and Entertainment: Much on the Progressive’s Wishlist but much for which we should be grateful

We should be grateful to the occupy wall street folks who may just have started the non-violent socio-economic revolution for which we’ve all been waiting. The democratic character of this movement, the rapidity with which it is spreading, and its brea… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Much on the Progressive’s Wishlist but much for which we should be grateful

Red Tory v.3.0.3: A Vote for “Rick Parry” is a Vote for a Better America Tomorrow!

Stephen Colbert answers the question, “What will you do with all that unrestricted SuperPAC money?” with the launch of a TV commercial urging voters in Iowa to cast their ballots in the upcoming Ames Straw Poll for write-in candidate “Rick … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: A Vote for “Rick Parry” is a Vote for a Better America Tomorrow!

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Talisman Energy Shelves "Friendly Fracosaurus" Coloring Book After Colbert Smackdown

Screen shot 2011-07-15 at 7.05.56 PM.png Talisman Terry, the Friendly Fracosaurus, has been officially suspended from his duties as an unconventional gas mascot. The cartoon dinosaur was used to … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Talisman Energy Shelves "Friendly Fracosaurus" Coloring Book After Colbert Smackdown

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Stephen Colbert Skewers Talisman Energy Over Gas Fracking Coloring Book

Stephen Colbert devoted a must-see segment of The Colbert Report last night to the subject of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), mocking gas company Talisman Terry for its coloring book propaganda, “Talisman Terry’s Energy Adventure” [PDF] and generally … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Stephen Colbert Skewers Talisman Energy Over Gas Fracking Coloring Book

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Tom Ridge Claimed "I’m Not a Lobbyist" on Colbert Report, But The Facts Prove Otherwise

Colbert-Tom-Ridge.jpg Tom Ridge, on the Thursday, June 9 edition of the Colbert Report, claimed he is “not a lobbyist.” A quick glance at his resume shows that nothing could be further from the … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Tom Ridge Claimed "I’m Not a Lobbyist" on Colbert Report, But The Facts Prove Otherwise