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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

- Eric Reguly examines Apple as a prime example of how supposed market successes actually reflect the private capture of public investments – and suggests the public should benefit financially from its investments which facilitate corporate growth: Apple is such a runaway success that its profits pile up like snowdrifts in the Rockies. At last count, Apple was sitting on $165-billion (U.S.) in cash and securities. That’s more than the GDP of Hungary.

What to do with the windfall?…Here’s another idea: Give the surplus cash back to the taxpayer.

It will (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Climate of Fear

As the Ukraine crisis continues to escalate, and so does the warlike rhetoric in Europe."It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine. That means it is in a state of war against a country which would like to be closely integrated with the EU. Practically Russia is in a state of war against Europe."I'm glad to see that Obama and others in the U.S. are pointing out, that if you want to avoid escalating the situation further, and avoid a potentially catastrophic superpower confrontation.It's vitally important that you measure your words. Read more »

Alberta Diary: Opponents beyond PC ranks start to take aim at Alberta Tory leadership candidate Jim Prentice

Alberta Tory leadership candidate Jim Prentice, invisible, as everybody and their non-partisan friends pile on. Actual scenes from Alberta politics may not take place exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Prentice, in his lucky campaign shirt; Canadian Taxpayers Federation Alberta Director Derek Fildebrandt.

VICTORIA, B.C.

Jim Prentice, you’re in the crosshairs now (metaphorically speaking).

And if you manage to win the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party next Saturday – which everyone except this blogger thinks is exactly what’s going to happen – in the crosshairs is where you’re going to stay.

The Canadian Taxpayers Association fired (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Inside Stephen Harper’s Head: The Trudeau Obsession

I have no idea why anyone in the MSM would want to psychoanalyze Stephen Harper. It seems something better left between a psychiatrist and his patient. Or in Harper's case a trembling shrink and his maniac.But Paul Wells, who would be his Boswell and his Dr Welby, apparently could not be restrained.And has made a desperate attempt to try to understand Harper's depraved obsession with Justin Trudeau Read more »

Montreal Simon: BREAKING: Stephen Harper Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize !!!!

OK. I realize you are staring at that headline in disbelief. And wondering whether I've finally lost it.But then so am I eh?And I wrote it.Because as bizarre, or as horrible, or as insane, or as obscene as it may be, it's true.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown John Baird and the Dangerous Ukrainian Crisis

The situation in Ukraine couldn't be more ominous, with reports that some Russian troops have crossed into that country.World leaders like Obama are calling for calm, refusing to call it an invasion, and ruling out military action. The need for cooler heads to prevail has never been more urgent.So what is our ghastly Con Foreign Minister John Baird doing?Answer: blowing hot air out of every orifice, and fanning the flames of war.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Paul Buchheit highlights how inequality continues to explode in the U.S. by comparing the relatively small amounts of money spent on even universal federal programs to the massive gifts handed to the wealthy. Christian Weller and Jackie Odum offer a U.S. economic snapshot which shows exactly the same widening gap between the privileged few and everybody else. And Matt Cowgill examines the policies which tend to exacerbate inquality.

- Meanwhile, Thomas Edsall discusses how predatory businesses are turning others’ poverty into further opportunities to extract profits: Sentinel is a part (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Deep Not So Blue Ontario Sea

It was so beautiful and warm yesterday I wish I could have spent the whole day sunning myself on the beach, or swimming in Lake Ontario.Because when I saw the lifeguard boys racing for home at the end of their shifts, I was reminded that summer will soon be following them.Which was a really depressing thought eh?Until I thought that maybe they were just racing to save Stephen Harper.Because when it comes to the province of Ontario, he's definitely going under. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Public Inquiry: Harper, Police Chiefs Don’t Care About Aboriginal Women

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police stand in the way of a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The post Public Inquiry: Harper, Police Chiefs Don’t Care About Aboriginal Women appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: The Day the Premiers Gave Stephen Harper a Slap in the Face

He thought he could disrespect all those dead and missing aboriginal women. He thought he could treat that holocaust as just random acts of violence.He thought he could use his callous position to appeal to his bigot base.He thought he could get away with it.But today Canada's Premiers gave him a stinging slap in the face. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Goes After the Media and the Bigot Vote

As you know I am increasingly concerned about Stephen Harper's state of mind. Because it's pretty clear to me that he is showing signs of cracking under the strain of all those bad polls, and is becoming even more aggressive. Or even crazier.For in just a few days he has managed to attack Justin Trudeau like a bat out of hell.Rant and rave about how the elitist conspiracy is out to get him.All but declare war on the Russians. And now he's going after the MEDIA !!!!. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Great Insane Tour of the North

Well there he was, thundering over the tundra, on the last day of his Great Photo-Op Tour of the North.The Dark Knight Nerd on the warpath. Taking part in a military exercise designed to portray him as a Great Strong Leader.Declaring that the greatest threat to his beloved Arctic are the Russians.An emboldened Russia is a threat to it neighbours in the Arctic and Canada must be ready to respond to any Russian incursions in the region, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday as he ended his yearly tour of Canada's North.And suggesting that only a strong (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Northern Farce

Well there he was today in the Northwest Passage, sailing majestically along and trying to pose as a great explorer, Harper of the True North Strong and Free. The push to find the remains of the Franklin expedition is not simply a matter of historical interest, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday — it’s about the pre-Canadian claim to sovereignty in the Arctic.Sending a strong subtle message to the Russians to back off, while indulging his depraved taste for the macabre.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons: Still Killing the CBC and Still Lying About It.

About two months ago, I told you how Stephen Harper was killing the CBC, Chopping it into pieces, frying it in its own blood, and washing it down with a glass of Chianti.While instructing Con MPs like Joyce Bateman to deny it."We are not making cuts to the CBC… They have stable funding. I guess their crisis is their viewing is going down significantly. Hence, as a consequence, advertising revenue is going down, so that may be what you're referring to but from a government perspective, we are giving them as much taxpayer money as they ever have (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: PC leadership: Jim Prentice’s term limit fumble and Thomas Lukaszuk’s cellular bill are good news for Ric McIver

File under, “Dinner, done like”… Alison Redford serves dinner to Thomas Lukaszuk as Jim Prentice, at left, and Dave Hancock, Doug Horner and Ric McIver look on. Actual Tory premiers, former premiers, would-be premiers and former would-be premiers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The author with Ric McIver. It just seemed like the right time to trot this one out!

Looks like it’s time to start planning for a couple of years of a McIver Government.

Leastways, the past couple of days have not earned any gold stars for former infrastructure minister Ric McIver’s two competitors, supposed (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Why is Justin Trudeau dancing to victory?

Heather Malleck in the Toronto Star has a few good reasons why our next Prime Minister will be named Justin Trudeau:

But what makes some politicians attractive and others repellent?

Trudeau is intelligent, humane and self-confident, a Québécois who is devoted to Canadian unity and has the most marvellous family: a sophisticated career-minded wife, Sophie Grégoire, and three adorable young children with the interesting names that only confident parents bestow: Xavier James, Ella-Grace and Hadrien. He has an English degree from McGill, a UBC teaching degree and taught for several years. He has his father’s intellect and wit, while being (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.

- Robert Jay Lifton discusses the “stranded ethics” of a fossil fuel industry which is willing to severely damage our planet in order to protect market share: Can we continue to value, and thereby make use of, the very materials most deeply implicated in what could be the demise of the human habitat? It is a bit like the old Jack Benny joke, in which an armed robber offers a choice, “Your money or your life!” And Benny responds, “I’m thinking it over.” We are beginning to “think over” such choices on (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Dismal and Dangerous Black and White World

I spent the weekend trying to forget, at least for a few hours, all the horrible things that are happening in this world. By biking along the waterfront, and shooting things like this bunch of wilting but still beautiful flowers…

But even they reminded me of all those missing and murdered aboriginal women…

And made me wonder again how Stephen Harper could dismiss that veritable holocaust as the mere acts of random violence.Read more »

Montreal Simon: GAZONTO: What if Gaza Was Toronto?

This simple but powerful artistic collage by the Palestinian photographer Belal Khalel, couldn't sum up better how I feel about what is going on in Gaza.

The ceasefire broken, whole neighbourhoods reduced to rubble, hundreds of thousands with no place to call home. More than 2,000 dead. More than ten thousand wounded.

The Hamas death cult death firing off rockets and mortars in the general direction of Israel.

While shooting their own people in the street…

The Israeli Death Machine levelling entire apartment buildings.Read more »

Alberta Diary: Why Edmonton Strathcona electors should vote NDP, as (not exactly) explained by Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland

Toronto Spadina MP Chrystia Freeland, a Liberal, after speaking at the University of Alberta Faculty Club last week. Below: Eleanor Olszewski, nominated Liberal candidate in the federal Edmonton Strathcona riding; Linda Duncan, NDP MP for Edmonton Strathcona.

Last Wednesday night, during an engaging talk at the University of Alberta Faculty Club, Chrystia Freeland pretty clearly laid out the arguments for why voters in Edmonton Strathcona should re-elect New Democrat Linda Duncan in the next federal election.

The Toronto MP, who is one of the bright lights of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s caucus, wasn’t aiming to make that point, of course. (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Great Paranoid Tour of the North

Well it's hard to know what exactly Stephen Harper is doing up north. Whether he's there to make more promises he never keeps. Or hide from the media.Or warn us the Russians are coming.Or just share a quiet crazy moment with his wife Laureen…

But one thing is for sure eh?He's using the trip, and our hard earned tax dollars, to attack the opposition parties. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Tina Fontaine and the Utter Bestiality of Stephen Harper

They held a funeral service for Tina Fontaine yesterday and how sad it was was. "Our sweet girl is now reunited with her daddy and the angels," long-time family friend Sandra Longford said during the eulogy. Longford went on to sing Never Alone, the same song she sang at Tina's father's funeral just four years earlier.And my sorrow over the death of yet another young aboriginal woman, is only matched by my hatred for her bestial killer, and my contempt for Stephen Harper."It's very clear that there has been very fulsome study of this particular … of these (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Real Elitist Menace

As I pointed out yesterday, Stephen Harper has a new weapon in his arsenal to try to destroy Justin Trudeau.He will not only claim that Justin wants to sell pot to kiddies.And that he is a terrorist sympathizer, who is soft on criminals, including those who terrorized his own family.He will also claim that he's a real HE-MAN and that Justin is a LIBERAL ELITIST !!!!Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Myths that Will Destroy Him

As I said in my last post, I don't think Stephen Harper is going to get very far accusing Justin Trudeau of being an elitist. When he is the worst kind of anti-democratic elitist himself.But he will continue to claim that he is a Great Economist Leader who saved us from the depth of the last recession.And that he is a Great Crime Busting Leader who will save us from the criminals, who are EVERYWHERE.But sadly for Harper none of those claims will help him either.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Deeply Disturbing Descent into Tea Bagger Hell

He is sounding more deranged every day. You can see the desperation in this cold dead eyes.He's flailing away in every direction, trying anything he can think of to try to make himself more popular.One moment he's Great Warrior Leader, a legend in his own mind.The next moment he's a Republican Tea Bagger denouncing the "liberal elites." Read more »