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Alberta Politics: It’s time for a national postal bank in both Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: The little Post Office in downtown St. Albert, where your blogger lives, which Canada Post is anxious to close as soon as possible. Below: The U.S. Post Office in Fallon, Montana, the Canadian Post Office in Dewberry, Alberta (villageofdewberry… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: It’s time for a national postal bank in both Canada and the United States

Things Are Good: Will Iceland be the “Switzerland of Data”?

Iceland is the de facto home of Wikileaks and is also a country concerned with privacy issues. The country is now considering leveraging their experience and reputation of being digital-data friendly to the next level. Presently, the country is considering branding itself as the “Switzerland of Data.”

If Iceland does move ahead with this, it . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Will Iceland be the “Switzerland of Data”?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Cancelled: Alison Redford’s expensive Afghanistan photo-op

TweetAlbertans discovered this week that Premier Alison Redford cancelled a secretly planned trip to war-torn Afghanistan after suicide bomber blew herself up in a Kabul restaurant , killing twenty-one people, including two Canadians. Ms. Redford was leading a trade mission through India last week and had secretly planned to stop in the Afghan capital before . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Cancelled: Alison Redford’s expensive Afghanistan photo-op

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Josh Eidelson and John Schmitt take a look at the guaranteed annual income which will be voted on in Switzerland – and the sole barrier to a similar discussion in the U.S. (and likely in Canada): What is a universal basic income, and why are we hearing more . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Parchment in the Fire: Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics – Salon.com

Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics – Salon.com.

By gathering over 100,000 signatures – which they delivered last Friday along with 8 million 5-cent coins representing the country’s population – activists have secured a vote by Switzerland’s parliament on an audacious proposal: providing a basic monthly income of about $2,800 U.S. dollars . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics – Salon.com

The Disaffected Lib: Swiss Inmates Going to Pot

Swiss prisons have a marijuana problem and Swiss prison guards like it that way.

A recent study published in the  International Journal of Drug Policy estimates that 50 to 80 percent of inmates in Swiss prisons use marijuana. Prison staff told researchers they found marijuana to be a relatively safe drug and that cracking down on . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Swiss Inmates Going to Pot

The Canadian Progressive: What Paulo Coelho and other global leaders tweeted about at World Economic Forum in Davos

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan. 31, 2013: Let’s agree in one point: we can have anything, but we CAN’T have everything #wef — Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) January 25, 2013 The tweet by Paulo Coelho, the world-renowned Brazilian author of The Alchemist, was one of the most popular of world leaders’ reflections during . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: What Paulo Coelho and other global leaders tweeted about at World Economic Forum in Davos

Politics, Re-Spun: America the Not-So-Beautiful: God Shat His Grace On Thee

Close your eyes, and conjure up a mental image of the stereotype of the Ugly American.

Loud.

Large.

Willfully ignorant of customs and countries that lie beyond the border of the US -of- A.

Rabidly proselytizing the gospel of liberty, freedom and patriotism bestowed unto their nation via God and gun.

A walking caricature of . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: America the Not-So-Beautiful: God Shat His Grace On Thee

Song of the Watermelon: Referendums: The Perils and the Possibilities

Direct democracy is to representative democracy what extra-virgin olive oil is to refined olive oil. The latter is more cost effective and, perhaps according to some, just as good. But to the connoisseur, there is no substitute for the real stuff.

In the fourth article of his ongoing series on democracy, Toronto Star columnist . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Referendums: The Perils and the Possibilities

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Byron’s Epic Swims: Leaving England

Though most famous for his poetry, war heroics, and womanizing, Lord Byron’s greatest achievements all took place in the water. He was born with a deformity in his right foot, or as it was so sensitively known in the 18th … Continue reading →

. . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Byron’s Epic Swims: Leaving England

World Headlines Review: Switzerland: Swiss Franc -ly Under Attack

Separate reports this week in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuericher Zeitung (NZZ) are highlighting the difficult choices Switzerland, and by extension other nations, are facing in the continued onslaught of effective currency devaluation by US and Eurozone officials. The Greenback and the Euro have fallen significantly against the Franc and other currencies in the past . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Switzerland: Swiss Franc -ly Under Attack