PHOTOS: Alaska Governor Bill Walker illustrates about how much is left in the northern state’s budget now that oil prices have gone south. (Alaska Dispatch News photo.) Below: The wild rose, official flower of both Alaska and Alberta; baked Alaska, g… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Baked Alaska and the Fraser Institute: what changes, and what doesn’t, when oil prices fall and the money melts
PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CBC Photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. Bottom: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is either demonized or ignored by Western mainstream media. In light of the inevitably angry and emotional response to the Paris terror attacks on Friday the 13th, for . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics
It’s pretty hard to exaggerate our indifference to early-onset impacts of climate change. They’re here, they’re worsening before our eyes and, more often than not, we ignore them. Some call it the “boiling frog” syndrome.
The New Republic offers up a cautionary tale of drought-stricken Texas and the collapse of the state’s once legendary cattle . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Texans and Frogs. What Do They Have in Common?
After months warning Albertans that declining oil prices will have dire consequences unless we ‘tighten their belts‘ and make ‘tough choices,” Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has made some tough decisions of his own. Returning home from an official government visit to Houston, Texas… Continue Reading →
Walmart is best known for predatory corporate behaviour that damages communities and for the “interesting” people who shop there. One thing that Walmart does is pit one small town against the other to get cheap land and better tax rates, this sometimes means that an existing Walmart gets abandoned.
A small Texas town decided to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Abandoned Walmart Becomes a Library
Well I guess North Korea doesn’t have a monopoly on this any more.
The great state of Texas wants to implant lies in the minds of its youngsters.
Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Texas Brainwashing Youth
Late night Hump Day rawk out continues unabated:
Filed under: music, Uncategorized Tagged: music, Nervebreakers, power pop, punk, rock, Texas, The Troggs, video
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: “You got me so that my nerves are breaking”
The Fraser Institute: peddling conclusions that don’t match the evidence and have enough holes to store captured carbon. Actual Fraser Institute “fellows” may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: A piece of Swiss cheese, which may actually resemble the claims in a Fraser Institute press release, metaphorically speaking.
If the Fraser Institute told . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: What the Fraser Institute’s numbers actually show, minus the spin: Alberta has a revenue problem, not a spending problem
A worker in Fort McMurray prepares to drive this truck through the holes in the Fraser Institute’s “report,” which claims Alberta’s finances are in worse shape than those of places like Texas, North Dakota and Louisiana. Below: The Norwegian oil port of Stavanger, which, according to the Fraser Institute, doesn’t exist!
Alberta should . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: You could drive one of those tar sands heavy haulers through the gaping holes in the latest Fraser Institute ‘study’ of Alberta’s finances
Texas is an American state best known for its gun-loving, big truck driving, cowboy, remember the Alamo culture. It is the last place I’d expect high speed rail infrastructure to actually get support in the USA. The good news here is that not only are Texans in favour of high speed rail – the private . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: High Speed Rail Coming to……Texas?
Canada or USA? USA or Canada? Texas Senator Ted Cruz, visible between the signs, ponders what he should do. Actual Tea Party favourites may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Cruz waves bye-bye to his fellow Canadians … maybe; Lord Black of Crossharbour.
It’s said here that Calgary native Ted Cruise needs . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!
I’m in Austin right now attending (and presenting) at the Captivate Conference and this city has come to impress me. While I’m at that conference about digital design there is another conference happening in Austin that readers of this site may enjoy: SXSW Eco. It’s an event focused on making the world a better place!
. . . → Read More: Things Are Good: SXSW ECO in Austin Texas
It is an interesting story. An unusual illness. Drunk without drinking.
Having a beer gut took on a new meaning for a Texas man studied by U.S. researchers, who found that his overgrowth of yeast in his body was making him drunk because he was brewing beer from within. (Rick Rycroft/Associated Press
“The man . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Man produces beer in his guts
Harper offers Obama climate plan to win Keystone approval Sources say PM willing to accept emissions reduction targets proposed by the U.S. By Chris Hall, National Editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 6, 2013 2:15 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 6, 2013 10:08 PM ET
First he pontificates (through his rough stuff, Baird, Harper’s . . . → Read More: Left Over: I’ll See Your Bombs, and Raise You Climate Change….
Yours Truly visiting the Texas House of Representatives in the State Capitol building in Austin, Texas – and thinking about what to say to Ryan Hastman on EdmontionPolitics.com. Below: The author with LBJ, sort of, and looking particularly fierce for the benefit of our Texan hosts.
Last week, just as my daughter Lily . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 5: Praise, political priorities and poetry
Apparently, some think so: And a Texas congressman claimed, incorrectly, that male fetuses of 15 weeks have been observed to masturbate, thus making abortion wrong.
Tabatha Southey sums up the absurd spectacel of Texas legislators – in 2013! – trying desperately to shut down a filibuster by a lone senator: Late Tuesday night, close . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: In Texas, do male fetuses masturbate?
Who could have seen this coming? Recommend this Post
This week’s FFP is a new one-hour documentary by Garrett Graham (in collaboration with the Tar Sands Blockade) about the direct action efforts of activists in Texas, who try to stop construction of the planned Alberta tar sands pipeline. There is some seriously heavy-handed narration at the beginning, but if you can get through . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Friday Film Pick: Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade
Poor Rick Perry as his ‘Oops’ended his candidacy.
A damning new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reveals some startling information regarding pollution in the state of Texas. According to the report, oil refineries and chemical plants in the state are releasing tens of thousands of tons of pollution every year, without as much as a peep from . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution
DeSmogBlog, on multiple occasions, has reported that the damage caused by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" in the unconventional oil and gas industry goes far beyond water contamination, put in the spotlight by the documentary film "Gasland." The multi-pronged harms were tackled in a comprehensive manner in our report, "Fracking the Future."
One . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: EOG Resources: The Gas Corporation That Does It All From Cradle to Grave
In this video, the CBC News reported from Texas where even tough-on-crime Republicans told Canada not to follow America’s failed path of mandatory sentences and massive prison expansion, which cost them billions and drove crime rates up. The report warned about the consequences of this un-Canadian and vindictive criminal justice approach: billions of taxpayers’ dollars; . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: What Republican Texas Said About Harper’s Crime Bill C-10
At an industry public relations conference last year, Michael Kehs of Chesapeake Energy described a Wall Street Journal op-ed to gathered oil and gas officials, saying it pointed out the industry's "credibility problem."
“And I’m sure some of it relates to defensiveness,” Kehs added. (MP3 Audio)
For years, the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Oil and Gas Industry Moves to Silence Critics
As though sane people are short of reasons to decry capital punishment.
Steve Staley may be the new poster boy for state barbarism. Stanley is on Death Row in Texas for the 1989 murder of a restaurant manager he shot while trying to elude police.
Steve has been mentally disturbed since childhood. “He has a . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Fixin’ to Execute Steve Staley