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Trashy's World: Quote of the week…

… from the Guardian: Stephen Harper, Canada’s former prime minister, was a vacuous, anodyne nothing, as magnetic on the public stage as the podium he spoke from. His occasional efforts to ingratiate himself to younger voters – or rather the e… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Quote of the week…

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- The Guardian’s editorial board comments on the role public entrepreneurship should play in fostering economic development and avoiding bust cycles:The state’s only legitimate economic role is often seen as patc… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Democracy In Crisis

This is a clearer and more succinct explication of the rise of dangerous right-wing politics than I think I have ever heard.

Don't let Trump fool you: rightwing populism is the new normal

It might be tempting to view the political success of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as something uniquely American. But, argues Gary Younge, rightwing populism and scapegoating of society’s vulnerable is cropping up all across the west. This is what happens when big business has more power than governments

Posted by The Guardian on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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Alberta Politics: Succession planning: what do we do when the great Canadian newspapers die off?

PHOTOS: Never mind the world. Who will save Canadian democracy now? With apologies to Superman. Below: Joseph Howe in his prime, and with his ottoman; the author, holding forth while explaining something about the Edmonton Journal; Journal columnist Paula Simons. Yesterday’s claim by Frank Magazine that Postmedia Network Canada Ltd. will amalgamate its daily newspapers . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Succession planning: what do we do when the great Canadian newspapers die off?

Alberta Politics: Where are the ‘good Conservatives,’ prepared to speak against their party’s race-baiting tactics?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tactics have sparked protests, but Conservatives who should know better have been astonishingly quiet. (CommonDreams.org photo.) Below: Former St. Albert MLA Mary O’Neill, Independent MP Brent Rathgeber and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. ST. ALBERT, Alberta The single most disheartening thing about this long 2015 federal election campaign has been the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Where are the ‘good Conservatives,’ prepared to speak against their party’s race-baiting tactics?

Politics and its Discontents: A Sign I Would Live To See In Canada

This is how a politically disgruntled Brit is dealing with his frustration over the Tories.

Anyone in Canada up for a little creative protest? Recommend this Post

The Disaffected Lib: Meet The Guardian’s New Editor and Take Hope

When Alan Rusbridger retires this summer as editor in chief of The Guardian, Katherine Viner will fill his shoes and, as the first female editor of that venerable paper, she looks pretty impressive.

Viner does stand out from the London media crowd in being from Yorkshire, in the north of England, and for being . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Meet The Guardian’s New Editor and Take Hope

Politics and its Discontents: The Real Problem With Contemporary Journalism

The current scandal engulfing the CBC and Amanda Lang has made its way overseas into the cross-hairs of The Guardian’s George Monbiot.

After providing a summary, with appropriate links, of the sordid Lang tale that encompasses massive conflict of interest and management collusion, Monbiot has this to say: CBC refused to answer my questions, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Real Problem With Contemporary Journalism

Politics and its Discontents: Climate Change Adaptation

As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, adaptive measures will need to taken alongside of measures ameliorating the rate of change (if that is in fact still even possible).

One such step has been undertaken in California, a state that has been especially hard hit by drought. Orange County has undertaken an ambitious . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Climate Change Adaptation

Politics and its Discontents: Possibly The Most Important 60-Minutes You’ve Spent In A Good, Long While

Guardian enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, delivers a stark warning and a call to arms in this year’s Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute address. Monbiot warns that we’re about to feed the environment into the gaping maw of the financial sector so responsible for its current degradation.

Monbiot says that neo-liberalism will complete the devastation of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Possibly The Most Important 60-Minutes You’ve Spent In A Good, Long While

Alberta Diary: Climate change divestment movement gains ground in church – but not in Canadian media or political circles

Ho-hum… Some typical Canadian reporters, hard at work … Actual Canadian newsrooms may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Is he more influential than we imagined in Alberta?

CALGARY

When retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited Alberta’s Tarpatch capital of Fort McMurray last month and called the output from . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Climate change divestment movement gains ground in church – but not in Canadian media or political circles

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: From The Mound Of Sound: A Basis For Optimism

The Mound writes:

Hi Lorne. I spotted this article in the ‘comments’ section of The Guardian. It’s been a while since I heard anything this encouraging on the climate change front:

It’s something akin to an epidemic. In the Australian state of Queensland, solar power has become cheaper than coal-generated electricity. In . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: From The Mound Of Sound: A Basis For Optimism

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post: The Mound Of Sound

Yesterday, inspired by a link sent to me by The Mound of Sound, I wrote a post on some of the dire implications of the surveillance state and the preparations being made by The Pentagon to deal with mass civil breakdown.Today, a guest post by The Mound offers a sharp counterpoint to the pessimism . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post: The Mound Of Sound

Politics and its Discontents: They’ll Be Watching You

Every breath you takeEvery move you makeEvery bond you breakEvery step you takeI’ll be watching you.

-The Police – Every Breath You Take

Recent revelations, some of which I have written about, should make us all acutely aware that in the surveillance state, which now describes much of the world, our privacy is more a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: They’ll Be Watching You

Politics and its Discontents: The Window Of Opportunity Is Growing Increasingly Short

So says Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if we are to take action to limit the global average temperature increase to two degrees Celsius:

Six years ago we said that emissions would have to peak by 2015 if we wanted to hold them to 2C. The cost rises the later . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Window Of Opportunity Is Growing Increasingly Short

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, featuring my take on the IMF’s recent report (PDF) on the relationship between equality, redistribution and growth.

I’ve already linked to other responses to the report from the Guardian and the Economist. But the column raises a point left largely unaddressed in those pieces – and which seems particularly important given some of the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Sad Devolution

What was once Canada the cool, the country a 1991 Economist cover story called the “post-modern nation-state”, has now devolved into a rightwing hellhole.

So says The Guardian in an article entitled Sadly, Rob Ford epitomises what Canada has become. Using Toronto’s Chief Oaf Rob Ford and the hard-right policies of Stephen Harper as . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Sad Devolution

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– Emily Badger discusses how poverty affects people who are forced to use their physical and mental resources on bare survival: Human mental bandwidth is finite. You’ve probably experienced this before (though maybe not in those terms): When you’re lost in concentration trying to solve a problem like a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: On Bad Days And Defiance

Yesterday was not a good day for me. First, I awoke to read about the government raid on the Guardian office resulting in the destruction of computers containing some of the material leaked by Edward Snowden on illegal state surveillance. Eerily reminiscent of the U.S. Department of Justice raid on the Associated Press back . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Bad Days And Defiance

Politics and its Discontents: Chalk Up Another One For Orwell

Or, to update the metaphor, computers being destroyed by the govenment:

The message is clear: citizens do not have the right to material that would allow them to decide for themselves whether the overarching and illegal domestic spying being carried out by western ‘democracies’ is justified.

Following revelations of the baseless detainment of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chalk Up Another One For Orwell

Politics and its Discontents: Forced Feeding At Guantanimo

I really questioned whether I should put the following video on my blog, so graphic is it in its depiction of the forced feeding that 40 of the detainees in Guantanimo are currently being subjected to. Rapper Mos Def volunteered to undergo the procedure, for purposes that I think will become obvious if you have . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Forced Feeding At Guantanimo

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– Lest anybody think the Harper Cons’ combination of dishonesty and secrecy is limited to political payoffs, Blacklock’s reveals (PDF) that they subsidized the shipment of corporate jobs out of Canada – and didn’t deign to inform the public that the program existed until seven years after the fact.

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The Canadian Progressive: UN must challenge Canada’s complicity in mining’s human rights abuses

Canada is due for review at the UN human rights council – abuses by its mining companies must not be overlooked By: Meera Karunananthan | The Guardian (UK), Published on Wed Apr 24, 2013: Canada is scheduled for its universal periodic review (UPR) at the UN human rights council on 26 April. The UPR is . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: UN must challenge Canada’s complicity in mining’s human rights abuses

The Canadian Progressive: Indigenous rights are the best defence against Canada’s resource rush

First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet By: Martin Lukacs | The Guardian (UK), Published on Fri Apr 26, 2013: In a boardroom in a soaring high-rise on Wall Street, Indigenous activist Arthur Manuel is sitting across from one […]

The . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Indigenous rights are the best defence against Canada’s resource rush

Northern Insight: Patients exposed to harm on a staggering scale

This item first published here in September is worth republishing as the BC Liberal Gov’t takes more action against Therapeutics Initiative, a science based reviewer that troubles major pharmaceutical companies and their client politicians.  Make sure you read RossK’s recent piece: Nevermind The Stunt-O-Meters…The Therapeutics Initiative Is An Issue That Matters.

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The drugs don’t work: . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Patients exposed to harm on a staggering scale