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The Disaffected Lib: Why the World’s Eyes Will Be on Canada on October 19th

Next week’s general election will decide whether we can restore the Rule of Law and a functional democracy to Canada. Both hinge on driving Stephen Harper out of office. Yet that’s just scratching the surface of what it means to Canada and to the world to rid our country of this thug.

In the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Why the World’s Eyes Will Be on Canada on October 19th

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Brendan O’Neill writes that the UK Cons are following in Stephen Harper’s footsteps by pushing the concept of thought policing. And George Monbiot rightly criticizes the gross inflation of supposed terror threats and simultaneous neglect of far more serious risks: A global survey published last week by . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Anna Leventhal warns against the danger that even the best-intentioned of charity drives might be seen as replacing the need for social supports: Now campaigns are ubiquitous, and range from book tours to pet surgeries to basic subsistence for marginalized people in crisis. But with crowdfunding increasingly called . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: The Worst Case Scenario

FIFTY? Fifty self-reinforcing feedback mechanisms are now active? University of Arizona professor emeritus, natural resources, ecology and evolutionary biology, Guy McPherson no longer pursues pure science, environmental research. He can’t. He’s too busy digesting the mountains of research pouring in from other scientists and connecting the dots.

There’s really no nice way to put this. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Worst Case Scenario

The Disaffected Lib: Tony’s Meltdown Continues

Australia’s caricature of a prime minister, Tony Abbott, has wasted no time since narrowly defeating his backbench to hold onto his job, in confirming what the Australian public have long concluded – he’s a nutjob, a true loose cannon.

This time it was submarines that gave Abbott another meltdown.  Literally since Abbott was elected . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Tony’s Meltdown Continues

The Disaffected Lib: Aussie Fireworks Rescheduled. The Spill Happens Monday.

Perhaps Tony Abbott hoped that moving his caucus ‘spill’ vote to Monday instead of Tuesday would leave his main leadership threat, Malcolm Turnbull, unable to make up his mind whether to challenge the prime minister.

Sorry, Tony.  As it happens, Turnbull’s people apparently got to him today and they claim he’s going for . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Aussie Fireworks Rescheduled. The Spill Happens Monday.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Tony Abbott, and the Great Terrorist Conspiracy

It all looks and sounds so familiar. A wild looking gunman terrorizes a cafe in Sydney, killing two people, and traumatizing a city and nation.And even though police say there is no evidence the man was a real terrorist, the country's Prime Minister is quick to plant that idea in the minds of his . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Tony Abbott, and the Great Terrorist Conspiracy

The Disaffected Lib: Top British Tories Slam Tony Abbott. Carol Goar Gnaws on Harper.

Who better to give Australian prime minister Tony Abbott a real hiding but a number of prominent Tories.  Real Tories, not what passes for conservative under the Harper regime.  Real Tories, as in the Brits.

The attitude of Prime Minister Tony Abbott to the global challenges of climate change is “eccentric”, “baffling” and “flat earther”, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Top British Tories Slam Tony Abbott. Carol Goar Gnaws on Harper.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Vladimir Putin, and the Great G20 Showdown

OMG. I see Stephen Harper has stolen the spotlight at the G20 summit, by going dictator to dictator, with Vladimir Putin.Stephen Harper told Russian President Vladimir Putin flatly that he needs "to get out of Ukraine," when the two met at a Group of 20 summit of major economies in Brisbane.Or mano a . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Vladimir Putin, and the Great G20 Showdown

The Disaffected Lib: Dear Tony, You Can Kiss Our…

A group of Australians gathered on Bondi Beach to bury their heads in the sand in protest of their prime minister’s fossil fuel fetish.

More than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand on Australia’s Bondi Beach on Thursday, mocking the government’s reluctance to put climate change on the agenda of a G20 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Dear Tony, You Can Kiss Our…

Politics and its Discontents: This Explains A Lot

The above picture helps to illustrate why industrialized nations seem so cavalier about climate change. Click here for details.

Meanwhile, Stephen Harper’s climate soul mate, Australia’s Tony Abbott, has just extended a giant middle finger to the world’s developing countries: Australia is resisting a last-ditch push by the US, France and other European . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: This Explains A Lot

The Disaffected Lib: "Coal Is The Future" – Tony Abbott

Australia’s prime ministerial windbag, Tony Abbott, leaves no doubt about where he stands on climate change – it’s “crap.”  Since coming to power, the now seriously unpopular Abbott has wasted no time boosting coal energy, coal exports and dismembering the country’s renewable energy and climate change initiatives.

Here’s what Abbott had to say today . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: "Coal Is The Future" – Tony Abbott

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Planet Burners

He would have us believe that terrorism is a greater threat than climate change. But with every day that passes the burning planet proves Stephen Harper wrong.For imagine what might happen if a city of 20 million people runs out of water. Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Planet Burners

Montreal Simon: Big Daddy Harper and the Climate of Fear

Well in my last post I predicted that Stephen Harper would try to use the ISIS threat to behead Canadians in their bedrooms, to maximum political advantage.By trying to make it sound like we are in real danger, and that only a Great Strong Leader like Himself can save us.And sure enough there he . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Big Daddy Harper and the Climate of Fear

The Disaffected Lib: Why Getting Our Arab Allies Off Their Fat, Pampered Asses Matters

Since Obama started this ‘get ISIS’ coalition-building business, the Sunni Arab world has been conspicuous by its absence.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s chief foreign correspondent, Paul McGeough, weighs in on Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s decision to jump in with both boots.

The smart thing for Western leaders in the wake of John Kerry’s . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Why Getting Our Arab Allies Off Their Fat, Pampered Asses Matters

The Disaffected Lib: The Chunder Down Under

Let’s get this unpleasantness out of the way.  “Chunder” is an Australian colloquialism for vomit, puke.  The latest chunder from Down Under comes to us via Tony Abbott’s chief business adviser, Maurice Newman.  The chairman of the prime minister’s Business Advisory Council warns that Australia is dangerously unprepared for – wait for it – . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Chunder Down Under

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Tories invite Mike Allen back in, Wildrose show Joe Anglin the door

TweetProgressive Conservative MLAs have voted to extend an invitation to Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen to rejoin their caucus. Mr. Allen, a relatively popular first-term politician in his constituency, left the PC caucus after he was arrested while trying to hire two prostitutes in St. Paul, Minnesota. Unfortunately for the Mr. Allen, the prostitutes . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Tories invite Mike Allen back in, Wildrose show Joe Anglin the door

Montreal Simon: The Sad Bromance of Stephen Harper and Tony Dumb Dumb

Well as you may remember, a few days ago I wrote about Tony Abbott's visit to Canada, to see his good buddy Stephen Harper.The man he calls a "beacon" to the entire Conservative world.And I told you how the bromance was so hot and heavy it almost set off the fire detectors at 24 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Sad Bromance of Stephen Harper and Tony Dumb Dumb

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Neera Tanden points out that a wide range of citizens rely on a strong safety net at one time or another – and suggests that it’s long past time to start discussing how important social programs have been in our own lives: I believe we have a historic . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Tim Hudak, and the Con Climate Change Deniers

When I first saw this picture of Stephen Harper and Tony Abbott having breakfast together, I thought something had gone wrong with their "special relationship."I mean they both looked so tense, and the cat looked sooooo jealous.And that even after Abbott called Harper a "beacon" for Conservatives all over the world.But I guess Steve . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Tim Hudak, and the Con Climate Change Deniers

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Groupie from Down Under

Well he may be making a fool of himself on the world stage. Posing as a champion of democracy and Vladimir Putin's worst nightmare. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russian President Vladimir Putin is an “extreme nationalist” and an “imperialist” who is threatening global peace and security. And he doesn’t mind standing alone in . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Groupie from Down Under

The Disaffected Lib: New Zealand – Australia’s Climate Change Lifeboat

Australia is somewhat ahead of the global average for climate change temperature rise.  The country just passed the 1C mark.   There’s obviously plenty more heat on the way in the future, just as there is everywhere else from existing atmospheric greenhouse gases, not even counting the additional GHGs we’ll be adding to the stack . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: New Zealand – Australia’s Climate Change Lifeboat

The Disaffected Lib: Denialists Are Not Skeptics, Even When You Turn the Planet Upside Down.

Maybe the time has come when the onus of proof should shift off the shoulders of climate science and onto the shoulders of the denialist community.   You say it’s all a hoax then prove it.  You say what’s happening now is just natural variability, then prove it.  You say that mankind isn’t driving it, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Denialists Are Not Skeptics, Even When You Turn the Planet Upside Down.

The Disaffected Lib: If This is Fact, We Need to Rethink Our Bitumen Policy, Pipelines Included.

Word is coming out of the discovery of a truly massive, shale oil field in Australia that’s expected to produce from 233 upwards to 400-billion barrels of crude oil.   That’s crude oil, not bitumen.

Even at the lowest range, 233-billion barrels considerably exceeds Canada’s 175-billion barrel petro-reserves, most of which are high-cost, high-carbon bitumen.

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: If This is Fact, We Need to Rethink Our Bitumen Policy, Pipelines Included.

The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Enviro-Bum-Buddy Wastes No Time Following in the Great Man’s Path

Love is literally blossoming between 24 Sussex Drive and The Lodge in Canberra, the respective residences of Sideshow Steve Harper and his newly fledged Australian mirror image, Tony Abbott.

Abbott wasted no time in repealing Australia’s carbon tax, a move that earned him kudos from the Harper regime that proceeded to commend Abbott’s move . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Enviro-Bum-Buddy Wastes No Time Following in the Great Man’s Path