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Sketchy Thoughts: Fire the Cops! A Book Review

Sketchy Thoughts: The Prevention of Our Breathing and Catching Our Second Wind, by Sanyika Shakur

We Can’t Breathe without control of our destiny!

We Can’t Breathe under neo-colonialism!

We Can’t Breathe with capitalism’s hands around our throats!

We Can’t Breathe under bourgeois democracy!

We Can’t Breathe under genocidal violence!

We Can’t Breathe under imperialism!

The Can’t Breathe in overcrowded u.s. prisons!

We Can’t Breathe under amerikan dyseducation!

We Can’t Breathe believing the lies that we are amerikans!

We Can’t Breathe as soldiers in your military!

We Can’t Breathe under reformist slogans like “No justice No peace!”

We Can’t Breathe being mis-led by oppo-same preachers, teachers & presidents!

We Can’t Breathe under your pledge (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: DDM Calling For Mistrial! #RoboCon

Hapless Dean Del Mastro, the former Prime Ministerial Parliamentary Secretary is supposed to soon find out how long he’ll spend in jail away from his wife and baby child.

What's the difference between $21K and $20K? No kids, not $1000, it is a mistrial! #DelMastro #DDM

— Far Side Peter (@FarSidePtbo) January 27, 2015

OPSEU Diablogue: Hospital Cuts: Barrett could be hero or goat depending on the future of Chesley’s Restorative Care Unit

Michael Barrett has a problem. The CEO of the South West Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN) now has the ball in his court as local support has been building to save the restorative care unit at the Chesley Hospital, … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why Is Canada Selling LAVs to Saudi Arabia?

This shocking news story came up about a year ago, but it’s back in the news because oil crashed, and Alberta tarsand hillbillies freaked out about Saudi Arabia (finally).

The Light Armored Vehicles will be used against civilians protesting injustice in a theocratic, and authoritarian country.

Excited Delirium: Another Rate Cut? The Cons Are That Desperate.

Stephen Harper may yet again take an unprecedented move and manipulate monetary policy again in a desperate attempt to jump-start the economy prior to the 2015 election. The great ‘economist leader’ is proving to be a failure.

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, Week 3: A Mountie mourned; a politician quits; a football deflates.

Following the utterly pointless shootings of two RCMP officers in St. Albert, the question was asked: why was Shawn Rehn, the killer, walking free? It’s a good question. Rehn was a longtime scumbag, having served prison time for various misdeeds. He should have served more time, probably, but didn’t. He apparently stole the truck that the ill-fated Mounties had come to investigate. As the facts became clearer, it appears Rehn was just another minor league punk pushed through the overburdened judicial system, a bad guy, a career petty criminal, who was likely one crime away from a long prison term. (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Danielle Smith to former Wildrose supporters: I didn’t leave you, you left me!

Danielle Smith to Wildrose Party members: I didn’t leave you! It was you that left me!

Ever since the former Opposition leader shocked Alberta and significant parts of the rest of the country on Dec. 17 by leading a parade of Wildrose Party MLAs over to the Progressive Conservative benches, we’ve been hearing her working up her key talking points.


Alberta Diary: How the mighty have fallen: former finance minister Doug Horner pulls the plug on provincial politics

Doug Horner, who was clearly the best qualified of the three frontrunners in the 2011 race for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party, pulled the plug on provincial politics yesterday.


Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Down Bayview

John Klein:

Here’s what was happening in Toronto 30 years ago today.

Originally posted on Grandparents' Journal:

Jan. 22, 1985

Up at 22 degrees this a.m. & up a bit further later, compacting the snow & making frightful slush on the roads. Called Faith & Peg, then went down Bayview. The walking wasn’t too bad, mostly packed snow. Post office & (Bedalis) & home. Then over to Station K for Edith’s parcel. She sent 2 nice calendars & 4 pictures of Sept & Halloween. Also a story of TV raccoons dictated by John. My b.d. present (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fossils To Museums

I was an 8 year old awash in fossils, so I was a tad more generous than this former 9 year old PEI lad with his much more valuable fossil. I donated a lower mandible piece from a ~12,000,000 year old Saskatchewan rhino to the Sask. Natural History (now Royal Sask.) Museum in the 1980s. I too used plastic bristle brushes (AKA tooth brushes) to dust off fossils I collected from the surface of a gravel pit near Wood Mountain, SK. Many more fossils and fossil fragments from that pit have since ended up in cement in the area.

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Excited Delirium: Fiscal Policy In Shambles, Cons Now Screw Up Monetary Policy

The Cons have prorogued their budget and will likely have to hold off on disclosing financial results until the spring. In a desperate attempt to squeeze some life into Canada’s anemic economy – an ailing economy because of the reliance on Alberta oil revenue and neglect of our manufacturing industry – the Cons have turned [...]

Alberta Diary: What’s the hurry? Jim Prentice push for early vote feels manipulative, bad for Alberta

Does anybody seriously think Alberta needs another election right now?

Yeah, I know, Premier Jim Prentice and his Progressive Conservative legislative caucus want one.

But do we need one, right at this particular moment?


Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Lang Still at CBC

Amanda Lang still hasn’t been suspended from reporting for the CBC. Meanwhile, Global did a little required housecleaning.

“When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power.” – George Monbiot

.@CBCOmbudsman How can Lang take money for a speaking tour sponsored by a company recently in the news?

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) April 16, 2013

@saskboy Lang no longer speaking at CORE conference according to CBC News Editor in Chief@jmcguirecbc

— Esther Enkin (@CBCOmbudsman) April 18, 2013

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OPSEU Diablogue: Action: Lives of four busloads of Canadian youth at stake in Federal budget

The change in fortune for the federal government is making Jeff Moat very nervous. The CEO of Partners for Mental Health, Moat has been lobbying federal MPs to support a five-year $100 million project to pilot a youth suicide prevention … Continue reading →

Left Over: Mood Indigo, and No Surprises Here, Folks…..

Chapters to close Robson store in downtown Vancouver Chapters Indigo blames high rent as it prepares to shut down its flagship Vancouver location

CBC News Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:15 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 19, 2015 6:58 PM PT

For those of us old enough to remember, Robson St. used to be a friendly, vibrant place to shop, full of independent shops and especially European-style retail, restaurants and others…independent grocers, Asian restaurants abounded…it was a wonderful, welcoming place.. Then, the landlords got greedy (surprise, surprise!) Suddenly, all those wonderful shops started closing down, a bunch of high-end typical (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: What Would Ralph Do? Faced with plummeting oil prices, as a matter of fact, he taxed and spent

What would Ralph do?

In a typically lame editorial over the weekend, the Edmonton Sun asked: “If Premier Ralph Klein were facing a $7-billion drop in revenues in the coming year, how would he handle it?”

Drawing inspiration from those evangelical Christians whose test for the rightness and righteousness of any action is asking, “What would Jesus do?” — often abbreviated for bumper-sticker purposes to WWJD — the Sun’s editorial brain trust proposes a similar test for Alberta. To wit: “What would Ralph do?”

Read more on This link goes perfectly with the article below. Love you John Oliver Climate scientist and Green party MLA Dr. Andrew Weaver: The politics and suppression of science

Dr. Weaver is lecturing at the University of Victoria for the next two weeks in a climate change and society environmental studies course. He exudes passion like you wouldn’t believe and has not let the wear of politics affect his sense of humour.

He displayed the most recent (2008-2012) public opinion polls on climate change. 26% of Americans and 14% of Canadians do not believe in the existence of global warming. This clearly infused an eagerness in Dr. Weaver and he flared up a little. He laughed, frantically gestured, and said

‘This question wasn’t asking are humans causing this? it was simply do you believe it! This is like (Read more…) If you too are one of those crazy people who believes one person can make a difference

If you too believe in the power of one here are some things that you can do that will change the world, I promise.

If its Yellow Let it Mellow: Ew right? Yes, I know, there are situations where one simply cannot let it mellow. For example: you are on a first date, finishing off the night by having your first heart-to-heart over a glass of wine. I get it, in this case it is simply not cool to let it mellow. We have impressions to keep up here. But in your own home every saved flush makes a huge difference.

The american water (Read more…)

Susan on the Soapbox: Steven Salaita to Speak at University of Alberta, January 13th

Originally posted on Arts Squared:

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Left Over: Should the CBC Walk the Proverbial Plank?


The only valid argument for saving the CBC is that it has a MANDATE, coast to coast to coast, to be there for all the people of this country, to disseminate information (however flawed that process might be these days..) and news for the entire country, especially those less well-served by the media as it exists today.. Let’s be honest here, if all CBC did was make such turgid dramcoms as Republic of Doyle, King of Kensington, etc etc I would say toss it, too… But the fact that anyone anywhere in this country (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Passive House in Alaska Heated By Sun

More Canadian homes need to be built like this to survive coming fossil fuel shortages. It certainly saves a lot of money for the homeowner.

Passive House in Alaska using water insulated in a tank as a giant battery for energy.

The world would have forgotten the Saskatchewan house, too, were it not for a quirky German physicist interested in energy-saving buildings. After studying the Saskatchewan house and a handful of similar buildings, Dr. Wolfgang Feist wrote a mathematically precise — and elegantly simple — criterion for designing buildings that require less than a tenth of the energy of (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Terror as wedge issue: anticipating PM Stephen Harper’s ‘anti-terror’ legislation

It remains to be seen what Prime Minister Stephen Harper will do with his new “anti-terror legislation,” announced in the emotional aftermath of the shooting on Parliament Hill as the story of the murderous rampage in Paris was still unfolding.

My guess is Harper himself doesn’t fully know yet because the legislation is likely still to be stitched together from a surveillance state wish list concocted by various players in the security services, the corporate sector and the political executive. So the bill, which has probably been coming together since December’s attack by a lone man with a lever-action hunting (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Gram of Prevention is Worth a Kiloliter of Benzine

If you don’t know how to fix things, stop breaking them.

Stewart, however, said it could take months for the steam to cool and the pressure to drop. He said that means any leaks from the well could continue for months.

He also expressed doubts that a cleanup is possible

“I don’t know how you get benzine out of an aquifer. There’s no process for filtering it out. It’s basically a mix of carcinogenic chemicals into this underground water system. It’s not like you can put in a scrubber and clean it all up,” Stewart said.

“The only solution (Read more…)