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Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery

Giles Tremlett for the Guardian In his restaurant overlooking the Med at Mataró, a few miles north of Barcelona, Ricard Jornet declares himself an insumiso, a rebel who refuses to obey government demands to pay a so-called “tax on sunshine” for an award-winning solar power installation that allows his business to function almost exclusively off… More Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Skip The Wishes

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement intended to remove red tape for international trade, so if someone overseas can provide a product at a better price than a local producer, the market decides instead of national or regional pride, or even Health Canada regulations. Congrats, your milk could soon have banned hormones in […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Skip The Wishes

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 17: The impossible is now probable

Thought Batman vs. Superman was unwatchable? Just wait until Trump vs. Clinton. With the prospects of stopping crazed billionaire Donald Trump looking more remote with each passing primary (the Trumpster went five-for-five on Tuesday) Ted Cruz and John Kasich joined forces in an attempt to derail the Trump express. The vile Cruz and professional nice […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 17: The impossible is now probable

OPSEU Diablogue: An ounce of prevention: Fighting poverty improves health

Imagine two children, born on the same day, at the same hospital, to different parents. One family is rich, the other is poor. Experts say one of those kids will grow up to be healthier than the other. Which one … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: An ounce of prevention: Fighting poverty improves health

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Being a Cyborg Can Leave a Lot to Think About

Pacemakers and Piracy: The Unintended Consequences of the DMCA for Medical Implantshttps://t.co/uGz68CtR7V pic.twitter.com/ZXFrZgRCBd — Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) April 25, 2016 “Today there are well over 3 million pacemakers and over 1.7 million ICD’s in use.” What should you do to close potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in your wireless implantable design? For one, make device security an […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Being a Cyborg Can Leave a Lot to Think About

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskOil

Learn all about the oil industry in Saskatchewan. From issues of mineral rights and salt water spills, to a lot more, you’ll learn a bit about what makes our economy and political system tick and grind. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskOil

Susan on the Soapbox: The Catholic Church’s Last Chance

Suing the Catholic Church is like throwing Jello at the wall, it’s a mess but not much sticks. Thousands of Canada’s First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Inuvialuit joined in a class action seeking compensation for the abuse they suffered in … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Catholic Church’s Last Chance

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 16: The purple reign of Prince

The biggest news story of the week was printed in purple. Prince, the diminutive, genre-spanning singer/songwriter/phenomenon, died unexpectedly this week at age 57. Even more than the death of David Bowie earlier this year (he was known to be sick, and always looked kinda sick), the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson rocked the rock world. […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 16: The purple reign of Prince

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CBC Censoring More Of My Comments

The following is blog navel gazing that you probably won’t be interested in, but I’m keeping a record of it for my amusement. A change (probably in personnel) about 2 months ago at CBC has prompted them to start disabling (deleting) some of my comments on their news stories. A collection of them is below […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: CBC Censoring More Of My Comments

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Not Faulted For Listening To Harper

3 years ago, I explained what was happening with the Duffy trial. Today it came to a close. It's about the credibility of Duffy vs. the credibility of the Harper PMO. One of them will take a big hit today. — Lawrence Martin (@LMartinOttawa) April 21, 2016 whatever else to think about #duffy verdict, good […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Not Faulted For Listening To Harper

TaylorOwen.com: Speech at Public Policy Forum Dinner

I recently received the Public Policy Forum’s Emerging Leader award. It was presented at their annual Testimonial Dinner, which brought together a pretty remarkable group of over a 1000 policy, business and media leaders. Below are the remarks that I gave: The video is here: https://vimeo.com/162134671 Full text: Thank you Premier MacLauchlan. It is an […] . . . → Read More: TaylorOwen.com: Speech at Public Policy Forum Dinner

Excited Delirium: Saudi Ambassador: Atheism = Subversion = Terrorism

Atheists are not terrorists. We need to start a Boycott-Divestment-Sanction campaign against Saudi Arabia similar to that started against Israel. . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Saudi Ambassador: Atheism = Subversion = Terrorism

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Aww, Poor Police

“That continuous accountability, continuously being in the public eye, and that having to be infallible … it puts a lot of pressure on our police officers, and contributes to their mental health.” Did he mean “poor mental health”? Imagine being watched all of the time. What kind of stress would that cause? Sorry for the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Aww, Poor Police

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 15: Rachael getting harried

The first, 100% NDP Alberta budget was released on Thursday, and it was a jaw dropper. Faced with a stunning decline in oil and gas revenues (two years ago, the government earned about $9 billion in revenues from oil and gas; this year, $1.4 billion) and soaring unemployment, the government chose to run up deficits. […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 15: Rachael getting harried

Parchment in the Fire: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

By George Monbiot Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it.… More Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Look At Who They Leap

“Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries” – NYT What are we going to do about it? Let’s pillory the people with the only plan capable of decarbonizing the economy in time, says Canadian MainStream[Corporate]Media. “Naomi Klein and the usual cadre of left-wing reliables want the NDP to ..” – National Post […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Look At Who They Leap

Left Over: Hey Horgan, Which Side Are You On?

Leap manifesto a bad fit for B.C. says NDP leader John Horgan ‘It doesn’t reflect the values of British Columbians,’ says NDP leader By Karin Larsen, CBC News Posted: Apr 12, 2016 10:24 AM PT Last Updated: Apr 12, 2016 10:24 … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Hey Horgan, Which Side Are You On?

Left Over: Wallflowering the One that Brung Ya…

Keeping Tom Mulcair may have been safer bet for NDP, history suggests Parties that have lost seats but kept their leaders have had more future success By Éric Grenier, for CBC News Posted: Apr 13, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Wallflowering the One that Brung Ya…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why Did Obama Kill the #KXL Pipeline?

Everything in this article isn’t perfect, but these parts are: Alberta’s problem is twofold: Its oilsands have been buried by fracked American oil that is both higher-value and cheaper to produce, while longer-term they face marginalization in a world committed to weaning itself off carbon. So another pipeline isn’t needed; oilsands production won’t be expanding […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Why Did Obama Kill the #KXL Pipeline?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Assange on #PanamaPapers

This is a great interview, it’s really thoughtful. What will journalism look like in 5 years? Wikileaks created a whole new model that’s being used in the production of stories about tax avoidance by the wealthy class, while the middle and… . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Assange on #PanamaPapers

Eh Types: Lame Duck L’Orange

An orange shock wave rolled over the Canadian political landscape yesterday. In its wake Tom Mulcair’s leadership of the NDP came to a sudden, even shocking end. Some time ago I made the case for why the NDP should choose a new leader. I was surprise… . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Lame Duck L’Orange

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 14: Rachel’s kitchen table chat

Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government has been big on doing things differently, or so they say, but this week she went back to the tried and true. At a cost of 90,000 taxpayer dollars, Notley joined pretty much every other Alberta premier in going directly to the public in troubled times with a televised address. […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 14: Rachel’s kitchen table chat

OPSEU Diablogue: Bloodwatch.org calls out minister over for-profit paid-donor plasma clinics

A lobby group fighting to ban paid-donor blood clinics is accusing the federal government of misleading the public. Bloodwatch.org is taking on the Health Minister Jane Philpott, for allowing a private clinic to open in Saskatoon and pay people for &#8… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: Bloodwatch.org calls out minister over for-profit paid-donor plasma clinics

Left Over: Be Unconventional – Create a Revolution in Policy….

Mulcair and the NDP head into couples therapy at convention NDP leader faces a divided party, with some calling for his departure and others standing behind him By Chris Hall, CBC News Posted: Apr 08, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Be Unconventional – Create a Revolution in Policy….

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Things Trudeau Must Do

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to do several things this year: legalize pot reform elections MMIW inquiry get renewable energy products into the hands of people you know If he fails to complete, or make meaningful progress on this list by Christmas time of 2016, I think he’ll de-inspire many of the fresh new Liberal […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Things Trudeau Must Do