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OPSEU Diablogue: Tainted blood survivors come out in Hamilton, London and Windsor

Tainted has been on the road for three days now, encountering enthusiastic, emotional and well-informed audiences in Hamilton, London and Windsor. Next week there will be six more performances in Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa and Thunder Bay. Two special performances will … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Partial Solar Eclipse

The partial clouds ruined the partial eclipse viewing, but I caught a few fleeting seconds here and there with a small crowd of astronomers from the RASC at the Science Centre.

A kind astronomer gave me a pair of these glasses:

I’ve been trying to take daily photos of the huge sunspot too, but clouds have been in the way the last two days when I’ve tried.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Where Saskatchewan Comes To Count

Saskatchewan’s lovable radio host asks: “What are you thinking and feeling about 1) our Canada today b) yesterday on the “Hill” and c) the cowardice and evil in our midst. Is Canada different today? How do we deal with terrorism and radicals?”

1) Worried the attack will be used as an excuse to make it harder to visit our public buildings. b?) You mean 2)? c) OK, we’ll stick with letters now. The cowardice and evil is refusing to deal with our fossil fuel additions, and going to war to secure a source in the Middle East. How (Read more…)

Left Over: Morphing Tragedy into Terror: the Harper Agenda

Canada won’t be cowed by terrorism, or by a draconian response to its threat The Ottawa shooting requires a measured reaction. We won’t let this society be divided into ‘us and them’ Emer O’Toole, Thursday 23 October 2014 04.33 ED

You that never done nothin’ But build to destroy You play with my world Like it’s your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly.

-from “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan


I found Harper’s speech (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: Ottawa

Canadians have a path they can follow after today’s events in Ottawa. Let’s hope we choose a new beginning instead of an end to what few freedoms we have left.

Excited Delirium: Ottawa Shooting

Shooting in Ottawa.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ottawa Attacked

A sad day of note in Canadian political history, as Parliament Hill was under gunfire today. A soldier was also shot at the nearby War Memorial.

Putting the day’s events into perspective though, are Canadians less safe today because of our political leader’s choice to take us to war in Iraq against ISIS? Possibly. That threat shouldn’t mean a single change to our daily lives though, since we don’t alter our behaviour to avoid the much more deadly threat of being killed by a home-grown drunk driver.

Please Canada – be safe but don't let this change us the way (Read more…)

OPSEU Diablogue: Champlain CCAC in freefall as patients get dropped from home care

“It’s a question of how we can do work more efficiently and maybe less people.” – Patrice Connolly, vice-president of people and stakeholder engagement, Champlain CCAC. The Ottawa Sun is reporting the Champlain CCAC has cut services to a patient … Continue reading →

Excited Delirium: On Empty Campaign Promises

Why do people vote for candidates that promise to stop gravy trains and run cities like businesses? More importantly, why do people fall for these empty promises?

OPSEU Diablogue: Buoyant Action Assembly renews plan to tackle privatization

They had to dodge a marathon to get there, but it was worth it. Participants at this weekend’s Ontario Health Coalition Action Assembly were in a buoyant mood despite the many challenges facing the health system. Rather than finding defeat, … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Scottish Fish Invented Sex

I'm not sure I can bear hearing that the Scottish invented both #curling AND #sex. #Scotland

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 20, 2014

Microbrachius dicki was the fish that realized it could use sex to reproduce. Feeling unsatisfied, fish eventually returned to spawning instead.

MT @CBCQuirks "Sex first emerged 'in ancient Scottish lake' (insert joke here) " – Microbrachius dicki. Insert Dicki joke is what he did.

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) October 20, 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Make The Documentary of #ElxnFraud in #cdnpoli

Alison at Creekside has a much better summary of what’s happening behind the scenes on the RoboCon movie than I could hope to write. Warning: If you keep reading though, you may feel the urge to spend $20 or more dollars toward exposing Canada’s most effective election fraud criminals.

Ten minute promotional video on an investigative documentary in production which previews preliminary interviews. from The Script & Film Co. on Vimeo.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Loves Pits

We can’t have just one!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Women’s History Month #womenhistory

October is Women’s History Month. This year I was invited to the event at the Conexus Arts Centre, and I’d suggest you check it out next October.

Susan on the Soapbox: By-elections and Marshall McLuhan’s Light Bulb

By-elections are like McLuhan’s light bulb.

Marshall McLuhan, an Edmontonian who predicted the World Wide Web 30 years before it was invented, wrote books with evocative titles like The Mechanical Bride and The Gutenberg Galaxy, but none is more famous that his best-seller, The Medium is the Message.

Recognizing that no one had a clue what that phrase meant, McLuhan used the example of a light bulb.*

Marshall McLuhan

McLuhan pointed out that a light bulb, unlike say, a newspaper, has no content, and yet it has a social effect. When it is clicked on it allows people (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Sona Sentencing Taking Too Long #RoboCon

Michael Sona has to wait until next month to find out how much time he’s spending in jail for being convicted of participating in a nefarious scheme to defraud Guelph voters of their votes.

Crown says actions "damage public faith in the democratic process" #robocalls

— Laura Stone (@l_stone) October 17, 2014

Sona, btw, has been convicted but has not admitted to involvement in Guelph robocall. He may appeal. He hasn't commented much since verdict.

— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) October 17, 2014

Justice 4 #Robocalls won't B found 4 me till t/#CPC is no longer a legal entity in (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Lockout of Transit Workers Was Illegal

Saskatoon’s civic politicians are responsible for a City Manager who lost the City a month of transit service, at a price of over $1,000,000. Time for a firing, and maybe a few Councillors and the Mayor will lose their seats next time.

Storify: Reaction online to the Saskatoon Transit lockout ruling #yxe

— Janet French (@Jantafrench) October 17, 2014

City council nears midway point of four-year mandate. Wonder whether cloud of #yxetransit trouble will hang over 2016 election. #yxe #yxecc

— Phil Tank (@thinktankSK) October 17, 2014

The transit lockout has been ruled unlawful. It's unclear when (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Alberta sitrep: Return of the Bitumen Bubble, sort of, rains on otherwise cheerful Prentice parade

A little rain fell on Premier Jim Prentice’s parade yesterday, but the tune the was playing was still pretty cheerful. Below: union members tune up to celebrate the demise of Bill 46 yesterday by singing Solidarity Forever this morning.

Just when you think you’re finding your way out of the woods, there’s that damned Bitumen Bubble again.

This time, it’s crude oil prices that are declining – or, as they say in journalese, the official language of the Internet, “plummeting.”

This is handy for conservatives once they’re elected and want to cut the crap out of public services they (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Experimenting with email Encryption

This may be useful at some point in the future, to verify a message came from the real me.


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OPSEU Diablogue: Ebola threat should spark overdue investment in public health

In September Peterborough residents narrowly avoided the first strike in their health unit’s history. Despite acknowledging significant inequities in how they compensate staff, the Peterborough County-City Health Unit argued they couldn’t afford to play catch-up with the smallest of the … Continue reading →

Sketchy Thoughts: Justice for Jennifer Laude

on the main Kersplebedeb website:

bastard.logic: Tuesday Night Playlist: Canadian Metal Is Canadian.

Yes, yes it is:


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Left Over: Harper’s Zipper: Stuck Again


Conservatives’ copyright law changes could backfire Does the government really want to trigger a debate over the use of political attack ads?

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Oct 14, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 14, 2014 8:12 AM ET

The Cons haven’t had much success so far in trashing Junior Trudeau…well, not too surprising, but then they are guilty of the same sort of overstatement, so hard for the pot to call the kettle..and what they’ve focused on seems odd in the extreme..if their new regulation vis a vis the press and what is and (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flirting With Fascism

ICYMI: @DonMartinCTV does his last word on changes to the Copyright Act @ctvnewschannel #cdnpoli

— CTV Power Play (@CTV_PowerPlay) October 9, 2014

It’s about damn time someone in the MSM noted the obvious. This isn’t akin to calling Harper a Nazi; It’s about calling a spade a spade. Hijacking news footage for propaganda purposes, is entirely unethical for any political party.

Harper’s latest “nefarious scheme” should be called out for what it is. Too bad this sort of thing isn’t enough to change more minds about him.

Uncool for @DonMartinCTV to say PMSH is "flirting with fascism"; proper (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #EnergyEast Hot Tub Party

TransCanada wants to use an old pipe that was designed for another product, and send tarsand bitumen through it, under Regina and many communities.

What municipalities are crazy enough to allow this?

TransCanada is a bit like someone offering to host a hot tub party while they know they have explosive diarrhea.