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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Haters Gonna Hate

And Liars Gonna Lie.

So, one might expect @jkenney to retract that statement today but, I'm guessing, blame the mistake on bad information from DND and/or CDS.

— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) April 1, 2015

Here's @jkenney's statement in #HOC about precision-guided munitions, that has since be contradicted by the CDS.

— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) April 1, 2015

Parchment in the Fire: What is Behind the Collapse of the Centre Left Parties in Europe?

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Parchment in the Fire: The Rise of Podemos (3/3)

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Parchment in the Fire: The Rise of Podemos (2/3)

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskParty Avoids Clean Energy Boom

Saskatchewan leadership leaves a lot to be desired. Many people here are excited about how “strong” Saskatchewan is, thanks to SaskParty propaganda. We’ve also the strongest carbon air pollution per capita in the world, but few tend to talk about that here. Times are good, they’re good for me, and most of my friends (the ones who’ve not recently lost their jobs, that is). So why don’t I just shut up and enjoy myself? Maybe I do enjoy myself, maybe so much that I have an iota of time and money left over to care about how others are doing (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Baird Gold

It's probably nothing: Foreign Minister John Baird lobbied by Barrick Gold Corp.

— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) March 30, 2015

It’s not easy for a long-time politician to leave public life, even if they have a golden parachute.

The Common Sense Canadian: Lawyer warns LNG industry: Don’t count on power from Site C dam

Lawyer Rob Botterell represents First Nations and landowners in the Peace Valley region

The following is an open letter sent by lawyer Rob Botterell to the BC LNG Alliance, key BC Liberal ministers, and Treaty 8 First Nations. Site C Dam is being looked to as a possible source for the additional power required for proposed LNG plants on the BC coast.

Dear Respected First Nations, LNG Industry and BC Government Leaders:

In my capacity as a lawyer who has represented First Nations for many years, I am writing to you about the relationship between the planned Site C dam and the proposed new (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff happens, week 12: Prentice sets the stage; Smith shut down; no future in Future Shop

The story this week in Alberta is The Greatest Budget Ever Sold.

After weeks of Grim Jim Prentice telling us that the sky was falling, and it was falling on your head, his government delivered a budget that was full of cuts and tax increases. But it was full of little cuts and little tax increases, just enough to make people frown and go ‘harrumph’, but not enough to go ‘WTF??’ He raised funding for education by 2% – but won’t hire any new teachers (which will make all those new schools he promised kinda empty). He made cuts (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: If you cannot change FPTP, annoy!

Nobody has ever accused the Internet Intifada of being smart. Nor are all bloggers brilliant. The twits on Twitter can be quite antisocial and FaceBook denizens are like Adonis searching the vastness of the digital pool for their reflected self. And in all of these public venues uninformed opinions rage. Nobody seems to gain knowledge from experience. This comes to mind today in considering the arguments of people who want to change how Canadians vote. There is so much mealy-mouthed agreement among them that you would think that change is inevitable.

But it is not. Canadians like the first-past-the-post (FPTP) (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Bad Thinkers and the Unknown Knowns

I came across an interesting piece on bad thinking online recently. In it, the author argues some of the points I’ve mentioned in the past about people who believe in conspiracy theories, gossip and other online codswallop: The problem with conspiracy theorists is not, as the US legal scholar Cass Sunstein argues, that they have […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fisk On Harper

It’s articles like this one that make you wonder if the Canadian media is telling you everything you need to know. (Seriously though, that’s plainly obvious.)

If Stephen Harper is serious about criminalising ‘barbaric cultural practices’, then he should arrest himself for even suggesting it

And while he’s at it, he can lock up all the other Western leaders who have savaged the Muslim world too.

Harper […] is about to push a truly eccentric piece of legislation through parliament in Ottawa. It’s called – and I urge readers to repeat the words lest they think it’s already April (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: More Spy Stuff

The bottom half of this page is all about CSE.

Canada’s had a recent track record that’s bad. PONY EXPRESS ring a bell? So what is our watchdog really doing? Not much, judging by recent news reports.

If you're in Canada I'll be on @cbcasithappens shortly talking about our story exposing CSEC's secret hacking.

— Ryan Gallagher (@rj_gallagher) March 23, 2015

OPSEU Diablogue: Where’s Linda Knight now?

When the unhappy staff at the Niagara branch of CarePartners first entertained the idea of organizing themselves into a union, CarePartners owner Linda Knight picked up the phone and called each of the workers. She promised that things would get … Continue reading → Disruptive Power Book Site

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Parchment in the Fire: Podemos in Spain Ignite Alternatives

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In This Corner: Stuff happens, week 11: A bridge too bent; freedom for cable subscribers

The bendy-bendy portion of Edmonton’s newest bridge.

Here in Edmonton, the city is in the process of rebuilding a major bridge into the downtown. It’s the 102 Avenue bridge, which I wrote about so lovingly a while back. I’m sure you remember that, right? Of course you do.

Last Sunday the city closed down Groat Road (a heavily trafficked route into downtown Edmonton) underneath the bridge to affix the monstrous metal bridge spans. Everything went find until …. they bent. Yes, bent. Twisted like a crazy straw. Incredible. I don’t know how such a thing could happen, but I (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: YQR 360- Turning Homelessness Around

Originally posted on John Klein – Regina:

Coinciding with the 5 Days for the Homeless charity fundraiser, was another event at the University of Regina Friday afternoon. I caught the last half of it for you, and there were some really interesting comments from the audience and panel members.

When they were mentioning food banks, I felt like pointing out how grocery stores in Regina compact their trash, which actually contains hundreds of pounds of unexpired and edible food. The Food Bank didn’t usually send volunteers to pick up surplus bread products from a local grocery store (before it (Read more…)

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Left Over: A California Cautionary Tale…Served Dry

Drought-ravaged L.A. looking to ‘sponge up’ every bit of rainwater New storm drains built to let rainwater ‘piddle out’ into soil, $1B emergency plan to add more

By Kim Brunhuber, CBC News Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4:39 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 20, 2015 10:20 PM ET


Having grown up in SoCal, I can attest to the fact that it was either drought or semi drought when I lived there…and that was decades ago… LA was ‘created’ on what was essentially a desert, so no surprise here that this is going on..sometimes it didn’t rain for three years, (Read more…)

Sketchy Thoughts: Inside Canada’s Five-Year-Long Anti-Terror Investigation of a Group of Quebec Communists

On November 30, 2004, a bomb buried under two bags of sand went off, shaking the foundations of a hydroelectric tower near the Quebec-US border. Two years later, a car bomb decimated an oil executive’s car outside of his home, northwest of Montreal.

Read the rest of this article on the Vice website.

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Lessons for Canada in Israel’s elector impotence.

It looks like Benjamin Netanyahu has once again used the Israeli form of proportional representation to cling to power in the Israeli Knesset. Israel uses proportional representation that only allows the voter to select a political party. The representatives are then appointed according to each party’s closed lists. What it means is that ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu, with only 25 per cent of the popular vote, can now put together the coalition he wants to control the Israeli government.

The difference in Canada is that our major parties have to reach for a plurality of the votes. That forces them to put (Read more…)

Sketchy Thoughts: Windi Earthworm, circa 1979

Two photos just sent to me by François Couture — thanks!

Windi Earthworm, photo by François COUTURE, circa 1979

Windi Earthworm, photo by François COUTURE, circa 1979

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Needs a Real Change of Destination

Greg is making a good point in his latest column, but I had to throw in a Green campaign slogan into the title in good fun. The bottom line really is that the Sask Party is propping up the dying fossil fuels industry, while calls to divest from it are coming from around the world. There’s no stopping this change (for the better).

While the Saskatchewan Party remains bent on thinking small, any reasonable look at the world around us suggests it’s long past time for a big change in direction. And if if this year’s budget again fails (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Leave It In The Ground

The world has much more coal, oil and gas in the ground than it can safely burn. That much is physics.

Watch this compelling, factual argument about how to solve the climate crisis. I first became aware of this straightforward idea after watching Do The Math by run by Bill McKibben. It is MAD lunacy to spend billions of taxpayer dollars exploring for more fossil fuels when the existing known reserves would destroy our climate should it all be burned!

if we and our children are to have a reasonable chance of living stable and secure lives (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Don’t Be A Scared Tool

Here’s a song for radicalized Canadians to sing.

I’m white and scared (clap clap) They want my guns (clap clap) And veils are wrong (clap clap) Except on nuns! (clap clap)

“I’m white and scared (clap clap) you know it’s true (clap clap) I’m scared of terror (clap clap) Because I’m a tool (clap clap).”

— Hat tip to Jay Bird