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Left Over: The Mulcair Solution: Fence-Sitting as Political Suicide….

Quebec NDP MP Sana Hassainia defects over Mideast position

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Aug 20, 2014 1:48 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 20, 2014 7:16 PM ET




Sad to say, the NDP has always waffled on this issue, and it’s one of many reasons I refuse to join the party or do any more volunteer work for campaigns…I will, also unfortunately, have to keep voting for them as there is no progressive alternative around…if the Greens ever cease kowtowing to the Tories, I might have to go there.May is the only ones with the guts (Read more…)

Eh Types: No Surrender

Anyone who plays chess, as I like to pretend I do, knows there comes a time when surrender is the only strategy left to you. Having matched wits with your opponent and found yours lacking, knowing defeat is inevitable you lay down your King and concede. That happens at the end of the game though, […]

Alberta Diary: No, this is not the Fringe Festival! Premier’s line on airplanes and Sky Palace descends into the theatre of the absurd

A not-so-grim Finance Minister Doug Horner (he’s not quitting!) and an unhappy Premier Dave Hancock, right, put the best face on their new rules for use of government aircraft at their news conference yesterday. Below: A relaxed NDP Leader Brian Mason, just back from holiday himself, and the Premier Hancock we’re more used to seeing, free of the distressing confines of the Legislative media bunker.

Premier pro tempore Dave Hancock, not looking particularly rested despite just having returned from five weeks in sunny Italy, accompanied by a much more chipper Finance Minister Doug Horner, tried to slam the hanger (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: David Suzuki: Leaders must put people before politics

G7 leaders meet in The Hague in 2014

When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren.

We expect our leaders to have a clear picture of our world and the conditions necessary for human life and well-being. If they don’t, how can they make informed decisions? So let me outline some simple, scientifically validated truths about us and the world we live in — truths that should (Read more…)

In This Corner: The Fringe: Edmonton’s holiest sacred cow.

Every city has its sacred cows, institutions that are so established and so revered, that they are beyond genuine criticism. Edmonton has more than its share. The folk fest is invariably praised to the skies, regardless of the quality of its lineup. The Heritage Festival is always lauded despite the fact that is is always the same. The river valley is considered Edmonton’s great gem, despite the fact is it inaccessible to most people, and generally ignored by almost everyone.

But there is no holier sacred cow than the Fringe Festival, Edmonton’s annual orgy of theatre.

Now, don’t get your (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Police Violence Rages in Ferguson, MO

The out-of-control police response to protests against the killing of Michael Brown in a St. Louis, MO suburb, continues.

Our reporter @rdevro was shot with rubber bullets/beanbags by police last night, spent night in jail. Is due to be released w/o charge soon.— The Intercept (@the_intercept) August 19, 2014

Yesterday more journalists were arrested without charge, leaving little evidence for the wronged reporters to seek damages in a civil lawsuit.

.@DrDawg I see his point, but his exceptions are really rendered moot by the racist justice system. No opportunity for oppressed to sue.— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Babel-on-the-Bay complaint desk is open.

Boy, you just try to be fair and you hear about it. Babel-on-the-Bay’s complaint desk was overworked the other day after commenting on the Guelph Robocall verdict. You try to be fair because a foolish young man took the blame for something really stupid and people jump on you for not wanting to throw him in jail. If they had the real perpetrators of the crime in court, we would have been calling for a life sentence.

The Babel-on-the-Bay commentary under discussion was lamenting the ongoing cruelty of the political process in this country. There is a huge difference in (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: The Con Approach to Cutting Taxes

The Cons promise lower taxes. When they’re in power, they deliver: lower taxes result from part-time and low-waged jobs we all accept out of desperation when the good jobs are destroyed by Conservatives. Nice plan.

Excited Delirium: Canada’s Watergate?

Who’s behind the recent act of political terrorism against Justin Trudeau?

Excited Delirium: This Just In: World At War

I think people are reluctant to admit that we’re in the middle of World War Three, but the sooner we admit it, the sooner we can try to end it.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Ballad of #MikeBrown

a young Dylan would've written a song: THE BALLAD OF MICHAEL BROWN. #Ferguson— Raffi Cavoukian (@Raffi_RC) August 15, 2014

If you go to Quik Trip You’d better take your gun, Cause the boys in blue will get you, That’s how things are done, In #Ferguson.

@DomoTheTruth dude was running and the cops just shot.him. i saw him die bruh— Bruh. (@TheePharoah) August 09, 2014

If you finish highschool in this two-bit town, A quick trip may last forever if they gun you down, The fate of poor #MikeBrown.

#Ferguson Police Chief says #MikeBrown was stopped because he (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Epic Fourth

Watched “Epic” [5/10] about little tree people. “Born on the Fourth of July” [8/10] a 1989 Tom Cruise movie about a Vietnam vet who protests the war.

A Marvel Avengers cartoon movie about their kids stopping Ultron. 6/10

“Burke and Hare” [8/10] a dark British comedy about the early medical profession.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s So Hot Out That…

It's so hot out you can't even hear the #climatechange Deniers making jokes about "Where's Global Warming?"…— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) August 14, 2014

Yes, it’s so hot out you can’t even hear the #climatechange Deniers making jokes about “Where’s Global Warming?”… you know, because when it’s -30 you hear the ignorant phone into radio shows and ask if the globe is warming, why is it so cold in Canada in Winter?

It’s over 30 degrees in Regina today, there was a heat warning from Environment Canada.

bastard.logic: Warrior Cops In Action: Radley Balko With Your #Ferguson Homework

Radley Balko is to #Ferguson as Nate Silver was to 2012:

In depth:

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Michael Sona Found Guilty of Being Pierre Poutine in #RoboCon

While Sona’s been found guilty of one charge, questions remain about how he would have managed to have log files removed from CPC Headquarter’s computer database known as CIMS.

"There is no record of the accused accessing that database at anytime" Hearn says, but notes others did, incl. Ken Morgan.— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) August 14, 2014

Sona did not have computer access, or skills to perform that part of the cover-up, so how did those log files go missing. How did unnamed Conservatives in Ottawa avoid obstruction charges for their apparent participation?

So, Judge Hearn is methodically dismantling evidence (Read more…)

bastard.logic: Hacktivists Out Alleged Michael Brown Shooter — Only It’s The Wrong Guy

Not at all helpful (quite the opposite, actually):

On Thursday, a name released by the hacking collective Anonymous began circulating, but St. Louis County Police said that the name was inaccurate. The same kind of thing happened Wednesday, as another name began floating around and gaining traction. Ferguson police said that that name was also inaccurate, telling The Post that these reports were false.

A spokesman with the St. Louis County Police was critical of the group Anonymous for releasing the information.

“People really need to harshly judge the accuracy of this group, given that they’ve now given false information (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Re-reading Heraclitus

I started to re-read Haxton’s 2001 translation of Heraclitus last night. I came across references to him when reading introductory material on Montaigne recently and I wanted to flesh out my knowledge and understanding. Heraclitus of Ephesus was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who lived during the transformational Axial Age, roughly contemporary with other philosophers like Gautama Buddha, Zarathustra, Confucius and […]

bastard.logic: “You got me so that my nerves are breaking”

Late night Hump Day rawk out continues unabated:


Filed under: music, Uncategorized Tagged: music, Nervebreakers, power pop, punk, rock, Texas, The Troggs, video

The Common Sense Canadian: Mount Polley bankruptcy could leave BC public footing cleanup bill

Rod Marining, a resident of the region, surveys the damage after Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach

Republished with permission from

By Peter Ewart

The clean-up costs for the massive tailing pond spill at Imperial Metals’ Polley Mountain mine have been estimated by some to range between $50 and $500 million. In addition, legal action will undoubtedly be launched by individuals, businesses, and First Nations in the region which could result in hundreds of millions more in costs. And then there are law firms launching suits on behalf of Imperial stockholders who have suffered huge stock losses when (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: Beware: 1-2-3 Attack of the Cons

Leaders tend to think in threes. The Finance Minister / Fraser Institute / Media frenzy is no different and is designed to overwhelm Canadians and push them to think we’re over-taxed.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Electric Car Cup T5

Tesla having a range of 250 miles makes a cross continent trip possible, especially if you’re as clever as the inventor of the T5. He gave rides to people in exchange for a little electricity.

Eh Types: Running to Lead

A small number are willing to re-elect Rob Ford. They are going down with his ship as surely as the Titanic’s band. It is encouraging that these people are in the minority, and most recognize Toronto is desperately in need of a new Mayor. However, while people clearly want a new Mayor what Toronto needs […]

bastard.logic: “You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest”

Afghanistan War veteran Paul Szoldra:

In Afghanistan, we patrolled in big, armored trucks. We wore uniforms that conveyed the message, “We are a military force, and we are in control right now.” Many Afghans saw us as occupiers.

And now we see some of our police officers in this same way. “The militarization of law enforcement is counter-productive to domestic policing and needs to stop,” tweeted Andrew Exum, a former Army infantry officer.

If there’s one thing I learned in Afghanistan, it’s this: You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at (Read more…)

bastard.logic: Afro-Punk (AKA The Story of My Life)

Pretty much sums up my adolescence/early adulthood/current state of existence (I’m so old I remember when being black and playing rock/punk/metal was a radical, disruptive act, etc):

Bonus: Interview w/ James Spooner, director of Afro-Punk: The Movie:

Also, too: Live performances (because AGGRO):


Filed under: music, Uncategorized Tagged: Afro-Punk, music, punk, race, racial issues, racism, US, video

Excited Delirium: Thoughts on Robin Williams

I’m still reeling from Robin William’s suicide. The challenge with ageing is that our icons prove they’re human too.