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Babel-on-the-Bay: The bully tactics of Stephen Harper.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper must be a bully who has never grown up. He seems to be a misanthrope: a person who dislikes other humans. He shows narcissistic tendencies with his vanity over that hairpiece that is always so perfectly in place. He has always been stuffy, vain and demanding of power. His hairdresser is always on hand to fix his hair, make-up or take the lint off his suit. He has turned on all his mentors and has no close friends.

But it is the bully that is most dangerous to Canadians. You would accept the vanities and narcissism (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 29: I’m ‘Just Not Ready’ for an election.

Are you sick of those ‘Just Not Ready’ commercials from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives? Tired of seeing that baggy-eyed old man, that mandatory immigrant with the heavy accent, and the generic woman looking over Justin Trudeau’s ‘resume’? And are you sick of hearing “Nice hair, though”?

Well, get ready to get even sicker.

Harper is, by all accounts, ready to perform the traditional anachronism of asking the Governor-General to shut down parliament in order to hold an election. Since the date is already set (Oct. 19) that means we’re have an election campaign that goes through August, September and into October, (Read more…)

Eh Types: Nothing to Lose is Why Liberals Can Win 

If reports are correct, we are days away from Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling what will be the longest and most expensive federal election in Canadian history. The NDP and Conservatives are virtually tied for the lead in most polls, while Liberals trail in third place causing some to write them off. It might appear […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We Are Not Charmaine Borg, We Are The Conservatives

Ms. Borg is an NDP MP, and is most definitely not one of these Conservative trained seals.

It's funny but I think they left out female MPs to make it look like CPC are a bunch of old white men https://t.co/k42JOtTSTC

— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) July 30, 2015

This is hilarious. 13 Conservative MPs deliver the same PMO script. #WeAreBorg https://t.co/aJPW1Kosoy #cdnpoli

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) July 29, 2015

Trained seals….. https://t.co/LJ2ASKPEha

— Brent Rathgeber, MP (@brentrathgeber) July 30, 2015

If you show too much independent thought, you must leave the Conservative Collective. e.g.:

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Rise Of The “Religious Assailant”

Reuters has brought a new phrase to the surface in an effort to describe someone religiously and politically motivated to attempt to murder peaceful political demonstrators.

“Religious assailant” is far more precise than “terrorist”.

I wonder what a search of @Reuters for "Religious assailant" turns up in other similar terrorist attacks?

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) July 30, 2015

I looked on Google with this search “Religious assailant” -jerusalem to see what other news comes up. Nothing of note. Apparently this is the first publicly noted crime by a “religious assailant” in years, if ever.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ignorance Means Power For Conservatives

A cringe-worthy tweet explains the Conservative mindset in running the election campaign early before school gets back. Keep kids in the dark, and disengaged so wise old people can continue to run things for them. Poppa Harper knows best.

@ChristinePenro1 @CBCAlerts election date hasn't changed.regardless, I certainly don't want students learning about elections from teachers

— AJF (@AronJFinn) July 30, 2015

Aron’s autobiography: “Conservative. Pro Oil & Gas. Man made Climate Change is a farce. Anti Trudeau / Wynne and the biased MSM [Mainstream media].”

.@CBCAlerts It would be nice if @GGDavidJohnston would politely tell the PM to (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: What do Stephen Harper and Walter Palmer have in Common?

Walter Palmer is now in hiding because of his egregious tactics in hunting big game. What does Stephen Harper have in common with him?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots By Accident or On Purpose?

It’s There are companies like Lockheed Martin making autonomous killing robots, and there are companies like Google making self-driving cars (which kill people by accident or poor design). At least cars don’t tend to kill on purpose, and the Google self-driving car hasn’t had a deadly accident (or one it caused, of any kind). So, what’s worse? Intentionally creating machines that can destroy humans, or accidentally doing it? Let’s aim at neither.

@dylangallagher People should be worried. I say this as a Computer Science trained person, and a cyborg.

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) July 27, 2015

Many people have seen (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Left, Right or Liberal?

One of the best—and funniest—opeds we have read for a while was by Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star. Susan’s first premise in her article (Liberals must win the middle…July 25) was that there are too many communications people in the Liberal Party. She then segues into a discourse on whether the Liberal Party is even necessary. She gives the party a pass but notes that it has to determine if it takes the middle road through principle or pragmatism.

We will take it as something of a back-handed compliment that Susan recognizes the communications expertise that the Liberal Party (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 28: Your bribe is in the mail; Republicans are Trumped

So, have you received your bribe yet? Stephen Harper’s utterly shameless federal Conservatives are in the process of giving away $3 billion in tax dollars to “hard working Canadian families” (is there any other kind of Canadian family?) in the form of monthly cheques for families with kids. The benefit cheques are larger than usual due to changes the Conservatives introduced last fall – $160 a month for children under 6, up from $100, and a new payment of $60 a month for seven- to 17-year-olds, regardless of family income. The cheques, going to roughly 3.8 million families, (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To Senate Or Not To Senate

There will be no questions. Well, almost none, as per usual.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking with Premier Brad Wall at legislature today. #yqr #skpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/MUHNM5gbcN

— Natascia Lypny (@wordpuddle) July 24, 2015

Gluttonous child has gorged himself on the ice cream; now declares a moratorium on more ice cream. #cdnpoli #SenCA https://t.co/h3NBZKX14N

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 24, 2015

L. Lea ‏@YukonGale : “@althiaraj Basically he’s saying he won’t appoint any more senators but he can’t make that binding upon the next government, right?”

Not without a Constitutional amendment.

PM taking questions now. First (Read more…)

Left Over: ..Stay Away from Runaround Soudas…

Dimitri Soudas buys Liberal membership ahead of Eve Adams’s nomination vote

Adams, rival Marco Mendicino vie Sunday for party’s nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence riding By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2015 5:42 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015 6:28 PM ET

OMG… Wish I could sand-blast my eyes to get rid of the image…but it’s too late…

The double-trouble sleazebag brigade has well and truly landed at the feet of Junior Trudeau, whose troubles of late are enormous, mostly self-inflicted…

Junior, your daddy would have been the first one to tell you to never try and trip up (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil Is Not A Four Letter Word

Coal is a four letter word, however.

Perhaps Wall is a bit touchy about fossil fuels because Saskatchewan produces more greenhouse gases per person than any other Canadian province [link added], and is one of only three provinces whose emissions have risen since 1990. The province contains only 1 per cent of the country’s population, but produces a disproportionate 10 per cent of national emissions.

Saskatchewan recorded the highest deposit-paid bottle return rate in Canada (82 per cent) and largest wildfire detection camera system in North America, said the ministry.

Yet we had the worst wildfire season, perhaps (Read more…)

A. Picazo: A Word To My Critics:

To those accusing me of seeking to defend Blatchford, as intent to undermine undermine Guthrie/Reilly, or as somehow actively championing an odious twitter persona I’m on the record as having no sympathy for: My intention in writing this piece was to promote an honest discussion about the case itself, because either ruling will only serve … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Insane! Ludicrous! Plaid!

I knew this was a Spaceballs movie reference when I heard “ludicrous mode”. “Ludicrous speed” is attained by a spaceship in the Spaceballs movie.

#Tesla Roadster in my driveway on Canada Day. pic.twitter.com/x1TX0GpVhe

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 3, 2015

It leaves us wondering what comes next for Tesla. Bizarre Mode? Singularity Generator? A test track built around the Large Hadron Collider? Actually, Musk is, yet again, one step ahead.

In a statement, the billionaire hinted: “There is of course only one thing beyond ludicrous, but that speed is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To Be Left On The Moon

Some of these items found in Armstrong’s closet, were to be abandoned on the surface of the Moon.

More than four decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a cloth bag full of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has come to light.

Among the trove: a 16 mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that filmed its descent to the moon and Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface in 1969.

That camera “took one of the most significant sets of images in the 20th century,” said Allan Needell, a curator in space history at the National (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Scared to Dumpster Dive For Food?

Don’t be. Be proud about recovering good food that has been wasted.

If you’re staying away because of a fear you might have to pay a ticket, in the unlikely case you’re ticketed for some messed-up bylaw in your city? Rob will pay your fine.

If you get arrested or ticketed for dumpster diving for food I promise to pay the ticket(s), get media coverage to the issue, and make sure that you are in safe hands. I will even travel to your town to be there in person if it will add to the positive impact of the event.

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Excited Delirium: The Cons are Buying the Election … With Your Money

The Conservatives begin a tour to promote themselves and their broken policies. Using our money. This is criminal.

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: it’s coming apart

this article touches on points related to the Neocolonialism and Noise thing i wrote a few days ago, and which i continue to think about

Maybe the best thing to say is just that contemporary culture is complicated by a deep confusion about underdogs and bullies, that we can no longer identify insider or outsider easily, and that capital has undertaken a deliberate process of mystification about power. The linguistic and culture code I’m describing arose from an insurgent tendency, and indeed, those who use it do not occupy a seat of economic or political power. They have, instead, become (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 27: ‘Ice’ to see you; El Chapo el escapos; oil spill oops.

The big non-news in Edmonton this week was the announcement that the area surrounding the new arena, previously known by the rather prosaic ‘arena district’, has been renamed Ice District. (Apparently, it is just ‘Ice District’, not ‘The Ice District’, according to the pretentious PR hacks behind this rebranding.) The Ice District (sorry) name was dreamed up by none other than Daryl Katz, the Oilers owner and arena co-owner. The grand plans for (cough, cough) Ice District include high rises with 1,000 units, 1.3 million sq. ft. of office space, a luxury hotel, restaurants, theatres, etc. Katz and (Read more…)

Parchment in the Fire: Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall On “Sustainably Developing Our Energy Resources”

Originally posted on John Klein – Regina:

Brad Wall says “…we need to do better in terms of more sustainably developing our energy resources…”

Unfortunately what he means is he wants to find ways of ensuring fossil fuels and uranium come out of the ground at an increasingly profitable pace, no matter the world’s demand/need for such things. Greg Fingas views it as such, too.

New blog post: For @PremierBradWall pride is all about corps burning resources, not ppl accomplishing goals http://t.co/US6QUaXtWv#skpoli

— Greg Fingas (@juristblog) July 17, 2015

He notes that oil pride goes “Before the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: APEGS in Saskatoon 2014 January

John Klein:

Here’s when I learned that Saskatchewan is a world leader in air pollution. Yay us!

Originally posted on John Klein – Regina:

One interesting fact is that Saskatchewan produces more carbon dioxide pollution per capita, than any other jurisdiction in the world. Yay Number 1!

A summary is at uSask.

“Session 2: Greenhouse Gas Reductions and Transportation Ian Loughran, Manager, Energy and Sustainability Engineering, City of Saskatoon

“Many attendees were astonished to learn that Saskatchewan has the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita in Canada, and that 86% of these emissions come from cars. (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: It’s Spelled R-E-C-E-S-S-I-O-N

It’s OK to call it as it is when it comes to recession. Ooops … not in Canada.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Rob Nicholson: Conservative curmudgeon.

Would the Harper Conservatives prefer a nuclear war? It really makes you wonder when you hear the undiplomatic comments of Canada’s foreign minister. Canadians had reason to be embarrassed on Monday when the success of the Iran nuclear talks was announced. While most of the world was rejoicing, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson was ‘staying the course’ as directed by Prime Minister Harper. He was also insulting Canada’s most important allies, the Americans, the British, the French and the rest of the European Union.

With Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu practically foaming at the mouth at turning the Iranians loose (Read more…)