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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall’s Faulty Logic

“Showing leadership matters, signals matter, examples matter, but the numbers are the numbers,” Wall said. Essentially, Wall appears to be suggesting that because no single action by itself will solve the problem, we shouldn’t take that single action. Applying this logic to other situations reveals just how faulty it is. When China surpasses the amount & proportion […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wall’s Faulty Logic

The Progressive Economics Forum: L’itinérance au Canada: Sa croissance, les réponses politiques, et le plaidoyer

Le 1er février, j’ai fait une présentation sur l’itinérance adressée aux étudiants du séminaire d’études supérieures de monsieur Steve Pomeroy à la School of Public Policy and Administration à l’Université Carleton. Le thème de ma présentation a été l’émergence de l’itinérance au Canada en tant que domaine politique publique pressant dans les années 1980. J’ai […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: L’itinérance au Canada: Sa croissance, les réponses politiques, et le plaidoyer

Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Mulcair takes responsibility for failed election campaign in letter to NDP supporters Mulcair wants to remain NDP leader promising not to repeat mistakes of 2015 election By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 10, 2016 3:51 PM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ban Microbeads Now

Send an email to: ec.produits-products.ec@canada.ca Dear Minister McKenna: There is no need to give pollution a chance to overwhelm our water and enter our food chain. Plastic microbeads are considered a toxin by your own scientists, and there is no need for them to be in personal care products like face cream and toothpaste. If […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Ban Microbeads Now

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Royalty Is Oil?

The debate rages in Saskatchewan now about if federal money should go directly to oil companies and contractors capable of sealing defunct oil wells abandoned by irresponsible and ancient corporations. Those wells are left in the trust of our politicians, the people who tend to tell us that without oil jobs, Saskatchewan doesn’t amount to […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Royalty Is Oil?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Microwaste, Big Problem

I phoned Johnson & Johnson about why they continue to sell products with microbeads after Parliament started to vote last year toward creating a law to ban their sale. The customer care rep had no specific information, and hadn’t heard about the forthcoming ban on microbeads the Conservatives started to pursue the day before the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Microwaste, Big Problem

In This Corner: 31 Days of Oscar, week 2: The picks of the crop

Welcome to week two of Turner Classic Movies 31 Days of Oscar. The station, beloved by classic movie lovers, pulls out all the stops in February, airing a month of films that all have an Oscar connection. Here again is my entirely arbitrary list of films to watch or record this week. They are all […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: 31 Days of Oscar, week 2: The picks of the crop

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Meteorite Suspected of Killing Man

Originally posted on John Klein – Regina:
A very rare death type is suspected in India. It’s been nearly 200 years since someone has been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, even after the massive meteor blew up over Chelyabinsk a few years ago. We have a pretty good understanding of where 95 percent of the… . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Meteorite Suspected of Killing Man

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 5: The trial of Jian Who, and Trump is trumped

The Iowa caucuses were held on Monday, and the picture for both parties is now crystal clear — I can say without fear of contradiction that Martin O’Malley will NOT win the Democratic nomination. O’Malley was running for the Democratic nomination, apparently. When the votes were tallied, the former governor of some state — no […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 5: The trial of Jian Who, and Trump is trumped

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Assange Illegally Detained by UK Police

The London police force has wasted millions of pounds on detaining Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy for years. UN group reportedly backs Julian Assange 'unlawful detention' claim https://t.co/vgeXcKVWHl pic.twitter.com/5ziSJwBdpC — Wired UK (@WiredUK) February 4, 2016 The UN finding in favor of Julian Assange shows what many of us have already known. The UK must […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Assange Illegally Detained by UK Police

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wind power is safer for birds than other forms of generation

Source: Wind power is safer for birds than other forms of generation . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wind power is safer for birds than other forms of generation

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Mentioned in Latest BadLipReading NFL Video

"We might have to get biscuits in Sask…Sask…Saskatchewan." – @BadLipReading https://t.co/CR3KBRhoFe #NFL#ExploreSK — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 3, 2016 There are many other great lines in this, including confirmation that Krypton isn’t a planet. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Mentioned in Latest BadLipReading NFL Video

Left Over: Who Defines “Affordable?”

Vancouver mayor offers $250M of city land for social housing Gregor Robertson is asking the federal government give $500M in return for affordable housing projects CBC News Posted: Feb 02, 2016 8:11 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 02, 2016 9:29 … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Who Defines “Affordable?”

Parchment in the Fire: Yanis Varoufakis on the need for the democratization of Europe

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Uncategorized Tagged: Eurozone Crisis . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Yanis Varoufakis on the need for the democratization of Europe

In This Corner: An arbitrary guide to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar, week 1

I admit it. I’m a Turner Classic Movies junkie.If that makes me an old man, so be it. I am old (almost 60, which at least makes me the young old person), but I’ve always been a huge fan of TCM. When the cable companies are forced to start selling channels a la carte, TCM […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: An arbitrary guide to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar, week 1

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Failed to Protect Privacy

The Liberals record? Not much better. “I can’t answer the question about the former government, what their reasons were,” said Sajjan, also noting he does not believe any of the metadata inadvertently shared could have ended up in the hands of any countries beyond the Five Eyes. BREAKING: #CSE suspends #metadata sharing with int'l partners […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Failed to Protect Privacy

Susan on the Soapbox: Down for the count

Ms Soapbox went on a blitz trip to Vancouver Island. She got home late this afternoon and discovered that her brain is capable of nothing more taxing that deciding whether to watch Sherlock: The Abominable Bride or Miss Fisher’s Murder … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Down for the count

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 4: The Iowa caucuses explained … sort of

After 15,723 polls, 787,252 hours of TV time, and 254 billion words written (all numbers estimates), the election process to choose the next President of the United States begins in earnest on Monday. If you’ve only been paying fleeting attention, you may well be saying, “What, Donald Trump isn’t president yet?” Well, no, he’s not, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 4: The Iowa caucuses explained … sort of

The Progressive Economics Forum: W. A. Mackintosh: Great Canadian Economist of the 20th Century

There were two great Canadian economists of the last century: H.A. Innis and W.A. Mackintosh. Innis had been much written about but not Mackintosh. This is now corrected by a thoroughly researched biography by Hugh Grant of the University of Winnipeg with the straightforward title W.A. Mackintosh: The Life of a Canadian economist. Mackintosh was […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: W. A. Mackintosh: Great Canadian Economist of the 20th Century

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: End Energy East

This is also how I feel about Energy East and similar pipeline projects. In the national discussion about our energy and transportation network future, if you don’t put chemistry before a constructed economy, the economy will fail. Comedian @mescottvrooman destroys Rick Mercer's Energy East rant https://t.co/SoKH1hxFab via @NatObserver — Jenny Uechi (@UechiVO) January 28, 2016 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: End Energy East

Excited Delirium: FFS STFU About Pipelines: Rick Mercer Gets Told

Rick Mercer supporting oil pipelines? The whole topic is madness. Our economy is a basket case because we relied on oil for the last decade to fuel our economy and pocketbooks. We have to move forward and ditch oil. . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: FFS STFU About Pipelines: Rick Mercer Gets Told

Left Over: A First Step For Government, a Semi-Giant Leap for Labor

Liberal government moves to repeal controversial union laws Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk meets reporters on Parliament Hill at 10:15 a.m. ET CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2016 10:08 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 10:13 AM ET     … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: A First Step For Government, a Semi-Giant Leap for Labor

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

For ages now Canadians have been conditioned to accept that we “need” more pipelines to move more oil. Otherwise we’ll continue to exhaust train crews and have bombtrains in every town. Canadian oil production to keep rising even if pipelines not approved: National Energy Board https://t.co/Sa4Me2FjDR #business — Regina Leader Post (@leaderpost) January 27, 2016 […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Looking Back At the Conservatives’ Campaign

I wrote this on October 1, 2015, but never finished it: Let’s examine the Conservative’s campaign thus far: It began with them showing ads where men are being drowned, as an example of how they’ll protect us, but no one else will. In the middle it had one of their candidates quit for being caught […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Looking Back At the Conservatives’ Campaign

Writings of J. Todd Ring: “The News” – Jefferson, Chomsky, propaganda, and alternatives

As I keep saying, stop watching, reading or listening to “the news.” It is misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, distortion, lies and illusions, mass distraction and mass manipulation – psychological warfare, to put it in the te… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: “The News” – Jefferson, Chomsky, propaganda, and alternatives