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Babel-on-the-Bay: Lessons from the world of twits.

The first question for today: ‘Is there life after Twitter?’ Front-page news the other day at the Toronto Star was that columnist Paul Wells is boycotting Twitter. It is a form of protest. He will forego his 30 tweets per day and his 60,000 followers until Twitter gets its censorship problems corrected to Mr. Wells’ . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Lessons from the world of twits.

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 38: Bulletin – Liberals like to $pend money

The Trudeau government, less than a year old, has certainly adopted well to governing. Like most governments, the Trudeau Liberals have found that there is a surprising amount of money just lying around, so they might as well use it. For example, it was revealed this week that one of Trudeau’s inner circle, Gerald Butts, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 38: Bulletin – Liberals like to $pend money

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: This Morning In Police Shootings…

Killed for a misread tweet. Inquiry into #DonDunphy announced https://t.co/aoJ2QgHQkR #cdnpoli #nlpoli — Derrick O’Keefe (@derrickokeefe) September 23, 2016 Woman experiencing mental distress calls 911. Police arrive and shoot her three times. SIU lays no charges. https://t.co/H5eDyXum2u — Desmond Cole (@DesmondCole) September 23, 2016 A man is experiencing mental distress. Toronto police arrive at his […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: This Morning In Police Shootings…

Excited Delirium: Ontario Government and Privatization

In which I question the privatization decisions of the Wynne government. . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Ontario Government and Privatization

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #ERRE Electoral Reform Committee in Regina

First Expert guests I watched presenting to the committee were unable to understand French question fired at them because they were not equipped with translation headphones. Nathan Cullen leaped up and got the headsets for them. CLC points out they are a political org and that is why they are interested in this subject of […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #ERRE Electoral Reform Committee in Regina

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 37: Judging the judges

This week, an Alberta judge found Travis Vader guilty in the deaths of elderly couple Lyle and Marie McCann. Queen’s Bench Justice Denny Thomas found Vader guilty of second degree murder, despite the facts that no trace of the McCann’s has ever been found, no weapon was found, and the evidence was entirely circumstantial. Oh, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 37: Judging the judges

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Division of Ignorance.

If you are black, is that license to call people racist because they are white? It seems the editors of the Toronto Star have stopped thinking when they accept op-eds from writers who just want to create racial strife. Desmond Cole, a regular contributor to the Toronto Star said in a September 15 op-ed article […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Division of Ignorance.

Parchment in the Fire: Catalan Independence Struggle Impedes Formation of Spanish Government

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Uncategorized Tagged: Catalonia, Spain . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Catalan Independence Struggle Impedes Formation of Spanish Government

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bottom Of the Barrel Brad

What’s with Saskatchewan generating unkind Conservative politicians named Brad? Brad “Bumpkin” “Two Finger” Trost threw together some stock images into a meme against people in love being married. Something inadvertantly hilarious about would-be CPC leader Brad Trost using 2 stiff fingers to oppose gay marriage pic.twitter.com/Yuch53fccQ — Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) September 15, 2016 Dear Brad […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bottom Of the Barrel Brad

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Even When It Tries To Be Good, It’s Not

Oh boy, do I have thoughts. pic.twitter.com/lIEkxvT9uY — Steve Ladurantaye (@ladurantaye) September 13, 2016 The Mainstream Media, or MSM, has failed the people. Maybe because the majority is not owned by the people, but by large debt holders, billionaires, and the government. Their attempt to be “fair”, still overlook elephants in the room. .@DemFromCT @brianbeutler […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Even When It Tries To Be Good, It’s Not

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dramatic Jupiter Exploration Video

It’s done in the style of a fiction/action movie trailer, but this is for real. One of the early results is this compressed/shifted audio depiction of aurora on Jupiter. . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dramatic Jupiter Exploration Video

Excited Delirium: Wynne’s Losing Power Play

Kathleen Wynne’s power play will lead to her political demise. . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Wynne’s Losing Power Play

Susan on the Soapbox: Who should govern in times of significant disruption?

Chris Kutarna says this is the best time in history to be alive.  We’re healthier, wealthier and better educated than at any other time in history…so why are we so miserable? Kutarna is a Fellow at the Oxford Martin School … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Who should govern in times of significant disruption?

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 36: Edmonton’s shiny new toy is unwrapped.

November of 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the opening of the old Northlands Coliseum, later renamed Skyreach Centre, later renamed Rexall Place, now back to Northlands Coliseum. As I wrote in my blog, I was just a rube from the sticks (the sticks being Edmonton), and I was in awe of the “magnificient” new […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 36: Edmonton’s shiny new toy is unwrapped.

TaylorOwen.com: Article in Foreign Affairs

Last year I was fortunate enough to get to attend a remarkable workshop at the University of Sidney lead by James Der Derian. It was part of a workshop series and documentary project that James is leading called Project Q: Peace and Security in the Quantum Age. The goal of the project is to bring […] . . . → Read More: TaylorOwen.com: Article in Foreign Affairs

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Debt

Jeremy Harrison, minister of the economy pointed to the fact the average Canadian family needs 42.8 per cent of its pre-tax income for housing while the average in Saskatchewan is 28.6 per cent. “So I think that speaks as to the affordability of living here in this province,” said Harrison. John Hopkins, CEO of the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Debt

Excited Delirium: Will We Let This Man Put An End To Canadian Health Care?

Dr. Brian Day is the face of privatization of Canada’s health care system. Do you want him to win? . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Will We Let This Man Put An End To Canadian Health Care?

Parchment in the Fire: Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist – POLITICO

http://www.politico.eu/article/alexis-tsipras-the-escapologist-grece-austerity/Filed under: Uncategorized . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist – POLITICO

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 35:Why politicians shouldn’t make ‘jokes’

Oh, my. Will politicians never learn? Of course not. This week’s political miscue was by Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Party. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Fort McMurray, Jean said he would continue to “beat the drum” for elder care in Fort McMurray. A sucker for word play, apparently, he didn’t stop […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 35:Why politicians shouldn’t make ‘jokes’

Parchment in the Fire: Trump, Erdoğan, Farage: The attractions of populism for politicians, the dangers for democracy | Books | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/02/trump-erdogan-farage-the-attractions-of-populism-for-politicians-the-dangers-for-democracyFiled under: Uncategorized . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Trump, Erdoğan, Farage: The attractions of populism for politicians, the dangers for democracy | Books | The Guardian

Parchment in the Fire: Portugal’s PM: The idea of a bailout is nonsensical – POLITICO

http://www.politico.eu/article/portugals-pm-the-idea-of-a-bailout-is-nonsensical/Filed under: Uncategorized . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Portugal’s PM: The idea of a bailout is nonsensical – POLITICO

Left Over: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (with apologies and an acknowledgement to Mark Twain..)

      ttps://www.facebook.com/BCLiberalCaucus/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf     http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/08/23/Critical-Services-Suffering-in-BC/?utm_source=weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=290816   In their latest propaganda piece the BC Libs are attempting, lamely, to counter research that shows that BC has one of the lowest education budgets per student in the country..not much of … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (with apologies and an acknowledgement to Mark Twain..)

Parchment in the Fire: Greece Was the Prologue | Jacobin

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/08/greece-debt-austerity-syriza-tsipras-grexit-eu/Filed under: Uncategorized . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Greece Was the Prologue | Jacobin

Susan on the Soapbox: Trump and the Nukes

We’re so focused on Donald Trump’s race-baiting rhetoric that we’ve almost forgotten that if elected this man will have the nuclear codes at the tips of his stubby little fingers. This is a serious concern for 50 Republican security officials … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Trump and the Nukes

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 34: More Donald Trump (sigh)

Sigh. I really didn’t want to write one more word about Donald Trump, but the guy just continues to astound. Consider the past week. He told African-Americans – or “the blacks” as he once called them – that they live in poverty with horrible education and no home ownership. He told African American and Hispanics, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 34: More Donald Trump (sigh)