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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)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Buying Coal Time, Burns Ours

2. Because if coal's "demise" is anything like Big Tobacco's, the industry didn't shut down after lawmakers' cracked down some. — Saskboy (@saskboy) August 26, 2016 Man bites dog:#Coal industry executive in secret meeting tells allies to stop denying #climatechange.https://t.co/fpiO0EfDBd — Tim Ream (@ourcarbon) August 26, 2016 Zimmerman seized on Reavey’s “poor/no science” line when […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Buying Coal Time, Burns Ours

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Premier Phonying It In, With Respect to SaskTel

“Will [the Act] be changed with respect to [SaskTel]? No.” – Wall (March 2016) “There’s something we signed on to called the Crown Corporation Protection Act, or to that effect. Basically, it protects Crowns from being privatized,” he said. “If elected, we will make one change to that: that’s to the liquor retailing in the province. And we’ve already announced that.” That […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Premier Phonying It In, With Respect to SaskTel

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Murder for $10,000

“How does a person charged with murder get bail for $10,000?” There are some people in Saskatchewan who think* like this: ““In my mind his only mistake was leaving witnesses,” is one troubling post that appeared online. ” *Racism is not thinking, it’s a feeling like fear and anger. He’s another theory about the bail. […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Murder for $10,000

Susan on the Soapbox: The K-Bro Linen Flap

Would someone snap a wet towel at the Opposition please? The Opposition is upset because Sarah Hoffman, the Health Minister, wants to see a business case on alternatives before she agrees to outsource the province’s healthcare laundry services to K-Bro … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The K-Bro Linen Flap

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 33: Evan Dunfee, Olympic hero

Well, that was fun. The Rio Olympics are over (or close to it, depending on when you read this), and for Canada, they’ve been a smashing success. In the pool, a teenager named Penny Olesiak came out of nowhere (or Ontario) to win four medals and the hearts of a country (I know, I know… […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 33: Evan Dunfee, Olympic hero

A. Picazo: Colin Powell’s Lesson For Republicans

This column ran in The National Post on August 11, 2016. Sixteen days before the 2008 presidential election, George W. Bush’s former secretary of state, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press to reveal his much-coveted endorseme… . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Colin Powell’s Lesson For Republicans

Excited Delirium: Ontario Libs Have Tax Policy All Wrong

Wynne’s tax plan for rural ridings is a kick in the junk for those who don’t live in Toronto. The only real solution to Ontario’s tax problems is to focus on fair tax levels in Toronto and not to raise taxes everywhere else. . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Ontario Libs Have Tax Policy All Wrong

Susan on the Soapbox: PPAs and the Master Narrative in Alberta

The American Press Institute (API) describes pack journalism,” now known as “the master narrative,” as a story line the press corps en masse is telling or repeating. The API warns that master narratives can become a “trap or rut” and … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: PPAs and the Master Narrative in Alberta

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 32: The value of a Penny has soared

What’s a penny worth? In this country, nothing, because we don’t make pennies any more. But as of this week, a Canadian Penny is priceless. At age sixteen — sixteen! — Canada’s swimming sensation with the made-for-headlines name has won more medals than any other Canadian swimmer. Heck, she’s won more medals in one Olympics […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 32: The value of a Penny has soared

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Alberta

I spent the last week touring around Alberta. Gull Lake Campground, Dinosaur Provincial Park then Drumheller. Stettler, Camrose, Wetaskawin’s Reynolds Museum, and WEM. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Alberta

Babel-on-the-Bay: Bye Toronto Star, it’s been good to know you.

The writer has no inside knowledge about what is happening there but it was when reading the Toronto Star a few mornings ago that we got the feeling that there is little time left for it. It was not just the announcement of more firings and layoffs or the lack of weight to the complete […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Bye Toronto Star, it’s been good to know you.

Left Over: Green Party ReGrowth?

Elizabeth May could quit as Green Party leader this month ‘Broken-hearted’ May says boycott Israel policy has her on verge of stepping down as leader By David Cochrane, CBC News Posted:… Source: Green Party ReGrowth? . . . → Read More: Left Over: Green Party ReGrowth?

Left Over: Green Party ReGrowth?

Elizabeth May could quit as Green Party leader this month ‘Broken-hearted’ May says boycott Israel policy has her on verge of stepping down as leader By David Cochrane, CBC News Posted: Aug 12, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 12, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Green Party ReGrowth?

Parchment in the Fire: A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down

Helena Smith in Athens for the Guardian 13 August 2016 In a side street in the heart of Athens, two siblings are hard at work. For the past year they have run their hairdressing business – an enterprise that was once located on a busy boulevard – out of a two-bedroom flat. The move was… More A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down

TaylorOwen.com: Towards a Whole of Government Digital Strategy

I have a short article in Policy Magazine summarizing a broader argument that I have been making about the limitations of a siloed digital foreign policy. The argument draws extensively on Disruptive Power. In short, I argue that a digital foreign policy: will first and foremost require a rethinking of the approach to online governance. It means addressing […] . . . → Read More: TaylorOwen.com: Towards a Whole of Government Digital Strategy

OPSEU Diablogue: The TPP will hurt health care

Canada’s health care system will suffer deep and irreversible damage if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is ratified in its current form. The TPP is a free trade agreement negotiated between 12 Pacific Rim countries: Canada, Chile, Mexic… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: The TPP will hurt health care

Parchment in the Fire: Hollande makes labor reform bill official – POLITICO

http://www.politico.eu/article/francois-hollande-makes-labor-reform-bill-official-workers-unions/Filed under: Uncategorized . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Hollande makes labor reform bill official – POLITICO

Left Over: BDS is no BS – They Call the State “Pariah”

Jewish groups condemn Green Party for supporting Israeli boycott policy Leader Elizabeth May ‘disappointed’ by party’s vote at its national convention The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 08, 2016 10:09 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 10:09 AM ET World … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: BDS is no BS – They Call the State “Pariah”

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 31: Let the games begin, because they have to.

Ever heard of a favela? No, not a falafel, a favela. If you’ve been following the news about the Rio Olympics, which miraculously began this week, you’ve certainly encountered the word. And you should hope that’s as close as you ever get to one. Favelas are the Rio equivalent of a ghetto, the slums, the […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 31: Let the games begin, because they have to.

Parchment in the Fire: Neoliberalism and De-democratization in Greece

Public discourse of neoliberalism often fails to appreciate the extent to which it entails not a simple process of de-regulation, but rather, a process of pro-market re-regulation. In many cases, constraints are removed from the organizational capacities of capital while more constraints are imposed upon organized labour. For example, the neoliberal era has witnessed increasing… More Neoliberalism and De-democratization in Greece . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Neoliberalism and De-democratization in Greece

Parchment in the Fire: Deep Depression in Italy Gave Germany an Absolute Advantage

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=16908Filed under: Uncategorized . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Deep Depression in Italy Gave Germany an Absolute Advantage

Parchment in the Fire: 5 things to expect if 5Stars win Italian elections – POLITICO

http://www.politico.eu/article/5-things-to-expect-if-protest-party-5stars-win-italian-elections-matteo-renzi-beppe-grillo/Filed under: Uncategorized . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: 5 things to expect if 5Stars win Italian elections – POLITICO