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the disgruntled democrat: Everybody Knows But Not Everybody Gets It

The poor stay poor, the rich get richThat’s how it goesEverybody knows    (Leonard Cohen, Everybody Knows)Last weeks publication of the Panama Papers, a leak of more than two terabytes of documents detailing the creation of off… . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Everybody Knows But Not Everybody Gets It

Cowichan Conversations: Bernie Sanders Rallies Thousands In The Rain At Seattle’s Key Arena

It has been surreal watching the US media pandering to Donald Trump and lionizing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders has been almost entirely ignored, especially by Fox and CNN but the other networks Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Bernie Sanders Rallies Thousands In The Rain At Seattle’s Key Arena

wmtc: fascist shift: donald trump in context

Many years back, I used to blog about a phenomenon called fascist shift. I borrowed the term from Naomi Wolf’s essential The End of America, but the concept was something I had been thinking about for many years. In brief, fascist shift asks, What… . . . → Read More: wmtc: fascist shift: donald trump in context

Cowichan Conversations: Alaska Threatened By Canadian Mining Operations

In far too many cases our mining industry has a disgraceful record wherever they have gone, certainly in Central and South America. The Alaskans are also threatened by our environmentally ruinous copper and gold mining Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Alaska Threatened By Canadian Mining Operations

Scripturient: The Political Agnostic

Watching the American political debates, especially the increasingly vituperative and acerbic Republican debates, reminds me again why I am a political agnostic when it comes to party politics. I simply cannot believe that any single political entity, … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Political Agnostic

Scripturient: Oh, Ann, You Do Make Me Laugh

Ann Coulter, that spewing harridan of hatred, bigotry, malevolence and xenophobia makes most thoughtful people cringe. Hell, she makes even rabid, right-wing frothers cringe. She makes the Westboro Baptist morons cringe. She makes the Duck Dynasty win… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Oh, Ann, You Do Make Me Laugh

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: The GOP’s worst nightmare, a brokered convention

Before we went to a primary-style system of selecting party leaders, we were used to the idea of contested party leader conventions in Canada. Sometimes you just never knew who might win, and there might be the occasional surprise – take Joe Clark and … . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: The GOP’s worst nightmare, a brokered convention

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Falwell U allows guns in dorms

Yes … Liberty University, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, has announced that it is ending its ban on guns in dorms. Like this is supposed to make us feel any safer. They claim it’s a stand against terrorists. Apparently students can already keep g… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Falwell U allows guns in dorms

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: First they want to ban Muslims. Now this …

… an opinion poll shows that 30% of Republicans and 19% of Democrats want to bomb Agrabah, Saudi Arabia. Just one problem – it’s the fictional town in Disney’s Aladdin. This canard was thrown in with such serious questions as if one is evangelical an… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: First they want to ban Muslims. Now this …

Mind Bending Politics: US Press Pool Can’t Figure Trump Out

Most Canadians are very familiar with “shock” politicians. We had one of our own, and Americans need only to look at former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to understand the political similarities of republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump has said many shocking things as of late; most recently wanting to ban Muslims from entering […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: US Press Pool Can’t Figure Trump Out

Cowichan Conversations: Dear USA, You Appear To be Somewhat Confused.

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Scripturient: The Republican Conspiracy

CNBC GOP Debate: The Sh*tshow Version Last night’s debate was a total sh*tshow. Posted by The Huffington Post on Thursday, October 29, 2015 I realized only after watching this edited video that the activity of the so-called Republican candidates’ debate was not simply the circus it seemed from the outset; it was actually a conspiracy. A cunning, well-laid conspiracy. […]

Dead Wild Roses: The Reality to Republican Translator

Well I’m surprised it took this long, but Bill Mahr has almost perfected the technique.

Must be nice to argue against the the assertions your opponent makes with the proviso that you just made up said assertions.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Mahr, Republican Silliness, US Politics

Dead Wild Roses: The Reality to Republican Translator

Well I’m surprised it took this long, but Bill Mahr has almost perfected the technique.

Must be nice to argue against the the assertions your opponent makes with the proviso that you just made up said assertions.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Mahr, Republican Silliness, US Politics

Scripturient: Apps are making us criminals

Almost every week you read in the news about another taxi driver protest against Uber and its drivers. Taxi drivers go on strike, some rage against Uber and attack the drivers or damage their cars. Similar protests – albeit not yet as violent or large – have been made against Airbnb for its effects on […]

wmtc: bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

I see a lot of excitement online, in places like Common Dreams and The Nation, and in my Facebook feed, about Bernie Sanders, supposedly remaking US politics, and Pope Francis, supposedly remaking the Roman Catholic Church.

About Sanders, I shake my head and wonder why long-time Democrat voters do not see him and his candidacy for what it is. About the Pope, I wonder why progressive people allow themselves to care.

Sanders is the new Dean

Bernie Sanders has been praised as a maverick, an independent, and a socialist. All of which may have been true at various points (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: What Is The Difference Between Canadian and American Political Leaders Debates?

Cowichan Conversations: British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Hails Huge Mandate as He Sets Out His Green Left Wing Agenda

 

Many have wished that we would have a political voice of relevance and have cast eyes south to Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.

Bernie does not beat around the bush and would have

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Cowichan Conversations: Replays-Canadian Federal Leaders- and The GOP Republican 2016 Presidential Debate

 

REPLAY: Maclean’s National Leaders Debate

The GOP Republican 2016 Presidential Debate

Progressive Proselytizing: GMO labeling shows that "states’ rights" is just a convenient lie for the GOP

Imagine that the Democrats wanted to pass a federal law requiring food companies to label their products if they contained genetically modified organisms. What would be the Republican response? Undoubtedly a big piece of their argument would be the appeal to states’ rights. That is, the federal government shouldn’t be going around impose their will and view on the states, and that it would be horribly wrong for the federla Democrats to impose their view on GMO labelling on the states.

Except, the US House did this exactly backwards. The Republicans (with some Democratic support) have passed a GMO labelling (Read more…)

Scripturient: The Continued Rise of Anti-Intellectualism

I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true. Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter* Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America, says the headline in this recent Psychology Today story. The subtitle reads: Social dysfunction can be traced to the abandonment of reason. I wrote about anti-intellectualism as […]

wmtc: some thoughts on the u.s. moving a bit closer to equality (#lovewins)

At last, it has happened. With Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage has been declared legal and constitutional in the United States. Same-sex couples can legally marry, just as opposite-sex couples have always had the right to do. Most importantly, laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are now unconstitutional.*

For some years on this blog, I used to note every country that joined the equal marriage club, but about two years ago, I stopped counting. More than 20 countries now recognize same-sex marriage as a right, and that number continues to climb.

This issue has always been, is, and always should (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Kshama Sawant: An interview with ‘the most dangerous woman in America’

Kshama Sawant: An interview with ‘the most dangerous woman in America’ There is an alternative — even in the United States

Perhaps no other elected official on the Left in the United States is

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Scripturient: Jade Helm 15 and the Madness of America

For a guy who gets great entertainment from reading the wild and wacky conspiracy theories that sprout like mushrooms online, I was surprised that I missed the rapid growth of the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy. I only noticed it as a surface ripple until this past weekend, when I realized it had blossomed into a […]

Cowichan Conversations: Baltimore Protests Turn Violent; State of Emergency Declared

All hell is breaking loose in many US cities over the last few months. It seems like hardly a day goes by without reports of another black man being shot by trigger happy racist cops.

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