By: Dr. James Hansen Today (May 9, 2013) 36 Norwegian organizations sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stoltenberg expressing opposition to development of Canadian tar sands by Statoil (the Norwegian state is majority shareholder of Statoil). Signatories include not only environmental organizations, but a broad public spectrum, including, appropriately, many youth organizations. It is encouraging that Norwegian [...]
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When Obama decided to give back 5% of his salary to the Treasury, he made a political move not done since Herbert Hoover. In so doing, he undoubtedly aims to reclaim the momentum and the narrative on the Sequester that has been lost over the last month.Before the Sequester was implemented, public opinion was largely on Obama’s side with enormous attention being given to the threat. Now that it is in place, however, that attention has waned, and there is little public pressure being put on either party to end the Sequester as soon as possible; Obama’s poll numbers have sharply . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Obama tries to regain the narrative on the Sequester
After two days of hearings at the US Supreme Court it’s not for certain whether gays and lesbians will finally win their hard fought for right to marriage equality across the States. The transcripts don’t in my opinion give too much of a clue, at least in the first case. But I have a couple of observations.
The first day concerned California’s Prop 8, the gay marriage ban that was shockingly
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We have been conned by the Oil & Gas crowd for so long it is often met with resignation. I mean other choices do we have?
Truth is we have a great many choices especially if you target a substantial reduction say by 2035.
A goal of a 75 percent drop would be about right for a start. It is time to accelerate investment into planet saving Research & Development and accept that we are destroying our planet with fossil fuel use.
Alberta Premier Redford – Showing signs of desperation
Governments in Newfoundland, Alberta & BC
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Some days it feels like the different sides of the US political map really are different species. Today was one of those days. Controversial freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz got into a bit of an exchange with a Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart of the Senate Democratic leadership, over gun rights.
The video of this exchange lit up on the blogosphere today (yes, I am making one of those self indulgent posts where a blogger comments on the state of the blogosphere). What was interesting, however, is how both sides considered the victory an amusing knock out win for their side. . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Venus
Arkansas has finally gone too far when it comes to women. Really. This is a new forward advance in the war against women and it’s awful. And it’s on abortion.
If you’ve followed my entries here you know that I think abortion is absolutely despicable and that Canada should have some kind of line drawn at when restrictions kick in (Canada, of course doesn’t have any) provided the debate is
Take a few minutes to watch and listen to Amy Goodman one of our top alternate journalists as she hosts a panel discussion the death of Hugo Chavez.
The Week perfectly summarizes the GOP’s rationale behind the great Chuck Hagel freakout:
Hagel, a former GOP senator, won by the narrowest margin of any defense secretary since the job was created in 1947, raising concerns even among his supporters that he would emerge as a wounded leader as he takes over a Pentagon facing deep budget cuts scheduled to take effect on Friday. “He has had to renounce every contrarian view that endeared him to the president in the first place,” one Republican senate aide said.
Related: Speaking of damaged goods, Dave Weigel looks at how Rand Paul’s
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Nice to see many Americans, including Former President Jimmy Carter standing up and telling the real story behind the Canadians major role in free American Hostages through a daring plot born in the Canadian Embassy.
In the movie the Canada’s Ambassador Ken Taylor’s role was written out and fictitious accounts crediting the CIA inserted.
It is unfortunate that such a fine movie has been tainted by Hollywood’s revisionist version of the dramatic event.
Ever since ‘Argo’ came out, Canadians have been critiquing the skewed portrayal of America’s contribution to the daring Iran hostage rescue — and now
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Jimmy Carter Sets Record Straight About Oscar Winning ‘Argo’
The current New Yorker stories by Joseph Mitchell has given me an opportunity to post something I’ve been meaning to share for ages.
Last September, Jill Lepore unearthed an incredible bit of history, a piece of the American past that is alive with us today, and more dangerous than ever. (I am generally interested in anything Lepore writes; last year I gushed over her reviews of books about Clarence Darrow, one of my abiding heroes.)
In this piece, Lepore writes about the roots of political advertising – the falsehoods and trickery, the lies and slander, the deception and
. . . → Read More: wmtc: two great reads from the new yorker, part 2: jill lepore on political advertising
Ten years ago today, my partner and I took the day off work, dressed in many layers of clothing, and joined nearly a million people in the streets of New York City. It was February 15, 2003, and the world was saying no to war.
The bitter cold didn’t stop demonstrations in 80 Canadians towns and cities, including 150,000 people who braved minus-30 wind chill in Montreal. In the US, protests were held in 225 communities.
In London, at least one million people gathered. Every European country saw huge crowds, but they were all topped by Rome, where three
. . . → Read More: wmtc: ten years ago today, the world said no to war. say no to obama’s wars, too.
As an inveterate fan of the original 1989 BBC series “House of Cards” I was highly skeptical that it could be successfully adapted into an American context. It had some pretty big shoes to fill, after all – most notably, the outstanding performance of Ian Richardson as the cunningly ambitious protagonist Francis Urquhart… a small taste of which can be seen here:
Happily, Netflix and the production team assembled behind this groundbreaking project have managed to develop a streaming series that is not only a worthwhile successor to its namesake, but an intense political drama that is, quite arguably, even more
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There is a lot of buzz going on, from all sides, that Obama has used his presidential address as some big pivot towards progressivism. The main debate seems to be on whether Obama is just saying some lofty rhetoric, perhaps to try and cement the kind of legacy he hopes for, or whether this is some hint of a change in how he plans to approach policy and politics in his second administration. For the record, even despite the somewhat more aggressive stance of late, I am sadly very much on the former side of that debate. However, both sides seem
. . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: A not so progressive inauguration speech
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Fracking is a ‘Mugs Game’ and it is risky, no foolhardy, to gamble with our groundwater and yet industry has managed easily enough to pressure EPA officials in the US to back off from a study showing pollution resulted directly to fracking operations.
Check out this excellent report ftom Des Smog Blog.
This new commercial from Wayne LaPierre of the NRA sets an all-time low. You can be absolutely sure that this ad would not have been made if Obama and his kids were white. I’m showing it here to demonstrate just how low the level of debate has gotten in Washington — and how willing LaPierre is in spitting in the faces of the murdered and the survivors of Sandy Hook.
It’s worth remembering
The White House has now declared that it is ruling out the two possible executive branch work arounds that would have potentially allowed them to bypass the congressional GOP’s attempt to extract massive concessions on the typically minor and procedural debt ceiling issue. Namely, Obama will not use the tricks of minting a million dollar coin or a vague fourteenth amendment passage untested in the courts.
These ideas have been floated around for a while now as a possible solution and there has been a bit of grumbling from the left that Obama has caved in his negotiations by essentially
. . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Debt ceiling negotiations: folding the bad bluffs
Two amazing quotes in this very long article.
Gingrich said. “On the left you have a natural grouping. You have the sense of, ‘What’s this week’s cause? And we did turtles this week. What can we do next week?’”
For someone how is supposedly one of the brightest minds in the Republican party it’s amazing to me that he can be so wrong so often. Does he really think that is how people work? The reality is the in this big messy, complex world there are a lot of issues worth fighting to fix, and they arise randomly as (Read more…)
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After months of entrenched Republican intransigence and unwillingness to actually, ahem tax the rich, a deal is in the works that could avert millions being denied unemployment benefits and tax increases for the middle class especially.
Tentative Deal Is Reached to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy By JONATHAN WEISMAN-New York Times
The fiscal cliff is nigh; Senators strike deal, House won’t vote By Matt Smith, CNN (VIDEO)
Fiscal cliff deadline to pass as Senate readies for vote. Richard Adams-Guardian U.K.
US Lawmakers Reach deal-AljJazerrah
Mitt Romney tries to humanize himself by going shopping.
I think most people feel the same way when they hear Paul Ryan speak
Stephen Harper signs a deal with China, expressly to try and win the “cutest photo op of the year” award.
Danielle Smith sees your cute animal and raises you a little girl.
But Garneau outdoes them both, taking us to new heights of cuteness.
Of course, the “cute kid” photo-op can sometimes backfire.
This would not be the last bottle of alcohol consumed at PC headquarters during this spring’s election
Alison Redford courts the elusive “Hipster Vote”
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We’re all familiar with the concept of a loss leader — a store will deliberately price key products to a price below cost, often way below cost. This is to get people into the store to buy stuff that is overpriced. A good example are razor handles and blades — the sample pack is cheap, but the replacement refills are extortionist, even at club pack warehouses. The same with food
Fuck the USA!*
*and to be fair, fuck Canada for allowing the Harper Conservatives to drag our country through the muck, down the same failed, destructive and suicidal path as our neighbours to the south
Yeah, I know there are many good and decent individual Americans, and I acknowledge that a lot of great things have come from the United States, including many of the computer and Internet technologies that allow me to post my views here. This rant is not directed at them. The following are criticisms of the negative aspects of American society as a whole, and
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*and to be fair, fuck Canada for allowing the…
Antonin “Nino” Scalia, the current dean of the US Supreme Court and a very staunch conservative, has always had a way with words especially in the opinions he authors for the majority or in dissent. There is no question he is a champion of free speech and expression — he has often sided with liberals on such issues as flag burning and song parodies.
He has also been further to the right than
We’re starting to see the fallout from the Con government’s proposed changes to immigration policy. And while I agree that such policies need a reboot every now and then to meet current trends (and to a lesser extent, changes in social morés), what is shaping up to be what we’ll be stuck with for at least the next twenty years is anything but promising.
For one thing, I see absolutely no