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drive-by planet: Massive turnout in Crimea: 96.77 vote for integration with Russia: jubilant crowds capture the mood

There was a massive turnout in the Crimea referendum, with 81.3 percent of eligible voters participating. When the final tally was in 96.77 percent voted “yes” to integration with the Russian Federation. The way it breaks down in terms of numbers is 1,233,002 votes for integration out of a total of 1,274,096 ballots cast.

The head of the monitors’ commission, Polish MP Mateusz Piskorski, told RT: “The referendum has been organized professionally, considering there was very little time for all the institutions to prepare, all the staff for polling stations, for electoral commission… So when it comes (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Crimea votes: ‘CrossTalk’ discussion with George Galloway, Michael Hughes and Dmitry Babich

drive-by planet: Double standards, threats and false claims in run-up to March 16 referendum in Crimea

The referendum in Crimea scheduled for March 16 has been declared invalid by US secretary of state John Kerry who also issued warnings of serious consequences if Russia “annexes” Crimea.  He promised that sanctions against Russia would “get ugly fast.” This was echoed by Germany’s Angela Merkel who has made dark references to “massive political and economic harm” to Russia. British PM Cameron got in on the act with warnings of “consequences.”

A UN resolution declaring the upcoming referendum in Crimea invalid has been vetoed by Russia. Vitaly Churkin, Russian envoy at the UN, said: “The philosophy (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Did the US Take a Bite Out of Canada-Korea Trade?

On last night’s The National, Terry Milewski introduced the Canada-Korea trade deal as follows:

The truth is that Canada is a latecomer to free trade with South Korea. The European Union and the United States both got there first, and their free trade deals took a big bite out of Canada’s exports. So, the government really had to catch up.

It is true that trade deals with South Korea came into force in mid-2011 for the EU and in early 2012 for the US, but how did they affect Canadian exports?

In US dollars, Canada’s international exports edged up (Read more…)

cmkl: David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’ | World news | The Observer

The creator of the Wire, the Corner, Generation Kill gave a speech, in Sydney, summarized in the London-based Guardian. David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’ . And here I am, a Canadian mentioning it on my blog. In part because I find it remarkable that there seems to be no comparable […]

Left Over: Big US Brother will Contine to Watch You….


Canadian Banks To Be Compelled To Share Clients’ Info With U.S.

CBC | Posted: 11/25/2013 5:00 am EST

As a happily ex-Yank who gladly and gratefully accepted citizenship in this far superior (in every way) country, Canada, many decades ago, I would personally like to point out to the Yanks that Canada can’t even seem to chase after it’s own tax dodgers in the Caribbean, etc, never mind worry about those who you deem responsible for this act. Although I will never be accused of being rich enough to get chased down by anyone, threatening your biggest trading partner with (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: The NSA Scandal is all about Economics

Back in 1998, I wrote a lengthy investigative feature for The Financial Post about Canada’s signals intelligence agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), and its post-Cold War role. You can read it here:

The CSE and its sister signals intelligence agency in the US, the National Security Agency (NSA), engage in espionage using solely electronic means. To this end, these agencies have built a vast network of supercomputers, satellites and datalinks to capture as much of the world’s traffic in phone, Internet and other electronic communication. The computers can search for particular words and voices, allowing (Read more…)

Left Over: The Revolution will Start, With or Without Me….

Russell Brand’s Epic Interview With BBC’s Jeremy Paxman Just Might Start A Revolution (VIDEO) The Huffington Post | By Ryan GrenoblePosted: 10/25/2013 4:11 pm EDT

Many have seen Russel Brand’s remarkable interview with Jeremy Paxman, either on TV or YouTube..if not please go to the HuffPo article cited here and see it..the best ten minutes you’ll have today, or the worst, depending on your point of view… Politicians ‘don’t lay a glove’ on Paxman, or bother trying, because they realize that, as ‘progressive’ as he is, he is entertainment and our ‘ 22 Minutes,’ funny, and every (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Amnesty International calls US drone strikes in Pakistan “war crimes”

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says some of the unlawful killings executed by US drone strikes in Pakistan “could even amount to war crimes”.

The post Amnesty International calls US drone strikes in Pakistan “war crimes” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Are We Going to Stand By as Our Kids’ Future is Stolen?

Jimmy Carter recently observed that today’s American middle class are coming to resemble America’s poor back in the pre-Reagan era.  That’s the bad news.  The worse news is that Americans aren’t alone.

Like much of Europe, Britain’s middle class is also being ravaged by chronic unemployment and mounting inequality.

The social mobility and child poverty commission, established by David Cameron, is expected to warn that government initiatives have all too often been aimed at the poorest 10%.   Yet the inability to get on in life is now a major and growing problenm for middle-class children and this group is (Read more…)

Left Over: Bitumen Off More Then They Can Chew…..


Northern Gateway pipeline to be running by 2018, says Enbridge Project will be approved in 2014 and moving oil by 2018, company says

The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 02, 2013 6:46 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 02, 2013 7:44 AM PT

Fascinating, isn’t it, how these oily creeps assume that they are winning the fight…the fight hasn’t even begun, though Harpo and his puppeteers might argue the opposite..

Here we are, some of us believing that the ‘talks’ are ongoing, that nothing has been truly decided, and here they go spouting their words of smug acceptance, as if the discussion were (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: America Urges Philippines to Combat Inequality

Yeah, I know, I know.  Me too.  Then again, the Philippines is a good long way away from Main Street, U.S.A.

American officials are urging the Phillipines to see to fair distribution of the country’s new found wealth.

Despite having Asia’s second highest growth in gross domestic product (GDP) last year, the Philippines still has a lot of catching up to make the growth felt and enjoyed by the rest of the country’s population.

“We all know that the Philippines has now outpaced all the countries in the region in terms of economic growth,” said Gloria (Read more…)

Left Over: I’ll See Your Bombs, and Raise You Climate Change….


Harper offers Obama climate plan to win Keystone approval Sources say PM willing to accept emissions reduction targets proposed by the U.S. By Chris Hall, National Editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 6, 2013 2:15 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 6, 2013 10:08 PM ET


First he pontificates (through his rough stuff, Baird, Harper’s own personal beard) about how ‘necessary’ it is to bomb Syria, and now this forelock-tugging re environmental levels being magically changed to favour the US ’vision’…whereas until five minutes ago, climate change was still being questioned by the Cons..then, miracle of miracles, Harper (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Is America Courting War with China?

Ever since it staged Operation Chimichanga, a dress-rehearsal of a stealth, first-strike attack to take out Chinese air defences, America has been treading gingerly along what may be the road to war.

Chinese J-31 Stealth Fighter

China has been busy responding with its own stealth fighters, anti-satellite space weaponry, an array of cyber-warfare technologies, development of aircraft carrier capability, new and stealthy submarines and ballistic anti-ship missiles specifically designed to kill American carriers.   All this coupled with home-field advantage presents a formidable challenge to America’s military domination of the southeast Asia region.

Carrier Killer

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The Canadian Progressive: Manning case shows that US government’s priorities are ‘upside down’

The Bradley Manning verdict is about sending the message that “the US government will come after you”, says Amnesty International’s Senior Director of International Law and Policy Widney Brown.

The post Manning case shows that US government’s priorities are ‘upside down’ appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Scott Ross: Why US Narrative On Syria’s Chemical Weapons Stinks

The thing about chemical weapons is that an odor usually follows their use, what is odd about Syria is that it is the United States’ decision to arm the rebels that stinks.

The US, despite its poor track record of linking weapons to nations, has recently announced that because it now believes the Syrian government did use chemical weapons, arming the rebels is now a moral imperative. However the often under-reported and plainly ignored facts strongly suggest it was not the Syrian government that used chemical weapons, but the rebels.

Besides of course that a significant amount of rebels belong (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Birth Control – An Ounce of Prevention…

Fiscal conservatives give me a headache at the best of times. Having them opine about how availability of birth control is going to drive up costs and make every one sad, well…makes me sad. It would be nice, for once, if our conservative friends would base their opinion on something more than a dogmatic adherence to free-market wisdom. The air out here in empirical evidence land isn’t so bad, honest.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Birth Control, Capitalism, Health Insurance, Liberal Viewer, US

drive-by planet: Goddamn criminals!

The Disaffected Lib: The American People and Conservative Republicans Agree – Legalizing Pot Is a State Right

Some of the most conservative Republicans in Congress are leading the charge to end their federal government’s war on pot.  They introduced a bill, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, in the House last week.  The legislation would mean the feds would have to accept state laws that legalize or decriminalize production or possession of marijuana.

Depending on the state, the legislation would cover both medical marijuana and recreational pot, and would protect not only the users of state-legal cannabis, but also the businesses that cultivate, process, distribute and sell marijuana in these states.

The legislation is

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Dead Wild Roses: Memo to US christian Colleges and Business – Stop Trying to Break the Law

The christian majority continues to whinge about being oppressed. Tough beans theocrats – the law, for once, has women’s back on this issue. So when you see the christian whinge starting as illustrated below, you also have the answer to their false claim of being persecuted.

Whinge: How does forcing employers to give out abortifacients and not giving them a choice mean these people are being Pro-Choice and giving them a choice? Also these people claim to want to keep the government out of people’s bedrooms despite forcing businesses to give out items like birth control pills

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The Disaffected Lib: When America Became Amerika

The media is swamped with articles about the 10th anniversary of the Anglo-American conquest of Iraq.   To those of us in the “I Told You So” camp, most of these missives are utter crap.   That’s probably because they’re being written or published by those who showed their true colours in the run-up to the war, the Bush-Cheney-Blair cheerleaders who would rather everyone forgot about their own behaviour in 2003.

Fortunately The Atlantic has an article that rips the scab off the “Hatred, Resentment and Mockery“ that mainstream Amerika lavished on those who dared stand against the

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The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – China’s Anti-Satellite Weapons Tests to Continue

China may soon become the only nation with the hardware to take down high geo-stationary orbiting satellite systems such as GPS.  The U.S. is warning that China is preparing for a third anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test.

There is now speculation that orbiting debris from a 2007 Chinese ASAT test may have struck and disabled a Russian satellite.   The concern is that space garbage may strike and cause other satellites to explode adding enormous amounts of space garbage to threaten other satellites creating a “cascade” that quickly renders space unusable.

China has responded to the U.

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The Canadian Progressive: ‘Why I Did It’: Whistleblower Bradley Manning Tells US Military Court

Whistleblower reads prepared statement of explanation after pleading guilty to some, but not all, charges By: Common Dreams | Feb. 28, 2013: US Army Private Bradley Manning read a prepared statement on Thursday, revealing before a packed military courtroom exactly what government and military information he leaked to the whistleblower media outlet Wikileaks, and why he chose to do READ MORE

bastard.logic: Chuck Hagel: Damaged Goods?

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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The Scott Ross: US Gen. McChrystal Warns Against Drones

This is quite shocking.

This statement might appear to be commonsense, but it is a radical divergence from the standard view that terrorism against the US government is never justified or deserved.

In essence this is a warning from a four-star US General to his government about the use of drones, saying that if America uses them carelessly then it has no right to be outraged over extremist retaliation.