daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Oklahoma can look to The Gospel According to Alberta on Oilfield Prayer Day

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has declared October 13, 2016 to be Oilfield Prayer Day, and praying for a the price of oil to recover is something the Republican Governor says people of all faiths, not just Christians, can do. Oklahoma is an… Continue Reading →

Alberta Diary: Advice to Canadian politicians and media: Proceed with caution on your support for Ukraine’s rebels

Anti-Government Ukrainians prepare to fight police in Kiev. Below: Rioters throw gasoline bombs at police in Ukraine; Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. (Wikimedia photos.) You can bet money that when trouble is brewing abroad things are always far more complicated than local enthusiasts for one side or the other make them out to be. Here ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Washington Post Picks Up Chris Landsea Story

Gives me a nice cite and link.  But my favorite bit is the opening line: More than a week after it was abandoned, the Heartland Institute’s controversial billboard campaign – linking global warming belief with mass murder – continues drawing strong reactions Because keeping the story alive was one of the reasons behind the whole exercise. Another being ...

DeSmogBlog: Don’t Blame the Victims: Why Public Outreach By Climate Scientists is More Vital Than Ever

speakout.jpg In the last few years—and especially in the wake of the ClimateGate pseudo-scandal—climate researchers have become much more politically engaged. They’ve sought to become better at communication, and to have a greater influence on public policy. They’ve tried to establish rapid response capabilities, and also, better ways of protecting themselves from political harassment and lawsuits. ...

Will Globe & Mail’s first Public Editor (aka Ombudsman) make a difference? The question of Sylvia Stead.

Public Editors, or Ombudsmen as they are more often known, can be iffy things. Defined loosely as “one that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints”, the role can be broadly defined. The New York Times is probably the best example of an effective Public Editor, where its ‘Ombudsman’ researches complaints of bias . . ...

Will Globe & Mail’s first Public Editor (aka Ombudsman) make a difference? The question of Sylvia Stead.

Public Editors, or Ombudsmen as they are more often known, can be iffy things. Defined loosely as “one that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints”, the role can be broadly defined. The New York Times is probably the best example of an effective Public Editor, where its ‘Ombudsman’ researches complaints of bias by its ...

Canadian Progressive World: Quote of the year: “We are the 99 per cent”

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School has declared “We are the 99 per cent”, the political slogan of the Global Occupy movement, the heavy weight champ of the quotes for 2011. It’s another unavoidable …Read More

Ruth Marcus, Emma Sullivan and Brigette DePape

Ruth Marcus thinks you’re deranged There’s nothing worse to a conservative – especially a conservative woman – than to have a non-con woman, especially a young one, stand up to a symbol of authority – particularly if that symbol is a conservative man. Remember Brigette DePape? Her few seconds of quiet revolt against Stephen Harper ...

Washington Post ombudsman takes down Islamophobe Jennifer Rubin. Fails to recognize own complicity in doing "damage to the Post".

Problem is, Patrick Pexton is the latest in a long line of tainted Washington Post ombudsmen who need to be called out for their own “damage to the Post and the credibility that keeps it afloat”. While giving the right-wing Post blogger Jennifer Rubin another pass for her promotion of hate against Muslims, Pexton this time ...

DeSmogBlog: Bogus Job Numbers Used To Sell Keystone XL Pipeline

tarsands protests.jpg As thousands of protestors gather at The White House today to voice opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline plan, one of the major selling points from the pipeline proponents is revealed as flawed and perhaps completely bogus. According to The Washington Post, the prospect of job creation – the reason so many people in ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: The Terror Industrial Complex

Great story from CBC’s The National about the insane amount of money that has been spent post-9/11 on the secretive intelligence and policing apparatus to make America safe from demented cave-dwellers in Afghanistan, inept lunatics with explosive underwear, and suchlike “threats” to the so-called Homeland. More on the WP’s investigation “Top Secret America” here and ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Breaking: State Department Calls Keystone XL Environmental Impact "Limited," Ignoring Evidence

stop-tar-sands.jpg The State Department just released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The 27-page document does not flag any significant environmental concerns. The EIS suggests that construction of the pipeline as proposed is preferable to alternatives considered, including: not building the pipeline, rerouting the proposed location, and transporting the ...

Greg Sargent dissects George Will’s distortions on Wisconsin and Walker

The Washington Post is a conservative paper whose own ombudsman refuses to admonish his right-wing writers when they lie, distort or get facts wrong. Thankfully the Post has a few progressive bloggers to keep the big boys in line. George Will – the Sunday morning WaPo talking head who pushed the discredited “global cooling” meme ...

S&P on downgrade: “…the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.”

Just in case you didn’t get that the first time around. This is a point the Democrats (and progressive media/bloggers need to hammer) for the next few weeks. But they won’t. The right is massed with talking points blaming the left for the defeat. But the text of the S&P downgrade doesn’t specifically call out the Democratic party or ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Bill McKibben’s Recent Op-Ed On Climate and Severe Weather Remixed Into Video

Check out this excellent video version of Bill McKibben’s recent Washington Post op-ed “A link between climate change and Joplin Tornadoes? Never!” Narrated and illustrated by Stephen Thomson of Plonomedia.com, the video is a great visual representation of McKibben’s widely-circulated op-ed. Watch here, and share this widely: <!–break–>

bastard.logic: Unintended Consequences, Redux

by matttbastard (Photo: Paul Keller, Flickr) Jane Mayer on the sudden prominence of ex-W speechwriter (and current Hiatt-approved pro-torture propagandist*) Marc Thiessen and why those who don’t pop wood for enhanced interrogation [sic] should be wary: The publication of “Courting Disaster” suggests that Obama’s avowed determination “to look forward, not back” has laid the recent past open to partisan reinterpretation. ...