Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

The Stills – Hands On Fire

Warren Kinsella: Kinsellacast: Lisa’s live report from the LPC convention, #MeToo and Hehr, and Rob’s GOTV lesson!

Warren Kinsella: Sometimes, you don’t get what you pay for

$70,000 a month, for example. "I think people think Doug Ford is a bit of a dick," said Liberal campaign co-chair David Herle on CP24. (Corrected from earlier tweet after checking recording.) — David Hains (@DavidHains) April 20, 2018

Canadian Dimension: The Mirage of Pension-Fund Activism

The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon David Webber Harvard University Press, 2018 In her 2016 book No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, union organizer Jane McAlevey argued that unions have repeatedly and fruitlessly searched for quick fixes to the long decline of organized labour. This hunt for ...

Scripturient: Council kills Collingwood construction

Collingwood council – dominated by The Block – has voted to cripple the booming construction industry in town. A bylaw passed this week prohibits, “…operation of construction equipment to Monday to Friday from 7 a.m., to 7 p.m.” according to a story in the Connection.* This means The Block have really put a damper on ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the 2018 Saskatchewan budget

I’ve written a ‘top 10’ blog post about the recently-tabled Saskatchewan budget. Points raised in the blog post include the following: -This year’s budget was quite status quo. -Last year’s budget, by contrast, included a series of cuts to social spending. Last year’s budget also announced cuts to both personal and corporate income taxes that ...

Politics and its Discontents: Words Versus Deeds

Our Prime Minister, always keen to appear as a progressive on the international stage, is decidedly less so at home, as recent events are demonstrating. Another reminder of the gross disparity between his words and deeds came when he met in London with Teresa May, who is planning to ban the sale of plastic straws ...

The Disaffected Lib: Zakaria – America’s "Deep State" Exists and Americans Should Be Grateful

America’s “deep state” exists and Fareed Zakaria says Americans need look no further than people like Robert Mueller and James Comey to find it. One of the oft-repeated criticisms of America is that it has too many lawyers. Maybe, but one of the country’s great strengths is its legal culture. As I’ve written before, Alexis ...

DeSmogBlog: Kinder Morgan’s Canadian Executives Earn Millions As Governments Discuss Bailout

Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., must be laughing all the way to check on his stock options since the Trudeau government offered to use public funds to bail out the company’s stalled Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. Anderson earned almost $2.9 million last year in salary, stock awards and other compensation, according ...

The Disaffected Lib: Missing Monbiot

George Monbiot rose to fame and acclaim as The Guardian’s fearless enviro-scribe, eventually expanding into a broader societal punditry. This scribe would eagerly await Monbiot’s next offering to see what condition or peril he would next illuminate. He always dished up plenty of food for thought. He’s been gone long enough that his absence is a ...

Montreal Simon: The Day the Con Media Exposed Its Shameful Bias

When Doug Ford announced that his campaign bus would not be followed by another one carrying the media, there was a chorus of complaints.But as I wrote the other day, Team Harper is running the Ford campaign.And it seems that the situation is even worse than most had imagined.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – PressProgress crunches the numbers on tax loopholes and finds that more and more revenue is being lost to the most glaring loopholes every year. And Andrew Jackson hopes for a sorely-needed response from the federal government to rein in tax avoidance by the wealthy. – Sam Cooper reports ...

Warren Kinsella: Ontario Liberals in third place, would get seven seats: poll

Boy, I sure am glad the Wizard is in charge, and getting all the big bucks! What a great job he and his boss have done! Snippet: The Ontario Liberals would go from majority government to seven-seat rump if an election were held this week, according to a new poll and projection by Forum Research. ...

Northern Reflections: Snake Oil Isn’t Selling These Days

Paul Krugman writes that, in the United States, snake oil isn’t selling like it used to. Exhibit A is Donald Trump’s tax cuts. George Bush touted the same snake oil and Americans bought it: In the past, deficit hypocrisy was an important weapon in the G.O.P. political arsenal. Both parties talked about fiscal responsibility, but ...

Warren Kinsella: Adler-Kinsella on Liberals and drugs! Drugs and Liberals! Drugged-up Liberals!

Did my usual Thursday thing with Charles, and it was illuminating, as usual. We discussed drugs and sexual harassment and even found room to squeeze in a few laughs. Check it out.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – What I’m Singing This Weekend.

Dress rehearsal tonight, been practising like a mad fool.  We have a full line up. Starting with Rheinberger’s lovely Stabat Mater: Then a Schubert Mass : Some Mendelssohn: And some Mozart : It is going to be a great concert. 🙂

Babel-on-the-Bay: A Commonwealth at bargain price.

Our prime minister Justin Trudeau has been in London this past week, pressing the flesh with the long-running Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth, as we usually call it is the fallout of the old British Commonwealth and is made up of former colonies and protectorates of times past when Great Britain ruled the seas. This ...

Alberta Politics: Green Party of Alberta chooses Coral Bliss Taylor, former Calgary council candidate, as interim leader

The Green Party of Alberta has chosen Coral Bliss Taylor, not so long ago a candidate for city council in Calgary civic election, to serve as its interim leader while it figures out what to do after the sudden resignation of its last permanent leader in March. Ms. Bliss Taylor, an engineer and urban planner, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Yes, Justin, But What’s in the "National Interest" of Our Children and Grandchildren?

Justin Trudeau’s highly selective, incredibly narrow, utterly myopic and grossly self-serving definition of Canada’s “national interest” is disturbing. Canada didn’t begin with us and it won’t end with us either (if we’re lucky). When Justin proclaims his bitumen pipeline is in the “national interest” he’s not speaking for the nation, the Canada past and the ...

Parchment in the Fire: Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/apr/20/yanis-varoufakis-marx-crisis-communist-manifesto?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

Mind Bending Politics: Refusal To Regulate Regional Autism Centres Has Opened The Door To Lawsuits

  The Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau has actively refused to bring in regulation of the provinces regional autism centers despite major issues being reported to the government regarding the behaviors of these regional service providers.  I’ve heard significant issues over the past few months with respect to the roll out of ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Angry Planet

The future is rapidly arriving, and it isn’t pretty, thanks to climate change that is causing rising seas and more volatile storms, of particular threat to low-lying nations of the world right now. The first video shows what happened when a heavy storm hit Hawaii: The second video, available with this link, shows the true ...

The Disaffected Lib: Stunning, Absolutely Stunning.

Play this magnificent video full screen, volume up. Then with climate change this rampant ask yourself why we’re so bent on pimping bitumen. GLACIER EXIT from Raphael Rogers on Vimeo.

The Disaffected Lib: Trump’s Little Prince of Darkness Joins Legal Team

Rudolph Giuliani is joining Trump’s legal team dealing with the Mueller investigation. Curiously enough, I wrote a post on Rudi and his involvement with the Clinton email scandal two days ago. It turns out Giuliani was also the subject of several references in James Comey’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty.” In his interview with ABC’s ...

The Disaffected Lib: Red Scare or Red Worry?

Is the government of China forcing Chinese students at foreign universities to set up Communist Party cells? According to an article in Foreign Policy that is happening on campuses in the United States and other nations. In July 2017, a group of nine Chinese students and faculty from Huazhong University of Science and Technology participating in ...