When taking aim at individuals on this blog, I try to avoid false assertions. Readers may argue with my analyses and opinions but I intend those to be based on verifiable data. In comments, fairly wide range is allowed because readers know to be wary o…Continue reading
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Ian Reid is back at his computer station this week and that is good news for blog readers. He wrote a piece at The Real Story last October that is worth reexamination because the subject of defective journalism continues to be an issue at the…Continue reading
In another liberal surge of empathy, Sun pundit Vaughn Palmer described the “post-HST fiscal triple whammy” faced by “action man” Kevin Falcon.
He described the aggravation of replacing HST with PST, a task that involves major efforts apparently not…Continue reading
The Terrorism Issue That Wasn’t Discussed
by Gareth Porter, CommonDreams.org
In the commentary on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the news and infotainment media have predictably framed the discussion by the question of how successful the CIA and t…Continue reading
High-rise tank is new solution in farming fish,
by Arthur Max, Associated Press, from Seattle PI
KAMPERLAND, Netherlands (AP) — Adri Bout trawled Dutch waters for 25 years until he recognized the ocean’s limits. Now he raises 100 tons of turbot a …Continue reading
10 Years Of Capital Gains Tax Cuts Proves: Rich Win, You Lose, by Dave Johnson
Why are “capital gains” taxes so much lower than taxes on other income?
The reason capital gains taxes are lower is because most of the income of the rich is from c…
The Harper Government of Canada is continuing on a path to acquire Lockheed Martin F-35 multirole fighter jets. First Canadian deliveries originally were anticipated in 2016 but the U.S. Air Force reported in March this year that it expects a two-year delay in the airplane’s initial operational capability, which would push it back to 2018.
Deliveries to this country are unlikely to begin before 2020 and the program cost, initially estimated at $18 billion including maintenance agreements, will rise dramatically. The country’s largest ever procurement is a single-sourced deal, made without a competing bid.
Further delays and cost increases are likely because in August, for the third time in less than a year, the Pentagon grounded all F-35 joint strike fighters because of mechanical problems. Numerous problems remaining.
Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Forces committee, said the cost growth could have significant implications for the rest of the Pentagon’s multibillion-dollar acquisition programs and for its budget as a whole. The Michigan Senator said,
“People should not conclude that we will be willing to continue… strong support without regard to increased costs coming from poor program management or from lack of focus on affordability.”
When the referendum delivered an unwanted result, BC’s provincial government reshaped, polished and coordinated messages to the public. One particularly troublesome claim, made by Finance Minister Colin Hansen during the July 2009 HST annou…Continue reading
Perhaps an unknown telephone caller claims your computer is corrupted by viruses and involved in alarming errors and electronic transgressions. The scammer might say,
“We’ve had a report from your internet service provider of serious virus problems fr…
Recently, I’ve posed the question:
Is there an inevitable journey for professional environmentalists from impecunious youthful idealists to zealous hustlers loyally serving industrial interests for personal gain?I made the inquiry in reader comments fo…
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The Globe and Mail presented an editorial this week that appears to be written by a confounded ideologue seconded from a Toronto high school paper. It really is the most appalling example of careless ignorance and misunderstanding. Coming from a sour…Continue reading
While we consider the subject of contempt for the public by public officials, Damien Gillis provides a definitive view of its existence. In a must read report on testimony at the Cohen Commission, Gillis demonstrates how private citizen Alexandra Mor…Continue reading
Chief Justice Lance Finch issued a release defending Gordon Campbell’s appointment to the Order of British Columbia. Finch’s effort at exculpation is a rare event. For the most part, Superior Court judges disdain the need for rationality, honesty and e…Continue reading
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says “draconian” anti-terrorism measures that were scrapped in 2007 are once again necessary because Canada faces a major threat from “Islamicism.”
Interesting fact: the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, to which …Continue reading
Tzeporah Berman was at Capilano University Wednesday evening performing at the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts. Her act was promised to be an exploration of the past and future of the environmental movement. In view of her contr…Continue reading
News Item, May 2011
VANCOUVER – Encana and the British Columbia government’s Pacific Carbon Trust have a new deal by which the Trust is purchasing 84,000 tonnes of carbon offsets from Encana. The agreement commits the trust to buy an additional 30…Continue reading
CKNW’s Bill Good took a little heat this week from callers but did his best to defend Gordon Campbell’s appointment to the OBC. Good’s ire rises quickly if callers slip through the screening and point out puffball treatment of the former Premier, his g…Continue reading