The Disaffected Lib: A Britain Great No Longer

Between Brexit and Trump, Britain has become Great no more. At least that’s how Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s chief of staff from 1995 to 2007 sees it.  The worst part, according to Powell, is that his nation’s decline into irrelevance has been entirely self-inflicted. As Simon Fraser, the former Foreign Office permanent secretary, said in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Steve Burgess points out that we shouldn’t be the least bit surprise by the latest news of politically-connected billionaires managing to tilt the tax system in their favour. Ed Broadbent calls for a much-needed end to tax policy that favours the wealthy in efforts to avoid contributing to ...

Wise Law Blog: Top 10 Legal Headline for the week of November 13, 2017

140Law: Here are our Top 10 Legal Headlines for the week of November 13, 2017. For links, visit 140Law at http://wiselaw.blogspot.com – Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: www.wiselaw.net Visit our website: www.wiselaw.net

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Not Just the Depth of the Challenge, It’s the Magnitude.

Let this idea soak in for a minute. A report from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research concludes that Europe’s only hope of meeting its Paris greenhouse gas emissions commitments will require  the phasing out of all fossil fuels, including natural gas, by 2035. That’s the decarbonization of Europe in just 17 years. It’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: Impossible To Ignore

I have noticed a shift lately on the part of the ultra-right. Instead of denying climate change, increasing numbers are ‘admitting’ that the climate may be changing, but they have no idea why. The following may help to open the eyes of such willfully ignorant souls: Recommend this Post

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of November 13, 2017

Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of November 13, 2017 from Wise Law on Twitter:  Blue-chip law firm Appleby explored connecting tax haven to Halifax, leaked documents show Anthony Weiner reports to prison after sexting conviction SCOTUS Justices Allow Execution of Inmate Who Cannot Recall His Crime Sidebar: Where to Draw Line on ...

Montreal Simon: Why Does The Con Media Hate Justin Trudeau So Much?

Well it's now been two days since the Con media went after Justin Trudeau for allegedly sabotaging a trade deal by missing a meeting. In what can only be described as a pig wrestling contest. Which as you know ended badly, with our porky media looking like idiots.  Since they revealed their blatant bias, and ...

Warren Kinsella: Baby, you’re a rich man

It’s hard to keep track of political revelations in the Trump era, true.  But back in August. you may recall that The New Yorker’s award-winning political writer, Ryan Lizza, published a big story about Donald Trump’s anti-Semitic, white supremacist muse, Steve Bannon: Bannon has become friends with Gerald Butts, a longtime political adviser to the Canadian ...

Things Are Good: NASA Designs Plane Modifications to Save Fuel

A seemingly simple change to airplane design can make a huge difference in fuel efficiency: add another engine. Yes, as counterintuitive as it sounds, NASA has figured out that by adding an engine to the rear of the plane the airflow of the plane itself can provide more thrust. Airplanes are notoriously bad for the ...

Northern Reflections: Stunning

Ed Broadbent has the numbers on what a tax structure tilted towards the rich costs: According to a recent study in the Canadian Tax Journal, the top 1 per cent of individual taxpayers earn 11.7 per cent of all income, but receive almost all of the benefit of the stock options deduction and 87.4 per ...

Dead Wild Roses: Illuminating Radical Feminist Conversations

Gender is a deliberate, carefully constructed edifice of patriarchy that is designed for one purpose. The oppression of females. Playing around with or in the more edgy nomenclature ‘subversion’ of gender roles – “I’m a non-binary, pansexual-genderqueer-demi-gurl” [wtf?] – is nothing more than a horizontal shuffle of the gender deck. The hierarchy is not disturbed ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Diminished democracy of Canada’s Conservatives.

In looking at the major political parties in Canada in their headlong dash for irrelevancy, we might as well start with the Conservatives. Since the end of the 90s and the machinations of Stephen Harper to finally achieve the promise to ‘unite the right’ across Canada, the separated federal and provincial conservative parties have been ...

The Disaffected Lib: Dr. Hedges Diagnoses the Disease That Is Neoliberal Globalism.

Chris Hedges writes that, in order to fully grasp the disease of neoliberalism, it helps to take stock of the symptoms. The disease of globalized corporate capitalism has the same effects across the planet. It weakens or destroys democratic institutions, making them subservient to corporate and oligarchic power. It forces domestic governments to give up ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: The war between Vietnamese fishermen and the KKK signaled a new type of white supremacy (repost)

It was shrimping season in Texas, and things were getting ugly. In the late 1970s and early 80s, a group of Vietnamese refugees had fled a humanitarian crisis at home and legally resettled in the Galveston Bay area. Read the rest of this post on the original site at The war between Vietnamese fishermen and ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Dead fascist poets society: why CasaPound are no book club (repost)

The liberal commentariat seems to be completely unable to resist the allure of the far-right. The latest example: an article on Literary Hub that portrays violent neo-fascist gang CasaPound as some sort of edgy poetry club. Read the rest of this post on the original site at Dead fascist poets society: why CasaPound are no ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Question Period? Really?

How much longer do we have to put up with this nonsense? The Alberta Legislature has been in session for eight days and the UCP is using Question Period to test-drive political slogans. Jason Kenney UCP leader Ms Soapbox’s personal favourite is the UCP’s claim: “We lead, they follow”. The UCP’s “lead” translates into something ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Massive Anti-Racism March and Rally in Montreal

So, how did you spend your Sunday? I myself did some laundry, took some screen shots of Stephen Myatt’s impotent threats (more on that in an upcoming article), and hit the gym for a couple of hours. A pretty routine weekend for me. How about Montreal? Well, it looks like many of the good people ...

Ken Chapman: What is the Future of Progressive Politics in Alberta?

I posed this question in a blog post last March when Mr. Kenney won the PC leadership. A lot has happened since then. The PCs and Wildrose have “united” under the leadership of Mr. Kenney.  Former Wildrose leader Brian Jean seems tentative about serving under Mr. Kenney. The Alberta Liberals and Greens both have new ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Fox is Guarding the Hen House. Really, No Kidding. It’s True.

The Trump government has just awarded a $2.83 million contract for security at its Russian installations including the US embassy in Moscow and its consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok. The US embassy in Moscow is to be guarded by a company owned by a former head of KGB counter-intelligence who worked with British ...

A Puff of Absurdity: So NOW What? On Power and Sexual Abuse and the Culture of Celebrity

A little over year ago, when I first heard about Louis CK’s abuse of power, I was going to write a post suggesting he might actually be the guy able to fess up, apologize sincerely, and lead the way for other men to admit to their abusive behaviours. I’m a big fan, and he sometimes ...

The Disaffected Lib: The White On the March

An estimated 60,000 white supremacists took part in a torchlight parade through the streets of Warsaw this weekend. Police estimated 60,000 people took part in Saturday’s event, in what experts say was one of the biggest gathering of far-right activists in Europe in recent years. Demonstrators with faces covered chanted “Pure Poland, white Poland!” and ...

The Disaffected Lib: Take It From Mitt

Mitt, son of George (beloved former governor of Michigan), Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and Republican presidential candidate in 2012, offers a cogent take on Alabama’s whack-job senate candidate, Roy Moore, in this tweet: Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 43: It’s all politics, folks.

As you may recall, last week Premier Rachael Notley and her sneaky government laid a trap for the new leader of the united conservatives, Jason Kenney. Making a mountain out of a molehill, the government introduced a bill to make it illegal for teachers to “out” kids who joined school sanctioned “gay-straight alliances”. Notley and ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sounds About Right

I don’t suppose it should surprise anyone that an egregiously incompetent President Trump has nominated as a federal court judge for Alabama the egregiously unqualified Brett J. Talley. He has never tried a case, was unanimously rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Assn.’s judicial rating committee, has practiced law for only three years and, ...

Ken Chapman: Can Alberta Conservatives Win in 2019 and Deny Climate Change?

Abacus Data has a new on-line survey of 1534 Canadians randomly selected from a panel of 500,000 Canadians.  They weighted the responses to “match census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population” demographics. Not sure that weighting is reliable or even possible.  The Harper government killed the long form census so we likely ...