Warren Kinsella: You are invited!

It’s a joint book launch and a record launch – for Recipe For Hate and SFH Kinda Suck! Lots of fascinating folks will be there (political, musical, animal, mineral), and I’m buying drinks! Please come! And, if none of that sounds appealing, Lisa will be there, too!

The Disaffected Lib: You Won’t Like These Odds

A new report has identified 27 ways a heatwave can cause human death. And, if we keep up with our fossil fuel fondness, up to 75 per cent of humanity may at risk of one of those 27 outcomes. [Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii] and colleagues report in the American Heart Association journal ...

Montreal Simon: How The Con Media Were Made To Look Like Idiots

Remembrance Day is always a sad day, but it was a particularly gloomy day at the Parliamentary Press Gallery.Yesterday they were squealing like hogs, accusing Justin Trudeau of having sabotaged a trade deal by missing a meeting.And along with the creepy Andrew Schmear all but demanding that Trudeau resign IMMEDIATELY !!!! But sadly for them, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Gabriel Zucman discusses how the wealthy currently avoid paying their fair share of taxes – and how to stop them by properly attributing income and ensuring registers of wealth. And Micah White is optimistic that the public response to the Paradise Papers may be to develop lasting ...

Northern Reflections: Hot Air — That’s All

During the election campaign, Donald Trump talked tough about China. The United State, he said, “cannot continue to allow China to rape our country.” But, last week, he put on a much different performance. Tony Burman writes: Speaking at a joint appearance with the Chinese leader on Thursday, Trump lavished praise on Xi, calling him ...

Democracy Under Fire: Internet Echo Chamber

The problem is the explosion of communication means: the internet, social media, 24 hours a day. They have opened access to information to more people than we can say, and that is a good thing. They have enriched and enlarged and broadened the discourse. Democracy and society have always gained from learned debate, whether it ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The despotism of First-Past-the-Post?

One of our favourite political bloggers wrote a desperate ‘cri de Coeur’ the other day against what he perceives as the despotism of first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting. He lives on Canada’s Left Coast and writes under the pseudonym ‘The Mound of Sound.’ Rather than simply refuting his assertions, I think it is important to find the ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Atheism

Just stating the obvious, but now in cool meme format. 🙂 Filed under: Religion Tagged: Atheism, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Politics and its Discontents: Seeing The Light

This is nothing like a reformed evangelical who has seen the light: Appearing on MSNBC’s AM Joy, former evangelical – and son a a famous pastor — angrily tore into the Republican party for backing “rape, child molesting and neo-Nazis,” in a furious broadside. Speaking with host Joy Reid, former Christian evangelical Frank Schaeffer was ...

Accidental Deliberations: On suspended animation

It would be nice to be able to share Michael Geist’s view that the latest TPP by another name represents a substantial improvement over the original. But to my mind, the real story of the CPTPP is how little it changes. In principle, I’d have hoped to see a group of parties which didn’t include ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A CAREGIVER TWITTER CHALLENGE TO BREAK THE INTERNET

I’m not an original thinker. I know it. But hey, I know what I am good at: stealing other peoples’ great ideas and mixing them up differently for a caregiver community.  Today, I’m stealing a really fabulous idea from a PhD student at the University of Missouri, Dalton Ludwick.  Ludwick studies insects and he challenged the ...

The Decarie Report: Nov. 11: Our Lies to those Who Served

Our modern newspaper, cheap enough to be available to almost everyone, appeared about 1880. The industry had developed so far by then, it could produce a newspaper for one cent a copy. But, however cheap each copy might be, it still required an ownership by the very wealthy. And that means that almost all newspapers ...

Warren Kinsella: Recipe For Hate is officially out today – and the tour is coming to Ottawa!

Get it here! And deets about the Carleton stop below!

Ken Chapman: Greg Clark Steps Down as Alberta Party Leader

In a surprise move the Alberta Party is in the hunt for a new leader.   With recent consolidation of the uber-right in the UCP there are a lot of free-floating former progressives in the former party of Lougheed who are looking for a home. The Alberta Party has had a number of false-positive political ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Abacus Data has polled the Canadian public on climate change, and found far more appetite for meaningful action than we generally hear from the political class (and particularly right-wing parties): Twenty years ago, when the world’s leaders were debating the Kyoto Accord, a case could be made ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Why Toronto needs a national housing strategy

Dr. Colin Phillips is an up-and-coming scholar in Canada’s homelessness sector. He has an opinion piece in today’s Toronto Star titled “Why Toronto needs a national housing strategy.” Points made in the opinion piece include the following: -The City of Toronto has worked hard to develop good practices on the ground to address homelessness. -But, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canadians React To The Paradise Papers

If you aren’t yet outraged over recent revelations, check your pulse to make sure you are still amongst the living. Happily, signs of life are plentiful among Toronto Star readers: Liberal Party fundraisers held family millions in offshore trust, Nov. 6 Coverage of the Paradise Papers’ celebrity tax evaders has tended to revolve around the ...

Montreal Simon: Remembrance Day 2017

It's Remembrance Day 2017, and a time to remember all those who fought and died for our country.A time to remember my fighting grandfathers… Who survived the war but were marked by it forever.And give thanks that this year we'll also take a moment to remember this young soldier.Read more »

Northern Reflections: The Disease Behind The Anxiety

This week marked the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election. The British recently passed the first anniversary of Brexit. Jonathan Freedland writes that, on both sides of the Atlantic, progressives are flummoxed: While American progressives lament their fellow citizens’ decision to make Donald Trump president a year ago this week, their British counterparts have spent the ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Concrete, the Material That Builds Our World

This week I’m really got rolling on the newest project, a new book to be called Rock of Ages: How Concrete Built the World As We Know It. Making plans to attend a big convention of concrete types, looking at the photos I’ve taken over the years, reading a lot of notes, and trying to ...

Montreal Simon: The Day The Con Media Roared Like Rats

No, that's not the famous MGM logo, and that's not Leo the lion.That's our ratty Con media!!! It can make quite a roar when it goes after a big piece of cheese, or Justin Trudeau.And yesterday it was really loud, and never sounded uglier.Or more absurd.Or more Con.Read more »

Scripturient: Remembering those who served

It’s at this time of the year, as we approach Remembrance Day, that I think most about my family, especially those who have died. I wish I had known when I was younger what I know today, so I could have asked them more about their lives, and about their service in the military, about ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Koi Keepers of Quebec.

Reading Chantal Hébert’s national affairs column recently, she referred to the tectonic plates of Quebec politics. I was unsure of the analogy. I tend to think of Quebec politics as a series of koi ponds. These ponds are not necessarily linked. The lesser regional ponds revolve around the axis of Quebec’s National Assembly in Quebec ...

Dead Wild Roses: You Feel Like A Woman? Really? Do You?

The fiery words of a radical feminist who refuses to be erased by men in our so called progressive society. Filed under: Radical Feminism Tagged: Delusions of Gender, Gender Folly, Radical Feminism, The Female Experience, Transactivism is Misogyny

wmtc: 11.11: remembrance day readers’ advisory

I’ve posted 11 anti-war songs, and I’ve done Labour Day readers’ advisory, but I don’t think I’ve ever done anti-war readers’ advisory. Here are 11 great books with an anti-war themes. 1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins 2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut 3. War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges (nonfiction) 4. Regeneration, ...