Northern Reflections: A War On The Poor

Diane Ravitch used to lead the charge from the Right on American Education. But, in the last ten years, she has become deeply embittered about what the Right has done to American public education. Now that Donald Trump has released his budget, her fury is white hot: University education will become even less affordable: The ...

Warren Kinsella: Politics in the new era

Politics when I was growing up: voters voted for someone/something. Politics now: voters vote against someone/something. — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) June 12, 2017

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the True Meaning of Idiot

He's desperately trying to restrain himself. His lawyers have warned him that his tweets could be used against him one day.And could be the difference between the White House and the Big House.But ever since James Comey called him a liar, in front of a television audience of about 19 million people, Donald Trump has been ...

Dead Wild Roses: Understanding Women – The Dummy’s Guide

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Dudes, Feminims, Helpful Infographics, Kindness Coins, Nice Guys

Babel-on-the-Bay: Did he say ‘Premier’ Brown?

It was the kind of chill that our granny used to say was caused by someone walking on her grave. It is the combination of cold and a sad premonition. It was the feeling left the other day when noting Bob Hepburn’s column in the Toronto Star about getting cosy saying ‘Premier Brown.’ There was ...

Alberta Politics: Year after year, about now, Alberta conservatives shoot themselves in the same foot

PHOTOS: Then-Wildrose MLAs Kerry Towle, leader Danielle Smith and Jeff Wilson (in Wildrose T-shirts behind the sign) take part in the August 2014 Calgary Pride parade. Below: Wildrose staffer Cory Johnston, current party leader Brian Jean, former leader Smith (Photo: Dave Cournoyer) and Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley. Bottom: Calgary blogger Susan Wright. Plus ca ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: WCAI Continuing to Make Friends and Influence People

In a previous article, ARC discussed the reactions to both the Toronto and Calgary "Million Canadian" marches that both fell 999,000+ short of a million. In that article was included a video featuring Bernard "the Roughneck" Hancock whom ARC described as an actor: In truth, the characterization wasn't intended to be pejorative and I do ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: The Growing Alliance Between Neo-Nazis, Right Wing Paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans (repost)

I have been following Far Right movements for more than a decade as a researcher and journalist. Over the past few months, I’ve seen an increase in the visibility of a new, violent, right-wing street protest movement that I call “Independent Trumpism. Read the rest of this post on the original site at The Growing ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildfire Reports: A political firestorm

Wildrose leader Brian Jean is furious with the NDP government’s response to two reports on the Fort McMurray wildfire. He says the government is attempting to whitewash the reports’ findings and delayed releasing them in a shocking display of arrogance which is “totally unacceptable in any democracy.”  He wants a judge-led independent public inquiry into ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Opinion: Cetaceans do not belong in aquariums

Catherine Evans Vancouver Sun June 10, 2017 It is perfectly legitimate to debate the ongoing relevance of established democratic institutions, and I — as an elected Vancouver park board commissioner — welcome constructive criticism of our deliberations and decisions. To suggest, however, as The Vancouver Sun has done in a recent editorial, that the park ...

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Review: Revolution at Point Zero

[Silvia Federici. Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. Oakland CA: PM Press, 2012.] Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch — a feminist reexamination of the origins of capitalism — was, for me, a mind-blowing and paradigm-shifting book. While her essays collected in Revolution at Point Zero didn’t shake me up in quite ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Bertrand Russell’s The Conquest of Happiness

Some  Russell quotations have been floating around lately, so I read The Conquest of Happiness, first published in 1930, and, boy, did I need this right now! The main ideas and some bits I liked are below by chapter. The book is really just a mix of Stoicism and Epicureanism, so you could just read ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Lymphedema: A Research Study Overview

I’m cancer free, but very anxious about lymphedema. It’s become a bit of an obsession, so, for anyone googling it, here are all the studies that I really should have researched before consenting to the Axilliary Lymph Node Dissection (ALND) surgery that half my doctors told me I didn’t need, and the other half convinced ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 21: Alberta’s legal disgrace

This week we heard one of those stories that just makes you shake your head (if it hasn’t already lowered in shame) and wonder how this kind of thing can happen. Here’s the shocking story. An Aboriginal woman (there is a publication ban on her name, a typically Canadian thing to do, especially galling in ...

The Disaffected Lib: Trump’s Next Best Seller

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The Disaffected Lib: Back to the 50s – Unless We’re Very, Very Lucky

Imagine you wake up Monday morning to find that, overnight, our society has fallen back to the 50s. You pick up your cell phone, no signal. The TV is out. If you’re lucky you’ve still got electricity, for now, and will discover there’s no internet. It’s gone. You might still head to the office but ...

Accidental Deliberations: On comparative advantages

In the federal NDP’s previous leadership campaign, Tom Mulcair managed to release numerous policy proposals without offering any hint of what he’d do as leader. Starting from the (correct) assumption that a frontrunner could likely find his way to victory simply by minimizing controversy, Mulcair released policy planks which were based almost entirely on the ...

The Disaffected Lib: When Hell Freezes Over

Steve Bell, The Guardian Donald Trump is calling off his state visit to Britain. The US president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time. The call was made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – David MacDonald discusses the need to start tackling some of Canada’s most expensive and least justifiable tax handouts to the rich: The richest 10 per cent of Canadians enjoy an average of $20,500 a year in tax exemptions, credits, and other loopholes. That’s $6,000 more than in ...

Northern Reflections: No Is Not Enough

That’s the title of Naomi Klein’s forthcoming book. It’s her reaction to and prescription for resistance to the Trump presidency. She tells The Guardian’s Tim Adams: “He keeps everyone all the time in a reactive state,” she said. “It is not like he is taking advantage of an external shock, he is the shock. And ...

Montreal Simon: The Hidden Face of Andrew Scheer

As you know, I've been trying to warn people that Andrew Scheer is not the nice guy he pretends to be.Warn them that his perma smile conceals the frightening depth of his religious fanaticism, as well as a truly ugly mean streak.And that far from being a howdy doody farm boy, Scheer is a ruthless ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Christian Checklists.

Confused?  So is the rest of the rational world. 🙂 Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, Clear as Mud, Religion

Babel-on-the-Bay: How would Harper have handled Trump?

When listening to Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland give her very important speech on the new world order, there was one disturbing thought. It was a silly question as to how would our previous prime minister have handled the situation? The one thing for sure was that Stephen Harper would never have allowed his ...

Alberta Politics: The Heavy Bear by Tim Bowling tops Edmonton fiction bestseller list; poetry by the same Alberta author is No. 2

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended June 4, 2017, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. The Heavy Bear – Tim Bowling* 2. The Duende of Tetherball (Poetry) – Tim Bowling* 3. ...

cartoon life: Miss High Haughty, Queen of all Tuxedos

Miss fuzzy cat. Every once in a while I look out for a new way to render her magnificent shagginess. Filed under: art, Cat Tagged: Cat, fuzzy