Northern Reflections: Ego Is No Substitute For Intellect

Word has it that NAFTA re-negotiations are not going well. Robert Samuelson writes that’s because Donald Trump has misdiagnosed the problem: What made America great in the 1950s and 1960s were the strength of its economy and the recognition that freer trade was a powerful political force promoting prosperity and cementing Western alliances.  It is ...

Things Are Good: Fighting Myths of the 1%

Income inequality has been growing since the 2008 self-inflicted bank chaos, indeed that banking stupidity from 2008 accelerated the growing gap. The inequity was so obvious that the Occupy Wall Street protests took the streets and the public consciousness of “the 1%” grew out of it. Sadly, politicians failed to address the root causes of ...

Wise Law Blog: Top 10 Legal Headlines for the week of November 20, 2017

140Law: Here are our Top 10 Legal Headlines for the week of November 20, 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 Progressive Economics Forum: Andrew Cooper on Stephen Clarkson’s Foreign Policy

The following is a contribution in the blog series on the exceptional contribution of Stephen Clarkson to Canada.  Stephen Clarkson died in 2016. This piece is by Andrew F. Cooper, who is a Professor at the Balsille School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.  He is also ...

Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of November 20, 2017

Here are our leading legal headlines for the week of November 20, 2017 from Wise Law on Twitter:  White House reportedly mulls asking judicial nominees to refuse interviews with ABA for ratings  News Analysis: Trump Shatters Longstanding Norms by Pressing for Clinton Investigation US Government says Trump’s tweets are official presidential statements ‘I made a mistake’: ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – George Monbiot writes that the erosion of government for the public good stands to lead to an authoritarian state: All that remain as widely shared, commonly accepted sources of national pride are our public services: the NHS, the BBC, the education system, social security, our great libraries and ...

Warren Kinsella: Postmedia writes up Recipe For Hate!

As seen in: Calgary Herald Leader-Post Montreal Gazette Windsor Star Kingston Whig Standard Vancouver Sun Canada.com Not bad!

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Deeply Disturbing Twitter Weekend

Even by Donald Trump's insanely low standards, his behaviour on Twitter in the last 48 hours couldn't be more deranged and deeply disturbing.Firing out tweets in every direction as if he was in some fevered frenzy.Looking and sounding more and more like a maniac.Read more »

Half an Hour: A Quick Definition of Neo-Liberalism

In response to Alex Usher (and in anticipation of future posts in his series): This is an interesting start, though I would have hoped for a more tightly bound definition at least by the end of part one. Each of the four senses of neo-liberalism that you raise can be qualified in important ways. – ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – Howard Zinn

   Howard Zinn was an active and vocal opponent of the Vietnam War.  He brings insight, like Noam Chomsky, to the issues that our liberal societies won’t acknowledge.   The diffusion of Personal responsibility – and no, not the ‘personal responsibility’ (bootstraps!?!!!!) wielded by the corporatist right to bludgeon the poor, but actual personal responsibility is ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Surrender of Socialism.

For what began as a socialist dream on the Prairies during the Great Depression, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and its successor New Democratic Party (NDP) have seen little success on the federal sphere in Canada. The party might now be moving into its twilight. Unlike the pattern of the Conservative and Liberal parties, the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: When a change is not a change: the NDP and Muskrat Falls #nlpoli #cdnpoli

One newsroom. Two different interpretations of  federal NDP leader Jagmeet Sing’s position on Muskrat Falls. In Sarah Smellie’s online story,  Singh had a few concerns and is “not comfortable” with the project. But he didn’t outright condemn the project.   “Right now I’m concerned … I’m concerned about those two pieces and I want to make ...

Nunc Scio | Politics. Media. Culture. Now you know.: THE ONTARIO CORONER’S CYCLING REPORT: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE TAKEAWAY

I bike in Toronto. I’ve been hit by a car (and walked away), slipped on street car tracks, cussed out and been cussed out. It’s a great way to get around, but it can be tough out there. So, I was interested to read the Ontario Coroner’s morbidly titled “Cycling Death Review“. I was concerned ...

Nunc Scio | Politics. Media. Culture. Now you know.: Giorgio Mammoliti and the abuse of language

In his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language”, George Orwell explains how the political use of language is more often employed to obscure meaning than to illuminate it. In his words, The writer either has a meaning and cannot express it, or he inadvertently says something else, or he is almost indifferent as to ...

Nunc Scio | Politics. Media. Culture. Now you know.: Confusing weather with climate in the UK Riots

Over at Macleans OnCampus, Robyn Urback shrugs off the political and social causes and implications of the UK riots. Fair enough; you can make a reasoned argument in that direction, even though I disagree. But she does one very unfortunate thing while making her case, which is fairly emblematic of the problems I’ve noticed with ...

Nunc Scio | Politics. Media. Culture. Now you know.: COUNT ME IN FOR “ONECITY”

By now you’ve probably heard about TTC Chair Karen Stintz (pictured) and Councilor Glenn DeBaeremaeker mega-plan for transity in Toronto- OneCity. Royson James has all the details over at the Star, so I won’t rehash them here. But in short – subways, LRT, and a plan that actually works for Toronto. Not just Toronto today, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Adiablo, Charlie.

Manson, dead at 83. Charles Manson, the fiery-eyed cult master whose lemming-like followers staged a bloody two-night murder rampage in Los Angeles in 1969 that gripped the city with fear and shocked the nation, died on Sunday at a hospital in Kern County, California. He was 83. A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections ...

Warren Kinsella: Vancouver Sun: “Recipe For Hate strikes a timely chord”

The Sun: “It’s fiction, but there’s plenty of truth running throughout.”

Susan on the Soapbox: The UCP Vote on the GSA Bill: Free Vote or Rubber Stamp?

It started innocently enough… The NDP government introduced Bill 24, an act to prohibit teachers from informing parents their kids had joined a gay-straight alliance (GSA) unless the kids consented.   (Note: The Bill does not change a teacher’s general obligation to notify parents if there’s a risk a student might harm him/herself or others.) All ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Tyler Jefferies: "Alt-Right" Troll

Yesterday CBC News posts a story concerning Barbara Kentner who was murdered when a trailer hitch was thrown at her from a moving vehicle. The article focused on lies about Ms. Kenter, a First Nations woman, being disseminated on social media: [Nicholaichuk] noticed a Facebook comment from someone debunking a long-shared lie that Kentner had been ...

The Disaffected Lib: New Zealand Prepares to Receive Climate Change Refugees

Good news from a bad news story. New Zealand is proposing to issue climate refugee visas for Pacific islanders displaced from their homelands by sea level rise. In the low-lying and vulnerable Pacific islands, the number of people moving within their own nations to flee worsening storms, sea level rise and other climate-related crises is ...

The Disaffected Lib: And They’re Calling It "Medicane"

Climate change has brought a new severe weather event to the Mediterranean. It’s being called the “medicane.” Put simply it’s a hurricane, akin to what is routinely experienced in the Caribbean, only it develops in the warming water conditions of the Mediterranean. You can blame a ‘medicane’ for this week’s deadly flooding in Greece. Nope, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Even the National Post is Sounding the Alarm.

By now we all know how quickly and severely the Arctic is warming. Nobody’s arguing that any more. What we don’t know, as yet, is how that’s going to impact the majority of us down here by the 49th parallel and below. David Barberr, a lead author of a new report released by the Arctic ...

The Disaffected Lib: Soldier Guns Are for Soldiers

US Army infantry veteran Charles Clymer shreds today’s popular myth of the “good guy with a gun” theory propagated by NRA types. He recoils at the idea that a locked and loaded citizenry will prevent mass mayhem on America’s streets, in its schools and churches. Our nation’s love of firearms, combined with our history of ...

cartoon life: Black cat on couch

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