Montreal Simon: Jeremy Corbyn Goes To Glastonbury

It was quite a sight.  Jeremy Corbyn, the much mocked Labour leader, addressing a massive crowd at the Glastonbury music festival.And getting a rapturous reception.Calling on young people to rise up, and send a message to Donald Trump.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Human Brain

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Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Guess Who Has Two Thumbs and Will NOT Be Attending the WCAI MEGA Festival June 25.

This guy! From a (rather biased) source: Bill (Wild Bill for America) Finlay has been arrested at the airport in Calgary, Canada because he had “smuggled” so-called “hate speech” on his iPad! Bill went to speak at the WCAI (Worldwide Coalition Against Islam) anti-Islam event, by invitation. Bill is asking for our prayers and that ...

Alberta Politics: With three right-wing political parties now possible instead of one, has Jason Kenney’s roll of the dice crapped out?

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney, as he may see himself, gets ready to roll the unite-the-right dice. Actual Alberta conservative politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Photo: Publicity shot for Sky Full of Moon, 1952.) Below: The real Mr. Kenney, plus the real Katherine O’Neill, Greg Clark and Stephen Mandel. Snake eyes? Jason Kenney rolled the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Built A Saskatchewan You Can’t Easily Leave

Saskatchewan Blogger Tammy Robert wrote about the bad governance of Brad Wall. So Brad Wall had his Finance Minister write about the character of Tammy Robert. Meanwhile, Wall’s Government has brought about a very justified human rights complaint by a Cree woman who wants to save the lives of people she hasn’t even met. That’s ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: June 24 Rallies and Protests and Preview of June 25

Today two events took place at Calgary City Hall. One was held in defence of Muslim-Canadians and a multicultural society. The other was organized by former WCAI ally Stephen Garvey who, only days before, had (rightfully) labeled the WCAI a hate group but who was now outraged that the WCAI wasn't given a permit to ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: The Building Confronts Kitec Plumbing Problem

So the condo corp held a big meeting the other night.  They rented a room at the local community center.  They’d already sent around a letter so everyone knew what it was about; the building has Kitec plumbing.  You can look it up but the stuff was manufactured between 1995 and 2007 when the  number ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Ryan Meili writes about the fundamental importance of trust in both politics and medicine – and the corrosive effects of corporate donations in both: When we talk about the problems with political donations, we’re not really talking about campaign financing. We’re talking about something much more fundamental. We’re ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Corporate Gift?

Recently, the Star’s business editor, David Olive, offered some cautious optimism about the Canadian Infrastructure Bank, the scheme dreamed up by the Trudeau government, to “leverage” its $35 billion in CIB seed money by a factor of four, creating roughly $140 billion in infrastructure spending. It will do this by enticing private-sector partners to put ...

The Disaffected Lib: You Can’t Lead the Pack If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going

If an enemy of the United States wanted to throw the West into chaos it could not have chosen a better man for president than Donald Trump, a leader whose deepest thoughts are composed of 140 characters or less. The U.S. likes to imagine that it remains the uncontested leader of the free world. The ...

The Disaffected Lib: Play It Again, Sam

America’s pointless, indecisive and interminable wars in the Middle East deserve to be called the “forever war.” These are “military wars” being waged for the apparent objective of nothing more than merely not losing. Winning is not in the cards. With the West’s massive technological superiority we can just keep on bombing and shelling those ...

Montreal Simon: Why Do So Many Trump Supporters Still Believe What He Says?

According to some reports Donald Trump's friends are worried about him. They say he's never sounded so agitated, and never looked so bagged.Which is of course great news, for it suggests that he could be felled by stroke or a heart attack, even before he's impeached or forced to resign.But what really worries me is ...

Northern Reflections: Who Knows?

When Donald Trump ascended to the presidency, many worried that Europe would follow his lead and be drowned by a wave of right wing populism. Tony Burman writes that what many feared hasn’t happened: Here in Germany, Angela Merkel has an 11-point polling lead in her campaign to win a fourth term as chancellor. Her ...

Dead Wild Roses: Canadian Bill C-16 – Radical Feminist Analysis by Megan Murphy

Bill C-16 is problematic for women.  Go read the entirety of Megan Murphy’s article on the Feminist Current, I’ve excerpted a key bit here though. 🙂 Bill C-16 passed at the Senate on Thursday. Under this new Canadian legislation, which follows similar laws in a number of Western countries, a person can determine their gender ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The political position in public protests.

One of the most important classes you attend in the reality school of politics is that of the public protest. You have to learn your lessons fast. You learn how people can organize and lead and maximize the media value. You also learn to find the other guy’s organizer and how to neutralize the person ...

Scripturient: Assholes part two: Trump and his local mimics

Back in 2014 I reviewed a book by philosophy professor Aaron James called Assholes. A Theory. I discussed how his study related to politics and politicians, particularly those who call themselves “A-type” personalities (including one or two on the local council). Well James wrote another book, really an addendum to this one, titled Assholes. A ...

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Odds – Truth Untold

Sudbury Steve May: An Open Letter to My Ward Councillor, Fern Cormier, Regarding the Events Centre

I am writing to you today to express my thoughts on the matter of a new events centre for our community, which I understand Council will be discussing at its upcoming meeting on June 27, 2017.  I am writing to you today as a resident of Ward 10 (and in no other capacity).  I am ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Wilderness Committee mourns the passing of Gwen Barlee

For Immediate Release – June 23 2017  VANCOUVER – The Wilderness Committee is deeply saddened by the passing of Gwen Barlee, one of Canada’s leading environmental advocates. Barlee worked as the Wilderness Committee National Policy Director since 2001. She was an invaluable member of the organization’s executive leadership from early on, guiding the organization through many hard-fought ...

The Decarie Report: June 23: The curse of living in interesting times.

In my last blog, I mentioned that the wealthiest 1% of the U.S. population now holds 71% of all the wealth in the country. There is a similar pattern in other capitalist countries. In other words, everbody else – 99% of the population – is getting poorer. And, since that wealthiest group,  for the most ...

JAMES LAXER: Obstruction of Justice Under Wraps: the Dred Scott Case

 U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly tweets that he is the victim of a “witch hunt”.  Special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting an investigation into the Trump administration’s dealings with Russia and he may be investigating whether the president hnmself has obstructed justice.  If Mueller concludes that Trump is guilty of obstruction, the next step would ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Bonne fête nationale, Happy St Jean Baptiste Day

So, I’m actually posting on Friday, not Saturday.  That’s because it seems like the weekend already.  Jeanne’s school was finished yesterday, so she and Elin spent the night, after a picnic with Louis and company.  It wsa Louis’s first birthday, and Thomas’s soccer team, the Barracudas, also had a game.  A very pleasant evening! Tomorrow ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Review of Naomi Klein’s "No Is Not Enough."

Ian Gill has done a fine review of Klein’s latest. I’ll leave it to him. Better Gill than an old cynic like me.

cartoon life: Improv and a mark

Something for a coldish day It was a small thing at the time. Or so it seemed. But watching the after-show improv set at Second City, and doing some time with London’s small Theatre Sports group prompted a kind of license. I learned that it was okay to say, “Yes”, to trust that someone could ...