Paul S. Graham: Revolutionary Fecklessness

Have you ever noticed that the people who are the most vociferous proponents of radical social change are often the least competent in providing for the everyday needs of the people around them? By everyday needs, I’m talking about the goods and services that glue a society together, like building a house, growing food, fixing ...

The Disaffected Lib: Well, That Didn’t Take Long

The political two-step over Quebec’s law that would deny public services to those wearing face coverings is triggering the expected greasy responses from the NDP, the Tories, and the prime minister. The new leader of the party recently burned over the hijab issue, the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, offered this obscure statement. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh ...

Half an Hour: Working Memory and Object Permanence

This is pretty speculative, but it makes sense to me and I’d like to get the idea own on (digital) paper in case I don’t get the chance to come back to it. It is well known that we have different types of memory: working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. Sometimes the first two ...

The Decarie Report: Oct. 20: The irving press as a blindfold.

The irving press of New Brunswick is great reading for the brain dead. The lead story for today is that a man who killed a girl thirty years ago is now eligible for parole. I read it. And I thought. So what should I do? The killer is now 62. He’s been on day paroles ...

centre of the universe: Alouette

Way back in the nineteen somethings, Canada was going through the sort of identity crisis we all go through when we’re about fifteen. Québec was all stomping around the place, slamming doors and cupboards and shouting “JE PARS” everytime someone looked at it. “Hey, Québec,” we’d say, “I like your cheese. You have lovely cheese.”…

Scripturient: Collus in purgatory

Purgatory is how a staff person described to me the current situation of our local electrical utility, Collus-PowerStream (CPS). It’s the result of The Block’s and the administration’s incessant interference, manipulations, contrivances and scheming over the past three years. And it was evident, Wednesday, at the meeting where CPS presented its draft Distribution System Plan, ...

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Funny How a Little Truth Changes a Narrative

The US government and its allies never pass up an opportunity to vilify Iran.  We make it out to be a horrible theocracy ruled by despotic Mullahs intent on nothing but religious extremism and the destruction of Israel and the greater Middle East. That, of course, is a load of self-serving bullshit and it always ...

The Disaffected Lib: And This Is a Democracy?

I know, I know, it’s Texas. But still. In the hurricane battered town of Dickinson, 30 miles southeast of Houston, disaster relief comes with some pretty weird strings. Those applying have to commit to not boycotting Israel. The city of Dickinson, Texas recently posted applications online for relief grants “from the funds that were generously ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Loss For Canada And Our World

Gord Downie was the pride of our nation: Chantal Kreviazuk https://t.co/BnNLhznllF — chantal (@chantalkreviaz) October 20, 2017 He's our Rock Pounding Father of Canadian music, and he's gone. https://t.co/UHsCnPR2lR — Saskboy (@saskboy) October 18, 2017

The Disaffected Lib: That’s Refreshing. Election Hacking is "Warfare."

It’s always notable when a Trump appointee strays from the script. This time it’s America’s UN ambassador, Nikki Haley. While the Mango Mussolini does his best to dismiss Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election that landed him the presidency, ambassador Haley says what the Russians did is tantamount to “warfare.” US Ambassador Haley lashed out ...

The Disaffected Lib: Bugs Give Monbiot the Willies.

A couple of days ago The Guardian reported on a German study that flying insect populations had declined by 75 per cent over the past 25 years. Another report for the Dire Warnings file. Only The Guardian’s enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, says don’t take this lightly.Which of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental ...

The Disaffected Lib: Nine Million a Year, But Who’s Counting?

Other than The Lancet, that is. A study published in the prestigious British medical journal finds that 9 million premature deaths are caused every year by man-made pollution. With our new Blade Runner sensibilities that figure should elicit a yawn and be down the memory hole within days. Sure, it means that our toxic emissions are killing ...

cartoon life: Ministers of the faith #10

There are a few fire and brimstone street preachers downtown. Unusual, and quite harassing to women and men who might choose to dress lightly, baring flesh for warm weather. I thought that with the Ministers series, I might work up a cartoon for LondOntLife jumping off the creepy ministers series. Filed under: art

Politics and its Discontents: The Blindness Of Some

Were Bill Morneau the Conservative Minister of Finance, you can rest assured that ‘progressives’ would be howling for his political blood. However, because he is part of Team Trudeau, some choose to entirely ignore his massive conflict of interest and instead distort my views for their own twisted purposes. One such misrepresentation is the claim ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Edward Harrison comments on the business-backed push to rebrand corporate control and crony capitalism as freedom. And Ryan Cooper points out that the concept of deregulation ultimately serves only to concentrate power in the hands of the wealthy few: Government regulations can be good or bad. But for ...

Warren Kinsella: “The Charter protects all Canadians, every one of us, even when it is uncomfortable.”

Justin Trudeau said that, back in July, when he was asked about his government paying $10 million to Omar Khadr.  It’s a quote: “The Charter protects all Canadians, everyone of us, even when it is uncomfortable.” And here’s what Justin Trudeau said three months later, when the Quebec Legislature passed a racist law, a “law” ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Enya – “Only Time”

I like this song so much that you get to sample the original and a choral arrangement of the work. Go go Enya. 🙂 Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Only Time, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

Northern Reflections: Too Late

It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Bill Morneau. Yesterday he said he will put his considerable wealth in a blind trust. Tim Harper writes: Morneau finally did the right thing, placing his substantial assets in a blind trust and announcing he would begin divesting his interest in the family business, Morneau Shepell. Except ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Morneau mourns mendacity.

Having worked with many politicians over the years, you always have to be aware that the higher you climb the political ladder the more prone to attack you become. It is not whether Finance Minister Bill Morneau deserved to be attacked, his position made it likely. Bear baiting never has been legal in Canada and ...

In-Sights: Ending natural gas giveaways?

On the campaign trail, Christy Clark had some words while speaking in Fort St. John. She said: We have a party (the NDP) that doesn’t believe in natural gas. They want to put a moratorium on even getting it out of the ground. Had she wished to be accurate, these are the words she might ...

Alberta Politics: Right-wing propaganda instantly pivots to explain away progressive successes Monday in Alberta municipal elections

PHOTOS: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who overcame a full-blown attack by all the usual suspects on the right in Monday’s Alberta-wide municipal elections, addressing the biennial convention  of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions in Calgary in June. Below: Bill Smith, Mr. Nenshi’s main conservative challenger, who didn’t do as well as some polls forecast, ...

Alberta Politics: Electoral Boundaries Commission calls for addition of three urban ridings, reduction of three rural constituencies

PHOTOS: A typical scene in voter heavy rural Alberta. Well, they’ve probably updated the sign on the truck trailer by now, or, if not, they will soon. (Photo: J. McPherson, Wikimedia Commons.) Below: Daveberta.ca blogger Dave Cournoyer. Stand by for an often-mentioned agricultural product to hit the fan. Alberta’s Electoral Boundaries Commission has issued its ...