The Disaffected Lib: The Royal Bank of Scotland – Poster Boy of Neoliberalism

The collapse of privatization behemoth, Carillion, could become the straw that broke the neoliberal camel’s back. Carillion has shown that the transfer of risk from the public sector to the private sector is a farce for, when PPP or public-private participation projects fail, the private partner often goes down leaving the risk and loss with ...

Mind of Dan: Back off!

Back off!Sandhill Crane – George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Jesse Winter is the latest reporter to tell the stories of a few minimum-wage workers who will see a raise as a result of improved employment standards. And Erika Shaker points out that a substantial minimum-wage increase is a long-overdue response to outdated statutory standards and stagnant ...

Northern Reflections: Tales From the Coral Reefs

In our age, coral reefs are the canary in the coal mine. Tim Radford writes: Forty years ago, the world’s coral reefs faced a known risk: every 25 or 30 years, ocean temperatures would rise to intolerable levels. Corals would minimise the risk of death by everting the algae with which they lived in symbiotic ...

Warren Kinsella: The book I will write one day

I fantasize about writing a novel in which the main character knocks cell phones out of the hands of distracted people who are walking towards her. She would be regarded as more of a terrorist than Osama bin Laden. Postscript: This post was written entirely on a call phone. My personal theory is that cellphones ...

Politics and its Discontents: All The Better To Serve The Lord

That can be the only possible explanation for the purchase of a Gulfstream V jet that evangelist Kenneth Copeland (a.k.a Kenneth Copeland Ministries) bought with his donors’ money. The specs on the private jet, the type flown by celebs like John Travolta and Jim Carrey, are impressive: It can travel up to 6,000 miles without ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Disappointing and Depressing Anniversary

Donald Trump must have been so disappointed. He wanted to spend the weekend in Mar-A-Lago, celebrating his one-year anniversary in power with his billionaire friends.And of course, playing even more golf.But then the government closed down and he was forced to stay in chilly Washington, and pose for pictures to try to make it look ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Jesus Not Killed By Atheism – B.B. Taylor

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Walls of NAFTA.

There is more than one wall to consider when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiators meet in Montreal this week. The wall that the negotiations is creating between Canada and the United States of America is just as serious as the wall of ignorance President Trump wants to build against Mexico. The difference ...

Democracy Under Fire: Speaking Truth to Power.

By now most readers will have read that Sen. Jeff Flake ripped Trump a new one last Wednesday in a speech in the U.S. Senate and perhaps read some extracts from that speech in news reports. If you have not already done so I encourage you to read the entire speech, it is no less ...

We Pivot: Not Being Defensive About Racist Police Brutality, Oluo 7/18

Despite the statistics that police treat people of colour and indigenous people more unfairly and brutally, a reflexive defensiveness exists to discount that experience. When people who aren’t white complain about driving while black, etc., is our initial impulse to … [Read more]

The Disaffected Lib: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

It was a dark time in America’s past. Forces of division threatened to tear the nation apart. It compelled Abraham Lincoln to borrow the biblical phrase, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” In June, 1858, Lincoln won the Illinois Republican nomination for the US Senate. After taking the nomination he delivered these remarks. “A ...

The Decarie Report: Jan.20: The Future is Very Near.

I had just finished some seven hours of writing it when my blog disappeared. I have no idea why. I shall try again – but this may be a short one._______________________________________________________________A new Gallup Poll says that Americans trust the standard news media more than web media  (like this one.) It’s one of those polls that ...

Sudbury Steve May: More Public Intimidation and Misrepresentation of Facts from Greater Sudbury Councillor Kirwan Over Upcoming Arena & Casino Public Meeting

On his Valley East Facebook group, Councillor Kirwan is sharing a private email between citizens that someone has shared with him. Very classy.I’ve reproduced his lengthy post at the bottom of this blog. It’s the latest in a string of social media announcements that this Greater Sudbury Councillor has made as part of what to ...

The Disaffected Lib: Dammit. Tom Petty Died of Accidental Drug Overdose.

The medical examiner’s report lists the manner of death as “accidental.” “We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident,” Petty’s wife, Dana and daughter, Adria, ...

PostArctica: 3 Quotes

I like common materials, whatever is at hand, but especially stones. I like the idea that stones are what the world is made of. Richard Long …if the villain – who is of course a coward – takes refuge behind the ropes, claiming his right to do so by a brazen gesture, he is pitilessly ...

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Social movement victories in 2018

Today, I want to write about social movement victories. I want to reflect on what that means a little, and then this thread will be one I come back to throughout the year to add movement victories from North America and maybe elsewhere in 2018. I think those of us who ground ourselves politically in ...

Politics and its Discontents: What Trump Has Wrought

The divisiveness of the toddler-in-chief is never more evident than in this brief clip. As well, his supporters clearly will not tolerate a dissenting view as they react rather than reflect. The following video might take a moment to load: Nearly one year after President Donald Trump took office, @FrankLuntz asked a group of his ...

Warren Kinsella: We get letters

And the looser appreciates every single one!

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Simon Ducatel writes about the unfairness of attacking people living in poverty rather than looking for ways to improve their circumstances: (I)n the real world, it is unfortunately not unheard of for some employers to financially or otherwise exploit workers, albeit legally mind you, by offering substandard living ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and the Religious Fanatics Go After Justin Trudeau

Ever since Justin Trudeau came to power, the Con media in this country has found any excuse to attack him like a pack of rabid zombies.But now they may have found the foulest excuse yet. Now they're accusing the son of the man who brought in our Charter of Rights of violating that charter.Read more »

DeSmogBlog: Fort McKay First Nation Fights for ‘Last Refuge’ Amidst Oilsands Development

Nobody could ever accuse Chief Jim Boucher of being anti-oilsands. First elected to lead Fort McKay First Nation in northeast Alberta more than three decades ago, Boucher has made a name for his cooperative relationship with industry, which includes launching a sizable oilsands service conglomerate, denouncing environmentalists and purchasing a 34 per cent stake in a ...

Warren Kinsella: Where we were a year ago

Right now, Lisa and me are in the US, trying to get back to Canada. Trump said he’d run the government like one of his businesses, and he sure did – the government is shut down. A year ago, however, Lisa and our daughter Emma were in Washington, marching with hundreds of other Canadian women. ...

Northern Reflections: Are Americans Too Stupid?

The government of the United States has shut down. Republicans are outraged. Richard Wolff writes: Today’s Republican party is built on principle. As a matter of principle, the GOP believes it is the only party that can shut down government as a negotiating tactic. The Democrats’ job is to keep that government open and to ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Lion proposes to his Princess.

We read that it was the Tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, who determined that Sikh men could identify as Singh (lion) and Sikh women as Kaur (princess). This happened more than 300 years ago and was all in aid of getting rid of the caste system for Sikhs and asserting the equality of women. It ...