cartoon life: Vincent and his brother Vincent

Van Gogh, reasonably enough, pissed at the quality of contemporary photography as a portrait tool, proposes miniature hand painted. portraits. Soon to be a dying art. Filed under: art

The Disaffected Lib: Fascism Within

It’s not hard to spot resurgent fascism. Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Israel, the United States, India among others. It’s also struggling to get a toe hold elsewhere – Germany, France, the U.K., the Netherlands come to mind. What about here in tolerant, gentle Canada? Do we have fascism taking hold here? Is it a threat? Consider ...

Politics and its Discontents: They Never Disappoint Me

‘They’ would be Star readers who write letters to the editor. The following demonstrate that, like many others, they have taken the full measure of Donald Trump and found him manifestly wanting. Re: Trump slow to respond to violence in Virginia, Aug. 13 U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to the rioting is hypocritical and hard ...

The Disaffected Lib: Old Harry Catches the Stench of 1939 In the Air

For a 94-year old guy, Harry Leslie Smith intends to see his voice heard. Smith splits his time between the U.K. and a home he maintains in Belleville, Ontario.  Ever outspoken, in July Smith gave an interview to The Tyee in which he compared Trudeau to his predecessor, Harper. In 2013 the WWII vet bemoaned the ...

Sudbury Steve May: Open Letter to Greater Sudbury Council re: Kingsway Entertainment District Site and Building Design and the Need for Public Engagement

The following is an open letter to Greater Sudbury Council re: the Report to Council dated August 9, 2017, from CAO Ed Archer regarding Site and Building Design for the Kingsway Entertainment District. —- I am writing today with regards to a Report to Council, dated August 9, 2017, prepared by CAO Ed Archer, with ...

The Disaffected Lib: Charlottesville Rebound

Protesters in Durham, North Carolina, toppled a statue of a Civil War Confederate soldier in reaction to the fiasco in Charlottesville, Virginia on the weekend. Hard to tell where this is going but that may be clear this coming weekend when further confrontations between protesters and the alt.right, white supremacist and Klan demonstrators are expected.

The Disaffected Lib: Trump Says He May Pardon Sheriff Arpaio

He’s calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff” and now he’s facing a stretch in the Greybar Hotel for refusing an order to stop traffic stop patrols targeting Latinos as suspected undocumented immigrants. Convicted of contempt, Arpaio awaits sentencing.Arpaio has been accused of various types of misconduct, including abuse of power, misuse of funds, failure to investigate ...

The Disaffected Lib: You Can’t Tell If It’s Safe If You Don’t Know What It Is.

The folks in Washington state aren’t impressed with the Trudeau/Notley/Kinder-Morgan pipeline initiative. Among other things they’re a little pissed off that no one will tell them what’s in the dilbit the pipeline pimps want to force through to the coast. You’ve got bitumen. That’s bad enough. It’s laced with carcinogens, acids, abrasives, heavy metals, and ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday August 15, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. Can an employer lawfully terminate an exceptional employee who has had consistently good performance reviews? Under Ontario law, an employer may terminate any employee without cause, so long as the employer provides reasonable notice, or ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Asher Schechter examines new studies showing how massive markups are enriching corporations at the expense of workers: The two standard explanations for why labor’s share of output has fallen by 10 percent over the past 30 years are globalization (American workers are losing out to their counterparts ...

Warren Kinsella: SFH Kinda Suck now up on iTunes!

Right here! Buy several copies!   And press release here! SFH release new album, SFH KINDA SUCK, which kinda says it all TORONTO, August 11 – Shit From Hell, perhaps the most-appropriately named band in the known universe, today released their fourth studio album, the (also appropriately-named), SFH Kinda Suck. “We are all about lowering expectations,” said bassist and ...

Warren Kinsella: Canadian music guru calls SFH “the most self-aware band ever”!

Alan Cross takes note! Check it out!

Things Are Good: A Helping Hand for Shaky Mice

Your browser does not support the video tag. Almost everybody uses a computer daily, even those with involuntary muscle movements. The inability to effectively use a mouse as a result of a lack of muscle control bothered one programmer enough to create a solution. SteadyMouse is a Windows-only piece of software that makes it easier ...

Northern Reflections: Is NAFTA Dead?

Andrew Coyne’s conservative soul was perturbed by what Chrystia Freeland said yesterday: I said we should be prepared to walk away from the negotiations. I didn’t say we should deliberately sandbag them from the outset. The government of Canada has at last revealed its objectives for talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Radical Feminist Quote of the Day: Queer Theory vs Feminism

So many discussion centre around this notion.  It would be nice if we could agree on a basic set of facts rather than arguing from completely different frameworks.   [Source] Filed under: Feminism, Gender Issues Tagged: Definitions, Feminism, Gender, Queer Theory

Montreal Simon: Is Ezra Levant’s Bigot Rebel Falling Apart?

For years Ezra Levant has been peddling bigotry for fun and profit. And ever since the rise of Donald Trump, his ratty racist rag The Rebel has become more and more extreme. Not just reaching out to the freaks, nasty nerds and neo-nazis of Trump's so-called Alt-Right army. But actually jumping into bed with them.And even worse, if that's possible, ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Barrie’s Bad Boy Brown.

There is no reason to worry. The next provincial election is not scheduled until June 7 next year. By then, we should expect that far more Ontario voters are going to realize what a screw-up Brown would be as premier. It is not that he is dishonest, devious and dumb, we have had all those ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: III% Alberta Militia Leader Suggests They Are Going To Become Property Managers In Edmonton

While the anti-Muslim/anti-Government rallies held on June 3 were mostly unsuccessful across the country, the event in Calgary was an exception as it managed to attract close to 100 people. One of the distinguishing features of this rally was the presence of III% Alberta members who claimed to be acting as security, some of whom ...

cartoon life: The old man himself

Also at the Mauritshuis you can see any number of Rembrandts. Any student of art or history must make this pilgrimage.Now you cant get within two feet of this small piece, so its hard to see the brushwork, which is really what you want to see; how much is merely suggested, not stated. Still, it ...

The Disaffected Lib: Rebel Media – Ezra’s Giant Shit Sandwich

In the wake of the Charlottesville fiasco, Alberta Tories are turning their backs on Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media over its ties to the alt-right white supremacist movement. Doug Schweitzer, facing a tough battle against leadership frontrunners Jason Kenney and Brian Jean, took to Twitter on Saturday to accuse the right-wing media outlet of defending the white ...

Alberta Politics: Guest Post: UCP polarization of Alberta politics neutralizes the language of right-wing extremism

PHOTOS: Young anti-Bill 6 protesters interviewed by a reporter at the Alberta Legislature in November 2015. Note the overheated genocide rhetoric in the sign at bottom right. Below: More extreme rhetoric from the same event; commentators Barret Weber, the author of this post, Naomi Lakritz, and Ricardo Acuña. Guest Post by Barret Weber Last weekend’s ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Brian Lilley, "The Rebel" Co-Founder, Resigns

While the tragedy in Virginia and association with the “alt-right” appears to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, Lilley suggests that this was a process that began some time ago. He posted the following on Facebook:

Warren Kinsella: Old guy plugs book on CBC News. 

Film at eleven, literally. 

Warren Kinsella: A rebel founder quits the Rebel rebellion

My friend Brian Lilley, who has been with the Rebel since the start, says he can’t take it anymore – here. I am told (not by Brian) that the final straw was that lunatic Faith Goldy, in Charlottesville, promoting the words of Richard Spencer – who, you know, is one of the leaders of the American ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Events in Charlottesville, VA: Some Canadian Racists React (Part II)

ARC continues to watch the fall-out from the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally and counter protest. It didn’t take long for Charlottesville “truthers” including Canadians to emerge suggesting that the murder of Heather Heyer was either: A false flag. An accident precipitated by the actions of the counter protesters. Committed by a “left-wing” Bernie Sanders supporter.  George ...