Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Fromm Planning On Speaking In Winnipeg

You know, one has to feel for Paulie. In this age of Donald Trump the alt-right, he has been desperately trying to attach himself to the movement in an effort to maintain some semblance of relevance. In the past he’s actually been able to do so, but his rejection by groups such as the Proud ...

Politics and its Discontents: Engagement Is Always Preferable

There is a strong argument to be made for engagement rather than confrontation. Until we are willing to show at least a modicum of tolerance for the views of others, however regnant, all we are really doing is shouting at one another. However, I suspect that it is impossible to follow such a strategy when ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday November 14 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. For more information on Employment Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates, and Estates Litigation, visit our website at http://www.wiselaw.net. – Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit our Toronto Law Office website: www.wiselaw.net Visit our website: www.wiselaw.net

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Rupert Neate reports on a new Credit Suisse study showing that the 1% owns half of the world’s wealth. And Heather Long notes that hundreds of U.S. millionaires are pushing not to have their taxes cut when it will only serve to exacerbate inequality. – Mark Townsend ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Monstrous New Ad Campaign

I knew that it wouldn't be long before Hamish Marshall, who once worked for Ezra Levant's hate mongering rag The Rebel, would start telling Andrew Scheer what to do.In his new role as the Con's election campaign manager. The one who is supposed to help Scheer become Prime Minister, after having managed his winning leadership campaign.I also ...

Montreal Simon: Roy Moore and the Religious Perverts

I can't imagine a more satisfying situation, or justice more divine.Roy Moore, the homophobic bigot who likes to portray himself as a God's gift to America, now being accused of being a pervert who liked to go after VERY young women.Moore, who is running for a Senate seat in Alabama, is still claiming he kept his ...

Northern Reflections: A Return To Pre-Revolutionary France

Paul Krugman has written a blistering analysis of what the Republicans call tax “reform.” They’re using the same arguments that George W. Bush used to sell his tax plan. But there are new and egregious add-ons: There are also some new aspects to this latest money grab. This time around, much more clearly than before, ...

Things Are Good: 15,000 Scientists Want to Change Climate Change

They want to stabilize the change and, ideally, change the trajectory we’re on. Climate change is happening faster than predicted and the positive feedback loops have started (meaning that it’s even harder to stop climate change) – this is the warning from over 15,000 scientists. The Alliance of World Scientists released a statement and invite ...

Warren Kinsella: Column: when going neg goes wrong

Go neg, sure. But don’t fib. The Working Families group has a new ad out.  If you live in Ontario, you’ve likely seen it.  If you don’t, you haven’t.  But the ad is worth talking about, because of the issues it raises. Working Families describes itself as a group that was “created by members of ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Chuckles’ Canned Conservatism.

In discussing the ebbing strength of the democracy of Canada’s Conservative parties yesterday, we never got to the major problem faced by the federal Conservatives. Their problem is one of leadership. If there ever was a good example of the mediocrity produced by preferential voting, the Conservative party faces that problem today in its leadership. ...

Dead Wild Roses: Transactivism Politically Powerless? – A Feminist Perspective

Men will do pretty much anything to blame others for their problems. Including telling a false narrative and trying to subvert the feminist movement for their own ends. Sorry for the segmented presentation, but it is the best twitter has to offer. https://radfemdreamer.tumblr.com/post/167136358093/thegynocrat-httpstwittercomgappytalesstatus Filed under: Gender Issues, Radical Feminism Tagged: Gender, Power Dynamics, Radical Feminism, ...

In-Sights: Corporate media works for some but not for its audience

Earlier this year, American Bernie Sanders warned us about the failures of corporate media. In How Corporate Media Threatens Democracy, he wrote: …For years, major crises like climate change, the impact of trade agreements on our economy, the role of big money in politics and youth unemployment have received scant media coverage. Trade union leaders, ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Will the Alberta Together takeover turn the Alberta Party into PC 2.0?

Photo: Alberta Party leader Greg Clark on the campaign trail in Calgary-Elbow in 2014. Source: Twitter. In the latest shakeup in Alberta politics, Greg Clark announced last Friday that he would resign as leader of the Alberta Party at the party’s upcoming annual general meeting on November 18, 2017. Clark has served as party leader ...

Alberta Politics: Who benefits more from the PC takeover of the Alberta Party – the governing NDP or the Opposition UCP?

PHOTOS: Opposition members in the Alberta Legislature as seen by many of their critics. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.) Actual UCP Caucus members may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Outgoing Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark, Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley, and UCP Leader Jason Kenney. Having been the victims of Jason Kenney’s double reverse hostile takeover ...

Ken Chapman: The Closed Nature of the UCP Kenney Party

I’ve been doing some reading about values and mindsets and applying some of these learnings to political organizations and trends.  In the previous post I spoke about Arrested, Closed and Open mindsets and related them to the Alberta NDP, UCP and Alberta Party respectively. I want to delve a bit deeper into the characteristics of ...

Half an Hour: Consciousness

Consciousness seems to be mysterious to most people. How does subjective experience arise? What is the relation between the perception of redness, say, or the thought that “Paris is the capital of France,” and the purely physical mechanisms that Dennett believes – and I believe – constitute human processes of thought? Philosopher Daniel Dennett addressed ...

Canadian Dimension: Hopelessly Criminalizing BDS Only Augments Its Impact

Photo by Jonny White Imagine a natural disaster in Israel, after which city officials demand that victims sign a form swearing never to boycott Iceland before they can receive aid. In their distress, people who never dreamed of boycotting Iceland will sign anything. Now you have them hating that Nordic island nation. That ridiculous scenario is exactly ...

Canadian Dimension: U.S. Spent $5.6 Trillion Killing People in Middle East and Asia: Study

As the U.S. prepares to send more troops to Afghanistan to combat ISIS and the Taliban, and the specter of a war hangs over every tweet the President writes about North Korea, it’s important to remember that the U.S. has been fighting in and bombing several countries in the Middle East and Asia for 16 ...

The Disaffected Lib: Is Trump Steering America Away From Democracy?

The headline in Foreign Policy, “Trump Isn’t Sure if Democracy is Better Than Autocracy,” is jarring. It would be so much less troubling if America wasn’t already so far down the road in that very direction. Harvard prof Stephen Walt, like a latter day Paul Revere, sounds the warning. What a difference a couple of decades ...

Canadian Dimension: New Mass Resistance as Spanish State Jails Catalan Ministers

Photo by Joan Campderrós-i-Canas Judge Carmen Lamela of Spain’s National High Court – direct descendant of the fascist Franco-era Court of Public Order – took the war of the Spanish state against the Catalan pro-independence government to a new level of judicial violence on November 2. It was not enough that the two leaders of ...

The Disaffected Lib: #Thee Too

If Harvey Weinstein did anything good in his life it may be the role he played in bringing sexual harassment of women to the forefront. Harvey did a lot to expose the licentious nature of his stomping grounds, Hollywood, where the “casting couch” has been the stuff of jokes for generations. Harvey did for show ...

The Disaffected Lib: It’s 15,000 Voices This Time. The Message is the Same. Change or Die.

In 1992, 1500 scientists warned the world to change or die. 25-years later it’s the same message only this time it carries the signatures of 15,000 scientists. This new cautioning — which gained popularity on Twitter with #ScientistsWarningToHumanity — garnered more than 15,000 signatures. William Ripple of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, who started ...

The Decarie Report: Nov. 13: a slow news day

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/teenage-girls-migrants-dead-mediterranean-sea-women-found-italy-police-investigation-libya-europe-a8041856.html I began with this one because this is just one, small sample about the horror of refugees. The number in the news usually runs to a couple of thousand a year drowning at sea. But that’s nowhere close to the total when one of thinks of those who die and are forgotten before they ...

The Disaffected Lib: Comey Goes Biblical on Trump’s Ass

Former FBI director, James Comey, is using Trump’s favourite medium, Twitter, to fight back against the Mango Mussolini. In one of his latest tweets, he quoted a sermon from the late English Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon about the difference between a truth and a lie. “If you want truth to go round the world ...