Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Peter Whoriskey examines how inequality is becoming increasingly pronounced among U.S. seniors. And Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson discuss how inequality contributes to entrenching social divisions: The toll which inequality exacts from the vast majority of society is one of the most important limitations on the quality of life – particularly ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the Con’s Alt Right Candidate

One week ago, I wrote about how Andrew Scheer had given his blessing to a certain candidate in a by-election to replace Rona Ambrose.Even though that candidate, Dane Lloyd, was less qualified than some of the other ones in that race.And had once called feminists "feminazis."Well now it turns out that Lloyd has a few other dubious ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the Neo Nazi Invasion

As we all know, Andrew Scheer likes to claim that he's a godly man, with a "positive" message for Canadians, or Conadians.And not long ago he asked those Conadians what issues they would like him to focus on when Parliament returned. And although one might think that they had told him to focus on his phony tax scam, judging ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Republican Civil War

Donald Trump likes to compare himself favourably to Abraham Lincoln, the only president he believes who was (slightly) greater than him.And when there's a full moon, he has even been heard to describe himself as the Great Uniter.Which of course is hilarious. MAGA !!! MAGA!!! MA HA HA HA!!!But now at least he may have earned himself the ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the New Reform Party

Andrew Scheer likes to describe himself as a new generation leader, but like everything else about him that claim couldn't be more fraudulent.For instead of leading his Cons out of the darkness of the Harper years, he's taking them back to the cowboy days of the Reform Party.And he just can't seem to do anything ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Matt Bruenig examines who is living in poverty in the U.S. – and how policy choices result in many people who can’t feasibly earn wages being stuck below the poverty line: (C)hildren, elderly, disabled people, and students make up around 70 percent of the poor. If you ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Antifa Question. Again

Donald Trump is trying to make us believe that he has turned over a new leaf, and that he's not as bad as we thought he was.But sadly for him it's just not working.For it seems he can't stop comparing Nazis to the Antifa, or anti-fascists, who confront them in the streets.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. – NDP McGill has prepared handy summaries of the background and policy proposals of each of the leadership candidates. – Tim Harper writes that Charlie Angus is relying on the NDP’s grassroots as the foundation for his campaign – particularly compared to the new members signed up ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and Canada’s Monstrous Trump Party

In a world where the 24 hour news cycle rules, it's easy to forget how Andrew Scheer became Con leader, after one of the most disgusting leadership campaigns in modern Canadian history.A campaign right out of the Night of the Living Dead… Where the Con zombies stumbled about gnawing on our Canadian values, and trying to out ...

Accidental Deliberations: On discriminatory treatment

Following up on this post, let’s take a look at Tom Parkin’s other recent post which offers plenty of food for thought. Parkin’s view broadly matches Guy Caron’s position on Quebec’s treatment of people who wear niqabs – but seems to me to fall short of making the case for deferring to Quebec’s politicians when ...

wmtc: harry hoo, nick yemana, and the persistence of racism on mainstream tv

My “comedy before bed” TV watching — the habit of a lifetime, and the surest way for me to fall asleep — has gone retro again.* I watched “Get Smart” end-to-end and am now making my way through “Barney Miller”. Harry Hoo, Dr. No, and “Craw, not Craw!” Get Smart was a TV comedy conceived ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Naomi Klein offers her take on why we need to talk about climate change when its effects are most visible: (E)very time we act as if an unprecedented weather event is hitting us out of the blue, as some sort of Act of God that no one foresaw, ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and The Rebel Ties That Bind

As we all know, Andrew Scheer has vowed not to grant more interviews to Ezra Levant's hate mongering Rebel until it changes its "editorial direction."Whatever that means.But after having spent so much time with the Rebel, and after having one of Levant's flunkies run his Con leadership campaign, severing the ties that bind isn't easy.So ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Seth Hanlon and Alexandra Thornton review the evidence from the U.S. showing that tax handouts to the rich don’t produce job gains for the general public. And Binyamin Appelbaum reports on Janet Yellen’s warning that financial deregulation produces bubbles, not sustainable growth. – Alan Freeman is rightly ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Owen Jones points out Portugal’s example as a demonstration that that there is indeed an alternative to austerity – and that it’s better for public finances as well as for social progress: During the years of cuts, charities warned of a “social emergency”. Now the Portuguese government can ...

Montreal Simon: The Wonderful Humiliation of the Bigot Ezra Levant

For days even as his ratty Rebel started to take on water, and half his crew abandoned ship, Ezra Levant insisted that everything was under control.But now that ghastly bigot has finally been forced to confront reality.Now he's finally admitting that The Rebel is in deep trouble.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Cowardly Non Condemnation of Ezra Levant

Earlier today I wrote a post demanding to know why Andrew Scheer was hesitating to condemn the white supremacist views of Ezra Levant's bigot Rebel.After spending so much time riding on that stinking and sinking boat.  Well now it turns out he did say something about it in B.C. last night.And it couldn't be more pathetic.Read ...

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 ...

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, ...

Montreal Simon: The Dangerous Cowardice of the Nazi Supporter Donald Trump.

I can only imagine how Donald Trump must be feeling after his depraved and disastrous reaction to that deadly Nazi party in Charlottesville.But I wouldn't be surprised if he's ready to go nuclear, for he must be that desperate.Democrats and Republicans are attacking him for failing to call a white supremacist a white supremacist, or a ...

wmtc: join the ndp and vote for niki ashton: deadline aug 17

The deadline to join the NDP and vote for Niki Ashton is August 17. Last night I saw something that shocked me, and today I did something I’ve never done before: I joined a political party. And I did it so I can cast my vote for Niki Ashton for leader of the federal NDP. ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Neo–Nazi Terrorists

Along with the religious fanatics they have always been Donald Trump's most loyal supporters.The ones who call themselves alt-rightists or white nationalists, but I call white supremacists and Neo-Nazis.Since their Gropenfuhrer was elected President they have become even more brazen, and don't even bother to wear masks or white hoods anymore.So this weekend they held ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Fatal Con Bigot Mistake

It wasn't long ago that I told you that Andrew Scheer and his grubby Cons had dropped the Omar Khadr story like a hot potato.Or a poisonous snake.After spending days trashing our country in the United States for crass political purposes.And now we know why.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Rolling Stone Cover and the Con Clown Lisa Raitt

As soon as I saw Justin Trudeau on the cover of Rolling Stone, I groaned loudly, and cranked up the music in my ears, because I knew exactly how the Cons would react, and that it would be ugly.And sure enough it was. They wailed like banshees, they ground their teeth until they sounded like cicadas, ...

wmtc: why do we need to say black lives matter? a brief and partial history lesson

The African American experience in Los Angeles County, California: a brief and selected timeline of sorts.* From 1940-1960, thousands of African Americans migrated from Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, and other southern states to California, hoping to find decent jobs, affordable housing, and equality of opportunity. California was not quite as welcoming as advertised. Housing was strictly ...