Alberta Politics: Climate Drewhaha: financing a documentary with a point of view is advocacy, not defending free speech

PHOTOS: Wildrose Energy Critic Drew Barnes, at right, on the steps of the Alberta Legislature one cold day in 2016. Below: Wetaskiwin-Camrose NDP MLA Bruce Hinkley (Camrose Canadian photo), Calgary Currie MLA Brian Malkinson, and National Post commentator and documentary maker John Robson (screenshot). Is Wildrose Energy Critic Drew Barnes actually surprised he’s drawing fire ...

Politics and its Discontents: Bill Nye Attempts To School Tucker Carlson

… but finds he is not an apt student. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Bill Nye Attempts To School Tucker Carlson

… but finds he is not an apt student. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Hoax With Impact

Even though global temperature records are being set, it must be reassuring to many in Trumpland that climate change is but a Chinese hoax. Now, if only Mother Nature would read the memo: And now, scenes from the apocalypse in California: Recommend this Post

Northern Reflections: It’s Getting Shorter

  We’ve known for at least twenty-five years that the time we have to reverse global warming is limited. David Suzuki writes: We can’t say we weren’t warned. In 1992, a majority of living Nobel prize-winners and more than 1,700 leading scientists worldwide signed a remarkable document called “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.” It begins, ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta’s carbon tax: Science is political when it doesn’t suit Wildrose agenda; politics is scientific when it does

PHOTOS: Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips at yesterday’s Edmonton press conference on the imposition Jan. 1 of the NDP Government’s carbon tax. Below: Wildrose Electricity and Renewables Critic Don MacIntyre. Both are CBC photos. Alberta has had a carbon tax for two days now and as Environment Minister Shannon Phillips observed at a news conference ...

Politics and its Discontents: Beguiling Words

The propaganda machine of the extreme right has scored a double hit, it would seem. Not only do they and their racist brethren have Breibart-founder Steve Bannon warmly ensconced in the White House as chief strategist and Senior Counselor to Donald Trump (whether he will also be keeping the president’s seat warm in the Oval ...

Northern Reflections: It’s Later Than We Think

The news on climate change is not good — and it’s getting worse. The mainstream media are beginning to get the message. Ole Hendrickson writes: The headline of a recent Washington Post article says “The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends.” Scientists are stunned by the magnitude of ...

Politics and its Discontents: More From The Conservative Braintrust

Well, we know what an abomination Kellie Leitch is as a Conservative leadership hopeful, but what about Brad Trost? The pool, it would seem, is very, very shallow: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Very Small Victory

In a seemingly endless battle, even small victories deserve to be noted. And it is indeed a small victory on the climate-change front that The Star’s public editor, Kathy English, reports on in today’s edition. In dismissing a complaint against the Toronto Star’s publication of a New York Times report about repercussions of climate change ...

Politics and its Discontents: Taking On Sarah Palin’s Idiocy

I would say Jimmy Kimmel does a pretty good job: “I have a theory,” Kimmel said. “I think maybe Sarah Palin wants global warming. It’s cold in Alaska. It would be welcome up there. But, the idea that she knows more than 97 percent of scientists is offensive and dangerous. No matter what Sarah Palin ...

Politics and its Discontents: And To Round Up The Week

Yet one more reminder of our collective folly: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Four Days In A Wild Weather Week

I admit I am a bit of a weather geek. To witness nature’s fury and our powerlessness in its face is truly humbling. However, the other reason for my fascination with our increasingly volatile and destructive weather is the rueful recognition of our collective refusal to make any changes that might mitigate the worst effects ...

Politics and its Discontents: Some Americans Sure Do Love Their Ignorance

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says we should follow the scientific evidence about climate change, and then goes on to ignore it with confabulation and obfuscation. In Cruz world, it is all just a cover for the government’s desire to have total control over everyone’s lives. Some Americans sure do love and embrace their ignorance, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Canada, twisted by the distorted beliefs of neoconservative prairie reformers, rid itself of Stephen Harper

Don Maroc Monday night most of the world went to bed seeing Canada with an arrogantly evil smirk on its formerly amiable face. By the next morning all they could see was a million-dollar Read more…

Northern Reflections: On The Way Out

                                                 https://www.pinterest.com/ It’s not easy to tell the truth — particularly when people don’t want to hear it. Linda McQuaig caused something of a political firestorm awhile back for suggesting that — ...

Politics and its Discontents: Angry For Good Reason

Every evening at 6:30, I try to take about 10 minutes to watch NBC Nightly News, the object of my interest not American politics but the apocalyptic imagery of the West Coast wildfires. Every night seems to bring reports of new conflagrations and tragedy, and every night my anger grows, not just for the loss ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Signs Are Everywhere – Part 2

You can access part one here. Logical fallacies The reason why there’s a 97% consensus is because of the many lines of evidence that humans are causing global warming. Human fingerprints are being observed in heat escaping out to space, in the structure of the atmosphere and even in the changing seasons. Another denialist technique ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Signs Are Everywhere

It is only the ideologically blind who refuse to see the signs. Whether we live on the West Coast, Central Canada, or the East Coast, we are being affected by climate change, More protracted droughts. More wildfires. More oppressive heatwaves. Or unseasonably cool conditions. Of protracted winters I will not even speak. So what is ...

Politics and its Discontents: From The Heartland

When moral imperatives and climate change denial meet head on, you know who feels they occupy the higher ground when The Heartland Institute is involved. The following video captures their reaction to the upcoming encyclical by Pope Francis on climate change. My favorite comment is made by the gentleman who just can’t find it in ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Outlier Status

Well, this is bauble budget day, the day the Harper regime makes its big pre-election push to convince us that all is right with the world, and that our natural selfishness is something we should revel in, not revolt against. It is a day in which further plundering of the federal coffers is presented as ...

The Canadian Progressive: Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition

David Suzuki explains how the Koch Brothers, the largest U.S. leaseholder in the Alberta tar sands, use their vast wealth to fund climate change denial. The post Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Could It Be A Virus?

Stupidity, it has been said, is contagious, and one has to wonder whether a particularly virulent virus is running through the Conservative tent these days. First there was Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls suggesting that evolution shouldn’t be taught in schools, as he doesn’t believe in it. Now comes word of similar sentiments on ...

Politics and its Discontents: Why Has Accepting Scientific Fact Become A Matter Of Choice?

Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean. They speak different languages and use different powers of the brain. -Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership As the quotation above suggests, the schism between scientific fact and religious belief is, in fact, one that shouldn’t exist. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Are Americans Ever Embarrassed?

I know I would be if this kind of regular and much-watched commentary portrayed my nation as so egregiously stupid: Recommend this Post