Assorted content for your weekend reading. – The Economic Policy Institute charts how government policy is exacerbating inequality in the U.S. And Sam Pizzigati discussesContinue reading
This and that for your Sunday reading. – Linda Solomon Wood writes that Canadians need to be wary of fake news being propagated in ourContinue reading
This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Eric Levitz discusses the glaring gap between Americans’ policy preferences, and the outcomes from a political systemContinue reading
Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Thom Hartmann writes about the billionaire-funded push toward outright fascism in the U.S. as a response to theContinue reading
This and that for your Thursday reading. – Patrick Kingsley points out how children are feeling the effects of the UK’s austerity, including by beingContinue reading
This and that for your Thursday reading. – Alex Boutilier discusses the glaring gap between hype and reality when it comes to tech sector jobs.Continue reading
Assorted content to end your week. -Tom Parkin laments the timidity of the Libs’ budget, while recognizing the opportunities it creates for the NDP: OverContinue reading
This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Bernie Sanders comments on the need to take back political power from the wealthiest few: Now, moreContinue reading
Assorted content for your holiday reading. – The Star tells the stories of a few of the people working to make sure Christmas runs smoothly.Continue reading
Assorted content to end your week. – The Oxford Martin School has published a new report on the spread of inequality. And Noah Smith discussesContinue reading
Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Bill Kerry discusses the role of inequality in causing a global financial meltdown Leaving aside the greed andContinue reading
This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Jerry Dias and Dennis Williams write about the fundamental changes which we should be seeking to makeContinue reading
This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Tom Parkin writes about the growing opposition to a Lib infrastructure bank designed to turn public needsContinue reading
This and that for your Thursday reading. – Erica Johnson reports that the problem of bank employees being pushed to fleece customers (legality be damned)Continue reading
This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Owen Jones writes that we should give credit for the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to theContinue reading
This and that for your Thursday reading.
– Branko Milanovic examines whether the U.S.’ tax system is actually progressive all the way to the top of the income spectrum – and finds that there’s not enough data about the treatment of the extremely wealthy to be sure. And Robert Cribb and Marco Chown Oved discuss the latest Panama Papers revelations showing the large-scale stashing of Canadian assets in the Bahamas.
– Laura Wright reports that Canada’s federal government has approved secret surveillance technology which leaves the public in the dark as to which of its communications are subject to eavesdropping.
– Meanwhile, the federal government is rather less interested in the public safety concerns involved in documenting the fires on the First Nations reserves within its jurisdiction – having abandoned that task in 2010.
– Ross Belot writes that there’s no point in approving and building new pipelines at the moment other than political posturing. And the CP reports on the connection between air pollution from tar sands developments and the health of residents of the area.
– Finally, Adnan Al-Daini is encouraged by Sweden’s move toward a repair-not-replace mindset, and suggests the idea should spread further:
If more countries followed the Swedish example, think of the impact that would have globally on our CO2 emissions. Manufacturing goods is energy intensive. The website “Fix it-Don’t replace it” gives the example of the iphone6 where 85% of its lifecycle’s carbon footprint is from manufacturing it, not using it and another 3% from shipping it.
Climate change is with us already and such measures are needed as a matter of urgency. Such a proposal should not be a party political issue. Good quality jobs would be created in the country where the appliance is used. It would save the consumer money, and it is good for the environment.
Could we do something similar in Britain? Does this have to be a political issue and parties have to have it in their manifestos before it could happen? I don’t see where disagreement between parties could arise.
This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Scott Vrooman rightly makes the point that increased wealth at the top tends to splash outside a country’s borders rather than trickling down. And CBC News reports on how that process has been facilitated by KPM…Continue reading
Kady O’Malley has already highlighted a few of the noteworthy resolutions (PDF) submitted to this weekend’s NDP policy convention. But I’ll point out a few more which look to me to deserve attention.First, in the category of simple good ideas regardles…Continue reading
Here, on how user reviews and the wisdom of crowds don’t do us much good if businesses are able to silence anything that raises concernsContinue reading
Here, on the Cons’ presumption that any individual who breaches the social contract must be punished with a total lack of freedom – and theirContinue reading