Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Ryan Meili writes about the fundamental importance of trust in both politics and medicine – and the corrosive effects of corporate donations in both: When we talk about the problems with political donations, we’re not really talking about campaign financing. We’re talking about something much more fundamental. We’re ...

Montreal Simon: Why Do So Many Trump Supporters Still Believe What He Says?

According to some reports Donald Trump's friends are worried about him. They say he's never sounded so agitated, and never looked so bagged.Which is of course great news, for it suggests that he could be felled by stroke or a heart attack, even before he's impeached or forced to resign.But what really worries me is ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the 2020 Nightmare

Donald Trump has only been in office for five months, but to me and I'm sure many others all over the world it seems longer than that. Much longer.So you can imagine how I felt when I heard that the orange oaf is already making plans to occupy the Oval Office for a full EIGHT years.And ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The anger factor.

A reader on the west coast asked the other day if we are seeing anger in Liberal ranks directed at Prime Minister Trudeau’s disrespect for the party? What was strange about the question was that most of that anger is building on the west coast. The flash point will be the funding and tooling up ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis

In withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrated monumental ignorance about climate change and the agreement itself, writes David Suzuki. The post David Suzuki: Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Getting Tired of Playing President?

Donald Trump made his first visit to Camp David on the weekend, no doubt hoping to escape the madding media, and try to pull himself together, after yet another terrible week in office.A week where he seemed to confirm that he was under investigation, and was seen yelling at TV sets in the White House.So ...

Montreal Simon: Trump Caesar and Ezra Levant’s Rebel Loonies

It's a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar. It's being staged in New York's Central Park.And it's controversial because its Caesar looks a lot like Donald Trump, and his supporters can't stand the sight of their hero being assassinated. And neither it seems can Ezra Levant.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Isn’t It Time To Ask What’s Wrong With Donald Trump?

You can see the fear in Donald Trump's piggy eyes. You can smell his desperation.After somebody shot some Republican congressmen, he tried so hard to look and sound like a president. But that new found restraint only lasted for about 48-hours.Before his madness erupted again.Read more »

CuriosityCat: Trump: The asymmetric revolutionary warrior

Asymmetric Beaver Why are Americans reeling in dismay over the state of politics? Why is the American media locked into total disbelief every day? What has happened? A revolution. Donald Trump is President, the result of a campaign that was totally different from any other; and is governing in a manner that is different (Read ...

Montreal Simon: Trumpdiddlydumper’s Worst Birthday Ever

It was Donald Trump's 71st birthday yesterday, and I think it's safe to say it wasn't a very happy one.First he found out that somebody had been shooting Republicans.Which since he is notoriously cowardly, must have had him wondering whether he might be next, and whether he really needed to be president.Then came the devastating news ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Ellie Mae O’Hagan writes about Jeremy Corbyn’s much-needed work in addressing the loss of hope by young people in the UK: For the first time in a good few years, I’ve stopped worrying about money. I can imagine living somewhere nice without having to move to another country. ...

The Canadian Progressive: Watch Naomi Klein Explain “How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine”

In the video, produced by The Intercept, the award-winning Canadian social activist and bestselling author says though Donald Trump occupies the most powerful office on earth, his shock doctrine-oriented “wildly pro-corporate policies” can be resisted. The post Watch Naomi Klein Explain “How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Deeply Disturbing Loyalty Test

Donald Trump is still claiming that he did not try to force James Comey to sign a loyalty oath. And that Comey is the liar not him. But yesterday we got an idea of the kind of loyalty Boss Trump demands from those who work for him. And not only did it reinforce Comey's claim, it couldn't ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the True Meaning of Idiot

He's desperately trying to restrain himself. His lawyers have warned him that his tweets could be used against him one day.And could be the difference between the White House and the Big House.But ever since James Comey called him a liar, in front of a television audience of about 19 million people, Donald Trump has been ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 21: Alberta’s legal disgrace

This week we heard one of those stories that just makes you shake your head (if it hasn’t already lowered in shame) and wonder how this kind of thing can happen. Here’s the shocking story. An Aboriginal woman (there is a publication ban on her name, a typically Canadian thing to do, especially galling in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – David MacDonald discusses the need to start tackling some of Canada’s most expensive and least justifiable tax handouts to the rich: The richest 10 per cent of Canadians enjoy an average of $20,500 a year in tax exemptions, credits, and other loopholes. That’s $6,000 more than in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: How would Harper have handled Trump?

When listening to Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland give her very important speech on the new world order, there was one disturbing thought. It was a silly question as to how would our previous prime minister have handled the situation? The one thing for sure was that Stephen Harper would never have allowed his ...

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Just Too Stupid To Be President?

I must admit that when I saw Donald Trump holding a rare news conference yesterday I was absolutely shocked.Not just by the way he looked, like a man about to keel over.But also by the crazy things he was saying.Or blowing out of his pie hole.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Owen Jones writes that UK Labour’s bold and progressive platform was crucial to its improved electoral results. Bhaksar Sunkara rightly sees Labour’s campaign – in both its firm defence of the common good, and its determination to reach young and marginalized voters rather than assuming they won’t turn ...

CuriosityCat: Is this why Trump won?

Here’s one analysis of why Trump won and the Clinton Democrats lost: Why? Because Trump’s brand of populism — and more importantly, that of working-class whites — differs in important ways from the populism of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. While the populism espoused by Sanders and Warren is economic, challenging C.E.O.s, major corporations and ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Day of the Comey

I'm sure Donald Trump's White House minions are doing their best to prepare him for James Comey's Senate hearing today.But it won't be easy, because it's going to be a big event.So while Trump is threatening to live tweet the hearing, other Republicans are doing their best to discredit Comey.By running attack ads like this one.Read ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump, James Comey, and the Coming War With Iran

I can only imagine what kind of state Donald Trump must be in as James Comey, the FBI director he fired, prepares to testify tomorrow.But it can't be very pretty.Not when Boss Trump probably thought he had "fixed" the Comey problem… So now he's hopping mad…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Will Trump’s Latest Twitter Orgy Be The Beginning Of The End?

Donald Trump has had many bad Twitter moments, that have demeaned him and his country, and shocked the world.But that usually end up with Trump staring into a pool of excrement and liking what he sees.But his trip to Europe and the Middle East exhausted him.The idea that James Comey is coming back to haunt ...

The Canadian Progressive: Mental illness the go-to excuse for white men committing acts of terrorism against people of color

The label “mental illness”, when referred to white men who’ve committed acts of terrorism against people of color, downplays racism and elicits sympathy for the bigoted murderer, argues Zenobia Jeffries, YES! Magazine’s racial justice associate editor. The post Mental illness the go-to excuse for white men committing acts of terrorism against people of color appeared ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 20: RIP, USA

Donald Trump, the Leader of the Free World crown, officially relinquished the title on Thursday when he announced that the U.S. – the second-biggest polluter in the world –would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Accord. In stepping aside from the Leadership of the Free World position, the U.S. has now thrown its lot in ...