Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Paul Krugman writes that a transition to a clean energy economy is well within reach – as long as politicians don’t put the interests of oil money over our economic and environmental future. But Gordon Laxer notes that NAFTA already limits Canada’s ability to take the steps ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Tom Parkin discusses the Libs’ identity politics – and how they endanger people’s substantive interests both in what the Libs fail to do, and in the predictable reaction from right-wing populists: For Liberals, identity politics is a distraction from economic policies that are very hard on many people. ...

Alberta Politics: Mission accomplished in Syria? Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose on that claim!

Mission Accomplished? Donald Trump’s crowing Tweets prove the wisdom of Karl Marx’s dictum: History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. This fact is a significant blessing, nonetheless, at least insofar as Friday night’s tactically and legally dubious missile raid by U.S. military forces on Syria is concerned. How many Iraqis were slaughtered after ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump, James Comey, and the Great Distraction

It was quite a performance by Donald Trump, one that no doubt made millions of people wonder they would survive him. For first he went after the former FBI director James Comey, with an early morning tweet storm yesterday, that had to be seen to be believed. After Comey in a new book made it clear what ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for Mr. Trump.

Is this the day Mr. Trump sends the world to war? We wait. We wonder. It might not be a good day to plan next year’s vacation. The man has his finger on the button. He makes jokes about it. Who else knows when he is just kidding? He exchanges insults with a mindless puppet ...

Alberta Politics: The Kinder Morgan pipeline brouhaha shows why it’s time for Canada to pull the plug on NAFTA

PHOTOS: Kinder Morgan Inc. headquarters in Houston Tex. (Photo: H-town-visually.blogspot.ca). Below: Author and journalist Andrew Nikoforuk, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and lighter-than-air Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We’ve got the chance, thanks be unto Donald J. Trump. Obviously, it’s time to get the heck out of NAFTA! Why would I say such a crazy thing? Well, ...

Montreal Simon: Why Donald Trump Has Never Been More Dangerous

It's a truly terrifying moment in human history. Donald Trump is vowing a massive missile strike on Syria.And taunting the Russians. While we wait to see whether Israel and Iran will declare war on each other and trigger an all out war in the Middle East. Or even the Third World War.And to make matters worse, if ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Michael Savage discusses new projections showing that the luckiest 1% could control two-thirds of the world’s wealth in a little more than a decade: World leaders are being warned that the continued accumulation of wealth at the top will fuel growing distrust and anger over the coming ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump-lite is not Trump.

Have you been reading the media pontificators who are comparing Ontario conservative leader Doug Ford with U.S. President Donald Trump? It is a sad comparison. It would annoy Donald Trump, if he cared. Doug Ford is a wannabe. He would dearly love to have as much money as Trump and to have ripped off so ...

Montreal Simon: Has Donald Trump Really Fired Dr Evil?

As we all know Donald Trump is becoming more and more unstable.As the voices in his head get louder and louder.I dare anyone to read this story and not conclude that he is losing his marbles. And of course we all know that nobody in his cabinet is safe.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Forget Postmedia’s paranoid propaganda: Becoming an environmental pariah won’t restore the ‘Alberta Advantage’

PHOTOS: An Alberta oilsands operation (Photo: Kris Krug, Creative Commons). Below: Calgary Herald political columnist Don Braid, Calgary Sun political columnist Rick Bell, and United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney. According to the United Conservative Party and its media echo chamber, there’s “a growing national push to suppress Alberta’s economy.” War metaphors abound. I’m not ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, and the Con Media Parrots

As we all know Donald Trump likes to rant and rave about the so-called "fake news," even though he produces ninety per cent of it himself.And it seems the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group, that owns more TV stations in the U.S. than any other company, shares that view.And ordered its news programs to deliver the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Amy Remeikis reports on new research showing how educational inequality translates into an even wider economic gap. – Hannah Johnston and Chris Land-Kazlauskas examine (PDF) the gig economy and the need for workers to be able to organize around it. But Rebecca Moss discusses another of Donald ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ceding civility.

It is the same in every country. It is obvious that simple civility is missing in our politics. Whether elected or self-appointed, our politicos are turning nasty. We are even electing cretins who think the thing to do is revile rivals, turn on their own, reject diplomacy, dispatch pacts, and make sure the needs and ...

Montreal Simon: Hog Trump and the Corruption That Could Destroy Him

As I'm sure you know, I've been portraying Donald Trump as a hog as long as I can remember.I realize that there are other names one could call that misogynist, that bigot, that dirty old man. But hog, with apologies to real pigs who are better than him, always seemed right to me.So you can imagine how ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lee Drutman points out that Donald Trump’s presidency represents an entirely foreseeable result of a two-party, first-past-the-post electoral system: (C)ontrary to claims that American political parties have to appeal broadly to win, they only need to win a quarter of the voting-age population to gain unified control of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Benjamin Austin, Edward Glaeser and Lawrence Summers make the case for economic policy focused on reducing regional disparities. And Chad Shearer and Isha Shah highlight how inclusion is a necessary element of sustainable economic development: (B)etter performance on one measure [out of growth, prosperity and inclusion] is associated ...

Alberta Politics: The two faces of Jason … how’s managing simultaneous provincial & federal political campaigns going for Janus Kenney?

PHOTOS: Alberta Opposition leader Jason Kenney at a recent get-together with his former boss, Stephen Harper (Photo: Grabbed from Mr. Kenney’s Facebook page). And guess who Mr. Kenney was attacking on his Facebook page last night? See below. Also below: Sir Charles Tupper and Calgary NDP MLA Graham Sucha.  Jason Kenney is a highly unusual ...

Alberta Politics: Message to Alberta’s chattering classes: Quit misinterpreting ‘the rule of law,’ already!

PHOTOS: Protesters opposed to the Kinder Morgan Inc. Pipeline expansion megaproject in Burnaby, B.C., in May 2016 (Photo: Marlin Olynyk, Survival Media Agency, Creative Commons). They pose no threat to the rule of law. Below: Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May, United Conservative Party Agriculture Critic Rick Strankman, environmentalist Mike Hudema, Alberta Premier Rachel ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump should not bully China.

U.S. President Donald Trump is a bully. That is how he negotiates his way through life. He bullies women for sex. As a developer, he bullied politicians for building rights. He bullies lawyers and courtiers, underlings and peers, wives and children, and lately, countries and their leaders. It is his nature. But he probably should ...

Montreal Simon: The Excellent But Dangerous Humiliation Of Donald Trump

Well it finally happened. Donald Trump has been humiliated beyond recognition. And they are laughing at him all over the world. The porn star Stormy Daniels has told her story to Anderson Cooper, and it turns out to be a combination of a low budget porn movie and The Sopranos.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Conservative antics let PM Justin Trudeau off the hook for India debacle and show why Andrew Scheer is not fit to govern

PHOTOS: What Canadians will soon see in their minds when they think of Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer (Photo: Andrew Scheer’s Flickr stream). Below: The actual grown up Mr. Scheer (Photo: Andre Forget, Andrew Scheer’s Flickr stream), Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper (Photo: Wikimedia Commons), and federal NDP Leader ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Mad Bomber

Well so much for the theory that Donald Trump could be controlled by saner men than him.First he had his faithful minion, John Kelly, fire his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, while he was on the toilet. Now he's flushed his National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster.And maybe our last chance of surviving Trump's deranged presidency.Read ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Owen Jones discusses the need for wealth taxes as part of any plan to meaningfully reduce economic inequality: Much is made of income inequality, and rightly so. Labour’s 2017 manifesto, which proved the tombstone for a neoliberal political consensus that has prevailed for a generation, pledged modest rises ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump Goes After Robert Mueller

There is no man Donald Trump fears more than Robert Mueller,  the special counsel who could have him evicted from the White House, and even sent to the Big House.He's the recurring nightmare who makes Trump wake up screaming. Which explains why until this weekend, the cowardly Trump hadn't dared criticize him.But after whacking Andrew McCabe, the deputy ...