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: Donald Trump and the Cannibals in Hollywood

A few days ago I wrote about how Donald Trump is counting on the Christian right to help keep him in office, now that almost every other group is abandoning him.And how that grubby pervert is now going around bellowing:"Above all else in America, we don't worship government. We worship God."Which needless to say has the holy ...

Montreal Simon: The Resurrection of Kellyanne Conway

I'm sure you remember how Kellyanne Conway seemed to be everywhere after Donald Trump's election victory.Offering the novice president advice, or acting as his mouthpiece on CNN and other TV networks.But after a while she became a little too comfortable in the Oval Office… And some began to believe the job had gone to her ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Ian Welsh neatly summarizes the rules needed to ensure that capitalism doesn’t drown out social good: Capitalism, as it works, destroys itself in a number of ways. For capitalism to work, it must be prevented from doing so: it must not be allowed to form unregulated monopolies ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Night of the Nazis

At a time when Donald Trump is threatening to lead his nation to war, and making ugly noises about the freedom of the press. At a time when neo-Nazis are on the march again.The distinguished documentarian Marshall Curry thought it might be time for a cautionary tale.And remind Americans of the night in 1939, when 20,000 Nazi ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Holy Bigots

He's a dirty old man, a grubby sexual predator, a racist, a white supremacist, and an anti-gay bigot.He steals from the poor to give to the rich. He's trying to leave more than 20 million Americans without any health coverage, and leading his country to war.The only time he goes down on his knees is ...

Montreal Simon: Is This The Way To Remove Donald Trump From Office?

Yesterday I wrote a post suggesting among other things that while Donald Trump is clearly unravelling, we can't count on Bob Mueller to save us.And managed to depress the hell out of MYSELF.Because Trump is clearly both crazy and dangerous…And this isn't a good sign either…Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Matt Bruenig explores the U.S.’ wealth inequality and finds a similarly skewed distribution of wealth among all kinds of demographic subgroups. And Robert Reich discusses why the attempt to sell a tax cut for billionaires as doing anything but making that problem worse is nothing short of laughable. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump stands steadfast, Justin.

Prime Minister Trudeau dropped in to the White House to see President Trump the other day. It is likely that two minutes after Trudeau left the Oval Office, Donald Trump had forgotten what they had said. It is not just that the man has a short attention span but he has absolutely no interest in ...

Montreal Simon: The Scary Unravelling of Donald Trump

I don't know how Justin Trudeau managed to look so cool yesterday, when confronted with the madness of Donald Trump.And the threat that could cost Canadians hundreds of thousands of jobs, and maybe even bring down the global economy.Or what he must have thought when he heard this: But then I read this tweet and ...

Montreal Simon: Trudeau, Trump, and the Ghastly Margaret Wente

As you may know, Justin Trudeau is going to meet with Donald Trump this week to fight for the future of NAFTA. And try to hold back a tidal wave of protectionism. And since hundreds of thousands of jobs in this country hang in the balance, you might expect that most Canadians would wish him luck.But no, ...

Montreal Simon: Why I Started Portraying Donald Trump As A Hog

I must admit I was intrigued, when Donald Trump told reporters that he was not surprised that the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had been accused of being a sexual predator. And I wondered why he wasn't surprised.Until I remembered that it's almost a year to the day that I started portraying Trump as a hog.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Revenge of Puerto Rico

As I'm sure you know, Donald Trump's visit to Puerto Rico last week was the worst visit by a U.S. president, to any place, ever.He insulted the people of that battered island by telling them to stop complaining because hurricane Katrina was worse. And they should save their energy to praise him instead.He threw rolls of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Joseph Stiglitz discusses how the Republican’s trillion-dollar corporate giveaway will only exacerbate inequality without doing anything to help the U.S.’ economy: If inequality was a problem before, enacting the Republicans’ proposed tax reform will make it much worse. Corporations and businesses will be among the big beneficiaries, ...

Montreal Simon: Is Trump Now Too Mentally Disturbed To Remain In Office?

For a while last night there was a rumour flying around Washington that General John Kelly, Donald Trump's Chief of Staff, was about to resign.Having finally given up trying to control Trump, after the orange oaf sent a shiver around the world by claiming that it was "the calm before the storm."And then refusing to ...

Montreal Simon: The Fear and the Loathing in Donald Trump’s America

At times it seemed to me like Hunter S. Thompson had come roaring back from the dead, to write one more chapter of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.One where a 64-year-old man holed up in a hotel room with 23 guns opens fire on a crowd below for no apparent reason.At least 59 people ...

Alberta Politics: This is not just what terrorism looks like; it’s what a failed state looks like

PHOTOS: Is Old Glory, as the American flag was once known, now the banner of a failed state? Below: Donald Trump, president of the United States, divider, deceiver and denier in chief, incompetent and seemingly powerless to change anything (Photo: Flickr, Gage Skidmore.) “AT LEAST 58 DEAD AND 500 HURT IN LAS VEGAS AFTER GUNMAN ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 37: Terrorism in my backyard

You know that it could happen in your town. You just don’t expect that it will. I went to the Edmonton Eskimo game last night, and as I entered the stadium I was struck by how much security there is today. Bags are searched, and for some reason wands were used to check random fans ...

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Preparing to Attack North Korea?

It seemed like a hopeful sign, a step away from the precipice of war on the Korean peninsula. And maybe even a chance to avoid World War Three. Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State, announced he had opened up several diplomatic channels between the United States and North Korea. But when Donald Trump heard about ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Bloody Racism of America

Donald Trump likes to claim he's not a racist, despite all the evidence to the contrary.He likes to claim it's all about saving the white people's heritage, or stopping black athletes from dishonouring the flag or the national anthem.But it is all just another Big Lie.Like the the latest one his grubby racist supporters would have ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Criminal Katrina Moment

The pictures out of the stricken island of Puerto Rico are stunning and heartbreaking. And what you can't see is worse.Millions of desperate people without food and water, with no power, no fuel, no way to communicate with loved ones and friends, or the outside world.But for almost a week while people suffered and died, Donald Trump ...

Montreal Simon: Keith Olbermann: How To Save Sidney Crosby From Donald Trump

I have been very moved by the sight of all those American football players kneeling in silent protest during the playing of their national anthem.And refusing to be intimidated by the racist bully Donald Trump.So you can imagine how disappointed I was to see this.Read more »

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: Donald Trump and the Great Football War

Donald Trump has been losing his marbles for a long time, but now it seems the last few are blasting out or rolling out of his rear orifice. And it's a scary sight.He's threatening to bomb the North Koreans, the Iranians, the Venezuelans, and his own party.And now he's taking his assault on America one ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Who’s crazy?

Interesting editorial cartoon the other day. It is of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The North Korean leader is shown pulling a child’s wagon with a small rocket on it put together with tape. The American president has an array of rockets behind him and he is wearing a straight jacket. The balloon of ...