Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Evening Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Jennifer Wells reports on the CCPA’s latest study of the continually-increasing chasm between corporate executives and the rest of the workforce. But the Guardian notes that disclosure of CEO pay hasn’t done anything to close the gap – signalling that stronger and more direct public policy will ...

Montreal Simon: The Almost Fatal Year of 2017 and the Hope of 2018

It's hard to believe. The year 2017 is finally over, and we're still here. But although just about everyone I know seems to heaving a giant sight of relief, and declaring that 2017 was a REALLY bad year.I think some really good things happened during its brief reign.Even though it was the year when I was almost ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: A New Year rich in political opportunity.

This political junkie is looking forward to 2018. Starting with the Ontario election in June, Quebec scheduled for October 1 and then the American mid-term elections in November, there will be much on which to comment. The only recommendation we can make at this stage is to ignore the pollsters. And one other suggestion at ...

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Now Too Senile To Remain In Office?

Donald Trump has been acting strangely for quite a while. Some moments he's there, some moments he isn't.But his sudden decision to grant New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt an interview two days ago, after spotting him having lunch at his Mar-A-Lago club, was bizarre even by his standards.  And when his advisers or controllers or daycare ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The trying times of Trump.

Canada’s prime minister told Global News the other day that there is “a level of unpredictability” to the current trade talks with the Americans and Mexicans. What is really amazing is that one man, on a whim, can be allowed to jeopardize US$17 trillion in annual trade between the three countries. And yet, he might. ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Fatal Year of 2018

I was doing some research for a year-end post, when I came across this cartoon, and I almost fell out of my chair laughing.To think that so many people ran or stumbled desperately towards 2017 thinking that they might find refuge there. Or sanity.And how did that work out?Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Isn’t it supposed to get easier?

With two years in office behind him, you would expect Justin Trudeau to be getting more adept at his job. He is not. This has been a year for criticisms, errors, lectures, let-downs and too many apologies. Were he with us, Justin’s father would not be pleased with his son’s performance. He would likely agree ...

Alberta Politics: As the year runs out, here are AlbertaPolitics.ca’s Top Ten developing Alberta political news stories of 2017

PHOTOS: As time runs out on 2017, here are AlbertaPolitics.ca’s Top Ten developing new stories for the year. Below: Opposition UCP Leader Jason Kenney, NDP Premier Rachel Notley, serial conservative screw-up Derek Fildebrandt and Labour Minister Christina Gray. It’s easy to pick list of news stories that caused a big splash the day they appeared. ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trump may have emboldened hate in Canada, but it was already here

While many Canadians often associate the continuing rise in white supremacist hate in Canada to US President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric, the right-wing extremist movement was already “alive and well” in Canada, “with more than 100 active groups and well over 100 reported incidents of right-wing extremist violence in the country between 1980 and 2015.” ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Donald Trump is just one of far too many politicians trying to undercut needed counterbalances in the media, political systems and civil society. For further reading…– Rem Reider’s story offers a few examples of Trump’s attacks on the press.– Althia Raj reported on Bill Morneau’s complaints about opposition MPs doing their job, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Eduardo Porter examines how high-end tax cuts create gains for only the wealthy few. And Lydia DePillis points out that decades of increases to top-end incomes haven’t translated into anything close to proportional spending which would share the gains with society at large. – Juan Williams writes that ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – The Economic Policy Institute charts how inequality and precarity are growing in the U.S. – and how that can be directly traced to the erosion of organized labour. And the World Inequality Report examines the trend toward increasing inequality on a global scale. – Meanwhile, Kemal Dervis ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump trends to tyranny.

No American President in living history has earned the thoroughness of study and the resulting derision as has Donald Trump. Soon to celebrate his first year in office, he has earned the enmity that he himself heaped on his opponents for that high office. He has let down the American people. He has lost the ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Ugly and Embarrassing Christmas

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas as much as I did, or at least had a better time than the turkey Donald Trump.For he spent the holiday making an absolute fool out of himself. First claiming that thanks to him Christmas was saved. No doubt to pleasure his hairy Christianist bigots, or boost sales of this ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Jessica Corbett charts the U.S.’ unacceptable (and worsening) inequality. Robert Reich discusses how the Republicans’ tax scam represents a triumph for oligarchy. And Ben Steverman notes that the bill passed this month is ripe for abuse – and already being exploited to the fullest by the U.S.’ ...

Alberta Politics: Put the Christ back in Christmas? Never mind that! Keep the marks in the market! Merry Christmas!

PHOTOS & ILLUSTRATIONS: Early opponents of the War on Shopping fight back at Christmastime (Photo: Chicago History Museum). Today consumerism is the state religion of both the United States and Canada, helping to put the marks back in the market. Below: Sol Invictus. Any resemblance to the Statue of Liberty is purely coincidental. Is it ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: By jingo, Trump’s a xenophobe.

In an era of social media on the Internet, people are having a hard time deciding what is suitable for private conversations and what is suitable for public discussions. Nobody illustrates the problem more effectively than the American President. Donald Trump seems to have it all backward. Certainly, the most frightening aspect of Trump is ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Fake News, Fake President and the FBI.

From 1924 to 1972, J. Edgar Hoover organized and controlled the federal law enforcement of the United States of America. He built a flawed and highly politicized organization into the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The mistakes Hoover made came built in with the headquarters Hoover Building in Washington today. It is still flawed and highly ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Political Instincts of a Tomcat.

Political pundits have pondered on American President Trump for quite some time now and they still cannot get him right. The reason they fail to read him and his moves and moods is that he is not a political animal. If we accept that, we can see him for what he is. It is easiest ...

Montreal Simon: Roy Moore and the Rise of the Resistance

As you may know, the religious fanatic, and homophobic pervert Roy Moore rode a horse to the polls on the day of his Waterloo.And the horse was not amused. This is hilarious, his form sucks & that horse was thinking about bucking him pic.twitter.com/NLWfm8QtlY — Molly (@Molly_Kats) December 12, 2017 And who can blame the poor ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Miracle in Alabama

As you know, I didn't think that Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for Senator, had much of a chance of defeating the homophobic Bible thumping pervert Roy Moore.Not in backward Alabama, where ignorance is a virtue, religion is a weapon, and inbreeding is a major problem.In fact, I had already started working on my campaign ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Beating off the NAFTA bogymen.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) might not make it to New Year’s. Who knows? Mr. Trump might just like to go out of this year with a clean slate. He has promised his ignorant and uncaring sycophants a pyrrhic victory and he might as well deliver the killing blow. It looks like the ...

Alberta Politics: Discomfort about UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s relationship with the truth winkles into respectable circles

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party and, if things go as expected on Thursday, leader of the Opposition soon thereafter. Below: Alberta commentators Susan Wright, a blogger, and Graham Thomson, one of Postmedia’s political columnists, and U.S. political essayist Frank Rich (Photo: Twitter). There’s a growing discomfort among those who pay attention ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Maia Szalavitz writes that the atmosphere of competition and status signalling which prevails in unequal societies is directly connected to increased homicide rates: While on the surface, the disputes that triggered these deaths seem trivial – each involved apparently small disagreements and a sense of being seen as ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The failing final days of America.

This is a time of unease. America has failed us. The heroes of the Second World War are vanishing. The people who touted democracy to the world’s oppressed are fading into history. Around the globe there is a sense of a collective waiting. People are tense, on a short fuse, wary and concerned. What will ...