A Puff of Absurdity: Truth is Like Poetry

… and people fucking hate poetry. It’s a line from the excellent film The Big Short, which is brought to us by Adam McKay, the director known for goofball comedies like Anchorman and Step-Brothers. But it’s nothing like that. At all. It’s listed on IMDB as “Biography, Drama,” but it has its funny moments. It’s ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Is #COP21 #ParisAgreement a Great Advance, or a Huge Flop?

We’ll know, I think, by 2025 when it’s too late to do anything about the past 10 years. I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s an agreement that will provide a better push than Kyoto or Copenhagen ever had a chance to do. It’s probably aiming somewhere beneath a complete success (which we obviously need to preserve ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Two Different Takes On Gas Prices

You can either lose your mind and your perspective: It’s not your imagination — gasoline prices in Canada should be a lot lower than they are right now. That’s according to Benjamin Reitzes, an economist at Bank of Montreal, who said the price Canadians pay at the pump should be a lot lower than it ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Value of Money

Dr David Dick is fascinated by money. Ms Soapbox isn’t…or wasn’t until she tried to understand why Albertans kept telling pollsters they’re okay with the NDP’s plans for greening the environment, funding education and healthcare and protecting paid farm workers as long as it doesn’t cost the taxpayers any more money. (Some Albertans swear they’ll ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Suzuki’s No Slave To The Economy

I hope we see meaningful changes in our economy, in time. There’s not a great understanding in our society that the economy is a system of resource distribution. We’ve enshrined it, even creating a phony holiday today when our retail gods go into the black. .@SheilaColesCBC @MMandryk "Who would say today that the economy should ...

Things Are Good: Kickstarter CEO Wants You to Have a New Job

Yancey Strickler is the CEO and cofounder of Kickstarter he sees the future of work and the economy different than most CEOs. Strickler sees a future with people working jobs that actually matter for causes that make the world a better a place. Instead of profit over people, we can have people who all profit. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Committee Of None

Five years ago, I attended a “stakeholder” meeting at a hotel, hosted by the Provincial Government. They were touting their newish 2020 “plan” to reduce climate change. There was consensus among participants that in order to achieve the provincial target of 20% reduction over 2006 emissions by 2020, additional measures should be taken to achieve ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall’s Beef With A&W is 100% Bull Something

.@PremierBradWall 100% Canadian, growth-hormone-free milk will never be back after #TPP is ratified. That's okay with you though? — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 10, 2015 “TPP would allow milk from cows receiving hormones into Canada U.S. allows bovine growth hormone currently banned in Canada” Unique to the TPP is the prospect of fluid milk crossing ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Joe, You Can Go Now

Why I’m really, really, really glad Joe Oliver isn’t Finance Minister anymore: Keystone XL would have created jobs, bolstered ec growth, strengthened nat’l security, reduced GHG emissions and enhanced N Am energy indep Therefore, disappointing President Obama rejected Keystone X. See yesterday’s article where I discuss implications. http://business. financialpost. com/fp-comment/..[thiscrapisntworthreadingfurther] See my interview #CBC #newsworld ...

Dead Wild Roses: Alberta @ Noon: Let’s (*not*) Gut the Public Service

   Be it resolved – If the Private Sector is cutting jobs in a economic downturn then the Government of the day should also be cutting Public Sector. This is my debate point.  You won’t find it anywhere in the Alberta@Noon podcast I’m about to link here.  I know most of you won’t be thrilled ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s a Gas

CCS, what is it good for? Absolutely money. Not for you and I, no, it’s good for oil companies. We’re talking about this because the only “clean coal” plant isn’t working properly yet, and it opened over a year ago (late). The delay is costing SaskPower customers tens of millions of dollars in penalties to ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Touted CCS Technology Not Working As Boasted About

SNC-Lavalin-built carbon capture facility has ‘serious design issues’: SaskPower Despite conflicts, SaskPower gives SNC another multi-million dollar contract – Mind you, the fact there’s legal action in the cards hasn’t stopped SaskPower from awarding the firm a $4 million portion of the $45-million Island Falls Powerhouse Concrete Rehabilitation project. Nor did a September 2014 SaskPower ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Touted CCS Technology Not Working As Boasted About

SNC-Lavalin-built carbon capture facility has ‘serious design issues’: SaskPower Despite conflicts, SaskPower gives SNC another multi-million dollar contract – Mind you, the fact there’s legal action in the cards hasn’t stopped SaskPower from awarding the firm a $4 million portion of the $45-million Island Falls Powerhouse Concrete Rehabilitation project. Nor did a September 2014 SaskPower ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Naomi Klein on Neoliberalism, the Shock Doctrine and Disaster Capitalism

Normally I post only essays that I have written on my blog, but this deserves to be an exception to the rule. This is a true Must-Watch. Naomi Klein clarifies the history of neoliberalism and the current state of the world in a few short minutes. 100,000 protests a year in China now, protests across ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Say’s Law – Supply Creates Demand

“A well-known dictum of macroeconomics is Say’s Law: that supply creates demand.” I independently discovered this, I didn’t know it was called Say’s Law. Before I created the Pet Foil Hat Technology, no one bought foil hats for pets. My supply, created the demand. The same can be said for plenty of things in dollar ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Christy Clark’s Next Megaproject and Elon Musk

Monday, BC Premier Christy Clark will unveil her new economic action [!] plan for the next BC megaproject sector. It's getting closer: the 2015 International #LNGinBC Conference is happening at @VanConventions Oct 14-16, http://t.co/VULAf7OCJj #LNG #BC — BC Jobs Plan (@BCJobsPlan) October 1, 2015 Fresh from the announcements of the soon to be massively successful ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Knox Met Candidates Forum in Regina, Sept. 29, 2015 #elxn42

Here’s a portion in High Definition: And another segment (it’s also included in the long video at the top, so if you’ve seen that, there’s probably nothing new in this clip either.)

Dead Wild Roses: Behind the Market Crash – Not China – Michael Hudson Interview

It is always nice to see the various economic classes looking out for one another.  When the assets of the top are threatened, the bottom must suffer.  Easy math, really. This excerpt from an interview with Michael Hudson on Counterpunch.   Peries: Look forward to it, Michael. So Michael, some mainstream news outlets are saying ...

The Common Sense Canadian: The Harper Conservative economic disaster

Photo: Stephen Harper/Flickr cc licence Guest post by Doug Carrick According to Stephen Harper, the coming election offers a choice between the certainty of  Conservative economic expertise on the one hand…or the risk of Liberal or New Democrat inexperience.  However, a closer examination reveals a different picture.  It is the Conservatives who have the shaky ...

Alberta Politics: Give a thought to Alberta’s approaching budget day: there’s little to gain and plenty to lose from ‘debt free’ government

PHOTOS: Former premier Ralph Klein, now elevated to sainthood by the neoliberal cargo cult, celebrating the retirement of Alberta’s debt in 2004, never mind the mess the infrastructure was in. Below: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, Canadian economist Jim Stanford and Wildrose Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt, with, bottom, his old debt-trailer. Anyone remember Ralph Klein’s ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What Are Market Predictions?

“Mon, Aug 17, 2015 – 8:15 AM Bill Baruch, chief market strategist, iiTrader joins BNN to discuss why he’s watching crude oil to move sharply higher today.” “oil will rally today” is the BNN video title, but I didn’t hear the trader say that, but he did say a rally by midweek. In the video ...

Excited Delirium: Stephen Harper Has Offered the Opposite of Good Economic Management

Because of his reliance on oil, Stephen Harper has been a very poor manager of Canada’s economy. Exchange rate volatility, job losses and other factors point to this conclusion.

Scripturient: Strat Plan Part 4: Economic Vitality

What, you may ask, is meant by the term “Economic Vitality” – the third objective in our town’s strategic-plan-in-the-works? Apparently it’s one of those motherhood statements people make on soapboxes and campaign platforms that have little grist in them to mill into actuality. Sure, we all want a town that has a lively, thriving economy. ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On So Much Anger

Anger may be defined as an impulse, accompanied by pain, to a conspicuous revenge for a conspicuous slight directed without justification towards what concerns oneself or towards what concerns one’s friends. If this is a proper definition of anger, it must always be felt towards some particular individual, e.g. Cleon, and not “man” in general. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper Is Such a Bad Economist!

He says he’s awesome, but he’s so bad, that on the economy he’s the worst prime minister since WWII. And his campaign is “don’t change horses in mid-stream, I’m a great economist, we aren’t in a recession, we have a balanced budget and only I can protect you from the terrorist onslaught that wants to ...