Alberta Politics: Why Canada’s belligerent Conservatives are likely praying for peace in the Persian Gulf

PHOTOS: The nuclear powered American aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf in in 2014. (U.S. Navy photo.) Mighty warships are the carriers, but in the constricted waters of the Gulf, vulnerable nevertheless. Below: A map of the Gulf, showing the proximity of Saudi Arabia and Iran to one another; a Canadian ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta’s Wildrose Opposition: just off the turnip truck … or what?

ILLUSTRATIONS: Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital, back in the day. Below: A newer version of the same hospital, one of the buildings that’s now falling apart. (From CardCow.com) Below that image: Wildrose Health Critic Drew Barnes; Richard Starke, MLA, and Richard Starkey, MBE. Anybody who’s been inside the Royal Alexandra Hospital in the past decade knows ...

Left Over: To The Left, To The Left…Second-Guessing The Youth Vote

Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him     Here is a comment  I made  re an opinion piece in the  Guardian by Polly  Toynbee… This is an oddly similar discussion to one happening in Canada today..but we are just beginning the election campaign to ...

Sketchy Thoughts: How come so many UK leftists are Trots?

In Terry Bisson’s interview with Ken MacLeod in The Human Front (PM Press, 2013), there’s this great answer to Bisson’s question “How come so many UK leftists are Trots?” : Short answer: because Trotskyists in Britain moved fast on the CP’s crisis in the 1950s, and moved with the times in the 1960s. Long answer: ...

Dead Wild Roses: England Loses in World Cup – So Do English Women

  [Police fear rise in domestic violence during World Cup] Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: DWR PSA, England, Violence against Women, World Cup

Trashy's World: Go England!!!!

(1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Left Over: Tomb Much Death-Worship

Tomb Found At Richard III Burial Site To Be Opened LiveScience  |  By Megan GannonPosted: 07/23/2013 2:53 pm EDT Just  great, another wealthy religious group  spends millions on still another church/Disneyland while the poor in England get tossed from their housing, the social fabric is being eroded, and  the government continues to attack the worst -off..guess that ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bones of Kings

The discovery of Richard III’s grave is pretty awesome. Bonus, he was still inside it! It’s really hard to get the motivation to leave a grave though, it doesn’t happen very often anyway, and is entirely with assistance. And here’s another thing entirely:

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: England Threatens to Risk War With Latin America to Please United States!

I wish my title was embellished, but it’s been a crazy 24 hours. The background to this story is that Wikileaks‘ editor Julian Assange is holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, waiting for the Ecuadorian President Correa to rule on his asylum bid. It’s expected that asylum will be granted on Thursday. One way ...

Art Threat: Walking as art to avoid global catastrophe – Review: The Robinson Institute by Patrick Keiller at Tate Britain

Portrait of Patrick Keiller. (Photo: Samuel Drake) It is not always the case that definitive moments in art history can be precisely located. Certainly not the first act of artistic creation, that “strange beginning” of Gombrich’s Story of Art — a 35,000 year-old mammoth ivory carving, perhaps? The American architectural theorist, Charles Jencks, controversially proclaimed ...

Trashy's World: Go England!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(7) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

From Orangutan: Jean Charest fails to silence the Quebec student movement,

As the talks to end the Quebec student strike broke down Thursday (thanks in large part to the Jean Charest Liberal government’s inability to think in a non-partisan manner, thus ending further bargaining for the time being), I am nonetheless encouraged by the increasingly epic support that the student movement here has amassed throughout this country ...

From Orangutan: Jean Charest fails to silence the Quebec student movement,

As the talks to end the Quebec student strike broke down Thursday (thanks in large part to the Jean Charest Liberal government’s inability to think in a non-partisan manner, thus ending further bargaining for the time being), I am nonetheless encouraged by the increasingly epic support that the student movement here has amassed throughout this country ...

From Orangutan: Jean Charest fails to silence the Quebec student movement,

As the talks to end the Quebec student strike broke down Thursday (thanks in large part to the Jean Charest Liberal government’s inability to think in a non-partisan manner, thus ending further bargaining for the time being), I am nonetheless encouraged by the increasingly epic support that the student movement here has amassed throughout this country ...

gay persons of character: London Bus Campaign: ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’

Source: http://www.facebook.com/stonewalluk Well this is neat. Throughout April, 1,000 buses in London, England, are carrying ads from the British charity, Stonewall, to promote marriage equality. Bearing the tagline, “Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!” the ads link to Stonewall’s equal marriage campaign website, which includes details of the charity’s response to the British government’s consultation ...

gay persons of character: London Bus Campaign: ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’

Source: http://www.facebook.com/stonewalluk Well this is neat. Throughout April, 1,000 buses in London, England, are carrying ads from the British charity, Stonewall, to promote marriage equality. Bearing the tagline, “Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!” the ads link to Stonewall’s equal marriage campaign website, which includes details of the charity’s response to the British government’s consultation ...

gay persons of character: London Bus Campaign: ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’

Source: http://www.facebook.com/stonewalluk Well this is neat. Throughout April, 1,000 buses in London, England, are carrying ads from the British charity, Stonewall, to promote marriage equality. Bearing the tagline, “Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!” the ads link to Stonewall’s equal marriage campaign website, which includes details of the charity’s response to the British government’s consultation ...

Bill Longstaff: Rivers drying up in England?

When trout waved lazy in the clear chalk streams, Glory was in me … So wrote poet John Betjeman about his beloved River Kennet. Sadly, the trout have had trouble waving lazy in the Kennet lately. The river, like many in southern England, ran dry this past winter, a victim of high water demand and ...

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gay persons of color: Professional rugby star Sacha Harding goes naked for HIV/AIDS awareness

Voted 2010’s ‘manliest man‘ in Britain in a nationwide competition organised by the leading men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge, straight, professional rugby star Sacha Harding has stripped off his clothes for the annual ‘Naked Issue’ of Gay Times magazine. The Bedford Blues flanker, who appears on the cover, as well as within the magazine, ...

DeSmogBlog: UK Fracking Company Takes Partial Responsibility For Earthquakes

Fracking-illustration-001.jpg U.K.-based energy company Cuadrilla Resources has finally admitted that their hydraulic fracturing activities were likely to blame for a series of small earthquakes that shook areas of Britain around fracking sites earlier this year. The company was the only energy company in the U.K. that used fracking to extract natural gas until the entire ...

gay persons of color: Homophobic preacher named Britain’s most inspirational black person

Well, you know times are bad when in a competition for Britain’s most inspirational black person organised by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Metro newspaper, the winner ends up being Agu Irukwu, an anti-gay pastor who leads an evangelical church called Jesus House. A long-time opponent of equality, Irukwu was one of seven ...

Harper Valley: What is North America Truly Asking For?

The turbulence is growing….England, Greece, Spain….where’s next?  It could be our own backyards. This from Mohawk Clan Mother, Kahentenita Horn: Youth Riots – Ravenous Hunger for Freedom     MNN.  August 9, 2011.  People and animals don’t live or breed well in captivity, unless they think they are free.  Indigenous had mental, physical and spiritual freedoms.  Europeans were born into ...

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": Deja Vu All Over Again

Does this sound familiar?: As Cameron rushed through South Africa and Nigeria on a whistle-stop trade tour, aides urged reporters to focus on other issues. “Perspective” was a word that came up repeatedly, and loyalists lined up to repeat that point in parliament on his return. “Outside the Westminster bubble I’m getting the impression the ...

gay persons of color: Out Magazine salutes five athlete allies

Ben Cohen, Hudson Taylor, Michael Irvin, Mike Chabala, and Nick YoungquestSource: Out Magazine In its July 2011 issue, Out Magazine salutes five top sportsmen “who have stood up for fairness and tolerance, shoulder-to-shoulder with their LGBT peers.” They are English retired rugby star, Ben Cohen, All-American wrestler, Hudson Taylor, American former football wide receiver, Michael ...