Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Bjarke Skærlund Risager interviews David Harvey about the history and effect of neoliberalism: I’ve always treated neoliberalism as a political project carried out by the corporate capitalist class as they felt intensely threatened both politically and economically towards the end of the 1960s into the 1970s. They desperately ...

Cowichan Conversations: Green Party admits to deliberately misleading Victoria voters

Green Party leader Elizabeth May arrives with candidates Jo-Ann Roberts, left, and Frances Litman to watch election results on Oct. 19. The party has admitted a senior official misled the public in a Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Maple tree blues: commission says cut it down

Susan Down, Local New Eye Cowichan, covered the Commission meeting where they officially confirmed their earlier plan to cut down the old big leaf maple at the Cowichan Community Centre. Here is her report. Maple Read more…

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall: a day late and a dollar short on Husky’s Prince Albert pipeline rupture

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaking with reporters in the halls of Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina yesterday (screen grab from the CBC’s feed). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the city of Prince Albert on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s lame defence yesterday morning of his strange inaction ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #PremierPipeline: Good Work Premier Brad Wall

“People are advised not to consume fish caught in the river, and to avoid water activities that may result in river water being ingested,” said a news release put out Tuesday morning. – six days later. “Good work Premier Brad Wall. No loss of life like at Lac Megantic oil tanker rail disaster. Naturally occurring ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #PremierPipeline’s Slick Advice in Wake of Husky Oil Spill: Don’t Turn to Trains

Yah, who cares about contaminated water supplies for Sask citizens, as long as the oil industry is okay. https://t.co/RPoe5incfR #skpoli — Larry Hubich (@LHubich) July 23, 2016 @MeridianBooster here is what #PremierPipeline is talking about since yesterday – sports. pic.twitter.com/fhvqhHLcb3 — Saskboy (@saskboy) July 23, 2016 But one of the big issues for Brad Wall, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post: Publishing Anti-Facts

In response to Herb Pinder’s July 16th op-ed “Climate change alarmists ignore nature’s role”, I wonder if the Leader-Post has decided to publish conspiracy theories as reasonable opinions. I think many have heard of “young earth creationists” who contend the Earth is only 6000 years old, but it’s news to me there are people such ...

Accidental Deliberations: Polluted by crimes, but torn by no remorse

Shorter Brad Wall on what’s truly important as an oil spill pollutes drinking water along the North Saskatchewan River: I only hope this monster running amok doesn’t make it harder to sell new reanimation technologies. Or in graphic form…

Cowichan Conversations: richardhughes.ca 2016-07-21 17:38:43

    To all the concerned citizens who read this page, it’s time to take our fight to the streets. PLEASE JOIN ME IN A PEACEFUL PROTEST (#1) AGAINST STEELEHAD LNG – Read more…

A Puff of Absurdity: Plus ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose

I was recently reminded of this climate change debate from almost 7 years ago (December 2009). I wrote this on my old blog (which was entirely about the environment and particularly my school’s efforts, which have dwindled depressingly), so I copied it here in full for a glimpse back at what has and hasn’t change in ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Plus ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose

I was recently reminded of this climate change debate from almost 7 years ago (December 2009). I wrote this on my old blog (which was entirely about the environment and particularly my school’s efforts, which have dwindled depressingly), so I copied it here in full for a glimpse back at what has and hasn’t change in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Lucy Shaddock offers a response to the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ report on poverty and inequality in the UK, while McKinsey finds that hundreds of millions of people in advanced economies are seeing their real incomes stagnate or decline. And Mariana Mazzucato and Michael Jacobs provide their take ...

Cowichan Conversations: E&N Spraying Roundup-(Glyphoshate) On Railway Tracks Throughout The Cowichan Valley

It appears that lack of notice and flimsy irregular signing is the manner in which the BC Government allows the use of pesticides in our communities today. BC’s Ministry of Environment used to refer these Read more…

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Aditya Chakrabortty sums up George Osborne’s legacy – and give or take a Brexit vote, it looks awfully familiar for corporatist governments in general: The multi-million-pound spending spree wasn’t justifiable, admitted Osborne, according to Laws’ recent memoir, Coalition. “It will only really be of help to stupid, ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Solidarity Over Competition

As always, I loosely summarize/transcribe the important bits below. THE PROBLEMS: This is an astonishing moment in history. The human species has been around for about 200,000 years. Up until this point, people have made decisions about their lives, their immediate futures, but we’ve now reached the point that we have to make a decision ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Solidarity Over Competition

As always, I loosely summarize/transcribe the important bits below. THE PROBLEMS: This is an astonishing moment in history. The human species has been around for about 200,000 years. Up until this point, people have made decisions about their lives, their immediate futures, but we’ve now reached the point that we have to make a decision ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Abi Wilkinson argues that we can’t expect to take anger and other emotions out of political conversations when government choices have created nothing but avoidable stress for so many: Actions can certainly be morally unacceptable. In my opinion, emotions cannot. Really, it’s a manifestation of extreme privilege to ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), questioning why so many of our political leaders spend so much time talking about pipelines which are neither economically necessary nor environmentally sustainable. For further reading…– J. David Hughes’ study cited in the column is here (PDF). And Bruce Cheadle reported on the federal government’s internal analysis showing that Canada’s current transport ...

Things Are Good: The Aral Sea Rises Again

The Aral Sea was once one of the largest lakes in the world, but today all that remains is just two small lakes. Insanely bad environmental practices killed the lake which has had negative impacts on nature (obviously) and on humans who used to live on the shore. Since the sea was declared dead years ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Climate Change Grief – It’s a Bummer

Bill Nye created a 44 minute synopsis of climate change grief with weird interludes from Arnold Schwartzenegger playing the part of a psychiatrists taking Nye through the classic five stages, fudging them a bit as they go. There are some excellent pieces of information and ideas in here though (summarized with some of my own ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Climate Change Grief – It’s a Bummer

Bill Nye created a 44 minute synopsis of climate change grief with weird interludes from Arnold Schwartzenegger playing the part of a psychiatrists taking Nye through the classic five stages, fudging them a bit as they go. There are some excellent pieces of information and ideas in here though (summarized with some of my own ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: In or Out? Democracy, the EU, and the Fate of the Earth

The people of Britain have now voted to leave the EU. That vote has deeper and more far-ranging consequences than many people realize. Among other things, it means the beginning of the dissolution and death of the EU. And I would say that is a very good thing, for the reasons I’ve outlined here. The ...

Cowichan Conversations: Natives Developing Sustainable Programs for the Central Coast

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Danny Dorling writes about the importance of empathy and kindness in establishing the basis for a more equal society: When you cannot empathise with another group, it is very hard to think kindly towards them. It is when you feel “all in it together” or at least “there ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – In the wake of yesterday’s Brexit vote, David Dayen points out how the failure of technocratic policy left many voters believing they had nothing to lose in abandoning the European Union. Dawn Foster highlights the role Conservative-driven austerity played on that front. And Owen Jones comments on what ...