Politics and its Discontents: An Ugly And Growing Reality

Although I have written before about the terrible problem of plastic pollution that is strangling the world in general, and our oceans and marine life in particular, it seems that we can never be reminded too often about the terrible toll our self-indulgent lifestyles exact. While it is true to some extent that we are ...

Politics and its Discontents: He Takes A Nice Selfie, But Secrecy Is His Real Forté

Those of us who follow politics fairly closely know that there is frequently less than meets the eye in the Trudeau government. Certainly, the Prime Minister talks a reasonably good game, and his selfies are world-renowned, but scratch the surface and you will find increasing evidence that the emperor is, at the very least, scantily-clad. ...

Politics and its Discontents: What A Mess

I suspect that most people in the West realize to some extent the self-indulgence of drinking bottled water, not to mention the many other liquids that are conveyed to the consumer in just the same manner. The next time we reach for one, we should all feel suitably ashamed of and disgusted with ourselves. Industry ...

Politics and its Discontents: But Are They Listening?

Unless we live in complete and willful ignorance, all of us are aware, on at least a minimal level, of the perils currently confronting and engulfing our world. Those perils, which some refer to as the sixth extinction, are real, and their magnitude is such that few seem willing or able to confront them in ...

Politics and its Discontents: Just Imagine

Just imagine what could be accomplished if people drank tap water, not bottled water. It is, unfortunately, all too symptomatic of the egocentric and selfish lives we lead that few are willing to give up even something as minor as this. The pleasure principle surely prevails, eh? Oh, and cutting back on soft drinks would ...

Politics and its Discontents: Things Are Bad

But they are going to get much, much worse. The first study to integrate all prior scientific research in order to project approximately when climate change will produce permanent catastrophic consequences has been accepted and will soon be published in the scientific journal Nature, and it finds that things will start going haywire in the ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Unity Of Purpose

In these polarized times, it seems that two age groups are often looked upon by the media in almost absolutist terms. We are told, for example, that people over the age of 65 are the most likely to vote (about 75 per cent did so in the 2011 election), and that their support predominantly goes ...

Politics and its Discontents: Why Isn’t This Getting Wider Coverage?

While this story seems most timely and relevant, given the ongoing Council of the Federation meeting discussing pipeline growth, I couldn’t even find a reference to it in this morning’s Toronto Star. It should be front-page news. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Earth’s Future Is Our Future

While I have deeply-held spiritual beliefs, I do not for a moment think that transcendent agency was involved in humanity’s appearance on the earth. In my view, we just happened to arise owing to the potential inherent in the universe for development toward greater and greater complexity. To assume otherwise is to embrace a hubris ...

Cowichan Conversations: Pope Francis Steps Up Campaign on Climate Change — Conservatives Alarmed

Climate Change concerns have been swept under the rug as much as possible by those despoiling our planet for profit. Resistance has been widespread and gathering credible currency as the drought in California, water shortages Read more…

Politics and its Discontents: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Plenty. When construction crews begin digging a new canal this month across Nicaragua, connecting the Pacific and Atlantic, it’ll be a boon to global shipping and, the government says, to the economy of the second-poorest nation in the Americas. But activists, scientists and others are increasingly alarmed by the environmental impact of a 173-mile artificial ...

Politics and its Discontents: Kinder Morgan: Message From Ralphie

This is my mad face: Kinder Morgan wants him charged with assault. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Possibly The Most Important 60-Minutes You’ve Spent In A Good, Long While

Guardian enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, delivers a stark warning and a call to arms in this year’s Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute address. Monbiot warns that we’re about to feed the environment into the gaping maw of the financial sector so responsible for its current degradation. Monbiot says that neo-liberalism will complete the devastation of our ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Right Wing Instructs Us On Our Errors In Thinking

Benighted soul that I am, I did not realize the myriad errors of thinking I have fallen prey to. Happily, University of Toronto geography professor Pierre Desrochers has set me straight on a few things: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Nature And The Heavy Hand Of Humanity

As difficult as this is to watch, we all have a responsibility to bear witness to our collective folly: Post by HelaNada.com – A Brand New Experience. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Tale of Intimidation At TransCanada Corporation

Despite the best efforts of the Harper government to make its own addiction to the fossil fuel agenda the Canadian people’s as well, increasing numbers are voicing their concern and opposition to the expansion of the Alberta tarsands through new pipelines. And evidence is mounting that those concern are wholly justified and not simply the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Think This Couldn’t Happen Here?

It already has, many, many times. Given the Harper cabal’s abysmal record on the environment, this is surely a timely cautionary reminder for Canadians: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Police Intimidation Tactics: The Knock At The Door And The Telephone Call

The other day I wrote a post based on Thomas Walkom’s coluumn detailing the intimidation tactics being utilized by the Ontario Province Police againt those in the Kincardine area opposed to their land being the site of a proposed nuclear waste dump site. Many of those planning to make their opposition known at hearings into ...

Politics and its Discontents: "I Am The One Who Knocks"

For the past several years, my attention has been riveted on a show called Breaking Bad, without doubt one of the greatest television series ever produced, ranking right up there with The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. The tale of a chemistry teacher (played by the incredibly talented Bryan Cranston) who becomes a ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Price Of Our Heedlessness – A Sobering Saturday Morning Video

Although brief, this video shows the terrible cost of our ‘disposable’ lifestyles: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Reminder Of Our Place

As our Cuban friends’ visit continues, we are trying to give them a sampling of life in Canada. Yesterday we went to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; the first exhibition hall we entered there was the one devoted to Canada’s aboriginal peoples, where we came upon a work by Norval Morriseau entitled Migration, depicted ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Commercial NBC Refused To Air

According to Salon.com, this anti-Keystone pipeline ad was pulled at the last minute by NBC. I guess the CBC isn’t the only network that has grown sheepish of late. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Pensée Du La Jour

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Politics and its Discontents: Perhaps Its Time To Stop Talking And Start Acting?

For obvious reasons. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Grim Reminder Of Who Is Leading Our Country

It’s a dreary rainy morning in my part of the country, so this rather grim reminder of present political realities seems appropriate if one is familiar with the notion of pathetic fallacy. H/t Scott Monette Recommend this Post