Politics and its Discontents: Our Paradoxical Species

Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably knows that I am something of a cynic when it comes to our species. Sure, there are many exceptions, but as a whole, we seem oblivious to our obligations to the world around us. Cossetted by our conveniences, our technologies and our bloated lifestyles, we far too often ...

Politics and its Discontents: Our Paradoxical Species

Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably knows that I am something of a cynic when it comes to our species. Sure, there are many exceptions, but as a whole, we seem oblivious to our obligations to the world around us. Cossetted by our conveniences, our technologies and our bloated lifestyles, we far too often ...

Politics and its Discontents: Friends In High Places: The NEB Continues Its Bromance With Enbridge

Last week I posted a story about the National Energy Board taking pity on Enbridge, reducing a fine levied against the energy delivery giant for the damage it caused to private property in Manitoba. Unfortunately, we now learn that this was just the start of a flurry of absolutions granted the company. The National Observer’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: Enbridge Shirks Its Moral Responsibility

The National Observer reports the following: Enbridge Inc. will save $22,000 after convincing Canada’s pipeline enforcement agency that it shouldn’t have been punished for failing to help neighbouring landowners with property damage. The savings will come after the National Energy Board agreed to water down a $100,000 penalty for significant damage that Alberta-based Enbridge, Canada’s ...

Dead Wild Roses: Wake Up Call – Animated Short

A tonic against the slash and burn capitalism we’re supposed to worship. Filed under: Education Tagged: Capitalism, Environmental Destruction, Supply Chains, Wake Up Call

Politics and its Discontents: A Response From The Mound Of Sound

The Mound of Sound, who knows a great deal about the topic, offered the following response to my post on our hubris and our folly. Thanks for posting that video, Lorne. Any species that cannot live in harmony with its environment, that even comes to dominate and overwhelm its environment is inherently parasitic and self-extinguishing. ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Next System Project

Bloggers far more skilled and knowledgeable that I have written extensively about how our societal systems are broken. Whether we look at the current model of rapacious capitalism, environmental non-regulation, fraying medical and social support programs, it is obvious that almost everything is largely rigged in favour of the few, not the many, with the ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Dangers Are Only Too Apparent And Predictable

I was taking a bit of a break from blogging today when this came up, a sobering object lesson in the environmental disasters that we flirt with on the West Coast: A 135-metre container ship laden with bunker and diesel fuel is adrift off the west coast of Haida Gwaii, the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Effective Counter To Oil Companies’ Greenwash Propaganda

The following definition of greenwashing is offered by Wikipedia: Greenwashing (a compound word modelled on “whitewash”), or “green sheen,”[1][2] is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization’s products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly. Most of us, I am sure, have ...

Politics and its Discontents: "I’ve Gone To The Dark Side": A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

I received this essay from Mound yesterday. He asked me to read it carefully before deciding whether to post it, given its dark, apocalyptic overtones. I acquiesced in the Mound’s request and concluded there was no way I would not put it on my blog, dealing as it does with issues and truths that, as ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

I have missed reading the Mound of Sound since he put his blog, The Disaffected Lib, on hiatus about five weeks ago. A man of wide-ranging interests and passions, his posts on climate change and politics never failed to catch my attention and stimulate my own reading and research. Yesterday I received an email from ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Reminder

In light of the National Energy Board’s rubber stamping of the Enbridge Line 9 reversal with very few safeguards, here is a timely reminder of the inherent dangers of pipelines: Post by West Coast Native News. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Good Question

But what is the answer? Re: ‘Golden age’ for Poland caps 500 years of pain, Dec. 22 Seeing the statement “communism’s iron grip” was too much. What about capitalism’s iron grip? Communism has come and gone in Poland, Russia and many other countries. But we have endured capitalism for centuries and it shows no sign ...

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: David Letterman On Fracking

This was most gratifying to see, although I was puzzled by the laughter that periodically erupted from the audience: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Master of the Universe Speaks

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson: ‘What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers? Chilling, vile, and depraved words. H/t Nathan Cullen Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Tim Speaketh Again

The only trouble is, everytime he does, he affirms his incompetence. Yes, young Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, has weighed in on yet another ‘obstruction’ that he believes can be remediated through his simplistic prism. This time it is that pesky perennial problem of those darned endangered species, or more ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Insane Country, Or An Insane Government?

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By that standard, we can perhaps infer that Canada is insane. As we are reminded in a very interesting column by Thomas Walkom in this morning’s Star, Canada has a long history of staking its economic well-being ...

Politics and its Discontents: Wherever We Go, Our Presence Is Felt

Well. I’m back from hiatus, but too tired to post anything of my own, so I leave you with this video I just came across. Unfortunately, ‘enjoy’ is not the correct verb to use in relation to its sobering reminder of our depredations: Recommend this Post

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Animated Version Of Franke James’ Visual Essay “What’s Harper Afraid Of?”

Enjoy the video and watch Franke James artfully connect the dots. What is Harper Afraid Of? from Franke James on Vimeo. After you’ve watched this remember that there are real “radicals” involving themselves in Canada’s politics and they are not any of the environmental charities that the Harper government is spending $8 million dollars of ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Animated Version Of Franke James’ Visual Essay "What’s Harper Afraid Of?"

Enjoy the video and watch Franke James artfully connect the dots. What is Harper Afraid Of? from Franke James on Vimeo. After you’ve watched this remember that there are real “radicals” involving themselves in Canada’s politics and they are not any of the environmental charities that the Harper government is spending $8 million dollars of ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Animated Version Of Franke James’ Visual Essay “What’s Harper Afraid Of?”

Enjoy the video and watch Franke James artfully connect the dots. What is Harper Afraid Of? from Franke James on Vimeo. After you’ve watched this remember that there are real “radicals” involving themselves in Canada’s politics and they are not any of the environmental charities that the Harper government is spending $8 million dollars of ...