A Puff of Absurdity: Paying for It: On the Slow Death of Journalism

I watch Last Week Tonight pretty faithfully, but I do Monday mornings on YouTube rather than subscribe to HBO. Last night’s show was all about the problem with people like me who don’t pay for journalism: If we don’t pay for papers, we’re not going to have any more real journalism with any semblance of ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Paying for It: On the Slow Death of Journalism

I watch Last Week Tonight pretty faithfully, but I do Monday mornings on YouTube rather than subscribe to HBO. Last night’s show was all about the problem with people like me who don’t pay for journalism: If we don’t pay for papers, we’re not going to have any more real journalism with any semblance of ...

Montreal Simon: John Oliver On Why Elbowgate Isn’t a Real Scandal

I think that most sensible Canadians understand that elbowgate isn't a real scandal.No matter how loudly Ruth Ellen Brosseau screamed, or tried to look as if she had been shot.And that by trying to make a huge deal out of it the opposition is just looking ridiculous.So I'm glad to see that John Oliver also believes ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Scott Vrooman rightly makes the point that increased wealth at the top tends to splash outside a country’s borders rather than trickling down. And CBC News reports on how that process has been facilitated by KPMG and other firms wining and dining executives of the Canada Revenue ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Claire Provost writes that corporate trade agreements are designed to make it more difficult to pursue fair tax systems: Governments must be able to change their tax systems to ensure multinationals pay their fair share and to ensure that critical public services are well funded. States must also ...

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Perspective

…along with xenophobia, bigotry and demagoguery, the folks at Fox News would seem to be quite ignorant about their country’s own history. Here is a timely festive reminder of that history for those soon to be celebrating American Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is a refugee’s narrative. The first Thanksgiving (or at least, the event we now remember ...

The Canadian Progressive: John Oliver Rants Against Paris Attackers: “Fuck These Assholes”

Comedian John Oliver has the perfect response to the Islamic State-linked terrorists who carried out last Friday’s barbaric attack in Paris, France, killing 129 people. The post John Oliver Rants Against Paris Attackers: “Fuck These Assholes” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your election day reading. – Ed Finn discusses how neoliberalism is damaging Canada, and what we need to do to reverse its influence: Corporate influence on federal politics, the country’s flawed electoral system, and the staunch pursuit of a political and economic ideology since the 1980s that has threatened some of Canada’s ...

Dead Wild Roses: O Canada! Noticed by John Oliver for our Senate Fuss.

It must be a slow news week for JO and the Last Week Tonight Show as they spend a segment describing our Senate expense scandal.  Is it surprising that people with access to public funds are behaving irresponsibly, not really – but unlike JO, I think the money spent documenting our free-wheeling senators is a ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Sublime Madness

“You don’t fight fascism because you’re going to win. You fight fascism because it is fascist.”      – Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason I previously intended to write about Hedges’ new book, Wages of Rebellion, but I got thoroughly overcome by a rant that’s been building.  So here’s the gist of his writing ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Helping People Get Outraged

John Oliver’s show about surveillance is a must see: Amazing, right!?! But what sticks with me most, as a teacher and an environmentalist, is this line:  “Is this a conversation we [American citizens] have a capacity to have?” Bingo. When intelligent people speak passionately about what they think is most important for the world to ...

350 or bust: You Don’t Need People’s Opinion on a Fact

John Oliver gives us the best climate quote of 2014: * If you want to watch the whole fantastic segment where he tackles the “debate” over climate science, here it is:

Politics and its Discontents: Has Olive Garden Lost Its Way?

Although we didn’t eat at The Olive Garden this year when we visited our son in Edmonton, last year we did. It was quite disappointing, a far cry from years ago when we had the restaurant chain in Ontario. The following video perhaps explains why: Recommend this Post

Dead Wild Roses: America Is Shutting This Shit Down – John Oliver on Nuclear Weapons

The anniversary of World War I has been in the news as of late.  Solemn words have been said, and in Canada, the funny idea that somehow it forged our nation from a quaint backwater into a respected player on the world stage.  Sending people to die horrible deaths should not be the price of ...

Dead Wild Roses: GM – John Oliver – What Media *should* Be Doing.

Corporate ‘responsibility’ is put on display in this fine segment from John Oliver.     Filed under: Media Tagged: Black Humour, GM, John Oliver, State of the Media

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Paul Boothe responds to the C.D. Howe Institute’s unwarranted bias against public-sector investment: Is the public sector holding back provincial growth rates by crowding out private sector investment?  That’s the contention of a recent C.D. Howe paper by Philip Cross.  The paper provides a great case study ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Class Warfare CAUSED Income Inequality, Not the Opposite

Horatio Alger mythology is designed to make us leave the 1% alone and shut the fuck up. If you haven’t yet seen John Oliver’s amazing rant about the perils of inequality and how the rich shame us out of talking about it by suggesting we’re trying to invoke class warfare, you can see it below. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Jessica McDiarmid reports on the hazardous materials being shipped by rail across North America – and it’s particularly sad that Canadians can only learn about the risks being imposed on us through a U.S. guide. But lest we be under any illusions that our neighbours have an ...

Politics and its Discontents: Putting The Climate-Change ‘Debate’ Into Perspective

I think John Oliver does this rather effectively: And on a more sobering note, you might like to gnaw on this ominous nugget. Recommend this Post

350 or bust: John Oliver & Bill Nye The Science Guy on Climate Change “Debate”

John Oliver is hilarious and informative, as usual. Here’s a clip of brilliant satire from Last Week Tonight on the climate change “debate”. * Mother Jones: Watch John Oliver and Bill Nye Show Why Cable News Climate “Debates” Are So Ridiculous