Politics and its Discontents: Can You Imagine?

I have always believed, and still do, that one of the essentials for bringing about real political change is knowledge. To be aware of and informed about the key issues is, in many ways, to be engaged. However, I now also realize, after watching the George Monbiot video posted by The Mound the other day, ...

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: "The Cancer Of Inequality"

In a recent post well-worth reading, The Mound reflected on the decline of support for liberal democracy. Today, Star readers respond to an article carried by the paper entitled, How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’. Their message is clear: inequality is at the root of the problem, fostered and promoted by the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Commentary On Trump’s Supporters

Receiving and responding to the comments of thoughtful and well-informed people is one of the reasons I maintain this blog. Yesterday I put up a post entitled, How Stupid Are Trump Supporters? It featured a Hulu show in which a convener pretends to be conducting a focus group study into the effectiveness of ads Trump ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Commentary On Trump’s Supporters

Receiving and responding to the comments of thoughtful and well-informed people is one of the reasons I maintain this blog. Yesterday I put up a post entitled, How Stupid Are Trump Supporters? It featured a Hulu show in which a convener pretends to be conducting a focus group study into the effectiveness of ads Trump ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post: Putting Ourselves Under The Microscope

In response to my post yesterday, The Mound of Sound offered the following observations, which I am featuring as a guest post. The Mound has made an intensive study of the environmental and climatic perils we have created, and his insights are ones none of us can afford to ignore: I fear, Lorne, that we ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post: Putting Ourselves Under The Microscope

In response to my post yesterday, The Mound of Sound offered the following observations, which I am featuring as a guest post. The Mound has made an intensive study of the environmental and climatic perils we have created, and his insights are ones none of us can afford to ignore: I fear, Lorne, that we ...

Politics and its Discontents: More On James Forcillo

H/t Toronto Star In response to yesterday’s post, both the Salamander and the Mound of Sound offered some interesting commentary. The Salamander has experience in dealing with troubled and armed youth, as you will see, and The Mound has had careers both in journalism and the law. I am therefore reproducing their respective observations below: ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Divine Wrath

Two posts by the Mound of Sound during my absence amply demonstrated the ongoing derangement of the religious right. One suggested that God was not happy with the good folks of San Bernadinao and hence declined to intervene to save those massacred there last week. The other was a suggestion by Jerry Falwell Jr. on ...

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: Creative, But Incomplete, Solutions

If you read The Mound of Sound regularly, you will understand that there is no quick fix for the myriad problems the world faces. As he has pointed out on more than one occasion, threats like climate change cannot be viewed in isolation. It is only part of a wide panoply of interrelated ills that ...

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Yesterday, The Mound of Sound had a post on the role that Pope Francis is playing in the climate change debate. Given his growing moral authority and extensive popularity throughout the world, those with vested interests in retaining the status quo that is destroying the earth, and their aiders and abettors, (Stephen Harper et alia), ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Response To Russell Brand

Yesterday, I posted a video of Russell Brand excoriating the absence of any real choice when it comes to the vision offered by various political parties. His argument is that they are all essentially cut from the same cloth. A theme close to The Mound of Sound’s heart, he offered the following comments: Thanks for ...

Politics and its Discontents: Russell Brand’s Latest

This one is for my friend The Mound of Sound who, I think, would agree with the sentiments expressed. One thing you can say about Russell Brand – whether or not you agree with everything he says, he always gives us something to think about. Post by Educateinspirechange.org. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: With An Eye To The Future

It is to state the obvious that all progressives long for the day that the Harper regime is ousted from office. What is not so obvious, however, is what shape our country will take once that happens. There are those who place their faith in Justin Trudeau. Others look with hope to Thomas Mulcair. And ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Disaffected Lib Is Back!

For those many who have been following the Mound of Sounds’ posts on my blog for the past while, good news: he has reactivated his blog, The Disaffected Lib. Mound tells me that he intends to pursue various topics related to climate change and sea level rise; given the depth of his research, scholarship and ...

Politics and its Discontents: Poilievre Declares War on "Radical Unions"

Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib: Pierre Backpfeifengesicht Poilievre has declared Conservative war on Canada’s “radical” unions and their electoral meddling. The Parliamentary Punk has sent out a letter asking for 5-dollar contributions to help the CPC fight back the union menace in the next general election. Poilievre has singled out Sid Ryan and the ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Old Rumour Resurfaces. Will Charest Step Up When Harper Stands Down?

Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib: An old friend of mine from Ottawa is a veteran Tory with roots going back to the Stanfield years. A couple of years ago my friend mentioned Jean Charest as a possible successor to Stephen Harper. I’ve heard that rumour off and on since then but nothing ever came ...

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Called "Nuisance Flooding"

Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib: It’s the latest term spawned by climate change – “nuisance flooding.” According to Insurance Journal, nuisance flooding is the periodic flooding being experienced due to rising sea levels. Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in nuisance flooding – which causes such public inconveniences ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Stark Prediction of Sea Level Rise By 2040

Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib: There have been a number of reports over the past year or two that, taken collectively, seem to point to major changes underway in the Arctic. It’s not one thing but a number of changes that are synergistic, each building on the other. These include the rapidly warming Arctic ...

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Getting Worse, Fast, and We’re Not Getting Ready

“It” refers to severe storm events of the type that flooded Toronto and Calgary in 2013 and that deluged Burlington just days ago. Environment Canada’s senior climatologist David Phillips warns that governments need to plan for a lot more of these wild weather events. “These [once in] 50-year floods are occurring every 10 years, because ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another F-35 Weakness Confirmed

It’s hard to get an accurate critique of the F-35’s shortcomings from its maker, Lockheed Martin, or from its key customer, the United States Air Force. They spare no effort to gloss over problems with this worrisome warplane but, bit by bit, information does emerge. Aviation Week reports that the USAF, which is still years ...

Politics and its Discontents: Tar Sands Refinery Cries "Uncle" on Climate Change – Seeks Taxpayer Bailout

The Delaware City Refining Company doesn’t just refine oil, it refines bitumen from the Tar Sands. The company, however, is intensely aware of the dangers of climate change, so much so in fact that it’s seeking tax dollars to protect its refinery from “tidal encroachment” – another way of saying sea level rise. The Delaware ...

Politics and its Discontents: Did They Get Yours?

A Russian criminal gang is said to have stolen internet credentials including 1.2-billion username and password combinations plus half a billion e-mail addresses. Milwaukee-based, Hold Security, says the data was hacked from some 420,000 web sites. The company says confidentiality agreements prevent it from disclosing the names of web sites that were hacked but allowed ...

Politics and its Discontents: Don’ Worry, Be Happy – It’s Only the Arctic So Who Cares?

You know when you’ve eaten something dodgy and you get that rumbling in your guts that tells you this is no time to go too far from the throne? Well, that’s sort of what may be going on in the Arctic right now. There’s a definite rumbling across the far North that portends potentially explosive ...