Babel-on-the-Bay: The price of success for Netflix.

As Netflix keeps adding to millions of subscribers, so do the costs to customers. There is no free lunch and what started as the poor man’s alternative to network programming has become a ravenous giant in the network TV class. And giants are noticed. How long will it be before the taxman comes calling? Netflix ...

Parchment in the Fire: Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/apr/20/yanis-varoufakis-marx-crisis-communist-manifesto?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Hire Organ Donor Transplant Doctors

Saskatchewan has a big problem in our health care system. The last Premier, Wall, promised to do something about this, but nothing got fixed. Premier Moe may be too busy picking a fight with B.C. to ask his Health Minister(s) to hire a small team of doctors to ensure donor organs are collected and given ...

Earthgauge News: Earthgauge Radio – April 17, 2018

https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/earthgaugeradio-forair-18-04-17.mp3 Edition #14 of Earthgauge News for the week of April 16, 2018. A weekly Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Join me here every week or subscribe to the podcast. On the show this week: Palm oil is being banned by a major UK supermarket The 2 ...

In This Corner: The Facebook list: What would Trippie Redd want with me?

Facebook founder and boss Mark Zuckerberg is probably one of the world’s most hated men, and not just because he looks like a glass-eyed troll who hasn’t seen sunlight in years and recoils from human touch. Zuckerberg testified for two days in the U.S. senate over questions about Facebook’s casual use of users’ personal data. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Reporter Was Right Before

When someone is correct multiple times about major events, it’s worth hearing what they have to say about the latest unfolding. Trump’s Presidency is crumbling, and if Americans wake up, it won’t last long into next year.

TaylorOwen.com: Globe and Mail oped: The era of Big Tech self-governance has come to an end

A piece in the Globe and Mail on the Zuckerberg hearings:   The era of Big Tech self-governance has come to an end Twenty years ago, another young Silicon Valley tycoon was grilled in front of the U.S. Congress. Then, as this week, Congressional leaders grandstanded, asked long-winded questions, and showed at times shocking ignorance about ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Went to Winnipeg

I went to Winnipeg on the weekend. A car rental was less than $70 for 4 days. While there I witnessed a U-Haul van driver gently crash into the car in front of him after I had waved him into the flow of traffic in my lane. I guess if I hadn’t waved him in, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Up Is Down In Moe Town

Will @CBCSask and @leaderpost and @620ckrm let the Premier continue to lie without being challenged?Does @ryanmeili or someone else have to say something first? Is there no permission to correct the Premier's lies?#skpoli #carbontax — Saskboy (@saskboy) April 3, 2018 Saskatchewan's emissions are going up, not down https://t.co/nlZxCrOsv3 pic.twitter.com/KspZuhpexX — Regina Leader-Post (@leaderpost) April 4, ...

Parchment in the Fire: French Austerity Program Provokes Growing Wave of Worker and Student Strikes

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:21529:French-Austerity-Program-Provokes-Growing-Wave-of-Worker-and-Student-Strikes

Babel-on-the-Bay: Premier Wynne’s nemesis.

If Premier Wynne really wants to keep her job in Ontario, I would suggest that she should make amends by first firing Ed Clarke as chair of the Liquor Control Board and of the Ontario Cannabis stores. Even at the price of one dollar per year, he is not worth it. She has given a ...

Earthgauge News: Earthgauge News – April 3, 2018

https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/mixdown-18-04-03.mp3 Edition #13 of Earthgauge News for the week of April 3, 2018 A weekly Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Join me here every week or subscribe in iTunes or your favourite podcast catcher. On the show this week: Two UBC students push for a plastic-free campus ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: A different kind of baseball.

It was as much as a surprise to me at the time as it was to those who know me. I fell in love with the Toronto Blue Jays. From opening day of the new SkyDome in Toronto in 1989, they were my Blue Jays. I think I have seen games from all five levels ...

In This Corner: On the contrary: The new Roseanne is bad.

The big news on the entertainment front today is the reboot of the classic TV comedy, Roseanne. The huge new cast of Roseanne, including TV’s most annoying new character. Can you guess who that is? The new season – returning more than 10 years after it outstayed its welcome by about three years  – was ...

TaylorOwen.com: Globe and Mail oped: The new rules for the internet

There has been lots of discussion lately about regulating social media but much less on what this might look like. Ben Scott (former tech policy for Obama & Clinton) and I suggest some options in The Globe and Mail. In short, it will take a broad new approach to how we think about governing the ...

In-Sights: Announcing the Merv Adey Memorial Fellowship

Merv Adey was a passionate British Columbian and a regular and welcome fixture in social media. Following his passing in 2017, a group of his friends sponsored a fellowship in his name to promote journalistic excellence and insightful debate on electoral reform.

The Progressive Economics Forum: A Tale of Two Books

Just published is Volume I of an exhaustive – occasionally exhausting – biography of Paul Samuelson. It’s titled Founder of Modern Economics: Paul A Samuelson Vol I: Becoming Samuelson, 1915-1948 and authored by Roger E Backhouse. The two books of my blog title are Foundations of Economic Analysis, published in 1947, a revision of Samuelson’s Harvard doctoral dissertation, in which ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Husky Might Be Fined

Husky has only been charged now by the Crown, for a spill nearly 2 years ago. Federal charges may be pending too. The provincial charges carry a possible fine of only $1M. Great deal for an oil company, to operate and ruin the water supply of Saskatchewan’s 3 largest city and many other people too. ...

In-Sights: Unsolved crimes, a cold case file

BC residents who read comments here and like places in social media will be familiar with the very articulate Lew Edwardson (@valtamtech on Twitter). Lew has had a particular interest in general matters of public integrity and in particular, the mouldering case of BC Rail. Lew has tried to interest corporate media members in examining ...

TaylorOwen.com: Ungoverned Space

I have an essay in CIGI’s new data governance series, called Ungoverned Space: How Surveillance Capitalism and AI Undermine Democracy. My key points are: The threat to democracy from misinformation is enabled by two structural problems in our digital infrastructure: the way data is collected and monetized (surveillance capitalism), and how our reality is algorithmically determined ...

Parchment in the Fire: European Left Divided Over Brexit

A panel of progressive parties of Europe discuss the UK’s plan for Brexit, with reps from the UK’s Labour Party, Spain’s Podemos, Greece’s Syriza and Germany’s Dei Linke — Read on therealnews.com/t2/story:21397:European-Left-Divided-Over-Brexit

In This Corner: Revisiting ‘the Wimp Factor’. Will it return?

For most of the 1970s, Canada had the coolest leader in the room. His name was Pierre Trudeau, and he was undeniably the hippest, coolest, and dare I say “grooviest” leader in the world. Trudeau was elected 50 years ago, the summer of ’68, surfing a wave of ‘Trudeaumania’. Later that same year, the U.S.A. ...

Earthgauge News: Earthgauge News – March 19, 2018

Edition #12 of Earthgauge News for the week of March 19, 2018 A weekly Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Join me here every week or subscribe in iTunes or your favourite podcast catcher. On the show this week: The winter of 2017-18 was been the warmest year ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Media release: Alberta needs a provincial sales tax

(March 20, 2018-Edmonton) Today, a coalition of researchers, economists, and members of civil society released an alternative budget to boost Alberta’s economic growth while reducing income inequality. “Alberta is on the road to recovery after a deep recession,” said economist Nick Falvo, “now is not the time to reverse the course.” The document, High Stakes, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Miami Bridge Collapses

Why did the ABC bridge have its pivot supports removed before the overhead support cables visible in the finished design were installed? Days ago: Community gathers to watch 950-ton bridge move across Southwest 8th Street Leonor Flores ’98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm ...