In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 40: The photo-op PM wearing thin

The bloom is off the Justin Trudeau rose, and the opposition (and much of the media) is in full attack mode. The government is in mid-term stumble right now, lurching from one self-imposed miscue from the other. The government’s attempts at tax reforms – always promoted as aimed only at the very rich and in ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Loss For Canada And Our World

Gord Downie was the pride of our nation: Chantal Kreviazuk https://t.co/BnNLhznllF — chantal (@chantalkreviaz) October 20, 2017 He's our Rock Pounding Father of Canadian music, and he's gone. https://t.co/UHsCnPR2lR — Saskboy (@saskboy) October 18, 2017

TaylorOwen.com: Is Facebook a threat to democracy?

I have an oped in the Globe today in reaction to Facebook’s Canadian Election Integrity Initiative. In short, I think we are missing the structural problem: The system of surveillance capitalism that has resulted in a market for our attention.  Here is a twitter thread that elaborates on this, And here is is the oped.  Lead: ...

TaylorOwen.com: Lecture on Fakenews and democracy

Technology and new media are facilitating a rapid shift in the ways in which we consume news. In the shift from print to digital, companies like Facebook – and the algorithms it engineers – are replacing traditional editors and publishers.  The result is “surveillance capitalism”: a powerful system that can target specific groups to sell ...

Parchment in the Fire: Precarious Employment and Working Poverty in ‘Post-Crisis’ Greece

In a September post on the Social Europe website, Syriza MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis claimed that Greece is now ‘exiting the crisis.’ To support his claim, he cites data suggesting that investment is ‘back on track’, exports have risen 18% – the highest rate since 2001 – and that unemployment has fallen to 21%, down from ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Does blogging have purpose?

After working on this blog for the past nine years, I am starting to wonder what the hell is the objective. As much as I call it a commentary, it is what it is: a vanity blog. It is just a hobby. It is an opportunity to vent and to titillate a few hundred readers. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: “Flabbergasting”

“Flabbergasting” If you need to hear every Conservative talking point repeated without a thought in the world, try the Regina Chamber CEO’s take on CTV: “Nation building” “tidewater” “energy independence” “What’s in the best interest of the country” “a lot of money that comes from the United States that fuels these environmental groups” “Stand up ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 39: The world of perpetual crisis

I’m too young to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis (what a pleasure, for once, to be ‘too young’ to remember something). From what I know of it, it sounds like a truly terrifying time. The USSR was installing nukes on Cuba, within easy reach of the U.S. mainland. The U.S., not surprisingly, objected. This resulted ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Who is it going to be: Nenshi or Smith?

This Monday Calgary voters will elect their mayor. The winner will be expected to lead Calgary out of one of the worst economic downturns it has experienced in decades.  So, who is it going to be:  Naheed Nenshi, the confident qualified candidate or Bill Smith, the congenial but underqualified candidate? When Calgarians are asked why ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Update on Jimbo’s Minimum Wage Wager

It’s been over a week now since I challenged the authors of 5 business-friendly economic reports to a friendly wager over the future trajectory of employment in provinces that are raising their minimum wage to $15 per hour.  The challenge was issued in my Globe and Mail column of October 3. I was responding to ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Twitter Suspended Victim

Some days (most days) Twitter really sucks at limiting abuse, and supporting victims of the same. People wonder why it's so hard for women to come forward with their stories and then #RoseMcGowan gets suspended from @Twitter #ROSEARMY — Julia Elizabeth (@julaelizabeth) October 12, 2017 Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 38: Trans Canada pulls the plug; Vegas joins the club

Pipeline builder Trans Canada dropped a bomb on the Liberal government on Thursday when it cancelled its $15.7-billion proposed Energy East pipeline, which was designed to carry 1.1-million barrels a day of Western crude to Eastern refineries and export terminals.. The reason, according to Trans Canada: “changed circumstances”. Hmmm. An answer that deliberately vague allows ...

Parchment in the Fire: Macron Leans Further Right as His Popularity Tanks

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20150:Macron-Leans-Further-Right-as-His-Popularity-Tanks Filed under: Uncategorized

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #CrudePower The Price of Oil tonight at #UofR

We haven't ignored the sour gas story in SE sask. We broke the story two years ago https://t.co/DQFhI1m7pY — Geoff Leo (@gleocbc) October 4, 2017 So this is the resulting attention from that story 2 years ago. Does the public not care, or is it being silenced? #CrudePower #PriceofOil pic.twitter.com/XEIxzp6Aqi — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) October ...

Chris Tindal: Gun violence is male violence

As I went to bed last night I wondered about the colour of the shooter’s skin, and what that would mean for how we labeled his actions and what we did about them. If he was brown, we’d call him a terrorist and use him as an excuse to punish other brown people. If he was ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 37: Terrorism in my backyard

You know that it could happen in your town. You just don’t expect that it will. I went to the Edmonton Eskimo game last night, and as I entered the stadium I was struck by how much security there is today. Bags are searched, and for some reason wands were used to check random fans ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What A Week

A week ago my Dad passed away from complications due to his cancer treatments. I last saw him in person 3 weeks ago on Labour Day Sunday, and he seemed to be doing about as well as anyone who has been through months of chemotherapy. Earlier in the week my Godmother, Betty Klein, also passed ...

In-Sights: Punditry rings hollow

I originally published A false notion in June 2010 and repeated it two years later. It came to mind after Postmedia’s senior west coast pundit wrote B.C. Hydro’s Site C promises ring hollow. I wrote the old article after Vaughn Palmer finally noticed the BC Rail scandal had Liberals mired in rough and unpredictable terrain. Eventually, ...

Excited Delirium: Questioning the Direction of Public Spending

Hundreds of billions spent on roads and defense while people are still getting whacked by trains and kids suffer in hot classrooms like puppies in a locked car. Our priorities are a mess.

Excited Delirium: Sports = Tribalism = Politics

The idea of modern sports is actually very tribal in its nature, pitting ‘us’ against ‘them’. Therefore, sports events that feature rivals from different countries or regions are by definition political.

Parchment in the Fire: Far-Right Enters Germany’s Parliament for First Time in 60 Years

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20062:Far-Right-Enters-Germany%27s-Parliament-for-First-Time-in-60-Years Filed under: Uncategorized

Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s Economy is Growing, but Leaving Most Spaniards Behind

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20003:Spain%27s-Economy-is-Growing%2C-but-Leaving-Most-Spaniards-Behind Filed under: Uncategorized

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 36: Trudeau vs. Trump

Donald Trump, the increasingly, dangerously irrational U.S. president, addressed the UN General Assembly this week. So, too, did Justin Trudeau, the poster boy for all that is liberal in the world. Their addresses could not be more different, which is to be expected. And thank God for that. Trump was terrible, as expected. He gave ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The worst news

For those who didn't get to meet him, here he is in the National Film Board short film about Wood Mountain, Sask. https://t.co/emQenWXNeP — Saskboy (@saskboy) September 22, 2017

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: More Vague First World Problems

I made a large purchase last week Tuesday, and have had problems paying for it. Oh, I’ve got the money, I mean I’ve had some difficulty sending it to the seller. I put a deposit down instantly over the phone by credit card, that was easy enough, but sending the bulk of the funds due ...