Excited Delirium: A few updates from our corporate overlords

Just another day in corporate serfdom. Nestle and Monsanto caught f*#king with the food chain again while putting humans in chains.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It was a good Holiday

I had a good New Years and Christmas holidays. A shipping error, in my favour, was perhaps the most notable event. The weather was cold, and it’ll be -25 or colder at night this week, which hasn’t happened that long since perhaps last January. Was too busy to blog, but there was a letter in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Tom Clark, we are going to miss you.

That has to be some kind of a make-up or lighting trick. How can Global Television’s Tom Clark look so young and yet admit to 40 years in broadcasting? When he announced his retirement on his New Year’s day West Block program, it came as a surprise. But having been there for Tom’s remarkable career ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 52: Let’s recap 2016 … sorry, it’s the law.

Yeah, yeah,  I know. It was a terrible year. One of the worst in recent memory. But the rule for anyone who writes a weekly blog or column is that you must write some sort of year-end recap. So, with apologies, here we go. Newsmaker of the Year Is there any doubt about this? Donald Trump, ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 51: The week with no Stuff Still Happens blog

So, what’s there to report on the week before Christmas? Well, there was a terrorist attack in Berlin that killed 12 people. Who wants to even think about that on Christmas? Another pathetic loser ruins the lives of much better people. Don’t want to talk about that. Then there’s the horrendous event in Spruce Grove, ...

Left Over: Just Woke Up….

I know it’s been a long, long time since I posted..I’ve been in shock for so many  weeks now,  just  sort of  coming out of it  a bit..but instead of nattering on and on about what a ho… Source: Just Woke Up….

Left Over: Just Woke Up….

I know it’s been a long, long time since I posted..I’ve been in shock for so many  weeks now,  just  sort of  coming out of it  a bit..but instead of nattering on and on about what a horrible scary year it  has been I’d like to take this opportunity to  thank those of you  who ...

Parchment in the Fire: Italy Needs Expansionary Fiscal Policy to Escape Six-Year Recession

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18005:Italy-Needs-Expansionary-Fiscal-Policy-to-Escape-Six-Year-Recession Filed under: Uncategorized

Excited Delirium: Should we have a carbon tax or end carbon deductions?

We allow businesses to deduct carbon while punishing those that don’t with regressive carbon taxes. Why? Why not just put an end to carbon deduction with taxes?

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 50 : Why won’t this horrible year just END?

A meltdown of humanity. That vivid phrase was used this week by a UN spokesman, in reference to the final days of the battle for Aleppo. It’s not a bad way to describe most of 2016. Aleppo is the largest city in Syria. It is several thousand years old, and was once a vibrant, thriving ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Climate Change Explained in 165 Words

Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist The moon has no atmosphere so it is scorching hot (+100C) during the day and bitterly cold (-150C) at night. The Earth has an atmosphere made up of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases. Over 150 years ago scientists proved that CO2 traps heat from the sun. We ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: North Dakota Wind Beats Saskatchewan Coal

2. How about neighbour North Dakota?Coal 4185 MWGas 248 MWWind 1759 MWYou could REPLACE either Coal or Gas in #skpoli with ND's #wind — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) December 13, 2016 4. Wall's government and Harper's spent more than $1,400,000,000 on #CCS, and it produces so far little more than 100MW. <10% ND #Wind — John ...

Excited Delirium: The Very Small Handful of Companies that Rule Our Lives

This is GREAT stuff!  Fun Sunday reading, for sure. If you were in any doubt about who calls the shots, it’s not us.  It’s THEM. Here are a few copy/pastes of the key players in global corporate domination: 1. Consumer Goods 2. Beer 3. Cars 4. Airlines 5. Financial Companies 6. Studios & Media Companies ...

Excited Delirium: The Official 9/11 Story … Shredded

15+ years later, the official story of 9/11 continues to erode under the evidence. What’s your take on the ‘official’ story?

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 49: On the ‘lock her up’ chant, and the woman they DID lock up.

Last Saturday, the right-wing rabble rouser, Ezra Levant, roused the rabble just enough to host an anti-carbon tax rally at the Alberta legislature. The crowd of probably a few hundred heard the usual stuff from the usual suspects, and the event was mostly uneventful. The Edmonton Journal’s story on the rally, in the Monday paper, ...

TaylorOwen.com: Can Journalism be Virtual?

I have an article in the Columbia Journalism Review that explores virtual reality, Facebook, the challenges of doing journalism in and on virtual realities, and the importance of holding platform companies accountable for the worlds they are building.  Full piece is here, below is from the introduction: As Facebook and others begin researching and developing technologies ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Spreading stupid stuff on the Internet.

You have got to be kidding! Are there that many people who actually believe what they read on the Internet? As someone who was accessing databases on remote computers before the Internet became a reality, you learned to never accept any information without considering the source and why they posted the information. And if Donald ...

Parchment in the Fire: Wolfgang Streeck: ‘Look at London – it’s a second Rome. This is what an empire looks like’ | Books | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/09/wolfgang-streeck-the-german-economist-calling-time-on-capitalism Filed under: Uncategorized

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The new Canadian $10 Bill

Canada is finally putting a woman on the front of a bank note (other than the Queen, of course). The first will be Viola Desmond, who will replace Sir John A. MacDonald. Extraordinary bravery of Viola Desmond who will now appear on Canada's $10 bill. Via Heritage Minutes. https://t.co/GF4gyCWj8W #MakeItRight — Chris Fisher (@FisherSpeaks) December ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: IT Problem At Saskatchewan Government

What’s going on? Trying to communicate with #skpoli gov't?Don't bother. E-mail server, website all still down. — Murray Mandryk (@MMandryk) December 7, 2016 server down all day. No gov't news releases. So the question is: How many of the govt's 400 communication officers still filed for overtime? — Murray Mandryk (@MMandryk) December 7, 2016 We ...

Parchment in the Fire: How EU Policies Have Fueled Economic Stagnation

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=17116 Filed under: Uncategorized

Parchment in the Fire: Italian Referendum Defeat is No Victory for the Right Wing

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=17853 Filed under: Uncategorized

Parchment in the Fire: Austrian Presidential Election Shows How United Front Politics Can Defeat the Far Right

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=17852 Filed under: Uncategorized

Parchment in the Fire: Democracy Against Neoliberalism | Jacobin

Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reform was politically illegitimate in method and antidemocratic in content. We should celebrate its rejection. Source: Democracy Against Neoliberalism | Jacobin Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Italy

Babel-on-the-Bay: The slippery slide to sophistry.

Not all communications from readers are complimentary. There was a reader the other day who accused us of the dastardly use of comma splices. It was only by Googling ‘comma splice’ that we found out the nature of the problem. It seems we were being pilloried for using commas where you really need a colon ...