Parchment in the Fire: The Italy to Come | Jacobin

If Italian voters reject Sunday’s constitutional referendum, the country could see a left revival in the name of popular democracy. Source: The Italy to Come | Jacobin Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Italy

Susan on the Soapbox: Two Pipelines Approved: The Opposition Reacts (badly)

Do you have a headache? Are you an Alberta conservative wondering how to react to Trudeau approving the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines and, horrors, singling out Notley’s Climate Leadership Plan as being vital to getting to yes? If so, your conservative leadership team has prepared a carefully considered, cogent response. Here’s what it ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 48: Why we (sigh) need pipelines

This week, the Trudeau government approved two pipelines, and rejected one other. Trudeau is winning lavish praise for his bold, statesmanlike decision in some quarters, hyperbolic, end-of-the-world scorn from others. Trudeau’s decision to allow two of three is simply the right thing to do, in some ways because we have no choice. The simple, sad ...

Excited Delirium: The Liars and Believers

Trudeau’s support of an eternity of carbon production proves that he’s just another lying politician.

Parchment in the Fire: Embedding neoliberalism in Greece: the transformation of collective bargaining and labour market policy in Greece during the Eurozone crisis

(2016). Embedding neoliberalism in Greece: the transformation of collective bargaining and labour market policy in Greece during the Eurozone crisis. Studies in Political Economy. Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1080/07078552.2016.1249129 Source: Embedding neoliberalism in Greece: the transformation of collective bargaining and labour market policy in Greece during the Eurozone crisis Filed under: Eurozone crisis, Uncategorized Tagged: ...

Excited Delirium: The CDC & Corporations: Profit Instead of People

A number of reports confirm my fears that the CDC in the US is a revolving door of scientists and the pharma industry, with everyone looking to make a buck, regardless of the impact on the health of the victims of vaccines. It’s time to demand science, not corporate profit-driven ‘scienticians’.

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 47: Tarnish on the golden boy

Is the shine coming off the golden boy? Justin Trudeau is under the gun these days for what appear to be, if not lapses in ethics, at least some questionable activities. The Liberals have stretched the fundraising rules to the breaking point, engaging in cash-for-access fundraisers where well-heeled folks get to hobnob with government ministers ...

Excited Delirium: Health: Fertilizing the Roots of Mistrust & Conspiracy

Science is all about accepting and learning from results, even if they work against your own hypothesis. Corporate science is all about throwing out results you don’t like. This is why I don’t trust our corporate-driven healthcare sector.

Excited Delirium: Ontario: This is what you get when Toronto doesn’t pay property tax!

Toronto’s plan to introduce road tolls is a great idea, but won’t address the real issue. Which is? Toronto isn’t charging enough property tax.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Predictions That Aren’t Fun

“Asia ramping up coal use. US returning to coal. Lets focus on tech like CCS not tax harming econ w/o real GHG impact” – Premier Wall This tweet from the Premier is going to look so ridiculous in less than 4 years. Seriously, re-read it in 2020.#skpoli #prediction https://t.co/BwLQv9foa8 — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 22, ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 46: Bird debate splits Canada! Or maybe not.

The fallout from the Nov. 8 U.S. election continued this week. And just like nuclear fallout, the devastation will be long term. President-elect Donald Trump (my fingers had a hard time typing that; they almost refused) announced that Steven Bannon would be his senior advisor. Bannon is a rabid right-winger – chief flame thrower of ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ten reasons to support first-past-the-post voting.

This is an updated version of the paper of the same name from the Democracy Papers of 2007. With the special committee of the house of commons due to report soon on their findings, it is something the committee needs to consider. First-past-the-post (FPTP) voting is an awkward name for simple, single-member constituency plurality voting. ...

Excited Delirium: How Soon Will Trump Be Impeached?

The prospect of a US government dominated by Republicans will likely delay the impeachment of US President-elect, but the evidence is mounting that Trump’s fantastic voyage to Washington will be cut short before he can actually lead the nation. I predicted a Trump win, and now I predict that Trump will be ousted within two ...

Excited Delirium: Petition to End Carding in London

Concerned about the Trump win in the US? How about the anti-gay, anti-abortion teen that just won the election in Niagara, Ontario? Take a stand.  Take a small, important healthy stand against this nonsense. Petition to end carding in London. Let’s not just have a few people in London fight this fight. (By the way, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paved Paradise Because Parking Was Already There

July 5th, 2016, after years of a mud pit following the rip-out of the previous playground: Now it looks like this again: Reasoning given:  A project of this scale requires a large site and staging area directly adjacent to the building. The site, the courtyard immediately west of the building and south of Wascana Daycare, ...

Melissa Fong: When your friend is a rapist/ someone you know is accused of sexual assault

In response to the open letter penned/signed by many public intellectuals/writers on the Steven Galloway case…. (see here for story) and my general disappointment that that was the letter they decided […]

Excited Delirium: A most deplorable term: ‘Gullibillies’

Gullibillies is a deplorable term. The sooner the left stops using it, the sooner we’ll repair the damage and fragmentation spawned by Trump.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Too Bold A Halloween Costume

The University of Regina has quite a few exchange students. They pay more than a bit to study here in Canada too. One picked a stereotype to make fun of at Halloween, and ended up with more role playing than he bargained on. This is the sort of over-sensitive reaction that we should be concerned ...

Excited Delirium: The importance of impartiality

Where we take a brief moment to remind the world why impartiality is so critical to our justice system and how the acts of one judge – Judge Bernd Zabel – will unravel years and maybe decades of his work because if his failure to show good judgement.

Excited Delirium: Our circuitous carbon plans

I’m shaking my head at the moment as we contemplate getting a new furnace for our house. To be honest, there’s really not much wrong with the existing one.  In fact, it’s substantially better by way of minimal number of parts and such that can break down, but our governments want us to buy new ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 45: President Homer Simpson

As always, The Simpsons predicted the future. In a season 9 episode called Trash of the Titans, Homer runs for sanitation commissioner against career civil servant Ray Patterson, voiced by Steve Martin. At one point, Homer gets into a shouting match with Patterson, and threatens to run for commissioner. “Wanna know what I think?” Homer ...

Scripturient: Kellie Leitch’s politics of division

They’re not like us. They’re not our religion. They’re not our colour. They don’t speak our language. They don’t dress like us. They don’t eat like us. They don’t drive like us, shop like us, read like us, walk like us. We need to control them. Deport them. Jail them. Make them convert. Make them ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gwynne Dyer at University of Regina

I’ve been to two other Gwynne Dyer lectures at the U of R, and each time they are very interesting presentations of what has happened in the world. There is also a little predicting going on, so if you’re curious what could happen, settle in, and listen to it all.   Media can't resist a ...

Excited Delirium: Put an End to Funding TVO (because of this dreck …)

So, according to Andray Domise of the TVO (an Ontario-funded public broadcaster), “I don’t much care where progressive Americans go, so long as they stay the hell out of Canada”.

Excited Delirium: Dear America …

My version of a letter to America. Enjoy your refund in four years.