Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Paul Buchheit comments on the continued spread of global inequality – as a combination of top-heavy gains and lost wealth among all but the privileged few has reduced to 6 the number of billionaires with as much wealth as half of humanity. – Bill Curry reports on ...

Things Are Good: How to Boost Your Psychological Wellbeing in 2 Weeks

Parents always tell their kids to eat more fruits and veggies, as adults we should do the same. A recent study has found that adding two extra servings of fruits or vegetables to your daily diet can improve your wellbeing in just two weeks. This is an easy way to improve your mood while also ...

Northern Reflections: Stiglitz Sees Signs Of Hope

These are dark days — because Donald Trump appears committed to what he said he will do. Joe Stiglitz writes:  It is now clear that what Trump says and tweets must be taken seriously. After the election in November, many hoped he would abandon the extremism that defined his campaign. Surely, it was thought, this ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is the political middle just one?

Nobody seems to be able to nail down this middle ground in politics. It is like the middle class that Justin Trudeau chased in the last federal election. Did Trudeau even suspect that they would add up to almost 40 per cent of the voters?  And were they all centre-right voters or was there a ...

Dead Wild Roses: What Happens in the Next Four Years is Up to You…

You know its bad when American Conservatives are up in arms. Filed under: Politics Tagged: Conservatives Against Trump, David Frum, Informative Vids, US Politics

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Paddon’s report on Martin contract just bizarre #nlpoli

After a lengthy review,  Auditor General Anthony Paddon said Monday that the provincial government hounded former Nalcor boss Ed Martin out of his job.  He had no choice but leave and since he never quit and no one fired him,  Martin was entitled to the multi-million separation payments he got “The events which [sic] occurred ...

The Disaffected Lib: C’mon, Really. When a Thug Like Robert Mugabe Claims Kin With Your President, You Need to Ask Just What You’ve Gotten Yourself Into.

Leaving the bragging rights aside, I was astounded to learn today that I wasn’t the only one who found similarities between America’s new president and Zimbabwe’s bad boy, Robert Mugabe. I didn’t expect it, the more so when I found myself agreeing on the point with – Robert Mugabe himself. Mugabe sees much of Trump ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: The (Partial) Rise and Fall of Milo Yiannopoulos: With Canadian Content

Upon learning the news today regarding the Milo Yiannopoulos that came to light, we threw this together quickly, mostly because this writer is having fun honing the ol’ video editing skills. I think I’m getting better. In any case, another shout out to Canadian Cynic who collected many of the screen shots found in the video.

politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: free speech and fair play

I’ve been fascinated by discussions of free speech recently. Now even a right-wing American group has decided to uninvite a horrid right-wing troll from speaking at their event. The topic of his speech was supposed free speech and how the left is trying to curtail it, but apparently since it has come out that he ...

Warren Kinsella: This week’s column: how to defeat Trump, in five easy steps

Donald Trump isn’t going to be impeached.   Not anytime soon, anyway. The numbers just aren’t there.   Impeachment is about overturning the will of the people. Impeachment shouldn’t ever be easy. In the United States, impeachment has been designed to require a supermajority of legislative votes – and is reserved for what the U.S. ...

DeSmogBlog: Internal Division in Gitxan First Nation Raises Questions About Informed Consent for LNG Pipeline

This investigation was reported by Trevor Jang for Discourse Media. It is the second part of an ongoing investigation into how government negotiates with First Nations for major resource development projects. Nestled in the forests of northwestern British Columbia, Richard Wright hauls a 30-pound moose chest out of a smokehouse. He shot the animal a few days ...

Ken Chapman: Middle Age Bulge: The problem with Trump

My friend Russell Thomas blogs as: Middle Age Bulge: The problem with Trump: The first month of the Trump administration has been nothing short of a train wreck, AND WORTH A READ. Check out our business website www.cambridgestrategies.com and www.rebootalberta.org

Scott's DiaTribes: Conservative Pandering to the Alt-Right

A poll released earlier today says that about a quarter of those Canadians polled want a Donald Trump (attempted) type travel ban. This is who a large segment of the current Conservative Party leadership crop is pandering to. It’s why they endorsed an Anti-Islamaphobia motion by Tom Mulcair last Fall without fanfare, but are resisting ...

The Disaffected Lib: Nailed It!!!

Like some people, I’ve been trying to divine just whom Trump most closely resembles. There’ve been plenty of people claiming he’s another Hitler or a new Mussolini. Not me. Then it finally dawned on me. Trump is America’s Robert Mugabe. He wants to turn America into the United States of Northern Zimbabwe. Miracle of miracles. ...

Warren Kinsella: Anti-Semitic attacks in Toronto

There has been an explosion in anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim crime since Trump won.  But I’m sure it’s all a great big coincidence. Story here. Toronto police are investigating after Anti-Semitic notes were found on the doors of several units at a Willowdale condo building. Post-it notes bearing a Swastika and reading ‘No Jews’ were found ...

The Disaffected Lib: Closing In on Donald Trump

The missing link is – Deutsche Bank. Investigators want to know why the troubled Deutsche Bank got into Donald Trump’s companies for $1.3 billion when American banks wouldn’t touch anything to do with Trump? This is the same bank that had to cough up a staggering $7.2 billion to the US Department of Justice for ...

Warren Kinsella: Can I use my katana sword when people aren’t listening to my stories?

I am told this is for real. Link here. Ottawa is crazy. 

The Decarie Report: Feb. 20: Not a good day.

I often begin my blog with something about the irving press (the newspapers of New Brunswick – all owned by the Irving family and dedicated to a mix of trivia and propaganda). Today, Canada and World News is all of four pages. Almost all of one page is dedicated to stories about people who play ...

Canadian Dimension: Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire

Photo from Pixabay.com As never-ending politically motivated austerity takes hold, more and more people will find they cannot afford to stop work. But it doesn’t have to be like this​. None of this is as “inevitable” as the politicians would have us think. Many societies have an ageing population. But not all of them are ...

Canadian Dimension: Trump Decapitates the Russia Peace Initiative

Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Trump folds under totalizing corporate media and war-state pressures today.  The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn decapitates his presidency’s peace initiative with Russia after years of campaigning for it. General Flynn is not another Trump slob. He is the most advanced military intelligence authority in the US today. ...

Canadian Dimension: Justin Trudeau on electoral reform: deception, cynicism, and misrepresentations

Photo by Andrej Ivanov The year 2015 will be the last federal election under the First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system. This was the promise Justin Trudeau made during the 2015 campaign, and which helped to rationalize his appeal to strategic voters looking to end forever the need to adopt an Anything But Conservative ...

Canadian Dimension: South Africa and the Changing Possibilities for the Left

Photo by CSP-Conlutas With the claims that a new trade union federation will be launched in March 2017, it is appropriate to draw up a balance sheet of the labour movement in South Africa, and ask whether the optimism of many that a new Left force is going to be unleashed is justified. Or whether ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Martin Lukacs argues that the way to avoid a Canadian Donald Trump is to ensure people have a progressive challenger to the corporate establishment: Trudeau’s social liberalism has been partnered with the very economic policies that have cemented inequality and savaged people’s quality of life—and which are now ...

Warren Kinsella: This Thursday! Come sing along!

Cherry Cola’s, Bathurst at Queen W., 9:30 or so!

Cathie from Canada: Globe and Mail tries to promote a Canada vs refugees ideology

An Angus-Reed poll finds this : In a poll released Monday, 47 per cent of respondents said Canada is taking in the right number of refugees, while 41 per cent said the number is already too high. Only 11 per cent of the 1,508 adults surveyed said the country should increase the number of refugees ...