Accidental Deliberations: On non-solutions

Tammy Robert thoroughly documents how Brad Wall’s billion-dollar deficit has nothing to do with either resource revenues (being Wall’s primary excuse for blowing up the budget), or public services (which are his first target for attacks): I can’t consider the way the Saskatchewan government has handled the prospect of streamlining public service – or even this ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Do You Hear The People Shing?

This coming Thursday I am having a number of teeth and partial teeth extracted as my mouth make-over goes into high gear  (This is the work that is more typically done by the fifth year of one’s sobriety but, as I didn’t think I’d live long enough to bother, I’ve waited until the tenth.) Yesh ...

Northern Reflections: The Nasty Party

The Conservatives’ reaction to Resolution M – 103 reveals a lot about the Post Harper Party. Alan Freeman writes: Some Conservative MPs have suggested that adoption of this non-binding motion will somehow constrain free speech by condemning hatred of Islam. Leadership candidates Kellie Leitch and Kevin O’Leary have, as usual, been trolling well beneath contempt. ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Snow, Trump, and Swinging Left

This photo has been posted before, I think, but it’s one of my favourite winter ones and since we’ve had a nice bit of snow this last week, it seems appropriate this morning.  The snow and the photo both fit right into the world as we’ve known it, but at the moment the ground is ...

Warren Kinsella: Words matter. So do honourifics. 

Don’t ever, ever legitimize the enemy.  WAR ROOM PRO TIP: Don't call Trump "president." Call him Trump, Mr., etc. But don't ever bestow legitimacy on opponent. #uspoli #cdnpoli — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) February 18, 2017

Politics and its Discontents: Now This Is How To Conduct A Protest

This past Thursday, #DayWithoutImmigrants, these protests took place. Their simple elegance reverberates and reverberates. Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Suffering From Untreated Syphilis?

It should be obvious by now that there is something terribly wrong with Donald Trump.This deranged tweet he fired off yesterday is only more evidence of that. For in a normal world he would have been arrested for inciting violence against the media.And then there was that bizarre press conference.Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Does anyone trust Trump?

It seems that the only thing we can count on U.S. President Trump to do is the wrong thing. Some people accuse his supporters of believing what he tells them. Yet the only thing they seem to believe is that he will annoy everybody else. It is something like taking an angry rattlesnake to a ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gender and Coffee – Socialization in Action

We can change society in the (sociological) blink of an eye.  Unfortunately, it is usually in service of making a buck.  Highlights from JSTOR’s public section.   “For caffeine addicts, a morning without a pot of coffee is a no-go. But it hasn’t always been as convenient to make coffee as it is today—and as ...

Alberta Politics: It won’t hurt NDP for centrist voters to understand how close Rachel Notley’s energy policy is to Jim Prentice’s proposals

PHOTOS: Jim Prentice during his time as premier of Alberta. Below: Premier Rachel Notley, Prentice co-author Jean-Sébastian Rioux (Twitter), and journalist Jason Markusoff (Twitter). The revelation that the moderate and thoughtful energy policy proposed by the late Jim Prentice soon after he left politics in 2015 was very similar to Premier Rachel Notley’s is likely ...

wmtc: random observations about egypt and egyptian life

I have so many of these saved up, I might as well make them a separate post. — All the men trying to “help” you at the sites, and most taxi drivers, and restaurant owners — pretty much everyone — asks where you are from. When we say Canada, they say “Canada dry”. Sometimes the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Matthew Good Band – Strange Days

The Common Sense Canadian: Trumplandia vs. Clarklandia: How BC stands to lose on LNG, lumber and trade

Part one in a series by Kevin Logan February 17th 2017 As the faux populist facade fades and the new reality show “Trumplandia” begins to emerge from the ruins of the Democratic elite’s embrace of hedge funds and wall street masters, one thing is crystal clear: Big oil and gas is now in the driver’s ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Poverty Reduction in Alberta

Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’m co-author of a blog post titled “Poverty Reduction in Alberta.” Points raised in the blog post include the following: -The NDP government of Premier Rachel Notley has undertaken important poverty-reduction initiatives since forming a government in 2015. -Alberta (relative to other provinces) has a ...

Canadian Dimension: Mapping the Canadian Left: Sovereignty and Solidarity in the 21st Century

Demonstration against Jean Charest’s Bill 78, 2012 • Photo by Fightback/La Riposte If there is a single theme that has distinguished left politics in Canada and Québec at least since the 1960s, it is the aspiration to national sovereignty. For both the social-democratic and radical left in Québec, the pursuit of social justice is inextricably ...

Warren Kinsella: Nothington are godlike geniuses

Their newest waxing is out today and it is epic.  Here’s a vid from it that I like.

The Progressive Economics Forum: Finance Minister Bill Morneau on the Dangers of Bank of Canada Funding

A guest blog post from Larry Kazdan, publisher of the “Modern Monetary Theory in Canada” blog: https://mmtincanada.jimdo.com/contact/. Under legislation that came into effect in December 2015, e-petitions that garner at least 500 on-line signatures and that are sponsored by an MP can be tabled in Parliament. The federal government is then required to provide a written ...

wmtc: luxor: abydos and dendera and a face-plant

I had an eventful morning! We had an early breakfast and met B’lal downstairs at 7:00. I said hi, and fell forward, down two steps, onto the dirt road. The hotel has a piece of carpet covering the steps to the entrance. It was bunched up, my foot caught underneath, and down I went. (As ...

The Decarie Report: Feb. 17: Greed and stupidity – the fatal combination.

Recently, I tried to estimate the number of people killed by the U.S. since 1945.  It’s difficult because the U.S. has not been eager to release any numbers. But there are some numbers we can use with confidence. I knew some very capable researchers who had been looking at the numbers for Vietnam. They came ...

Canadian Dimension: Beyond Petroculture: strategies for a Left energy transition

Photo by Svetoslav Nikolov Five years ago, a group of us at the University of Alberta in Edmonton formed the Petrocultures Research Group to develop a sharper understanding of the ways we use (and abuse) energy. Our immediate intention was to examine the social, cultural and political implications of Canada’s turn-of-the-twentieth-century leap into the ranks ...

Canadian Dimension: The Liberal addiction to the Washington Consensus

Peter Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung/CagleCartoons.com Justin Trudeau makes no secret of the fact that he supports “free trade” — that euphemism for cor- porate-rights agreements. He has declared the Lib- eral party “the party of free trade.” And of that there is no doubt. Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin took it to the ultimate extreme in ...

Canadian Dimension: Undercover Boss: disciplining workers for fun and profit

Image from PogDesign.co.uk Undercover Boss, the U.S. version of the hit TV show (a Canadian version lasted five seasons) is entering its eight season. The show is predicated on a CEO going undercover in their own company to understand their business and workers better. Superficially, Undercover Boss is a feel-good story about the benevolence of ...

Canadian Dimension: The athletes’ revolt

Photo by Brook Ward By the time San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand against oppression by taking a knee during the national anthem, it will have been clear to even the most casual sports fan that we are in the midst of an athletes’ revolt. Not since the 1960s have ...

wmtc: luxor: east bank sites: karnak and luxor temples

We thought we had settled our taxi troubles, but that was not to be. This time, “the father of B’lal” showed up, thinking we were taking a road trip. Instead, we went to Karnak Temple on the east bank. In a blog full of superlatives, Karnak temple may top the list. First, it is massive. ...

We Pivot: My Speech to the HUMA Commons Committee on Poverty Reduction

I was honoured to receive an invitation to speak to HUMA later this morning, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. They are studying poverty reduction strategies, … [Read more]