Harper Scorns Science and Democracy as Canada’s Chief Oil Executive

by on March 5, 2012

What Canada increasingly looks like thanks to Stephen Harper's environmental stewardship. Photo: National Geographic

After six years of rule, the evidence is pretty conclusive: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government will use every trick in the book to help boost corporate power – especially if the corporations happen to be in the business of environmental plunder. Big oil companies are clearly eager to get projects like the highly contentious Keystone Pipeline
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Vic Toews: Minister of Snooping and Torture

by on February 22, 2012

Even for a government-gang full of gutter politicians, there are surely few ministers that can better demonstrate Canada’s swift descent into a thuggish Petro-State than Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. When the name Vic Toews pops up in the media, it is invariably connected to something oppressive and regressive – whether it be the torture of civilians or legislation that will permit police to spy on Canadians’ Internet use.

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Behold NASA’s Beautiful Photo of Montreal, Quebec

by on November 30, 2011

Montreal at night. Photo: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Click on photo to make it even bigger and beautifuller

 

When I look at this photo, I am reminded of a neuron with its dendrites extending out to communicate with other neurons. “Dendrites are specialised for receiving information and form synaptic contacts with the terminals of other nerve cells to allow nerve impulses to be transmitted” – Brainexplorer.org.…
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Bob Rae: Hopeless and Helpless Leader of a Party That Stands for Nothing

by on November 9, 2011

Bob Rae. Photo: Tamil Canadian

Having ruled Canada for most of the last 100 years, the Liberal Party is on the brink of death and still has no clue why. Today, current leader Bob Rae, a political dinosaur if ever there was one, delivered a speech about “prosperity” which was a collection of platitudes, myths and self-deceptions. To call the speech thin gruel is to do a disservice to gruel, …
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Canada’s Biggest Home: Opulence and Ostentation in Toronto, Ontario

by on October 25, 2011

 

Casa Loma. Photo: Lorenzo Pagnotta, 2011

The Gilded Age is famous for America’s surging GDP and the rise to prominence of John D. Rockefeller, Andrew W. Mellon, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and numerous other filthy rich capitalists. (Nowadays America’s GDP isn’t surging but the wealth of the filthy rich still is… Hmph.) Last weekend I had the opportunity to ponder the wealth of old, dead white guys here north …
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Is “Occupy” An Acceptable Word for a Movement?

by on October 19, 2011

Occupy Montreal. Photo. John Kenney / The Montreal Gazette

One of the features of the Occupy Wall Street movement that’s fascinated me is the concern with holding physical space — “occupying” part of the city. In New York, it’s Zuccotti Park; here in Montreal, it’s Square Victoria; in London, the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser of St. Paul’s Cathedral gave his blessing to the protestors to occupy church land.

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The Orgasmatron and the Search for the the Apocalyptic Orgasm

by on July 9, 2011

The Guardian has reviewed a book so weird that it cries out to be read tout de suite: Adventures in the Orgasmatron: Wilhelm Reich and the Invention of Sex. It’s a history of Wilhelm Reich, a pupil of Sigmund Freud, who invented the orgone energy accumulator – dubbed the Orgasmatron by Woody Allen – and thereby influenced a generation of intellectuals with his advocacy of orgasmic potency as the …
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Yearning For Freedom From The Internet? Help Is Here!

by on June 23, 2011

There is a new software that I installed on my computer this morning that blocks access to the Internet for a period of time determined by you – the user. The software is called Freedom. You can enjoy 15 minutes of “freedom” or 55 minutes or whatever you fancy up to 480 minutes, which by my count is eight hours – in other words, a typical work day. I …
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Behold This Rather Nondescript Photo Taken In Edmonton, Alberta, On June 8, 2011

by on June 9, 2011

I paused longer than usual over this photo in the Edmonton Journal. In it are pictured Edmonton’s mayor, Stephen Mandel, and Edmonton transportation manager, Bob Boutilier, and the occasion is the opening of a new transit centre that is expected to be a major “hub.” This will be a “booming” part of the big city, soon, we are told.

Boomtown, Alberta. Photo: Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal

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Is Apple Revolutionary or Simply A Greedy Purveyor of Useless Crap?

by on May 11, 2011

As fellow Sapien Malcolm Parker noted earlier today, Apple posts record profits thanks to screwing workers. The company can get away with anything, it seems. In the sweatshops where iPads and iPhones are made, a small epidemic of suicides broke out last year. The usually pro-business right-wing Daily Mail found “new recruits are drilled along military lines, ordered to stand for the company song and kept in barracks like …
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Canadian Election Coverage: It’s Harper’s Victory. Consolation, NDP Re-energizes the Left

by on May 2, 2011

That was quite the finish! Even though Stephen Harper has been re-elected as prime minister of Canada with his first majority, I think it’s exciting to see such an enormous groundswell of change. Instead of sticking with the status quo, a large number of Canadians – especially Quebeckers – decided to throw the whole system on its head. Several historic things happened:

1 – The Liberals were decimated. The …
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Canadian Election Coverage: Will We Wake Up in a Socialist Paradise Under the NDP?

by on April 26, 2011

With under a week to go before Canadians make their Big Decision, the Globe and Mail surfaces with this article about the Big Orange Menace, aka the New Democratic Party of Canada.  The Globe quotes BMO Nesbitt Burns deputy chief economist Douglas Porter, who describes a strong NDP finish as “interesting” but “not exactly market-friendly.”

Do you get that, Canadians? You can have your fun and indulge …
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