Nov 052018
 

(This was originally Item #2  in 2010-02-11   Manipulators without conscience. This is your food. Bayer’s GM rice. Triffid (U of S) GM flax.  Jane Jacobs on separation of commerce and governance.)   THE PROBLEMS WE GET INTO WHEN WE DO NOT HAVE A SEPARATION OF POWERS BETWEEN THE STATE AND COMMERCE: JANE JACOBS The GM […]

Oct 142018
 

“In his new book, Stephen Harper warns that standing up for the environment makes for bad politics, especially in a populist age when parties are looking for the votes of ‘ordinary’ people.” Susan Delacourt quotes a new book entitled Right Here, Right Now: “Political parties, including mine, have won elections just by opposing a carbon […]

Oct 112018
 
2018-10-10    Proportional Representation, BC Referendum #PR4BC.  "Common Ground" Oct issue, "Let's talk democracy".  Letter-to-Editor published.  And  "Look who's for PR!"

The local paper published my letter-to-editor re Proportional Representation.  But there’s much better! Common Ground, October Issue  has excellent articles that draw on actual RESEARCH by, for example: Arend Lijphart who has a long career in studying and comparing the outcomes of various political systems. Susan Delacourt‘s book, “Shopping for Votes“. Time for one article? […]

Oct 022018
 

Not so many years ago,   I did not know of the existence, role, how to use it, or importance, of the provincial Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.   Myself and others are indebted to D’Arcy Hande for teaching us. RELATED: 2018-08-02  NEWS RELEASE: University of Saskatchewan is taken to Court, Refuses to disclose Right […]

Oct 012018
 

With thanks to Karen: Greetings.   Looks like you are in the final days of campaigning for one of the most important issues of our time and country. This email just in from Fair Vote Canada, wasn’t sure if you get info from them so I thought I would share it. Is there anyone you […]

Sep 022018
 

EXCERPT:   The Nazi henchman Hermann Göring explained in Nuremberg prison how easy it is to mobilize the public to war: “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists […]

Aug 192018
 
2017-10  Book, Oil's Deep State, How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming - in Alberta, and in Ottawa, by Kevin Taft

https://kevintafttour.ca/   –  Who’s in Charge? Oil’s Deep State How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming – in Alberta, and in Ottawa By Kevin Taft   About the Book Reviews & Awards Author Biography Customer Reviews Why have democratic governments failed to take serious steps to reduce carbon emissions despite dire […]

Jul 092018
 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMQkV5cTuoY  The driver behind this video is a popular, well-known German comedian, I believe. In my mind, the video is an interesting and creative tactic to counter the drift toward fascism. One complaint?:  the language of the young girl near the end is offensive. Or, a recommendation?:  Stop the video, don’t listen to the rest, […]

Jul 012018
 

This story plus the determination arising from the Auditor General’s report on the Phoenix payroll system to DO SOMETHING! – like actually firing and prosecuting – – raises my hopes. We are blessed by some well-placed, very good people.  Thank goodness! Whistle-blowers seem suddenly to be the valuable people that they are, recognized and supported […]

Mar 202018
 
Life cycle of Democracy.  No, democracy is one STAGE in life cycle of Governance.

All the philosophers believed that this cycling was harmful. As I understand, we are currently in a monumental effort to see if we can’t transition to the next stage in the life cycle of governance,  and as much as possible,  avoid some of the harm that accompanies the metamorphosis between stages.  . . . Good heavens, […]