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, […]

Feb 272018
 
2016-04-12  Retired judge Marie Corbett reflects on feeling 'powerless over crime',  CBC The Current interview

Former judge Marie Corbett quit her job as a judge because the death of her close friend made her realize how powerless she felt sitting on the bench. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-12-2016-1.3531544/retired-judge-marie-corbett-reflects-on-feeling-powerless-over-crime-1.3531577 Listen 23:50 Read story transcript  “You don’t stop caring when you’re a judge but you’re circumscribed by your role.” – Former judge Marie Corbett For all the […]

Feb 132018
 

The G7 Summit is in Charlevoix, Quebec, June 8-9, 2018.  https://g7.gc.ca/en/ Canada tops the list with the Toronto G20 Summit, 2010.  Canadians coughed up $1.1 billion dollars to pay for happenings in Toronto and Huntsville, June 25 to 27. Canadians are so hospitable.   Do you know how much each one of us contributed?   And we’ve […]

Jan 222018
 

From Al: Please sign the petition and send Duff  $10.00. It surely is time that the Conflict of Interest and the Ethics Commission should have air tight rules and the power to enforce them and strict, large fines that will stop eliminate the present shenanigans for a long, long time. Thanks. Take care Al ================================================================================== […]

Jan 152018
 
2014-04-30    Why Only One Top Banker Went to Jail for the Financial Crisis, NY Times Magazine

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/magazine/only-one-top-banker-jail-financial-crisis.html  By JESSE EISINGER (INSERT:  Eisinger is an investigative business reporter with ProPublica. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories on questionable Wall Street practices that led to the financial crisis.  Eisinger was interviewed in July 2017 on U.S. National Public Radio.  I posted a couple of excerpts from that interview at   […]