Powerful Boys Caught With Illicit Toys….

Today (August 24, 2015) no referring back to any specific  media  stuff…only some thoughts on  something in the news  that  makes me crazy…and no, this time, it isn’t Stephen Harper…

I am  listening to the  news while on the computer, and the story about the Ashley Madison  hack  is being trumpeted as the possible cause of two alleged suicides, with police  chiefs  trumpeting their horror and anger about the hackers, and threatening to track them down and prosecute  them…really?

Where was/is all this righteous indignation in the face of the  growing numbers of missing and murdered aboriginal women?  You know, actual murders, kidnappings  etc?

One  cannot help but wonder if any of this chest-thumping over an execrable  site for  cheaters who don’t have the stones to be up front with their partners would even be happening if it wasn’t for the fact that, as usual,  powerful men are  involved, their personal ‘business’ out there for all to see…if it had been a site  where women were vulnerable,  what sort of impact would that have had on the news?

Imagine  the pressure on the police and the MSM to  somehow  make it all go away…pathetic…

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Harper’s Hapless Harbingers…There’s Your Trouble…

Stephen Harper says ‘subordinates’ not responsible for Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy’s actions

Conservative leader faces questions arising from senator’s fraud trial, for 3rd day in a row

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Aug 14, 2015 1:01 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 14, 2015 5:26 PM ET

 

 

“…You hold people responsible for their own actions; you certainly don’t hold subordinates responsible for the actions of their superiors.” Stephen Harper

Okay, Harper, if we continue with that sort of rationale then  Nigel Wright, your subordinate at that time, should not be held responsible for the actions you must have signed off on, since you are too much of a control freak to let something like this big ol’ cheque to cover Duffy’s sins go by without your approval…problem solved..
Mulcair is right..Nigel Wright is on the stand, but Harper is on trial…

Nigel might be willing to take one for the team, but no one is fooled….and  the beat goes on.  By the time that Duffy’s lawyer is finished, the entire PMO will probably be implicated as complicit..Oh, and some  Senators and members of the Conservative Party too…

Funny how your past efforts to discredit  similar sorts of payoff schemes engendered by Liberals, decades ago, come back to haunt you, eh, Emperor Steve….?

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A Prophet Is Always Without Honour In Their Own Country….

NDP candidate Linda McQuaig’s comment on oilsands stirs up hornet’s nest

Linda McQuaig says ‘a lot of the oilsands oil may have to stay in the ground,’ in calling for environment

The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 09, 2015 10:25 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 09, 2015 11:51 AM ET

 

 

Gee, a politician telling the truth, for once.Mulcair would do well to bring her to the forefront once he has been elected PM.
Yes it’s tough news on oil sands jobs, mortgages in Alberta, etc. Try getting some sympathy from those who have lost everything in other sectors, like West Coast fishing, lumber, manufacturing jobs gone to Asia from Eastern Canada, etc. etc.

We have got to stop destroying the environment or there will be no future for anyone, and even dim-witted Liberals and Cons have got to accept that, sometime. Never mind the ugly moonscape created in the North by this horrible industry, the rivers polluted, the animals destroyed, the health of the indigenous population compromised, right? It is always and forever about money..

Here’s hoping that Notley and crew start to turn things around by helping to  steer the working population into viable alternatives, because, like it or not, those oilsands have got to be shut down sooner rather than later, and even the rightwing whackjobs whingeing about it know that it is no longer even economically viable to keep the extraction going.

Here’s a little addendum to my rant, if anyone needs convincing on the environmental degradation of the oilsands:

Syncrude bird deaths, Nexen pipeline spill show oilsands’ degradation of ecosystem: First Nation

‘Something is seriously wrong,’ says Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

CBC News Posted: Aug 09, 2015 11:56 AM MT Last Updated: Aug 09, 2015 1:27 PM MT

 

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Dunce Cap Blowout for Emperor Steve…

Capping oil well blowouts within 24 hours too expensive, says Ottawa

Shell Canada Ltd. given up to 21 days to contain subsea blowouts

The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 06, 2015 11:23 AM AT Last Updated: Aug 06, 2015 11:23 AM AT

This headline  all by itself should make any Canadian shudder, but if that isn’t enough for you,  try reading the article, which states that the US has just signed an Alaska agreement with Shell that forces the company to have a 24 hour response to blowouts…thanks, Emperor Steve, you have finally reduced Environment Canada to a shrill shill for  the oil barons…and to hell with the Canadian voter.

Too expensive?  Then go somewhere else and  destroy the environment, Shell, or, better yet, invest  all your filthy lucre in alternative fuel delivery systems and earn your  karmic keep . Between this  disaster waiting to happen and the fact that now  that Parliament has been shut down,  Harper  may have to  testify at the Duffy trial after all, things are not looking so good  for  our own private Bilderberg wannabe…

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To The Left, To The Left…Second-Guessing The Youth Vote

Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him

 

 

Here is a comment  I made  re an opinion piece in the  Guardian by Polly  Toynbee…

This is an oddly similar discussion to one happening in Canada today..but we are just beginning the election campaign to try (please…) to unseat the recalcitrant Tories…

We have a Blair-like “Liberal” running, a son of the former PM Trudeau..very cute and a decent enough speaker, but such a centrist as to frighten the more progressive portion of his paty, and we have the Official Leader of the Opposition, a former member of the Liberal Party who is now running for the PM position with the (arguably Labour version) NDP…

We are having the same navel-gazing discussions re the soft progressive versus old Left philosophy, and, like Toynbee, I would, if I could go much farther than the NDP ever would or could..but…

Currently the youth vote is what is news here in Canada, at a time when they are just beginning to get their voting boots on..and this might be the Corbyn lesson, despite all the bodice-ripping nonsense about the certain demise of the Labour Party if Corbyn is elected..from the sounds of it, it is the youth who are being politically energized…the same thing is happening here and where once there were reams of articles bemoaning the lack of voting in young people, now the articles are dire warnings against their choices..make up your silly minds.  This reminds me of nothing so much as  the so-called Egyptian Spring, where a “party’ was democratically elected, but suddenly Egypt’s much -touted  democracy was called into question..and now look at the mess they are in…

Unlike Egypt, however, when the youth of a  Western country are feeling left out economically, when they see no hope for the future, they generally do become active, they generally do vote to the  Left…deal with it, use it to create a power base, and go from there…

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..Stay Away from Runaround Soudas…

Dimitri Soudas buys Liberal membership ahead of Eve Adams’s nomination vote

Adams, rival Marco Mendicino vie Sunday for party’s nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence riding
By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2015 5:42 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015 6:28 PM ET

OMG… Wish I could sand-blast my eyes to get rid of the image…but it’s too late…

The double-trouble sleazebag brigade has well and truly landed at the feet of Junior Trudeau, whose troubles of late are enormous, mostly self-inflicted…

Junior, your daddy would have been the first one to tell you to never try and trip up an experienced, consummate parliamentarian like Mulcair…it’s sheer stupidity on JT’s part to  try and go head -to-head with someone with an  infinitely superior political skill set like  his NDP rival..

And to add to his  Quebec woes  this sort of ugliness, two of Harper’s more ridiculous  rejects, bagman and baguette,  are possibly the last bit of banana peel presenting itself for ultimate slippage in the polls..

This is so typical of Liberals, to welcome with an oily smile any  lowlife Con reject,  sure, join us…and it definitely illustrates the long held  view of most progressives that there is little difference to choose between Cons and Libs…except a party membership and a willing media’s  photo-op to set our teeth on edge..

OOOHHHH, the horror…..

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The Donald Bleats , Harper/Walker Meet..And Other Rightwing Treats…

Stephen Harper met with controversial Wisconsin governor Scott Walker last month and didn’t tell anyone

Glen McGregor, Postmedia News | July 9, 2015 | Last Updated: Jul 9 3:42 PM ET
More from Postmedia News

Donald Trump, Stephen Harper, and the Bigots That Flock Together

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/07/donald-trump-stephen-harper-and-bigots.html

 

 

No one in ‘Merka should be surprised by Trump’s big bump..the Repugs have encouraged bigotry and hatred for so many decades now that Trump’s ascendancy seems preordained..
The fabulous part about it is that he will piss off all those voters who usually sit on their bums at election time..hopefully this energizes them to vote the Repugs out of existence.
At this point, wonder if (T)Rump is the Democrats’ secret weapon..just be loud and outrageous and anger the citizens to the point where they have to go and do what they have ignored for so long..yes, American voters are just as bad as Canadians when it comes to exercising the franchise..
Harper? He’s toast…And meeting with an anti-union  bigot  like Scott Walker, making that sort of news in the one media  source that unabashedly supports him tells us that  the tide is definitely turning, despite  weird ol’  Oliver’s protestations  of solvency in the face of the IMF’s  suggestion that Canada’s economy isn’t nearly as robust as that fabulous economic genius, Emperor Steve, would have us believe.. political solvency? That parrot is dead…

Even  our  media networks are ignoring Emperor Steve’s dictates for debates on his terms, and  simply getting on with the  normal  business of  nationally televised  debates with the other parties, hopefully including  the Greens, as they should be…

Sorry, have to run to the store, I’m running out of popcorn…

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