..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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Seniors! Sweet Serfdom Awaits!

Seniors going bankrupt in soaring numbers

More Canadians are outliving their savings and spending their golden years in debt

By Sophia Harris, CBC News Posted: Jun 29, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015 6:54 AM ET

 

This is a great article for those seniors lucky enough to have owned their own homes..wait until the seniors who rent are left homeless due to ever rising costs (including rent..)
If the powers that be were interested in anything besides their corporate donors, subsidized housing would be in the forefront..and nationalization of municipal and provincial as well as federally- owned property would be the way to go..if our governments built (invested in..) stable cost-effective housing for seniors things might be looking up a bit..we are the single largest group population-wise, and the biggest group of voters..think about it, politicians…

Consider the nightmare for our  medical services if soaring numbers of seniors were clogging up the system due to  homelessness, exposure, random violence from the  haves against the have-nots, and gasp! worst of all, having to move your senior  relatives in with you because they had no where to go..Consider the revisionist principle of  people once again having to work until they dropped – so many modern serfs in today’s corporate paradise,   the new reality flying in the face of the promises of  the First World for  a good, rewarding retirement… or instead, becoming  a drain, financially and emotionally, on  your  younger relatives…

That would be the definition of karma, right?  All those  young people who stayed long past their welcome birthday of 18, now in a position of having to  support and sustain aged parents with no alternatives..

Of course there are alternatives, if the powers that be choose to implement them…and I would suggest that if you  want my vote, some movement in the direction of sustaining seniors in their ‘golden years’  better be  prominent on  your  list of promises as  hopefuls for election..

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Abuse of Power and the Re-Education of Police …..

Michael Wood, ex-Baltimore officer, tweets about alleged police brutality

Retired Baltimore officer Michael A. Wood tweets about disturbing things he allegedly witnessed on the force

By Lauren O’Neil, CBC News Posted: Jun 26, 2015 8:22 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 27, 2015 10:52 AM ET

This article might be  a bit too late in the  “sky is falling’ sector regarding the  abuse of persons of colour, or police corruption, which, like gun violence, just go on and on and on, the most interesting part of  Wood’s tweets, to me, was the fact that he  praised higher education as giving him the  tools to  look at his time as a police officer with a critical eye…

While some might doubt his agenda, have to say that getting an education does, permanently, change the way you think about things..you have to do a lot of writing, and a lot of analysis, and critical thinking was the most important concept that I took away from my own Uni education..it changes how you proceed in the world, how you think about events in the world, and how you perceive your fellow beings. A good thing, instead of merely parroting what your friends or family think or say, thinking for yourself is something that should be taught in regular school curricula, but that is precisely what the powers that be don’t want. There is a reason that fundamentalists and bigots don’t want education for women, or the poor in general..you are probably smart enough to figure out those reasons yourself.

Perhaps  all police should be Criminology grads, with  some PoliSci thrown in, as well as Sociology..might make for  smarter cops, or then again, might make for  cleverer corrupt cops, I don’t really know…but this Western penchant for those in positions of power  abusing the  poor, persons of colour, and women in general, needs to stop, and education  is always the answer. At the very least, the  expectations of  police qualifications should be broadened, since too many  ill-equipped  people are being hired for this  job, people who  should never be in positions of power. The results of this lack of foresight are obvious to anyone.

 

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Corporate R & B: Get Over It…

Oilpatch could lose $100B without new pipelines, researchers warn

Energy research firm suggests Western Canada producers won’t receive full value for oil exports

By Kyle Bakx, CBC News Posted: Jun 22, 2015 11:41 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 22, 2015 12:11 PM ET

 

 

Wah-wah-wah!!!!  The whingeing of the rich and unscrupulous stirs only contempt in the rest of us..if they really were concerned about anything besides the grossness of their offshore accounts , they would spend more on  remedying the damage done,  finance refineries, and work toward sustainable  energy..there is, believe it or not, money to be made in that sector.  Everyone everywhere except Alberta knows that  this sector is on life support, and it’s way too expensive to keep subsidizing dirty bitumen when the rest of the world still has  oil  coming out of their ears…the loss of resources due to fracking in other areas  should give them pause, as well..there is  no viable way to  carry on as if nothing in the  oily sands of Northern Alberta has changed in the  last few decades…get over it, get on with it…

There is,  after all, a reason that the NDP was elected in that province, and all the corporate whingeing in the world won’t change that fact, so join  the  alternative party, corporate scum, and  try and  resurrect what might be left of your  collective  reputations and  pay it forward in the place that made you wealthy…

No more pipelines means Alberta should start, late though it is, to diversify it’s income base…get out of the filthy bitumen toxic wasteland business altogether.. BC doesn’t want your problems dumped on us or our beautiful West Coast..no one anywhere wants to carry Alberta crude at anytime under any circumstances..once they figure that out and start building their own refineries, things might get a bit better for Alberta…but ‘discovering’ that tourism is a self-perpetuating economic boon, for instance, and that steps should be taken to restore the moonscape created in the North to open it up for recreational opportunities will go a longer way to stabilizing incomes than all the pipelines they might fantasize about…

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Auto-Immune to Progress: Car Manufacturing Going South

Carmakers say adios to Canada as Mexico shifts into higher gear

Mexico now makes more cars than Canada, a trend that’s not expected to change

By Pete Evans, CBC News Posted: Jun 15, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 15, 2015 9:31 AM ET

 

It’s deja vu all over again…I am old enough to remember in the late 60’s-early 70’s when production of things like appliances and jeans went south, so to speak, from the USA to Mexico, the advent of the maquiladoras, the workers who were making a comparable large salary, suddenly, in Mexico, and the carnage that resulted in the American economy…this was the real start of the overseas corporate run for cheap labour, and no one seems to remember that…
Now Canada gets to experience the same issues. When the ‘branch plant’ economy first happened, it was accompanied by a set of rules regarding what could and couldn’t be sold here…thanks to Mulroney, NAFTA destroyed what the Liberals mostly tried to buttress, the manufacturing sector..with Emperor Steve at the helm, our downfall has become complete, and just like his counterparts everywhere, Harper doesn’t care about working people, seniors on scary inadequate pensions, or those without..in other words, you and me..his 1% are doing better than ever, thanks so much, and intend to acquire even more wealth through this move…
Get out in vote in October and try to save what is left of our economy…Heave Steve!

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Unreal Estate Prices – Just the Cost of Doing Business in Vancouver…

Vancouver real estate prices not the fault of foreign buyers, says new report

B.C. Real Estate Association says densification and geography are to blame for high home prices

CBC News Posted: Jun 10, 2015 6:03 PM PT Last Updated: Jun 10, 2015 6:38 PM PT

 

Ah, the fox is releasing media and ‘studies’ from the floor of the grafitti-covered, leaky Vancouver  hen house..
When this ‘organization’ finally stops advertising overseas and decides to accept a smaller percentage for their ‘work’ then maybe I’ll start to trust them, but right now, a real estate agent, a snake oil tout, and a used car lot owner are in the same pool as banksters, payday loaners, the young and the shameless in the PMO,  and all the others who insist on ‘doing business’ to the detriment of the 99%.

Hey, Bob Rennie, you’ve gotten incalculably rich from Vancouver real estate..why not  give back to the community and build some  housing for the homeless?  Knowing you, you’d figure out a way to hit up the  different levels of  government for funding…you know, instead of pointing out that actual home ownership is impossible for all but the very wealthy a situation you spent your career creating..yes we can all move into  your overpriced, undersized condos…or can we?  Oh, wait… they  are all over  $300,000…but yes, you are correct, that is cheaper than the average price of a detached home, now  floating at around a million …

 

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