Saturday, July 29, 2023

"Two-Tier Justice" and the "Freedom" Convoy

Back in the naughts there was an occupation of a housing development in Caledonia, Ontario that Six Nations activists said was on their unceded land.  The Six Nations had been given something called the Haldimand Grant to compensate them for lands lost to the inhabitants of the new United States of America. 

Friday, July 28, 2023

Crystia Freeland Takes a Dump on Toronto


So, there was a derailment on the Scarborough Light Rail Transit line last Monday.  

The TTC says it is bringing in external experts to review what caused a Scarborough Rapid Transit train car to derail Monday, with the transit agency even considering shutting the line down permanently — months ahead of its scheduled decommissioning.

Five of the 45 people onboard were hurt when the rear car separated from the rest of the train and derailed just south Ellesmere Station. Stuart Green, spokesperson for the TTC, said Tuesday the injured people were treated for "severe bumps and bruises" and taken to hospital as a precaution.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

The Fired Ukrainian Prosecutor


I just have a quick thought to share about Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General whom Democrats say was fired for not investigating corruption anywhere, including Burisma (the Ukrainian energy company that gave President Biden's crackhead son Hunter a no-show job at $50,000 a month); and whom Republicans and leftist critics say was fired BECAUSE he was investigating Burisma.  

Saturday, July 22, 2023

The World Begins to Fry and ...?


Don't get me wrong; Eve Ottenberg is one of my favourite writers.  What I'm complaining about really has very little to do with her.  It's just that reading her essay this morning: "As Earth Sizzles, Climate Denialists Rearrange Deck Chairs" caused me to again bewail the almost total failure of the Left to face-up to the reality of the task ahead of us and to put forward serious strategies for accomplishing that task.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

CounterPunch Can't Decide If Putin Was Provoked Or Not

 That's what one gets from reading the variety of authors at that site.  Let a thousand schools contend!  It does seem to be a fairly foundational thing to be clear about in order to understand and comment on the crisis though.  Doesn't it?  

It's like checking the weather forecast and there's a lively debate over whether it's going to rain or be sunny.

Maybe CounterPunch could have a never-resolved debate over whether capitalism is actually good or not?

Friday, July 14, 2023

Post-Fordism and a Better World


Reading this new article by Caitlin Johnstone about the bankruptcy of the maker of something called the "Instant Pot" (because it was too durable and useful as opposed to having planned obsolescence) made me think about something that's been rattling around in my head for a few days.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Could Putin Have Avoided War?


I think I'll first mention Michael Husdson's essay, which I read earlier this morning, before moving onto David Swanson's essay about how both Russia and the Ukraine could have avoided this terrible conflict.

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Alex Himelfarb on Zombie Neoliberalism


I was directed to this post: "How to kill a zombie or the strange persistence of neoliberalism" by Alex Himelfarb from one of Greg Fingas's ("Accidental Deliberations" blog) helpful "Afternoon Links" posts.

Essentially, Himelfarb expands upon the proposition offered by Wolfgang Streeck that I talked about in my last post, to whit; that while neoliberalism is now widely recognized as having failed, we will continue to suffer as it lurches from one catastrophe to the next because there is no viable alternative at hand to replace it with.