Monbiot’s Sick Moonbats

Monbiot’s Sick Moonbats

Not long ago an article kept reappearing on my feeds, retweeted or shared by people who were obviously impressed with its sentiments. It’s a piece by The Guardian’s George Monbiot, “Sick of This Market-Driven World? You Should Be.” Here’s a slice: Today the dominant narrative is that of market fundamentalism, widely known in Europe as neoliberalism. The story it...

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The Limits Of Justice

The Limits Of Justice

While the George Zimmerman verdict of “Not Guilty” wasn’t surprising, it revealed, once again, that justice isn’t blind. Proponents of “the system” or “the process” exalt in the distinction between the court of public of opinion and the court of law as though the two were mutually exclusive, with the latter taking the privileged position of the...

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The Big Reveal: Edward Snowden

The Big Reveal: Edward Snowden

“It may be legal, but it’s not constitutional” ~ Daniel Ellsberg  Much is being made of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who recently revealed NSA abuses from Hong Kong. Whatever you may think about him, he’s already achieved a formidable task; the entire world is now engaged in discussions about government surveillance programs. Obama says he welcomes such a debate, but...

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London: Murder, Not Terrorism

London: Murder, Not Terrorism

(Via BBC) Wednesday’s barbaric murder of off-duty British soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich, London was horrific and chilling. But was it terrorism? As Glenn Greenwald points out, any selective or partisan deployment of the term is nothing more than propaganda. The thugs who murdered him have no excuse, no legitimate cause, no god to justify their butchery. Yet the fact remains;...

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Thespians & Socialists

Thespians & Socialists

Canada witnessed a weary battle this weekend with Thomas Mulcair and the NDP occupying one corner and Justin Trudeau and the Liberals the other. First out of the gate was the NDP trying desperately to light a fire under leader Mulcair and send him into orbit. Attempting a reboot, the strategy was to introduce him once again to the nation and allow us to see what a passionate and genuinely good...

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Robert Fisk: Arab Awakening

Robert Fisk: Arab Awakening

Robert Fisk knows a scam when he hears one. He rejected the term “Arab Spring” as soon as it was manufactured by the U.S. State Department. True to form, the world-renowned journalist made his own assessment and borrowed “Arab Awakening” from George Antonius’ 1931 book of the same name to describe the eruption that has been occurring across the Middle East over the...

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Gabor Maté: Toxic Culture

Gabor Maté: Toxic Culture

Gabor Maté knows how to attract a crowd. Today the “world-renowned physician and writer” gave a Keynote Presentation at the University of Alberta that the police had to shut down. Not for anything he said or did, but because too many people swarmed into the Telus Centre to hear him. Someone complained and forty-five minutes into his presentation the organizers had to arrange another...

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