Equal Disclosure of Spending for all Who Receive Tax Benefits

Equal Disclosure of Spending for all Who Receive Tax Benefits

Ottawa Sun: Nov. 2. 2013

Chemical Weapons: Yes to Israel in Gaza – No to Assad in Syria

Chemical Weapons: Yes to Israel in Gaza – No to Assad in Syria

Ottawa Sun: Sept. 7, 2013

We are being told that the Assad regime in Syria has used chemical weapons against opposition forces. While this may be so, I have seen no credible evidence in the corporate media. However, Human Rights Watch, the UN and Israeli peace groups have issued detailed reports on Israel’s use and abuse of this chemical weapon white phosphorous in Gaza during the IDF’s 2009 Operation Cast Lead. Where is the corporate media on this hypocrisy?

Divinity or Bovinity: shame-based fear, guilt and obedience to dogma

Divinity or Bovinity: shame-based fear, guilt and obedience to dogma

Victoria Standard: December 2013

Canadian Perspective on the 2008 U.S. Financial Crisis

Canadian Perspective on the 2008 U.S. Financial Crisis

As published in Humanist Perspectives: Part 1 - Summer 2013 / Part 2 - Autumn 2013 and National Library of Australia

Humanity as Global Junkie-Five Planet Lifestyle

Humanity as Global Junkie
Cape Breton Post May 16 2012

The current state of humanity’s collective and protracted abuse of the biosphere may be compared to an addict reaching the stage of active addiction where denial begins to erode. As it is no longer possible to pretend that another hit is safe; it is likewise impossible for us to persist with the fantasy of infinite resources, the planet’s innate resilience or technological salvation. Like a drunk with a salvageable liver; the human species may yet have the time and grace to prevent the world’s slide into Hell.

C@P Capped – Corporate Welfare More Important

C@P Capped – Corporate Welfare More Important
Victoria Standard May 13 2012

So Industry Minister Lisa Setlakwe says that the Community Access Program (C@P) program has “achieved its objectives” and has cancelled it sans consultation and warning. Is the Internet now irrelevant? I guess Industry Canada needs the money to finance the endless task of subsidizing corporate Canada. That endless task is permanently open-ended.

Missing the Point of Occupy - Again

Missing the Point of Occupy - Alternative Democracy in Action
Ottawa Sun May 9 2012

Khadr VS Bush - Who's the real war criminal?

Khadr VS Bush - Who's the real war criminal?
Ottawa Sun April 20 2012

According to current U.S. law, Omar Khadr is a war criminal worthy of 40 years imprisonment for killing a Special Forces medic while George W. Bush gets $200, 000 per speaking engagement. This medic was a volunteer commando, cross-trained in all their deadly skills. According to International Law, Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeldt are also war criminals, but they are protected by U.S. power and exceptionalism. This is like comparing a mouse to a pack of hyenas.

Royal Attrition Act of 2012

Royal Attrition Act of 2012
Ottawa Sun May 22 2012

Long live British royalty – at their own expense. Prime Minister Harper is spending $75 million public dollars to finance the pomp and ceremony of the Royal Jubilee. Perhaps he thinks we need a morale boost during these times of fiscal restraint. Funny how we always find money for a party while veterans, seniors and cancer patients go begging. I have a democratic suggestion.

MP Pensions Off the Radar

MP Pensions Off the Radar
Cape Breton Post April 5 2012

Yesterday’s federal budget was mostly devoid of MP pension reform. Perhaps MP pay and benefits should be linked to the unpredictable performance of the free market. That would truly test MP’s faith in our economic system. In any case, I’m sure MPs will choose the safety and comfort of the current publicly-subsidized remuneration policy. At the very least, retired or defeated MPs might reasonably be entitled to a pension based on a vastly higher contribution rate that the current 5 to 23 percent.

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