Monthly Archives: December 2014

Unpublished, Published 2014 Edition

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During 2014, I was either time-strapped, too lazy or not as well informed or researched as I would have liked to have been when writing blog articles for Excited Delirium.  However, as an end-of-year resolution (as opposed to New Year resolution, which comes in a few days), I’ve decided to scramble a little and get some of them out there, as many are still relevant and hopefully keep some conversations going about what we can do better in Canada.

I’ve done my best to add some coherence to most of the articles, but will apologize in advance for any shortcomings, including obvious gaps in logic, lack of supporting data and rushed thoughts.

Here are a few of the links:

Anyways, enjoy what you pick and pick what you might enjoy!

Wishing you all the best and most progressive New Year in 2015.

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Right-wing Charities That Should be Audited

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The Broadbent Institute – at risk of being confused with ISIS or some other malevolent group – has issued a report identifying dozens of ‘charities’ that operate in Canada and that clearly have political mandates.

Right-wing political mandates.

Examples:

  • the Fraser Institute (this is a charity?)
  • the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
  • Focus on the Family
  • Macdonald-Laurier Institute
  • C.D. Howe Institute (this is a charity?)
  • Montreal Economic Institute
  • Canadian Constitution Foundation
  • Energy Probe Research Foundation
  • Frontier Centre for Public Policy
  • Institute for Canadian Values

And don’t forget the thousands of not-for-profit groups like the Canadian Taxpayers Foundation that avoid taxes or other expenses because of their status.

I agree with the Broadbent Institute conclusions:  Canadians have a right to an independent inquiry into whether or not the Harper government has overstepped its bounds by employing the CRA as a tool of its fascist policies.

For the record, has anyone started a petition to demand an inquiry?

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The Trillion Dollar Trick

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Our markets are in a failing state, although no one is bold enough to call bullshit on what’s happening.

Every quarter, the US fed and other central banks pump hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars into a failed financial system.

We fear the other option, but the more we put a lid on it, the more the pressure cooker will threaten to explode.

Will it happen in 2015?

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Python Pipelines Live by Strangling

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I’ve decided that I will always refer to the vast infrastructure of deadly and environmentally damaging pipelines for crude and bitumen as ‘Python Pipelines’.

Once they come to be, they will strangle us until we can no longer resist them.

Pipelines serve to provide one thing:  institutionalized dependence.  As soon as they’re operational, there’s no going back.  There’s no dismantling or ripping out once pipe has been laid, regardless of how much they leak, spill, explode or fail.

Once pipelines are in place, we become strangled economically, socially and environmentally, much like our 400-series highways have become the stomping ground of mass truck transit.

We forget how to stop these things once they start.

We forget that there’s a better future or renewable energies, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydro-electric and other options that aren’t based on burning carbon resources, like cave men in the dark.

Our lives will be buried in bitumen, burning black tar until the end of time because it’s endless in Alberta.  Why would we turn away from something so ‘precious’, like the One Ring that will bind us all?

The only good news is that some day, we’ll have a government that believes in equity and justice for Canadians and not just being slaves to big oil.  When that happens, we’ll have a nice juicy pipeline tax waiting!

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Coincidence and the Con Terror Bill

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Coincidence?

When the Conservative bill is introduced, we have a ‘terrorist’ attack.

When the bill came up for discussion in the House of Commons a few weeks ago, we have a very ‘regular’ person going all out with blatant messages of attacking the Canadian government and various institutions.

Both events were grievous and cause for concern, but both smell worse than the PR campaign for The Interview.

Hmm.

Coincidence?

Or convenience?

Nearly identical words, aren’t they?

Just remember that we had the same kind of convenience when the Bush Administration was in charge, starting with the $2 trillion Pentagon accounting shortfall announced by Donald Rumsfeld on September 10, 2001 that was then buried by the tragic news the following day and perfectly crafted PATRIOT Act ready to implement within days of 9/11.

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