The Sniff Test for Thursday, February 16, 2017

The laughable and largely invented dustup over M-103—the motion in the House of Commons to recognize and quell the “increasing climate of hate and fear”–is invented as a political opportunity on all sides. We already have laws that deal with … Continue reading

Editorial–So… Jane Fonda. So What?

Jane Fonda came to Alberta the other day to tell the world that the tar sands harvest causes environmental destruction…which is not news. Whether or not you care about the deaths of thousands of migrating birds, for example, you have … Continue reading

Air France Throws Women’s Rights Under the Wheels for A Chance to Make Money in Tehran

Air France recently decreed that its female employees–this is a French corporation based in the West, mind you–must now wear headscarves as part of their uniform when disembarking in Tehran.  The women are understandably upset. The company says it has … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, April 4, 2015: Message to Young People: Don’t Get Mad, Get Voting

A study by Samara, an organization trying to increase civic engagement, shows that politics is so repellent that young people are disengaging from democracy—they won’t vote now and they possibly never will. The study says young potential voters believe politicians … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, March 21, 2015-Watch Out for the Distraction of Banjo Politics

Nothing stirs up our banjo tendencies like a good, old fashioned mix of craven politics and easy bigotry. This was the order of the day in the recent Israeli election, where Benjamin Netanyahu promised dreadful consequences to those who voted … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday March 7, 2015: Spring Break

The boys in the news have pretty much been waterboarding the Canadian public for the last few weeks. The Harper Conservatives have ramped up their exploitation of Terror, Retribution, Tax Crumbs, the Non-existent Crime Wave, and Corporate Sucking-Up for another … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, January 10, 2015: The Charlie Hebdo Massacre: A Grab for Power

At first glance, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo in Paris is about religious extremism and freedom of speech. But it’s really about power and how religion is being used by murderous criminals to grab it and keep it.  France kicked religion … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, December 28, 2013–Terrified and Loving It

New research shows that when conservatives are confronted with unfamiliar situations or people, they react with the fear center (the amygdala) in their brains. It seems that the more they react with the amygdala, the more developed it gets. (Fear … Continue reading

The Sniff Test for Tuesday, December 10, 2013–Universities UK Endorse ‘Separate But Equal’ Bigotry

Apartheid is alive and well and endorsed by chickenshit organizations like Universities UK. Under the guise of “tolerance”, Universities UK is allowing religious fundamentalists to promote the viciousness of “separate but equal” immorality , but this time they’re basing it … Continue reading