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 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 24, 2015–Multiple Guesses for This Week’s News

1. Two weeks ago the western world carried “Je suis Charlie” signs, marching together and deciding that fundamentalist Islamists were murderous medieval misanthropes. This week, Canada is embracing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, run by a cadre of murderous medieval … 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 December 13, 2014–ISIS:Why Notice? Why Now?

It’s taken fifteen years for ISIS (ISIL, IS, the caliphate–the name evolves as the group’s ambitions expand) to grow from a nasty little splinter group of violent bigots harassing and murdering Iraqis and Syrians into a great big (and still … Continue reading

Governments, Politics and Corporate Wet Work

When transnational companies don’t like a situation, they will arrange to have it fixed. If people have to die in droves, no problem. That’s just the cost of doing business. And it’s a scenario that has played out, fairly successfully … Continue reading

January 28, 2014: Stephen Harper’s Visit to Israel: There’s Nothing to It. Really.

Stephen Harper splashed around in his vast pool of support for Israel this past week, fawning over Benjamin Netanyahu as only a committed noncombatant can fawn when confronted with a genuine, honest-to-goodness ex-general. But his visit was mainly a non-event. … 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

Editorial for Saturday, September 7, 2013– The Economy Needs a Boost, So the US Needs a War

The Yankees want to attack Syria because, they claim, Assad is using nerve gas on his own citizens. Not that hard to believe given that Mr. Assad is a bad man, and has been a bad man for a very … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, August 24, 2013–We Have Met the Enemy, and It’s Not Manning or Snowden

Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have embarrassed the US and its allies. And that’s all they’ve done. They exposed the facts that major war crimes and crimes against democratic principles, constitutions and charters of rights are happening on a regular … Continue reading