Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Odds and Ends

Over at Rabble.ca Murray Dobbin has written a timely piece about our sociopathic corporate overlords and makes a great argument for changing how we view and deal with this phenomena, beginning with taking away their personhood. Turns out that voters in the US, where this year's Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court has enshrined this kind of corporate citizenship allowing for their unlimited spending in political campaigns, want Congress to amend the Constitution and overturn this ruling by a double-digit margin.

 Sun Media continues its' ongoing war on the public broadcaster. The CBC is currently fighting federal information commissioner in court to stop Suzanne Legault’s office from reviewing files that have been requested under the access laws but have either not been delivered or delivered with some of the requested information removed. Many of the requests come from Sun Media's QMI Agency and the court has ruled in favour Legault's request to review the files but the CBC is appealing the ruling. Like a lot of other issues in Canadian politics this is about process and a bit dry but nonetheless important. NDP heritage critic Charlie Angus told QMI he thinks the CBC is right to fight claiming the CBC is under-funded and being undermined by the current government.


The Tories were apparently not telling the truth about the costs of the long-gun registry that they tried to kill. Who could have guessed?

South of the 49th Sherry Boehlert, a member of a vanishing breed of moderate, pro-science Republicans writes about global warming and the science that the GOP can't wish away.

The hatemonger who runs Fox news, Roger Ailes, blames unscrupulous rabbis for his calling the execs over at NPR, nazis. What a classy organization. And now that the Pope has declared health care to be a universal right, will Ailes and the rightwing media characterize him as being like Hitler in the same fashion that they accused Democrats who were in favour of health care reform?

The current battle over the ratification of the NEW START treaty has the Economist declaring that, ...this is a bad moment in the United States for thoughtfulness on foreign affairs—at least in the popular press and in the halls of Congress. The right-wing media have attacked President Obama's New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, claiming it "may harm national security." In reality, the treaty enjoys widespread support among military leaders, who have called its passage a "no-brainer," and have argued that the treaty makes the US safer. Ah, those pesky facts!

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