Woo more oil!

So today President Trump wrote two executive orders conditionally approving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, isn’t that great.  He ran as an outside and is governing just like every other Republican.  The claim is that it’ll create thousands of jobs, sure the Keystone XL for one is suppose to create a ton of temporary construction jobs, after all someone’s got to build the actual pipeline but once it’s complete in a few years, CNN Money says there will a total 35 permanent positions, isn’t that great.

But even TransCanada only expects that building the pipeline will take about 7 million hours of labor. That works out to about a year’s worth of work for 3,400 workers. If the work were spread evenly across 13,000 workers, it would only mean three months of work for each.

Source: CNN Money

Granted this article is a few years old but the jobs numbers should be about the same.  I get why people voted for Trump, the current political system is serving the interests of multinational corporations and the rich but anyone who thought Trump was an outsider was conned lol.  He’s the great corruptor, the one that buys off politicians, why the hell would he care about the average person.

I just hope that both projects now are not financially viable due to the low cost of oil but I guess we’ll see what the future brings.

Canada’s Trump

Kevin O’Leary wants to be the leader of the Conservative party woo isn’t that great.  This asshole who only thinks about money and himself, a narcissist every much as Donald Trump thinks he can lead the country to prosperity by pushing the same bullshit right wing fiscal ideologies of trickle down theory.  Don’t take my word that he’d be a terrible candidate, listen to someone who worked closely with him for 7 years…

For seven years, I sat shoulder to shoulder with Kevin. We’d spend long hours together, listening to hardworking Canadian entrepreneurs pitch their businesses, which, all too often, led to real-life stories of enormous struggle.

You get a window into somebody’s character by the way they treat people, particularly those who are vulnerable and need help or guidance.

Kevin’s total lack of empathy toward these Canadians who put their heart and soul on the line, I can assure you, was genuine.

Source: CBC

At least should he some how win the leadership race, he’ll have to be in parliament for 3 years so we can see his voting record and blatant self promotion. My god I certainly hope that Canadians are not as blind to the dangers of electing someone so self centered as Americans are.

Money out of provincial politics!

Well this is certainly excellent news!

Political fundraising legislation spurred by a Star series is now the law of the land.

MPPs voted unanimously Thursday to ban corporate and union donations to political parties, outlaw provincial parliamentarians and candidates from attending fundraisers, and lower contribution limits.

Source: The Star

The public will be on the hook to finance elections but I think that’s the way it should be, this way those with money cannot buy influence and hopefully politicians can serve now serve the people instead of their donors.

The ugliness of racism is here

Donald Trump ripped the thin veneer of decency away, made it ok for people to express their worst racists thoughts publicly and now that shit is spreading to Canada.

Toronto city staff and police are investigating after signs targeting white people “sick of being blamed for all the world’s problems” and urging them to “join the alt-right” were spotted in the city on Monday.

Kevin Kerr said his family caregiver was walking his children to school through Stan Wadlow Park in East York on Monday morning when they came across the poster.

“Hey, white person,” the sign read. “Tired of political correctness? Wondering why only white countries have to become ‘multicultural’? Figured out that diversity only means ‘less white people’?”

The poster lists websites associated with the alt-right, a movement associated with promotion of white identity and white supremacy.’

Source: Toronto Star

Absolutely terrible, thank you Mr. Trump for making the world a scarier place for some.  I haven’t talked about it before but yes I’ve experienced racism when I was a little boy and it’s frightening but I’m not small anymore and won’t stand for it now.  I’m a bit conflicted, we do have freedom of speech here in Canada and I don’t know if I’d pull down the posters, frankly I feel sorry for the people who associate with this movement.  It’s sad because the world is a beautiful place but some still want to keep others back due to differences that are only skin deep.

Oh god!

I’m not religious but I didn’t know what else to say when I saw Donald Trump’s list of potential cabinet picks.

Ms Palin, the former Alaska governor who unsuccessfully ran as vice-president in 2008, is one of seven possibilities for Secretary of the Interior, including governors Jan Brewer and Mary Fallin, venture capitalist Robert Grady, oil executive Forrest Lucas and entrepreneur Harold Hamm.

Mr Christie, the New Jersey governor damaged by the “Bridgegate” scandal, is in contention for the positions of Attorney General and Secretary of Commerce; while Newt Gingrich could be made Secretary of State.

Source: The Independent

I kept telling my Conservative friends to give Mr. Trudeau our current PM some slack because he formed government just over a year ago so I will reserve judgement on Mr. Trump’s performance as President but my god the people he’s considering have long political track records and they pretty much go against everything I believe in.  I just hope that Mr. Trump is more “liberal” on issues than he led on during the election because the US & the world face some real problems that can’t wait 4 (or 8) years to resolve.

LOL on a side note am I the only one that finds it ironic that Florida which is probably going to be the first place in the US to feel the effects of climate change voting for Trump who feels this is a scam invented by China?

Americans have spoken

Back when Trump secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination, I bet a bunch of my liberal friends that he’d win the presidency and well he did last night (I take no pleasure in it).  Trump’s message was easy and he rode a populist rage wave against the political establishment, one where Hillary Clinton represents everything that’s wrong with the political class.  Of course they’ll blame Bernie Sanders, the media, sexism, etc but in reality the Democratic party brought this onto itself.

What I don’t see people talking about (perhaps because they’re still in shock) is that Republicans control the House, Senate and will control the Supreme Court!  They don’t have a super majority in the Senate but it’s only a matter of time before the Republican majority use the “nuclear option” and remove the 60 vote requirement for appointees.

I told Maggie last night, if you believe in the parallel universe theory, there’s one where I’m celebrating Bernie’s victory.

The world can’t take another 4 years of US inaction on climate change (let alone 8 because incumbent presidents are hard to defeat), I’ll probably be dead before the worst effects of climate are upon us but I really do worry about Brandon’s generation and his children.

Enough with Benghazi!

I dislike Hillary Clinton because I think her policies are wrong for America & the world but god Benghazi is a political loser, so many damn Republican congressional investigations have all concluded that she did nothing wrong yet we have conservatives spouting these stupid talking points.

Jeffrey Lord is so damn annoying but he can’t win on policy because all Republican responses to problem are lower taxes and less regulation (which haven’t worked for the last 36 years) which is why they need these side shows. The other commentator is correct about the number of attacks and deaths of Americans during W’s reign, no investigations the Democratic party (to their credit) won’t use these types of tragedies to try and score political points.

So tough

Something that really drives me nuts is how “tough” the media and members of the democratic party itself are against liberals or progressives. Where was the faux outrage when people were getting beat up/man handled or at the childish rhetoric when Republicans do stupid shit.

Pathetic, no fear in hitting the Bernie Sanders (he won’t strike back) but bow to the Clinton or GOP candidates. I guess I can take solace in the fact that the younger generation more and more get their “news” from alternative sources.

This is frightening!

I love politics and when I see how close the polling is between Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton, it does frighten me.

A new Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released Tuesday shows Clinton up by a single point in the key swing states of both Florida (43 percent to 42 percent) and Pennsylvania (43 percent to 42 percent), while Trump actually beats Clinton in Ohio by 43 percent to 39 percent.

Source: Salon

I get it, we’re still 6 months out from the general election but this isn’t suppose to be happening, Trump isn’t suppose to be close to the Democratic candidate and my liberal/progressive friends in the US should be worried about these numbers.  Trump is no joke, I have a feeling while Hillary is courting Jeb’s donors, he’ll start to run to her left and who knows, he’s great at marketing… He’s already softening his stance on the minimum wage and taxes so the democratic party better get its shit in order and take him seriously.

Of course with that said Bernie does better against Trump than Clinton but the political establishment and media keeps saying he’s the weaker general candidate, interesting.

The Ontario Liberals are corrupt…

Canadian politics stinks of corruption and this is a prime example of the problems we’re facing here in Ontario.

The biggest corporate donor to the Ontario Liberal Party is also one of Ontario’s biggest recipients of taxpayer-funded corporate subsidies.

Research by CBC News reveals that GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. and its related companies have received more than $160 million in government support since the Liberal government created a dedicated fund for the ethanol industry.

Further research by CBC News also shows that GreenField,companies and its founder have donated more than $480,000 to the Ontario Liberal Party in the same time period. The political contributions make GreenField the biggest corporate donor to the Ontario Liberalssince Kathleen Wynne became premier in 2013.

Source: CBC

I mean I get it I’m a huge supporter of green/alternative energy and believe that those industries need to be subsidized at least till they’re able to compete with established technology but the system we have right now doesn’t work.

“Any inference that GreenField has made donations for an inappropriate purpose is without merit,” said company CEO Bob Gallant in an email to CBC News. “Our company proudly supports politicians of all political stripes, at all levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal) who support the ethanol industry.”

Elections Ontario data indicate GreenField has donated $90,350 to the Progressive Conservatives since 2007 (but just $33,500 of that since 2013) and nothing to the NDP.

So GreenField donates (bribes) all politicians, though the Conservative & NDP parties less than the Liberals…  It drives me nuts, politicians of all levels of government should not be able to solicit money for campaigns, it should all be publicly funded that way they truly serve the people’s best interests.

Support for new industries & technology is important yes but it can’t financially benefit politicians or political parties.