The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

US Government Shutdown Continues

I haven’t had much to say about the United States government shutdown, as there’s very little to say beyond explaining that the Republicans, despite controlling every facet of government, were unable to come to an agreement that would allow funding bills to be passed and keep the government operating. Since December 22nd, federal government workers […]

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United States To Pull Troops From Syria

In an announcement that caught everyone off-guard, the Trump administration announced that the United States would be pulling its troops from the Syrian region. This was apparently done with no real consultation with the US’s allies or even Trump’s advisers — this is just something he decided to do. Derek Davison did a very good […]

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Former President George HW Bush Dies

Yet another Republican ghoul finally sheds his mortal coil, as it was announced that 41st President of the United States, George HW Bush, died. Also a former head of the CIA, Bush was responsible for ushering in the first Iraq War, the War on Drugs, and generally did pretty terrible things. He will, of course, […]

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National Climate Assessment Study Released

Released on Black Friday, as if to obscure the report’s release and ensure the smallest audience would be paying attention when it dropped, the Trump administration has released the National Climate Assessment Study (link). The report details that climate change will continue to increase violent weather events which, in turn, will deal significant damage to […]

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Ontario Government Passes Bill 47

Doug Ford and his provincial government continue to forge ahead, passing more regressive legislation. This time, the government “reforms” recent changes from the previous Liberal government, freezing the minimum wage at $14 until 2020 — when it was set to increase to $15 in 2019. The bill also removes 2 paid sick days which were […]

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Khashoggi Killing Update

I’ll profess a bit of surprise that this story hasn’t been forced out of the public spotlight, but here we are. Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance on October 2nd, at the Saudi embassy in Turkey, has sparked a month of tense diplomatic talks, and has forced the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to both admit that the self-exiled […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures Multiple Ribs In Fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was admitted to hospital yesterday, after injuring herself — and reportedly fracturing 3 ribs — in a fall which took place in her office. Ginsburg, who is 85, is somewhat of a favourite of the overly online liberal contingent, elevating her profile as a pop culture figure for some […]

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Jeff Sessions Fired As US Attorney General

For roughly a year, the possibility of Donald Trump firing Jeff Sessions has been raised but never panned out — and subsequently got buried in the endless deluge of Trump-related news. Today, that possibility came to fruition as the President announced he had asked Sessions for his resignation. No further details were provided by Trump, […]

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Carbon Taxes And Hot Air

The ongoing spat between the Canadian federal government and the various provincial leaders has been infuriating, and there are no signs I can discern to indicate this will be changing any time soon. In addition to cancelling green energy programs, and renewable energy contracts, Doug Ford has gotten together with Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe, to […]

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Jair Bolsonaro Elected President Of Brazil

The results of Brazil’s president election are in, and it appears as though Jair Bolsonaro has won the race over Fernando Hadad (story). This is concerning news for anyone who has paid any attention to the disturbing, violent rhetoric that Bolsonaro evoked during his campaign. Brazil’s new president espouses some truly disturbing views, and this […]

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