The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

The Mueller Report

Since the report was submitted to the Attorney General on late Friday afternoon, no one has had the ability to read what it contains. I have a whole lot of theories, and I don’t expect any surprises — because I wasn’t expecting an old Republican cop to fix democracy or whatever the hashtag Resistance assumed […]

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Christchurch Massacre

I don’t have a whole lot to say about the shootings in New Zealand mosques. The responses across social media have been about what one would expect. The discussion as to whether or not right-wing pundits have been agitating for violence against Muslims is a necessary one, although I doubt the issue will be resolved […]

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SNC-Lavalin

I’ve largely ignored this issue, waiting for more details to emerge. We only seem to have scratched the surface, but it appears that Justin Trudeau’s government has shot itself in the foot at the most inopportune time — with the next federal election to be held later this year. The TL;DR is that the Prime […]

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Albert’s UCP Proposes Minimum Wage Reductions

Albert opposition leader Jason Kenney recently stated that his party would enact reductions to minimum wage rules concerning youth employees and alcohol servers. The reasoning for this is the same tired old complaints about businesses struggling under increased minimum wages. Frankly, it’s utter bullshit. If your argument is that you can’t afford to stay in […]

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What To Do About Venezuela

I don’t have much of a take on this whole subject, mainly because political issues in South and Central America are very complex and not a subject I have much experience with. Derek Davison, of And That’s The Way It Was, posted a nice primer interview with Jared Abbot (link) on his Patreon, and you can check out another interview […]

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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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