Gritgirl updates her original video – “The Job Losses Continue”

Related to the prior blogpost story, Gritgirl has come out with an update to the original video she did – an update made unfortunately necessary with today’s announced job losses that now are disappearing at the rate of the 1982 recession:

This is Harpernomics, to use a phrase from a few months ago.

(PS – I think it high time the Harper government stop resisting pressure to loosen the EI requirement eligibility, make it a bit more generous to help all these people losing their jobs, and stop insulting people when they say such measures are “paying people to not work”.)


Gritgirl’s newest & latest vid: “Where’s Stephen?”

Gritgirl is on the ball today:

This is of course in reaction to the story that broke this AM that the PM was late for his photo op with the G19 G-20. The BBC has reported it was because he was taking a bathroom break, while the PMO’s office claims it was because he was reviewing important details of the meeting.

Heck, maybe he was doing both.

UPDATE: I know Harper wants to get himself and Canada multiple world news coverage, but I’m not sure whether a debate over why he was late for a scheduled photo-op is exactly what he had in mind.


Gritgirl strikes again: “Different Tory, same old story”

A well-timed new video release from Gritgirl with Brian Mulroney back in the news:

This video is well done showing the similarities of Harper vs Mulroney vis-a-vis the economy and how they’ve handled the recessions in each of their time frame as Prime Minister (or mishandled it/dismissed it, as it were). The only quibble I’d have with her description of this video is that I don’t consider the modern day incarnation of the current Conservative Party to be at all compatible with the nickname “Tory” to describe any of Harper and his bunch. That nickname died when MacKay sold out the Progressive Conservatives to the Alliance.


Potentially revolutionary renewable energy technology.

This would be very cool (in a figurative sense), if this technology was able to be used in real-world applications:

What if a laser-powered fusion energy power plant that would have all the reliability of coal, without the carbon dioxide, all the cleanliness of wind and solar, without having to worry about the sun not shining or the wind not blowing, and all the scale of nuclear, without all the waste, was indeed just 10 years away or less? That would be a holy cow game-changer.

Read the whole article to find out what this process involves. It’s rather Star-Trekkish, but basically it involves firing 192 lasers simultaneously at a special container the size of an aspirin tablet that contains frozen hydrogen that would be super-heated (and I mean super-heated).

One other thing noteworthy in this article:

I don’t know if they can pull this off; some scientists are skeptical. Laboratory-scale nuclear fusion and energy gain is really hard. But here’s what I do know: President Obama’s stimulus package has given a terrific boost to renewable energy. It will pay lasting benefits. And we need to keep working on all forms of solar, geothermal and wind power. They work. And the more they get deployed, the more their costs will go down. But, in addition, we need to make a few big bets on potential game-changers. I am talking about systems that could give us abundant, clean, reliable electrons and drive massive innovation in big lasers, materials science, nuclear physics and chemistry that would benefit, energize and renew many U.S. industries.

This would be the same stimulus package that outspends Harper’s stimulus by a margin of 6-1 per capita on green jobs, renewable energy, and related policy, and the same stimulus package that Harper was taking potshots at in his little private Conservative pep talk on Friday.

If technology like previously described comes about because of Obama’s massive investment in it and other green technologies as the columnist asserts, he’ll be the one having the last laugh, and Canada will be the one suffering due to Harper’s short-sightedness and stubborn refusal to commit seriously to fighting climate change, and instead hoping Obama leaves the tar-sands alone.


Gritgirl returns with revised video of Harper’s Friday the 13th.

…using footage of Harper’s speech that presumably isn’t owned by CTV/Globemedia. Here it is again, with the punchline being “Harper and Conservatives Making It Up As They Go Along”

Wow.. just read this at Warren’s:

The Cons freaked when they saw GritGirls latest, and even apparently got lawyers involved to get it pulled. This is a new version she did, copyright-safe.

This time.. I’m putting it in my sidebar too in a new page I’ve created called Videos, to keep as a constant reminder to folks about the ineptness and the dishonesty of Harper and the Conservatives. The other videos of Gritgirl are going in there too.


“Harper and Cons making it up as they go along”

I don’t normally post too many blogposts back to back in such a short turnaround time, but this was too good to pass up. “Gritgirl” posts another Youtube video, striking again at the Conservative Government and Harper making things up on the economy as they go along.

Gritgirl’s Youtube videos that started getting posted last week are getting noticed in the mainstream media, with some paranoid Conservatives claiming that “Gritgirl” is a front for Warren Kinsella. I don’t know if that’s the case or not, but its interesting how paranoid they seem about Warren, and how these videos must be hitting the mark, if they’re lashing out at them.

UPDATE @ 4:53 pm: As you might have seen, it appears CTV/Globemedia has decided to put the kibosh on this video, claiming it’s using copyrighted material. I guess Gritgirl will need to find footage from CPAC channel.. or something.


Tuesday Afternoon Random Musings

- Jeff helps to point out that former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley shows again that as long as Harper supports his views, Manley is willing to give the PM a pass. Harper took 15 months to do what Manley called on him and his government to do in his Afghanistan Panel report – which was be honest and straightforward when talking about Afghanistan. When Harper did finally do that, he did it on an American television station – not in Parliament or any Canadian media – and that has Manley blubbering all over him about how great a guy Harper is despite Harper taking so long to do what he suggested and then doing it outside of the country. If Harper were to appoint Manley to some foreign posting in the next little while, I’d not be the least bit shocked, because Manley has carried Harper’s water very well over this issue. If Manley wonders why he gets no grassroots support for his always rumoured Liberal leadership aspirations, this is an example of why. He has more chance of winning the Conservative Party leadership in my view, after Harper leaves, then he does the Liberal Party.

– Speaking of Harper’s admission on Afghanistan and the conflict there not being winnable, that has some right-wing bloggers as detailed here at Dawg’s acting like this:

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– I see Canada is having it’s version of CPAC up here, hosted by the Preston Manning Centre. Devin has the list of groups coming to speak there, and that’s quite a representation of rightwing groupies. I wonder if Stephen Taylor will be speaking at it. I also wonder if they’ll let any progressive bloggers in to cover the craziness (or if any are brave enough to have the stomach to listen to it, even if they are let in. It might make for entertaining reading/blogging though).

– This is a different angle from the “What Good Are Blogs For” post I did, but David Eaves has a good post on another role he sees bloggers can play.

– Finally, like Jim, I got this in the mail yesterday, and I like this new innovation by the Liberal Party: permanent membership cards, that fit into your wallet like a bank card or a credit card:


My membership number is blacked out so no one can be malicious about it. ;) Anyhow, I think it’s a good idea. You keep the card and the # from year to year, (though you still have to renew your yearly membership), instead of getting those replacement paper cards we used to get. So, the Liberals are saving a few trees from being cut down in the process.


A stray quick thought on Omar Khadr and the Obama visit to Canada.

If Stephen Harper (or his spokesperson) are saying they will not bring Omar Khadr up with President Obama, and if their claim that they don’t expect Obama to bring it up to them pans out, (though I would hope Obama surprises them and does raise the issue, which would make for some uncomfortable discussions for Harper), then I think it’s imperative that Michael Ignatieff – who gets a 10 minute courtesy chat with President Obama as leader of the Official Opposition – does bring it up with Obama when the 2 of them have their brief chit-chat. Furthermore, I’d hope Ignatieff makes sure the Harper government knows loud and clear they chatted about it, to keep the pressure on them to do something on this file.

Of course, I’m not holding out much hope for that, because as pointed out by Accidental Deliberations here, the Harper government’s stance towards Obama on crucial policy issues is to apparently wait for the Obama administration to do something first about said policy issue and follow them along reluctantly – or get dragged along kicking and screaming. This will be true regarding the environment issue that the Jurist brings up over at his blogsite, and it will definitely be the case with Omar Khadr. It thus is important for Igantieff to discuss it or raise the issue with Obama.


A deep thought on Harper and Omar Khadr

Ok, maybe not so deep, but as I read this morning that the pretrial hearing at Guantanamo for Omar Khadr is delayed yet again, with Obama already saying he will close Guantanamo Bay prison, and with many doubting Obama and his new administration will even go ahead with Khadr’s trial, I wonder if Stephen Harper, in a final display of pique, would try to refuse to repatriate Omar Khadr back into Canada if and when these events all occur, and if Obama and his administration request it of Harper.

We’ve already seen Harper was alone among Western nations in refusing to condemn the Bush-Cheney commissions process at Guantanamo Bay, and alone among Western nations in refusing to repatriate Khadr. He and his government instead used it as an excuse to take no action, and we’ve now seen that he and his Conservative cronies are holding out to the last of Guantanamo’s existence in not moving to request Khadr’s repatriation. So, it wouldn’t surprise me at all that if the trial of Khadr gets terminated, and their lone excuse dissolves for not repatriating Khadr to Canada (and if need be, giving him a fair trial here, if there is evidence to do so), that they still may try to drag their feet on this – even as the most recent poll on the issue shows a majority of Canadians believe Omar should be brought home to face a fair trial, rather then some other theoretical process in the US, when Guantanamo closes.

Let there be no doubt that if this Conservative government was in power when Maher Arar was renditioned illegally to Syria and tortured as an innocent man, he’d still be there. The fact they were calling him a “terrorist” when in opposition (check Hansard), as they decried the Liberals for trying to help him get back home, and before he’d had a fair trial is proof enough of that. The lack of respect for the rule of law has been a disgrace under Harper and his Conservative cronies, and it’s sad to see that it will take a new more enlightened administration to force Harper and his government to act as they should have all along.


Followers, not leaders.

In the Toronto Star today, we have an article on how Harper and his Conservative government are probably going to be dragged kicking and screaming by Obama’s new administration into actually having a credible climate change fighting plan on the environment. In the midst of that article there is an excerpt which shows not only have the Conservatives been laggards on fighting Greenhouse Gas emissions, but they’ve barely bothered to fund alternative fuels research, and Canada will probably pay economically and competitively against the US (and probably other countries) because of it:

Compare the scope and ambition of Washington and Ottawa’s respective plans: Obama has promised $150 billion over 10 years to push the private sector toward clean technologies like solar and wind power and clean coal; the Conservatives pledged $700 million over three years in last year’s budget to turn Canada, in its words, from an energy superpower to a ‘clean-energy superpower.’

The U.S. is going to lean on clean technology and they are about to make it an economic issue and a fiscal stimulus issue, and they are about to clean our clocks competitively in those sectors,” said one Ottawa lobbyist.

It seems to me that Ottawa under Harper and the Conservatives did not wish to fund these initiatives too strongly, either because they didn’t really believe in the technology, or else funding them too much would imply that Ottawa acknowledged that the current oil and gas industry is dirty, and climate change was a serious problem because of it. Because of their short-sightedness and ideological opposition to the entire concept of climate-change, we’re now going to be in a competitive hole. Another “brilliant” move by the so-called brilliant strategist and economist that is our current Prime Minister. He’s been so concerned with preserving his tar-sand baby, that he completely ignored and overlooked the clean technologies that will be at the forefront in the next decade.

One other thing; I see that the Conservatives and some of their fans still hold out hope that Obama will somehow overlook the dirty tar-sands in any climate change agreement in exchange for guaranteed supply. Here’s an article at the environmental website DeSmogBlog on why that might be unlikely from Obama. In the meantime, major environmental groups in Canada and the US are trying to counter the “supply seduction” Harper and Prentice will try on Obama by lobbying the new US Administration on why exempting the tarsands from any climate change agreement between Canada and the US would be counter-productive to fighting climate change; as mentioned at Desmogblog, they’ve sent a letter to the Obama administration urging them to reject any tarsands exemption.