Liberal Party fortunes are so bleak that when an EKOS poll put them at 29 per cent support (neck-and-neck with the Harper Conservatives) it was an occasion for celebration ... that is something other than having the good sense to hold a caucus retreat in beautiful Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
rabble contributor Bill Clennett shares a taste of what the Montreal protests against Charest government's Loi 78 and proposed tuition increases are like. Recorded on the evening of May 24th, the video presents two of the demos: beginning with one of the local community actions in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood and from there to a major night time demo that brought thousands of people on the streets of downtown Montreal, and from there proceeded throughout the city for about four hours.
Once upon a time there was a Liberal party. The new party president, Mike Crawley, elected this past weekend at the party convention in Ottawa, thinks it needs to change. It is not enough to say "national" and "plan" every time we are confronted with an issue, he opined.
The Liberal party must move beyond its membership, the convention delegates decided on the weekend. From now on, anyone prepared to say they "support" the party will be able to vote in the next party leadership contest. Outsiders will be invited to discuss policy with Liberal caucus members, along with party members.
Recently in the New York Times there was an article titled "Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory" by Benedict Carey. It was about research being conducted on using drugs to alter memories. The opening paragraph said: "Suppose scientists could erase certain memories by tinkering with a single substance in the brain. Could make you forget a chronic fear, a traumatic loss, even a bad habit." I had to chuckle.