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U.S. Health Care Bill passes - on the backs of women needing abortions

Yes, I'm delighted the U.S. Congress has passed a health care bill that includes a public option.  But I'm VERY distressed that the 'deal maker' was removing abortion funding.  Democracy Now asks a 'postcard of thanks' be sent to a Congressman. 

I want to start a campaign of 'postcards of thanks' being sent to the organizations which will have to fund raise to support the women needing abortions.  Any thoughts?  What organizations would be savvy enough to use this in a publicty / education campaign, or to support the women suffering from the restrictions?


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JDL Canada @Toronto Star: 'leading Jewish advocacy'

Thus Meir Weinstein must be on drugs... he published a letter in the Star today claiming to be the leading Jewish voice in Canada:


And why, pray tell, is the Star giving him a platform?

Someone should complain.

 Here are a couple of letters that were published about him JDL Canada earlier:



 ( apparently they frightened two women and forced them to leave a Ryerson event, and yet JDL is being hailed as noble and humanitarian )



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Thoughts on Suzanne Weiss' article "How To Really Fight Anti-Semitism"...

Thoughts and concerns regarding yesterday's article by Suzanne Weiss regarding how to fight anti-Semitism...


Dear Ms. Weiss,


This is in reply to your article posted in rabble.ca.  Your introduction and your general comments on racism are accurate and thoughtful.  But by the middle of your first section, you started piling distortion upon falsehood in a continuous crescendo till the very end.


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The Left is Left Behind

An interesting piece on the CCPA site by senior editor Ed Finn. In it, Finn address the following: If the left is right, politically, why isn't it more popular? A good catalyst for discussion, even if many NDPers will, no doubt, feel under attack.

But that's only fair. It's the NDP, as the largest organized force on the left,  that has been such an utter failure to address alternatives to neo-liberal orthodoxy and failed to abandon that repulsive prejudice and allergy to socialist ideas.

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I thought Saskatoon was the 'Paris of the Prairies'?

The rabble article is entitled:  "Saskatchewan: Paris of the Prairies".

I get the analogy...but isn't it a bit off the mark to equate an entire province to that of a city?  (All considerations for population set aside, of course.)

Perhaps, "Saskatchewan:  Ile-de-France of the Prairies" would be more accurate?

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What is really happening on the ground in Honduras "COUP d'ETAT" that is not being covered by Main stream press.

Things are getting worse each day inside Honduras. Over the weekend, two well-known social leaders were assassinated by the coup forces. Roger Bados leader of the Bloque Popular & the National Resistance Front against the coup d'etat, was killed in the northern city of San Pedro Sula. Approximately at 8pm on Saturday evening, Bados was assassinated and killed immediately by three gun shots. Bados was also a member of the leftist party, Democratic Unity (Unificación Democrática) and was president of a union representing workers in a cement factory. His death was denounced as part of the ambience and repressive actions taken by the coup government to silence all disent.

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Spin & Fear - NOSTV in Action

Dennis Pilon pillories the NoSTV campaign for spin-doctoring and fear-mongering

On their overall approach:

Their advantages? Ruthlessness, campaign experience, media framing savvy and a recognition that in politics truth is less important than what people can be led to believe. 

And the No STV crew, themselves all veterans of major party campaigning, understand how to toss political bombs into the public discourse in such a way that reasonable public discussion becomes impossible. 

On how NOSTV has argued on results for women:

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The new cost of news by MacPhail...

Not a bad op-ed by McPhail, and it's interesting to note the budget rabble works with. 

But how much of that money goes towards on the ground news gathering?  The infrastructure McPhail says is dragging down traditional news - and he's basically grounded his argument in newspapers - seems to be eating up a lot of rabble's news budget, too.

The rabble portion of the site has come a long way since I joined babble and that's not that long ago.  So, kudos to the rabble crew.

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Toronto rabblers: come out to our rabble birthday event on Thursday!

rabble.ca is 8 years old!  We're celebrating with events in Vancouver and Toronto - here's the Toronto event:


A lively discussion with Peter C. Newman, Linda McQuaig, and Wayne MacPhail. 

Moderated by rabble.ca President Duncan Cameron.

DATE: Thursday, April 16th, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)

PLACE: Koffler Auditorium, 569 Spadina Crescent

COST: $10 or PWYC.  FREE for rabble.ca members.

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PM feared Galloway--Linda McQuaig

A good summation by Linda McQuaig--and she also mentions the Canadian "Security" deal with Israel.

---also printed in the Toronto Star

PM feared Galloway's message

By Linda McQuaig
| April 7, 2009

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Harper cancels Earth Day


LONDON, UK -- "Canada, among all the advanced countries, is best positioned to prosper and profit from the ecological crisis," announced Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shortly after arriving for the opening of the G20 summit.

"Earth Day is a pessimistic and -- frankly -- socialistic concept, and we would rather focus on the many causes for optimism in the 21st century," explained Harper. "Some people see the Arctic ice cap as half melted, but I prefer to see a new shipping route as half freed up."

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Galloway fights exclusion from Canada: Official documents attached

As we all know by now, George Galloway has been told he will not be allowed to enter Canada because our border officials believe he is a "national security threat" and engaged in terrorism.

I have attached the official letter from Citizenship and Immigration, as well as George Galloway's response to this post (see below to download the scanned images of the CIC letter, and the PDF of his lawyer's response).

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getting a grip on greed-mcquaig


I don't understand her thesis. She seems pre-occupied with a lack of regulation in the financial system but doesn't provide detail.

I think its pretty obvious that the financial meltdown and subsequent credit crunch was due to the sub prime mortgage problem. Government pushed banks and other financial insitutions to reduce mortgage lending standards in order to meet government set goals for more home ownership. Wall securities collapsed because of those bad mortgages not because of a lack of regulation. The government was fueling the problem from the outset.


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