Friday, August 18, 2017

Mr. Bannon's Gold-Leaf Wingnut Welfare-Laminated Parachute Club.


From Maggie Haberman's NYTimes piece on Steve Bannon's firing from Trumpland:

...Mr. Bannon had made clear to allies after the American Prospect interview that he expected to be back soon at the right-wing website that he had steered before joining Mr. Trump’s campaign. He had dinner in New York City on Wednesday night with Robert Mercer, the hedge fund billionaire who is also Mr. Bannon’s chief patron, to discuss the future, according to a person briefed on the discussions...


If that doesn't work out one can only wonder if Mr. Bannon will, perhaps, turn his lonely eyes north in the direction of the good Mr. Levant.

After all, Mr. Levant is in need of new partner, isn't he?

Update: Friday Evening....And so it is done.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Thoughtful Conversation On Race In America.

I remember seeing this picture of a young Lew Alcindor when I was a kid.

At that time I was rabid for all things basketball.

So much so that my friend Danny M. and I actually joined a church just so we could play on their team and, more importantly, acquire a key to their gym.


Even back then I was skeptical that a young superstar like Alcindor (who by the time I first saw the picture above had already crushed the NCAA while at UCLA with John Wooden, won an NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks, and changed his name to Kareem Abdul Jabbar) was ever as truly thoughtful as the kid in the picture above appeared to be back when he was riding the subway in his high school letterman's jacket.

Well, for the record, in this case at least, my skepticism was misplaced.

How do I know I was wrong?

Because I listened to Mr. Jabbar talk to Marc Maron for an hour or so yesterday.

It's an enlightening conversation on a whole lot of levels, not the least of which is the fact that there is no discussion whatsoever of career statistics, et cetera.

The link is....Here (starts at the 41 min mark).

And, slightly tangentially to the topic....I find it most interesting that a small clutch of Canadian media types who have long associated themselves with hate mongers are now suddenly surprised to learn that such mongering actually begets hate...Sheesh.


Monday, August 07, 2017

Musical Gold Panning On A Holiday Monday...


I spent a chunk of Saturday working on the real thing, analyzing populations of tumor infiltrating cells by flow cytometry. It's a workhorse tool of immunologists that lets you characterize immune cells based on various physical characteristics and molecular markers. Not my favourite way to go given that I've spent most of my career assessing phenotypes based on what cells actually do rather than using somewhat fungible, and sometimes capricious markers - still, it's powerful and we're working with folks who really know what they're doing on the project.

This afternoon was different though. All catch-up and paper-worky given that it is the season for reference letter writing, lecture prepping, and getting various and assorted registrational and CV-type bits done in advance of the grant writing season to come.


I spent a good chunk of the kinda/sorta administrative afternoon listening to one of my favourite musical podcasts. It's produced by a guy named Bill Frater and near the top of queue in show #388 from back in mid-July I stumbled across a tune from a group of kids from Los Angeles I hadn't noticed before called 'The Wild Reeds'.

All of which led me to their recent KEXP showcase, above, and an even more recent appearance at the Newport Folk Festival.

Then, rooting about in their feeds landed me here....which ultimately sent me off to listen to a whack of classic, pre-big fame Jackson Browne.

Music, as opposed to poli-pods, etc., helped me got a lot done this afternoon.


And do not cry for me Argentina because I really like my job...The real thing is best, of course, but the other stuff isn't so bad either...The upshot - on average I get to spend at least half of my time on the real thing all of which is stuff that we as a research group have chosen to chase...Can't complain about that.
Oh, and in case you were wondering....Ever since I was a kid I've had this thing that one of my best friends dubbed 'two-track'...It allows me to pay pretty close attention and be absorbed by two different tasks at once...Got me out of many a jam in school when a teacher thought I was goofing off...I was, of course, (goofing off I mean) but was often also simultaneously paying attention...Has been known to drive my kids crazy though.


Saturday, August 05, 2017

The Ol' Turdstormer To The Rescue.



As Bob Mackin noted on the tweet thread, you'd think the good Mr. Bennett could at least spell Mr. Plecas' given name correctly.

Old Turdstormer?....Well...You know.


Friday, August 04, 2017

A 'Club' Versus 'Not-Club' Lotuslandian ProMedia Battle Royal...


In the' Club' corner, Mr. Mason of the Globe:

We may never know if there were darker forces behind Christy Clark’s surprising decision to resign, effective this Friday, as both Liberal leader and MLA. So absent any titillating information to the contrary, we are left to accept the explanation she is now offering up for her swift and sudden departure...


...While the majority of the caucus stood behind her, Ms. Clark, as savvy a political operator as they come, could sense trouble on the horizon, especially the longer the NDP was able to govern. She said she took a “walk along the water” last Thursday evening and along the way “my head caught up with my heart.” The next morning she informed her caucus of her decision...

In the 'Non-Club' corner, Mr. Mackin, of the Lance of the Free:

...“I talked to the caucus the day before [her July 28 resignation], I asked them all, did they want me to stay, did they want me to go?” Clark said July 31 in Vancouver. “Every single person in the room asked me to stay.”

That is not the way it went down, according to two independent sources intimately familiar with the caucus retreat at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Clark chose to quit instead of being dumped...


...The sources told theBreaker that, during the retreat, Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas demanded a review of Clark’s leadership. He even threatened to quit caucus and sit as an independent when the Legislature reopens this fall.

Plecas was not alone in the release of pent-up anger directed at Clark. Of the prevailing mood at the retreat, one of the sources said bluntly: “It was really ugly.” ...

Looks like a 3rd Round TKO, Mackin, to me.

There is a Club?....Darn tootin'!
Update: Mr. Plecas confirms....


This Fundraising Thing Is A Problem.


From Lindsay Kines in the VTC

...The NDP is billing the event as the “Leader’s Golf Tournament” and inviting people to join (Premier John) Horgan and “MLA Rob Fleming” for a round of golf and a dinner reception on Thursday, Aug. 24.

The NDP is charging $2,000 for a foursome of golfers and confirmed Thursday that the event will operate under “existing rules” — meaning that corporations and unions are free to buy tickets...


...Fleming said the government will follow through on its promise to prohibit union and corporate donations once the legislature resumes sitting in September.

“We’re going to ban them at the first legislative opportunity and that’s in the fall,” he said.

In the meantime, the golf tournament will operate under existing rules, he said.

“I’ve had golf tournaments for years. I think this is the 10th annual. The price is the same. The time of year is the same, and we’ll continue to have golf and other fundraising events under the new rules because they’re fun and they’re open to the public.”

A financial report on the Elections B.C. website shows that the NDP charged $500 a ticket for a Leader’s Tournament last September, pulling in $32,000 from organizations. Once costs and other sales were tabulated, the NDP made nearly $22,000...

Back in the run-up to the last election campaign I was happy to defend the need for Dippers to go after big money so that they wouldn't be forced to battle the corporate Wizards of Clarklandia with one hand tied behind their backs.

But now, well...

I'm sorry but stuff like this golf tournament thing just can't stand.

Because Mr. Fleming is no longer just 'an MLA'.

Instead, he is now the Minister of Education and his boss is the Premier.

Thus, I can only conclude that this is straight-up cash for access.



The Dippers needn't worry about the screamers and the shillophants from the various and assorted sundry BCL Klout Klub bunkers who will seize on this.

As for Andrew Weaver and the Greens? Well, that might be of some concern.

But I think the folks they should really worry about are individual people like me.

Individuals that will actually give the Dippers a big advantage, both donor number and dollar wise, once the big money is out of it.

Personally, I'm ready and waiting to give the maximum an individual can give once the legislation Mr. Eby is currently crafting is in place.

So get it done.

And in the meantime stop with the silly fundraisers that will bring in some measly $20 to  $30K at the price of your/our integrity.



Wednesday, August 02, 2017

In Which Ron Gets More Obvious Than Ever.


In his latest column, Mr. Mason of the Globe does some amateur psychoanalyzing of our former premier before he gets down to brass tacks about who the next leader of the BC Liberals might be.

After mentioning the usual suspects, Mr. Mason then wrote the following about someone he thinks would be a 'strong contender' for the leadership:

...Another person apparently getting pressure to consider it is Gary Collins, the former finance minister under Gordon Campbell. (Mr. Collins is related to a Globe and Mail staff member, who was not involved in this piece.)

Mr. Collins, who was in government from 1991 to 2004, has worked in the private sector since retiring from politics and would be a strong contender should he decide to take the plunge...


I think Mr. Mason my have left out a couple of details there.

Specifically, why, exactly, did the good Mr. Collins step down from the Golden Era government of Gordon Campbell in 2004?


Where, exactly, did he fly away to before landing in the private sector?

Why might those two specific bits of missing information matter to British Columbians who are interested in a more complete description of the track record of a very fine former politician who could, potentially, become a future leader of a major political party in this province?


...You know (from the autumn of 2010, just after the six million dollar Railgate Trial ending deal went down):

We have already established the following.....

....Former RailGate era Finance Minister Gary Collins once worked for David Ho's now defunct Harmony Airways.

....Current Deputy Finance Minister Graham Whitmarsh, who helped Deputy AG David Loukidelis put together the super-secret $6 million dollar plea-copping bonus-baby deal that ensured that former Minister Collins would never have to testify, under oath, in front of transcripts of RCMP surveillance wiretaps, at the RailGate trial, also worked for Harmony back in the day.

But here's something we didn't know, courtesy of Sean Holman's (still!)fantastic archives over at Public Eye.....

.....Current Deputy Finance Minister Whitmarsh was 'relieved' of his duties at Harmony on Nov. 30th 2006.

....Former RailGate era Finance Minister Collins resigned from Harmony just one day later on Dec. 01 2006...

Imagine that!

For those interested, the above connections and associations form the core of an important, in my opinion at least, unanswered question about Railgate (scroll down to the question in red if you want to skip the preamble).


Our Former Premier...Extremely Economical With The Truth To The Bitter End.


At her 'last press conference' yesterday, Ms. Christy Clark was asked the following about Linda Kayfish, Rod MacIsaac's sister:

Reporter: “Are you going to reach out to her again before you leave at the end of the week?”

CClark: “I have asked her for meetings several times, but she hasn’t accepted.”

Marcella Bernardo of CKWX/1130 followed up and went straight to Ms. Kayfish for comment:

...However, Kayfish says she has no record of Clark or anyone from her staff reaching out to her. “No. There’s no messages. I was actually astonished that she said the things they did. I would like to know if we could do an FOI to see all of the times they tried to reach out.”...



Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Bye-Bye To The Sparkle Pony Purveyors, Every (Single) One.



The big news is that the Flippiest one them all is gone, as noted by Charlie Smith in the GStraight:

One of Christy Clark's most vocal supporters in the 2013 election campaign has received his walking papers from the new NDP government.

Gordon Wilson was appointed in October 2013 as the Buy B.C. LNG ambassador by the B.C. Liberal government. This came after a high-profile pre-election endorsement of Clark...


...According to Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston, Wilson was paid more than $550,000 by the Christy Clark government.

Yet Ralston claimed that his staff has been "unable to locate any reports written by him", according to an article in the Times Colonist.

But, as Bob Mackin notes, it would appear that the original trillion dollarist has moved on as well:

Imagine that!

Meanwhile, the good Ms. Tyabji says don't believe anything your read, see or hear....Or some some such thing.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Small Things Can Be Big.


My favourite on-the-ground Lotuslandian blogger, Stanley Woodvine, wrote a great post last week chronicling his attempts to have the city of Vancouver install a water fountain in front of the Firehall Library on the 10th Avenue bike route just east of Granville:

...The official in charge of the City Vancouver’s Access to Water program has acknowledged my blog post of July 11 calling for a drinking water fountain in front of the Fairview neighbourhood’s Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch at 1455 West 10th Avenue.

In that blog post of July 11, I pointed out just how few drinking fountains Fairview has compared to the adjacent east Vancouver neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant.

Specifically, I noted how, from Cambie Street on the “10th Avenue local street bikeway“, going east, there were generally fountains ahead, or off to the side, within a kilometre of each other, going all the way to the eastern edge of the city. But, in contrast, traveling west from Cambie along 10th, the next closest fountain was two to three km away.

A drinking fountain at the Firehall Library, I argued, would be well-situated to benefit the greatest number of Fairview residents. It would also benefit cyclists traveling through the neighbourhood on the 10th Avenue bikeway, because it would cut the existing distance between outdoor drinking water fountains along the bikeway in half...


...Preet Bal, the program coordinator for Drinking Water Quality and Access to Water with the City of Vancouver—working out of the Water Design Branch of Engineering Services—emailed me today (July 25) to tell me that she was treating my blog post as a request for a drinking water fountain in front of the Fire Hall Library.

Which was very nice of her.

She also acknowledged my alternate suggestion for a fountain location, namely outside the Indigo bookstore on the southwest corner of South Granville Street and West Broadway Avenue.

She receives all requests for water fountain locations made to 3-1-1, or via email to and said that such requests help her to gauge the demand for a particular location...

I've already sent my Email to Ms. Bal:

Dear Ms. Bal,

As someone who lives on the Eastside and regularly rides along the 10th Ave bike route to and from work at UBC, I strongly support Stanley Woodvine's request to install a water fountain in front of the Firehall Library at 1455 W10th Ave given the long stretch between fountains along that route. In addition, it would be a great addition to the considerable foot traffic in that area.

Thanks very much,
xxx Ros(s)kxxxx
xxx E. 31st Ave.

It's easy.

It's simple.

And it only takes a minute.

It's also a good use of tax dollars.

Here's Ms. Bal's Email address again...

Do it.

Image at the top of the post is Stanley's imagined water fountain in front of the library. 


Friday, July 28, 2017

The Keef Report.


It's good to see that, by the end of the day Friday, the good Mr. Baldrey had almost caught up to the idiot bloggers and the like.

And so it goes...

Will be back with a comment on MBrown's righteous (and rightly vicious) take down of local proMedia Club members over their fact-free 'The Dippers Killed #LNG" codswallopanarianism later.
Previous Keef Reports can be found...Here (scroll on down).


The Leadership Resignation Is The Least Of It.


Ms. Clark's resignation as leader of her party was pretty much inevitable given the wizardry's penchant for jettisoning any and all liabilities whenever necessary. I mean, heckfire, if they could do it to the Capo nobody is ever safe.

But this business of Clark giving up her seat?

Well, that, in my opinion, is the really big deal here.


Because the NDP/Green coalition now has a two seat majority until the bye-bye (which can be up to six months down the road).

Which means that, for the fall legislative session at least, the speaker is no longer in play and the coalition can actually get some stuff done.

Now that is the really good good news.


This development also reinforces how important David Eby's win in PtGrey in 2013 was...The fact that Ms. Clark and the wizardry were too chicken to take him on in 2017 could be now be seen as the real difference...Good on all those kids that didn't back down from the BCL's attempts at voter suppression and helped make it happen 4 years ago!


That Norway Thing.


As Norm Farrell points out, a government that does its best to make sure the public also benefits from resource extraction is likely the thing that really scares the beejebuz out of the cronies and the BCL wizards they pay for:

Meanwhile, the local Club has bought the codswallop of the PNWLNG deflector spikey spin hook line and MikeyMike stinker.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Former Shock Jock Speaks Truth To Stupid.


It would appear that a local proMedia member just burned his Club membership:

Turns out that...

Despite the fact that he has been doing some good work on CKNW for awhile now, I have been sitting on the fence when it comes to Mr. Drex.

Mostly because I had a hard time getting past the fact that he was involved in this.

My waffling however was turned to vegemite sandwiching with the tweet above.


What's the 'house' thing all about Alfie?....Take it away Uncle Bob.
There is a Club?....You bet there is.


The Flaw In The #LNG Codswallop (ctd)...The Dippers Wreck Alaska!


From Alaska Public Radio:

Last year, ConocoPhillips announced that it wanted to sell its liquefied natural gas plant on the Kenai Peninsula (in Alaska). The company hasn’t yet found a buyer. Now, a company spokesperson said it’s going to save expenses by mothballing the facility this fall.

It’s the last piece of infrastructure that ConocoPhillips owns in Cook Inlet. And they’re getting closer to shutting it down.

The Kenai LNG facility is up against a world market that’s awash in natural gas.

“Most people are fairly aware of the fact that worldwide the price of oil and gas has been low,” ConocoPhillips Senior Communications Specialist Amy Burnett said...


I guess that Murkowski woman did vote against separating tens of thousands of Alaskans from their health insurance.

So it must be all the socialists' fault all the time.

Tip O' The Toque to Jeff Melland on the Twittmachine.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

LNG A-Go-Go...The Flaw In The Doomsayers' Codswallop.


You'd almost think they planned it...

And I'm not just talking about the usual nonsensical nonsense from the BCLiberal fabulists and their former bought-and-paid for lobbyist in the wake of Petronas' post-election/new-gov't plug pulling.

Case in point, the 'Dippers killed the Sparkle Ponies!' screamer from Claudia Cattaneo in last night's soon to be taxpayer propped-up Financial Post:

...With energy prices collapsing globally, and the business in B.C. having a tough time remaining viable, Pacific NorthWest LNG needed less, not more government costs and regulations to stay in the game.

Instead, the new provincial government jacked up its demands, including higher carbon taxes, a “fair” return for resources (read a bigger provincial take), partnerships with First Nations (read fatter benefits agreements), protection for “our air, land and water including living up to our climate change commitments,” as outlined in Premier John Horgan’s mandate letter to the new energy minister, Michelle Mungall.

To make matters worse, Horgan repeatedly singled out Pacific NorthWest LNG during his election campaign as one that was “poorly sited” and that he would relocate (read another environmental assessment and, of course, more costs)...

Followed by this from wanna-be petro-statist Mr. Wall of Flatlandia:

Now, leaving aside the nonsense in the position that it is all the Dippers' fault for a moment.

Perhaps, instead, we should think about what the imaginary gassified Sparkle Ponies have cost us already.

Luckily for us Norm Farrell has already run the numbers:


Can't remember ever having seen Norm's ~$7 billion bottom line on the evening news or in the CAPP-inated Postmedia print organs.

Wonder why?

And while we're on the subject...It would appear that Mr. Leyne of the local VTC might have a little explaining to do also. 
As for the Dean?...The pretzel logic required to blame the Dippers while simultaneously acknowledging the economic reality is astonishing....Harvey Oberfeld follows up with a bit of hardening of what is now becoming conventional wisdom for those who unfortunately refuse to scratch any deeper than the surface....And this really is the problem because, given the proMedia's refusal to clearly state what is really going on, a significant proportion of the electorate who kinda/sorta pay attention like the good Mr. Oberfeld will be convinced that this is an ideological thing going in to the next election. Tragically, that is the kind of thing that can lead to most of that same proportion of folks voting against their own best interests.
 Meanwhile...Grant G bangs the entire proMedia Club Membership's gong....Again. 


We Should All Hope For What Merv Is Hoping For.


Merv Adey, who is both tough and fair, is one of the best of all the regular folks around here that pay attention and comment on goings on in BC politics.

In his most recent post Merv mentioned his hopes for our new provincial government:

...The new government has a huge job just to govern well and roll back some of the worst decisions of the Clark government.

My one hope is that the BCUC review of Site C proves once and for all to those outside the choir what a bad idea spending $9-12 Billion or more on an unneeded source of energy is.

And I hope in the course of RCMP investigations and audits, rocks are overturned that embarrass Baldrey and Fletcher and Palmer into an admission that for the past six years something large has been very wrong in the administration of government by Christy Clark… The willingness of these gentlemen to gloss over and excuse the service of the corporate interest over the public interest has real consequences. These are seen in homeless counts, in the opioid crisis, in the decline of revenue to government from extraction industries who ship more value over time while sustaining us less….and many other places. 

Here’s to a long lasting GreeNDP government mixing good public policy with the exposure over time of the reasons everything needs fixing. Here’s to the end of big money controlling public policy . So many things...

Tough to argue with any of that, eh?


In the same post Merv also mentioned that, for health reasons, he is going to take a break from blogging for a bit.

Personally, I'm counting the days 'till his next blockbuster post.

In the meantime, he's still dishing it out on the Twittmachine.

Merv, as the slightly older than kid kids (who are not spending all their time on the gram-o-chatty cathy thingies) like to say...A really good follow. 



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Searching For Newsprint.


When she was in New York and bought me my dead tree version of the Sunday Times last week littler e. was staying at an Airbnb place on the Upper Westside.

Almost sixty years ago Jack Kerouac was living in that part of town, but not with his second wife (and to be mom to daughter Jan) Joan Haverty, who was there when the 120 feet of teletype was spontaneously prosified from a whole lot of journal entries and such in 1951.

Instead, when he finally got his book deal in 1957, six years after the first full draft was done, Ti Jean's partner at the time was Joyce Glassman.

And on the night before 'On the Road' was finally published Kerouac and Glassman went out searching for early editions of that day's papers so they could read the reviews.

The most important of which was written by Gilbert Millstein in the Times.

Millstein's lede alone changed everything for the then already 35 yr old Kerouac who had written seven unpublished works since the coffee- and benny-driven days and nights of the teletype scroll:

On the Road" is the second novel by Jack Kerouac, and its publication is a historic occasion in so far as the exposure of an authentic work of art is of any great moment in an age in which the attention is fragmented and the sensibilities are blunted by the superlatives of fashion (multiplied a millionfold by the speed and pound of communications).

This book requires exegesis and a detailing of background. It is possible that it will be condescended to by, or make uneasy, the neo-academicians and the "official" avant-garde critics, and that it will be dealt with superficially elsewhere as merely "absorbing" or "intriguing" or "picaresque" or any of a dozen convenient banalities, not excluding "off beat." But the fact is that "On the Road" is the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as "beat," and whose principal avatar he is. 

Just as, more than any other novel of the Twenties, "the Sun Also Rises" came to be regarded as the testament of the "Lost Generation," so it seems certain that "On the Road" will come to be known as that of the "Beat Generation." There is, otherwise, no similarity between the two: technically and philosophically, Hemingway and Kerouac are, at the very least, a depression and a world war apart...

I'm pretty sure that my kids think that, these days at least, this business of searching for hardcopies of newspapers with stuff about your actual words in them only happens to people like Lena Dunham's character in 'Girls'....I could be wrong about that though...I'm sure they'll let me know either way.
And just what the heckfire was Millstein thinking, writing about 'avatars' in 1957?
Glassman is pictured in the background of the image, above...She, too, was a writer and the photo comes from the cover of her book titled 'Minor Characters'...You can find her in Keruoac's ouevre as Alyce Newman in 'Desolation Angels'.


But Who Let The Voters Be Played For Saps Over LNG?


Petronas' Port Edward LNG deal is now deader than dead.


Woodfibre, and it's sweetheart dealios from Darth Vader and company, may be the only one left.

With all that in mind Rod Mickleburgh makes an important point on the Twittmachine:

My comeback question is in the header, above, re: the Enablers.

Personally, I think we already know the answer.


Follow up question for Lotuslandian proMedia club members...Will you let codswallop like this stand also?


Monday, July 24, 2017

The Gift.


Last week involved another whack of cigar tube riding week for me.

Which I'm starting to hate more and more, especially the airport part, for all kinds of reasons, but mostly because of the mad scramble to get on and find a place to jam in your carry-on. I fly lots, but only on the cheapest tickets so all these quarter points are pretty much useless for anything.


When I got home late Wednesday night, the previous Sunday's edition of the New York Times, shown above, was just sitting there, big and fat, on my desk/table down in the subterranean homesick blues room.

Now, in case you haven't noticed, I still have quite a thing for dead-tree editions of the news and such.

It's so bad that when we go on driving road trips the space under my seat in the car fills to bursting with all manner of local rags and big chain homogenowipes from every town and hamlet that we stop in, even if it's only for cinnamon churros and licorice whips.

In contrast, at home I'm more restrained, mostly because I just don't have time to read everything cover-to-cover. So I only buy the NYTimes once a week, on Fridays, because I like to learn about all the shows and movies I will not see in considerable detail. Also, I get it for the Krugman v. Brooks on opposite sides of the same static page, all pugnacious like with guest spot Op-Ed's between them acting like referees that wouldn't know a low blow if it hit them right where it hurts.

Anyway, it turns out that the particular Sunday paper in question was bought for me, on that  particular Sunday, by littler e. in New York City.

She got it in Times Square while doing her dancing/intern thing for three weeks on her first big post-high school graduation adventure.

The next day we pretty much crossed paths in Pearson. I did not see her, although the text messages were flying.

Imagine that!

As you may have guessed I'm still reading that particular edition of the Sunday paper...Who knew their could be so many words in the Review of Books about Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of something or other?


The Phony #BCPoli Severance War (ctd.)....Another Thing The Dean Did Not Tell You.


As we noted recently, Mr. Vaughn Palmer saw Ms. Jessica McDonald's removal as BCHydro CEO by the new government as a 'hit':

The above Twittmachine squrqleburp was more fully fleshed out in Mr. Palmer's follow-up VSun column published a few hours later which was later expertly dissected expertly by Norm Farrell.


On the weekend Bob Mackin revealed, as learned by a long delayed FOI release that the Vancouver Whitecaps are suing the BC Liberal invention PavCo which manages BC Place and its magic carpet ride of a roof.

Which is bizarre on the face of it, when you think about it.

Buried beneath Mr. Mackin's lede is the following most interesting kicker:

...The day after the Liberals won the 2013 election by surprise, (BC Place) stadium general manager Howard Crosley was fired and given a golden parachute worth nearly $500,000...


I don't recall Mr. Palmer telling his readers about that 'hit'.

Do you?


Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Phony #BCPoli Severance War...Things The Dean Does Not Tell You.


Despite a most misleading headline that reads like it was written by the CTF, Rob Shaw wrote a balanced quick hit about the initial de-cronification efforts of the new provincial government in the VSun yesterday:

VICTORIA — The new NDP government’s transition to power cost taxpayers $11.3 million in severance packages for fired Liberal political staffers...


...In 2001, when the B.C. Liberals transitioned in to power after defeating the NDP, the severance bill was $9 million, which, adjusted for inflation, puts it slightly higher than the amount spent by the NDP...

Interestingly, when Mr. Shaw announced his piece on the Twittmachine, the Dean of the Legislative Press Club replied thusly:

Funnily enough, Mr. Palmer did not mention, or even allude to, the following (courtesy IntegrityBC):


Please note: The numbers, above, in the purple box are just for routine Crony-To-Crony, year over-year severances during the post-GordCo time of Clarklandia...In addition, that $22million, plus does not include  cronification upgrades at CrownCorps and/or PublicAgencies. 
Update: Norm Farrell has more....Much more.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Did Somebody Just Cancel The Dobranos' Final Syndication Run?




NVG is keeping track of all this over at his place.

The Dobranos?....'Twas a really, really big Golden Era Shew.
Hang on a second!....Thanks (once again) to the FOI digging of Bob Mackin, we have learned that there is a two-hatted a spin-off series running that is set to jump the Paragon shark any day now...Sheesh.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Remember....They Only Smear Those They Fear Most.



Look what the former astro-turf layer for great the Ice Bomb bridge taxpayer schmozzlepalooza was up to yesterday:


Let's ignore the absurdity of suggesting that our fine constabulary has something against civil rights for the moment.

And, instead, how about we return to the days of yesteryear, circa 201l?

Which, perhaps not coincidentally, was the last time Ms. Christy Clark actually managed to beat a guy named Eby, who was unknown provincially at the time, in a by-election squeaker. Interestingly, in the run-up to voting day Ms. Clark levelled essentially the same smear at Mr. Eby.

Here's what I wrote about that at the time:


It would appear that things have tightened a little in the Point Grey by-election.

How do we know this?

Because Christy Clark, debate no-show kill button still in hand, has suddenly gone negative on David Eby calling him an extremist due to his work for civil rights and social justice.


There is only one person running in tomorrow's bye-bye in creme-de-la-creme ville who has proven that she is an extremist once in power


Before the slash and burning started in earnest to clear out the social slag that would facilitate Gordon Campbell's really, really big plans to privatize everything there was first the BC Liberal Party's 2001 election platform.

An election platform that was co-written by Christy Clark.

And before there was the privatization of the Ferries, and the Railway, and the Roads, and the Bridges, and the Subway, and the Hospital Services, and the MSP Billing, and the Accounting, and the Rivers, there was the privatization of many, many services delivered by the Ministry of Child and Family Development.

And when the latter all blew up with the Doug Walls/CareNET debacle that cost subsequently cost taxpayers millions, who did Gordon Campbell immediately put in charge of Child and Family Development?

Why, none other than...


Christy Clark.


Does all of this mean that the wizardry is up to its old tricks once again?

That 2011 bye-bye between Clark and Eby really was a squeaker....And, in addition, to telephone pole paste-up smears in the pointiest parts of Point Grey there was also....This (Bonjour GAB!).
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the kind of codswallop spouted by the good Mr. Batemen and Ms. Clark, above, has not been the exclusive domain of BC Liberal leaders and overtly bought-and-paid-for surrogates....Heckfire!...Sometimes, as you might have already guessed, proMedia Club members have gotten into the act as well (with help, of course, from surrogates 'sources').


Friday, July 14, 2017

The Front Man....Mount Polley's Pictures On His Mind


The following is just one of many extremely troubling bits of PR flack-hackery engineered by the wizards behind the Curtain of Clarklandia in the days after the Mount Polley mine disaster, as told to us by Jeremy Nuttall in the Tyee:

...In another brief email Clark’s then director of communications Ben Chin said he had spoken to “Jas” about impending TV news coverage of the spill. The reference, following earlier emails on Global TV’s coverage, appears to refer to Jas Johal, then a Global reporter.

“Just finished talking to Jas... it’s just a heads up, not an interview request. He tells me the pictures at 6 will be very graphic. Imperial (Metals, owned by big BCLiberal donor and fundraiser Murray Edwards) should get out in front,” Chin wrote...

As we have said many, many times 'round here*....

There is a Club.

And many of its most distinguished members definitely do not work for you and me.

Which is why the keepers of the Club should get absolutely none of our legacy media buyout money.


*Thanks to the opening of our eyes as to the depth and extent of Club membership goes to our old friend Ian Reid.


FOI Friday: Apparently....


....The CEO Of BC Hydro Will Grant Front Groups Permission To Do Any And All Things Political.

From the FOI digging of, who else...

Bob Mackin:


June 7th.

Weren't we in a weird non-ledge/fake bills comin' limbo right about then?


Jeremy Nuttall also has an FOI-based story up that will make the hair on the back of your neck spontaneously combust in today's Tyee....It's about Mt Polley. (post coming on that)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

One More Big Money 'N Treasure Story That The Local ProMedia Can No Longer Ignore.


Here is the lede:

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — No nursing home wants to be known for uncertainty and intrigue.

So a Canadian retirement home chain found itself in an uncomfortable position last year when it agreed to be bought by a politically connected Chinese company with a shadowy group of owners. Regulators approved the deal even though the buyer was under regulatory scrutiny in the United States, and while critics in Canada questioned the identities of its local representatives.

Today, the chairman of the Chinese buyer, Anbang Insurance Group, is being held by the Chinese police for undisclosed reasons — and critics say the deal represents the latest example of Canada’s troublingly lax attitude toward Chinese money flooding into the country...

Why can local proMedia Club members no longer ignore the story?

Because the lede, above, comes from a just published piece in the New York Times.

And this time it is not even under Dan Levin's byline.

Instead, it's a DealBook deal from Kevin Wong. 

Go figure.


Monday, July 10, 2017

The Last Remnant Of Clarkland...Those Who Did Not Pay Still Don't Play.


Even, it would appear, when it really matters and the game is for real.

The following is the lede of piece by Josh Duncan in Kamloops Now:

The owner of the (Mars waterbomber) tanker, Wayne Coulson, posted a statement to Facebook late on Sunday night saying that Coulson Aviation has offered support.

“On Saturday, we offered the B.C. Government our available aircraft and have heard nothing back as of tonight,” the statement said. “We have offered two Sikorsky S-61 heavy-lift helicopters, each with a 4000 litre capacity and one S-76 command and control helicopter that was in Australia this Spring and is approved to fight fire at night with our Night Vision Goggle capability....

What's it really all about this time Alfie?

Well, unlike at least one of the BC Liberals go-to aviation companies, Mr. Coulson both kicked up a fuss and refused to pay awhile back. As a result Coulson and Co. were essentially shut out of the firefighting business in British Columbia.

Laila Yuile laid it all out in a piece three summers ago:

...(I)t was the spring of 2013 when the owner of the Coulson group came out strongly against the  BC Liberals prior to the election, and the poor Liberal forest policies that impacted small communities all over the province...

...(Competing aviation co.) Conair has donated exclusively to the BC Liberals since 2005, with one donation in the spring to the BCNDP when it appeared they may win the last election (in 2013)...

Go figure.

Jane Doe has more, on the Twittmachine. 


Sunday, July 09, 2017

Local Labour Group Demonized By BC Liberal Wizardry Does The Right Thing.


Brought to us by Simon Little and the fine folks at the NWGlobalHydrahead:

A Kamloops-area branch of the United Steelworkers union is spending its weekend feeding, and in some cases, housing wildfire evacuees.

Kyle Wolff, president of United Steelworkers Local 7619 which represents the Teck Highland Valley Copper Mine, spearheaded the effort...


....The volunteers have set up a mobile kitchen at Kamloops’ McArthur Island evacuation centre, where Wolff says they’re feeding both evacuees and stranded travellers from as far away as Vancouver and Prince George.

He (Wolff) says multiple people have also stepped forward to open their homes to strangers with nowhere to stay.

“As funny as it sounds, I didn’t expect anything different. We’ve always been there for the community and any time we’ve ever reached out for assistance we get more phone calls than I can handle. I had to at one point send people home, because we had too many volunteers, which is not a bad thing,” Wolff said...


Where's that Wizardry-driven troll truck now?

And look who just arrived (late Sunday morning) looking for her 'I Am Linda' Antidote.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

No More Days Of Clarkland...The Deed Is Done!


Celebratory tunes coming!

I spent the evening in the lab scoring freshly stained tissue microarrays....The codswallop in the ledge over the last few days had been making me crazy so I purposely unplugged and didn't pay attention to either news reports or the twittmachine after the non-confidence vote came down this afternoon...Thus, I did not learn of this thing until almost 11:00pm...And it was not the proMedia that told me...Instead it was readers on the comment thread to the last post of the Last Doomed Day...What a way to end it...Thanks everyone!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Last Doomed Day In Clarkland...The Dean Takes A Stand.



...The New Democrats and Greens have given serious thought to managing the challenges in the legislature. They have already concluded they can make do without unilateral changes in the standing orders. Perhaps they have other solutions as well.

If sufficiently satisfied by those assurances to call on Horgan to form a government, the Lt.-Gov. could further ask the premier-designate to recall the legislature in short order and demonstrate he has the confidence of the house.

Granted there would be no guarantees that the power-sharing arrangement could be made to work for long. But in my view it would be more prudent to give it a chance, rather than declare it a failure based on self-serving suppositions of a scheming premier.

But here's the thing.

What should we all do if Ms. Guichon does not do the good Mr. Palmer's suggested 'prudent' thing?


The Last Doomed Day Of Clarkland...100% Dead Wrong One Last Time.


First this, from The Tyee's Andrew MacLeod on the Twittmachine:


Didn't the coalition demonstrably demonstrate, unequivocally, that they can and will collaborate when they voted earlier this week to kibosh the good Ms. Clark's fake (i.e. folks like the great bunch at SNC Lavelin would love it because they would still be able to give the Crony Party of their choice a million bucks whenever they want to) BigMoneyBanBill?

Just sayin'...

What it really comes down to in the wake of Craig James' 'speech' to the Ledge last week and Mike de Jong's codswallopanarianism this week re: the speaker is the following....Is the fix already in?
And I'm not talking about constitutionality, or legal standing, or even convention here...Instead, I'm talking about what the wizards are willing to do?...And don't forget that, in the past, they have been willing to do a lot, many times over...
I really do hope that the answer is a resounding 'No'....However, I think it would be foolish not to be prepared for the opposite given the stakes involved and the wizards' past performance.


The Last Days Of Clarkland...Section 44.


Straight from British Columbia's 'Constitution Act':

44  If a vote in the Legislative Assembly is tied, the Speaker has a casting vote.

All the rest is prologue.

And nothing more.


Tip O' The Toque to Jen Stewart on the Twittmachine and Norm Farrell over at his place.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Last Days Of Clarkland...Shillophants On Parade.


With shillophants like this, who needs clowns...

Case in point, it would appear that the good Mr. Coyne is dancing on top of a big deeply purpled NaPo float while wearing the loudest 'Double S' suit of them all:

...It has been argued that, while the Speaker’s impartiality may be the convention at most times, it should not be the convention now; that what is intolerable as the exception, for a bill’s fate to be decided by the vote of the Speaker, should be tolerated as the rule; in short, that convention should be respected so long as it is not inconvenient.

This will appeal to that enduring Canadian constituency for having things both ways. But it would do immense harm to the way we are governed. It is a hard enough job keeping order in the unruly cockpit of partisanship that is a legislature, even with a Speaker who is universally respected for his fairness and impartiality. To expect order to prevail with an unabashedly partisan Speaker, under the government whip, is foolish in the extreme...


It would also appear that Marky Mark is now the purple baton twirling drum major for the "No Costs/No Taxes, Bathtub Gin &Toga Parties For All!' brassiest brass-type band...

Of course, there is absolutely no truth to the scurrilous and completely unfounded rumour that Mr. Coyne's float was driven by the current clerk of the legislature...None whatsoever!


Friday, June 23, 2017

The Last Doomed Days Of Clarkland...The Polak Consistency.


Apparently, the co-optation of all things Leap Manifesto, Marxism (of the non-Groucho kind), the CCF, and the GreenDP Coalition by the Salad Of The Word party is entirely consistent with everything it has ever done.

How do we know this is true?

Because Marvelous Mary Polak says it is so:


The thread, with Ms. Polak's Twittmachine intern fighting back with both hands tied behind his or her back is hilarious. 


The Last Days Of Clarkland: Everything In My Throne Speech Is Dangerous...

...Now Give Me Money!

The following is a fundraising letter recently received by public education advocate Jenn Stewart:

Hypocrisy, thy name is Christy.

(some call it Hypochristy)

What's it really all about this time Alfie?...I have a theory...More on that soon (i.e. sometime this weekend after littler e's graduation events are all done).
Bob Mackin goes a little deeper on the fundraising thing...Here.
Uncle Bob also notes that, in addition to an Oil Refinery Lobbyist, Ms. Clark also had her longtime FedLib rainmaker in the ledge with her yesterday...Imagine that!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Last Days Of Clarkland...What Has The Dean Been Smoking?


Don't worry.

By tomorrow, Saturday at the latest, the buzz will wear off and the good Mr. Palmer will write the next in a never ending series of punch-pulling, hedge-betting columns.


Oil Co. Lobbyist Uber Alles!

Update: Looks like the Dean has moved on to the harder stuff...


The Last Days Of Clarkland....ALL Of Your NDP's 'R Us.


Mental health, education, welfare rates, transit, bus passes, carbon taxes, campaign finance reform and all that are one thing when it comes to the co-optation of all things Dipper/Green.

But this...

This, if even remotely true, would be unbelievably Clarklandian in more ways than Christy:

(It would appear Mr. Antrim was p'wning us all...But I would take pretty short odds on it having been in at least one draft version or three of the speech somewhere up the line)


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TDDIC....When Projection And Paranoia Become One.


Is the Klout Klub now closed?

And I guess media monitors and/or digital influencers were never employed by the BC Liberals.

Of course, it goes out without saying that no local Liberal operative would ever stoop to using the Boyz to get things done.



TDDIC...All Your Legislations 'R Us.


Rob Shaw, writing in the VSun yesterday, made it clear that Andrew Weaver will not support any card check legislation from John Horgan.

Which is all fine as far as it goes, and is not unexpected (although I wonder if there would be a Fac. Ass'n at the fine institution where Mr. Weaver plies his academic trade if a secret ballot only-type certification drive was held today).

But what really caught my eye in the piece was the following from the good Mr. Shaw:

...Weaver said the Greens are interested in co-operating with the Liberals and NDP on other legislation (including potentially voting in favour of a Liberal bill to ban corporate and union donations), but warned he won’t allow any party to unilaterally push bills through the legislature...

Of course, the above passage was neither presaged with nor followed by any mention whatsoever of the fact that the BCNDP has introduced such legislation six times already in legislatures controlled by the BC Liberal Party and, most recently, Ms. Christy Clark.

In addition, there was no mention that Mr. Shaw's employer is one of the current crop of big money proMedia donor's to the BC Liberal Party of Ms. Christy Clark.

Kind of makes you wonder if Postmedia has made any deepest, darkest money-type contributions to Ms. Clark et al. in the past few weeks.

Perhaps Mr. Shaw could report back and let us know if that is or is not the case before we are forced to fork out $350 million to help service the restructured debt of the hedge fund that controls them and/or keep the big bonuses rolling in for the really big Postmedia bosses that are apparently so deserving of them.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mr. Ward Finds His Way Home.


Brook Ward who tends to babble like one in the free-formed format that is sports talk radio is a different guy when he's calling a ballgame.

And calling a game is something he did with great regularity back in the days of triple A baseball in Vancouver.

That all ended when the team moved to Sacramento in 2006.

But tonight I got tired of the MoCo and flicked on up the dial to find Mr. Ward calling the opening game at Nat Bailey this evening.

If Moe Drabowsky was still here Mr. Ward's left shoe would be on fire by now and their would be goldfish in his soft drink.

You think I'm joking?

Fun little back 'n forth on the Twittmachine about the greatness that was Mr. Drabowsky...Here.


This Doomed Day In Clarkland...To Hell With The 71%.




Subheader?....Well, according to all kinds of wizards in days past....Genius!