Archive for November 2014

Stephen Harper and Mackenzie King .. bad joke or nightmare ????

Nov 27th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Whatever else, Stephen Harper has become the kind of opponent you worry about. He has now been prime minister of Canada since early in 2006. He is up for re-election this coming 2015. He has  obvious major flaws. He lacks constructive wisdom about the country. But you fear he may have other, lower talents that [...]



Is Stephen Harper really making a good case for another crowning, as we try to remember Giovanni Caboto in 1497 ??

Nov 20th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Lawrence Martin’s quite remarkable Globe and Mail column this past Tuesday (November 18, 2014)  — “A pro-active PM seizes the agenda” — deserves more attention, and debate. The essential argument is nicely (or otherwise) summarized in Mr. Martin’s first paragraph : “If victory goes to the guy who wants it most, Stephen Harper is making [...]



Misty contact : Giovanni Caboto and sponsor in Atlantic Canada , 1485–1689

Nov 19th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

Children of the Global Village Canada in the 21st Century : Tales about the history that matters Randall White eastendbooks  2014 (For background on the larger series of which this is a part, see The Long Journey to a Canadian Republic.) PART I THE DEEP CANADIAN PAST, 1497–1763 1 Misty “Contact” : Giovanni Caboto in [...]



Is Stephen Harper too clever by half .. and/or will that be good enough for Canada in 2015?

Nov 15th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

As it starts to seem that this just may be another long, cold winter, various bits of early snow in the air are telling confusing tales of the much anticipated Canadian federal election of 2015. In the latest journalistic style, here are five things on this subject that may or may not interest the Canadian [...]



US midterm elections 2014, II : “Our Conservative, Criminal Politicians” .. new moods in Washington, DC ??

Nov 9th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Robert G. Kaiser clearly wrote his current piece in the November 6, 2014 issue of the New York Review of Books — on “Our Conservative, Criminal Politicians” — before the November 4 US midterm elections. But I read it just after. And it helped me do something with my private thoughts about the future of [...]



US midterm elections 2014, I : what can Barack Obama possibly do?

Nov 4th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED NOV 5]. Those of us who believe that history and the future will judge Barack Obama a much more seminal and successful US president than the present is doing can only look at the midterm elections this Tuesday, November 4, 2014 and weep. The prospects for sitting administrations in such contests are almost never [...]