The Sadies feat. Kurt Vile – It’s Easy (Like Walking) (2016)

There are many, many things in our fair province worth ranting about. Carbon tax rallies, Ezra Levant being a complete and utter douchebag, Derek Fildebrandt being a complete and utter asshole. Rage directed north, south, east and west. But you know what?

It ain’t worth it right now. Ezra will do what Ezra does (which is act like an entitled, slimy, wart-infested child), and so will his Nazi youth-wannabe Fildebrandt.

So, for all the good and happy people out there, here’s something: The Sadies featuring Kurt Fucking Vile.

Via Exclaim!

Anti-carbon levy grassroots group not grassroots, you don’t say!

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“Our provincial government has no mandate to bring forth a tax that has such serious societal consequences for Alberta, especially when there are technological advancements in carbon capture and storage, and other technologies available to us.”

The quote above is from totally non-partisan inventor Todd Beasley, managing director for the awkwardly named “grassroots” organization Alberta-Wide Rally. Want to know more about them? Too bad – their About Us page is, for some reason, broken.

OK, now, who exactly is this Todd Beasley fellow, managing director of this “grassroots” organization.

According the Linkedin, Beasley is technology co-inventor and founder and chief operating officer of CCR Technologies. He also appears to be a board member of MinMiner Alpha. Not to be confused with MinMiner Technologies, a totally different business that just happens to have the exact same address as MinMiner Alpha.

Want to know more about MinMiner Technologies? Too bad, their website is broken.

So what does CCR Technologies do?

Simply put, they invent, invest in and use – wait for it – PETROCHEMICAL AND GAS RECLAMATION TECHNOLOGY. Some of their clients include staunch environmentalist organizations like Shell, Husky Energy, ExxonMobil and more. They have two head offices: one in Calgary and another in Spring, Texas.

Now, there is also a friendly and most certainly factually correct interview with Beasley from the scamps at a certain rebellious amateur news website.

You’ll notice that the contact number for Beasley listed at the bottom is the same phone number listed for Todd Beasley, Chief Operating Officer of CCR Technologies.

Here’s what we now know: a “grassroots movement created in Alberta – by the people and for the people” is being managed by a chief operating officer of an oil and gas reclamation company whose company has a head office in Texas. I’m SURE it’s all a coincidence!

I’ll finish with a scenario: The PC Party is still in power. Albertans who care about having a planet for future generations organize rallies across the province beggin the government to act on climate change. They call it a “grassroots movement created in Alberta”. Their managing director also happens to be on the payroll for Greenpeace or any number of provincial or national environmental groups.

Would you still believe it’s a grassroots movement?

I guess it’s really not that surprising to know the folks bankrolling this “grassroots” movement have a vested economic interest in there being no carbon levy. Though in the end, if there’s one thing rational, progressive folks should know is that when you hear “grassroots” from the right, you better take it with the grainiest of salts.

Throwback candidate’s act of bravery: sex ed just like residential schools

Leave it up to throwback candidate for the federal Conservative leadership to make a truly awkward and confusing residential school analogy.

Social conservative Untouchable Brad(ley) Trost of Saskatchewan has been consistently reelected year after year in his increasingly urban riding in Saskatoon. I want to believe that the more dumb shit he says, the less likely he’ll be reelected. But give it to Trost, he certainly seems sure of himself.

Ontario new(ish) sex-ed curriculum has driven white, ignorant parents crazy the last couple years. At issue are the fact that their children learn about totally normal and healthy things like masturbation and how to avoid STIs. But wait! Same-sex relationships are totally normal too? Gender fluidity is a real thing and maybe we shouldn’t be afraid of transgender men and women? This sounds verrrrry familiar, Trost says.

Because Indigenous parents’ rights were infringed upon when the government took their children and put them in residential schools, it’s more-or-less the same as teaching children that masturbation is healthy, here’s how to not get STIs, and yes, homosexuality is totally normal and healthy. It’s quite a stretch, even for a crazy social conservative untouchable like Trost.

Read more about this over at Vice. I’m sure this won’t be the last we’ll hear from Throwback Candidate Brad(ley) Trost.

A National Celebration

For those who didn’t take part in the celebration live, here’s the extremely chilling rendition of “Grace, Too”.

As noted by Vice columnist Drew Brown, there was a unique moment during the performance when Gord Downie basically called out Trudeau as the guy who can finally start to reconcile our terrible colonial past with a prosperous future for generations of Indigenous, Metis and Inuit Canadians. A third of the goddamn country saw this happen, so Mr. Trudeau, it’s on you now man.