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Crazy Trump And His Crazy Border Wall

Before you decide that, based on the image above, I’m about to let loose with a barrage of invective about Trump and his ‘obsession’ with a border wall, I’m not. In fact, I’m long past being really bored with what the many people suffering from what is accurately called ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ (TDS) i.e. the reflexive and fundamentally anti-intellectual lampooning of literally anything Trump says, does, wants or likes (or even dislikes). The image above is, therefore, an example of the kind of idiotic argumentation made by such people.

Paris, provinces brace for revived yellow vest protests

The central French city of Bourges is shuttering shops to brace for possible violence between police and yellow vest protesters, as the nationwide movement seeks a new stage for its weekly demonstrations.

Paris, too, is hunkering down for a ninth weekend of anti-government protests Saturday. France’s government has deployed 80,000 security forces for the day, and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner threatened tough retaliation against violence.

Progressive RCMP policy requires officers to recite land acknowledgement before seizing indigenous land

“Before operations to end blockades begin, members of the Emergency Response Team will solemnly acknowledge whose land we are taking,” said RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki. “And I can assure you members will have memorized the proper pronunciation for each group they will be arresting. We want to show that their culture is appreciated as we send them to local jails.”

‘It’s pretty much inevitable’ that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy

American democracy is in crisis. The election of Donald Trump feels like a state of emergency made normal.

Trump has threatened violence against his political enemies. He has made clear he does not believe in the norms and traditions of American democracy — unless they serve his interests. Trump and his advisers consider a free press to be enemies of his regime. Trump repeatedly lies and has a profoundly estranged relationship with empirical reality. He uses obvious and naked racism, nativism and bigotry to mobilize his voters and to disparage entire groups of people such as Latinos and Muslims.

Recycling plastic: individual efforts for naught?

Many Canadians are shocked to learn that for all their well-intentioned efforts to sort and clean plastic packaging for recycling, only about 11 per cent actually gets recycled.

That figure comes from Environmental Defence as part of a campaign to move towards zero plastic waste. A November 2018 claim from Greenpeace says globally only a mere nine per cent of plastic waste is recycled, 12 per cent is burned, and the rest ends up in landfill, or the environment.