Irony is a Dead Horse and the Conservative Party of Canada is Wielding the Flogger

by matttbastard

“This is pure political self-interest and they are doing this in the most undemocratic fashion.”

– Kory Teneycke, communications director for PM Stephen Harper, reacting to news that the opposition may (may) have finally grown a spine after the Tory government assassinated the NSOC with its proposed economic update.

Related: Bob Fife muses on the likelihood of a potential Grit/Dipper coalition, which “changes hour after hour,” and talks to former NDP leader Ed Broadbent regarding coalition negotiations.

Flashback: Props to Murray Dobbin. That is all.

Update: Canadians for a Progressive Coalition — add your name.

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Consumerism Kills Long Island Wal-Mart Worker

by matttbastard

Ok, maybe the title of this post is a tad hyperbolic, but Jesus wept–I don’t care what day of the year it is, working retail should not be a life-threatening pursuit:

A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said.

The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too…I literally had to fight people off my back.”

Talk about a great reason to celebrate Buy Nothing Day.

h/t Patti Digh

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