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(Globe and Mail)   Following up on the report of millions spent by Canada's Harper govt for non-existent jobs program, almost $15M spent last year promoting program that ended 2 years ago   (theglobeandmail.com) divider line 122
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2014-01-26 04:55:18 PM  
Christ, what an asshole.

The airwaves are full of ads touting what a good job he's doing.

Basically these are all self serving political ads disguised as information/promotion of various programs.

But this? This shiat makes me a might stabby.

I can't wait to get rid of this guy.

/No CSIS that wasn't a threat.
//I meant electorally.
///You too NSA. Stand down.
 
2014-01-26 05:45:16 PM  
You know how it is.  If you get the budget and you don't spend it you don't get the budget next year.  Works the same way in large corporations.
 
2014-01-26 06:24:05 PM  
It's a total scam.

Involving ads.

If only there was some short catchphrase we could use to describe it, we might be able to bring down this government.

/electorally of course
 
2014-01-26 06:24:48 PM  

" It is also nearly half the size of the massive $136.3-million ad buy the Conservatives approved in 2009-10, primarily to promote stimulus spending during the recession."


Can't believe they had to spend hundreds of millions to promote stimulus spending. Unless the $136 million was the stimulus spending money. Then I'm glad that the ad agencies were supported in their time of need.

 
2014-01-26 06:26:10 PM  
The thing is, from an macroeconomic perspective, if people believe the job grant exists, the goal is served. So, this is actually a very efficient economic policy.

It is also brutally stupid. But a broken clock is right twice a day!
 
2014-01-26 06:27:56 PM  
Over/under: 12 posts before someone who dnrtfa starts yelling about corrupt US politicians?
 
2014-01-26 06:33:49 PM  
Ah.
Life is good.


/for some people out there
 
2014-01-26 06:35:16 PM  
Where's my job Mr. Harper? All the job positions I'm finding available offer too little for survivability, especially in southern Ontario and the GTA.

The whole system is a filthy mess. Canada needs a true leader unlike any its ever seen before to put the power back into the hands of the people, a self-sustainable country with such a relatively small population and so many resources should be swimming in wealth. All we have to look forward to after Harper is another limp-wristed politician who will sell out to the largest corporations and the will of the financial interests of the country to the south.

I am disappoint.
 
2014-01-26 06:35:39 PM  

CruJones: Over/under: 12 posts before someone who dnrtfa starts yelling about corrupt US politicians?


All they have to do is read the headline to see it is Canada.

However, I'm still not taking the bet.
 
2014-01-26 06:39:22 PM  
blacksharpiemarker:  Canada needs a true leader unlike any its ever seen before to put the power back into the hands of the people, a self-sustainable country with such a relatively small population and so many resources should be swimming in wealth.

We should see that about the 2046 mark...??  Canada invests in its own natural resources, not its citizens.  If you can fool a nation with commercial ads, then ain't nothing gonna change for a LOOOOOONG time....
 
2014-01-26 06:45:29 PM  
You think that's a waste, check out the dopey Richard Simmons video that trying to promote the obamacare crap in CA. Canada wasting 2 million is chump change. If you want to waste taxpayer dollars, watch a US democrat.
 
2014-01-26 06:50:01 PM  
Um, blacksharpiemarker sounds like a populist here.  Why is it the guvernment's jorb to get you employment?  Are you some kinda hooligan?  Just sayin.
 
2014-01-26 06:50:54 PM  
...get your own damn bitcoin...and get off my lawn
 
2014-01-26 06:53:54 PM  
Millions?

i2.cdn.turner.com

Amateur!
 
2014-01-26 06:55:31 PM  

Launch Code: You think that's a waste, check out the dopey Richard Simmons video that trying to promote the obamacare crap in CA. Canada wasting 2 million is chump change. If you want to waste taxpayer dollars, watch a US democrat.


And the under hits
 
2014-01-26 06:55:56 PM  
He's going to get in again.

Because everybody will vote for either NDP and Liberal again.  Splitting the vote, and he'll get a minority at the least.

What kind of electoral system do we have where the majority of people did not vote conservative, yet they get a majority?
 
2014-01-26 06:59:18 PM  

Skunkwolf: He's going to get in again.

Because everybody will vote for either NDP and Liberal again.  Splitting the vote, and he'll get a minority at the least.

What kind of electoral system do we have where the majority of people did not vote conservative, yet they get a majority?


Parliamentarian Democracy?
 
2014-01-26 06:59:32 PM  
Could be worse...we could have a Queen, or be Mexican or have lotsa guns like Merica!
 
2014-01-26 07:03:35 PM  

HenryFnord: Skunkwolf: He's going to get in again.

Because everybody will vote for either NDP and Liberal again.  Splitting the vote, and he'll get a minority at the least.

What kind of electoral system do we have where the majority of people did not vote conservative, yet they get a majority?

Parliamentarian Democracy?


markhumphrys.com
 
2014-01-26 07:04:26 PM  
This is why he's closing Canada's scientific libraries and taking irreplaceable research to the dump -- to pay for this. Jesus.
 
2014-01-26 07:04:30 PM  

blame_canada: Could be worse...we could have a Queen, or be Mexican or have lotsa guns like Merica!


Uh, Canada has a Queen, She's still head of state.
 
2014-01-26 07:04:38 PM  
Why are Farkers suddenly against stimulus? The money was spent, and that's all that matters. It provided jobs for ad writers and the media outlets that carried the ads. Paul Krugman assured us that it doesn't matter if anything of value is produced.
 
2014-01-26 07:06:00 PM  
What the hell kind of salute is that?  Oh wait...
 
2014-01-26 07:07:24 PM  
Henry...have you seen our money lately?  Plastic Queens galore.  You can see her at the mint too!
 
2014-01-26 07:08:51 PM  
...I smell a photoshop op?  Talk amongst yourselves, I'm getting verklempt.
 
2014-01-26 07:16:47 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

www.frugal-cafe.com
 
2014-01-26 07:19:18 PM  
Rob Ford will save loonies!
 
2014-01-26 07:19:52 PM  
The same thing has been ongoing here up for the last five years up until the latest budget was passed and you completely ignore it because there's a Democrat in the White House. The previous budget funded various programs. Some of those programs were cancelled after the budget was passed in the five years until we got a new one. The continuing resolutions continued to fund those programs even though they were cancelled.

Example:
NASA in Chaos as Continuing Resolution Preserves Canceled Constellation Program
 
2014-01-26 07:23:34 PM  

TheOther: Rob Ford will save is a loony!


/FTFY
 
2014-01-26 07:27:54 PM  

blacksharpiemarker: Where's my job Mr. Harper? All the job positions I'm finding available offer too little for survivability, especially in southern Ontario and the GTA.

The whole system is a filthy mess. Canada needs a true leader unlike any its ever seen before to put the power back into the hands of the people, a self-sustainable country with such a relatively small population and so many resources should be swimming in wealth. All we have to look forward to after Harper is another limp-wristed politician who will sell out to the largest corporations and the will of the financial interests of the country to the south.

I am disappoint.


Between income tax, sales tax, property tax etc. I am surprised we all are not dirt poor. I mean shiat even if you want to work extra hard to get ahead of the game your overtime will be taxed somewhat higher to.


Just think how much money goes to the pensions of mostly lousy sometimes short term politicians.

Sometimes I get the feeling we are being cheated.
 
2014-01-26 07:28:40 PM  
Why were the Liberals tossed out and vilified for so long again? What was the scandal about exactly? I forget...
 
2014-01-26 07:29:07 PM  
It's been said that Canadians are the most important democratic citizens in the world. We have lots of money and influence in every international body which exists. Since around 1950, the Canadian Prime Minister is a key global power position and influential person in social, scientific, environmental and economic issues.

However, it doesn't matter at all who that person actually is. Swap this economist for a businessman or another lawyer and we're business as usual or better, right?
 
2014-01-26 07:31:22 PM  
Isn't this the exact same thing that got Martin recalled, leading to Harper getting appointed?
 
2014-01-26 07:33:05 PM  

hasty ambush: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 494x634]

[www.frugal-cafe.com image 374x672]


Your poster lists First Solar and Sun Power as failures?  Their stocks are soaring and they're very profitable.
 
2014-01-26 07:33:10 PM  
static2.wikia.nocookie.net

Huh?
 
2014-01-26 07:34:04 PM  

Doc Batarang: It's been said that Canadians are the most important democratic citizens in the world. We have lots of money and influence in every international body which exists. Since around 1950, the Canadian Prime Minister is a key global power position and influential person in social, scientific, environmental and economic issues.

However, it doesn't matter at all who that person actually is. Swap this economist for a businessman or another lawyer and we're business as usual or better, right?


We made our bones during the Suez Crisis, and pissed them away with the Harper government. We don't matter anymore because we're just as giant a piece of shiat as the rest of North America at this point. In fact because of political latency, we're shiattier than the US right now.
 
2014-01-26 07:35:49 PM  

quatchi: Christ, what an asshole.

The airwaves are full of ads touting what a good job he's doing.

Basically these are all self serving political ads disguised as information/promotion of various programs.

But this? This shiat makes me a might stabby.

I can't wait to get rid of this guy.

/No CSIS that wasn't a threat.
//I meant electorally.
///You too NSA. Stand down.


Yeah, so this basically answers it. Every time I saw one of those posts, I'd think "but, what plan?". So this confirms it... There is and never was one.
 
2014-01-26 07:40:56 PM  

skinink: " It is also nearly half the size of the massive $136.3-million ad buy the Conservatives approved in 2009-10, primarily to promote stimulus spending during the recession."
Can't believe they had to spend hundreds of millions to promote stimulus spending. Unless the $136 million was the stimulus spending money. Then I'm glad that the ad agencies were supported in their time of need.


Lulz. But yeah, why did they have to promote it? Just do it, ffs.

And since when have conservatives been fans of stimulus?


Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: hasty ambush: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 494x634]

[www.frugal-cafe.com image 374x672]

Your poster lists First Solar and Sun Power as failures?  Their stocks are soaring and they're very profitable.


Also: pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

switchboard.nrdc.org
 
2014-01-26 07:41:31 PM  

Phil Moskowitz: Doc Batarang: It's been said that Canadians are the most important democratic citizens in the world. We have lots of money and influence in every international body which exists. Since around 1950, the Canadian Prime Minister is a key global power position and influential person in social, scientific, environmental and economic issues.

However, it doesn't matter at all who that person actually is. Swap this economist for a businessman or another lawyer and we're business as usual or better, right?

We made our bones during the Suez Crisis, and pissed them away with the Harper government. We don't matter anymore because we're just as giant a piece of shiat as the rest of North America at this point. In fact because of political latency, we're shiattier than the US right now.


Regretfully, I will have to take issue with your analysis of Canada's place in the world.  You sir, are an idiot if you think our banking system is anywhere near as lousy as any of the others.  And property security matters.  So bite me, mmmmk?
 
2014-01-26 07:42:39 PM  

Skunkwolf: He's going to get in again.

Because everybody will vote for either NDP and Liberal again.  Splitting the vote, and he'll get a minority at the least.

What kind of electoral system do we have where the majority of people did not vote conservative, yet they get a majority?


I say, screw the NDP.

Liberals have promised to legalize recreational weed. Give them this chance, because the NDP won't do it and the Conservatives sure as hell won't. I'm actually voting Liberal. I don't normally vote - my area goes NDP or Liberal every time, both of which I am comfortable with. But this time the NDP isn't good enough.

Harper is turning the Conservatives into the Republicans, the only way we're getting them out is if y'all switch to a Liberal vote. NDP isn't going to beat the conservatives, let's not split the anti-conservative vote.
 
2014-01-26 07:44:26 PM  

Phil Moskowitz: Why were the Liberals tossed out and vilified for so long again? What was the scandal about exactly? I forget...


There's a difference.  The Liberals (specifically the Quebec caucus) were diverting funds to their cronies.  This sounds like pure incompetence.

That being said, the Muskoka G8 funding shenanigans smell a lot like what the Liberals got done for last time around.
 
2014-01-26 07:46:06 PM  

HenryFnord: blame_canada: Could be worse...we could have a Queen, or be Mexican or have lotsa guns like Merica!

Uh, Canada has a Queen, She's still head of state.


Fun fact: If you join the Canadian Forces, you swear an oath, on a Bible, to the Queen.

/If you're an atheist, you swear an affirmation to the same, without the bible or the "By Gawd" bits.
 
2014-01-26 07:47:39 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Phil Moskowitz: Why were the Liberals tossed out and vilified for so long again? What was the scandal about exactly? I forget...

There's a difference.  The Liberals (specifically the Quebec caucus) were diverting funds to their cronies.  This sounds like pure incompetence.

That being said, the Muskoka G8 funding shenanigans smell a lot like what the Liberals got done for last time around.


Hopefully we, as a country, learned a valuable lesson. Don't turn to the Conservatives when the Liberals fark up - turn to the NDP. Otherwise you'll end up with a situation like current... A Conservative controlled government from top to bottom and corruption as far as the eye can see.
 
2014-01-26 07:47:51 PM  

blacksharpiemarker: Where's my job Mr. Harper? All the job positions I'm finding available offer too little for survivability, especially in southern Ontario and the GTA.

The whole system is a filthy mess. Canada needs a true leader unlike any its ever seen before to put the power back into the hands of the people, a self-sustainable country with such a relatively small population and so many resources should be swimming in wealth. All we have to look forward to after Harper is another limp-wristed politician who will sell out to the largest corporations and the will of the financial interests of the country to the south.

I am disappoint.


Hi, token Albertan (from Saskatchewan) here.  When I was growing up as a teenager I knew that if I wanted to likely have a good career my path that way was going to likely lead me to Alberta.  Which is fine, I'm about 6 hours away from most of my friends which sucks but that's life.

Why should an Ontarian be any different?  If the jobs in your line of work have dried up in Ontario, yet exist in another province, move there or pick a different profession.  Nationally we have the work to keep the majority of those who want work gainfully employed.  But if people aren't willing to go get those jobs then I have nothing for you.
 
2014-01-26 07:48:33 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Your poster lists First Solar and Sun Power as failures? Their stocks are soaring and they're very profitable.


His other graphic complains about shovel-ready jobs. There was a shovel-ready job near my house, they rationalized the intersection and upgraded the signalling. Too bad for Mr. Ancient Image Macros that it was completed in 2010.
 
2014-01-26 07:49:08 PM  

LavenderWolf: HenryFnord: blame_canada: Could be worse...we could have a Queen, or be Mexican or have lotsa guns like Merica!

Uh, Canada has a Queen, She's still head of state.

Fun fact: If you join the Canadian Forces, you swear an oath, on a Bible, to the Queen.

/If you're an atheist, you swear an affirmation to the same, without the bible or the "By Gawd" bits.


Funner Fact, I took that oath several years ago.  I had heard, however, that around 10-15 years ago they were changing it.
 
2014-01-26 07:54:05 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: hasty ambush: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 494x634]

[www.frugal-cafe.com image 374x672]

Your poster lists First Solar and Sun Power as failures?  Their stocks are soaring and they're very profitable.


Major Closures for First Solar, Sunpower

First Solar said that through the layoffs, the company's average manufacturing cost is expected to improve to $0.70-$0.72 per watt in 2012, below prior expectations of $0.74 per watt. In 2013 the company estimates average module manufacturing costs will range from $0.60 to $0.64 per watt.

The moves by SunPower and First Solar, two of the world's biggest solar manufacturers, underscore the shift already underway in the solar industry and across much of the clean energy industries. Shifting policy, overcapacity and falling pricing coming from China continue to threaten future operations for many international players. In the past month alone, Q-Cells and Solar Trust of America have filed for bankruptcy
 
2014-01-26 07:57:30 PM  

hasty ambush: Major Closures for First Solar, Sunpower


Got anything from the last fiscal quarter? Seriously, you need to update your bullshiat links.
 
2014-01-26 07:57:45 PM  
The plan is obviously designed to support advertising media and some politicians' son-in-law.
 
2014-01-26 07:58:25 PM  

Phil Moskowitz: Doc Batarang: It's been said that Canadians are the most important democratic citizens in the world. We have lots of money and influence in every international body which exists. Since around 1950, the Canadian Prime Minister is a key global power position and influential person in social, scientific, environmental and economic issues.

However, it doesn't matter at all who that person actually is. Swap this economist for a businessman or another lawyer and we're business as usual or better, right?

We made our bones during the Suez Crisis, and pissed them away with the Harper government. We don't matter anymore because we're just as giant a piece of shiat as the rest of North America at this point. In fact because of political latency, we're shiattier than the US right now.


Shhh...don't tell the neighbours we shiat in the toilet tank...
 
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