Citizen Action Monitor

Canadian government’s contemptible role in provoking current Ukraine crisis

Yves Engler reviews evidence of “Canada’s significant role in stoking the divisions within Ukraine that have contributed to today’s crisis.” — No 2818 by fw, February 25, 2022 — Moscow’s bombing … Continue reading

February 25, 2022

In matters of foreign affairs, CBC reporters have learned to do what government bosses expect of them

When Ottawa and Washington are promoting Ukrainian membership in NATO, the CBC does not push a contrarian narrative. — No 2817 by fw, February 23, 2022 — In numerous recent articles … Continue reading

February 23, 2022

President Biden bungles the longest presidential press conference ever

He failed to connect with the people and blew a chance to promote his key agenda items to a myopic media, says Ralph Nader — No 2812 by fw, January … Continue reading

January 23, 2022

“The dream of a smooth energy transition is little more than a comforting shared illusion” – Pt. 2 of 2

Moreover, says Dr. William Rees, even if it were possible, it would not solve climate change and would exacerbate the real existential threat facing society, namely overshoot. — No 2809 … Continue reading

December 19, 2021

“The dream of a smooth energy transition is little more than a comforting shared illusion” – Pt. 1 of 2

Moreover, says Dr. William Rees, even if it were possible, it would not solve climate change and would exacerbate the real existential threat facing society, namely overshoot. — No 2808 … Continue reading

December 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Don’t blame capitalism. Capitalism itself isn’t “bad”; it’s the effects that are bad. — Nate Hagens

Capitalism has allowed us to throw a two-century party – We trashed the place, drank the booze, burned the furniture — It’s time to wake up, act like adults, and … Continue reading

December 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Although the exposure of corporate wrongdoing has soared in the US, calls for action are muted. How come?

Ralph Nader finds answers in his comparison of government responses to writings in the 1960s with reactions to today’s tomes. –— No 2803 by fw, December5, 2021 — Summary of … Continue reading

December 5, 2021

Blaming fossil fuel companies and taxpayer subsidies is easy but misguided, says Nate Hagens

“We are vastly underpaying for fossil hydrocarbons, given what they do for us, and given what their widespread use is doing to the biosphere.” — No 2801 by fw, November … Continue reading

November 30, 2021

Stan Cox’s new book charts “A Path to a Livable Future”

Does humanity have the time and savvy to make the transition, asks Don Fitz, the book’s reviewer? — No 2799 by fw, November 21, 2021 — My Synopsis of Don … Continue reading

November 21, 2021

“We cannot expect COP-26 to address the human eco-predicament,” declares William Rees

Rees outlines two fundamental barriers that will prevent deep and rapid change proposals emerging from COP-26. No 2792 by fw, October 29, 2021 — “Do not expect significant progress from … Continue reading

October 29, 2021

Rise of “populist politicians” in U.S. advances democracy’s decline, says former Trump adviser

Trump will ride his “Big Lie” about “The Stolen Election” right through the 2022 primaries and the 2024 presidential election, says Dr. Fiona Hill. — No 2789 by fw, October … Continue reading

October 25, 2021

Reporter’s call for Trudeau to grow the economy ignores threat to humanity’s very survival

My blunt letter to reporter John Ivison, of the National Post, rebukes his tunnel vision. — No 2788 by fw, October 17, 2021— My letter to John Ivison Dear John … Continue reading

October 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Global energy crunch, exacerbated by supply chain shocks, could spark a major economic shock

Analyst Chis Martenson blames central bankers’ monetary policies and bumbling government mismanagement of COVID pandemic for coming “Dark Winter.” –— No 2786 by fw, October 9, 2021— “While COVID-19 has … Continue reading

October 9, 2021

Forebodings drive a retired engineer-cum-blogger to prepare for the worst to come

Canadian Rob Mielcarski is concerned about planetary overshoot, the high probability of collapse, our inability to share a common reality, and clashes over what we should do. — No 2785 … Continue reading

October 7, 2021

How Democrat and Republican parties work together against “We, the People”: Ralph Nader explains

Politicians from both parties exploit voters on behalf of their big corporate bosses. — No 2782 by fw, October 2, 2021— polarized – divided or cause to be divided into … Continue reading

October 2, 2021

Despite incontrovertible evidence, Trump supporters refuse to believe the 2020 election results. How come?

Philosopher of Science, Lee McIntyre, sees deniers of reason as people who gain their sense of personal identity and enhanced feelings of purpose and personal power by adopting the core … Continue reading

September 29, 2021

Richard Heinberg explores the flawed thinking behind proposed solutions to climate change

He explains why real climate progress will require large numbers of people in wealthy countries to forgo forms of power they currently enjoy. — No 2778 by fw, September 17, … Continue reading

September 17, 2021

With stirring words, Patrick Lawrence lifts the curtain on the tragic decline of American democracy

The American people can ignore the call for action, but to their great cost, says Lawrence. — No 2776 by fw, September 8, 2021 — “The generation of ’68, les … Continue reading

September 8, 2021

Climate change poses huge risks for humanity and our planet; ironically, we are part of the problem

There are no direct ways of solving climate change given the rise of a gluttonous human superorganism  expecting simple goals aligned with economic growth. — No 2775 by fw, September … Continue reading

September 6, 2021