Citizen Action Monitor

Angry truckers protesting Ottawa’s vaccine mandate told to “grow up and get vaccinated”

Radical Western separatist elements raise millions with GoFundMe campaign for anti-vaccine truckers. — No 2813 by fw, January 24, 2021 — “An online fund-raising campaign organized by a person associated … Continue reading

January 24, 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

New report outlines how Canada’s top CEOs raked in “boundless bonuses” in 2020

The report recommends five policy solutions to tackle extreme wealth inequality. — No 2810 by fw, January 10, 2021 — “Every year we [Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives] examine trends … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · 1 Comment

“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

Biden’s ill-conceived virtual “Summit for Democracy” reflects misunderstanding of “democracy”

The U.S. should start with the reconstruction of its own democracy before preaching to others. — No 2806 by fw, December 12, 2021 — My synopsis of key ideas Professor … Continue reading

December 12, 2021

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

Humans are doomed to go extinct — and soon, says paleontologist, evolutionary biologist

“Habitat degradation, low genetic variation and declining fertility are setting Homo sapiens up for collapse.” — No 2802 by fw, December 3, 2021 — “As a paleontologist, I take the … Continue reading

December 3, 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

Canada is in the midst of a deadly COVID-19 upsurge, or on the brink of one

“Learn to live with the virus,” advises right-wing government leaders across Canada, implying the worst of the pandemic is over. — No 2798 by fw, November 16, 2021 — “Canada … Continue reading

November 16, 2021

George Monbiot champions wealth taxes on ultra-rich as best way to prevent environmental collapse

Why do we tolerate the massive environmental impacts of the very rich? Most of our dysfunctions are caused by pandering to the rich. — No 2797 by fw, November 14, … Continue reading

November 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

“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

In defending Israel, Trudeau is criticized for equating far left groups with far right

By equating the two groups, Trudeau is, in effect, defending Israel’s violent, colonial apartheid practices against Palestinians. — No 2791 by fw, October 28, 2021 — “The far right and … Continue reading

October 28, 2021

Israel declares six Palestinian human rights groups as “terrorist”, absent any supporting evidence

Israel has a long track record of suppressing groups that seek to expose its human rights abuses — No 2790 by fw, October 25, 2021— “On Friday [October 22], Israel’s … Continue reading

October 26, 2021

“I say: Goodbye America; you won’t be missed.” Civil rights lawyer, Guy Saperstein, re his move to France

“I’ve become convinced that America is in terminal decline and that the battle for justice and equity is hopeless.” — No 2787 by fw, October 10, 2021— “My wife and … Continue reading

October 10, 2021

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