Big Mood: Study ranks Vancouver “the unhappiest city” in Canada. Thanks for the heads up, 604Now! And now what are we going to fucking do about it? Get out the pitchforks and make this a working class city again instead of a playground for the rich? Why not seize upon the internal contradictions of capital accumulation and demand “public ownership over the vast majority of the productive assets of society, the elimination of the fact that workers are forced into the labor market to work for those who privately own those productive assets, and stronger democratic institutions not just within the state but within workplaces and communities as well”?
Or are we all waiting for our parents to die so we can move to the Gulf Islands? Sorry. That was dark. Clearly, reading this article has made me more unhappy than actually living here, so I’m going to Body Energy Club to get myself a “Happy Days” smoothie.
The quotes in this story almost seem made up: Solly’s Bagelry temporarily shuts shop due to worker shortage. “There are shortages of people, retention can be a problem in a young world where people don’t have the stick-to-itiveness to work through problems, to get over what might be your two-month boredom feeling…” What the hell is this person talking about? Does anyone speak boomer so they can translate it for me?
Speaking of boomers: ‘I’ve lived my 70 years abiding by the law’: B.C. grandma jailed for Trans Mountain protest. Best red herring comment: “they all should be hung as terrorist if you go through history the left including russia have caused more terrorist acts then any other group”. Thanks Mike Ohara from Hull.
Bootlicker of the day: Albertan activist says he’ll come to B.C. and evict pipeline protesters himself. I wonder if, while driving to BC through literally 12 hours of smoke-filled skies, something will finally click in his tiny brain.
Like, the largest fire in California’s recorded history is currently raging and we still can’t punish the real people responsible: ‘Think about the firefighters’: Butt out, stay safe and obey campfire bans. “If breaking the rules cause or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.” That’s all well and good, but can we make Kinder Morgan do this?
People with the least responsibility for climate change, like the Filipino typhoon survivors I met last year for VICE, are already suffering more than the wealthy people who caused it. Yet everyone I spoke to for this story thinks a planetary transition guided by the desires and experience of communities on the frontlines of climate change is still possible.
Bankers bullish on Trans Mountain despite uncertainties. Interesting that they changed this headline from “Cost to twin Trans Canada Pipeline now $1.9-billion higher” to “It’s ok the bankers say it’s going to be fine”.
I like how we still listen to bankers when they gutted our social safety net to give themselves bonuses: Ten Years After the Crash, We Are Still Living in the World It Brutally Remade.
No longer is lip service paid to the credo, however sentimental, that a vast country, for all its racial and sectarian divides, might somewhere in its DNA have a shared core of values that could pull it out of any mess. Dead and buried as well is the companion assumption that over the long term a rising economic tide would lift all Americans in equal measure. When that tide pulled back in 2008 to reveal the ruins underneath, the country got an indelible picture of just how much inequality had been banked by the top one percent over decades, how many false promises to the other 99 percent had been broken, and how many central American institutions, whether governmental, financial, or corporate, had betrayed the trust the public had placed in them. And when we went down, we took much of the West with us. The American Kool-Aid we’d exported since the Marshall Plan, that limitless faith in progress and profits, had been exposed as a cruel illusion.
In expensive cities, rents fall for the rich — but rise for the poor. Oh, weird! So trickle down economics doesn’t work?
“For-profit developers have predominantly built for the luxury and higher end of the market, leaving a glut of overpriced apartments in some cities,” said Diane Yentel, president and chief executive of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an advocacy group. “Some decision-makers believed this would ‘filter down’ to the lowest income people, but it clearly will not meet their needs.”
Oh, and stop telling poor kids that society is fair: Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color.
ICYMI: Vancouver files papers to take ownership of the dilapidated Balmoral and Regent hotels. Why did we wait? Expropriate them all.