- LowLife n. low•lifeˈloʊˌlaɪf(n.)(pl.)-lifes.-lives
- 1. a member of the outerclass comprised of (e.g.) prostitutes, addicts, alcoholics, the mentally ill, beggars, petty criminals, trolls, anarchists, welfare mothers, and uncontrollable wobblers.
- 2. a disreputable or deviant lifestyle
- One Throttled Voice ...
- Offered Without Comment (‘Cause Mom Said Don’t Speak When You’re Angry)
- Fentanyl, Your Last Train Home.
- Promises … promises
- Rotting On Remand
- Senior Toronto police officer found guilty of misconduct for ordering mass arrest at the G20 summit in 2010
- Justice Delayed: Bus Shelter Killers Get Life
- I broke the windows at the logging company, just to get a little release
- The First Step To Defeat, Is Believing You Can’t Win
- Courage … it couldn’t come at a worst time!
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- G. K. Chesterton"There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read."
- Blake Clark"Being in the army is like being in the Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts have adult supervision."
- Calvin Trillin"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."
- Elbert Hubbard"Life is just one damned thing after another."
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- Justin Trudeau 'disengaged' on nuclear weapons file December 3, 2016At the United Nations in late October 123 countries voted in favour of a recommendation endorsing the launch of negotiations aimed at prohibiting nuclear weapons. Canada voted no. Douglas Roche, this country's former Ambassador for Disarmament at the UN, is clearly piqued. "The government turned its back on an important nuclear disarmament initiati […]Dennis Gruending
- The new yokels of the Liberal party ridicule math and evidence in the House of Commons December 2, 2016"Evidence-based policy" is a cant phrase that has been around for a while. I first heard it used -- repeatedly -- at Justin Trudeau's coronation in Montreal in 2012. It was clearly a term that was intended to set the Liberals off from the Conservatives, who governed in the teeth of evidence, facts, logic and science. But once in power, this fr […]J. Baglow
- Weeks later, the global cost of electing Trump is still huge December 2, 2016The clock has been ticking -- or whatever it is that clocks now do. The calendar has been counting. Meanwhile, I'm still trying to figure out how what happened November 8 happened. Michael Moore foresaw it but who else. Not President Obama, he admits. Not me. Even the pollsters missed out on this one. And if you didn't think it could happen, what c […]melwatkins75
- How corporate media failed democracy in the U.S. presidential election December 2, 2016Friday, December 2, 2016 We hadn't seen Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia since last July, when he watched his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, win the Democratic Party's nomination. Sanders joined the Democracy Now! news hour this week at the historic Philadelphia Free Library for a wide-ranging discussion. "I am deeply concerned about the fut […]rabble staff
- Justin Trudeau 'disengaged' on nuclear weapons file December 3, 2016
- Images from Standing Rock: The People From Oceti Sakowin Camp December 3, 2016Here are some of the faces from Standing Rock, in their own words.noah
- Europe at a Crossroads as Austria Votes Whether To Move Far Right December 2, 2016Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party has a shot to win the presidency and become Austria's first right-wing head of state since the end of World War II.noah
- How Stable Are Democracies? "Warning Signs Are Flashing Red" December 2, 2016Yascha Mounk, a lecturer in government at Harvard and author of Stranger in My Own Country, says liberal democracies around the world may be at serious risk of decline.noah
- Standing Rock Protesters Refuse to Budge As Pressure On Obama Administration Builds December 1, 2016Snow is slowing covering the encampment at Standing Rock, and despite an "emergency evacuation order" issued this week by North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters aren't leaving.noah
- Images from Standing Rock: The People From Oceti Sakowin Camp December 3, 2016
When I was shuffling around the streets of lowertowm, a smart middle class boy trying to get straight, there were dangers, but none I felt afraid of for myself. There were drugs. Lots of drugs Heroin still took a few lives every month. And there was crack, which didn’t so much kill as destroy. And there were assholes adding antifreeze to Heroin.
Now there is Fentanyl. It’s not a street drug. It’s stolen straight from the hospital.It is use primarily in palliative care, for those with chronic and persistent pain. To ease the pain of the dying. It is, in essence a suicide drug.
And yet I was in the Emergency at the Monfort with COPD exacerbation (they happen) and in the next bed a young girl could barely articulate how much Fentanyl she had taken. She sounded barely alive but they brought her back with an opioid antagonist. I’m not sure she realized that she had taken a drug intended as an anesthetic for surgery.
Street culture is tight. Education can be effective. But only if it is not The Man threatening incarceration and blowing smoke.. We need to give these folk a thorough education on pharmacology. You can’t quit if you die first.
I’ve been very neglectful of this blog, particularly now that our fellow LowLives are under siege all across North America. I make this brief promise to try to do better. My sort-of motto was to be the voice of the “wretched masses yearning to be free”, at least in the local area. I seem to have come down with a case of laryngitis … worrying about my own trials and tribulations. “Double, double, toil and trouble”. There will be more to come. What else have I to do?
I have to repeat myself here because I’m absolutely flabbergasted by the concept. According to Stats Can, there are far more people incarcerated in Canada “on remand” i.e., guilty of nothing, than those who have been committed of accusing a crime. “On remand” means we hold you in jail until we get around to trying you or releasing you. It could be traffic tickets or swearing at a cop. And the “incarceration” is virtually indefinite. It could be nothing. The wealthy,of course, get bail. The rest of us don’t.
I got put in remand for trespassing, being in a shopping centre somewhat shortly after closing hours. (I was admittedly somewhat protective of my charter rights … gotta stop doing that). They took me to jail and released me at 4 in the am, while the buses weren’t running and and it was -32 below zero. They seem to do this for kicks.
Your average John and Jane have no idea this goes on all the time. It’s time we told them. P.S. never tell a cop what you think of him.
I started this years ago, then lost my nerve. Wasn’t sure I knew enough to tell tell truth. Thinks have changed … and they keep changing for the worse.
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“There is no better trade show for defense equipment than a military mission.”
~ Marc Whittingham, CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, the crown corporation that acts as Canada’s global military sales agency.
But just in case demonstrations of Canadian military equipment against the 90% civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq are insufficiently compelling, the publicly funded CCC also rents a trailer with Export Development Canada at the big yearly CANSEC arms dealer trade show, which is where Embassy Mag caught up with its enthusiastically entrepreneurial CEO.
“You wouldn’t know it from the lack of news coverage, but the Canadian Commercial Corporation has been transformed from a low-profile Canadian intermediary agency to a major player in promoting Canadian global arms sales.”
There will be more as my sources reveal more. There’s a major arms dealing consortium that Harper’s government is supporting to fake a balanced budget with bribes. Unless the NDP wins the next election and we can sigh a breathe of relief.
“Too many guns in this damn town.
Baby flak jackets on the merry-go-round …”
Read the rest @: Creekside: CCC : a Crown corporation arms dealer.
Senior Toronto police officer found guilty of misconduct for ordering mass arrest at the G20 summit in 2010
A police disciplinary hearing ruled that Superintendent Mark Fenton’s “decision to order mass arrests demonstrated a lack of understanding of the right to protest.”
To tired and lazy to rewrite. All kudos to Krystalline Kraus from Rabble …. read it! Thanks Krys. The farther it spreads to more important it gets.
Sometimes it takes a high-profile act of violence against a homeless person to bring the problem back into the minds of those who have become so desensitized to seeing people living on the streets every day, the head of a national advocacy group says.
“We want to always keep these issues front and centre, and it`s unfortunate that sometimes it takes such tragedy … to really raise awareness of homelessness,” says Carolann Barr, executive director at Raising the Roof.
“In a country like Canada, that really should be shocking to us.”
Barr’s comments came after two men were sentenced to life in prison last week for killing a homeless man in Nova Scotia, Harley Lawrence, by dousing him in gasoline and setting him on fire.
It was one of a spate of recent incidents that highlighted the plight of the estimated 235,000 homeless in Canadian cities.
On the same day a 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to attempted murder following an attack on Marlene Bird, a homeless woman living in Saskatchewan, who was cut and burned so badly that both her lower legs had to be amputated.