June 28, 2015

Alberta NDP appoints "crackpot" global warming "cult member" Dave Mowat to lead royalty review

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

The Alberta NDP has put Dave Mowat, a banker, in charge of their announced royalty review. That sounds promising, but on the topic of oil and gas, Mowat is a crackpot.

For one thing, he's been personally trained by Al Gore to give doomsday speeches about climate change.

When you read some of Mowat's extremist statements about "global warming," it's clear that the topic is a psychological issue with him.

Do you think he's already made up his mind before this so-called "review" even starts?

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commented 2016-01-18 14:24:38 -0500
you are right! another crackpot!
commented 2015-10-31 00:14:12 -0400
Prince K. I hope you are right about the oil companies fighting back. They have to & so do their employees & soon before it’s too late. It is obvious that Notley & her crew are out to destroy the industry because of their hatred for it. Funny how they keep harping about the fake climate change, but yet do not give up anything like driving, flying or their phone. Why? Because they know very well that this would not change anything. Instead they increase the carbon tax on oil corporations, more royalty revenues & other taxes, which only hurt the hard working Albertans & Canada’s economy. Nice job Notley.
Now about the trolls. Personally, although I don’t agree with them 99.9% of the time it does create some form of debate if they stay on topic. However, they may start on topic, but the minute someone disagrees with them, instead of proving their case they start attacking & then it becomes a back & forth personal rant. I say engage them but keep it on topic & if they don’t then ignore them. Eventually they will get it. When it goes on & on I simply have to go to another thread. Speaking of trolls where is Brickman, these days.
commented 2015-07-01 13:42:04 -0400
Rick: Golly, that’s pretty solemn. Allow me to respond.
’ They complain about the site being “conservative” but still remain."
Au contraire. I don’t complain about the site being conservative – I’m here precisely BECAUSE the site is conservative.
Back when I was blogging more regulalarly, it became clear to me that people had three different reasons for hanging out on any given blog. They were visiting a spa; they were visiting a clinic; or they were visiting a library.
- I think many, and perhaps most, of the folks on the The Rebel site are visiting a spa. They like to slip carefully into a nice, warm, comfy hot tub of shared opinions and assumptions about the world, surrounded by like minded folks, congratulating themselves on their wisdom and insight, and sighing about how awful the rest of of the world is. That’s not a particularly “conservative” or “progressive” thing – there are echo chambers on the left and the right.
- Some folks are here because they’re visiting a clinic for inoculation against uncomfortable ideas. When a Dean Del Mastro gets jailed, when the NDP gets elected in Alberta, When Harper plummets in the poles – some people really need to rush somewhere and be reassured that “everything really is ok, and here’s why”. Again, not a right wing or a left wing thing – many folks need a party line.
- Finally, some folks are here because an ideological site is a library, or an agora, if you prefer – a place where logic can be tested, facts can be tabled, ideas can clash. And obviously, there’s not much point in going to an echo chamber, where everyone shares your views, if you’re interested in having your views challenged. Now, unfortunately, there aren’t a LOT of people on this site who engage in that kind of dialogue. Maurice Potvin, Joan Abernathy, and a handful of others do, though.
“Try expressing different opinions or profanity on CBC or others and see what happens! "
Well, CBC does remove comments for profanity, or if they are legally actionable – a site publisher is accountable for libel in comments. A frequent commenter on this site claimed he had been repeatedly censored on CBC news sites: however, when asked, he declined to elaborate. I have written a few very caustic comments on what I perceive to be CBC’s terrible TV strategy, and never been censored.
“This site is a precious commodity for free speech. We cannot let the trolls destroy it as they would, crowing about their victory over our rights to speak freely!”
I really do think you’re completely oblivious to the utter irony of this little clarion call.
Anyway, Rick, I honestly don’t care how you respond to my presence. A commenter who thinks that “free speech” is best served by eliminating dissenting views is a spa visitor, not a librarian, and of no interest to me.
commented 2015-07-01 12:39:38 -0400
Fellow Bloggers. My thoughts.

Some of you may have encountered our resident lefty trolls, Terrry Rudden and Adam Da Silva. They usually make their presence known by their demeaning attitudes towards other commentators.

I have a theory as to why they are here. They complain about the site being “conservative” but still remain. Why? I believe it is because of the unprecedented freedom of speech this site offers compared to others. Try expressing different opinions or profanity on CBC or others and see what happens! Our trolls are taking advantage of this freedom to vilify others, and spew vitriolic hatred rather than address the news item to which the blog is attached.

Some others have suggested we ignore them. I am coming to believe this may be the solution. Remove the incentive. Because of this site’s seemingly dedication to free speech, I am not aware of anyone who has been banned. I do think one other troll which we do not seem to see as often (or ever) may have been warned about the vicious personal attacks and profanity used on others. With the incentive removed, this individual may have moved on.

Ignoring them will not initially stop the outrageous jabs, the snide smug jibes, the insulting demeanor displayed towards others. I would suggest if something is beyond the pale, not to respond but “flag the comment” for review by site administration based on the commenting rules easily found on the site. Either they respect others, or they become disinterested and go elsewhere to vent their hatred.

This site is a precious commodity for free speech. We cannot let the trolls destroy it as they would, crowing about their victory over our rights to speak freely!
commented 2015-07-01 11:45:30 -0400
Liza Rosie: so are you saying that there’s another, better way to make a low cost windsock for a microphone? Because, honestly, you already GET the foam with a 635 when you buy the mike, and you just need a thin strip of duct tape to seal it into the right shape. Seriously, what could be easier, or cheaper?
commented 2015-07-01 11:42:02 -0400
“It’s hard to tell what is more comical, Alta, dips or Rebel commentary.”
Rebel commentary has my vote, for sure.
commented 2015-07-01 00:22:12 -0400
LIZA ROSIE, I agree with you. On this post and many others I have noticed that Terry tends to deflect and hijack the conversation away from the topic at hand; people need to stop following him down those rabbit trails. Back to the topic, Terry are you one of those “crackpot” global warming “cult members”?
commented 2015-06-30 23:06:19 -0400
Discuss the night away about production, mikes, lighting if you want. I have a mortgage coming due with ATB and a pretty good balance in my personal accounts. I think I’ll spend my time looking for a better financial institution. You kids play nice, don’t turn this into a CBC comment section.
commented 2015-06-30 21:50:28 -0400
If you look, there is not a single comment made by Terry in this thread which has anything to do with this topic, nothing! If that isn’t trolling, I don’t know what is. He has nothing to say about Dave Mowat. I do not understand why people continue to enable him.
commented 2015-06-30 21:40:28 -0400
All you do is hijack. You are not the first and you won’t be the last. But this is bullsh*t. If you have complaints about production don’t watch or take it to management.
commented 2015-06-30 21:26:42 -0400
You haven’t raised ANY “points”, Terry. Certainly NOTHING that has any connection to do with the ridiculous hiring by Notely of Dave Mowat. You don’t even start on topic let alone stay on topic. You are just fucking with people for your own twisted benefit. You have NO thing to offer this conversation. Let people discuss the topic will you?
commented 2015-06-30 18:39:32 -0400
It’s hard to tell what is more comical, Alta, dips or Rebel commentary.
commented 2015-06-30 16:36:00 -0400
Rick, you’re so right. Let’s focus on the subject at hand. Wind socks for hand held microphones. You know, a Shure 635 actually comes in foam sheet that you can use as a windsock? Can’t understand why they don’t just use that. Any insight?
commented 2015-06-30 16:09:25 -0400
Terry said: “c) Yes, I am aware of the irony implicit in (a). It’s deliberate.” Interesting. A lefty admits they are not here to contribute, but simply to poke fun and/or insults at other posters. Sad. I repeat. Read the commenting rules for the site.
commented 2015-06-30 15:30:52 -0400
Rick: you’re welcome. Dan gets it. You didn’t. No problem.
commented 2015-06-30 14:57:25 -0400
Terry. Thank You. Whatever one calls it, contemptible or contemptuous doesn’t make it right. Read the commenting rules.
commented 2015-06-30 12:15:48 -0400
Dale: do you? Thanks for sharing.
commented 2015-06-30 12:15:29 -0400
Liza: sorry, I don’t respond to trolls. Feel free to comment to any of the points I raised, however. Thanks.
commented 2015-06-30 11:25:41 -0400
Hey Terry . . . . I suspect YOU, Dave Mowat and Al the Goreicle have a lot in common . . .
commented 2015-06-30 11:15:25 -0400
bla bla bla, Terry pisses in every thread.
“1) In terms of the discussions, there’s no point getting into discussions with people you agree with. Echo chambers are boring.” says Terry.
So why don’t you discuss and quit with the bottom of the barrel insults. It is very unbecoming. What you do is not discussion, it is poking with a stick.
And the bottom line is……. if to insult and demean is all you have in your kit bag, then you are nothing but a troll, and should go back and have a long nap under your bridge. A very long nap.
commented 2015-06-30 07:19:00 -0400
Jason, a wind-sock for a hand held mike can be made with two dollar’s with of foam. A soft fill light costs about a hundred bucks. This is not about fancy equipment and big budgets – it’s about lazy production.
commented 2015-06-30 07:15:09 -0400
a) The word you want is contemptuous, not contemptible.
b) Dan and I are teasing each other. We talk to each other in those terms all the time. Lighten up.
c) Yes, I am aware of the irony implicit in (a). It’s deliberate.
commented 2015-06-29 20:13:05 -0400
I think the only thing that missed Terry was a clue by four…

Well, not all news outlets and opinion sites can afford the high tech equipment that CBC has. Gee… I wonder how they get all that money? Next failed drama scene, please.
commented 2015-06-29 17:54:15 -0400
Terry. Have you not ever stopped being contemptible to other people? Just asking………
commented 2015-06-29 15:24:17 -0400
Thanks, Dan, y’ol redneck, you. I dropped in a couple of times, and damn if it didn’t sound like one cranky old fart with twenty different pseudonyms bitching in an echo chamber. I realized how badly you all must miss me. :)
commented 2015-06-29 15:14:50 -0400
Terry Rudden;
If I’m not mistaken, a while back you told everybody here you were going to take your ball and go home…I guess this site must be a REAL interesting diversion. LOL.
It’s OK Terry, you can come back and play. Just remember one thing though, the things you think you believe, and believe in, the junk science and other so-called proofs you, and the left so smugly use to ‘defend’ your ‘arguments’ with (unlike many here at least you offer arguments) and the ideology that drives you, well, you may believe them and as a lefty/liberal you may see no reason or need to question them, but the conservative minded here generally don’t believe them, our proofs being logic, reason, fact, common sense and moral absolutes. Concepts the left – in general – have dispensed with in favour of their delusional mental disorder – LIBERALISM!
Welcome back…
commented 2015-06-29 14:53:42 -0400
I’m looking forward to this NDP government being put in their place by the O&G industry. While Notely sits on her hands, the industry is moving out. You don’t see that in the papers, because our news papers are nothing more than toilet paper rags. They would rather put out garbage than any real news. It’s quite pathetic. They shouldn’t be allowed to call them selves news papers any more. They can call themselves the propaganda press, which is exactly what they are now.
commented 2015-06-29 10:05:20 -0400
Alberta’s current government has not taken into account the oil industry itself. There are a handful of major players in the oilsands, and, by and large, they co-operate with each other, even though, strictly speaking, they are in competition with each other. Having a relative who works for one of these companies gives me a unique insight. These companies are already coming up with a methodology for dealing with this provincial [government] enemy; they’re creating a united front, both political and financial, to combat this attack against them (largely by people who have little-to-no knowledge of the oilsands itself, or how the mining/extraction process actually works).

This provincial [government] theory is about to be smacked upside the head by practical reality, and by the influence of money. Ontario has already experienced this with the auto sector; not it’s Alberta’s turn. Notley can impose/inflict whichever “experts” she wants on this province; the reality is that the market will fight back, when the market is large enough. And with the oilsands, it is large enough.

The battle has only begun…
commented 2015-06-29 10:01:33 -0400
Terry said, "Enough reasons? "

Okay. Thank you!
commented 2015-06-29 09:04:04 -0400
1) In terms of the discussions, there’s no point getting into discussions with people you agree with. Echo chambers are boring. 2) In terms of my critique of the sites content, I respect journalism and good writing, and I have a long-standing interested in the evolution of news gathering and dissemination, and in the concept and practice of reportage in various cultures and periods. This is an interesting diversion.
3) I’m also engaged in various causes and projects that are occasionally discussed here. In some cases my disagreement comes down to opinion; but in some cases the editorial position here is based on egregious misstatements or misunderstandings, and in such cases I think it’s useful to provide more accurate information.
Enough reasons?