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We Pivot: Here Is The Most Important 2 Minutes of Your Day

Roll up your sleeves. Remind yourself of your key principles. Monitor your humility. List again the areas where you want and need to do the work. Share with fellow worker-activists, build each other up. Plan a visit with them. Build … [Read more]

PostArctica: Come To Standing Rock!

Inspired by veterans at the site I wrote this song tonight. My gift. Feel free to add, subtract, change, whatever it takes to make this a great song.

 

We have blood and dirt on our hands

from all these son’s and daughter’s commands

we never really did very much for the land

but now . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Come To Standing Rock!

A Puff of Absurdity: Defending Democracy: Next Steps

Here’s one history professor’s list of things to do to prevent an even worse situation.  It’s gets patriotic at the end, but I like these bits:

“Look out for the expansive use of ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism.’ Be alive to the fatal notions of ‘exception’ and ’emergency.’ Be angry about the treacherous use of . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Defending Democracy: Next Steps

A Puff of Absurdity: Monbiot’s Impossible Crises

George Monbiot lists 13 crises, but warns you should only read the list if you’re feeling very strong. It’s an appropriate warning.

He’s barely even talking about climate change here, so this list could be so much longer including the degradation of the oceans, poisoned waterways, messed up ecosystems…  His list is more political . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Monbiot’s Impossible Crises

A Puff of Absurdity: Standing Rock Resistance

Chris Hedges is in Standing Rock, back to his original career as a war correspondent. The natives there are preparing for winter, and I’m struck by the contrast to the Occupy fight that dwindled away when things got cold. I’m curled up on the couch as I write that, so I mean no disrespect. . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Standing Rock Resistance

PostArctica: Binoculars and Beaches

 

A Puff of Absurdity: Water as a Human Right

In a recent article in my local paper, Peter Shawn Taylor says that anyone who wants to stop Nestle from draining aquifers doesn’t understand economics and is hostile to capitalism. He implies that we can’t just label water a human right above the fray of the market without doing the same with food, clothes, . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Water as a Human Right

The Canadian Progressive: National Day of Action Against Dakota Access Pipeline Draws Thousands

Responding to a call issued by the Standing Rock leadership, on November 15, thousands of indigenous activists and their allies took to the streets for a National Day of Action against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL.

The post National Day of Action Against Dakota Access Pipeline Draws Thousands appeared first . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: National Day of Action Against Dakota Access Pipeline Draws Thousands

politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: Optimism vs Hope

I’m thinking about the difference between optimism and hope. One can be optimistic because one believes things will go well. In some cases optimism is good and natural. However optimism can also be due to a lack of information about the potential problems or because one deliberately rejects the facts that disagrees with one. . . . → Read More: politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: Optimism vs Hope

A Puff of Absurdity: On Being Useful: a Necessary Shift in Radicalism

“Oh, what can we do in a case like that? Nothing to do but sit on your hat, or your toothbrush, or your grandmother, or anything else that’s useless.“

Those are the butchered words of a Burl Ives song I sang as a kid until my sister corrected me. The last word is actually helpless, not . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Being Useful: a Necessary Shift in Radicalism

politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: the day after the American election

I started blogging right after Stephen Harper was re-elected. Back then my blog was called “Another Step to Take…” I was sitting in shock, staring at election results, and feeling horrified that Canada could re-elect someone so blatantly bad. I had been out knocking on doors during the election. I had helped drive people to . . . → Read More: politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: the day after the American election

A Puff of Absurdity: HyperNormalisation or Welcome to The Age of Absurdity

I added the subtitle above because this is one trippy film, but it’s important to see (or read this summary in about 15 minutes) after last night. It actually helps explain Trump. After Adam Curtis’s The Century of the Self, a very straight-forward documentary (albeit 4 hours long), this one, at just shy of . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: HyperNormalisation or Welcome to The Age of Absurdity

The Canadian Progressive: Julian Assange Statement on the US Presidential Election

In this statement issued on the eve of 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Julian Assange defends WikiLeaks’ publication of the DNC Leaks and the Clinton political campaign and Foundation email leaks (Podesta Emails). “The right to receive and impart true information is the guiding principle of WikiLeaks,” says Assange.

The post Julian Assange Statement on . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Julian Assange Statement on the US Presidential Election

PostArctica: Stand With Standing Rock – Montreal

Got down late and they had already started marching but I caught up with them on Saint Antoine as they were turning up Saint Alexandre.

Going to quote from the organizer’s Facebook page as I go along.

“Join us in a peaceful protest in solidarity with water defenders and frontline communities at Standing Rock, . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Stand With Standing Rock – Montreal

A Puff of Absurdity: On Character

Now that I’ve sufficiently survived surgery physically, the psychological stuff is creeping in.

Creeping is apropos.

People keep telling me I’m so brave or so strong to go through it all and then to be up and at ’em so soon after. But I just happened to survive. There was nothing brave about it. . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Character

The Canadian Progressive: Halloween costume ideas for Canadian digital rights activists

You’re a digital rights activists and are struggling to pick the right Halloween costume? Dave Maass, an investigative researcher with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, suggests facial recognition paint, stingrays, privacy badger, patent troll, and certbot. A Guy Fawkes mask would do too.

The post Halloween costume ideas for Canadian digital rights activists appeared first on . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Halloween costume ideas for Canadian digital rights activists

The Canadian Progressive: Dozens of Students Arrested in Ottawa Protesting Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Dozens of students from around Canada were arrested on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, while protesting Kinder Morgan’s proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The protest was the largest act of youth-led climate civil disobedience in Canadian history.

The post Dozens of Students Arrested in Ottawa Protesting Kinder Morgan Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Dozens of Students Arrested in Ottawa Protesting Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the Cleveland I*****s Racist Team Name

Congratulations, Toronto Blue Jays on another exciting season!

Let’s hope that before the Atlanta B****s or Cleveland I*****s come back to Toronto they will have changed their name. And as I’ve argued in the past, the process of fixing racist team names can itself be a reconciliation moment.

A moment that you can help bring . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the Cleveland I*****s Racist Team Name

The Canadian Progressive: Making our movements work for kids and families

By providing child care for protesters, racial justice organizers shift the public’s understanding of “front line” work, and make protest movements work for kids and families.

The post Making our movements work for kids and families appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

My journey with AIDS…and more!: I’m back, breaking my blogging fast

Facebook, with its at-best superficial ways of linking me to my world, has taken me away from greater reflection possible in this blog so…I’m back – on my journey here. The past few weeks I have been involved with the Youth/Elders Project, a joint effort of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the 519 Community Centre . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: I’m back, breaking my blogging fast

Politics, Re-Spun: A Glimpse of Last Week in White, Male Supremacy

People, especially people who are white and male: we need to drastically up our game if we are going to move towards equity and away from the increasingly brutal white male backlash that’s been growing.

Last week a number of things happened that reinforce the supremacy of white men, but also the rise in those . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: A Glimpse of Last Week in White, Male Supremacy

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– George Monbiot discusses the importance of recognizing our social connections in making our political choices, rather than treating the world as merely a collection of unconnected individuals: It is not hard to see what the evolutionary reasons for social pain might be. Survival among social mammals is greatly . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: The War on Women…Which Side Are You On?

But it’s not JUST a war on women. It’s on everyone who isn’t overflowing with entitlements, and it’s largely being waged by white men, who seek to perpetuate male and white supremacy.

You are either actively on the side of the oppressed, or the oppressor. And if you’re silent, you’re with the oppressor.

Let’s up . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The War on Women…Which Side Are You On?

The Canadian Progressive: How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors

Yes! Magazine co-founder Sarah van Gelder outlines the four reasons communities led by indigenous people all over the United States are winning against the war against the powerful and deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry.

The post How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics, Re-Spun: One Million Vaginas Helps Us With Trump

 

The wise, inspiring folks at One Million Vaginas have done it again, helping reframe Trump’s attempt to disempower women into an empowerment meme.

Feel free to sprinkle these hashtags as well!

#GrabHimByTheBallot #NeverTrump #RapeCulture #SexualAssault

So please, all my American friends/readers, and all YOUR American friends, help the world out by grabbing November . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: One Million Vaginas Helps Us With Trump