It seems that only yesterday I was saying thank you to my first 100,000 unique visitors at this blog after just over two years of writing. That was at the start of March. Now, 10 months later, I want to say thank you to more than 208,000 visitors for coming here and reading my humble […]
A post at Feminist Philosophers discusses why some bloggers feel the need to write under an alias, and the respect this decision necessitates. The reasons are primarily around safety. Bloggers – particularly female bloggers – can get some nasty comments. Sexually aggressive comments are the pinnacle of this escapade.
I used to write under a pseudonym. When I was on mat leave with my youngest, now ten, I wrote a mommy blog that got about 100 times the traffic as this blog. I was able to write a few times a day, targeting a niche audience. I wrote short posts (Read more…)
Your blogger with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. Your blogger with another Alberta premier, whose name escapes him at the moment, and with a former Alberta opposition leader.
Maybe it’s evidence of the “seven year itch”? Leastways, it was seven years ago on Dec. 31, 2007, that I started this blog, promising commentary on politics, baseball and Uechi-ryu karate. It was called St. Albert Diary.
Well, I managed to deliver one of those promised topics. I think maybe I wrote about karate once or twice. Baseball? Not so much.
Eventually I changed the name to Alberta Diary, since I seemed (Read more…)
In these two videos [1,2], prominent non-believers  Neil deGrasse Tyson and Sam Harris reject the denomination “atheist” as not only inaccurately portraying their views on the (non) existence of God, but also, according to them, of little content or use, and even potentially pernicious. The Oxford Dictionary defines Atheism as “Disbelief or lack of […]
It has been a while since my last blog post (yes, I love euphemisms). I have not been writing for the simple reason that I ran out of things to say, a fate that I am told few, very few amateur bloggers escape. So, what am I doing here now? Well, I have been engaged lately in the […]
Yeah, we’re closed, but we don’t plan to be closed for long. Below: Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Below him: Alberta Diary’s crack research staff scouring the Internets, looking for blog ideas and royalty-free illustrations to go with them. This may come as a surprise to readers, but actual Alberta Diary researchers may not appear exactly as illustrated.
I had a friend who travelled to Portugal many years ago. Or maybe it was Brazil. Whatever, she brought back a poster torn from a lamppost that proclaimed (in Portuguese, I presume), “Fear Not! O Globo is back on the stands!”
Here in (Read more…)
I love Nicholas Carr’s book. There are lots of studies and science mixed with many stories and asides and discussions of philosophers and other great thinkers. It reminded me of reading a Bill Bryson book. You get the facts painlessly. And it presents a strong argument for keeping kids (and everyone) off-line when they work, but I’m still unlikely to convince them to actually turn off facebook. Reading the bare bones here doesn’t do it justice, but here’s what I don’t want to forget about my memory:
The Medium is the Message
He quotes McLuhan from 1964 – “The electric (Read more…)
Write hard. Live a long time. (Edited version.) Tattoo by Jason Edward Morgan, Bastrop, Texas.
Round about the end of summer – Labour Day or thereabouts if God’s willin’ and the crick don’t rise – there are some significant changes coming to Alberta Diary.
The biggest will be a change in the name of the blog to AlbertaPolitics.ca.
This blog will thereafter be found at both AlbertaPolitics.ca and AlbertaPolitics.com. Indeed, it is already, if one is inclined to click on those addresses.
It will continue to be found at AlbertaDiary.ca for a good long (Read more…)
I received a notification last week from WordPress noting that I registered with them six years ago. Six years with their blogging platform… happy anniversary to me… what, no flowers? Party favours? Is this my modern life: email reminders from software companies? That got me thinking about dates and anniversaries. And in trying to recall them all, […]
Well I must admit that there are so many things I want to do with my free time, now that the Winter from Hell is over and it finally feels like Spring.Almost all of them have to do with bikes and boats.And blogging about the horror of Harperland is not one of them. Not when sometimes all I can think about is how to escape the grubby living nightmare that the Cons have created…Read more »
Nothing of great social or political import just some cute shots of the dog.
April Reign – In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
Our contingent of bloggers had a wide-ranging briefing this morning in with Liberal Party of Canada national director Jeremy Broadhurst – you may know him from the popular new Twitter meme, #SelfiesWithBroadhurst. Lets start with a few stats. About eight or nine bloggers have been accredited to the 2014 biennial – its unknown how many are Conservative spies. Some six Senators registered, so watch out for them, NDP spies. There were 2500 delegates pre-registered when online registration was closed, and more will register on site. As off last night, over 2000 were on site. For last night only, local Liberals (Read more…)
A few pics and short video showing just how hard it was snowing. Looks lovely and for once wasn’t bitterly cold.
April Reign – In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
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A report by Barreau du Quebec on Bill 60 has been leaked to the media, opposing the measures proposed by the Parti Québécois.
See Slaw for details.
Barreau Du Quebec Report on Bill 60
I deleted my Facebook account awhile ago because I could no longer feel right with myself visiting a site which so clearly violates my principles. Complaints about misogynist groups advocating rape and other abuses towards women, groups degrading those with physical or mental handicaps were regularly met with ‘this does not violate Facebook standards’ yet apparently perfectly lovely shots of breastfeeding mothers do. Tattoos on breast cancer survivors seem to also.
However, I have found myself wondering if standing up for my principles does anything but soothe my conscience. I see many many progressives on Facebook and I (Read more…)
Ron Paul, the crazy uncle of the American right, surrounded by grinning acolytes at the 2013 conference of the Manning Centre for Undermining Democracy in Ottawa. Putting Dr. Paul here worked before, so maybe it’ll work again! Below: For New Year’s Eve, we show Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who says he doesn’t drink alcohol, hoisting a doublethink cocktail. Below him, Deepak Chopra, the exercise guru from Canada Post. And below him, put there as a service to the public, Deepak Chopra the New Age guru. Thanks to Alberta Diary, you now all know the difference!
The midwinter holidays equal (Read more…)
There are funny Trolls, trolls who have a purpose and use snark, satire and humor to get their point across. An example of this kind of Troll would be @CanadianCynic (aka CC). CC is the master of the 140 character snark on twitter.
There are brain dead Political Trolls, trolls that continuously spout lies and mis-information. An example of kind of troll is @ejb__, she tweets bs an lies to support @TOMayorFord and decries anything that supports pedestrians and cyclists. Her lies are legendary and if you try to correct her she screams that you are cyberbullying her, stalking and (Read more…)
LONDON, Ontario (The Skwib) — The web is still reeling from the revelation that a blogger has been pondering things instead of musing about them. “Yeah, I’ve spent a lot of time musing, in fact, the tagline from my blog … Continue reading →
Over the past few days, one American political science blog has been at the centre of a pretty hot controversy about a post on the value of networking for younger political scientists. Follow the links below and you’ll find further
Brian Rathbun, the author of the post quit the collective blog called The Duck of Minerva, with a short note that included this comment:
Through poorly chosen and ill-considered language and images, I made light of women’s challenges both in their academic and in their daily lives, for which I am deeply sorry.
Thankfully, someone reposted the original Rathbun piece that some found offensive. Take a moment and read it before going on with the rest of this. Be warned the title is crude and some may find it distasteful: “Intellectual Jailbait: Hunting for Underage Ideas at APSA”. That’s the American Political Science Association conference he’s talking about.
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I think of myself as a C-list blogger. Sometimes I wander into B-list territory, but I’m largely unseen by the masses. If I make it into the double digits on a post, it’s pretty exciting. I have two posts that made it into triple digits here – largely, I think, because they’ve caused disagreement and outrage. One’s about why I’m not fond of Eckhart Tolle – some commenters insist I’m just jealous of his success. And the other is on why I don’t like Regulation 274 and the way it was just added to the Education Act without discussion. (Read more…)
The Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has overturned Justice Hackland’s ruling in Magder v. Ford.
For a summary of the case see Slaw.
Magder v. Ford, 2013 by
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.
It has been eight years since i started this blog, basically as a way of trying to figure out how to develop and explore some political ideas and perhaps also deal with a period of political and personal isolation i was going through. It “worked”, and provided a space not only to try and figure some things out, to record things i would otherwise have forgotten, and to try and elaborate a set of political reference points. It has been a nice complement to what at the time was the more business-oriented kersplebedeb.com site i also run.
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