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Alberta Diary: Alberta Diary is closed, but, like Gen. MacArthur, we (I) shall return…

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…)

A Puff of Absurdity: The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

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…)

Alberta Diary: Author’s Note: Changes are coming to Alberta Diary, soon to be AlbertaPolitics.ca

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…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Six years ago…

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, […]

Montreal Simon: Blogging and the Great Escape from Harperland

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 »

April Reign: Puppy Love

April Reign

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.

A BCer in Toronto: The bloggers meet Broadhurst: On the economy, 3000+ attendees and #selfieswithbroadhurst

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…)

April Reign: Snowy Afternoon Walking With My Dog

April Reign

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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Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Barreau du Quebec Oppose measures in Bill 60

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

April Reign: What Happens When You Just Don’t Clique?

April Reign

The internet has been fantastically effective in allowing people to communicate. While post and phones and radios did allow communication across distances, they were not as easy and accessible as such things as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr etc. are.

Social networks have brought together political nations, self defined nations such as Leaf Nation and Ford Nation (both the vehicle and train wreck varieties), political groups, those looking for medical support the list goes on.

And yet while some find their voice, or ‘friends’ beyond number or become ‘Tumblr famous’ others feel even lonelier than ever. Being an introvert (Read more…)

April Reign: Facebook and Progressive Values

April Reign

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…)

Alberta Diary: The Top 13 from 2013: Alberta Diary borne ever upward on wings of far-right loons

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…)

The Wingnuterer: The Twitter Wars – Damany Skeene

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…)

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Blogger ponders on things instead of musing about them

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 →

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Value of Controversy and Colleagues

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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RedBedHead: Blogging, Democracy and Revolution

I came across this well-written piece on the role of social media in social change, written by Jesse McLaren. I’ve often thought that the role of new media, social media etc etc has been under-theorized by Marxists. You tend to see stuff that goes in one of two directions: either an uncritical boosterism about social media as the motor of revolutions or completely dismissive and contemptuous.

A Puff of Absurdity: Blogger Rights and Responsibilities

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…)

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Ontario Divisional Court Ruling in Magder v. Ford

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

Exponential Book: 2012 in review

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.

Sketchy Thoughts: Eight Years of Sketchy Thoughts

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.

Of course,

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eaves.ca: Teach to Do – Lessons from Louise Glück

Somewhere along the lines I remember learning the line “those who cannot do, teach.” I’m sure there are many instances where this is true, it’s just not what I remember when I think of the great teachers I have had, or my own experience.

Part of this crystallized for me a couple of weeks ago when I had the pleasure of being part of the Academy of Achievement Summit. Of the numerous, insanely gifted people who came and spoke, one was Louise Glück – a poet and former poet laureate of the United States.

After her brief presentation and reading she said

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: If you’re serious about ideas… #nlpoli

then get serious about blogging.

From the Harvard Business Review:

Writing is still the clearest and most definitive medium for demonstrating expertise on the web. But as thought leaders like Gary Vaynerchuk have shown with video blogging and fellow HBR blogger Mitch Joel with podcasting (i.e., audio blogging), as long as your content is rich and thoughtful, you can still build up a massive following and reputation regardless of your channel. In an information-hungry world, there will always be a need for expert content. And there will always be more readers and "retweeters" than there will be

The Scott Ross: A Tragedy Should Make Us Want To Be Better

The world suffered a tragedy when a gun man went and killed 20 students and 6 adults. The world was made worse when out of this horror people called others whackos and nuts for merely having a different opinion.

A tragedy should make us try to be better not worse.

Sketchy Thoughts: Getting Back to the Blog?

As some of you may have noticed – those kind few of you who may still check in here – Sketchy Thoughts has been somewhat comatose for the past months (!), and not for the first time. A while back, Nate, over at the What In the Hell blog, enumerated som… . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Getting Back to the Blog?

Scott's DiaTribes: Ontario Liberal Party Convention: blogging opportunities?

BigCityLib asked about this last month. I’ve put forth an inquiry to someone I know up in Toronto Liberal HQ about whether the access that the NDP provided us bloggers (of all political stripes) will be replicated at the Ontario Liberal Party Con… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Ontario Liberal Party Convention: blogging opportunities?