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Dead Wild Roses: “Why Rape Culture is a Dangerous Myth” – *groan* – Yet Another Mansplination of Hysterical Female Behaviour

I’m not sure what the author of the review was thinking… Actually, on second thought I might have an idea – this is the liberal left dude deciding to be ‘edgy’ and take on an issue that feminists, especially radical feminists, like to rattle on about. One would hope that with a title […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: “Why Rape Culture is a Dangerous Myth” – *groan* – Yet Another Mansplination of Hysterical Female Behaviour

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Torkil Lauesen’s “The Global Perspective” (reviewed by Gabriel Kuhn)

Released by PM Press in collaboration with Kersplebedeb in 2014, Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers recalls the exploits of the so-called Blekingegade Gang, a group of Marxist revolutionaries who, during the 1970s and ‘80s, robbed cash-in-transit trucks, warehouses, and post offices around Copenhagen in order to provide national liberation movements in the Third World with much-needed material support. Now one of the group’s former members, Torkil Lauesen, has written a book titled Det globale perspektiv, “The Global Perspective”, released by the Danish press Nemo in May 2016.

When the Blekingegade Group members ………..READ MORE

. . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Torkil Lauesen’s “The Global Perspective” (reviewed by Gabriel Kuhn)

Scripturient: Demagogues and democracy

“I just wish, at some point in time, councillors would show a little more integrity or credibility on the floor of council… It’s like every time we try to do something, there’s criticism, no matter what we do. I’d like to … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Demagogues and democracy

A Writer's Mind: Lilian Nattel Reflects: A Girl In Hitler Youth

The Shame of Survival: Working Through a Nazi Childhood by Ursula Mahlendorf My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ursula Mahlendorf was born the same year as my mother. They were kids during WW2, teenagers by the end of it. While

. . . → Read More: A Writer’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Reflects: A Girl In Hitler Youth

Art Threat: From Exposé to Opacity: With The Migrant Image, T.J Demos Rethinks Documentary Aesthetics

Though often situated at the centre of grandiose political and activist projects, tasked time and again with capturing visible evidence of exploitation, violence, deprivation, and inequality, documentary, as both a genre and a practice, rests on a fundamental paradox: that of being perpetually too early and too late. If, as T.J. Demos writes near the . . . → Read More: Art Threat: From Exposé to Opacity: With The Migrant Image, T.J Demos Rethinks Documentary Aesthetics

staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner

Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois WeinerSince the massive public sector upsurge in the 60’s and 70’s, teachers unions in the US have been in a long steady decline in power. Only very recently… . . . → Read More: staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner

staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner

Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner

Since the massive public sector upsurge in the 60’s and 70’s, teachers unions in the US have been in a long steady decline in power. Only very recently, with the 2012 Chicago teachers strike, have we seen any resurgence . . . → Read More: staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner

staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: Raising Expectations & Raising Hell, by Jane McAlevey

Book Review: Raising expectations (and Raising hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, by Jane McAleveyIt’s been a tough couple of decades to be a trade unionist. Since the early nineties, with Paul Martin’s cuts to transfer payments, through… . . . → Read More: staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: Raising Expectations & Raising Hell, by Jane McAlevey

staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: Raising Expectations & Raising Hell, by Jane McAlevey

Book Review: Raising expectations (and Raising hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, by Jane McAlevey

It’s been a tough couple of decades to be a trade unionist. Since the early nineties, with Paul Martin’s cuts to transfer payments, through the Mike Harris’s assaults, to the BC Liberal’s ripping up contracts and the Harper . . . → Read More: staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: Raising Expectations & Raising Hell, by Jane McAlevey

Political Eh-conomy: A review of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

I have another piece up at Ricochet: a review of Naomi Klein’s big book on climate change, This Changes Everything. It’s friendly but critical, looking at what the book’s themes of austerity, the local and extractivism mean for how we build politics against climate change. I’ve included it in full below…

Naomi Klein’s big book . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: A review of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Memoir of Mourning: Journey Through Grief and Loss to Renewal (Book Review)

Perhaps you fear losing the parent you care for.  Or maybe, you fear your own death as you care for your dying relative.  Maybe you just don’t know who you will be when your loved one passes and leaves you alone in the world, without the identity of caregiver.

Claudia Chowaniec has wrestled all these . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Memoir of Mourning: Journey Through Grief and Loss to Renewal (Book Review)

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: No Saints Around Here (Book Review): Do I Hate It or Do I Love It?

About 20 pages into Susan Allen Toth’s caregiving memoir, “No Saints Around Here”, I decided I didn’t like the author.  Not one bit.  “How can a wife sigh loudly in front of her Parkinson’s disease-suffering husband just because she can’t have a second cup of tea in the morning?!” I fumed.  I kept picking up . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: No Saints Around Here (Book Review): Do I Hate It or Do I Love It?

Canadian Soapbox: Struggling financially? Read ‘The Wealthy Barber Returns’

I’m 47 years old, and if you’re around my age or older you’ve probably heard of or read David Chilton’s book ‘The Wealthy Barber’.  I’m certain that Mr. Chilton is at least partly responsible for the boon in mutual fund investing that occurred during the nineties and early into this century.  “The Wealthy Barber” (TWB) was written in 1989 and it was a monster success selling somewhere around two million copies.
But TWB was written in a different era, before the internet, before TFSAs, before the great financial crisis and before Canadians went from a nation of savers to a country that has gorged itself on debt.  
The author’s first book harped on the theme of ‘pay yourself first’, taking roughly 10% of your income and putting it toward long term saving.  He extolled the virtues of dollar cost averaging, buying equity investments with a fixed amount on a regular basis so as to even out the ups and downs that come with the equity markets.  Dollar cost averaging means buying more when prices correct and less when valuations soar.  
Over the long haul (20 years or more) equity markets have outperformed just about every other investment vehicle; savings accounts, government bonds etc, but its not a ride that goes straight up, there are many bumps along the way.
The Wealthy Barber Returns is true to the original in this sense, the need for long term retirement saving, but David Chilton bemoans the fact that Canada has become a nation of spendthrifts.

The original book centred around a rich barber who dispensed financial wisdom to his customers in a narrative form.  The author has abandoned that device in this book however, and speaks directly to the reader, and its a wise choice.  Too many people are struggling and need to be spoken to directly, not via a kindly older gentleman cutting hair.  Our problems typically boil down to hedonistic desires trumping simple common sense.  ‘The Wealthy Barber Returns’ has one key theme that is obvious and simple.  

You can’t spend more than you earn.  
If you think saving is impossible, read the book.  If you’re convinced you can’t spare a single dime to put toward an RRSP, RESP or TFSA, read the book.  If you don’t understand what those acronyms even mean, definitely READ THE BOOK.  
I’m lucky, I didn’t even have to buy the book.  In fact I have two copies, one in English the other in French. My financial institution was giving them away, and living in Québec they only had French copies the first time I saw it available, so I struggled through.  On a later visit they gave me the English version.
Mr. Chilton, if you ever chance to read this, votre français c’est excellent.  

. . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Struggling financially? Read ‘The Wealthy Barber Returns’

Canadian Soapbox: Struggling financially? Read ‘The Wealthy Barber Returns’

I’m 47 years old, and if you’re around my age or older you’ve probably heard of or read David Chilton’s book ‘The Wealthy Barber’.  I’m certain that Mr. Chilton is at least partly responsible for the boon in mutual fund investing that occurred during the nineties and early into this century.  “The Wealthy Barber” (TWB) . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Struggling financially? Read ‘The Wealthy Barber Returns’

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: We are Stardust… and Viral Genes

In her classic song, Woodstock, Joni Mitchell ended with the chorus: We are stardust Billion-year-old carbon We are golden Caught in the devil’s bargain And we’ve got to get ourselves Back to the garden Which most people assume is merely poetic licence. Well, Joni wasn’t wrong: we – and every living thing on our planet . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: We are Stardust… and Viral Genes

Sketchy Thoughts: Progress and Poverty: a response to Krul, Post and Hamerquist from Noel Ignatiev

i often disagree with Noel Ignatiev – and the following essay is certainly no exception in that regard – however his reasoning is often provocative, which though a bit maddening is also not a bad thing. As such, it should not be assumed that the views in the following guest contribution are those of . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Progress and Poverty: a response to Krul, Post and Hamerquist from Noel Ignatiev

Art Threat: London Triptych traces queer desire across the centuries

Owing in large part to Hollywood’s discovery of its infinite star vehicle potential, the “intersecting lives” narrative has become, in recent years, something of a cop out. When the A-story isn’t strong enough, simply prop it up with parallel stories B through F and have them all fatefully (and conveniently) collide about a third of . . . → Read More: Art Threat: London Triptych traces queer desire across the centuries

Sketchy Thoughts: Divided World Divided Class Reviewed and Discussed by Matthijs Krul and others

Divided World Divided Class: Global Political Economy and the Stratification of Labour Under Capitalism is a book published by Kersplebedeb (and available from leftwingbooks.net) back in September of last year.Divided World Divided Class charts the history of the ‘labour aristocracy’ in the capitalist world system, from its roots in colonialism to its birth and eventual maturation . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Divided World Divided Class Reviewed and Discussed by Matthijs Krul and others

The HB-Log : Book Review: The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

I enjoyed reading Thomas King’s new book “The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America.” I’ll stop short of saying “it’s something everyone should read,” but if you regularly comment on native issues, and have a weak grasp of the history, this is a great way to familiarize yourself.

This is why I read it, and in . . . → Read More: The HB-Log : Book Review: The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

The HB-Log : Care about equality? Suck up the tall buildings

Over the holidays I read Matt Yglesias fantastic book “The rent is too damn high,” which deals with urban policy in the United States and its effect on housing prices. But really, the book is about equality. Yglesias argues cities in the U.S. have too many regulations for the construction of tall buildings. As a . . . → Read More: The HB-Log : Care about equality? Suck up the tall buildings

Art Threat: Femininity, fantasy, and fever dreams – Book review: The Lava in My Bones by Barry Webster

In a delirious, hallucinogenic voice, author Barry Webster turns directly toward the place and experience of femininity in a queer life dominated by masculine desires. . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Femininity, fantasy, and fever dreams – Book review: The Lava in My Bones by Barry Webster

Canadian Soapbox: Beyond The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Book Review

Before undertaking to read and review C. James Jensen’s book, ‘Beyond The Power of Your Subconscious Mind‘, I had already read many books of a similar nature, titles like ‘The Magic of Believing‘ and ‘The Secret‘. I had already formed the opinion that people are very much like ice bergs, that what we perceive . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Beyond The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Book Review

Canadian Soapbox: Leading or aspiring to lead? Invest in ‘The Power of Communication’ – (Book Review)

Author Helio Fred Garcia, Executive Director of Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership has written an important book for individuals who are in positions of leadership, and for those aspiring to leadership roles.   This excellent work has already received some pretty hefty endorsements and positive reviews from business leaders and . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Leading or aspiring to lead? Invest in ‘The Power of Communication’ – (Book Review)

Sketchy Thoughts: MLM Mayhem Reviews Zak Cope’s Divided World Divided Class

My comrade Josh recently wrote a review of Zak Cope’s Divided World Divided Class on his excellent MLM Mayhem blog. You can read it here, but i am also reposting it on Sketchy Thoughts here:

These days, at the centres of capitalism, it is en vogue for leftists to attack Lenin’s theory of the . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: MLM Mayhem Reviews Zak Cope’s Divided World Divided Class

Sketchy Thoughts: The Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement Interviews Dr Zak Cope

The following interview appeared recently on anti-imperialism.com, the blog of the Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement (RAIM), with Zak Cope, about his book recently published by Kersplebedeb,  Divided World Divided Class: Global Political Economy and the Stratification of Labour Under Capitalism.

Zak Cope is the author of Divided World Divided Class: Global Political Economy and the . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: The Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement Interviews Dr Zak Cope