Dead Wild Roses: Howard Zinn – What You Need to Know for the Next 4 Years.

Don’t like it, change it. These are the tools to do it. Filed under: Culture, Politics Tagged: Change, Corporate Power, Dark Times, Howard Zinn, People

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: On Embracing Change

We’re moving. Today. Four strong men pulled up in an enormous truck this morning and right now I can hear them talking quietly and gasping as they haul sofas and tables down the hall. We bought this house in 1991 just before Natalie was born. Nicholas’ main floor bedroom and wheel-in shower made this an ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Prospects for America: Sanders vs Civil War

(And that is not a threat, of course, but a prediction) An analysis of the present state of future prospects of the nation ~ An open letter in response to Daily Kos, and to anyone concerned with either justice, or peace The article I recently wrote and published on Daily Kos, Prognosis for America: Sanders ...

Bill Longstaff: 2015—a very good year

2015 is nearly done, a year of significant change for me: a new home after 25 years of living by Calgary’s Elbow River, by far the longest I’ve ever lived in one place, and even a new car, also after driving my little Honda Civic for 25 years. But blogging-wise, the most dramatic changes were ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: CNN lies, distorts, while its own polls tell the truth: Bernie won the debate

CNN’s own polls show Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential debate last night, Tuesday, October 13, 2015, hands down. When CNN polled, and asked “Who won the debate?” 83% of people said Bernie Sanders. 83%. Yet, CNN headlines are splashing the big, bold message, Hillary wins debate by landslide. Can the media be any more ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders? This man deserves to win – and he just might.

Bernie Sanders? This man deserves to win – and he just might. He should also read my book, Enlightened Democracy: Visions For A New Millennium. We’re very much on the same page, in most regards, except that I tend to contextualize things with a broader and longer term vision, and a more philosophical and historical context. ...

CuriosityCat: Vox Populi: Now 70% of Canadians want change from Harper governance

The trend towards change on October 19 election day is becoming well-nigh irrestible. The latest NANOS tracking poll of voters has this startling statistic (my underlining): A new poll suggests most Canadians (79 per cent) agree the country feels like it’s in recession, nearly seven in 10 (69 per cent) believe “it’s time for change” ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How To Be A Resilient Caregiver – Especially When Change Hits Hard

Resilience is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days.  Everyone needs it and everyone wants it, especially people giving or receiving care.   And the truth is we all need resilience the most at times of big life changes or transitions.  We mine our reserves of strength and optimism when our children with disabilities ...

The Disaffected Lib: Has Conservatism Become a Death Cult?

Some day our grandchildren will ask “why?” They’ll want to know why their grandparents’ generation failed to act against climate change while there was still time to prevent their own generation from getting the worst of it. That’s how they’re going to judge us; not by how bad, how dangerous, how punishing the environment they ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: What do I want? Revolutionary change – nothing less will do at this critical time in our history

I want nothing short of revolutionary change, a radical change, a renaissance. I think it is needed – urgently needed: and I do not think that human beings are going to survive at all without it. We have, inadvertently, pressed our backs against a wall. I think we need to rise to a higher level ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Referendum On Scottish Independence: Why it matters to us all – no matter who we are or where we live

An excellent overview of the Scottish referendum on independence, which is happening today, was just pointed out to me by a friend – and, we should note that the referendum has great significance all around the world, and not only for the Scots. The article is well worth two minutes of your time to read, I ...

Things Are Good: A Better Take On The Current Generational Divide

It’s not rare to read in old media that young people these days are worthless, listless, clods. That viewpoint is beyond ridiculous, in recent months there has been a backlash to this attitude from millennials. Instead of being lazy and not doing anything about it – they are now quick to point out the young ...

PostArctica: Community

My generation from Verdun grew up With Fathers who worked in factories and Mothers who, if they worked were in retail or service low paying respectable jobs. To do better was a challenge in many, many ways these were awesome people of incredibly principled standards but fun loving people they were, too appreciated a joke ...

PostArctica: Community

My generation from Verdun grew up With Fathers who worked in factories and Mothers who, if they worked were in retail or service low paying respectable jobs. To do better was a challenge in many, many ways these were awesome people of incredibly principled standards but fun loving people they were, too appreciated a joke ...

PostArctica: Keep Your Coins, I Want Change

by meek in Melbourne, Australia

Writings of J. Todd Ring: What can be done?

What can be done? How can we help others? How can one person make a difference? Well, there are many ways, of course. Most people in modern Western society, and in many parts of the world, feel powerless today. They feel that they can’t do anything to help – they can’t do anything to change ...

Things Are Good: Obviously, The Climate Change Debate is Over

Anybody with the ability to reason realizes that anthropogenic climate change is happening – and it’s happening in an unpredictable but faster way than previously imagined. The fact that fools argue against this infuriates me as they are essentially arguing against reality. Recently, two acclaimed scientific bodies (The Royal Society and the US National Academy ...

Things Are Good: Cities Are The Key For Adjusting To Changing Climate

Readers of this site have seen lots of evidence that in the 21st century the best place one can live for a small carbon footprint is in urban areas. Things like increased infrastructure costs and higher costs of living associated with automobile use in rural & suburban places are obvious reasons why denser areas are ...

The Scott Ross: Another Thing Trudeau & Layton Have In Common

Justin Trudeau and the late Jack Layton have quite a few similarities, underestimation by Conservatives is yet another. It wasn’t too long ago a certain inexperienced federal politician became leader of a third place political party. Though the son of a prominent politician1, in his early life he had not been immediately drawn to federal ...

Walking Turcot Yards: Only art can save us now

The world needs creative interpretations of global issues, not better descriptions of things people are accustomed to. by Santiago Zabala   Perhaps rather than God, as Martin Heidegger once said, it is art that can save us. After all, artistic creations have always had political, religious and social meanings that also aimed in some way ...

The Scott Ross: How The US Used Pussy Riot And You Liked It

Why were you outraged over Russia locking up Pussy Riot but ambivalent over America bringing its full weight down on open access activist Aaron Swartz? Simple, because hating a Russian government is easier than improving your own. When Russian punk band Pussy Riot received 2 years for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” there were weeks ...

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Bad At Selling Out

What’s worse than oil companies spending millions to buy off politicians? Oil companies getting them for free. The oil sector is vital to Canada’s economy, but so are a lot of industries and you don’t see them drafting government policy. From the CBC: A letter obtained by Greenpeace through access to information laws and passed ...

The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

Because Stephen Harper was a self-described “radical right-wing ideologue”, he was the only one who could make the conservatives more Liberal. Because Barack Obama was so anti-war, he was the only one who could make the Democrats more pro-war than Republicans. In both cases it was each man’s close association to a particular cause that ...