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Dead Wild Roses: Story Time: Affirming the Status-quo and the Utility of Identity Politics

A conversation gleaned from Stardate Whenever –

“I was chatting with one of my managers and he told me he does drag performance and identifies as genderqueer. Which, you know, obviously I disagree with that terminology.

He had just been reprimanded at work for wearing makeup. In the same day that I was . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Story Time: Affirming the Status-quo and the Utility of Identity Politics

cartoon life: Shaving time

I probably would have stayed with the same brand. But it’s too difficult to match things up. I have two big brand name handles bought in the last year, because I previously bought blade cartridges that didn’t fit the previous handle I was using. Can’t find that handle. Whenever my daughter comes home from college, […] . . . → Read More: cartoon life: Shaving time

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Anti-Abortion Group Against Trudeau

So, this happened. Campaign Life Coalition Youth (CLCY) and the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR), two anti-abortion groups, announced that they are launching a nationwide campaign against Justin Trudeau because of his staunch pro-choice stance. Far be it from me to say anything that might dissuade them from this course of action. And I . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: Anti-Abortion Group Against Trudeau

Things Are Good: You Should Replace Should With Could

Some new research hints that you should change how you think about issues and what to do. Often we think about things we should do and what we ought to do is ask what we could do.

Asking yourself, for example, “What should I do with my life?” tacitly implies that there’s a right and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: You Should Replace Should With Could

Dead Wild Roses: The Very Specific Right Wing Meaning of Choice

Ouch. :>

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Choice, Comic, Humour, Right Wing Politics

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Dead Wild Roses: The Very Specific Right Wing Meaning of Choice

Ouch. :>

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Choice, Comic, Humour, Right Wing Politics

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Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: mainly thoughts about freedom

After a couple more days of chaos and business, I have time again to sit and think. Hurray!

I think back to Sunday, and taking my children to church. I remember how my most high strung child ended up sitting between a woman he barely knows and me, and how it wasn’t until I moved . . . → Read More: Christy’s Houseful of Chaos » politics: mainly thoughts about freedom

OpenMedia.ca: Ben Klass on wireless carriers’ high prices

As cell phone customers reel from yet another Big Telecom price hike, it seems like our wireless market is moving backwards not forwards. Telecom expert and OpenMedia community member Ben Klass asks what will it take for Canadians to get the greater choice and lower prices we deserve.

Article from Ben Klass’ . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Ben Klass on wireless carriers’ high prices

Birth Pangs: God Doesn’t Kill Just Because He Didn’t Like How Things Turned Out…Oh wait a minute…

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Politics, Re-Spun: Foundation Skills Assessment: Another Dirty Trick

By Rachel Goodine

The FSAs, or Foundation Skills Assessment tests, administered annually in British Columbia since 2000 to students in grades 4 and 7, are once again under way. They began on January 14 and will continue until February 22, 2013. In the meantime, the debate is on.

For many, it’s simple: How is testing . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Foundation Skills Assessment: Another Dirty Trick

The Canadian Progressive: Abortion rights group launches website to celebrate historic 1988 Supreme Court “Morgentaler Decision”

by Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada | Jan 15, 2013 In honour of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic 1988 decision to overturn the nation’s criminal abortion law, the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada is delighted to dedicate a new website to the anniversary: www.morgentaler25years.ca The day of the court decision – . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Abortion rights group launches website to celebrate historic 1988 Supreme Court “Morgentaler Decision”

Death By Trolley: Is belief in God a choice?

The following satirical video, “Gay Scientists Isolate Christian Gene”, pokes fun at the concept of a “gay gene” and religious opposition to homosexuality.

The proportion of people who believe that homosexuality is chosen is decreasing. That’s not to imply that homosexuality is the phenotype expressed by a “gay gene”. Just that whatever makes one . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Is belief in God a choice?

the woodshed: Shooting down another trial ballon

 Kitchener MP Stephen Woodworth’s attempt to reopen the abortion debate (not exactly as pictured above) will not end well for anyone.

I dislike writing about abortion for a number of reasons.

No matter what I write, someone is going to be furiously calling me a baby killer or a misogynst. There was a time . . . → Read More: the woodshed: Shooting down another trial ballon

On religious discrimination and cheap tastes.

On religious freedom.

On small parties.

Short one today, as I’m trying to work through dissertation revisions. But I thought it was worth noting how few of Ontario’s registered political parties have bothered to put together a platform as yet. It’s kind of sad, given that we have fixed elect… . . . → Read More: On small parties.

Dead Wild Roses: RSA – Animate – Choice

Within structural systems there is great pressure to conform, in Capitalism is not an exception. Filed under: Politics Tagged: Capitalism, Choice, RSA Cognitive Media, Social Change . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: RSA – Animate – Choice

On the Quebec question: (2) Self-determination

Yesterday, I suggested that objections to the definition of a “clear majority” in favour of separation as 50%+1 were insincere, and really masked forms of other objections. The first I want to talk about is the claim that there is something wrong with … . . . → Read More: On the Quebec question: (2) Self-determination

ParliamANT Hill: This Election Comes Down to a Choice (Cartoon of the Day)

Inspired by this story: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/brian-topp/this-election-comes-down-to-a-choice/article1997456/ . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: This Election Comes Down to a Choice (Cartoon of the Day)

April Reign: The Handmaids Tale Dystopia Meets Reality

April Reign

This story is both a horrific example of the human trafficking going on in the world and a warning as to what could happen to women should the womb police get their way.

Anyone familiar with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale will recognize this type of scenario;

In its promotional material, the Asia-based . . . → Read More: April Reign: The Handmaids Tale Dystopia Meets Reality