Do the math. Please.
For a great long time, I’ve been talking about how we must dump the oil, gas, fracking, tankers, pipelines, coal…all the carbon-based energy systems because of climate breakdown [aka climate change, aka global warming, aka the greenhouse effect]. We need to transform our society to a post-carbon energy infrastructure.
The lie that there are billions in government revenue and 90 gazillion jobs just waiting for us all (sigh) is so incredibly compelling. But if you look at some data, like…facts, you might find some startling surprises that indicate that you’ve been swallowed whole by the carbon-based (Read more…)
Pam Palmater, getting it done!
“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
For three decades of activism I have been inspired by a great number of wise, engaged women.
Carleen Pickard, for instance. I first met Carleen when she was the B.C./Yukon organizer for the Council of Canadians. En route to becoming the executive director of San Francisco-based Global Exchange, she was part of their human rights campaign in Mexico, and she has testified before the House of Commons (Read more…)
I couldn’t really fault you if you felt that only about 22% of humanity were women.
If we based it all on how frequently they are represented in politics and the media, we wouldn’t know they made up a 51-ish% majority.
This is why Cate Blanchett and Geena Davis have some words for us all.
And god[dess] help us if we try to contradict them:
Blanchett won an Oscar the other night. In her remarks she mentioned a truth that many people still don’t understand, offering gratitude regarding her film
“to the audiences who went to see it and perhaps (Read more…)
It’s interesting to see how far we may have come with gender equity. And not. Men, formerly the head of the household, are now more likely to share authority with women at home.
But what about the most powerful organizations in society: corporations? What’s the role of women in leadership?
This great excerpt below is the tip of the iceberg. The free market will not naturally require corporations to have gender equity in leadership. Regulation can help. And sociologists can track the cultural shifts that occur when organizations “let” women take some leadership role.
And the companion links in the (Read more…)
If the 1% has Russell Brand killed, we will see it in the corporate media as a drug OD relapse, or a freak accident.
He is dangerous because he fearlessly tells the truth and challenges pretence.
Let’s examine this in some detail here [with video]:
His brain works twice as fast as most brilliant people I’ve encountered in my life. He is the socio-political heir of George Carlin. He speaks truth to power AND the masses. And frankly, WE’VE FORGOTTEN THAT THE MASSES ARE THE POWER. He is sober, so no one can credit his speedy speaking style on (Read more…)
Gosh, the corporate media sure can be sloppy.
The heart-wrenching photo of a four-year-old Syrian refugee pictured alone crossing a desert into Jordan spread far and wide this weekend, but the fact that his family was just metres away was left behind.
Photo of 4-year-old Syrian refugee triggers sympathy, confusion – Your Community.
But there are systemic pressures that contribute to this kind of sloppy journalism making everyone #FacePalm sometimes:
Here 4 year old Marwan, who was temporarily separated from his family, is assisted by UNHCR staff to cross #Jordan pic.twitter.com/w4s2mrNnMY
— Andrew Harper (@And_Harper) February 16, 2014
Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes dropped earlier this month.
My esteem for Langston Hughes, his insight and vision, and the too-often ignored human/cultural catalyst that was the Harlem Renaissance came back again last night for me when I found Leyla McCalla on the internet.
Merging Haiti, Hughes and the cello, she pulls the Harlem Renaissance forward a century in Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes.
Fitting, she lives in New Orleans, a world struggling to rebirth itself. Appropriately, her Kickstarter campaign garnered 4x her target.
Now you need to watch this, feel your soul massaged, then tweet (Read more…)
Working people need to seek out solidarity opportunities.
Unions and unionized workers need to reach out to non-unionized workers and seek legislative improvements for all, like improvements to the EI and doubling the CPP and renegotiating the Canada Health Accord and expanding Medicare and getting a national pharmacare program and starting a national childcare program and building a poverty reduction plan and a national housing strategy and no longer funding First Peoples at third world conditions. And the list, actually, does go on.
And public sector workers need to build solidarity with private sector workers, whose union density is declining.
With all the union busting and union bashing going on by the 1% and their compradors in government, it’s nice to see the labour movement getting some traction.
The next few days in Tennessee and Ontario could move workplace democracy and the 99% ahead significantly, with thousands of new unionized jobs to support families and communities. Here’s how.
Two huge organizing drives are going on to unionize autoworkers at two plants. Voting takes place THIS WEEK for Volkswagen workers in Tennessee to join the UAW and a multi-union pro-organizing rally for Toyota workers happens on Sunday in Kitchener to support (Read more…)
I apologize in advance, British Columbia.
This will be the week from hell, and it started yesterday while we were all Family Day-ing. Hold your breath:
Yesterday, the Conservative Soft Fascist Party of Canada rammed through the “Fair (sic) Elections Act” that will further protect us from the possibility of fair elections into the future. The next Fair Elections Act will likely give corporations the vote. Because why not, they’re people too! Actually, they’re more human than us in so many ways. And it’s actually called corporatism, not so much the fascism. In recent weeks we heard that the (Read more…)
Call your nearest Conservative MP right now, until 330pm today, west coast time. Let them know that their Orwellian-named “Fair” Elections Act is clearly designed to further erode democracy and we see through it. See below for where you can contact such MPs.
We can’t let them ram this through, or else we’ll become even more of a banana republic.
Hold the phone
Without warning, the Harper government is ramming through legislation that will seriously undermine democracy in Canada. It was just introduced a few days ago, but could be adopted by the House of Commons as early as Monday (Read more…)
Today is Friday. Let’s make it “think for ourselves Friday.”
It’ll work: the government/corporations/1% won’t see it coming!
Twitter / occupythemob: http://t.co/doHx1xWO4l.
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The rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer, and the gap between them is growing.
This is the test of whether we can be content in our complacency. Here’s why.
In 2010, a tax filer required an annual income of $201,400 to be in the top 1%. This was 37% higher than the threshold value of $147,500 in 1982, when the data series began. (All dollar figures in this text are expressed in 2010 constant dollars.)
The income gap between the top 1% and the rest of filers has widened over time. In 1982, the median income of the top 1% of filers was $191,600. This was seven (Read more…)
It’s a trifecta of moral corruption!
Rex Murphy shills for Big Oil and Gas. Postmedia consigns its editorial control to the Oil and Gas Lobby[TM]. Postmedia, naturally, fires one of the best energy/environment reporters in the nation.
Film at 11.
Ok, it’s 11. Let’s drill down.
Journalists should declare when they receive money to speak at events. Sooooo many of them don’t. They think it’s OK because, shut up. But it’s a compromise to their credibility and can fuel speculation about conflicts of interest and bias. Many journalists pretend they’re objective. It’s humanly impossible to be objective. We all have (Read more…)
More support for changing the name of the NFL team in Washington comes from Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Yesterday, I wrote about how incredibly easy it would be to change the racist name of any kind of team. It’s really not that hard. Imagine the reverse, though. Imagine changing the Vancouver “Canucks” to the Vancouver “Insert racist slur here.” Somewhat inconceivable, so it should be easy to do the reverse, and fix the Washington NFL team name, as well as the other racist team names.
Now, hear how Jesse Ventura puts it:
Just as the N word (Read more…)
It’s all about vision and hope, in an effort to envision how economics and markets can exist after the toxicity of capitalism is gone, gone gone. Are you up for it?
Last night, John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism, was the SFU Institute for the Humanities‘ guest lecturer, skyped in from Mexico. He was full of inspiration and clarity. Enjoy my twitter reflections below.
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High 5′s to people are aren’t old men! [on average, 19 times out of 20, +/- 3.6% of the time.]
My apologies if you’re a man, or over 55, but those two demographics love the Big Oil, and they’re giving you all a bad name!
I know lots of men and people over 55 who know that moving to a post-carbon energy infrastructure is the only sustainable future. The problem is convincing their peers that getting rid of their Lexus [it used to be Hummer] is in everyone’s best interest.
Maybe it’s because some of those (Read more…)
Bill Zylmans, that awkward racist guy.
First we have IKEA’s union busting, coming up on one year of locking out their workers because they won’t take major concessions in the face of billions in profits.
Now we have the strawberry and potato farmer who worries about how few Caucasian farmers are left around these parts, don’t ya know.
Here are the boycott details.
Bill Zylmans of W & A Farms is unhappy with so many non-Caucasians getting into farming. Let’s boycott their products.
IKEA has been pulling in billions in profit for years, but finds its union workers in Richmond (Read more…)
Do you look up to the 1%? How could you?
Come, children, let’s take a look!
The world’s 85 richest people hold the same amount of wealth as its 3.5 billion poorest.
“It’s fantastic, and this is a great thing because it inspires everybody, gets them motivation to look up to the one per cent and say, ‘I want to become one of those people, I’m going to fight hard to get up to the top.
via Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary says 3.5 billion people in comparative poverty is ‘fantastic news’ – Americas – World – (Read more…)
It’s not unusual to see unemployment rates of around 6-8% these days. But if you have always had the feeling that more than one in sixteen people is unemployed, you’re right. The capitalist machine likes to use that low number to avoid the greater reality that almost 30% of British Columbians from 15-64 are not working.
Why is that? Optics. Here’s how it works.
The graphic here is from a CCPA report this month showing that despite an optics-friendly jobs plan in BC, we have also had a jobless recovery since the crash in 2008, and more particularly, since the (Read more…)
It’s getting harder and harder, what with constant corporate media concentration, and corporatist convergence of messaging from right wing governments and their informal corporate media PR departments.
But everyone once in a while we see evidence that there is a growing number of journalists who exist with integrity and can demonstrate meaningful contribution to society:
Also, we as journalists should be doing a better job realizing press releases are ads & shouldn’t be reprinted/repeated.
— Carly Weeks (@carlyweeks) January 16, 2014
So let’s add Carly Weeks to the short list of good journalists in Canada.
The trick here, of (Read more…)
Risking player’s brain trauma for profit makes the NHL a gladiator pimp organization.
At some point, as estimates continue to roll in, the NHL accountants and lawyers will realize that reducing concussion risk in the NHL will make the league more profitable. The NHLPA needs to do a better job advocating for the health of its membership.
That will get me watching again, and my kids.
And that may be the only thing, aggravated by class action lawsuits, that get the game safer for players. Oh and the CBC getting rid of Don Cherry.
Here’s information from a recent study (Read more…)
Well, I miss Mandela. The post-Mandela world is sadly less colourful. While all sorts of people, including reprobate politicians in Canada laud him for this and that, it’s important to remember that he never seemed to angle for being a darling of right wing, neoliberal libertarian freedom fighters.
Here are some items we should all remember. If any of this is new to you, click the link at the bottom to flesh out the details. You won’t regret it.
1. Mandela blasted the Iraq War and American imperialism.
2. Mandela called freedom from poverty a “fundamental human right.”
3. (Read more…)
I know you’re wondering. But it’s hard to imagine. Kind of like a fish imagining life without water. We’ve known corporate media for generations. Since the advent of psychology and marketing, the influence/manipulation of corporate media is ubiquitous. And not in a good way.
But let’s take a few moments to imagine the features of post-corporate media, where increasing the audience [by a variety of questionable, sensationalist means, sometimes] to increase ad revenue isn’t the goal.
Let’s start here with this:
The CBC. Mothercorp. Publicly funded, at arms length from the taxpayer funder. It has access to national radio and (Read more…)