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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Valerie Strauss discusses the disastrous effects of corporatized education in the U.S. And Alex Hemingway examines how B.C.’s government (like Saskatchewan’s) is going out of its way to make it impossible for a public education system to do its job of offering a bright future to all . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Michael Harris argues that it’s long past time for the Trudeau Libs to start living up to their oft-repeated promise of real change – rather than merely slapping a friendlier face on the same old regressive C… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Things Are Good: Teenage Pregnancy Rates Plummet Thanks to Birth Control

Just over a decade ago the documentary The Education of Shelby Knox looked at how pathetically backwards sex education is in the USA. Thanks to documentaries and compounding evidence that asbstinance-only education has no impact on teen pregnancy rates (it does increase STI/STD rates though!) sex education is no different. The USA is catching up […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Thomas Walkom discusses Mel Hurtig’s philosophy of economic nationalism, while noting that Canada stands out as an exception in lacking a strong movement toward greater internal planning and economic control. … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Stephen Hawking discusses the crucial distinction between seeing money as a means of pursuing worthy ends versus treating it a goal in and of itself – and notes that we should be wary of political choices bas… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- David Blanchflower notes that there’s virtually no dispute that the UK is headed into an economic downturn – meaning that there’s also no excuse to hold off on fiscal relief for the public. And Brad DeLong po… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Dead Wild Roses: Welcome to the Shitfestival, brought to you by Po-Mo and Social Media.

“How We Reached the Point Where We Can’t Hear Each Other” is a article on Counterpunch by Joseph Natoli. I’ve excerpted some of the beginning bits for context, but the best is when he focuses on what is happening in Education and how people are taught to think these days. I’m also a fan of […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Welcome to the Shitfestival, brought to you by Po-Mo and Social Media.

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Jeremy Smith argues that the Brexit vote result should serve as a compelling reminder of the dangers of neoliberalism. John Hood focuses on inequality in particular as a driving force behind the willingness o… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Oxfam points out the latest World Wealth Report showing that extreme inequality and wealth continue to grow around the globe. And AFP reports on the IMF’s warnings that inequality and poverty represent signific… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Paul Willcocks discusses British Columbia’s two-tiered education system and the role it plays in exacerbating inequality – which is well worth keeping in mind as Saskatchewan deals with the fallout f… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

The Progressive Economics Forum: Summer reading! Review of Stanford’s second edition of Economics for Everyone

Looking for something to take with you to the cottage, the beach or the cafe? Check out Jim Stanford’s 2nd edition of Economics for Everyone. Here’s a review by Peter G. Prontzos first published in the Vancouver Sun. Book review: A fresh look at the dismal science of economics Economics for Everyone:A Short Guide to the Economics of […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Summer reading! Review of Stanford’s second edition of Economics for Everyone

Left Over: You Can Handle the Truth…..

Jewish Voice for Peace   This is an excellent introduction for those who do not understand the issue..should be required viewing in every high school in Europe and North America (USA and Canada) so that over time education does what … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: You Can Handle the Truth…..

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Andrew Leach’s after-the-fact addendum to his review of Alberta’s climate change policy offers an important reminder as to the costs of inaction on climate change – and the message is one which applies equall… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishops and Reality

Seldom do Alberta’s Bishops allow reality to interfere with their preconceived ideas.  In fact, where Calgary’s Bishop Henry is concerned, the idea of reality seems to exist in another dimension entirely where LGBT rights are concerned.  In his latest tirade, carrying the grandiose title “TOTALITARIANISM IN ALBERTA IV“, is so profoundly riddle with ignorance, hyperbole and outright paranoid thoughts that it deserves a more detailed tearing down.  

Despite the differing signage, ranging from “Flush Bill 10” to “Everyone Can Pee,” the issues are not just about bathrooms, plumbing and urination, parental rights, safety of children, how people feel, GSAs and an imperfect Bill 10. What is at stake is the very order of creation. (emphasis added)

Apparently, protecting LGBT youth in Alberta schools is now such a profound threat to the Bishop that it now represents an existential threat to the world itself!  Wow … I had no idea that LGBT, and in particular Trans, kids were so powerful.

Mr. Eggen’s guiding principle for best practices is: “self-identification is the sole measure of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” This foundational statement is simply assumed to be true and no evidence is offered to substantiate the claim.

Such subjectivity is ever expansive and morally problematic. LGBT has now swelled to LGBTTQQIAAP2S. … The newest addition is the “2S” which denotes being two-spirited, a term used for one who does not fit into the male/female binary. Some have even added “BDSM” for those into bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism.

Oh yes, the dreaded “slippery slope” argument.  Of course recognizing that human sexuality and expression is far more diverse than the simple male/female missionary model that the Bishop seems so hung up on would collapse – a reality that most of us have figured out the hard way.

However, facts, not ideology, determine reality. On April 6, 2016, the American College of Pediatricians, representing more than a hundred pediatricians, issued an important statement concerning gender ideology … The College’s statement meshes perfectly with biblical and theological truths.

 Let’s look at this for a moment.  “Biblical and theological truths” is a key phrase in here.  Let me be abundantly clear about something.  In spite of the Bishop’s protestations, we are not talking about biblical or theological notions of truth here.  Bill 10 and the guidelines that came down earlier this year are not about those issues at all – they are about protecting children and creating a safe environment for them.  For all that the Bishop may wish to blather on about “biblical truth”, the fact is that he is miles offside here, because there is clear evidence that providing safe, secure environments that acknowledge the realities of LGBT youth provide better outcomes for their education.  (There’s a lot more like this)  From the pulpit, the Bishop is free to spout whatever he wishes, but when it comes to objective realities, the facts contradict everything he is saying.

Pope Francis, “the who am I to judge” Pope, has not minced his words: “the gender ideology is demonic.” He includes gender theory among the fundamental dangers of our era, with the same threatening potential as nuclear weapons and gene manipulation and describes it as an attitude with which man creates a new sin that is directed against God the Creator.

I love this.  The political right wing has started to use the language of “gender ideology” in its attacks on gender minorities.  Seriously?  Lovely attempt at trying to obfuscate the discussion by inventing terminology.  Rather than admitting that they are objecting to equality rights for transgender people (which means you have to admit that you are advocating for discriminatory practices), the Bishop borrows a meaningless piece of verbiage and uses it hoping that we won’t notice the sleight of hand.

“Beyond the understandable difficulties which individuals may experience, the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created, for thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation… Sex education should help young people to accept their own bodies and to avoid the pretension to cancel out sexual differences because one no longer know how to deal with it.”

Really?  I wonder if either the Bishop or the Pope realize that most transgender people experience  significant levels of dysphoria from the outset?  That for some, the only option for a viable life is to transition?  Many spend years trying desperately to “accept” the lot that they have been given, only to find that they are perpetually unable to do so.  It isn’t merely “accepting their bodies”, most have struggled for years to achieve that, and failed.

Bishop Henry might want to actually get to know the realities that transgender people face, the struggles of their lives and how his hostility to them affects their lives before making grandiose pronouncements about how they should be “treated” in his judgment.  

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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishops and Reality

Seldom do Alberta’s Bishops allow reality to interfere with their preconceived ideas.  In fact, where Calgary’s Bishop Henry is concerned, the idea of reality seems to exist in another dimension entirely where LGBT rights are concerned.  In h… . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishops and Reality

Dead Wild Roses: A Word for Everything – German Envy – “Politikverdrossenheit”

I spent my years learning French in Highschool(and now forgotten). Now with double the disappointment as I realize how word-awesome German is. Consider this small list: Weltschmerz – world weariness. Schadenfreude – a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people Backpfeifengesicht – It describes someone who you […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: A Word for Everything – German Envy – “Politikverdrossenheit”

Dead Wild Roses: On Being Socialized Female – The Gender Knot

-Allan Johnson on compulsory femininity (the systematic expectations and goals of female socialization) The Gender Knot  Filed under: Education Tagged: Being Female, Feminism, Patriachy, Radical Feminism, Socialization . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: On Being Socialized Female – The Gender Knot

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- David Akin reports that MPs from multiple parties are rightly challenging offshore tax evasion – though it remains to be seen how many will actually demand a change to the practice. And Tanya Tagala notes that it… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: Spring: the Season of Sexism and Dress Codes

Over the years we have written about sexist school and sports dress codes. But since it’s spring, we should expect a great deal of attention in the non-progressive media to what is either inappropriately dressed teen girls, or the increasingly less subtle slutshaming and sexism that we heap on women. This year’s keynote is from … Continue reading Spring: the Season of Sexism and Dress Codes

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Jim Dwyer writes about the cumulative effect a childhood in poverty has on individual development. And Lee Elliot Major calls out the self-perpetuating exclusion set up by the wealthy to preserve their privileg… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Dead Wild Roses: David Cromwell – On Academic Collaboration with the Private Sector

David Cromwell excels at identifying key points of friction between public and private interests. In this excerpt he examines how higher learning is being bent to fulfil its corporately mandated responsibilities to society. “This [Academia] is a privileged sector where critical thought and enquiry into human society, the natural world and the cosmos ought to […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: David Cromwell – On Academic Collaboration with the Private Sector

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part 2)

Rebecca Reilly-Cooper continues her examination of sex and gender in part 2. (Did you miss part 1?)   Gender 10. The oppression linked to sex begins at birth, operating through the social imposition of gender. Gender is the label that feminists use to describe the value system that prescribes and proscribes forms of behaviour and appearance for […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part 2)

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Harry Leslie Smith writes about how an increasingly polarized city such as London excludes a large number of its citizens from meaningful social participation:(A)usterity has diminished the opportunity of the yo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

atypicalalbertan: How Much are we Subsidizing Private Education?

I have been actively involved lately in plenty of discussion about the public funding of private education that we do in Alberta. I don’t believe that we should be providing any public funds to private education. If you decide that the public system is not for you, that’s fine, then you should pay for it … Continue reading How Much are we Subsidizing Private Education? . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: How Much are we Subsidizing Private Education?

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Tyler Hamilton offers a roundup of the growing threat of climate change – and Canada’s shameful contribution to making it worse. – Andy Blatchford reports on the Libs’ plans for a massive selloff of federal p… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links