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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

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

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskOil

Learn all about the oil industry in Saskatchewan. From issues of mineral rights and salt water spills, to a lot more, you’ll learn a bit about what makes our economy and political system tick and grind. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskOil

Trashy's World: Muzzling elected officials…

… is a worrisome development and one that has been codified by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). Trustee Blackburn is outspoken, no doubt. And sometimes, like all of us, she likely says things that she wishes she could take back… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Muzzling elected officials…

Dead Wild Roses: A Primer on Social Construction

Greetings everyone, today, like everyday is a good day to learn or reinforce basic concepts. Today’s lesson is in what a social construct is. Many thanks to actual ex-radfem, for all of her hard work. This is a one dollar bill. It is an excellent example of a social construct. This piece of paper represents […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: A Primer on Social Construction

Dead Wild Roses: DWR Quote of the Day – On Power – Lierre Keith

“Power is not a mistake in which the powerful can be educated, it’s not a misunderstanding, and it’s not a disagreement. Justice is not won by moral argument, or exertion, or individual transformation, and it’s not won by spiritual epiphany – It’s won by taking power away from the powerful and dismantling the institutions.” – […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: DWR Quote of the Day – On Power – Lierre Keith

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives rounds up some noteworthy responses to the federal budget. Barbara Sibbald and Laura Eggertson write that while a few social determinants of health made the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading.- Nicholas Kristof points out how important a stable and effective public service looks from the standpoint of a country which doesn’t benefit from one. And Chi Onwurah discusses how the UK Cons – like their right… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On controversial responses

A propos of nothing in particular, let’s go over this a couple more times:Colby Cosh’s latest on the role of the “human search engine” in tracking down information about candidates and elected officials is worth a read. But it’s worth keeping in mind… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On controversial responses

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Tim Harford discusses John Maynard Keynes’ failed prediction that workers would continue to win increased leisure time over the past few decades:(I)t is worth teasing out the nature and extent of Keynes’s error… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

Despite being Metro News, Emily Jackson’s great piece yesterday [below] about how brutally cruel the Saskatchewan government is should make us mindful of a number of issues. Not the least of which is that the neoliberal Saskatchewan Party has been photocopying many of the worst of BC’s regressive and anti-social policies. That makes the BC … Continue reading No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

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Dead Wild Roses: Radical Feminism 101 – What is Patriarchy? – A 14 Slide Primer

All slides are from the presentation by Dr. Cathy Higgins. Given that power works best from the shadows (insert creepy *mou-ah-ah-ah, here), it is always beneficial to bring the artifice of power into plain sight so can be properly evaluated and critiqued. If one doesn’t know what Patriarchy is, then how can it ever be […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Radical Feminism 101 – What is Patriarchy? – A 14 Slide Primer

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- CBC exposes the galling amnesty deal offered by the Canada Revenue Agency to wealthy individuals who evaded paying tax through a sham offshoring scheme. – Caelainn Barr and Shiv Malik examine the generational di… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Susan on the Soapbox: Justice Abella a.k.a. Rock Star

Rosalie Silberman never wanted to be a judge. But the phone kept ringing. Would she like to be a Family Court judge? She was 29 and pregnant but sure, why not. How about heading up the Royal Commission on Women’s … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Justice Abella a.k.a. Rock Star

Politics and its Discontents: Who Is To Blame?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a staunch advocate of critical thinking, to me a foundation for any kind of meaningful life, and essential to a healthy democracy. And, as I often note with genuine humility, it is an ideal to which I co… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Who Is To Blame?

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Miles Corak argues for a “second-chance” society to make up for the damaging effects of inequality – though I’d argue that while he has the principle exactly right, it’s worth defining it as “no person left b… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The World of Batshit Part #6.

Not so much poking in the eye the religious types, but more their methodology when it come to proving how correct their fatuous bull-cookery is. The target of this video is a self avowed flat-earther who believes that spherical objects don’t exist because Tycho Brahae was murdered by mercury poisoning… because he got too close […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The World of Batshit Part #6.

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, pointing out that the Global Transportation Hub land flipping scandal highlights Brad Wall’s consistent willingness to hand out free money to business cronies – contrasted against his fight to avoid funding basic services like health and educatio… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Dead Wild Roses: Cordelia Fine On Impression Management for Successful Women

Extra ‘bonus’ features of not being the default normal in society. So when you see women achieve you know that, most likely, they know their shit because they’ve had to work twice as hard as a dude to get similar results. ‘When women display the necessary confidence in their skills and comfort with power, they […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Cordelia Fine On Impression Management for Successful Women

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Danny Dorling comments on the dangers posed by inequality, while pointing out that it’s simple enough to ensure a more equal society as long as that’s made a primary goal of government: It is not hard to reduce … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Ben Oquist laments the fact that trickle-down economics and destructive austerity remain the norm in Australia no matter how thoroughly they’re proven to fail. Alvin Powell discusses the burgeoning inequality of oppo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Rachel Bryce, Cristina Blanco Iglesias, Ashley Pullman and Anastasia Rogova examine the effect of inequality on education in Canada. And John McMurtry comments on the increasing hoarding of wealth and the lack of any… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links