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wmtc: president trump: what didn’t just happen

Since I’m making an effort to put more of my thoughts here, I’m gathering up a bunch of my Facebook posts and responses. If we know each other on Facebook, apologies for the repetition.

I find much of the analysis and commentary I’ve seen about the recent US election to be quite strange. Donald Trump . . . → Read More: wmtc: president trump: what didn’t just happen

wmtc: a dark and frightening day

I’ve spent the past several months reassuring my co-workers and baldly stating on Facebook that Donald Trump would not become President of the United States.

The lesson for me and for many of us: never underestimate what angry, alienated people can be led to do. The racism, hatred, and violence that is always present . . . → Read More: wmtc: a dark and frightening day

wmtc: thank you, colin kaepernick!

Another awesome athlete protest that I have no time to write about. I can only thank Colin Kaepernick for his courage.Joy of Sox speaks for me: To Mookie Betts (And Others): The Right To Protest Has Nothing To Do With The Military. . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, colin kaepernick!

wmtc: fascist shift: donald trump in context

Many years back, I used to blog about a phenomenon called fascist shift. I borrowed the term from Naomi Wolf’s essential The End of America, but the concept was something I had been thinking about for many years. In brief, fascist shift asks, What… . . . → Read More: wmtc: fascist shift: donald trump in context

wmtc: votepopup: voter education at the library

On the long list of anti-democratic policies the majority Harper Government has enacted, the Orwellian-named Fair Elections Act ranks near the top. More properly called a voter suppression law, the Act effectively disenfranchise tens of thousands of Canadians. The Council of Canadians has taken the issue to court, including an ongoing Charter Challenge, but those . . . → Read More: wmtc: votepopup: voter education at the library

wmtc: what i’m reading: wild by cheryl strayed, zeitoun by dave eggers

I’ve just finished two truly excellent works of nonfiction: Wild and Zeitoun. Both books read like fiction, with clean, clear writing and page-turning suspense. Both document almost unbelievable, out-sized events, in one case likely unique, in the other – horribly – anything but. I highly recommend both books.

I didn’t expect to like Wild. Something about . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: wild by cheryl strayed, zeitoun by dave eggers

wmtc: snowden: mass surveillance threatens to be the greatest human rights challenge of our time

The heroic Edward Snowden, in his own words, via Jesselyn Radack, at the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee in Brussels. I thank the European Parliament and the LIBE Committee for taking up the challenge of mass surveillance. The surveillance of whole populations, rather than individuals, threatens to be the greatest human rights challenge of our . . . → Read More: wmtc: snowden: mass surveillance threatens to be the greatest human rights challenge of our time

wmtc: snowden, greenwald, miranda, and the creeping police state: one month later, we should still be disturbed

One month ago, something happened that should trouble us gravely.

Something happened that people who believe in democracy and free speech and an independent media and civil liberties and human rights should find appalling and unacceptable.

It’s old news by now; anything that occurs one month ago is ancient history. I wasn’t able to blog . . . → Read More: wmtc: snowden, greenwald, miranda, and the creeping police state: one month later, we should still be disturbed

wmtc: the standard double-standard: prison for war resisters, immunity for war criminals

Abby Zimet reports on Common Dreams: Days before Bradley – now Chelsea – Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for helping expose U.S. war crimes in Iraq, the Obama Department of Justice filed a petition in federal court arguing that the perpetrators of those crimes – Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al – enjoy . . . → Read More: wmtc: the standard double-standard: prison for war resisters, immunity for war criminals

wmtc: rtod

Revolutionary thought of the day: No healthy democracy can endure when the most consequential acts of those in power remain secret and unaccountable.

Glenn Greenwald

wmtc: jeju island and the constitution-free u.s.-canada border: empire and resistance, at home and abroad

I’ve been hoping to write about this for months, but the right post and adequate time never seem to arrive at the same time. Rather than put it off any longer, I’ll pretend this is Tumblr or Pinterest or somesuch, and post it here without additional commentary.

* * * * *From Save Jeju Now: . . . → Read More: wmtc: jeju island and the constitution-free u.s.-canada border: empire and resistance, at home and abroad

wmtc: hear bradley manning’s complete statement, and help spread his words across the internet

The Freedom of the Press Foundation has posted the leaked audio recording of Bradley Manning’s statement to the military court in Ft. Meade. In it, Manning explains why he leaked more than 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks. FPF also has posted transcript highlights, in case you can’t make it through the full 35-page statement.

The . . . → Read More: wmtc: hear bradley manning’s complete statement, and help spread his words across the internet

wmtc: 40 years old and already irrelevant: happy birthday roe v wade

Right now there are no American women who were of reproductive age prior to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Yet reproductive rights in the US have never been more threatened. 2011 marked the passage of the most state-level restrictive abortion laws ever. 2012 saw the second-highest.

More than half . . . → Read More: wmtc: 40 years old and already irrelevant: happy birthday roe v wade

wmtc: naomi wolf: director kathryn bigelow is our generation’s leni riefenstahl

Naomi Wolf, in The Guardian: Zero Dark Thirty is a gorgeously-shot, two-hour ad for keeping intelligence agents who committed crimes against Guantánamo prisoners out of jail. It makes heroes and heroines out of people who committed violent crimes against other people based on their race – something that has historical precedent.

Your film claims, in . . . → Read More: wmtc: naomi wolf: director kathryn bigelow is our generation’s leni riefenstahl

wmtc: land of the free: anti-drone activist removed from flight and detained

Via Common Dreams: Pakistan’s anti-drone politician and former cricket-star, Imran Khan, was taken off an international flight from Toronto to New York for questioning over his political views, and his critical stance on US foreign policy, immigration officials have confirmed.

“I was taken off from plane and interrogated by US Immigration in Canada on my . . . → Read More: wmtc: land of the free: anti-drone activist removed from flight and detained

wmtc: voting for obama because of the supreme court? please check your math

When making the case for the differences between US Democrats and Republicans, many people’s first thought is the Supreme Court. High on their list of the importance of SCOTUS is usually Roe v. Wade, the case that established abortion rights for American women. There was a time when I would have wholeheartedly agreed with . . . → Read More: wmtc: voting for obama because of the supreme court? please check your math

wmtc: rtod: extremism normalized

Revolutionary thought of the day: Remember when, in the wake of the 9/11 attack, the Patriot Act was controversial, held up as the symbolic face of Bush/Cheney radicalism and widely lamented as a threat to core American liberties and restraints on federal surveillance and detention powers? Yet now, the Patriot Act is quietly renewed every . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod: extremism normalized

wmtc: olympics. not.

The 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics kick off today, with Opening Ceremonies that are supposed to be completely over-the-top. With a £27 million price tag ($42.5 million Canadian) for those three hours alone, they ought to be. We’re told that one billion people worldwide will watch the Opening Ceremonies. I won’t be one of . . . → Read More: wmtc: olympics. not.

wmtc: i saw so much stupid, i got scared and ran away

I interrupt my Marxism 2011 notes to share with you a frightening vision. No, it wasn’t a vision. It was glimpse of horrifying reality.

Last night I did a Twitter search for “Marxism”. But in addition to looking for #Marxism, I also searched on the word, without the hashtag. Big mistake.

USians were tweeting . . . → Read More: wmtc: i saw so much stupid, i got scared and ran away