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Dead Wild Roses: Female Socialization – Mary Wollstonecraft

“Wollstonecraft concentrated on describing the state of ignorance and servility to which women were condemned by social custom and training. The passionate feeling with which her book is imbued give it wide social appeal and persuasive power. […] Wollstonecraft’s acute question – “how many generations may be necessary to give vigour to the virtue […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Female Socialization – Mary Wollstonecraft

Dead Wild Roses: The American Revolution – Abigail Adams/John Adams Correspondence – Rights for All?

“In 1776, when the letters reprinted below were exchanged, John Adams was in Philadelphia attending the Continental Congress. Within months of receiving his wife’s request that the “new code of laws” give some consideration “to the ladies,” he was hard at work, with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others drafting one of the world’s […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The American Revolution – Abigail Adams/John Adams Correspondence – Rights for All?

wmtc: what i’m reading: the invention of air by steven johnson

How do we know that the oxygen exists, and that oxygen is different from carbon dioxide? Well, we know it because we’ve been taught those facts. But how did that knowledge enter the scientific record? Air is invisible to our eyes. How did humans first … . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: the invention of air by steven johnson

Scripturient: Decoding Alice in Wonderland

It is tempting to suggest author David Day’s lush new book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded is the final word on the mysteries and secrets behind Lewis Carroll’s iconic children’s fantasy, but alas, it would be an ov… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Decoding Alice in Wonderland

Dead Wild Roses: Unravelling Our Patriarchal Legacy – Allan G. Johnston

Cultural analysis at its finest. “Cultural mythology is often used in this way to distort what goes on between subordinate and dominant groups. It enables dominant groups to avoid seeing how much they depend on others to perform disagreeable labor in return for the low wages that help make privilege possible. Members of the […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Unravelling Our Patriarchal Legacy – Allan G. Johnston

Scripturient: Judas, a Biography

Long before Darth Vader, long before Lord Voldemort, long before Stephen Harper, Judas Iscariot reigned as the supreme icon of evil in Western mythology. Judas betrayed God. How much worse can you get?* For 2,000 years we’ve used the term Judas . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Judas, a Biography

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Star Wars and Snow

I brushed the snow off my solar panels a couple times on the weekend, and it helped with their production a fair bit. The full sun came out, and melted the remaining flakes off too. We watched Star Wars episode IV [8/10] and Empire Strikes Back [9/10] (Have them both on VHS), and several Star […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Star Wars and Snow

Dead Wild Roses: Some Historical Misconceptions Dispatched

History is awesome! So rich, so vibrant…and mostly so amazingly garbled and riddled with inaccuracies. Here today is a modest start in correcting the damage. :)   Filed under: History Tagged: Historical Misconceptions, History . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Some Historical Misconceptions Dispatched

mark a rayner: Early Outbreaks of the Bozo Virus

Following the cataclysm of the Clown Apocalypse, researchers discovered there had been similar plagues throughout the ages. One of the worst outbreaks in history was the Great Buffoon Drive of ’47. Many thought it started with an especially bad o… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: Early Outbreaks of the Bozo Virus

Dead Wild Roses: Movies that Hollywood Won’t Touch – Neerja Bhanot -The Heroine of the Hijack

This is a heroic tale of a brave woman who sacrificed her saving children from terrorists. Can you ever imagine a Hollywood film portraying this kick ass female hero’s life? … Yah, me neither. It’s too hard for the hollywood dude establishment to tart up the heroine and tell a serious story at the same […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Movies that Hollywood Won’t Touch – Neerja Bhanot -The Heroine of the Hijack

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: reading 18th century history, reflecting on today

I’ve been reading about various wars in North America during the 1700s. Several things stand out to me. One is the idea that the governments were not able to control their people. Native elders were not able to prevent individual or small groups of native warriors from going off and killing colonists, and the colonists were unable to prevent individuals from going off and killing natives. The acts of individuals were then used to justify the acts of more individuals and of governments. The second thing is that the elites were manipulating everyone into war. Before the American Revolution, the Continue reading

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Scripturient: 1914: My Grandfathers’ Year

As I read further into Max Hastings’ book, Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, I wondered, as I have done in the past when reading similar books about that time, what my grandfathers must have felt when that war broke out. What it meant to them… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: 1914: My Grandfathers’ Year

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Short History of Wood Mountain Post

Stumbled across this video put together by Sask Parks. Some additional videos of Wood Mountain:   . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Short History of Wood Mountain Post

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Rage Sanitized for Public Consumption – The Polytéchnique Massacre, December 6th, 1989.

I’m probably already reprinting to much, but frack it. This shit is too important not to repeat. Go to the Ottawa Citizen’s webpage and read the entire article by Shelly Page.   “I was 24, sent by the Toronto Star to write about the slaughter of female engineering students, all around my age; fourteen […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Rage Sanitized for Public Consumption – The Polytéchnique Massacre, December 6th, 1989.

Dead Wild Roses: Remembrance Day – Like it matters.

Remembrance day is supposed to remind us of the horrors of war and the terrible sacrifices that were made by people and nations. The hope for the future is not to tread on these futility grim paths of barbarity.

Yet we do.

Repeatedly.

Syria

 

Yemen (drone massacre of a wedding party)

 

Iraq

 

So remembering isn’t enough.

 

 

Filed under: History Tagged: Remebrance Day, Remembering is not enough

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wmtc: what i’m reading: thoughts on "go set a watchman"

I wasn’t planning on writing about Go Set a Watchman, the surprise second – or possibly first – novel by Harper Lee. I am among the legions of readers who were shocked, thrilled, and confused at the sudden appearance of this book, and I didn’t think I’d have anything noteworthy to add to the conversation. And indeed I may not. But reading the book, I was so surprised, and so saddened, that I was moved to weigh in.

Most media attention to Watchman focused on the mystery and doubt surrounding its origins and publication, and the revelation that Atticus (Read more…)

wmtc: what i’m reading: dead wake: the last crossing of the lusitania by erik larson

On May 7, 1915, the gigantic luxury ocean liner Lusitania – an engineering marvel, the fastest ship of its era – was hit by a torpedo shot from a German “U-boat” submarine. The ship had nearly completed its crossing from New York and was in sight of the Irish coast.

Eighteen minutes later, the Lusitania had sunk. 1,198 passengers and crew, including three German stowaways, were gone. Only six of the ship’s 22 lifeboats had been launched. Many passengers drowned because they had put their life-jackets on wrong, so their feet waved in the air while their heads were held (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lament For A Nation – A Review

(Originally written as a review for Good Reads) Here is a must-read for all Canadians – George Grant’s classic masterpiece, documenting the poor decisions which led to the loss of sovereignty of Canada to the US empire, just at a time when the British empire had been weakened enough that our former subservience to that […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lament For A Nation – A Review

(Originally written as a review for Good Reads) Here is a must-read for all Canadians – George Grant’s classic masterpiece, documenting the poor decisions which led to the loss of sovereignty of Canada to the US empire, just at a time when the British empire had been weakened enough that our former subservience to that […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Holidays and holy days – and the dross and drivel which confuses and clouds over them

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…Yom Kippur, Hunakkah, Passover… Ramadan: these symbolic expressions of union, communion, gratitude, faith and love – what do they matter? Except that they do. As a naturally reclusive and largely solitary being, I often avoid such communal social gatherings, even though I honour and respect them, and value them deeply. But that is […]

Dead Wild Roses: Comfort Wives and Rape Rooms in West Virginian Coal Industry (1890’s)

In the category of appalling but unsurprising when it comes to the exploitation of labour by capital, we have this “charming” vignette:

“Joy Lynn, who now co-owns the Whipple Company Store and has turned it into a museum, told Kline she has had as many 10 women visit the museum who referred to the third-floor space as “the rape room” because that is how the mine guards forced the women to pay for their shoes. “They would have to keep their mouths shut tight about what had happened to them upstairs,” Lynn said, because the mining companies would threaten to (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: On Neo-Liberalism/Globalization – Chalmers Johnson

I’m almost done with Sorrows of Empire so I will stop deluging the blog with quotes, but I cannot forgo Johnson’s explanation of the mutating monster that Neo-liberalism is. I’d like to reproduce the entire chapter because it is that good, but instead we’ll look at how insidious neo-liberalism is when it comes to being critiqued by the intelligentsia residing in centres of Western power.

“It is critically important to understand that the doctrine of globalism is a kind of intellectual sedative that lulls and distracts its Third World victims while rich countries cripple them, ensuring that (Read more…)

wmtc: what i’m reading: soul made flesh: the discovery of the brain and how it changed the world

The ancient Egyptians, when preparing a body for mummification, carefully preserved the heart, liver, lungs, and other vital organs in special canisters, now known as canopic jars. The brain was yanked out and throw away as trash. A millennium or two later, human knowledge of the workings of the brain was every bit as erroneous and incomplete.

Until the 1600s, no one knew what the brain did or what function it served. Even William Harvey, the pioneering British scientist who discovered the circulatory system, believed the heart was the centre of human thought and consciousness. Less enlightened but highly influential (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Spoils of War – Anti-American Sentiment in Greece

It seems like so few people understand the context of empire and how it affects American foreign policy. Let’s take a quick peek at Greece and how we treat fellow democracies when it comes to maintaining ‘interests of state’.

“In the case of Spain there is some plausibility to the argument that the United States had to deal with the leader that it found there, even if he happened to be a fascist. But the story was different in Greece. We helped bring the militarists to power there, and the legacy of our complicity still poisons (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Masters, Poor Whites, Poor Blacks – The Class Based Racial Divide

History – A tonic to aid in understanding the higgly-piggly we have today.

Filed under: History Tagged: Histroy, Race, Racism, Slavery