Dead Wild Roses: You Won’t Understand, Unless You’re Female – History and Struggle.

Secondary school, history class. You cover a small amount of information on the suffragettes, and your teacher shows you a video of Emily Wilding Davison getting struck down by Anmer, the King’s horse. Your teacher asks the class, “we’ll never know why she did this” But you know All the girls in your class know, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Media vs Elite Consensus

Professional entertainers cannot be the end of your disatification with the system.  Organize, agitate, and make a difference with people who share the same beliefs.  It is the only way to change society.     Filed under: Media Tagged: History, Media, Solidarity

Dead Wild Roses: A Critique of Post Modernism and Identity Politics

   This is a meaty read folks, and much better when put in context of the original article that you should read here.  It will need a second and third reading, IMHO.      “Identity politics flows logically from this broader censure of universalism. It is derived from the postmodern condition of fragmentation and decentring, ...

Things Are Good: How Early Video Games Expressed Environmentalism

It can be fun to tune out and just play some games, and that’s a good thing. There are games that are obviously educational like Math Blaster and there are games like Carmen Sandiego that celebrate fun over learning while still teaching. Indeed, there are many games being played that entertain and educate at the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Democracy and the Crisis of Confidence – Christopher Lasch

    The excerpt is from a great piece by Christopher Lasch writing in the short lived journal “Democracy”.  Written in the 80’s, details the systemic problems facing US democracy.  The situation described shows the roots of where we are now, and how (unfortunately) we have arrived here.    “The centralization of power in the United ...

Scripturient: It’s Not a Wonderful Life

I’m convinced many Americans – Donald Trump among them – think Frank Capra’s famous film, It’s a Wonderful Life, was a documentary, not entertainment. It has all the elements of Trumpist utopia: a white, Christian, unquestionably patriotic, male-dominated, patriarchal culture where the bad guy gets away with stealing from others, and making himself rich at ...

Dead Wild Roses: Female Erasure – Vera Rubin – Astrophysicist Who Discovered Dark Matter.

Yep, still waiting for the chorus of enraged ‘egalitarian’ voices to protest this (continuing) oversight. http://tehbewilderness.tumblr.com/post/155051414744/the-future-now-vera-rubin-the-woman-who Filed under: Feminism, History, Science Tagged: Astrophysics, Female Erasure, History, Institutional Sexism, Nobel Prize Bullshittery, Patriarchy, Radical Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: Noam Chomsky – Media Priorities…

Where do elite priorities lie?  Follow the coverage. “Q: Moving on, has the media changed landscape since you wrote ‘Manufacturing Consent’ in 1989? Is the media manufacturing consent now? A: Well, we didn’t actually say that media is manufacturing consent; we said that -that is what they are trying to do. We discussed the nature ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: On Meaning #nlpoli

Brexit supporter and insurance magnate Arron Banks got into a tussle on Twitter late last year with Cambridge classicist Mary Beard. Banks tweeted that Rome had been done in by immigrants, with the obvious implication that western European countries should be wary of letting all sorts of people cross their borders and settle down. Beard ...

Dead Wild Roses: Inverted Totalitarianism – Sheldon Wolin

Take a look at what’s going on, look at the article.   Should we be worried?  You tell me.   “Resisting the monopolies on left theory by Marxism and on democratic theory by liberalism, Wolin developed a distinctive—even distinctively American—analysis of the political present and of radical democratic possibilities. He was especially prescient in theorizing the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Voting, Citizenship and the Political Process – W.E.B. Du Bois

Can we draw parallels between the political experience of Du Bois and our present time?  The situation the Du Bois describes can easily be translated into a commentary of what is happening in 2016 – the message is clear – reputable people cannot abandon the political realm despite what the chattering classes say, as it ...

Dead Wild Roses: Against Tyranny – Timothy Snyder

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today. 1. Do not obey ...

Scripturient: A cup of mao jian

The tea bag is an example of remarkable serendipity; an unexpected, simple invention that changed the world. But it was entirely unintended. Tea, from the camelia sinenis tree, is the most popular beverage in the world after water, and the most popular hot beverage period. Before the tea bag appeared, barely over a century ago, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The new Canadian $10 Bill

Canada is finally putting a woman on the front of a bank note (other than the Queen, of course). The first will be Viola Desmond, who will replace Sir John A. MacDonald. Extraordinary bravery of Viola Desmond who will now appear on Canada's $10 bill. Via Heritage Minutes. https://t.co/GF4gyCWj8W #MakeItRight — Chris Fisher (@FisherSpeaks) December ...

wmtc: fidel castro, 1926-2016

More than any ruler I can think of, Fidel Castro defies our insistence on seeing leaders as solely either good or evil. As this excellent assessment in Social Worker (UK) puts it, “History must judge him both as the freedom fighter whose defiance humiliated US imperialism and as the ruler of a repressive, unequal society.” ...

politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: Optimism vs Hope

I’m thinking about the difference between optimism and hope. One can be optimistic because one believes things will go well. In some cases optimism is good and natural. However optimism can also be due to a lack of information about the potential problems or because one deliberately rejects the facts that disagrees with one. Therefore optimism ...

wmtc: 11.11

Anthem for Doomed Youthby Wilfred OwenWhat passing-bells for these who die as cattle? — Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— The shrill, demented choirs of ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Why national history matters – Jerry Bannister #nlpoli

“Nations matter. National cultures matter. And national histories matter,”  historian Jerry Bannister writes in his commentary on the American presidential election just finished.  “As we try to understand what has happened in the United States, we should keep those three things in mind.” Bannister notes that historians are increasingly drawn to interpretations that cross national ...

Dead Wild Roses: Of The Training of Black Men – W.E.B. Du Bois

Du Bois has a talent for using his prose to sift directly to the root of the problem, and then offer an equally elegant solution. The problem of race in America continues to this day, but Du Bois has already blazed the trail toward a possible just solution – in one paragraph. “Again we must ...

Dead Wild Roses: Media Complicity – The Wars We Fight

John Pilger does what a journalist is supposed to do.  He questions decisions made by those who are in charge and hold them to account for their decisions.  As witnessed during the lead up to the Iraq war in 2003 most of the easily accessible media in the West is, for the most part uncritical ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: the underground railroad by colson whitehead

Colson Whitehead is a literary genius. In The Underground Railroad, he has found a way to tell the story of 400-plus years of African-American oppression without delivering an awkward march through history, and without using characters as billboards for ideas. Instead of linear time, Whitehead employs a geography of time: different eras, different historical moments, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gull Lake Hotel Fire

I didn’t hear until last week that the town of Gull Lake, on the Trans-Canada Highway, lost its Hotel building on Thanksgiving weekend. It was arson. This Summer we spent a night in Gull Lake on our way through to Alberta on vacation, so I got some photos of the town, including the Hotel. We ...

Dead Wild Roses: Spiritual Strivings – W.E.B. Du Bois

The story from the other side, to feel what others feel and appreciate and understand what their experience is like is the first step in resolving the injustices that mar our history and continue to sicken our experiences as we move forward.   “I remember well when the shadow crept across me.   I was ...

Dead Wild Roses: On Patriarchy

  The game plan is the same, whether it be poverty of racism or the poverty of patriarchy.  Poor whites were given just a smidgen more social and economic power that the poor blacks in the USA – enough to make the us vs. them categorization viable.  The will of the oppressor is carried forth ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Story Of Human Voice Recordings

For the longest time, historians thought they knew Edison was the first to record the human voice. Then a team of researchers realized there were earlier recordings that were made by a Frenchman without any expectation that they could be converted back into sound. Our advanced scanning and computer equipment was able to do it ...