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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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The new Canadian $10 Bill

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.”

. . . → Read More: wmtc: fidel castro, 1926-2016

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. . . . → Read More: politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: Optimism vs Hope

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 . . . → Read More: wmtc: 11.11

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 . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Why national history matters – Jerry Bannister #nlpoli

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

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 . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Media Complicity – The Wars We Fight

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 . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: the underground railroad by colson whitehead

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.

. . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gull Lake Hotel Fire

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

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 . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: On Patriarchy

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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Story Of Human Voice Recordings

Dead Wild Roses: Bombs Away – Tom Engelhardt

Insightful essays not your bag? A window looking into current events as they happen, and not how the handlers say they happen a bit too much? Then don’t subscribe to Tom’s Dispatch.

This excerpt from ‘Bombs Away’ by Tom Engelhardt

“1. Success and Failure: Without a hint of exaggeration, you could say that, at . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Bombs Away – Tom Engelhardt

Dead Wild Roses: Canadain History – Canada’s Sponsorship Scandal

  Listening the radio, I heard this interview and appreciated the revisiting of colourful part of Canadian political history.  Thankfully the Current on CBC radio one now fully transcribes their episodes, so I can share the highlights of the interview here. “AMT: Remind us, what did the Liberal sponsorship scandal involve? DANIEL LEBLANC: Well, it […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Canadain History – Canada’s Sponsorship Scandal

Scripturient: Neanderthals: a love story

Squat, hairy, broad shoulders, a big nose, beetle-browed with a low forehead. As Blind Willie McTell wrote in his classic song, Statesboro Blues, “I know ain’t good lookin’, but I swear I’m some sweet woman’s angel child.” That line might have been written for early Neanderthal cousins. First described as dim-witted and brutish, our more … Continue reading “Neanderthals: a love story” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Neanderthals: a love story

PostArctica: Roadsworth Mural in Little Burgundy.

Stumbled on to this large mural that was apparently completed yesterday in Little Burgundy. The guys you see in the picture are applying anti graffiti coatings to the work and […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Roadsworth Mural in Little Burgundy.

Dead Wild Roses: On American Exceptionalism – Mistakes Happen…

   This excerpt from Paul Street’s essay, “Bob Kerrey, Fulbright University, and the Neoliberal Erasure of History.” Mistakes Happen “And besides, the conventional imperial American exceptionalist wisdom holds. mistakes happen. It’s true, dominant media and reputable intellectuals acknowledge, Uncle Sam and his innately gallant gendarmes occasionally make “mistakes” in their inherently noble (because American) zeal […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: On American Exceptionalism – Mistakes Happen…

Dead Wild Roses: Quote from The Irony of American History – Reinhold Niebuhr

Reading dry academic books so you don’t have to… 🙂 Niebuhr tackles what he sees as contradictions in the base make up of American culture. He uses a plethora of words to say what he means, but importantly, he zeros in how important collective action is – even in a society that claims to […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Quote from The Irony of American History – Reinhold Niebuhr

Scripturient: Wolf Hall reviewed

I have just finished watching the six-part BBC series, Wolf Hall, based on the two novels by Hilary Mantel. I am also about halfway through my reading of the first of the two, Wolf Hall (with Bring up the Bodies waiting in the bedside pile). The serie… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Wolf Hall reviewed

PostArctica: Walk # 15 – The Point Part 2

“I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” ― Søren Kierkegaard It’s true, walking will […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Walk # 15 – The Point Part 2

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – On Slavery – Stephen Jay Gould

“I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops” — Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History.Filed under: History Tagged: Gould, History, Racism, Slavery, The DWR Quote […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – On Slavery – Stephen Jay Gould

Scripturient: Where is Che now that we need him?

Maybe it’s simple nostalgia, but it seems to me the world was a lot better off when the Soviet Union was around. Really. Bear with me while I explain. When the USSR was the main enemy of our loudly-proclaimed free and democratic society, we strug… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Where is Che now that we need him?

Scripturient: Electing atheists

A recent story on Religion News discusses the DNC’s concerns about former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ religion. Not that he was Jewish, but that he might be a closet atheist. And that send the DNC-crats over the roof. Scary, eh? … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Electing atheists

Scripturient: Everything Flows

Tonight’s book-with-wine discussion is about Vasily Grossman‘s novel, Everything Flows (New York Review Book, USA, 2009). It was his final work, and left unfinished at the time of his death, in 1964. It’s not a difficult read, but it … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Everything Flows

Scripturient: A little musical Canadiana

Among my collection of many (many!) vintage song books and song sheets, I have a bundle of patriotic music from WWI. I was browsing through them again this week and found several songs written and published during the war, either as songs for the soldi… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: A little musical Canadiana