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Dead Wild Roses: The Noah’s Ark Park would be the first theme park to celebrate an act of mass genocide

The Arbourist:

Too good not to reblog.

Originally posted on Believers vs Non-Believers:

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Filed under: Housekeeping

Dead Wild Roses: On sex, gender and Socialist Resistance

The Arbourist:

Ah, Socialist Dudes on the Left still don’t get it. Glosswatch’s saga with having her piece published, then dubiously editorialized.

Originally posted on glosswatch:

I originally wrote this piece for Socialist Resistance – in response to an idea that came from them, not me – but asked to have it withdrawn in light of this editorial announcement. I think it’s important for women’s work to be represented fairly and I don’t consent to my work being presented in contexts which don’t reflect the actual commission. The insistence that women’s voices in particular – particularly when women (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: 800 maternal deaths a day is not gender neutral

The Arbourist:

GW knocks it out of the park with this article. Gender is an oppressive hierarchy that is toxic to women, and that is where we need to keep the focus.

Originally posted on glosswatch:

Last week I wrote an article on the discrimination suffered by pregnant women and new mothers. In doing so I wished to stress that such discrimination is rooted not in the nature of pregnancy itself, but in the low status accorded to women as a class. If the rules changed overnight and people of higher status – men – got pregnant, we (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Notice of Irregular Blogularity

Children will be my downfall. I contracted a thoroughly wretched virus exactly one week ago. It has been kicking my ass all over the place as of late. Thus, posting might be a bit thin for awhile as any thoughts past drinking tea and staying warm seem quite far away at the moment.

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Children are sickness incubators, Housekeeping

Dead Wild Roses: Snow Seasonal Things Considered: Clean Sidewalks

I know what you’re thinking. “Fascinating subject Arb, do tell us more!”

Okay, perhaps not as gripping the other newsy bits we we have around here but none the less a subject that shouldn’t be casually swept aside. Living in Alberta means that for three to five months of the year, snow will be on the ground. The lovely first fall of snow marks the official end of mosquito season and the transition to having ‘exposed flesh stick uncomfortably to metal season’. Some might balk at all the freezing rain, sleet and snow – but (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Happy New Year.

The last big bump has been before the long yawn that is January and February has just been crossed. Happy New Year everyone.

 

 

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Happy New Year, Woo

Dead Wild Roses: Laudable Blog Goals for the New Year – The Small Changes

This is but a pale shadow of a New Year’s Resolutions List. I’m not into NYR’s because the psychology behind NYR’s pretty much dooms the person to failure.

Think of our habits, both bad and good, as grooves on a phonographic record. One does not simply scratch the needle out of the old behaviour groove and into another new one expecting the new groove to be as comfortable and worn as the old set of behaviours.

It just does not happen (in regular circumstances).

So rather than go about announcing sweeping changes and what not, I intend (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Christmas, here in Edmonton, and in The West Wing – In Excelsis Deo

Sometimes a TV show captures a feeling so succinctly, so beautifully, so powerfully, that it becomes something a little more special. Sure it is the West Wing a TV drama – but put away the cynicism for just a bit – and follow the emotion of the moment portrayed. You know I’m no fan of the military, but I think the message is bigger than just the surface trappings of the event.

The moment is about empathy and being willing to take the hit for helping bring to others some small bit of decency, even if it is (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Our Holiday Tree… and our Cats.

This is why we can’t have nice things in our house…

Filed under: Housekeeping, Humour Tagged: Cats, Humour, No Tree for Us

Dead Wild Roses: Chemtrails – World of Batshit

I fully approve of Cool Hard Logic’s video. Confirmation bias, ignorance and a blissful distaste for fact are all on display here by our Chem-Trail friends. Enjoy.

 

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Chem Trails, Conspiracy, Loons, Science

Dead Wild Roses: 10 Hours of Walking in NYC – Street Harassement! Misogyny! Lewis’ Law!

Why hello there gentle readers (and a big thanks to John Zande for bringing this video to my attention). Today were going to look at one of the fundamental differences between the lived experiences of men and women in public. We’re also going to look at some of the horrible things misogynistic, entitled men say when they see a version of reality that doesn’t agree with theirs. These are the same dudebro’s that cry foul when women post videos on you tube and decline to open the comment section. So, let us watch the video and (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: A Voice for Men has set up a phony White Ribbon website to coopt the international anti-violence campaign of that name [UPDATE: Real WRC responds to AVFM]

The Arbourist:

A Voice for Misogyny – AVFM writes yet another page on how not to be a decent human being.

Originally posted on we hunted the mammoth:

Beware of cheap imitations

[UPDATE: The real White Ribbon Campaign has responded; I've added excerpts at the bottom.]

Apparently, A Voice for Men is just itching to be sued.

Paul Elam and the gang over at everyone’s favorite Men’s Rights hate site have just launched a new website — WhiteRibbon.org — that seems pretty clearly designed to undermine and co-opt the real White Ribbon campaign, a long-running (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: It’s Against My Religion ~ by KYBorn

The Arbourist:

The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – A Reblog from Everysaturdaymorning – Religion is not a Disability, it is Choice.

Great reading

Originally posted on Everysaturdaymorning's Blog:

My best friend and I used to say that jokingly in high school when we were being smart-alecks about not wanting to do something we were told to do. We laughed about it then. Probably louder than we should. It probably wasn’t funny to anybody but us. We thought it was hilarious and so absurd that a person could get out of doing a required task because of religious (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Christian Vs Muslin – Darkmatter2525

DM2525 hits on some of the similarities between radical christian and radical islamic goals and thinking. I think that a believer from either side would reflexively call this video a gross mischaracterization of their faith and the positions that they hold.

Perhaps, but from an atheistic point of view it really is same poo, different pile – just applied in the differing constituencies to varying degrees. Are US christians pining for a formal theocracy? It may certainly seem like it but I think they are just responding to societal pressures in a way that makes sense to (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Friday Musical Interlude – The Souljazz Orchestra

I have our local University Radio station CJSR to thank for turning me onto this Canadian band called the Souljazz Orchestra. The songs I’ve heard so far all make me want to chair dance and/or wiggle embarrassingly in my car.

 

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Kingdom Come, SoulJazz Orchestra, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: Noam Chomsky on The Nightmare in Gaza

The following article reproduced in its entirety from Altnet.org.

Noam Chomsky explores the history of repression and violence that stand as precursors to the current conflict. August 7, 2014 |

Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm.

For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its illegal construction of settlements and infrastructure so that it can integrate into Israel whatever might be of value, meanwhile consigning Palestinians to unviable cantons and subjecting them to repression and violence.

For Gaza, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Palestine – “Mowing the Lawn”…

Some results of the latest Israeli raid :

 

* Destroyed tunnels, most often used to smuggle into Gaza household items that Israel, in violation of international law, prevents from being imported.

* Massacred nearly 2,000 people, including hundreds of children as young as newborns; injured thousands more.

* Destroyed hundreds of homes, leaving thousands of men, women and children homeless.

* Destroyed power plants, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without electricity or running water.

* Destroyed factories that produce such dangerous items as pretzels, cheese and biscuits.

* Targeted and murdered journalists.

Israeli officials have stated that, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Debunking the Men’s Rights Movement

The Arbourist:

A handy reference for dealing with the MRA crowd.

Originally posted on Debunking MRAs:

What follows is a response to a popular list of claims and arguments made by men’s rights activists.

1. SUICIDE: Men’s suicide rate is 4.6 times higher than that of women’s. [Dept. Health & Human Services -- 26,710 males vs 5,700 females]

Not for lack of trying: women attempt it three times as often. [1] Researchers have found that gender differences in socialization is the strongest explanation for men’s relative success in suicide attempts. In the United States, for instance, it has (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: How does our garden grow?

Fairly well this year, as long as we keep up with watering!

Le jardin chez Arbourist et Intransigentia

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: gardening

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Bach, Ricercar a 6

Follow the theme – Hint: It is the ‘eggs’

 

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Bach, Musical Offering, Ricercar a 6, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Bach, Ricercar a 6

Follow the theme – Hint: It is the ‘eggs’

 

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Bach, Musical Offering, Ricercar a 6, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Surprising Musical Origins of Star Trek

Oh radio 2, how I wish you’d reformat again with more classical music. A huge hattip to the CBC for producing this wonderful journey through song.

Also, who knew Tom Allen was a purveyor the dark art of lower brass musicianship?

 

Oh hey our conservative government is trying to squash the CBC and ventures like this, go here and tell them in no uncertain terms where they can go. (also, support the CBC):)

 

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: CBC Music.ca, Star Trek, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, Tom Allen

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Surprising Musical Origins of Star Trek

Oh radio 2, how I wish you’d reformat again with more classical music. A huge hattip to the CBC for producing this wonderful journey through song.

Also, who knew Tom Allen was a purveyor the dark art of lower brass musicianship?

 

Oh hey our conservative government is trying to squash the CBC and ventures like this, go here and tell them in no uncertain terms where they can go. (also, support the CBC):)

 

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: CBC Music.ca, Star Trek, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, Tom Allen

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Dead Wild Roses: NERD NEWS: bell hooks Phone Line Saves Women From Street Harrassment

The Arbourist:

Another item for your anti-creepy dude tool-kit.

Originally posted on The Life and Times of A Black Girl Nerd:

Women everywhere have been giving a great gift: the Tumblr, Feminist Phone Intervention. We have all been accosted, at some point, for our phone number when we were not interested in giving it. Now we have an option, by giving the number (669) 221-6251, we can give the illusion of compliance and also enlighten men to the equality of the sexes and the idea that not interested means not interested.

When that guy with “hey yo (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: NERD NEWS: bell hooks Phone Line Saves Women From Street Harrassment

The Arbourist:

Another item for your anti-creepy dude tool-kit.

Originally posted on The Life and Times of A Black Girl Nerd:

Women everywhere have been giving a great gift: the Tumblr, Feminist Phone Intervention. We have all been accosted, at some point, for our phone number when we were not interested in giving it. Now we have an option, by giving the number (669) 221-6251, we can give the illusion of compliance and also enlighten men to the equality of the sexes and the idea that not interested means not interested.

When that guy with “hey yo (Read more…)