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Dead Wild Roses: Planned Parenthood Is Not Selling Baby Parts… More Evidence Against the Anti’s

The Arbourist:

An antidote to all the hyperbole and foolishness recently emanating from American fetus-fetish brigade. So, my anti-choice friends, stop wallowing in your gullibility and for *once* try to face the facts of the situation.

Originally posted on Pro Abortion – Pro Life:

Why would anyone want to collect fetal tissue, you may be asking… (By the way, this is not something only Planned Parenthood does as you’ll see below. It is perfectly normal and legal, not to mention beneficial to the field of medicine and science. Planned Parenthood has been attacked with false videos, so let’s (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Weekend reading

The Arbourist:

Worth the reblog for the infographic alone, but also has great linkage. DWR approved.

Originally posted on Of Means and Ends:

RH Reality Check’s infographic shows the people behind manufactured attacks on Planned Parenthood.

7 ways to turn your anger about Sandra Bland into action in support of incarcerated (and formerly incarcerated) black women.

Actor Jesse Williams breaks down Sandra Bland and racist hypocrisy in 24 tweets.

11 essential facts about guns and mass shootings in the US.

Houstonia magazine writes an editorial telling racist readers they can take their business elsewhere.

Instagram banned the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Keeping Your Home Cool – Damn Heatwave

We’re having a nasty confluence of sorts here, a heatwave combined with the smoke from forest fires in three of the cardinal directions. This is definitely a ‘first world’ complaint as the people with real problems like having your house consumed by wildfire are hundreds of kilometres away.

Professor google has come up with lists that cant be summarized like this:

1. Close blinds

2. Use Fan

3. Don’t use heat generating stuff

4. Keep your AC in the shade

5. Plant Trees

6. Turn on AC

Well, we don’t have AC and the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: What happens when you pose as a man (instead of a woman) online.

The Arbourist:

Listen to one woman speak of her experiences – magically becoming fully human when it was presumed she was male. Women and men experience so many things in society differently, sadly being treated as a human being is one of them.

Originally posted on women's rights are human rights:

For the most part, I had enjoyed the privilege I’d experienced. I enjoyed being a human being.

In her article she shares her experience as posing as a man – Alex Blank Millard – on Twitter. Read here what happened.

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Dead Wild Roses: Mantle Passing – Arbourist out on a Lark

Greetings and good day fair readership!

I have the very good fortune of being able to travel to Iceland on a trip with my choir. Thus, my regular blogular activities shall not be pursued by myself. However, the rest of the DWR team is stepping up to fill the gap. The Intransigent One, Mystrox and Bleatmop will take the mantle of convivial hosting in my absence so expect minimal disruption in the coming week.

 

I endeavor to do my best representing Alberta’s amateur choral community. Take care everyone, and play nice with the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: A Taxonomy of Canadian Trolls in the wake of FHRITP & Hydro One

The Arbourist:

Know your troll, an informative look at the variety of Canadian dudes who still don’t get it. :/

Originally posted on Elle Beaver:

Canada’s first notable instance of a ”FHRTIP” episode has become an incendiary topic on social media and comments sections after one of the participants in the incident, Shawn Simoe, was fired from his job at Hydro One, Ontario’s primary energy supplier. Significantly, Hydro One is currently a public enterprise, which probably has a lot to do with the specific clauses or codes of conduct in Simoe’s contract that made his dismissal both legal (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Judith Butler Explained with Cats

The Arbourist:

Well, it makes it a little more clear…

Originally posted on BINARYTHIS:

Following hot on the heels of Foucault Explained with Hipsters, here’s JB’s Gender Trouble explained in Socratic dialogue style. With cats.

All page references from Butler, J. (1990 [2008: 1999]). Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York; London: Routledge.

Got any more ideas for philosophy/sociology/gender theory you’d like to see explained in comic form? Let me know in the comments below.

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Dead Wild Roses: 20 More Brilliant Insights From #HowToSpotAFeminist

The Arbourist:

Just another gentle reminder to those who believe we are totally post Feminism…

Originally posted on we hunted the mammoth:

Possible feminist spotted.

My post yesterday about #HowToSpotAFeminist— which is still going — didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the ugliness and absurdity of the hashtag.

So here are some more brilliant insights from the antifeminist squad, including blatant transphobia, rape jokes, shout-outs to Elliot Rodger, several honest-to-goodness “we hunted the mammoths,” and a truly astounding lack of self-awareness.

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Dead Wild Roses: A Voice for Men Aligns With Trans and Pro-Exploitation Lobby Against Meghan Murphy

The Arbourist:

Shocking, yet unsurprising. :/

Originally posted on Mancheeze:

I took some time today to view the petition to fire/no-platform Meghan Murphy. I was interested in what these people who are calling for the burning of the witch had to say. Their petition tantrum has about 900 signatures.

I’m signing because as a sex worker, I am disgusted that Rabble publishes her garbage. I refuse to even read Rabble anymore because of it.

Meghan Murphy publishes intensely transphobic and sex-worker phobic material that has no place in a feminist publication. You have to do better, Rabble.

Sex (Read more…)

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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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.

 

 

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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…

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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…)