Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Danyaal Raza discusses how climate change is manifesting itself in immediate health problems. And John Vidal highlights the latest research on the rapid melting of Arctic ice – making it particularly appallin… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links
This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Glen Pearson makes the case for transcending cynicism in our politics, including the choice to stay involved once an election is done. And Ian Welsh reminds us that our definition of property is socially establi… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
This and that for your Sunday reading.- PressProgress highlights the disturbingly large number of Canadians spending more than half their income on a restrictively-defined set of basic necessities. And Elaine Power points out what a basic income could … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- David Ball talks to Joseph Stiglitz about inequality and its causes – including the spread of corporate control through trade agreements:What would you say is the dominant cause [of growing inequality]… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
Assorted content to end your week.
– Julie Delahanty discusses the need for Canada’s federal government to rein in rising inequality. And Tim Stacey duly challenges the excuse that today’s poor people just aren’t poor enough to deserve any consideration.
– Amy Goodman interviews Joseph Stiglitz about the serious problems with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Assorted content to end your week.
– Roderick Benns interviews Michael Clague about his work on a basic income dating back nearly fifty years. And Glen Pearson’s series of posts about a basic income is well worth a read.
– Meanwhile, Julia Belluz interviews Sir Michael Marmot about the connection between inequality and poor social . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
On copyright crazy…
Article by Roberto Fedrman, Washington Post
In 1987, Norberto Colón Lorenzana had what we can all agree is a pretty unremarkable idea. Colón, who had just started working at a fast food joint called Church’s Chicken in Puerto Rico, suggested to his employer that they try adding a basic . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: National Post: How one guy tried to copyright a chicken sandwich. (With tomato, lettuce, garlic, and mayo)
Copyright is, at its simplest form, the method by which creators are paid for their work. It is a registration of an intellectual property (IP). It says “the creator has the right to charge, or not to charge, money for you to use this”. It’s not a form of censorship (and no court would rightfully . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Money for Nothing
Aloha! Welcome to the weekend, where things get real for TPP negotiations in Hawaii.
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Article by Janyce McGregor for CBC News
As Canada’s lead negotiator Kirsten Hillman and the rest of her Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiating team sit down with their counterparts in Maui, Hawaii this weekend, . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: CBC: ‘Shrewd’ Canada playing long game as TPP trade talks begin in Maui
Assorted content to start your week.
– Murray Dobbin writes about the damage caused after decades of allowing the corporate elite to dictate economic policy – and notes that the Cons are determined to make matters all the worse: However you see it — as separate from society or integral to it — Canada’s “economy” is . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
“Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that Canada is hosting the latest round of TPP negotiations this week in Ottawa,” says University of Ottawa Prof Michael Geist
The post Secret TPP talks in Ottawa: Harper has “something to hide” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
An American weapons manufacturer is the subject of outrage in Italy — but this international offensive lies strictly within the cultural realm.
ArmaLite, an Illinois-based small arms engineering firm, has bestowed indignity upon Michelangelo’s David by using the classical sculpture as a prop in a rifle advertisement.
The tacky advert has incensed . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Michelangelo’s David takes up arms in American gun ad
New York Times economist and Nobel laureate economist, Paul Krugman, tends to support free trade but even he wants the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, or TPP, dead and buried.
Krugman’s big objection is that the deal allows corporations to monopolize intellectual property and will result in monopolized trade, not free trade.
Is this a good . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Krugman Gives TPP a Thumbs Down.
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
– Murray Dobbin writes about the crisis of extreme capitalism: (T)he “free economy” romanticized by Friedman and his ilk is anything but. Completely dominated by giant corporations whose wealth outstrips all but the richest nations, economic freedom does not exist for anyone else, including the vast majority of businesses . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
This and that for your Tuesday reading…
– Joseph Stiglitz discusses the abuse of intellectual property law to turn publicly-funded research into privately-held profit centres (no matter how many people die as a result): (A) Utah-based company, Myriad Genetics, claims more than that. It claims to own the rights to any test for the presence . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
The final panel on policy resolutions at the NDP’s Montreal convention will deal with human rights issues. And the Young New Democrats of Quebec have proposed a resolution which covers a number of issues worth including in that discussion: 6-26-13Resolution on Rights in the Digital AgeSubmitted by the Young New Democrats of QuebecWHEREAS protecting digital . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 Priority Resolution – Human Rights
It is not the “crimes” Aaron (Swartz) may have committed that made him a target of federal prosecution, but his ideas – elaborated in his “Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto” – that the government has found so dangerous. By Jeremy Hammond – #18729-424 | Metropolitan Correctional Center, Feb. 20, 2013: The tragic death of internet . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Jeremy Hammond: Aaron Swartz & the Criminalization of Digital Dissent
Prominent Academics Respond to the TPP (via EFF) We asked several academics to let us know their thoughts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The TPP is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement… RELATED: The Canadian Progressive . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: What’s Wrong With TPP?: Prominent Academics Respond
This and that for your Sunday reading.
– Carol Goar comments on the CEP/CAW plan to merge and work toward a far more active type of unionism: Both the CAW and the CEP — of which I am a member — gobbled up smaller unions to reach their current size. But neither achieved the critical . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Assorted content to end your week.
– Since the Cons don’t seem to have much else in their quiver at the moment, I’m sure they’ll keep trying to pretend that it’s monstrous of Thomas Mulcair to suggest that all industries (including those in Alberta) pay the cost of their real environmental impact. But the sales . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Yes, this video is actually being litigated on copyright infringement grounds. Summary from Electronic Frontier Foundation,
South Park aired the “What What” parody in a 2008 episode critiquing the popularity of absurd online videos. Two years later, copyright owner Brownmark Films sued Viacom and Comedy Central, accusing South Park of infringement. A federal judge . . . → Read More: Law is Cool: What, What, In the Butt?
I have an opinion piece out on Access Copyright, English Canada’s longtime copyright middleman. I argue that Access Copyright is a bit like the Blockbuster Video of Canadian university libraries—once indispensable, and now almost obsolete (largely due the Internet). Within a year from now, it’s possible that no Canadian university will still have day-to-day dealings with […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Access Copyright