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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: IT Problem At Saskatchewan Government

What’s going on?

Trying to communicate with #skpoli gov't?Don't bother. E-mail server, website all still down.

— Murray Mandryk (@MMandryk) December 7, 2016

server down all day. No gov't news releases. So the question is: How many of the govt's 400 communication officers still filed for overtime?

— Murray Mandryk . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: IT Problem At Saskatchewan Government

politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: December 6th – day of mourning for victims of men’s violence against women.

Today is December 6th. In Canada we remember the women killed this year in a massacre at École Polytechnique. Women were killed because they were women seeking training and jobs in a field that a deranged man considered to be the territory of men. I think about when I was a young child, how . . . → Read More: politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: December 6th – day of mourning for victims of men’s violence against women.

cmkl: December 6th: Constant progress, constant retreat

We take consolation in disasters from the idea that society might learn something and that the horror might never recur. The war to end all wars, the massacre to end all massacres. We want to see progress to encourage ourselves to keep pushing for change. And yet we don’t want to magnify a tiny . . . → Read More: cmkl: December 6th: Constant progress, constant retreat

Things Are Good: Standing Rock Sioux Achieve a Victory

This is proof that direct protest action works.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has decided to not grant permission to allow the Dakota Access pipeline to be built as planned. The pipeline was meant to go through burial lands of the Standing Rock Sioux which is offensive in itself, but there’s more to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Standing Rock Sioux Achieve a Victory

Pop The Stack: Yes, Change is Hard and Requires Math, That is Why We Elected You

So it seems that the response about the electoral reform committee (EMME) process is that there are lots of committed, organized, focused, passionate people who want to make this country better, speaking for the importance of changing our voting system to one that assigns seats in proportion to the total votes. But…that most Canadians just . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Yes, Change is Hard and Requires Math, That is Why We Elected You

Things Are Good: 47 Developing Countries Leapfrogging to Renewables

At the tail end of the Marrakech UN conference on the climate 47 countries formed the Climate Vulnerable Forum to share the one goal: getting to 100% renewable energy as fast as possible. Previously, economists and politicians argued that developing countries will need to use coal or other destructive carbon-based energy before upgrading to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: 47 Developing Countries Leapfrogging to Renewables

Dead Wild Roses: An Open Letter to our American Friends

Dear US citizens who want to move to Canada because of the election,

Recently your country has elected Donald Trump to be your president for the next four years. This concerns a great deal of us up here in Canada (and conversely there are some up here that think it’s a great idea). I’m sure . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: An Open Letter to our American Friends

Dented Blue Mercedes: Pitting “identity politics” against class struggle is backwards, and the path to self-defeat

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that one of the first things America’s political left would do during the 2016 election post-mortem is to attack minority groups like trans* people, and “identity politics.” That narrative says Americans decided a potential fascist (when you consider his policy proposals, unilateral rhetoric, media manipulation . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Pitting “identity politics” against class struggle is backwards, and the path to self-defeat

Scripturient: I used to like him; not so much now…

Back in the ’70s when he ran for mayor and we both lived in Toronto, I voted for John Sewell. And when he won, I was a big supporter of his human-scale policies and planning, and enjoyed his youthful vigour and vision. Now, not so much. Sure, he’s a smart, well-spoken, erudite man with a . . . → Read More: Scripturient: I used to like him; not so much now…

Joe Fantauzzi: THE PROBLEMS OF CARDING: Excising the Discriminatory Police Street Check Process

Over at Academia.edu, I have posted an updated public policy analysis of the police practice of carding, also known as “street checks” that I did as part of my Master’s course load. The full paper can be found HERE. But here is the Executive Summary: This policy analysis paper examines three options to deal with . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: THE PROBLEMS OF CARDING: Excising the Discriminatory Police Street Check Process

Pop The Stack: Don’t Throw Away Our Shot

For the first time, we find ourselves not as a reflection of another power. Our politics is not a derivation of Westminster or Washington anymore. Our politics is specific to us, not a derivation from a distant metropolis. — “Canada in the Age of Donald Trump” — Stephen Marche, The Walrus

Hello Prime Minister Trudeau, . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Don’t Throw Away Our Shot

A Puff of Absurdity: Water as a Human Right

In a recent article in my local paper, Peter Shawn Taylor says that anyone who wants to stop Nestle from draining aquifers doesn’t understand economics and is hostile to capitalism. He implies that we can’t just label water a human right above the fray of the market without doing the same with food, clothes, . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Water as a Human Right

The Progressive Right: Elections – Why Bother, They’re Awful ( #Pickering #pickpoli )

There are a lot of people out applauding Pickering City Council’s decision to appoint rather than hold a by-election to fill the vacant Ward 3 council seat because – as the argument goes – holding a by-election serves no one because it’s expensive, it’d be held during an inclement time of the year, and . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Elections – Why Bother, They’re Awful ( #Pickering #pickpoli )

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Predictions That Aren’t Fun

“Asia ramping up coal use. US returning to coal. Lets focus on tech like CCS not tax harming econ w/o real GHG impact” – Premier Wall

This tweet from the Premier is going to look so ridiculous in less than 4 years. Seriously, re-read it in 2020.#skpoli #prediction https://t.co/BwLQv9foa8

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Predictions That Aren’t Fun

Things Are Good: Canada to Phase Out Coal Power Plants

The Canadian government has decided to end the use of coal for electricity by the year 2030. To make up the lost production the provinces which still use coal will have to replace their power plants with sustainable alternatives. This makes a lot of sense since using coal for electricity is really (really really . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Canada to Phase Out Coal Power Plants

Things Are Good: Celebrating Resiliency

The Rockefeller Foundation has produced a new documentary celebrating areas humans live in that are designed to be resilient to climate change. By building our cities and countries around the concept of resiliency we can better prepare for what’s ahead when it comes to unpredictable and extreme weather. It’s design thinking applied on a . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Celebrating Resiliency

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paved Paradise Because Parking Was Already There

July 5th, 2016, after years of a mud pit following the rip-out of the previous playground:

Now it looks like this again:

Reasoning given:

A project of this scale requires a large site and staging area directly adjacent to the building. The site, the courtyard immediately west of the building and south . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paved Paradise Because Parking Was Already There

politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: responding to those who voted for Trump

I’ve been thinking a lot about the questions of what it means to vote for Trump and who the Trump supporters are. I’ve seen lots of posts about how Trump won because he spoke to the working class, and the working class wants change and human dignity. There are some who say that making this . . . → Read More: politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: responding to those who voted for Trump

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Trump Election #nlpoli

All you will ever need in order to understand the recent American presidential election is contained in this little chart.  It appeared within about 24 hours of the polls closing on Tuesday, November 8.  Lots of people will look at it and imagine it shows the need for electoral reform in the United States. Others . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Trump Election #nlpoli

A Puff of Absurdity: Charles Taylor on the Crises of Democracy

Charles Taylor gave a lecture on the “Crises of Democracy” two years ago, as part of a “Civic Freedom in an Age of Diversity” program where he explores the very complex situation we’re in. He says we’re not in a period of democratic stagnation, but in a downward spiral that has to be actively . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Charles Taylor on the Crises of Democracy

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Too Bold A Halloween Costume

The University of Regina has quite a few exchange students. They pay more than a bit to study here in Canada too. One picked a stereotype to make fun of at Halloween, and ended up with more role playing than he bargained on.

This is the sort of over-sensitive reaction that we should be concerned . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Too Bold A Halloween Costume

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

Scripturient: Kellie Leitch’s politics of division

They’re not like us. They’re not our religion. They’re not our colour. They don’t speak our language. They don’t dress like us. They don’t eat like us. They don’t drive like us, shop like us, read like us, walk like us. We need to control them. Deport them. Jail them. Make them convert. Make them . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Kellie Leitch’s politics of division

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gwynne Dyer at University of Regina

I’ve been to two other Gwynne Dyer lectures at the U of R, and each time they are very interesting presentations of what has happened in the world. There is also a little predicting going on, so if you’re curious what could happen, settle in, and listen to it all.

 

. . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gwynne Dyer at University of Regina

Dead Wild Roses: Refocusing Feminism after the Trumpocalypse – Kathleen Geier

“White working-class women appear to be more open than men are to progressive appeals (62 percent of them voted for Trump, as opposed to 72 percent of their male counterparts). That suggests that the most promising path forward would be to agitate for a robust economic agenda focused on women’s needs: a $15 minimum . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Refocusing Feminism after the Trumpocalypse – Kathleen Geier