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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Erika Hayasaki surveys the developing body of research on how poverty and deprivation affect a child’s long-term brain development:Early results show a troubling trend: Kids who grow up with higher levels of… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), on how Brad Wall is preaching neglect and delay as a response to violent racism (even as he’s fully prepared to use as much political capital as he can muster pitching the idea of a SaskTel selloff). For further reading…- Wall… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- PressProgress points out that a large number of Canadians are justifiably concerned about our economy, with a particular desire to rein in income and wealth inequality. And Guy Caron notes that there’s no reason for … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Branko Milanovic points out how the commodification of our interactions may create an incentive for short-term exploitation:Commodification of what was hitherto a non-commercial resource makes each of us do m… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

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

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

In the eleven years since I started publishing this blog, I have almost entirely focused on Alberta politics. But while my writing focuses on provincial politics here at home, like many Canadians I pay close attention to what is happening… Continue R… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

Dead Wild Roses: Lives and Matters – Systemic Racism – What the hell is it?

The CBC wrote an article about the misunderstanding of people who benefit from systemic racism have when it comes to Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter. What Black Lives Matter is: “Frank Leon Roberts, a professor-lecturer specializing in race and social movements at New York University, says Black Lives Matter is an “anti-violence movement […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Lives and Matters – Systemic Racism – What the hell is it?

Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing Systemic White Supremacy

Yeah, I know. Serious heavy lifting. But YES WE CAN DO IT! At least start. Here’s how. Step 1: Find new, intriguing ways of seeing our entitlements; try this: look. if obama had 3 ex-wives and 5 children with different women, 'modern' and 'blended' family wouldn't be the terms being used right now. — Joan … Continue reading Fixing Systemic White Supremacy

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Politics, Re-Spun: On Tuesday, Corporate Media Played You. Did You Catch It?

Which was the most important news story on Tuesday this week? And which news story was overshadowed by corporate media coverage of the other 3? Donald Trump was officially nominated and elected as the Republican candidate for president, despite attempts to derail that surreal event. Donald Trump’s wife plagiarized Michelle Obama in her speech. There … Continue reading On Tuesday, Corporate Media Played You. Did You Catch It?

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Dani Rodrik comments on the need for a far more clear set of policy prescriptions for left-wing political parties to present as an alternative to laissez-faire corporate domination, while noting there’s no lack… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Shadow of a Race War

According to some stunning new polls, Donald Trump's chance of winning the support of most African-Americans is practically zero.Because Hillary Clinton just about owns the black vote. So with all the violent racial turmoil in the U.S., I've b… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Shadow of a Race War

Dead Wild Roses: Gun Violence – Who You Shoot Matters

Some peoples lives are worth more than others. In the context of American society one of the deciding factors of how much your life is worth is determined by the colour of your skin. Here in Canada a similar skin tone gradient applies as being First Nations in Canada gets you the special police […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Gun Violence – Who You Shoot Matters

Montreal Simon: What We Can Learn From the Madness in America

The last thing I wanted to do was write about the violent horror show that is Crazy America.Because I was so traumatized by the Orlando massacre, I've had trouble writing about ANYTHING. But with two more black men being shot dead, for nothing…. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: What We Can Learn From the Madness in America

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy and the Brexit Bigots

It's been just over a week since the result of the Brexit referendum shocked the world.And triggered what can only be described as a racist horror show. Police in Britain have recorded a dramatic rise in racist attacks in the wake of Brexit, with… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy and the Brexit Bigots

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Brexit Racist Horror Show

As you may remember the ghastly uber right-wing Con Jason Kenney couldn't wait to trumpet his joy at the Brexit result.Calling it a triumph of hope over fear, even though it was exactly the opposite.As well as a triumph of bigotry over decency.So n… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Brexit Racist Horror Show

cmkl: N-word Rapids – get racism off the map

I was planning a bike ride on my favourite route planning app when I came across a rather shocking site. There is a place marked on Google Maps — don’t think it even has a population count — south of Maniwaki Québec called N-… . . . → Read More: cmkl: N-word Rapids – get racism off the map

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Andre Picard writes about the devastating effects of widespread social isolation, particularly given its connection to poverty: All told, it is estimated that about six million Canadians live an isola… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Canada’s spring of occupations

  Welcome back to the first podcast episode after a two-month hiatus! This week, three guests talk about two significant occupations of public space that have happened in Canada in the interim: the Black Lives Matter occupation of police headquarters plaza in Toronto and the occupations of Indigenous and Northern Affairs offices across the country. In this […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Canada’s spring of occupations

Cowichan Conversations: A war hero who was a stranger in his own land

  This is the most moving story I have read in years. I urge you take a few minutes, well spent, and read this account that will always stay with you. I know it Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: A war hero who was a stranger in his own land

Dead Wild Roses: Defining and Redefining Racism – Carlos Hoyt Jr.

Racism isn’t that easy to define. There are two competing meanings and the new, more specific one, is quite controversial once examined. The Pedagogy of the Meaning of Racism: Reconciling a Discordant Discourse Carlos Hoyt Jr.   “We do our students (white and not white) a disservice by indoctrinating them into a belief system that […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Defining and Redefining Racism – Carlos Hoyt Jr.

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, showing … Continue reading Parlez-Vous Contempt?

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Allan Woods looks into the pitiful responses to states of emergency declared by First Nations, as well as a decade and a half worth of neglect of cries for help from Pikangikum First Nation in particular. Krist… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

PostArctica: The Searchers

I like discussing influences which may also be a way of simply saying I am not ashamed to admit where it all comes from….anyway, took a shot of a “back […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: The Searchers

The Canadian Progressive: Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The U.S. has a history of racial violence against blacks and indigenous peoples. Now is the time to follow the example shown by Canada and South Africa, and begin a national process of truth and reconciliation. The post Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why The Drug War Is Inherently Racist and Pro-War

Richard Nixon was not a good man. The people around him weren’t good either. They intentionally lied about the harm of hard drugs (and ‘soft’ drugs too), in order to concoct a reason for law enforcement officers to harass and jail African Americans and anti-war protesters. “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Why The Drug War Is Inherently Racist and Pro-War