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Dead Wild Roses: Hey Alberta, Look What Norway Did. WTF?

It sucks when your government is an entity so devoid of anything resembling a spine. The Alberta government is so deeply in bed with big oil its shite and piss are black. So, rather than looking at an example of how to fuck your citizens over, take a look at a country that got it, and continues to get it right; Norway. It makes me spitting mad that we couldn’t even get a fractional raise in revenue for the people of Alberta (The Royalty Review), all the while Norway has 165,000 thousand dollars socked away (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Birkenstocks and The World of Fashion

All Hail the Double Face Palm of Fashion!

Oh the consternation! Oh the anguish! What are people to do when presented with such a horrible choicewhen their very societal presence and standing threatened by a humble German sandal.

Dear Fashion World and associated flaky devotees – you amuse the fuck out of me. Someone ‘famous’ does something different and then whether it is a good thing or not, you ravenous lemmings go whole-hog-wild and make it a trend.

Case in point – Australian bedroom slippers:

 

“Generally worn for warmth and comfort, Australian ugg boots had never (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Civilization, Capitalism, Consumption – Why stop the Orgy?

I’m glad I’ll be dead when humanity’s collective shit hits the fan. I used to get all wrapped up in debates about Capitalism and the slow motion Seppuku we’re committing. I was genuinely flummoxed when my arguments were characterized as hopelessly naive and that my positions were unfounded vis-a-vis economic reality (a.k.a the dominant capitalist consumption paradigm).

Bollocks to that noise.

I’m out of fucks to give about important economic arguments and how super-fucking-awesome capitalism is. I will not be around when glitz comes off of our over-consumption and enough of humanity realizes how hard (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Sanctity of Human Life?

When arguing about abortion and other moral topics, one is almost guaranteed to hear this lofty phrase trotted out. Like a a gentle desert sirocco, you only miss it when it isn’t there. People seem to have some very strange ideas about how we regularly treat each other here on Earth.

Realistically speaking, the phrase “sanctity of human life”is a misnomer. We here in the ‘Civilized West’ extinguish human life at a record pace whether actively though war or passively through indifference and neglect.

“But Arbourist!”, says the lay reader of DWR, “we in the West, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Forced Birth Advocate has a Sad at Being Called a Forced Birth Advocate

What most abortions look like.

Having laid down the smack on this forced-birther, he then laments being called on his misogyny and fundamental disrespect for the female portion of the species. This is Red Pen of Justice Territory folks.

Before he gets deep into the anti-choice bullcookery we detour into his deep important thoughts about the Olympics and human rights. Let’s see what he has to say.

“No religion but Christianity can support them[human rights]. (Atheism certainly can’t, as is becoming increasingly apparent.”

Oh wow… christianity the saviour of human rights, but only if you happen to (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The First Honest Cable Company…

A big thanks to Moe over at Whatever Works for finding this short video on our ISP’s. Just watch the free market in action…

Filed under: Rant Tagged: Cable Providers, Free Markets?, ISP, Oligarchy

Dead Wild Roses: Darwin, work your magic: Neknominating

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to stare down the barrel of a gun loaded with stupid. Thanks to the phenomena known as Neknominating, now I know. I have yet more people to add to my already turgid list of people who are too dumb to live.

Neknominate – People record themselves chugging or “necking” — usually beer — often doing something else extreme at the same time. Then they nominate others to out-drink them.

As the CBC gravely intones:

“A potentially dangerous new online video trend where people down alcoholic drinks in sometimes increasingly extreme (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Matthew’s Problem with Reality – The Subdolous Red Pen of Justice Wiggles, yet Again.

Find your helmets and the hazmat suits dear readers, we’re going into the high back-country of mendacity where the stupid is rugged and the ignorance is thick. Yes, we’re going to go visit our dear friend Matthew again because it is so rare to find such a deluded ball of procacity and self-delusion all in the same person.

But before we go on our merry gasconade we should warn the uninitiated – Matthew is a rebarbative hunk of misogynistic shit, his hatred of women runs astonishingly deep and his words can be quite shocking for the uninitiated. Consider (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Olympics Suck.

The very notion that we are spending money on an assortment of rubber disk chasers, gravity assisted sled-fanatics and dancers-on-frozen water angers me. What infuriates me is the notion that throwing money at this motley crew will somehow enhance Canada’s standing as a nation and that “owning the podium” will bring us international regard.

What a pile of feel good nationalistic hoo-haa.

Canada should be spending its money on improving the living conditions of its people. When our First Nations have a safe and clean water supply our international standing will grow. When our homeless do (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Reactionary Stupidity from Bullshite Mountain

Another ardent believer in free speech, as long as you aren’t calling them on their bullshit, Gnyii has managed to append my last comment on a thread that, as usual with the deluded religious right, is strong with the fetus-fetish. Thus, in the interests of clarity, I’ll republish the last comment that I replied to.

Gnyii: “Given the level of your prose… I have great argument.”

LOL. You have great argument?

This is cliche liberal debate 101. It’s like you guys follow some kind of handbook on how to be an Internet troll. Step 1, make asinine (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: “Why Would You Ever Spend Money on the Death Penalty?” – Words from an Executioner

The entire article is available on Alternet.org, but I found this section in particular very moving.

“Even when I was on the job, I was always asking, what can I do to prevent these guys before they get there? I used to bring kids down from schools. I would allow the kids to sit in the chair and explain that I want to see kids get an education and remove themselves from violence or you’ll end up here. I know it helped. I used to get letters. They would write back saying thank you for steering them in (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Abuse of Philosophy – Mary Midgley

I’ve always enjoyed(?) studying philosophy. The courses I’ve taken have always been intellectually challenging and have provided some small insight into explaining how we think about ‘stuff and things’. Fast forward to the present – the experience of Philosophy has changed. It is an inward cringe because what philosophy means on the interwebs is usually a dense obscurantist pile of word-guano ostensibly put forward as a “defence” of some vile maxim or another (see all of christian apologetics). Wading through the glitzy word patina to uncover, and then prove, that the author(s) is(are) self-justifying the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Religious Bigotry and the Service Industry

Religion inspires hatred.

Anyone proclaiming they are chosen ones, or are better than someone else because of pious qualities x,y,z are almost always horribly unethical people. Case in point the recent frenzy in the United States featuring devout followers of Christ insulting wait staff with homophobic slurs and not tipping them because it ‘goes against god’. But it is always best to let the bigots speak for themselves. First an incident in New Jersey:

When Morales introduced herself to the couple and their two children, the mother was allegedly shocked by Morales’ short hair.

“Oh I (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Arbourist Furrows Brow at Bathroom Behaviour

One of my responsibilities in my part time job is to ensure that the bathrooms are reasonably clean and stocked, this equates roughly to once a shift boogieing around the building with a cart full of TP and paper towel (or many times during the most dreaded of all times on campus, dance festival season, but that is a different post). I’m not sure if behaviour in bathrooms are a psychological goldmine for understanding the human psyche, but a couple of interesting behaviours come to mind when it comes to maintaining the Water-closets where I work.

1. The (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Roads: Why Are They Still Asphalt?

We live in an age of innovation. Using the great scientific advances of previous generations and implementing them in new and creative ways is huge part of our progress. No longer burdened by what we can do (mostly), the question for most fields now is how we can do it better. Can we do it faster? Can we do it cheaper? Can we do it greener? Can we do it prettier? Can we do it easier?

In these pursuits we have seen some phenomenal advances. Urban transportation has seen cars go from obnoxiously loud, disgustingly dirty, and horribly dangerous automobiles (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Hard Rock – Hallelujah

We need more of this in our music scene because frankly, the omnipresent bland radio pop (A big unthankyou to CBC radio 2 for adding more of this soul withering drivel to my listening day) bores the everliving fuck out of me. So hit me with some hard rock hallelujah any day of the week and I will be appreciative.

And no, it doesn’t get better and that is why its *great*.

Speaking of the “great” category – BOOM – Cezar from Romania nails this performance. Gold pure sonic gold.

Filed under: Rant Tagged: Bland Radio (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Iron Thingie 3 – The Wrap Up (-ish).

I’m not much for the Hollywood movie-culture scene. Either I’m getting to old or too smart for the usual smarm of what Hollywood has to offer; and on that note I’d like to think of my self in the later rather than the former category.

Ironic self-delusion aside, pop culture these days rarely entices me with its chintzy glitz and shiny images. Enter Iron Man 3. This is the end chapter for Tony Stark and the current Disney/Marvel money machine. IM3 hastily ties up the plot lines started in the previous movies and attempts to (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: 5 Abortion Myths Exposed – Debunking Forced Birth Stupidity.

The vast amount of shit the forced brith advocates spew into the interwebs lends new meaning to the word grotesque. Our anti-choice friends have been faffing on long and hard about Dr. Kermit Gosnell conveniently forgetting about Savita Halappanavar’s terminal experience with their fetid dogma .

Let me spell it out, you antediluvian, dim-witted, anti-choice bastion of fuckwitttery.

Cases like Dr.Gosnell’s are exactly what happens when you limit women’s access to abortion. His practice was under-regulated and in clear violation of any sort of reasonable set of medical expectations. We need less of what Dr.Gosnell did, not (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Again?!

Filed under: Rant Tagged: heartwarming nature crap, weather whinge

Dead Wild Roses: Setting the Straw Arguments Against Feminism Ablaze

Popularity? Posting “too much” on the feminism tag? Do I give two shits? Things don’t change if people don’t know about it, so off we go – a few things that feminism is actually fighting for. Oh and go read the whole post on “If I Admit That “Hating Men” is a Thing, Will You Stop Turing It Into A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?”.

(ed. Italics mine for highlighting the theme of what feminism is actually fighting.)

”Feminists do not want you to lose custody of your children. The assumption that women are naturally better caregivers (Read more…) part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not like commercials in which bumbling dads mess up the laundry and competent wives have to bustle in and fix it. The assumption that women are naturally better housekeepers is part of patriarchy.

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Dead Wild Roses: Setting the Straw Arguments Against Feminism Ablaze

Popularity? Posting “too much” on the feminism tag? Do I give two shits? Things don’t change if people don’t know about it, so off we go – a few things that feminism is actually fighting for. Oh and go read the whole post on “If I Admit That “Hating Men” is a Thing, Will You Stop Turing It Into A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?”.

(ed. Italics mine for highlighting the theme of what feminism is actually fighting.)

”Feminists do not want you to lose custody of your children. The assumption that women are naturally better caregivers (Read more…) part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not like commercials in which bumbling dads mess up the laundry and competent wives have to bustle in and fix it. The assumption that women are naturally better housekeepers is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to have to make alimony payments. Alimony is set up to . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Setting the Straw Arguments Against Feminism Ablaze

Dead Wild Roses: Stupid Places on the Web – Feminism is True

The abject fuckwittery of some people never fails to astonish. Somewhere in the universe the being in charge of giving clues just died a little on the inside. I shall deal only with the header from this particular cesspool of a blog. We’ll just file this under I’ll pull remarkably erroneous shit out of my ass and whinge about it in public ad nauseam.

Feminism – denotes women who want to be men and who act in a totally unfeminine manner, so feminism is the opposite of its definition.

This construction made entirely of straw seems to

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Dead Wild Roses: *Wiggle-Wiggle* Goes the Red Pen of Justice – This is to You, Who Support Murder[!!1!1!]

The RPOJ comes for thee BJ!

I had a sense on this one, as I was typing my reply to the burning stupid present on this site, that my commentary might not be published. Given that dudes, with what they deem to be important opinions, tend not to like being shown how audaciously wrong they are. I took it upon myself to save a copy of my reply. Much to my surprise(?) my comment did not make it past moderation, and thus, because of the supernovae grade idiocy on display, the commentary in question became a

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Dead Wild Roses: Advertising and the Superbowl – Rant

Coming to work today I was listening to the CBC morning news there was the usual doom and gloom, but what was remarkable was the amount of time devoted to telling Canadians about how awesome the commercials were going to be for the Superbowl and the lengths people were going to get the American cable feeds to be able to watch the commercials.

To watch the commercials.

I think of the amount of creative energy expended to make a mere advertising and despair. The creative genius of our society is not only being flushed down the crapper, but

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Dead Wild Roses: Historical Notions – Women’s Rights to Choose.

Shall we wake up to some historical notions? Has history ever been kind to women? The short answer is no. Why?

Because, Patriarchy.

Today is not for learning about 101 level feminism. Today is calling down from pulpit the rage and the anger against the systematic oppression of women in our society. If you’re not “down” with Patriarchy and what it entails, I’m not here to explain it to your special snowflakyness (at least not today).

Today, friends, we address a structural question that I rarely see mentioned in the abortion debate. It is

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