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Things Are Good: Riding a Bike in the USA is Getting Safer

Riding a bicycle is getting safer in American cities thanks to improvements in infrastructure. Usually the USA is associated with being the land of the car (and it still is very car-focussed) so it’s really nice to see that a sustainable and friendly form of transportation is getting the attention it needs. Over the . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Riding a Bike in the USA is Getting Safer

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

We Pivot: Self-Care Tips As Trump’s Inauguration Approaches

It’s all about self care. Care for yourself with more sleep, more time walking in nature, less time in elevators and more time on stairs. Eat healthier, simpler foods. Spend more time with your people: less texting and more phone … [Read more]

We Pivot: America’s Coming Civil War

Weeks ago, as I was approaching the 14th anniversary of Politics, Re-Spun, I launched WePivot.net. My goal was to move out of what started as a George.W.Caesar anti-imperial website, that morphed into an anti-Harper #SoftFascism website, into a new thing … [Read more]

We Pivot: You’re Not a White Supremacist, Right?

Sure, you’re not a racist, but you are likely living in a culture steeped in white supremacy. And male supremacy. A culture with rich, systemic norms and institutions that benefit the entitled people. Even if you do not practice patriarchy … [Read more]

We Pivot: Trump, Hypocrisy and Fascism

My Canada…my WORLD…involves people with integrity. The new American president spent months attacking people with racist, xenophobic and sexist venom. But when people satirize him, or criticize him, he cowers like a victim. This is hypocritical people living in glass … [Read more]

We Pivot: This Week in “Huh?” Ivanka, Justin, Elon

As we pivot to the new, sustainable world defeating this current wave of fascism and climate change deniers, let’s look back at this week to keep abreast of the contempt flung at us and where we can find hope. Remember, … [Read more]

We Pivot: Stop Giving Trump Chances To Be Civil

He won’t. We already gave him two. His whole campaign: many of us wrote him off as a lark. I imagined only 30-35 million people would vote for such a clown. Until I realized that we can’t underestimate clowns. But … [Read more]

We Pivot: Do Not Conform!

Do not conform.

Do not give in.

Do not let the soul within you be molded or driven cold by circumstances, geopolitics, megalomania and division, or desperate people flinging their abuse at you because they think you’re a snowflake.

Do not let the Soft Fascism on the rise since 9/11 become hardened with jackboots, brown . . . → Read More: We Pivot: Do Not Conform!

Michal Rozworski: Don’t mourn, organize! Sarah Jaffe on organizing before and after Trump

You could almost hear the whole world hold its breath as the night of November 8th dragged on and Donald Trump’s march towards the presidency became clearer. While it may be trite, Joe Hill’s famous dictum “Don’t mourn; organize!” rings true today. My guest, journalist and author Sarah Jaffe, is very well placed to help . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Don’t mourn, organize! Sarah Jaffe on organizing before and after Trump

We Pivot: What Political Scientists and Pollsters Don’t Know

Clearly a great deal.

Polling is broken. Random sampling is gone. People lie. People self-select. People self-deselect.

Pollsters try to adjust for demographics, but they fail.

Political scientists?

Most of us do not have enough of a sense of the breadth of the populace to have been able to expect a massive Trump win like . . . → Read More: We Pivot: What Political Scientists and Pollsters Don’t Know

We Pivot: Healing America Begins Now; Let’s Join Them!

It’s not Trump. It’s a country that makes Trump possible.

It’s not Clinton vs. Sanders. It’s about building the world we want and making our leaders follow us. You know how much they love the polls.

It’s about hope, optimism and pivoting: finding our pivot foot in the areas of life WE are improving.

It’s . . . → Read More: We Pivot: Healing America Begins Now; Let’s Join Them!

We Pivot: This is Obama’s America, Obama’s Legacy

You’d think Obama would want his legacy to not be settler/colonial terrorism against First Nations water protectors. See the video below.

You’d think he would not be interested in people being dragged from prayer circles to be arrest and put in kennels.

You’d think he wouldn’t want anyone putting numbers on the arms of prisoners. . . . → Read More: We Pivot: This is Obama’s America, Obama’s Legacy

We Pivot: My Canada Opposes the Nuclear Arms Race – No Brainer?

Perhaps it’s me, but it’s 2016, and despite how much JustinHarperTrudeau is maintaining CPC policy, I thought at LEAST nuclear disarmament would have been something Trudeau felt worth supporting.

Despite the fact that the UN passed a resolution continuing the pursuit of a nuclear weapons-free world, Canada remains one of the countries supporting the nuclear . . . → Read More: We Pivot: My Canada Opposes the Nuclear Arms Race – No Brainer?

Politics, Re-Spun: How Far Will Men Go to Keep Their Entitlements?

How can you tell that America is suffering from a vast, intense, rageful male backlash against feminism?

How can you tell men are struggling brutally hard to hold onto their entitlements?

[And don’t be too complacent Canadian men; are we really different?]

Well, while this electoral analysis can’t actually manifest next month, when we look . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: How Far Will Men Go to Keep Their Entitlements?

Politics, Re-Spun: One Million Vaginas Helps Us With Trump

 

The wise, inspiring folks at One Million Vaginas have done it again, helping reframe Trump’s attempt to disempower women into an empowerment meme.

Feel free to sprinkle these hashtags as well!

#GrabHimByTheBallot #NeverTrump #RapeCulture #SexualAssault

So please, all my American friends/readers, and all YOUR American friends, help the world out by grabbing November . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: One Million Vaginas Helps Us With Trump

Politics, Re-Spun: We Need to Prepare for Those Worse Than Trump

We can't just worry about Trump, but all those for whom he is paving the way. #Trump #TrumpTapes #SoftFascism #cdnpoli #bcpoli

— Politics, Re-Spun (@PoliticsReSpun) October 8, 2016

It’s one thing to lower the bar, but with Trump, someone pulled out the jackhammer and has dug through the floor.

But let’s not . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: We Need to Prepare for Those Worse Than Trump

Politics, Re-Spun: End Our Slow Motion Genocide!

Genocide can take place in slow motion, just like weapons of mass destruction.

When I learned that people were calling land mines “weapons of mass destruction, in slow motion,” it became obvious that we can practice social/cultural/human genocide in slow motion too.

Understanding racism and genocide is no simpler than this, from Zianna . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: End Our Slow Motion Genocide!

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                                                Trump Should be Afraid of Americans . . . → Read More: Life…A Small Spark Between Two Eternities: Life…A Small Spark Between Two Eternities 2016-09-21 09:35:00

Politics, Re-Spun: Jokers to the Right

It’s time we learn more lessons from Archie Bunker. While the right wing continues to become increasingly clownish, we need to go back to Norman Lear’s classic 1970s sitcom, All in the Family, to get re-acquainted with Archie Bunker’s willful embrace of ignorance and bigotry to learn where he’s coming from and how to protect … Continue reading Jokers to the Right

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Michal Rozworski: Podcast: When the left takes the city

  This week, the focus is on experience of left parties and organizations at the municipal level. Although the left has still exercised only limited political power in many places since the financial crisis, some cities have seen left projects come to power or build new institutions in interesting ways. My two guests shed light on […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: When the left takes the city

Things Are Good: Activists in SF Try to Get Drivers to Obey the Law

This year in Toronto drivers have been murdering non-drivers at a record rate. Of course, collisions causing casualties are all avoidable – drivers should watch where they are going and infrastructure designed for car drivers makes roads dangerous for everybody. Toronto isn’t unique for its number of driver caused fatalities in North America. In San […]

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Left Over: Just another E-Mail from the Real World…

A friend sent me this article, and I am adding my answer…I don’t have permission to print out the article in its entirety, but you can look for it at FP..it’s short and succinct… WORTHY OF THEIR ANGER Our leaders’ … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Just another E-Mail from the Real World…

Politics, Re-Spun: The DNC Superdelegates Can Fix Party Corruption This Week

In case you missed it, Clinton and the DNC are corrupt, and have been for a long time. They and their media partners have worked hard to keep Bernie Sanders from becoming the Democratic nominee for president. And still, he almost won in the primaries and caucuses. What could he have accomplished if the DNC … Continue reading The DNC Superdelegates Can Fix Party Corruption This Week

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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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