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Politics, Re-Spun: The Occupy Movement Has Changed the Narrative, But We’re Not Done

Recently, with the WEF spending the last few years acknowledging global income inequality is a problem, I’ve declared a kind of victory for the Occupy Movement: getting the lexicon on the 1% and inequality on the tongues of the sly gazillionaires who rule the world, and into mass consumption.

Now we see that the CEO . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Occupy Movement Has Changed the Narrative, But We’re Not Done

Politics, Re-Spun: The 1% Has More Solidarity Than We Do

In Davos, the 1% rule the world. Literally. They also have the guns.

The 1% are claiming we have it out for them; that if we don’t tone down the rhetoric and stop calling them names like “the contemptuous rich,” we might end up starting a class war. But they already know . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The 1% Has More Solidarity Than We Do

Politics, Re-Spun: Occupy Vancouver Reboots Tonight!

Occupy Vancouver reboots tonight to join the worldwide #WaveOfAction that began on April 4 and runs [at least] to July 4, 2014.

We will meet in Grandview Park on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories.

615pm is the start time, though honestly, I’ll be there a bit early. With my Occupy Vancouver . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Occupy Vancouver Reboots Tonight!

Politics, Re-Spun: When Blog Comment Spam Goes Bad

You know you want it!

Someone really crossed the line from whoops, to nuclear codes.

One of the15,000 weekly blog spam comments that never make it to the human eyes stage on this website, accidentally made it through.

Sadly, it is a compendium of all the kinds of faux-sincere blog comments. Which is . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: When Blog Comment Spam Goes Bad

Politics, Re-Spun: What Occupy Vancouver Could Look Like

May Day, on May 1st: do you think we could get Occupy Vancouver up by then?

I know how we can get this to work. I really do.

And I’m not talking about tents or physical 24 hour occupations, in particular, right now.

I am however talking about 2 things:

What Occupy Vancouver . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: What Occupy Vancouver Could Look Like

Politics, Re-Spun: Honing In On Friday’s #WaveOfAction

We need to think about two things for this Friday’s Occupy Movement reboot in the Worldwide #WaveOfAction:

When thinking about pursuing social, political and economic equality, what is the list of things we need to change, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally? Who do we need to build coalitions with to listen to them, support them, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Honing In On Friday’s #WaveOfAction

Politics, Re-Spun: Yes, Your Parents’ Standard of Living Was Better

Ugh. We’re so much poorer than our parents!

Yes, your parents’ standard of living was better, so what are you going to do about it?

When I was growing up in the 1970s, most [maybe 80%?] of my friends had a mom who stayed home and didn’t work.

Over the last 40 years . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Yes, Your Parents’ Standard of Living Was Better

Politics, Re-Spun: If the 1% Has Russell Brand Killed…

If the 1% has Russell Brand killed, we will see it in the corporate media as a drug OD relapse, or a freak accident.

Why?

He is dangerous because he fearlessly tells the truth and challenges pretence.

Let’s examine this in some detail here [with video]:

His brain works twice as fast as most . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: If the 1% Has Russell Brand Killed…

Politics, Re-Spun: Because You’re Not As Dumb As They Think You Are!

Today is Friday. Let’s make it “think for ourselves Friday.”

It’ll work: the government/corporations/1% won’t see it coming!

Twitter / occupythemob: http://t.co/doHx1xWO4l.

December 17, 2013 Fried Squirrels (0) December 20, 2013 Enbridge: What Now? We Escalate Our Fight (4) January 7, 2012 Day Two of Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Because You’re Not As Dumb As They Think You Are!

Politics, Re-Spun: More Clever Climate Change Awareness Actions!

…Burning oil caused the melting in the first place…

A week ago [was it that long?] two climate change activists pulled a Yes Men on our greatest employee, Mr. Stephen Harper.

But last summer, you may not have seen an equally clever, but more hi-tech, stunt by Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: More Clever Climate Change Awareness Actions!

Politics, Re-Spun: How the Occupy Movement is Enriching People’s Lives

Imagine an eco-community of micro-homes designed as a first step out of homelessness.

Housing, easy to get into, if people care. Occupy Madison in Wisconsin has come up with an innovative first step of a solution [see below].

These 96 square foot homes are no long term solution, at all. But if you’re . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: How the Occupy Movement is Enriching People’s Lives

Politics, Re-Spun: The Ultimate New Year’s Resolution

It’s mostly us.

Many of us have heard of the idea of planning policy to consider effects seven generations downline. We’re pretty smart. It shouldn’t be that hard. But we have many incentives to think short term. Sometimes so short that we are ignorantly and apathetically victimizing our descendants.

But I’m going to . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Ultimate New Year’s Resolution

Politics, Re-Spun: Enbridge: What Now? We Escalate Our Fight

Some breaking news occurred yesterday, the Joint Review Panel of the National Energy Board approved the Enbridge pipeline, but with 209 conditions. To quote a teenager from 1994: “Big whoop.” Also, big whoop goes out to the awesome pictures of soon to be decimated pristine wilderness on the report cover.

What do you think of . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Enbridge: What Now? We Escalate Our Fight

Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing Cyncial Corporate Media

How to inoculate yourself against cynical corporate media.

Corporate news media is not on our side. It is on the side of stoking fear, cynically eroding possibilities of a better, more robust democracy, and scaring us into obedience to corporations and government through sensational stories that undermine our happiness.

But we . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing Cyncial Corporate Media

Politics, Re-Spun: Fried Squirrels

It’s a crisp, foggy November Saturday morning in the south side of the city. Seventeen people sit in the large open area at the back end of an organic fair trade coffee shop run by a workers’ co-op inspired by the Mondragon movement in Spain. Meet-ups like this are quite common in this shop.

The . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Fried Squirrels

Politics, Re-Spun: Practice CrimeStop: You Are the New Terrorist

Balloons are a threat to civil order. The police must protect themselves from you with riot gear. You are a bad person.

You. You enemy of the state. You radical environmentalist. Or worker rights advocate. Or whatever cause you are promoting.

You. You are a threat to order. When you gather, you are . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Practice CrimeStop: You Are the New Terrorist

Politics, Re-Spun: Are You Just Too Tired? We’ve Known Why for Decades

You actually do deserve a break today.

What ails us?

A large proportion of the total produce goes to a small minority of the population, many of whom do no work at all. Owing to the absence of any central control over production, we produce hosts of things that are not wanted. We . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Are You Just Too Tired? We’ve Known Why for Decades

Politics, Re-Spun: Ice Crisis at the Poles: Ice, Ice, Baby

What continent is this, anyway? And why does it matter?

The arctic ice cap will be fully melting in the next few summers, likely.

There is a lake on top of the ice at the North Pole. Santa is getting worried.

“On August 26, 2012, the Arctic sea ice extent reached the lowest . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Ice Crisis at the Poles: Ice, Ice, Baby

Politics, Re-Spun: Is It Really That Hard to Imagine Cities Without Cars?

A blissful infographic of imaginative paradigm mechanics!

Probably. That’s why really creative paradigm mechanics are thinking outside the box-y sedans to figure out how we could reorient cities and movement in cities with a changed premise: no cars.

Imagine how much parking space we’d free up for human pursuits?

Imagine how much climate . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Is It Really That Hard to Imagine Cities Without Cars?

Politics, Re-Spun: Climate Change Denial Affirmations

The sky is not falling.

It’s just the end of this ice age. Extreme weather events are not related to each other. The climate is not a global system of feedback loops. Ecology is spin from tree-hugging, granola-eating hippies. Ice melts. The global insurance industry is only talking about climate change because it . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Climate Change Denial Affirmations

Politics, Re-Spun: New, Better Jobs Building a Green Energy Infrastructure

Let’s go post-carbon and transform Big Carbon jobs into green jobs!

We are so addicted to carbon-based energy: oil, gas, coal, LNG plants, fracking, pipelines, tanker spills.

It gets so discouraging sometimes.

But something that the post-carbon energy infrastructure advocates are missing out on, I think, is promoting more of a response to . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: New, Better Jobs Building a Green Energy Infrastructure

Politics, Re-Spun: How Us Settlers Can Be In Solidarity With #IdleNoMore

Twitter / suzhawkins: As settlers… #idlenomore ….

York University’s Suzanne Hawkins is my hero today for showing us all this amazing poster that succinctly describes how us non-indigenous settler folk can stand alongside with the world’s indigenous people seeking redress for generations of racism and discrimination.

Solidarity matters! Dialogue matters!

Let’s make 2013 a . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: How Us Settlers Can Be In Solidarity With #IdleNoMore

Politics, Re-Spun: Listen to the December 2012 Politics, Re-Spun Panel on Human Rights and Consumerism

December 2012′s Politics, Re-Spun panel on Co-op Radio included Julie McArthur, Alnoor Gova, Imtiaz Popat, Anna Davey, Kevin Harding and Stephen Elliott-Buckley discussing:

International Human Rights Day, experiencing “My Voice, My Right, My Voice Counts” Over-consumption, just consumption, Christmas consumption, sexism, quality of life, consumption as a proxy for enhancing our relationships and happiness. And . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Listen to the December 2012 Politics, Re-Spun Panel on Human Rights and Consumerism

Politics, Re-Spun: The Galling Hypocrisy of EthicalOil.org

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It’s really very simple. A front group for tarsands polluters is accusing opponents of being puppets of foreign interests. EthicalOil.org thinks only Canadians should be permitted to take part in the tarsands climate debate, which would exclude anyone or any group involving foreign resources or money.

An organization called EthicalOil.org has attacked . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Galling Hypocrisy of EthicalOil.org

Politics, Re-Spun: Day Three of Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons

Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons January 6-8, 2012 Vancouver/Burnaby

All panelist biographies are here. Below are some lessons learned and observations from the sessions.

Friday:

The opening panel is recorded in the Twitter storify here.

Saturday:

My notes are here.

Sunday:

Opening Panel

Radical Squares: Reflections on the Global Indignant Moment

. . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Day Three of Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons