Marginal Notes: The Pained Voice

In ‘Blogging the pain,’ Höttges (2009) writes, Grief writing is a strategy that can help the mourner to overcome both the breakdown of the self and the sense of alienation caused by the death of a relational anchor. This healing potential of grief writing is connected to the restoration of language. Pain, as Elaine Scarry ...

this-on-that: Christine O’Donnell ~ "Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?" video goodness included ~small update: forward vid to 2:35

Thank~you Christine, even though you preach against it, you give me pleasure almost everytime. Christine’s latest: “Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?”: Republican Christine O’Donnell challenged her Democratic rival Tuesday to show where the Constitution requires separation of church and state, drawing swift criticism from her opponent, laughter from her law ...

Nunc Scio: Finally, a leader for the rest of us.

My web guru Robin pointed my towards this Boing Boing post about Jimmy McMillan, a current NY gubernatorial candidate and founder of the Rent is Too Damn High Party. I really encourage you to visit his site for the groovy intro track alone. Anyways, here’s a video of Jimmy at the Gubernatorial Debate last night: ...

The Roundhouse: Nenshi Wins – Now What?

And so it is Nenshi for Mayor – but what looks like a very conservative council. Should be an interesting few years, Calgary. Ironically, for all the talk about technology and change, the Nenshi campaign won because they ran the best old-fashioned political campaign. They presented the best-developed message, and did a great job of ...

The Roundhouse: Nenshi Wins – Now What?

And so it is Nenshi for Mayor – but what looks like a very conservative council. Should be an interesting few years, Calgary. Ironically, for all the talk about technology and change, the Nenshi campaign won because they ran the best old-fashioned political campaign. They presented the best-developed message, and did a great job of ...

The Roundhouse: Nenshi Wins – Now What?

And so it is Nenshi for Mayor – but what looks like a very conservative council. Should be an interesting few years, Calgary. Ironically, for all the talk about technology and change, the Nenshi campaign won because they ran the best old-fashioned political campaign. They presented the best-developed message, and did a great job of ...

Five of Five: D-Bag of the Year Award

Link. Congratulations to Naheed Nenshi for winning the Mayor’s job in Calgary. Now we know obnoxious conservatives can be defeated in Calgary. Next task: Alberta PC’s.

Bob Broughton's Blog: Vancouver-Seattle passenger trains saved, but let’s look forward

The Province columnist Jon Ferry wrote a worthwhile column about the future of Amtrak’s Seattle-Vancouver service, Foot-dragging feds slow train service to Seattle. A few comments on points that Ferry made: A target of four trains a day is entirely reasonable. Long before Amtrak existed, Burlington Northern (now known as BNSF) was running four trains ...

Dymaxion World: Tab-clearing, Oct 18 2010

Boy, Europe and America’s inability to make nice with Turkey is world-historical stupid.“China must tax carbon”. Of course, once China does that we’ll find another reason to do nothing.I have, on occasion, spouted off about parents who seem to be terrified about the world outside their doors. Chalk this up to that.Speaking of China, looks ...

Dymaxion World: Tab-clearing, Oct 18 2010

Boy, Europe and America’s inability to make nice with Turkey is world-historical stupid.“China must tax carbon”. Of course, once China does that we’ll find another reason to do nothing.I have, on occasion, spouted off about parents who seem to be terrified about the world outside their doors. Chalk this up to that.Speaking of China, looks ...

Dymaxion World: Tab-clearing, Oct 18 2010

Boy, Europe and America’s inability to make nice with Turkey is world-historical stupid.“China must tax carbon”. Of course, once China does that we’ll find another reason to do nothing.I have, on occasion, spouted off about parents who seem to be terrified about the world outside their doors. Chalk this up to that.Speaking of China, looks ...

Dymaxion World: Will Robots take our jobs? Probably

A decent short piece in Good Magazine makes the argument that the middle class is basically doomed from a combination of automation and offshoring, with automation (and personal robotics in particular) posing a growing threat to the service jobs we’ve tried to insulate from offshoring: Here’s the thing, though: The erosion of the middle class ...

Dymaxion World: Will Robots take our jobs? Probably

A decent short piece in Good Magazine makes the argument that the middle class is basically doomed from a combination of automation and offshoring, with automation (and personal robotics in particular) posing a growing threat to the service jobs we’ve tried to insulate from offshoring: Here’s the thing, though: The erosion of the middle class ...

Dymaxion World: Will Robots take our jobs? Probably

A decent short piece in Good Magazine makes the argument that the middle class is basically doomed from a combination of automation and offshoring, with automation (and personal robotics in particular) posing a growing threat to the service jobs we’ve tried to insulate from offshoring: Here’s the thing, though: The erosion of the middle class ...

DTK: Erin Larson: Apologies in Advance

I wanted to make this apology in advance, on behalf of the biggest jackasses on my side of the gender divide. But I’m just a tad late. I wanted to apologize for the sexual slurs that are about to come your way. I used to think feminism had gone overboard, that some women had taken ...

DTK: Erin Larson: Apologies in Advance

I wanted to make this apology in advance, on behalf of the biggest jackasses on my side of the gender divide. But I’m just a tad late. I wanted to apologize for the sexual slurs that are about to come your way. I used to think feminism had gone overboard, that some women had taken ...

DTK: Erin Larson: Apologies in Advance

I wanted to make this apology in advance, on behalf of the biggest jackasses on my side of the gender divide. But I’m just a tad late. I wanted to apologize for the sexual slurs that are about to come your way. I used to think feminism had gone overboard, that some women had taken ...

Activists reunite — sort of!

Almost a quarter-century ago, Mitch Diamantopoulos, Margaret Kovach and I were student activists at the University of Regina. We helped to organize the student response to the education cuts implemented by Grant Devine’s regime and we participated in organizing the “If you love this province” demonstration of the late 80′s. It is on record as ...

Nunc Scio: A thing I done did do. About universities.

As many of you may know/be unaware of/not care about, I work in  the area of higher education policy. I’ve also recently begun a PhD on this very subject (studying universities at university is the most meta degree EVER). So, I find myself with a lot of higher ed related thoughts which gradually pool over ...

Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: All eyes on Naheed Nenshi

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 will be Calgary’s 36th mayor’s day, and his/her time to shine and to celebrate his/her victory. However, October 18th, which is election day, will truly be Naheed Nenshi’s day, win or lose. Nenshi has come a long way from being a low polling candidate overshadowed by Ric McIver and Barb Higgins, ...

Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: All eyes on Naheed Nenshi

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 will be Calgary’s 36th mayor’s day, and his/her time to shine and to celebrate his/her victory. However, October 18th, which is election day, will truly be Naheed Nenshi’s day, win or lose. Nenshi has come a long way from being a low polling candidate overshadowed by Ric McIver and Barb Higgins, ...

Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: All eyes on Naheed Nenshi

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 will be Calgary’s 36th mayor’s day, and his/her time to shine and to celebrate his/her victory. However, October 18th, which is election day, will truly be Naheed Nenshi’s day, win or lose. Nenshi has come a long way from being a low polling candidate overshadowed by Ric McIver and Barb Higgins, ...

BC Liberals outraged that NDP supporters might participate in recall campaigns

My first response is “so what?!” Remember the then activist, Kevin Falcon, as part of a so-called grassroots movement to unseat a number of NDP MLA’s in 1997? He was one of the ring leaders behind the recall efforts in 1997 and eventually became a powerful and influential MLA and cabinet minister. The experts predicted ...

Why Angelina’s Film is Likely to Cause Offense

Last week, celebrity gossip news made the mainstream with the announcement that the Bosnian government was revoking permission for Angelina Jolie’s new film project. Originally sold to the government as a “love story” about “a couple that meets on the eve of the war”, controversy has erupted with rumours that the film is actually about ...

Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: Age of McIver? Higgins’s Era? Nenshi’s Legacy?

Most Calgarians are certain that come October 18th, 2010, the city will be electing a mayor that will stay on at least for the next decade. Unless we have some short term mayors like Algers or Hartman, we can expect our new mayor will reign at least until 2019. Who will it be? We’ve come ...