My Canada Includes Justice: Get on side.

Remind Stephen Harper that we live in a democracy! A decisive majority believes that American Iraq-war resisters should be allowed to stay in Canada. A majority in the House of Commons voted to allow them to stay as well. And Harper said himself (on April 13, 2005), “The Prime Minister has the moral responsibility to ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Get on side.

Remind Stephen Harper that we live in a democracy! A decisive majority believes that American Iraq-war resisters should be allowed to stay in Canada. A majority in the House of Commons voted to allow them to stay as well. And Harper said himself (on April 13, 2005), “The Prime Minister has the moral responsibility to ...

redjenny: Post-Civilization

Post-Civ! A brief philosophical and political introduction to the concept of post-civilization is an interesting read. Post-civilized thought is based on three simple premises: 1 – This civilization is, from its foundation, unsustainable. It probably cannot be salvaged, and, what’s more, it would be undesirable to do so.2 – It is neither possible, nor desirable, ...

redjenny: Post-Civilization

Post-Civ! A brief philosophical and political introduction to the concept of post-civilization is an interesting read. Post-civilized thought is based on three simple premises: 1 – This civilization is, from its foundation, unsustainable. It probably cannot be salvaged, and, what’s more, it would be undesirable to do so.2 – It is neither possible, nor desirable, ...

redjenny: Post-Civilization

Post-Civ! A brief philosophical and political introduction to the concept of post-civilization is an interesting read. Post-civilized thought is based on three simple premises: 1 – This civilization is, from its foundation, unsustainable. It probably cannot be salvaged, and, what’s more, it would be undesirable to do so.2 – It is neither possible, nor desirable, ...

redjenny: ‘Tent cities’ of homeless on the rise across the US

Homeless encampments dubbed “tent cities” are springing up across the US, partly in response to soaring numbers of home repossessions, the credit crunch and rising unemployment, according to a report. Homelessness, car camps and tent cities are certainly not new, but they are growing rapidly. In Reno, Nevada, the state with the nation’s highest repossessions ...

redjenny: ‘Tent cities’ of homeless on the rise across the US

Homeless encampments dubbed “tent cities” are springing up across the US, partly in response to soaring numbers of home repossessions, the credit crunch and rising unemployment, according to a report. Homelessness, car camps and tent cities are certainly not new, but they are growing rapidly. In Reno, Nevada, the state with the nation’s highest repossessions ...

redjenny: ‘Tent cities’ of homeless on the rise across the US

Homeless encampments dubbed “tent cities” are springing up across the US, partly in response to soaring numbers of home repossessions, the credit crunch and rising unemployment, according to a report. Homelessness, car camps and tent cities are certainly not new, but they are growing rapidly. In Reno, Nevada, the state with the nation’s highest repossessions ...

local values trump john tory ambitions

Yesterday’s by-election has demonstrated the power and the importance of local and grassroots politics. Unlike the former riding of Dufferin-Grey-Wellington-Peel (now Dufferin-Caledon), which has been used in the past by many Conservative leaders (including Tory himself) as a surrogate riding, the residents of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock have voted loud and clear that they will not be ...

redjenny: Great Depression Cooking with Clara

Celebrity cooking is HOT and, lately, so is the Great Depression. 93 year old Clara reminisces about the Depression while showcasing cheap, nourishing food. I love this online cooking show. Maybe it’s because I’m a big fan of history, food, frugality, and stories. Here she makes “Poorman’s meal” which is potatoes with hotdogs (her grandkids ...

My Canada Includes Justice: I hate you all.

Yes, that’s me at the wheel of a Hummer. And if you look closely, I am showing you some disrespect with a hand gesture. Not that it’s needed! By driving one of these things, you are basically saying, “Fuck the environment, and fuck YOU”.Who the hell drives these things? It’s 2009. There’s talk about whether ...

My Canada Includes Justice: I hate you all.

Yes, that’s me at the wheel of a Hummer. And if you look closely, I am showing you some disrespect with a hand gesture. Not that it’s needed! By driving one of these things, you are basically saying, “Fuck the environment, and fuck YOU”.Who the hell drives these things? It’s 2009. There’s talk about whether ...

My Canada Includes Justice: I hate you all.

Yes, that’s me at the wheel of a Hummer. And if you look closely, I am showing you some disrespect with a hand gesture. Not that it’s needed! By driving one of these things, you are basically saying, “Fuck the environment, and fuck YOU”.Who the hell drives these things? It’s 2009. There’s talk about whether ...

redjenny: Sharing Work and Food – Imagine That

Here’s an article by Wayne Roberts of the Toronto Food Policy Council, quoted in full because I don’t know how to link to it on Facebook. SHARING WORK AND FOOD CREATES AN UPSIDE TO THE ECONOMIC DOWN BY Wayne Roberts Unlike most people, Thomas Homer-Dixon doesn’t think today’s world economic crisis is very complicated. He ...

redjenny: BBC’s The Big Read top 100 books

A friend passed this on. She says the BBC believes the average person will only have read 6 books from this list. At least 6 of these I had to read for school. It is definitely a British list but there are several important books on it. 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen 2 ...

Jacked Up: Open and Accountable to who?

Because after promising openness and accountability, as well as strong leadership, I haven’t seen any of the above from Harper’s Conservative government. Apparently, neither have the federal watchdogs.

Jacked Up: Harper Spreading Democracy… ?!

So the Harper government is creating an agency that will help spread democracy abroad. Good for them, fledgling democracies do need all the help they can get in getting established. My problem though is that this is coming from Harper, a man who doesn’t even know the definition of democracy. Now i’m not even talking ...

redjenny: Worst Headline Ever

If there were an annual worst headline award, The Sun would probably win pretty much every year. Today’s paper screamed “‘Enormous’ fraud at City Hall”It makes it sound as though the city council or mayor has been caught doing something corrupt or fraudulent. Reading the article, one finds out there were 9 civil servants (working ...

an ethnic, big-city, liberal canadian in small town conservative USA

Canadians are filled with optimism and excitement in anticipation of the visit by non other than the grand-pumba himself, U.S. President Barack Obama. Many Americans across the United States are filled with optimism and hope that their new President is going to shoot down a beam of light from political heaven to solve the country’s ...

Jacked Up: Duffy’s time in senate has been a grotesque scene.

Now I’ve always known that Stephen Harper was lacking when it came to foresight. His in-action on environment, denial of a recession etc are all good enough indicators that he’s more concerned with immediate political gain than he is about actually analyzing a situation and contemplating the possible outcomes of his decisions. Mike Duffy is ...

Jacked Up: The Arts

So according to the 2001 census as reported today by CBC radio one, the average earnings for someone who made their living from the arts was $22,000 dollars annually. Not only that, but since then it has decreased by a third, to $14,000 dollars per year. These figures are even taking into account that one ...

Jacked Up: The end of Conservatism

That’s what Andrew Coyne wrote about today. Basically he said that the Harper governments decision to spend so much and go into a deficit is the last straw, and that they now have failed to uphold any fiscal Conservative values. All of which could have been a lot less serious had Harper focused more on ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Ephemera and the National Memory

I continue to be concerned with what I once called digital cultural amnesia. Though in reflecting on the word “amnesia” I no longer think it’s the best way to express the problem. Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library, writes about the phenomenon in The Observer. Too many of us suffer from a condition ...

The Audacity of Hope

The extraordinary David Brooks, a must read of mine, describes some of the big plans that Obama has in store for the near future. They’re both audacious, and hopeful. Let no one say that Obama doesn’t deliver the style of Presidency he promised 2 years ago (well, at least the audacity of hope part)….

The "Business" of Development?

Amanda Henry muses on the issue of whether development work should be turned into a business, or whether it should remain a charitable, largely selfless activity. (Amanda also calls herself a “starry-eyed idealist” which I think does not do herself justice: an idealist she may be, but anyone willing to admit complete uncertainty because of ...