wmtc: why do we need to say black lives matter? a brief and partial history lesson

The African American experience in Los Angeles County, California: a brief and selected timeline of sorts.* From 1940-1960, thousands of African Americans migrated from Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, and other southern states to California, hoping to find decent jobs, affordable housing, and equality of opportunity. California was not quite as welcoming as advertised. Housing was strictly ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Noah Smith writes that far too many Americans (like people around the globe) face needless barriers to thinking, and suggests that the key public project of this century may be to remedy those problems: The biggest threat to clear-headedness comes from drugs. The twin epidemics of opioid-painkiller ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: pit bull: the battle over an american icon

If you have an opinion about pitbulls, chances are good that it’s based on myth, misinformation, and even disinformation. I know a good deal about dogs, and I thought I knew a lot about pitbulls, yet I was constantly amazed and enlightened by Bronwen Dickey’s Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon. Here are some ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Omar Khadr, and the Monster Stephen Harper

I've been having too much of a good time sailing and fishing in the north of Scotland to keep up with what has been happening in Canada.But everywhere I go, as soon as people find out I'm a Canadian, they can't wait to tell me how much they admire Justin Trudeau.And how they wish he ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Kate Aronoff writes that in addition to being a political loser, corporate-friendly centrism is extremely dangerous in allowing for far less than the effort we should be putting into fighting climate change. And Tess Riley reports on new research that only a hundred companies are responsible for ...

wmtc: a must-read if you’re responding to ignorance and bigotry about omar khadr’s settlement

In case everyone hasn’t seen this yet, written by someone named Ben Feral Selinger. July 6 Okay, I’m fucking sick of the idiocy and done with writing a diatribe every single time a friend posts about how they’re upset that Trudeau is giving a terrorist $10m. You people are…. wilfully ignorant and hypocritical. Here’s why. ...

Montreal Simon: Will Donald Trump Be The One Who Finishes Off Kellie Leitch?

As we all know, Kellie Leitch tried her best during the Con leadership race to make us believe that she was Canada's Donald or Donalda Trump.Denouncing the One-Percent even though she's one of them. And ranting and raving about immigrants and refugees.It didn't do her any good of course. She finished in sixth place, behind even Brad ...

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant and the Perfect Storm

I'm sure many of you have read the book, or seen the movie Ship of Fools. Well now get ready for Ezra Levant and his Ship of Bigots.Because the Rebel gang is setting sail again. And while the Rebel Commander is probably in desperate need of a sunny vacation. Most of all he needs the money.For he ...

Montreal Simon: The Abominable Cowardice of Andrew Scheer

This much we know about Andrew Scheer, the man who likes to call himself Stephen Harper Two, or Harper with a smile.We know he is a serious religious fanatic, who owes Brad Trost his new job.We know that his political philosophy is more Republican than Canadian.But who knew he was such an appalling coward?Read more ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Bigot Party and the Shame of Kellie Leitch

You might think that Kellie Leitch had embarrassed herself enough. Done what was left of her reputation enough damage.During the last election, her cultural barbarism show bombed so bad, the stench alone helped bring down the Harper regime. And the way her campaign for the Con leadership race went down in flames, after all that ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: the new jim crow by michelle alexander

When I first heard the incarceration of African Americans in the United States referred to as a “new Jim Crow,” I thought it must be hyperbole. So did Michelle Alexander, a fact she discloses in the introduction to her book. As Alexander researched the concept, the more she learned, the more she changed her mind. ...

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Grotesque International Embarrassment

For years Ezra Levant has disgraced himself, and disgusted decent people all over Canada, with his ugly professional bigotry, and his total lack of class.Or the way he begs for money all the time, like a screaming beggar.But now Levant and his hate mongering rag The Rebel have finally hit rock bottom. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Wanda Wyporska writes that growing inequality is primarily the result of political choices: If it seems ridiculous that 1,000 people work harder or offer more value than 40 per cent of the population, that’s because it is. This level of inequality isn’t natural or desirable, it’s not about ...

Montreal Simon: Horror Story: A Week At Sea With Ezra Levant

As you may know, Ezra Levant and his ratty Rebels like to organize Caribbean cruises every now and then.So the porky Rebel Commander can get a little sun, and milk a little more money out of his faithful supporters.And while I've written about them before, I've never read what it's like to actually be trapped ...

Montreal Simon: Horror Story: A Week At Sea With Ezra Levant

As you may know, Ezra Levant and his ratty Rebels like to organize Caribbean cruises every now and then.So the porky Rebel Commander can get a little sun, and milk a little more money out of his faithful supporters.And while I've written about them before, I've never read what it's like to actually be trapped ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Daniel Tencer reports on Pierre Kohler and Servaas Storm’s study showing that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement figures to cost jobs and wages in Canada and across Europe.  – Jim Tankersley explains the initial rise of the stock market since November’s U.S. election, while offering reason to ...

Montreal Simon: Milo Yiannopoulos and the Rebel Media Groupies

I have always despised Milo Yiannopoulos so much, I can barely write about him without feeling like throwing up.He is an alt-right clown, a grotesque misogynist, a bigot and a bully if ever there was one, a man who calls Donald Trump "Daddy."And from my personal perspective, the gay equivalent of an Uncle Tom.So I must ...

Montreal Simon: Milo Yiannopoulos and the Rebel Media Groupies

I have always despised Milo Yiannopoulos so much, I can barely write about him without feeling like throwing up.He is an alt-right clown, a grotesque misogynist, a bigot and a bully if ever there was one, a man who calls Donald Trump "Daddy."And from my personal perspective, the gay equivalent of an Uncle Tom.So I must ...

Montreal Simon: The Ezra Levant Horror Show and the Con Bigots

As you know, when I heard that Kellie Leitch had described Ezra Levant's latest bigot fest as a meeting of "severely normal people" I was naturally sceptical.For how could anyone call a meeting organized by Levant and his scummy Rebel gang, and starring four Con candidates, and the bloated homophobe Charles McVety, anything but a freak show? But then ...

Montreal Simon: The Ezra Levant Horror Show and the Con Bigots

As you know, when I heard that Kellie Leitch had described Ezra Levant's latest bigot fest as a meeting of "severely normal people" I was naturally sceptical.For how could anyone call a meeting organized by Levant and his scummy Rebel gang, and starring four Con candidates, and the bloated homophobe Charles McVety, anything but a freak show? But then ...

Politics and its Discontents: If You Can Name It, You Can Condemn It

It is bigotry, pure, simple and deeply ingrained: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: If You Can Name It, You Can Condemn It

It is bigotry, pure, simple and deeply ingrained: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant and the Con Bigot Show

It's hard to believe, it couldn't be more ugly, or less Canadian.But just two weeks after a white supremacist killed six Muslims in a Quebec City mosque, and wounded eight others.A group of Con leadership candidates attended a foul rally in Toronto last night to denounce a government motion aimed at doing more to fight Islamophobia.Read ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Sarah-Taïssir Bencharif discusses her experience facing prejudice against Muslims in Canada. But Ashifa Kassam reports on the growing public response to violence, as communities across the country formed “rings of peace” around mosques during their prayers on Friday. – Meanwhile, Maher Arar points out how Canada’s security state ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

Assorted content for your Friday reading. – Aditya Chakrabortty writes about the devastating combination of an urgent need for collective action on the key issues we face, and a deeply-entrenched political aversion to anything of the sort. And Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett highlight how the UK Cons are going out of their way to ...