Dead Wild Roses: On Echo Chambers and Epistemic Bubbles

Defending against the Echo Chamber effect is difficult as we naturally seek familiar points of view that reinforce our own.  Discourse has always been the key factor in helping people check their views against others and find the experts that they can put their confidence in.  Engaging with others, especially with differing points of view, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Are you a woman?

There are lots of problems with how most of society treats transgendered people. Trying to sort out how best to rectify this has lead to many unproductive clashes. A major disagreement centres around whether biologically male transgendered people are actually women. My question to the BioMaleTrans is this: Why do you think you’re a woman? ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why Not Kids part 5

Welcome to part 5 of my in depth exposition on why I don’t want to have children. I. Intro + Stage 1: Initial Shock II. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part A III. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part B IV. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part C V. Stage 3: The ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why Not Kids part 4

Welcome to part 4 of my in depth exposition on why I don’t want to have children. I. Intro + Stage 1: Initial Shock II. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part A III. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part B IV. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part C V. Stage 3: The ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why Not Kids part 3

Welcome to part 3 of my in depth exposition on why I don’t want to have children. I. Intro + Sage 1: Initial Shock II. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part A III. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part B IV. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part C V. Stage 3: The ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why Not Kids part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my in depth exposition on why I don’t want to have children. I. Intro + Sage 1: Initial Shock II. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part A III. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part B IV. Stage 2: The Demand for Answers part C V. Stage 3: The ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why Not Kids part 1

Being anti-woo and anti-religion, there are a plethora of conversations that I have over and over again. No, just because he/she/it is invisible does not make appeal to authority valid. Yes, you have to back up your claims with empirical evidence. No, your personal experience doesn’t count. Yes, billions of people can be wrong. However, there ...

Dead Wild Roses: When is Violence Acceptable in Society? – The Fascist/Antifa question.

    I am playing catch up with the recent dust-up around the choice of tactics used by Antifa in the United States in it’s struggle against the proto-fascist elements energized by the current Republican Administration led by Trump.  There are several sources in this brief overview, first from a academic journal to help with the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Relativism and Biological Facts – A snippet and Analysis

Another interesting snippet from the conversation over at VW’s:   Arbourist:  “Humans, like most mammals are sexually dimorphic.” VW:  This is a discriptive label we use in an attempt to best explain what represents the majority or general experience. That’s not my opinion – it’s a fact. Sexual dimorphism in humans is not a law, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Combating the Regressive Left – Tildeb Steps Up.

Post Modernism keeps coming up at the root of many debates on contentious issues.  Gender identity politics one of the area where the influence of post-modernism can be seen.   This quote from Tildeb on Violetwisp’s blog is part of his critique of a segment of the left side of the political spectrum what Tildeb calls ...

Dead Wild Roses: Fahrenheit 451 – The Trans Edition Part II – Books in Need of Banning

Well, quite the list if you happen to be interested in what Feminism is about.  Here is what the GAG group thinks should be forbidden in a library for Women.  Books to remove: Admission Accomplished – Jill Johnston -Against Sadomasochism – Robin R. Linden, Darlene R. Pagano, Diana E. Russell, Susan Leigh Star -Amazon Odyssey: ...

Dead Wild Roses: Womyn’s March Highlights Toxicity of Identity Politics

The idea that feminism is the movement to liberate women from patriarchy (a notion lost to much of the befuddled third-wave) is finally beginning to (re)gain some traction as more women see what the unctuous morass of neo-liberal identity politics inflicts upon their mass movement. “It saddens me to see the inclusive liberal feminism I ...

Dead Wild Roses: Liberals and Egalitarians… :)

Whoa…   Filed under: Debate Tagged: Equality, Humour, memeage, Radical Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Moment that Happens While Debating the Religious…

Very similar to debating dudes who can’t get their brains around the notion that patriarchy exists. Filed under: Religion Tagged: Debate, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: The Srsly Wrong Debate Club: Reflections

A self-deprecating take on the club’s purpose For a while now I’ve been a member of the Srsly WrongDebate Club on Facebook. It was Created by podcastersShawn Vuillez & Aaron Moritz as a place for fun, but also rational, debate. The debate page is an extension ofShawn and Aaron’s podcast which addresses a widerange of topics in a semi-irreverent ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Regressive Left and Islam

A good talk on some of the problems facing people who wish to debate sensitive topics in society.     “No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity. And what I mean by that is that no idea in Islam, like any other religion and any other philosophy and political thought and creed, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Solnit – Who Can’t Take Jokes?

    You can watch Rebecca’s insight in action right here folks on this very blog.  Watch how, when things don’t go their way. the fire-works begin – personal attacks, insults, hyperbole, all with a heavy dose of condescending mansplination.   “But seriously, you know who can’t take a joke? White guys. Not if it implicates ...

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: The Mutually Unintelligibility of Right & Left

Recently a friend of mine on Facebook was asking why conservatives seemed to misunderstand a key aspect ofliberalism. The question was, and is, an interesting one. And it led me back to a field of study I first encountered inuniversity and have run across from time to time since then. Specifically I am referring to ...

Scripturient: The Republican Conspiracy

CNBC GOP Debate: The Sh*tshow Version Last night’s debate was a total sh*tshow. Posted by The Huffington Post on Thursday, October 29, 2015 I realized only after watching this edited video that the activity of the so-called Republican candidates’ debate was not simply the circus it seemed from the outset; it was actually a conspiracy. A cunning, well-laid conspiracy. ...

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: The Pirate Party’s Live Blog of the Debate

Not having received an invitation to participate in the Globe Economy Debate (assumably lost in the postal system) thePirate Party of Canada decided to live blog their own answers to the questions asked. The following is the transcripttaken from the party website. Question 1: JobsCanada is facing structural, rather than cyclical change. Do you have ajob plan, beyond taking ...

Dead Wild Roses: Correlation and Causation – Things one should know.

Well, it never hurts to reinforce an important concept, especially one that many people miss or gloss over when the argumentative fur starts flying. Filed under: Education, Science Tagged: Debate, How things work., Science

Trashy's World: Raising the bar

Trudeau’s closing remarks last night summed up what I have been saying for many years – the bar can be raised. Canadians don’t have to settle for a bar that is touching the ground. Harper has placed that bar so low on so many fronts: foreign affairs, the environment, fiscal policy… The list goes on.  ...

Trashy's World: The only real downer over my holidays…

…was when my 8 year old son asked who else has been Prime Minister in his lifetime. And we had to say that Harper has been the only one. My wife and I want our son- and two other kids- to have a Prime Minister that cares more about this country and its people than ...

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: An Update on ‘100 Remedies for a Broken Democracy’

As a wrote before I really like the idea behind this website. New ideas continue to flow in every day. I thought I’d take a second to focus on what ideas for electoral reform have been proposed. Proposals are listed from oldest to newest (to be fair) with the original title. Proportional Representation!Ranked Ballots for ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Responsibility of Free Speech

In January, 2015, Marie Snyder, on her blog, A Puff of Absurdity, raised the question of how free should speech be. I share her concerns about the apparent limitlessness of our rights: our right to free speech is not matched to any inherent responsibilities, civic or moral, to behave in a mature manner, nor does ...