Dead Wild Roses: Fundamentally Evil, but Hugely Profitable

As the cheery title of the post suggests we can see the one universal maxim that all of humanity can get behind in action – “greed is good”. “Trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery are big business generating profits estimated at $150 billion a year, the UN labour agency said Tuesday. The report by the International ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Inconceivable! His Dinner with Chomsky

Wallace Shawn sat down for a chat with Noam Chomsky, and here’s what they talked about – slightly abridged and loosely quoted (for clarification purposes) with links. It’s a great recharge for activists! Shawn – Many people are shocked to see the president is now a cruel, brutal, greedy type of a man, and this ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – On Slavery – Stephen Jay Gould

“I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops”                                                                                                                                             — Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History. Filed under: History Tagged: Gould, History, Racism, Slavery, The DWR ...

The Canadian Progressive: Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The U.S. has a history of racial violence against blacks and indigenous peoples. Now is the time to follow the example shown by Canada and South Africa, and begin a national process of truth and reconciliation. The post Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission appeared first ...

Dead Wild Roses: Refuse to Click – Your Preserving Humanity Public Service Announcement of the Day

Against human trafficking? Against slavery?  Necessarily, you must also be against pornography. Filed under: Education Tagged: Human Trafficking, Pornography, Slavery

Dead Wild Roses: Masters, Poor Whites, Poor Blacks – The Class Based Racial Divide

History – A tonic to aid in understanding the higgly-piggly we have today. Filed under: History Tagged: Histroy, Race, Racism, Slavery

A Puff of Absurdity: Diamond’s Collapse

A while back, Mound suggested I read Collapse by Jared Diamond, and I finally got to it. It’s a fascinating read particularly for anyone interested in ancient civilizations. Diamond explores what caused the destruction of various civilizations over the past couple millennia. What interested me, of course, is his final few chapters that clarify what ...

Cowichan Conversations: McDonalds Treating Foreign Workers Like Slaves

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger McDonalds, and several other Canadian firms are being investigated following reports of exploitation and abuse from victimized foreign workers. I have often wondered about the staff at many different fast food outlets who might have been brought in on the foreign worker program, but did not know if they were being scammed ...

The Misanthropic Bird: Guilty Indifference

This world is going up in flames, and nobody wanna take the blame. – Charles Bradley This years Oscars have come and gone, and each year becomes more forgettable in nearly the time it takes to broadcast, at least for me. But this year, one notable moment held my attention. Steve McQueen accepted the best ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Flag Waving

The twin-cities, Kitchener and Waterloo, have both decided to put a rainbow flag inside city hall for the duration of the Olympics rather than fly one outside the building. From The Record: [Coun. Frank] Etherington [who proposed the motion] was critical of the city’s flag solution. “My argument was (putting the flag inside) in no way ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Fear of the Worst Thing and First-World Anxiety

I just successfully transferred four years of family photos onto albums on-line that got shipped to my home as big colourful books. Then I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I was ever anxious about anything happening to my laptop because I’d be devastated to lose all my photos, and my dropbox is full.  Now ...

LeDaro: Brothels and Massage Parlours: Girls are bought for prostitution

America talks about spreading democracy and freeing women in Afghanistan. Why doesn’t the American Government do the same in their own country? The situation in Canada is not much different. The majority of these victims are Asians. Slavery continues to exist in some form or even worse than slavery. These girls are used and abused ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Can Animals Provoke Action?

Whenever I talk about atrocities around the world in class – slavery, oil spills, and the like, and I get the class to talk about what bothers them most or what most influences them to change, or get them to do a project on it, a good 70% of the class will focus on animals. ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Biblical Slavery

NonStampCollector enlightens us with the special case of slavery in the bible.  Feel the moral goodness flow. A great place to start if you need encouragement to stop drinking the religious Kool-aid.  From the video description – Whether you’re a believer or non-believer, when confronting bible slavery, don’t let anyone throw up this ridiculous smokescreen ...

Eclectic Lip: Norquist knee-capped by Koch-backed “Shift Disturbers”

Well, it looks like Grover Norquist’s support for a carbon tax shift last Monday (Nov 12) lasted as long as a mayfly.  By the time Tuesday (Nov 13) rolled around, he was back to opposing it, and likening government to a tapeworm. I suppose it’s a brave thing to say, considering that the highly-trained, armed ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Slavery approved by jesus, god etc.

I love the Bible.  I love christians who don’t actually take the time to read this heinous turd of bronze-age mendacity.  I extra-love christians who claim that there can be no morality without god.  Basing your morality on the dubious actions and pronouncements of a god-head who is self contradictory and malicious seems to be ...

Politics, Re-Spun: A Happy Birthday for Haiti

So I’ve just turned 45. What a sweet age! Instead of asking people to only bring a quirky 45rpm record to my party next month, I’d rather give people an opportunity to donate money to the Canadian Red Cross for Haitian earthquake relief. As many of you know, the case study in my master’s thesis ...

gay persons of color: Kenyan men trafficked as sex slaves for men in U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, and Qatar

According to a report in the December issue of the magazine Identity, young gay men from Kenya are being trafficked as sex slaves for men in Persian Gulf countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. One of the alleged victims “Paul,” who had been promised a job with Qatar Airways, ended up sufferring ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Lessons from the ancient Greek island of Delos

I had the chance to visit the amazing archeological site that consists of the entire Greek island of Delos. Beyond the aesthetic appeal of such a large, ancient, and naturally preserved city full of history, I was struck by how, despite the over two thousand year gap between their civilization and ours, many of the ...

Harper Valley: What is North America Truly Asking For?

The turbulence is growing….England, Greece, Spain….where’s next?  It could be our own backyards. This from Mohawk Clan Mother, Kahentenita Horn: Youth Riots – Ravenous Hunger for Freedom     MNN.  August 9, 2011.  People and animals don’t live or breed well in captivity, unless they think they are free.  Indigenous had mental, physical and spiritual freedoms.  Europeans were born into ...

The Disaffected Lib: Michelle Bachmann Now Says Slavery is "Horrible"

Gaping maw Repugnican Michelle Bachmann is racing to distance herself from a statement that said American blacks were better off back when they were in slavery.  Last week Bachmann was the first candidate to sign a religious group’s pledge that included this line: …sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to ...

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": This Is Where We Are Heading

Slavery isn’t just a historical oddity anymore. Companies are taking advantage of a poor job market to squeeze free labor out of our children. These companies are who the Conservatives and Liberals are working to promote and protect. People like this woman: Kelly Fallis, CEO of the web-based design firm Remote Stylist, says she’s had ...