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Oh No Canada! Six Easy Ways to Crush Free Expression

Oh No Canada! Six Easy Ways to Crush Free Expression

Oh No Canada! Six Easy Ways to Crush Free Expression +Franke James documents her experience with Harperialist censorship and suppression. I'm hopeful that today Canadians will vote for a change. It’s all too easy. Mix maniacal message control, far-reaching power, and the politics of hate all together and you have an industrial machine that crushes free expression — and then sweeps up after itself to cover its tracks. The Harper government targets anyone who thinks differently from them — and has the nerve to express those ideas. The Six Easy Ways is artwork I’ve created based on my experience of being blacklisted, monitored and censored by the Harper Government in 2011. Prior to that life-changing discovery, I took my right …more» 

A Tribe Called Red’s Burn Your Village To The Ground

A Tribe Called Red's Burn Your Village To The Ground

A Tribe Called Red’s Burn Your Village To The Ground Its most notable feature is a sample from the film “Addams Family Values.” … She reminds a stunned audience about what really happened to America’s indigenous population after the pilgrims arrived. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/11/27/a-tribe-called-red-thanksgiving_n_6233902.html A Tribe Called Red – Burn Your Village To The Ground This was posted on Google+

Peak Resources on a finite world

Peak Resources on a finite world

Peak Resources on a finite world Many are aware of Peak Oil, the point at which depletion of limited fossil fuel resources outpaces discovery and production. Our industrial consumer capitalist civilization is just as dependent upon the continued availability of a wide range of other natural resources, notably a number of widely used but increasingly rare elements. We may never completely exhaust all reserves of some endangered resource but the rising costs of extraction and diminishing returns on investment and energy expended will put an end to its use for anything but our most crucial needs. Sooner or later, our industrial consumer capitalist civilization will end. It may happen relatively quick collapse as a result of an existential climate crisis fueled by continued …more» 

How the climate crisis can change Canada for the better

How the climate crisis can change Canada for the better

How the climate crisis can change Canada for the better The Leap Manifesto, bolder than anything on offer from the major federal political parties, lays out an alternative vision that would get us to 100 per cent renewable electricity within two decades — while building a fairer, more humane society in the process. … [A] march can only convey slogans, not specifics. And specifics is what we need if Canadians are going to move beyond a decade of relentless Conservative messaging telling us we need to choose between protecting the environment and having a strong economy. Which is where The Leap Manifesto comes in. It begins to get into the nitty-gritty of how we get from where we are, to …more» 

The Leap Manifesto

The Leap Manifesto

The Leap Manifesto We could live in a country powered entirely by truly just renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities. We know that the time for this great transition is short. Climate scientists have told us that this is the decade to take decisive action to prevent catastrophic global warming. That means small steps will no longer get …more» 

Mrs. Universe 2015 calls for First Nations to vote out Harper

Mrs. Universe 2015 calls for First Nations to vote out Harper

Mrs. Universe 2015 calls for First Nations to vote out Harper Canada’s Ashley Callingbull made history after becoming the first First Nations woman to be crowned Mrs. Universe over the weekend and is now urging First Nations people to vote Stephen Harper out of office. “I urge all First Nations people in Canada to vote in this upcoming election,” Callingbull tweeted on Monday. “We are in desperate need of a new PM. Fight for your rights.” http://globalnews.ca/news/2198066/mrs-universe-2015-ashley-callingbull-calls-for-first-nations-to-vote-out-harper This was posted on Google+

Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance

Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance

Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance Bookchin opposed the ideas and practices of the emerging environmentalist movements, accusing them of advocating mere “technical fixes” of capitalism, counter-posing it to an ecological approach that seeks to address the root causes of the systemic problem. In his view, capitalism’s fatal flaw lay not in its exploitation of the working class, as Marxists believe, but rather in its conflict with the natural environment which, if allowed to develop unopposed, would inevitably lead to the dehumanization of people and the destruction of nature. … In the late 1970s, while Bookchin was struggling to gain recognition for the value and importance of his theory of social ecology in the US, an entirely different struggle was …more» 

The Great Grief: How To Cope with Losing Our World

The Great Grief: How To Cope with Losing Our World

The Great Grief: How To Cope with Losing Our World Across different populations, psychological researchers have documented a long list of mental health consequences of climate change: trauma, shock, stress, anxiety, depression, complicated grief, strains on social relationships, substance abuse, sense of hopelessness, fatalism, resignation, loss of autonomy and sense of control, as well as a loss of personal and occupational identity. This more-than-personal sadness is what I call the “Great Grief”—a feeling that rises in us as if from the Earth itself. … Every piece of climate news increasingly comes with a sense of dread: is it too late to turn around? … To cope with losing our world requires us to descend through the anger into mourning and …more» 

Harper’s 10 Year War on First Nations

Harper’s 10 Year War on First Nations

Harper’s 10 Year War on First Nations In ten short years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has set the relationship with First Nations back a hundred years. While all past governments have had a hand in the colonization and oppression of First Nations, the Harper government stands out as one of the most racist and aggressive governments that First Nations have had to work with in many generations. His government’s pattern of victim-blaming, racist stereotyping, and using misinformation to vilify First Nations leaders in the media has led even the most reserved voices at the United Nations to conclude that Harper’s actions have put “social peace” at risk. … Why does this matter to Canadians? Because First Nations are Canada’s …more» 

Indifference is a power

Indifference is a power

Indifference is a power As legions of warriors and prisoners can attest, Stoicism is not grim resolve but a way to wrest happiness from adversity Even though Stoicism is far more accessible, not only does it lack the exotic mystique of Eastern practice; it’s also regarded as a philosophy of merely breaking even while remaining determinedly impassive. What this attitude ignores is the promise proffered by Stoicism of lasting transcendence and imperturbable tranquility. … The truth is, indifference really is a power, selectively applied, and living in such a way is not only eminently possible, with a conscious adoption of certain attitudes, but facilitates a freer, more expansive, more adventurous mode of living. Joy and grief are still there, along …more»