“When everything has been globalised except our consent, corporations fill the void. In a system that governments have shown no interest in reforming, global power is often scarcely distinguishable from corporate power. It is exercised through backroom deals between bureaucrats and lobbyists.”—
“Below are the screenshots. The participants are as follows: Bart Tremblay: a non-elected student involved with the association for the Arts faculty Alexandre Giroux: On the board of directors of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, and VP Social for the Science Student Association Alex Larochelle: VP Social for the Criminology Student Association Pat Marquis: VP Social of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa Michel Fournier-Simard: VP Social for the Political Science and International developement Association”—
“And so I have some questions about how the chief and the force have performed in this investigation. These are mostly overshadowed in the public debate by my concerns about how the mayor and his brother have performed, in their jobs and otherwise. But the way in which we’ve come to know so much about the mayor may be unsettling to me.”—
Ed Keenan pinpoints one of the most uncomfortable dynamics underlying this whole Blair-vs.-Ford shitshow: is our disgust with the brothers so profound, and so complete, that we’re prepared to sign off on getting rid of them By Any Means Necessary?Whatever It Takes? That’s an express ride to End-Justifies-The-Meansville.
Rather than “reaching out” to Canadians, political parties have been busy dividing the population into likely and unlikely voters; lists of friends and enemies. They now have the technology and the databases to do that sorting in an extremely sophisticated way.
It’s resulted in a world of absolutes, where you’re either 100 per cent right or 100 per cent wrong. The conversation, if it can be called that, consists of people yelling past each other and drive-by insults to the intelligence of anyone who doesn’t agree entirely with the team.
Who wants to live that way? Are we surprised that so few Canadians want to join political parties — or even listen to them?
“Problem: when the “biggest achievement” that you cite in three years as a councillor is that you donated some cash, then you are not particularly good at your job. Because you are not elected to dispense donations from your personal wealth, but to tackle systematic issues with the tools of policy and persuasion available to you via your office.”—
In response, I’d suggest this (from a comment on the original link):
As usual, Ed, you’re right. Somewhere in what passes for his brain, there was probably some form of calculation behind this morning’s hissyfit. And you’re also right in pointing out that it’s not right to give the putative mayor a pass on his ignorance and homophobia by just shrugging it off. And you also make a good point, and one that hadn’t occurred to me, when you argue that the continuing debate over this is, in itself, demeaning and insulting to our LGBT friends.
But it’s not being ignored or shrugged off. Anyone with more than a couple of brain cells has already rebuked him and then pushed him back into the irrelevance from which he’s desperately trying to escape. I just wonder what else is going on, since it’s so clearly a manufactured controversy. Clumsy misdirection isn’t his strong point either.
“There’s a fundamental divide at work here, pitting one side who sees through their proverbial windshield any imposition on the right to drive as a deviation from the norm, against those of us who’ve come to the realization that prioritizing private auto use above all other modes of transport is harmful to healthy city building.”—
In a very real sense, social optimization has replaced what used to be called search-engine optimization or SEO, and that means Facebook has replaced — or is close to replacing — Google as the subject of online publishers’ fevered hopes and dreams.
The biggest problem with this state of affairs, of course, is that publishers are just exchanging one master for another. In the end, they are just as subject to the whims and vagaries of Facebook and its changing algorithms as they were to Google — both are giant, proprietary platforms who ultimately have their own interests at heart, as much as they talk about how they benefit humanity.
And after all of these terrible interactions, all I saw materialize was a really sad dude, a man who was drunk more often than not, and always in the middle of an argument.
This is the picture of an Internet troll in real life: an unhappy, substance-abusing, violent, unemployed liar with no friends. I know this isn’t the story of every Internet troll, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the story of many of them.
“This is why Mr Obama calling inequality the “defining issue of our time” has moral resonance. It has nothing to do with the rabble envying Sub-Zero refrigerators. It is not about the iPhone/cheapo-cell phone gap. Inequality is problematic not because it makes some people jealous of others but because it effectively locks millions of people out of opportunities to improve their lives. Ms Anderson put it well: “To live in a low-crime, orderly, unpolluted neighborhood, free of run-down and abandoned property, graffiti-marred buildings, open drug dealing, prostitution, and gangs; to have access to public parks where one’s children can safely play, to well-maintained sidewalks and roads, to schools that offer an education good enough to qualify one for more than menial, dead-end jobs: how many cell phones and athletic shoes is that worth?””—
“… every group finds itself facing criticism, and ends up on the losing side of policy disputes, somewhere along the way; that’s democracy. The question is what happens next. Normal people take it in stride; even if they’re angry and bitter over political setbacks, they don’t cry persecution, compare their critics to Nazis and insist that the world revolves around their hurt feelings. But the rich are different from you and me.”—
“… it appears that Mr. Harper was intent on setting back the peace process, insulting the entire Arab world, making Canada persona non grata throughout the Middle East and angering the United States government which is trying desperately to convince Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to moderate his positions so as to kick-start negotiations.”—
“We take it more or less rightly as a given that people in finance will have generally right-leaning politics - low taxes, tight money, lax regulatory regimes. Basically traditional money Republicanism. But over the last few years (since 2008), I think there’s been a pretty dramatic growth in what we’d call Tea Party politics in that set - extreme conservatism that goes beyond hands off fiscal and regulatory policy, the kind of feverish mindset in which you could write with a straight face that progressives might be building toward some sort of mass wealth confiscation or internment or even extermination for the likes of Tom Perkins. It’s a problem. And Perkins is just getting our attention because his self-censor and/or editor failed him so miserably.”—
Infrastructure, broken water main, and maintenance | #TOpoli
So I’m walking the dog this morning and at the corner of Humber and Dovercourt there’s an overflowing geyser …
So I’m talking to the city guy, who’s trying to mark it off with orange hazard cones, and he’s calling it in and trying to get a repair crew out here, and they’re telling him, there isn’t one available right now, is it urgent? Can it wait? And he’s all like, are you fucking kidding me? Cutbacks, buddy.
OK, whatever. It’ll go on for as long as it goes on, and maybe another few sewers will get backed up, and a few basements will get flooded, and the road will turn into a slippery sheet of ice, and insurance rates will go up, but hey — we’re saving a few dollars a year on our taxes, right? Because all taxes are evil.
Reverse racism doesn't exist, because it's just racism, no matter who is doing it or who is the victim.
I guess I’m going to have to expand on my “reverse real" post because I keep getting this same message over and over again.
First, I would like to tell you a story. I have severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many of you know this. It affects me every second of my life. The discomfort and misery I feel is always with me, no matter how hard I try to ignore it. Unless you have this condition, it would be impossible to understand the levels of fatigue I can feel.
One time I was talking to a person and they were asking me about CFS. I tried my best to describe what it’s like and the challenges it posed in my life. To which they responded…
"Yeah, I get really tired sometimes. I know how you feel."
No. You. Don’t.
Not even close. I had to do everything in my power to keep from screaming.
Reverse racism and “racism towards whites” is an attempt for privileged people to say, “Yeah, we’re victims too. We know how you feel.”
No. You. Don’t.
You are trying to equate that one time a person of color made you feel bad with hundreds of years of systematic oppression? Really?
"But the dictionary defines racism as…" PLEASE STOP YOUR BRAIN RIGHT THERE.
Some dictionaries define something else as a bundle of sticks. Let’s not use the dictionary for this discussion.
The truth is, you are looking up the wrong definition. You need to be looking up oppression. In our society, it is systematic, meaning racism happens from the very tippie top of our government, to local government, to our police force, to our schools, to our neighborhoods. And if you look at all of the people in charge of these things, the majority of them seem to have rather pale complexions.
When a person of color gets angry, upset, or harsh towards white folks, it isn’t about the white race or culture. It is about our privilege. It is about how many of us take it for granted. How we refuse to acknowledge it. How when we get our feelings hurt, we say we are victims, just like them. That it’s the same for us.
I’ve been white for quite a long time. I can say for a fact that I’ve never had to worry about not being represented in the media. I don’t have to worry about not being considered for a job because my name seems too “ethnic.” Something I have personally heard an old boss of mine say, as he rejected a resume. I’ve been pulled over a few times by the police and not once have I been afraid. I can go to the store, buy skittles, and walk home without getting shot.
Sure, I don’t care for prejudice of any kind. But it’s really hard to blame people of color for being angry. For lashing out. It can certainly be taken too far… but please don’t call that racism. Don’t equate your hurt feelings with this systematic oppression.
“There’s also that immutable problem known as “human nature.” It has a name now: it’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect, which says, in sum, that the dumber you are, the more confident you are that you’re not actually dumb. And when you get invested in being aggressively dumb…well, the last thing you want to encounter are experts who disagree with you, and so you dismiss them in order to maintain your unreasonably high opinion of yourself. (There’s a lot of that loose on social media, especially.)”—
“Poor people, especially those of colour, are worth nothing to corporations and private contractors if they are on the street. In jails and prisons, however, they each can generate corporate revenues of $30,000 to $40,000 a year.”—
Let's stop calling them Men's Rights Activists. They're Rape Apologists
… if by MRAs you mean whiny-ass entitled losers who can’t handle the fact that their privilege is in question, so they have to come up with some victim narrative that blames women and feminism for all the ills of the world.
Because we all know how, throughout history and regardless of cultural background, women have used their strength, power and superior social and economic status to wound, bully, oppress and victimize Teh Menz. And how Teh Menz’ worth is judged solely on how useful or attractive they can make themselves to women, or how adept they are in satisfying women’s needs.
“Washington gridlock helps the super-rich stay rich, and get richer,” says Thomas Volscho, a sociologist at the City University of New York and one of the authors of the study. “And the richer they get, the more the gridlock actually helps them.”
The researchers looked back over 70 years of data, and found that the more dysfunctional Washington is, the bigger the share of the pie the top one percent tends to grab. And most importantly, they also found that when economic inequality is high, the kind of polarization and gridlock that have been the hallmark of Washington since Barack Obama’s election make legislative efforts to change course all-but-impossible.
“The fact that the biggest, most data-hungry companies in Silicon Valley joined up in a cynical effort to shift attention away from their own for-profit surveillance operations and blame it all on big bad government is to be expected. What’s surprising is just how many supposed journalists and so-called privacy advocates fell for it.”—The Psychological Dark Side of Gmail | Alternet
Five years after a global recession knocked the wind out of Canada’s labour market, throwing tens of thousands of workers onto the unemployment line and sidelining a generation of young workers, the compensation of Canada’s CEO elite continues to sail along.
By 1:11pm on January 2, the first official working day of the year, Canada’s top 100 CEOs have already pocketed $46,634 — what it takes most Canadians an entire year, working full-time, to earn.*