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As far as the Qatar blockade goes, I think we all know the real target: Al Jazeera.

Tony Burman lays out that case:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/06/17/gulf-blockade-target-isnt-qatar-its-al-jazeera-burman.html
dewline: (canadian media)
Courtesy of the Toronto Star:



Something to strive for.
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James Laxer goes into some detail into where he thinks DT-45 is headed. His suspicions don't bode well for international law. Even assuming that he's right about said plans going beyond just blowing up the whole infrastructure with a definite goal in mind.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/02/21/the-trump-bannon-new-global-order-league-of-the-three-empires.html

Interesting that Prof. Laxer's got a blog of his own.
dewline: (Grief)
He got me thinking about religion and spirituality in different ways.

And now he's gone.
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..and I'm still alive. I'm still in Ottawa-Gatineau, which still exists in a still-independent Canada. For now.

I can make no guarantees about the future of myself, my cities and my country, of course. Not at the moment. But if there's a way for me to contribute to the survival of all three, I hope to be able to act on knowing it. If that reads as needlessly apocalyptic, I apologize in hope to everyone reading these words past at least 2018.

I note with some continuing interest in labour issues an interview with Unifor President Jerry Dias in yesterday's Toronto Star. Interest, and some hope, as I think we're not done with the issues Dias refers to just yet, in Canada or elsewhere. There are improvements that can be made to increase the satisfaction of workers and shareholders alike.

Also from the same newspaper, an article on the state of books and bookstores, in Canada and elsewhere that leaves me with some hope for the future of that business. I would be somewhat content to find myself as a staff person in a bookstore in the near future. I doubt that I'd like everything the work involves, but that's a peril of any line work. I could still console myself easily with being a productive person by helping others learn and be entertained. And if anyone wants to make the attempt in Ottawa east of the Greenbelt, let me know? The bus connections within this part of the city aren't perfect, but the price of bus passes is getting better for me.

Today's plans involve laundry, listening to The Sunday Edition and Cross-Country Checkup on CBC Radio One, and maybe some other chores as well. More as it develops, I'm sure.

dewline: (education)
A confession: I own Samsung products.

My two most-recently purchased cellphones - both second-hand - as well as a monitor currently attached to my MacBook Pro, were all made for Samsung to put their brand name on.

So there's a direct personal connection to this Toronto Star article on worker safety at their plants in South Korea.

First off, I object to the idea that trade secrets - real or alleged by the company involved - are worth employees' lives in this sort of context.

Second, there's a sense of blood on my hands as a customer and user of their products. Because of the secrecy practiced as described in the article, because of my lack of effort to research workers' conditions (for any reason/excuse), because of my lack of ability to afford anything more ethically made...

...and I've recently learned that there's cell-phones more ethically made to be had. Or so I hope. Further investigation would be helpful in order to reassure a lot of potential customers, I suspect. Fairphone looks like it has promise. If I do manage to get one, though, it too will likely have to be second-hand, at least for now.

And if Fairphone's success is achieved and well-earned, maybe the competition will get the right hint from that.

Meantime, I have to live with and use what I've bought as it was made. And if anyone suggests that I should just shut up (and stay complicit) or walk away from technology altogether, they can just stuff themselves.
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Anyone? Am I alone in thinking Mr. Vrooman's got a point that makes sense?
dewline: (celebration)
On a more important note...

A front page to love

That this should be published on International Human Rights Day? Icing on the cake!
dewline: (Books)
Saddened by the news of Haroun Siddiqui's retirement as a columnist for the Toronto Star. Granted that Mr. Siddiqui's promised a book or two, but having those thrice-weekly doses of opinions that often made sense, even when I disagreed with him...well, I'll miss those.
dewline: (canadian media)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] dewline at Is our Drama and Comedy TOO Clean?
Rick Salutin provides us with the question.

dewline: (compliment)
I don't live in Toronto...but I still get a bit of purely unjustifiable and vicarious pride-thrill from knowing someone thinks of any city in my country in this way.

And really, we know the place has its flaws, and it still tops the list anyway. Which shows that people who live and work there - some of whom are reading this right now, so good on you! - are doing the best they can to keep making Toronto a better place regardless of whether it's the best place to live and work, or perceived as such.

This is a good thing to see. And a good spur to the ambitions of others.

Thanks, Toronto!

dewline: (empathy-2)
An understandable reaction on Mr. Salutin's part, yes?

dewline: (investigation)
Posting this to remind myself for future Spacing Ottawa projects. Thanks to Christopher Hume and the Toronto Star.

dewline: (Books)
Thought some of you might be interested.

dewline: (Sketching)
Rick Salutin's thoughts on empires. Which we don't seem quite able to shake yet, even though we probably should.

dewline: (canadian media)
So Joe Fiorito wrote an opinion piece for the Toronto Star a few days ago. He was moved by the state of politics as he currently sees it, and I cannot fault him in his perceptions. It may be that the lack of participation by larger numbers of Canadians in our own nation's politics has a role in bringing about what he abhors. There are likely other factors involved as well.

Meanwhile, some closing thoughts of his on Canada's pending 2015 federal election struck a chord with me. Six things that he considers desirable in a political party, in candidates for public office, that I will quote for your consideration:

"I will vote for any party that supports stable and generous funding for the national public broadcaster.

I will vote for any party that will commit to developing public policy based on evidence rather than ideology.

I will vote for any party in support of fully funded, forward-thinking health care.

I will vote for any party with a plan for national public daycare, a national housing strategy, a national harm reduction strategy, a guaranteed annual income, enhanced safety in the workplace, and status of the artist legislation.

I will also vote for any party that puts green energy research ahead of oil-and-gas research.

And...I will vote for any party that restores door-to-door mail delivery."


One major caveat: I'm not sure about "Status of the artist" legislation despite my continuing ambitions to be a full-time writer and illustrator. It would be good to have a much better sense of what that will entail.

As to the rest of it, I hope that I can find such a party to support. I suspect that I have, but a certain degree of skepticism is useful at times.
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Some of you might find this fun and useful...but mostly fun.

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