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Why am I not comforted by this news?

Not a great way to start my morning. Or anyone else's, I suspect.
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One: tonight's Doctor Who is an argument for labour unions if ever I've watched it.

Two: pleased by the Sens' game one results.
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Good morning, and good luck.

As we consider how to spend what we can of today that's not set aside for anything else on this International Women's Day, here's an opinion piece filed with CBC News by Rosemary Westwood for our shared consideration:
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[personal profile] siderea pointed out an article on Politico by Molly McKew that is giving me the shivers: that Putin's goal - one of them - might be to push our several nations into reshaping ourselves from within to become more like his version of what Russia is or should be. To abandon our own doctrine and traditions as nations. And in the process, undermine our abilities to depend on one another as nations, as peoples...

It's a disturbing thought. And therefore it has merit worth pursuing. Because if the theory's right, then we can counter the strategy it details, and moreover, we should.

It's putting me in mind of several opinion pieces in various corners of several news services, which taken in concert - allowing for their contradictions of one another - might give Canada some means - beginning with inspiration, but hopefully not ending there - with which to help reweave international human society into something more durable for the decades to come.

Of course, whether we recognize those tools for what they are, the possibility that we might do so at all makes Canadian society one more target for Putin's campaign against the idea of a global civil society.

Recognize this: NATO, EU, NORAD...they're the near-term targets. Long-term, it's the UN and its web of satellite institutions as well and the ideals they embody. Why else pull away from the International Criminal Court?

For that matter, we might see the efforts of the political parties making up the ranks of the International Democrat Union in a similar light. But for their competing ambitions, Putin's United Russia Party might well have ended up a member of the IDU.

There are some who see Justin Trudeau as "the last major progressive leader standing", Aaron Wherry among them. I don't know that I agree with that, given Angela Merkel's continued presence despite being seen as a conservative in German circles per Wherry's opinion piece. But certainly, he's seen as a key, by Joe Biden among others.

Some of those others also see Canada as currently being the freest of societies on the planet. Whether you take the admittedly-flattering article on Upworthy at its given word on the subject, and acknowledging Canada's existing, long-standing flaws, it's one more reason why we might be positioned to make a positive difference in this world.

I'm not sure how much further to take this train of thought at the moment, and I'd originally meant to study several kinds of software as part of my ongoing job search. So, I'm going to open the microphone up.
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...should have this document as its guide.

Noting the fact that Human Rights Day comes 'round again tomorrow...
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International Day of the Girl. Ada Lovelace Day (as computer tech historians will tell you). In the USA, it's apparently National Coming Out Day per

Busy day.
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Specifically Windswept by Adam Rakunas. Thanks to [ profile] james_nicoll for drawing my attention to it by reviewing its sequel and suggesting to start with Windswept and go to Like a Boss from there. Turns out the Ottawa Library has a couple of copies of Windswept in the circulating collection, so I was able to get a look for myself. Glad I did.

FYI: The reason I include "labour dispute" and "human rights" among the tags for this entry is because of themes in both novels.
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We had a bit of a blow-up at a press conference here in Ottawa last week involving Global Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and mainland China's Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi with iPolitics reporter Amanda Connolly. Something to do with whose idea of proper behaviour on the part of reporters should dominate press conferences held in Canada.

In my opinion: one of the more insightful commentaries on the incident and its immediate consequences was written up by CBC's Terry Milewski.

A word he taught me via that essay in the link that I need to remember: hòuyánwúchǐ. Apparently, it's roughly equivalent to the Yiddish word chutzpah.
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Noting that this is being observed in a number of different quarters today. Not nearly as widely as many of us believe it ought to be, and thankfully, not as narrowly as some of us still dare to hope for.

But there's still work to be done to properly frustrate the latter group...
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I do agree with the professor on this point. We might argue about the rest of it from now to the Last Trump, but on this one point he's right.
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Let's keep building on this.

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This is to note a reply to bigots feeling bold enough to flex verbal muscle at the expense of people who never deserved such pains...
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So reminded me of this in today's Morning Brief.

Seems like a good day for a donation to your preferred organizations waging such battles of advocacy around the world. If you've got suggestions for organizations worthy of support, say so.

More on other topics later today/tonight.


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