Do the math. Please.
For a great long time, I’ve been talking about how we must dump the oil, gas, fracking, tankers, pipelines, coal…all the carbon-based energy systems because of climate breakdown [aka climate change, aka global warming, aka the greenhouse effect]. We need to transform our society to a post-carbon energy infrastructure.
The lie that there are billions in government revenue and 90 gazillion jobs just waiting for us all (sigh) is so incredibly compelling. But if you look at some data, like…facts, you might find some startling surprises that indicate that you’ve been swallowed whole by the carbon-based energy spin machine.
It’s not brain surgery, really. Take a peek:
Stop Listening to the Big Oil Spin! continued »
…in which a young woman shares her adolescent anxieties and blossoms into a role model for us all.
Happy International Women’s Day!
Enjoy the whole clip here:
Lupita Nyong’o On Validation, For International Women’s Day continued »
Pam Palmater, getting it done!
“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
For three decades of activism I have been inspired by a great number of wise, engaged women.
Women Who Inspire Us continued »
I couldn’t really fault you if you felt that only about 22% of humanity were women.
If we based it all on how frequently they are represented in politics and the media, we wouldn’t know they made up a 51-ish% majority.
This is why Cate Blanchett and Geena Davis have some words for us all.
And god[dess] help us if we try to contradict them:
Women: The Majority, Not a Media Niche continued »
Speaking out against rape culture can create some serious backlash, which reflects our culture of rape.
At UBC the dean of the business school muses about firing all the students who took part in the chant that celebrates rape, which was also sung at Saint Mary’s in Halifax. And the students voted to not contribute money towards a sexual assault counselling program.
At the University of Ottawa, student politticians had a Facebook chat about how they would sexually assault another student leader. Then they got a lawyer to try to stop her from distributing the transcript of their chat. Then the parents of one of the students one, a former respected police officer] said he’s a good guy, really.
Maybe it’s like the good young adults who participated in the Stanley Cup riot. Really, they’re good people who made a mistake.
Rape chants and sexual assault fantasies are hardly minor aberrant errors.
But here’s the issue. When it’s good kids getting caught up in this, that’s when we know that rape culture is pandemic in society.
“That’s so gay,” has been defended vehemently by people who reject how it could be disrespectful. That’s slowly changing. Much like how it took a lot of effort for people to stop tossing “nigger” around in casual conversation.
Everyone needs to assess whether we have an urge to defend men [usually] who try to normalize rape culture, or say it’s not that big a deal. That urge perpetuates the culture of rape. That urge also justifies sexism, discrimination and bigotry, all the way down to racist jokes at cocktail parties.
It’s up to us to delegitimize this.
It’s interesting to see how far we may have come with gender equity. And not. Men, formerly the head of the household, are now more likely to share authority with women at home.
But what about the most powerful organizations in society: corporations? What’s the role of women in leadership?
Why Corporations Don’t Want Women In Charge continued »
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If you think it’s just sweet and fine for women to earn on average about 30% less than men, then you can leave this website and never come back.
Good, glad you’re still here.
In Kamloops, this Thursday night you have the opportunity to be inspired, motivated and empowered by someone with passion and great data to arm yourself with on this topic.
What’s going on? It’s Iglika Ivanova!
Here’s what’s going on:
Fixing Gender Inequality: Thursday Night in Kamloops continued »
Can you do it?
Can you be inspired by the strong possibility that we can move to a post-carbon energy infrastructure, like I wrote about yesterday?
Can you not reject science like the tarsands-addicted bad employee of ours, Mr. Harper?
Can you see that, as a species, we must choose policy that is based on science and evidence to avert climate breakdown?
If not, leave this website and never come back. I don’t want you here.
If so, click here:
Science + Good Policy = Averting Climate Breakdown: Go! continued »
NOT actually science-fiction.
In your science-fiction news today:
Imagine a power system that could harness the energy of 2,000 suns and provide fresh water and air conditioning in remote locations.
Not only that but it would be completely renewable, be able to provide the entire world’s energy supplies and only take up two per cent of the Sahara Desert’s land area.
via IBM’s New Solar Collector Power System (HCPVT) Could Power The Earth.
But it’s not actually science-fiction.
How We Keep the Tarsands in the Ground continued »
If the 1% has Russell Brand killed, we will see it in the corporate media as a drug OD relapse, or a freak accident.
He is dangerous because he fearlessly tells the truth and challenges pretence.
Let’s examine this in some detail here [with video]:
If the 1% Has Russell Brand Killed… continued »