CFB Awards: Nominations are Open!

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Head on over to A Creative Revolution and nominate your fave feministas in the 1st Annual Canadian F-word Blog Awards!
Categories

Best Canadian Feminist Blog

Best International Feminist Blog

Activist Blog

Environmental Blog

Entertainment Blog

Culture Blog

Group Blog

Individual Blog

WOC-centered Blog

Reproductive Liberty Blog

Family Blog

Political Blog

LBGT Blog

Humour blog

Best comment thread

The “why the fuck didn’t I say that?” award for most poignant comment

Best Snark Comment

Most Regressive “Progressive”

The Support Bro – Best Post by a male in support of feminists/feminism

Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

 Naomi Klein’s film, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, debuts today at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is shocking in its truth telling! Whew! Thank goodness it is short!

As part of this blog burst, I will receive a review copy of Naomi’s book of the same title. Watch for that review in the coming weeks.

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Connecting the dots

OK, I’ll admit to an ego.

I get such a charge when I check my blog stats and see things like this: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Visit

This is the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a great thing to have, I suppose. It’s at 7000 East Avenue • Livermore, CA 94550 and is operated by the University of California for the US Department of Energy’s and their National Nuclear Security Administration. And those National Nukes folks have a “Reliable Replacement Warhead Program” and are “working diligently through its Stockpile Stewardship Program to extend the life of these current weapons.” Gosh, I wonder how much of Saskatchewan’s uranium makes it into nuclear warheads…

Fascinating, don’t you think, that those folks working so diligently on matters of energy for the US of A, would be at all interested in what one feminist poet posts on the interweb, eh? Even more fascinating to this poet is the page on which those interested folks choose to enter and leave P’n’P. If it were a one-time thing, I’d blow it off, but it’s getting a little boring to see the stats for the Blog-for-Choice page rise each time I post a mildly NO NUKES piece. Or, is it that the folks at LINL are truly concerned for women’s right to reproductive freedom?
Truth be told, I don’t know and I don’t really care. But I’m really happy I thought to check my stats on this hot prairie day.

Thinking about it

Unrepentant Old Hippie has nominated me for a Thinking Blogger Award and though I’m a little late on the uptake, I want to thank her for the honour!

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (There is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

Five bloggers who make me think are, in no particular order:

  1. Alone on a Boreal Stage always has something writerly that makes my noggin work.
  2. Le Revue Gauche can always be counted on to bring forward the anarcho-socialist pov to any issue that arises and that never fails to make me think twice about my own analysis of the issue.
  3. The Conscious Earth keeps me thinking not only about the environmental havoc we’re wreaking on the planet but also about what we need to do to fix the mess we’ve created.
  4. Accidental Deliberations catches a lot of what the mainstream media misses, or corrects it, and it’s always information that makes me think more deeply about the issues.
  5. Thought Interrupted keeps me up-to-date on many of the goings on in Alberta which makes me think it’s rilly, rilly good to be living in SK!

There are several others that come to mind, such as April Reign, POGGE and Red Jenny, for example.  Hopefully someone else will nominate them for the Thinking Blogger Award at some point in the future.  So thanks for making me think.

And thanks again, U-ROH!  U-ROCK!

Blog for Choice

Women bloggers from the USA have issued a call inviting bloggers worldwide to mark today, January 22, 2007, as a day to blog for choice. Tell us and your readers, they say, why you’re pro-choice.

coathangerFor me, that’s an easy job. I am pro-choice because I believe reproductive freedom is a human right. If women are to ever be equal participants at all levels of society, then the freedom to reproduce at a time of her choosing, or not at all, is entirely up to the individual woman, and not her husband, her family, her government, her doctor, her church, her god(dess).

Book Tag

Skdadl’s playing this, so I joined in.

First, the rules of the game

The instructions:
Find the nearest book.
Turn to page 123.
Go to the fifth sentence on the page.
Copy out the next three sentences and post to your blog.
Name the book and the author, and tag three more folks.

– Tu es un papillon, vole jusqu’à elle.

– Mais ceci n’est qu’un rêve!

– Ne sous-estime jamais le pouvoir d’un rêve.

From what must be one of my kidling’s books, Amelia et les papillons by Martine Noel-Maw, which was sitting immediately to the left of the monitor.

I’m tagging Rhett (so he won’t cry like a baby again) and Book Ninja (pretty obvious choice) and the centre of the universe (aka the Book Chick) and anyone else who feels like playing.

Women organizing

I got to know Pamusement when she worked for the YWCA of Regina almost a decade ago. Now she’s partnered up with Audra to organize a response to the changes at Status of Women Canada.

PMS and his NGC have removed the word equality from the SWC’s mandate and changed the rules so that women’s groups cannot use federal funding to do advocacy or lobbying.

Visit the Status Report for information to help determine what your role in this campaign will be.

Round-up: Cheatin’ Tories?

Well, lookie here! The pristine PMSH and his reconstituted Conservative Party appear to have had difficulty understanding the laws of the land regarding the rules for campaign financing.

Robert at My Blahg highlights the CTV story

The Conservative party may have illegally accepted millions in unreported donations last year because it didn’t understand political financing laws

while over at Accidental Deliberations is the Canadian Press story, Tories may have taken in close to $2 million in illegal contributions, along with a list of the sections of the Canada Elections Act the Cons may well have violated.

Meanwhile, in the comments section at My Blahg is a link to another interesting tidbit regarding an Alleged Conservative Blogsphere Scheme which Bound by Gravity also blogged this past January.

Vues d’ici links to the Globe & Mail story, Tories may have broken political financing laws.
What I’ve found most interesting are the comments sections at the blogs.

At Accidental Deliberations I followed a commenter to his blog, Blue Blogging Soapbox where he quotes the CP story and says he is not about to take the word of ‘’ Elections Canada spokewoman Valerie Hache,‘’ apparently because only the Chief Electoral Officer and Election Commisioner [sic] are capable of clarifying this.

A couple of interesting comments over at My Blahg. Here’s #16

Last election we now have them on:

1. using undeclared money (see this thread)
2. publishing pamphets and distributing without identifying the source (see g@m toronto ridings during election)
3. running an undeclared “third-party” fake news outlet
(see National P online, Montreal G, Van Sun, and Me)
4. undeclared pre-writ spending used during the writ (how do you think the CPC paid for all their polling and targeted marketing used *during* the election)

and #19

consider this…

The CPC paid well over million for its phone polls to identify winnable ridings and close polling stations. They continued both the calls and used the reports right up to election day… where does this expense show up in delcared spending???

For those ridings selected for the polling service, the economic cost of detailed polling is around $80,000/riding and the information is used in that riding during the election…. but does the riding delcare the expense??? The calls per riding versus the assigned cost per riding is generally off by about 5 to 1… In some cases no cost is declared as the calling is pre-writ and the only the reports are used post-writ; but according to the canada elections act if you use something during the writ period – even if paid for pre-writ – you have to declare it as an expense.

and, of course, the PS to comment #24

P.S. Does this mean they also stole the last election?

Well, does it?

Update 11:40AM 29Jun06:

* Somena Media is having a good chuckle at the irony of it all and points to Dissonance And Disrespect and Canadian Cynic, who sums up D&D’s remarks.

* Liberal Catnip, once referred to by a right-winger as an Uber-lefty, ends her post with a series of questions that had me laughing: What shall we call this one? DonationGate? We’reJustSoConfusedGate? Don’tBlameUsWe’reToriesGate? Or how about ThereGoesOurMajorityGate?

* Greg at Sinister Thoughts comments on the tie-in with the upcoming Liberal convention.

* Eugene at Le Revue Gauche weighs in with a concise paragraph on the fiscally-challenged Harpercrites. (Heads up: longer than average load time, but worth the wait.)

Update 2:15 AM 30Jun06

* Rambling Socialist nails it — the party that came into power on accountability had no right to talk about accountability — with his pot/kettle post.

Update 11:15 AM 30Jun06

* Best and Better provides a short, annotated ConventionGate round-up.

Update 10:00 PM 30Jun06

* Blog Critics has an excellent essay suggesting that the Cons are proving they can be just as arrogant as any other party and have no conception of what the word accountable means.