This is way better than an Oscar!

1st PlacePolitics’n’Poetry would like to thank everyone who supported the Canadian F-word Blog Awards, and most especially Pale and Prole at A Creative Revolution, for taking on the task of making them happen! I have to say that I am more than impressed that my suggestion for a feminist blog award category in another awards forum resulted in something so much better than one simple award! Special thanks as well to media women, Antonia and Heather, for their support and their strong feminist voices in the mainstream media.  Inspiration and breaths of fresh air, those two are!

Politics’n’Poetry would also like to thank all those who voted for P’n’P in the CFBA rounds of voting. Thanks to you we snagged 1st Place in the Best Environmental Blog category and this ecofeminist is pretty durned happy about that!  It is very validating to know that the work one does is appreciated.

Finally, P’n’P would like to congratulate all the winners and nominee in the CFBAs.  It is awesome that we have so many fantastic feminist bloggers in Canada!  I look forward to reading those I do not already know.  Oh, and the Winners List is here.

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

Feminists unite!

Oh, my! Look at what the evul feminazis are up to now!
Congrats pale and prole of A Creative Revolution for an organizing job well done!
Remember nominations open January 25 so that gives you time to cruise the blogosphere to see which of those radical, bra-burning, hairy-pitted, uppity vagina warriors you’d like to see acknowledged.

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!

Get POGGE a Blackberry!

So, like, if any of you know that Cherniak fellow who posts from his Blackberry from time to time, or even that Wells gyu over at McLean’s, maybe you could talk to them and see if they’d loan their fancy little units to our favourite blogger, pogge, who is in hospital and rehab for the next little while after surviving a nasty accident.

I know they’re all entitled to their entitlements, and I mean, it’s not as though the folks over at POGGE aren’t doing a fine enough job.  It’s just that some of us in blogosphere are truly missing the words of his POGGEness and so if any of you can talk to those Blackberried fellas, that’d be great!

Glad to hear you’re on the mend, pogge.

Take back the tech!

From Womyns Voices | Paroles de Femmes

Take Back The Tech: 16 Days of Online Activism

“Take Back The Tech!” – an online campaign for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

http://www.takebackthetech.net
logo
*What is the campaign about?*
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It is simply a call for every person– women and men, who uses online
communications (ICTs), e.g. for chatting, emailing, blogging, doing
websites or developing tools, to use ICTs for activism against VAW
(violence against women) for 16 days.

Primarily, we are asking women and grrls to “Take Back The Tech!” But
you don’t have to be female to disagree with violence faced by women
and be part of the campaign to transform gender relations. Unequal
power relations lie at the heart of VAW, and this is apparent from the
streets to online spaces. So we’re now saying technology should be
used for equality, not to perpetuate violence.

The question is, how? This is where you come in with what you know and
come up with answers.

*What can you do?*
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Right now, we are building the site for this campaign to happen. A
working space has been created to list out the different things that
are needed, and you will definitely be able to inject stuff you know
into it. Some examples are:

. Writing “How To” guides, like how to clear your cache, how to make
sure your email communications are secure etc.
. Submit online tools and applications that you came across that might
be handy on this issue
. Share your story, or something you know happened. E.g. someone who
had been cyber-stalked and what she did, the number of unwanted porn
spam you get everyday, or a brilliant and creative initiative that
works to end VAW online, etc.
. Translate resources and article into your local language.
. Create icons, images and graphics
. Suggest ideas on what can be done for the 16 Days. e.g. change your
IM status message for 16 days, or email signature, or googlebombing.
. Think of people or organisations that you know who would like to
take up this campaign on their website etc
. Offline things that could happen (uhm. stencil revolution ;))
. Anything else you think is missing!

*What Next?*
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Just go to the working space and register as a user. Then check out
the different sections and what is needed for that. Put in what you
know, your ideas and your thoughts!

1. Go to: http://www.takebackthetech.net/wiki/tiki-index.php
2. Click on “register” (right hand bar, under “Login”
3. Fill in your information, then click on “register”.
4. Check your email, and click on the link.
5. You are now registered and can submit content on any of the sections!
6. Tell someone you know that might be keen to take this on, and have
knowledge, ideas and information that they would like to share.

All the stuff here will be part of the building block for the campaign
site, which together, we’ll get to as many ICTs users as we know to
“Take Back The Tech!” for 16 Days 🙂

Photo Messages to Feds

Here’s a new, fun, and quick challenge (and easier than Rick Mercer’s photochallenges!) from StatusReport.ca:

Call for Photos

Got something to say to Minister Oda and the federal government?

Say it with a photo.

Send the federal government a visual message. Join the online photo campaign to show Minister Oda and Prime Minister Stephen Harper what we think of the drastic changes they have made to Status of Women Canada (SWC).

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. Let ours express our support for SWC, our commitment to women’s equality, our desire for the federal government to not retreat from its obligations.

Take action in 3 easy steps

  1. Point & Click – Snap a photo of yourself holding your message to the federal government (want ideas? view examples for inspiration).
  2. Permit us – Sign off on the terms of this photo project so that we can use your photo as part of this campaign.
  3. Upload it – Use this easy form to upload your photo to this website.

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.

A lesson in blogging

Be careful what you take on. You can spike your blog hits and comments. Things can develop lives of their own. You can be insulted again and again. And you can learn interesting tidbits from others. Skdadl (of Peace, order and good government, eh?) taught me about Bacardi's involvement with bringing about the Helms-Burton Act in the USA. And, she provided quotes from a review of Bacardi: The Hidden War, by Hernando Calvo Ospina:

Bacardi has had dealings with the CIA and the extreme right-wing National Cuban-American Foundation (CANF) as well as links with both political and violent attempts to overthrow the Cuban government …

Bacardi has sought to use US laws to put a stranglehold on Cuban trade. This includes sponsoring the Helms-Burton Act that tightens the 40-year blockade. The author comments that “the text is so severe and over-arching that doubtless not even the laws and treaties imposed on African colonies by the European powers have contained such a degree of arrogance and lack of respect for a sovereign nation.

Bacardi lawyers were also heavily involved in writing the new trade laws that mean Cuban brands are no longer recognized in the US. Havana Club rum’s French partner Pernod-Ricard (the major competitor to Bacardi) has convinced the European Union that such moves are an infringement of fair-trading laws.

And there's more. A quick visit to google found this article at The Nation.

The Secret History of Rum

Ian Williams

Rum has always tended to favor and flavor rebellion, from the pirates and buccaneers of the seventeenth century to the American Revolution onward. In addition, sugar and rum pretty much introduced globalization to a waiting world, tying together Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean in a complex alcoholic web of trade and credit. Not until oil was any single commodity so important for world trade. So it is not surprising that the Bacardi Corporation has become one of the world's first transnationals.

Even before Fidel Castro took power, the Bacardi family moved its headquarters from its Cuban home to the Bahamas, allowing it to get British imperial trade preferences, while opening a large distillery in Puerto Rico to allow penetration of the American market. Now its management is mostly living in exile in Florida, monopolizing the local markets across the Caribbean and the world with its bland, branded spirit. Fifty years of marketing have made Bacardi almost synonymous with rum in much of North America, and as Thierry Gardère, maker of the acclaimed Haitian rum Barbancourt, pointed out with a pained expression to me once, "They always advertise it as mixed with something else."

In Prohibition-era America, lots of thirsty Americans went to Cuba, and what they drank there, in keeping with the ambience, was rum, usually in cocktails and often in bars favored by Fidel's onetime fishing partner, Ernest Hemingway. He made a clear distinction: "My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita."

Cuba made great rums and had some of the world's most renowned bars. Bacardi had really risen to prominence after the American occupation, or "liberation" (sounds familiar?), of Cuba, at the turn of the twentieth century, when the island became the playground for its northern neighbor. Barcardi built its market position during Prohibition, edging out the old New England rum. When the Eighteenth Amendment took force, Bacardi USA sold 60,000 shares, closed down the company and distributed its assets, coincidentally 60,000 cases of Bacardi rum, to the stockholders.

During the dry years the company's order books would suggest that there were unquenchable thirsts in Shanghai, Bahamas and tiny islands like the French enclave of St. Pierre and Miquelon, off Newfoundland. But of course, shiploads of Bacardi went to rendezvous with the rum-runners just outside American territorial waters. As soon as repeal was in sight, Bacardi litigated all the way up to the Supreme Court to open its business in Puerto Rico, where it was eager to get Caribbean costs combined with American nationality. Its rivals in Puerto Rico used the same style of targeted retrospective legislation that Bacardi later did against Castro's Cuba in an attempt to keep Bacardi out. In the first year after Prohibition, Bacardi sold almost a million bottles to the United States. But soon it was not selling it from Cuba. Despite the family's overt and noisy Cuban patriotism, the company pioneered outsourcing and supplied the United States from Puerto Rico. Cuba's share of American rum imports dropped from 52 percent in 1935 to 7.3 percent in 1940.

If you feel motivated, please contact the makers of the bad ad. I used to enjoy Bacardi Amber Rum, but I'll never drink it again. Here's something from the Boycott Bacardi website.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BACARDI

Rock around the Blockade, which campaigns in solidarity with Cuba, has launched a Boycott Bacardi campaign to highlight the organised attempts by the Bacardi company to undermine the Cuban Revolution – a stance belied by its publicity for its apparently ‘Cuban’ rum.

In advertising its lead brand white rum, Bacardi plays on its Cuban roots, misleading drinkers into believing that Bacardi still has some links with the island. In fact the Bacardi empire is based in the Bahamas and the Bacardi company broke all ties with Cuba after the Revolution of 1959, when its cronies in the hated Batista dictatorship were overthrown by a popular guerrilla movement led by Fidel Castro and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

Since then the Bacardi company has backed illegal and violent attempts to undermine the Cuban Revolution, including funding the Cuban-American National Foundation (CANF), a virulently anti-Castro right-wing exile organisation based in Miami, which has been responsible for systematic acts of terrorism against Cuba. Bacardi’s lawyers also helped draft the US Helms-Burton Act, which extends the United States’ blockade of Cuba to third countries, in breach of international trade law. So central was the role of Bacardi’s lawyer, Ignacio E Sanchez (a CANF member) in establishing Helms-Burton that US Senator William Dengue said the law should be renamed the Helms-Bacardi Protection Act.

Imagine the great story the Prairie Dog could have had if they'd only begun to question the ad!

I wish I felt vindicated. I just feel sad.

Thanks, skdadl, for the lead.