From the world pool: June 3, 2017

Socio-political commentary

US Politics

Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried. The surreal post-election life of the woman who would have been president.

A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance: My friend died $50 short. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Canadian politics

Liberals grow the ranks of permanently gagged public servants

The Liberal government has been expanding the number of public servants subject to lifetime gag orders, placing them under threat of hefty prison sentences should they spill any secrets before they die. Since December, the Privy Council Office has designated at least 94 individuals, some of whom no longer work for the federal government, as “persons permanently bound to secrecy” or PPBS — a binding legal order intended to enforce their silence.


How the Trump-Russia Data Machine Games Google to Fool Americans

I’m going to show you one specific weapon in this war that’s being used against you and me and the United States right now: Google. There are other information weapons, such as bots and fake news sites, but other stories have those pretty well covered. But before we get started, though, two things to keep in mind: First, most of us don’t even know we’re in this war yet. You don’t know when you’ve been wounded, when you’ve been killed. And that’s the whole point: You’re not supposed to. Second, the attacks in this war aren’t aimed at your enemies. You attack your own side.

Listen Up, Progressives: Here’s How to Deal with a 4Chan (“Alt-Right”) Troll  I think this article speaks from a place of privilege that significantly underestimates the very real impact a concerted attack by trolls can have on those who belong to vulnerable communities, but it’s an interesting analysis of their motivations.

Feminist issues

In case you didn’t hear about it, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema scheduled a women-only screening of the new Wonder Woman movie and all hell broke loose. Next: Alamo Drafthouse Apologizes for Starting Manpocalypse With Women-Only Screening

We at the Alamo Drafthouse would like to officially apologize for our role in the end of mankind as we knew it, and the ascendant Gynocracy that followed. We didn’t know our women-only screening of Wonder Woman would result in the overthrow of all world governments and the total subjugation of men, but in hindsight we probably should have seen it coming.

Racism and Civil Rights

Noose Found in National Museum of African American History and Culture

The disturbing incident comes only four days after a noose was found hanging from a tree outside the Hirshhorn Museum.

Man Stabbed in Portland While Coming to Aid of 2 Girls Shifts Focus to Them  Now this is what good allies do.

“We in Portland have this weird tendency to continue patterns that we’ve done forever, and one of them is this same old, just to put it bluntly, white savior complex,” he said. “Suffice to say, I think it’s immensely, immensely morally wrong and irresponsible how much money we have gotten as opposed to how much support, money, love, kindness, that has been given to that little girl.”


180 mayors adopt Paris climate accord after U.S. pulls out: “The world cannot wait—and neither will we”

Chicago just posted all the climate data deleted by Trump’s EPA.

An effective carbon price won’t harm Canada’s competitiveness

Let’s start with a prediction: Any move Ottawa makes toward a price on carbon pollution will be greeted with a chorus of concerns about competitiveness. Expect to hear that companies will be at risk. That some will pull up stakes and move to jurisdictions where they can pollute more. And that we’ll all be poorer as a result.

We’re making a very safe bet. Those concerns surface every time a government decides to price carbon, in Canada or elsewhere. Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States has only made the chorus louder. But here’s what often gets lost in the noise: there are ways to design carbon-pricing systems to address those competitiveness concerns.

‘It’s deeply troubling’: critics decry federal cuts to salmon education programs in B.C.


Heraa Hashmi on Twitter: classmate: why dont muslims condemn things me: *goes home makes 712 page long list of Muslims Condemning Things with sources* me: fight me

Worldwide Muslims Condemn List

Obliviousness Award of the Week

With ancestral Nebraska memories of hard life on the high plains, Sasse thinks the generation coming of age “has begun life with far too few problems.” [emphasis mine] He has tried to spare his daughters this disabling aspect of modern life. When his 14-year-old daughter Corrie spent a month at a cattle ranch, her texts included: “Kids learned that artificial insemination works 60% of the time. Then the ‘clean-up bull’ gets called to duty.” “I’ve gone 4 days w/out a single ‘electrifying experience’ with a fence. I might not have electrocution in my future.” “We’re also castrating bulls today.”

How to Restore American Self-Reliance

Art + Design + Writing

Jeanette Winterson on How Art and Storytelling Redeem Our Inner Lives: “Creative work bridges time because the energy of art is not time-bound… This makes our own death bearable.”

MIT Press Classics Available Soon at

“These books represent some of the finest scholarship ever produced, but right now they are very hard to find,” said Brewster Kahle, founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive. “Together with MIT Press, we will enable the patrons of every library that owns one of these books to borrow it online–one copy at a time.”

What Happens If You Break an Artwork? I admit that I’ve always wondered.

Quote of the week

The collective noun for a group of well meaning white people is called a ‘diversity panel’

Bolu Babalola

Just cool

Haunting images of pre-Expo 86 Vancouver, before the ‘Glass City’ and million-dollar teardowns

Just for fun

International Day Of Femslash, I’m Your Man (a celebration of media clichés)

In a category of its own

At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death: Tormented by an incurable disease, John Shields knew that dying openly and without fear could be his legacy, if his doctor, friends and family helped him.

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