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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Oh Cannabis Fall 2020 News + Views!

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OH CANNABIS

Hi Stoners! I'm trying to figure out the new Blogger system while I post. Am wrapping things up at the trailer B4 we head back 2 Toronto 4 the year. Some last minute kayaking etc. etc. etc. Nights are getting real cold ..... brrrrr ..... and it looks like the 2nd Covid wave is now upon us .... So this might take a bit, but a lot more updates are on the way!!! DTC


Beating Covid-19? Tetra Bio-Pharma! is focused on developing a CBD cannabinoid ARDS 3 [Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome] treatment for Covid-19. Phase 1 testing enrolment begins in December. We stoners know that our favourite weed is great for stress and anxiety. It's sure helping us relax during the pandemic. Let's not got too far ahead of ourselves, just yet. But wouldn't it be great if it can be scientifically proven that it also help treat Covid-19? Or maybe even prevent it or help provide a cure? And a company in Canada .... National Anthem Time.... helps lead the way! More @ Forbes Tetra Bio-Pharma

Discount Legal Weed: Our thriving unlicensed legacy marketplace is really making Canada's Licenced Producers and dispensaries feel the heat! Now they're offering more cheaper, value brands of weed to compete. Good luck @ MJB

Welcome 2 Prohibition 2.0: Ontario's Doug Ford government is keeping our legacy cannabis retailers in legal limbo. After somehow weeding them out with his dubious pot shop licensing lottery, they're now just being left hung out to dry. Sure, there's no more "lottery". But with 550 licenses pending, it takes up to two years now, to get one approved. Legalization?!? Ford's still unfairly locking most of our long suffering, pioneering, pot shop activist-entrepreneurs out of the legal marketplace. Total BS. A real Neo Con @ DH

Weed Whacked: It gets worse! Some licensees have even been caught red handed writing a letter to the RCMP. Asking them to use Weedmaps to bust our unlicensed legacy retailers. The goal? To put them out of business! Rather than include them in the new regulated marketplace too. Hey! If ya can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! That's what's happening anyways! Want some quality and integrity with that weed? We know where 2 shop, in Canada's new licensed verses unregulated cannabis marketplace! Read the story @ BNN Let's boycott Dougie's very special Signa-Tory buddies for not getting it. If it weren't for our legacy retailers, you wouldn't even be in business in the first place!!! Screw that @ List

Friendly Stranger Strikes Back: Ontario legacy headshop brand The Friendly Stranger [Think Robin Ellins] has acquired Toronto's legacy Hotbox Shop [Think Abi Roach]. And Peterborough's legacy Happy Daze outlet. With lots and lots more trez kool legacy surprises in store. Sooooo .... who's that behind the Hotbox counter now?!? Why, it's totally kick butt activist-entrepreneur Erin Goodwin! Know this: All three landmarks have now applied to become licensed pot shops! Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp also plans to open 17 more, new locations across the province. Take that, you Ford conster tools @ Cision @ BlogTO @ PEx

No Cannabis Cafes: Nope! Not in Ontario! Not 4 now anyways. More Ford nonsense @ CBC

IN THE NEWS

Lotsa Links Coming ...

GREEN MARKETING

Women in Weed: Our sisters in the cannabis community are stepping up! Cultivator Autumn Brands is 50% female owned. That's changing the way the company works and does business in some exciting, new ways @ Vie

HIGHER LEARNING


A Stoner Coronavirus Guide: Be a safe, responsible member of our cannabis community in lockdown. Online. At the dispensary. And when social distancing in public. No more puff, puff pass for now! Sigh! Alas! If Covid-19 doesn't kill you, the long term, side effects are totally blek! Both 4 you and others! Remember, we are all in this together, as a cannabis community @ Woke

Beginner's Guide 2 Cannabis: Hi! Hi! High there! Here's a quickie peak at everything you need to know to start enjoying our favourite weed. Plenty o' links @ Daze

A Guide 2 420: Just what the faaak is going on?!? You dunno? Then check here @ Daze

Yer Dab Guide: Wax? Oil? Shatter? Let's supervise that high @ Atlantic

Indica Verses Sativa Verses Hybrid: Understand the differences. Choose the strains best for you @ SSA

Don't Drink + Toke: A bad mix! It might seem like fun, but ... problems galore! @ MMP

How 2 Straighten Up Quick: It's waaaay easier than with alcohol. Definitely not as hard as you might think @ Leafly

Time Out Tips: Stop toking for a bit, every now and then, to keep getting real high AF. The low down on tolerance breaks is @ Leafly

How 2 Store Weed: The do's and don'ts 4 keeping it fresh y yummy @ Leafly

HIGH TIMES



Caremongering
: Mercari CEO Lisa Campbell explains how many cannabis enthusiasts are making the best of social distancing during the Covid pandemic -by meeting with and supporting each other online. And in Canada, by legally mailing each other handy, dandy little care packages @ ESun

Senior High: Baby boomers take note! Medical or recreational cannabis? We're turning on again like never before. Surprise! It can even increase the quality of life in our senior years. Get lit @ High Times

Ten Best Hip Hop Weed Songs: Yeh yeah! This is trez kool but there's plenty more. Feel free to add your own favourites in "Comments" below. The List @ BluntPower

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Friday, 21 August 2020

David Chiarelli -My Blogsite Archives!

[More Coming ... ]



The original Kulture Kult Ink was a very limited edition, rather offbeat print 'zine, that I distributed myself. I wrote the script. Used my own photos and clip art. And published it, on the sly, via an office photocopier, during the early 90's.  

The basic premise? I was captured by space invaders. In flying saucers. Hiding behind the moon. 

Each story came with a warning. A case in point. They can unexpectedly show up anywhere! Anytime! Altering the course of human history. And our own lives too! 

Though, of course, the space invasion was actually just me reflecting on my own life and times, here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as a young teacher. 

And so the title -Kulture Kult Ink! With capital K's, because it was counter cultural. Strictly underground. Rife with deconstructed cultural references. And printed in ink. 

Hey! It was a 90's cult zine. Lotsa fun while it lasted, but where to go from there?



Let's fast forward to 2011. The monikor now morphs into the url for the online "David Chiarelli -Latest Edition" blog site that you see today.


My blog site was originally a very useful organizing and communications tool at the teacher, grass root level. An excellent way to advocate for education! Social justice! And change!

It also helped me get elected OECTA [Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association] 3rd VP. While keeping directly in touch with our members, as I represented them on the TSU [Toronto Secondary Unit] Executive and PAC [Political Advisory Committee].

I retired in 2013. But Kulture Kult Ink still keeps it's counter cultural, educational and social justice focus. And
 I'm still a teacher activist at heart. 

So the good fight continues. Only I'm completely on my own again. I include lots of different points of view for more insight. But now, this site just represents me. 

Basically, it's just what I think. Nothing more. Nothing less. 


Sometimes with a little agit-prop thrown in, if things need stirring up. 

Progressive, but not party line, especially when I disagree.



For direction, I follow my muse to pick topics and issues I love writing about. To speak out. Advocate. Educate. And in my own way, perhaps help keep the ball rolling. The changes coming. 


Who knows? Maybe someday we might yet thwart the diabolical space invasion? You know -those nasties always getting in our face! Screwing up the works!

Anyway, there are two main corner stones for my blog site; Teacher Free Speech and Oh Cannabis. Each appears quarterly; during the winter, spring, summer and fall. Providing a compendium of the latest news and views links. 




Often both work together to further develop the underlying, progressive issues and themes. Boo to the corporate neo lib agenda! And corporate weed too! 

Oligarchical rigging? Inclusivity? Diversity, Privilege? Fake news? Oppression? 

A tip! Look carefully at both blogs to get the bigger picture!

Sound complicated? There's a guide for each of my news services: 

A Readers Guide to Teacher Free Speech News and Views @ [HERE!]


A Stoners Guide to Oh Cannabis News and Views @ [HERE!]


My Blog Archive, from 2011 until now, is located at the top left hand side of your screen. You'll find over 800 blogs, organized by date and title




That's a lot of blogs! On lots of topics! So here's a brief overview to help you out:


2011 


My blogs directly addressed our various teacher educational issues. Plus our local, backroom, political intrigues. Lots of the union members quite appreciated that. But not so the powers that be

Other blogs explained our OECTA government lobbying efforts from a PAC perspective, as we fought the good fight together. Everyone seemingly on the same page.

To get a better sense of where things were at, check out my original Blogspot Manifesto @ [HERE!

2012-13




The blogs main focus shifts to the OECTA MOU [Memo of Understanding]. They cover our difficult "austerity binge" provincial contract negotiations with the Liberal government, under Premier's McGuinty and then Wynne

Then comes the surprise betrayal of our most basic union principles through concession bargaining by OECTA's Provincial Executive. As approved by the Council of Presidents. All without a membership vote, while we were on holidays, during the summer of 2012. 

Not everyone was a big fan of my site. Far from it. But agree or disagree, the many unfiltered first hand insights from our members, as posted below each blog, are especially interesting. A real slice of life, from as it happened. Ahhh, free speech ....



My Teacher Free Speech News and Views blogs begin here. But in various formats. Under different names. With lots of the original documents and primary news links. A worth while resource!

2014-15 

I cover another round of contract negotiations, climaxing in strikes and job actions, from July through October 2015. But I'm retired. Can comment more openly. And impartially. 

My site's still mainly focused on teacher politics and educational issues, for now. Arguably, despite their importance, contract negotiations can be about as interesting as watching paint dry, unless you have some skin in the game. Teacher Free Speech and Grassroot Renewal summarizes my thoughts about Ontario's teacher union movement, as my own interests start to move on @ [HERE!

See too, my original Teacher Free Speech News Archive 2011-15 blog for a final "you are there" overview of these very disturbing union times @ [HERE!]



2016-18: 

The Trudeau government gets elected with a federal legalization mandate. The main focus on my site shifts to cannabis; as a medical and recreational "gray power" and inclusivity issue. Rife with troubling socio economic, political and legal concerns. Once again, viewed from a grassroot, if not blatantly counterculture perspective. Now with a much more action orientated, protest-civil disobedience directed thrust. 

I review the Toronto Karma Cup in September or October of each year. There are my blogs on the Toronto Project Claudia and Project Gator pot shop busts from Fall 2016 through Spring 2017. Followed by my
 Toronto Green and High 5 market, and various lounge, event, dinner club and product reviews, mostly from December 2017 on. 


My Toronto court coverage of Marc Emery and the Cannabis Culture 5's bust, continues throughout the year. With coverage of Canada's new highly flawed, corporate legalization model. Verses our flourishing unregulated cannabis market. And the ridiculous commercial and legal mess that follows legalization come October 2018. 

Oh Cannabis News and Views starts in earnest in December 2016. It's monthly at first. Then like Teacher Free Speech News and Views, on a quarterly basis.

My blogs on the Toronto Nugswap, and teachers in the weed patch, are located in my  November to December 2018 and April 2019 archives.


My "Medical Cannabis Statement ", a new "Pot Manifesto" of sorts, appears as a youtube video @ [HERE!]. Also see my accompanying Project Claudia blog @ HERE!

2019-20


Each year, I provide a January news prospectus of sorts. Surprise! This years got interrupted in no time flat by the Cover-19 pandemic! So too the wide spread protests! Political unrest! And total chaos! Especially south of our border!

As I write, our world is seemingly pivoting in a major, unpredictable, paradigm shift. Our life and times heading off in so many, new directions. With my blog site, I plan to be there too!

Music




You'll find a series I wrote on site avatars John Lennon and the Beatles. They're located in my Blog Archive, from December 2013 through December 2014. There's another on Bob Marley and the Wailers, from August into September 2015. Plus I regularly provide a wide variety of free stoner tune links via Twitter. See below ...


Travel Blogs




Cuba: I have travelled and taught in Cuba for many years. My original Cuban School Project blogs were posted on the ENO [Education Network of Ontario] website back throughout the Harris years, and the "Great Tory Demise" from the mid to late 90's til 2003. 


Now they're archived here on my blog site. Check out August 2011. November and December 2013. December 2014 through May 2015. March 2016. November 2016 to April 2017. June 2018. And Spring 2020.


There are also two helpful directories, with detailed links to my Cuba blogs @ HERE! and @ THERE!


Europe: So far, Janet and I went there twice. See August 2013 and July 2014.


Jamaica: See August to September 2014 and March 2018.


Mexico: See July 2011 and 2012, June 2016, and November 2018  


Janet's Retirement Tour: My wife and I hit the road from November 2019 through March 2020 visiting, Japan, Florida and Cuba. 


My Toronto Covid-19 Diaries: We arrived back just in time for the pandemic! Check out March through May 2020.


Other



Twitter: I regularly retweet the latest relevant news and views links to the issues of the day. Then condense them for my quarterly Teacher Free Speech and Oh Cannabis News y Views blogs. Always throwing in lots of trez kool free music, video and movie links, with a kounter kulture bent, along the way @ DavidChiarelli

Enjoy!

David C



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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Teacher Free Speech Summer 2020 News y Views!

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OH CANADA

Yankee Stay Home: Thinking of travelling to Canada this summer? On a domestic trip? Think again! Sadly, across the US, the Covid-19 infection rate continues to spike. While many Americans remain in frightening denial about the coronavirus pandemic. Like it or not, despite our warm and close ties, Canada's neighbours to the south are no longer welcome visitors here. It's a popular sentiment. Strongly felt. Quite widespread too @ NG

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has extended the Canada-US border closure until at least July 21st. Otherwise, it's too risky. Might create a second wave, as we work to re-open our economy, after successfully bending the Covid-19 curve @ Global

Covid National Debt: Canadian conservatives are wringing their hands. How will we pay off the huge debt incurred in making sure that Canadians can afford to stay safely at home? So that we are all in this together? And will survive the pandemic? Never seems to be a big concern when it comes to the billions spent on foreign wars! Or oil pipelines! And corporate welfare ball outs! But no matter.  We've done it before. We can do it again. Here's how @ Globe



Racism is Alive and Well in Canada. Unlike in the US, it's moreso a multicultural or indigenous rather than strictly a black issue. Indeed, Canada's First Nations are fed up with all the reports and commissions. The violence, racism, discrimination and abuse within Canada's judicial system. And all the ongoing police violence. They're calling for immediate action @ TStar

Dene Chief Allan Adam provides a case in point. The long time activist and champion for indigenous rights was badly beaten by RCMP over an expired licence plate. Folks might've once shrugged off here, but it's very serious, world news @ NYT

Colour Blind: Despite widespread civil unrest, Canada's 14 provincial and territorial First Ministers can't agree to condemn systemic racism in Canada. Why? They don't all believe it exists. Oh, and by the way, get this -they're all white too. Hmmm @ CBC



Justa Bootlicker: Canada drops to 12th place in the world Corruption Perception Index due to Trudeau's efforts to protect his corporate masters during the SNC Lavalin scandal. But let's face it. The Conservatives and NDP can whine and complain all they want. Given half a chance, they would've done so too. BTW, does Canada's Attorney General still sit in cabinet, at the PM's pleasure? Thought so. Where's the outrage over that? @ CoP

Meet A Real Toole: Yup! Canada has a new federal Conservative opposition leader, Erin O'Toole. His Take Back Canada slogan, echoes Trump's MAGA creed only too well @ FD @ TBC @ MS  @ Here's a look at how that could play out for the scandal riddled Trudeau Liberal's in the daze ahead @ Global @ TN




Meet Canada's Right Wing Toole!

Canuck Right Wing Watch: The "Free North Patriots" are a self professed "civil liberty" group supposedly representing Canada's "business owners". They're behind the strange anti-lockdown protests that have been springing up across Canada during the Covid-19 pandemic. These "patriots" are also adamantly against vaccines, and 5G. Somehow, they're also connected with Canada's "Yellow Vests" wing-nuts and have mysterious foreign ties. Be on the watch @ PP

The New Colonialism 101: The Haudenosaunee Land Defenders are resisting endless expansionism, aka a housing development, or urban sprawl, outside Caledonia, just north of Toronto. Hey there fellow local activists!!! This important struggle is close to home. Is getting largely overlooked. It shouldn't be @ Passage @ CBC


Police Reform: Ontario Premier Doug Ford cut back on the province's new police oversight reforms upon taking office. Was completely oblivious to the concerns of Ontario's BLM and POC. Now what's he going to do, as protests against police violence spread across the province?!? Our police remain largely unaccountable for their actions, very much above the law. It's hardly the bulwark of a healthy, functioning democracy. More @ CBC @ TVO  



Ford's Health Experts: Premier Doug Ford claims that his "health experts" have been determining Ontario's way forward during the Covid-19 pandemic. It's some comfort that so far he hasn't just left it up to his big biz and politico buddies instead. Still, Ford seems very eager now to reopen our economy asap, like most everyone else. Without proper concern for how that could destroy all our hard work and commitment, in bending the curve. Moreover, Ford won't tell us who these health experts really are. Maybe they're just the government bureaucrats he's appointed to talk to them? And apparently tell us what they say?!? Why the lack of transparency?!? @ CBC

Ford's Health Cuts: It's no secret! The Ford government contributed to the Covid-19 deaths through it's drastic budget and staffing cuts to Public Health Ontario, before the pandemic. Doug the Thug might seem like an all caring kinda guy now, but he'll need to be asked some tough questions after this is over @ NP

Nurses Pay Cut: Ontario's registered nurses consider Ford's recent 1% pay raise a "slap in the face". It's actually a pay cut; is less than the inflation rate. Ford often praised our nurses during the pandemic, but now it seems like they're heroes no more @ CBC



Front Line Retail Workers: Ford praised them as our heroes during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic too. But that doesn't go very far in paying the bills. Once again, most of them, are back to only earning the minimum wage. Loblaws, Metro, Walmart and Solbeys have all recently cut their pandemic raise. While our Dougie also recently tried to cut their paid statuary holidays, as a part of his business recover plan. He only backed off, under union pressure. Ummmm ... So Douglas -how about restoring their friggin' sick days too?!? Yeah, the one's you cut upon taking office??? More @ City

Covid Worker Safety: The OFL [Ontario Federation of Labour] warns that the toadie Ford Government "Work Refusal Advisory Committee" put workers lives at risk during the pandemic. That badly needs to change, as a part of the new normal OFL

Covid Pay Cuts: Like working at home? Want to keep it that way? Well, better plan for a salary cut, in the daze ahead. It'll reflect your new working conditions, as business adjusts to the new normal Globe

Modernize Ontario Act: Condo owners beware -Ford's changes to the Ontario's Condo Act during the pandemic now gives property management and condo boards lotsa new rights and privileges. But is that's what best for us? @  ON.CA

OTTP: Ontario Teacher Pension Plan shows us how it's done! The plan offset it's real estate losses throughout the Covid pandemic to date, via it's bond portfolio. Also by reducing exposure to risky markets, such as ... ahem ... in the US. Despite the economic turmoil, the $205 billion pension fund only lost a measly 0.6%, during the first 6 months of 2020 @ FP

IN THE NEWS



Acceptance Speeches: President Donald Trump and Democratic contender Joe Biden outline their November election themes at the RNC and DNC respectively. Trump's emphasizes law and order. Biden the Covid pandemic. All this and more! Read their complete, annotated speeches along with a fact check @ Trump @ Biden

Kamala Harris Is "The Radical Left"?!?  In Canada, she'd be a conservative, somewhere to the far right of the political spectrum. But that only translates to the left of the far right in the USA. Bottom line? Nope! The 2020 Democrats aren't the Trump GOP! Still, they hardly provide a truly progressive alternative for voters to the wacky, US, right wing status quoCBC



Trumped? US President Donald Trump is doubling down on his trademark divide and conquer strategies, and blatant lies. That's despite the worsening health crisis and widespread, growing civil unrest. His polling numbers are falling and it's the summer before the fall election. Is it finally game over for the Donald? @ CNN 

Slippery Slope: Trump's support among the white, baby boomer MAGAT's, whom always support him no matter what, is of course, so far holding pretty tight. But that's not the case among the other key groups who ultimately helped push him over the top to victory in 2016. Alas! Mr. Smarty-Pants neglected broadening his core base of support! And now that the shit's finally hitting the fan? Via Covid, unemployment, the rioting, protests and widespread civil unrest? The fall election looms. His numbers are starting to really slide @ LA

GOP Law + Order: Trump continues to champion conservative law and order politics. "When the looting starts the shooting starts ..." pretty much summarizes his one size fits all focus on strong arm policing solutions to America's problems. But now there's been a massive sea change in public opinion. Americans' are seriously questioning the wisdom of this approach, as the widespread recent protests and civil unrest continue to rock the nation unabated. @ Pol

Agents of Repression: The social and political role of the police unions is often part and parcel of the repressive state apparatus. Far too often they're simply bullies, protecting offending officers from being held accountable accountable, for killing and brutalizing the very citizens they are suppose to serve and protect. Post George Floyd, that's now finally getting a hard, critical second look. SJ @ Youtube



Blame Antifa: Ooooh look! A Boogey-man! It's so typical Trump! Blame a fantasy band of roving shady, leftist Antifa bad boys, for any legitimate dissent against the status quo. With plenty of fake news stories and unfounded rumours, of professional anarchists. Violent mobs. Looters. Criminals and rioters. Hey! This BS resonates in small town America, providing a handy excuse to avoid dealing with the real underlying problems behind the protests in any meaningful way @ Buzz

Racism and Police Violence are a crisis of capitalism. Sure, they're human right violations, based upon one's skin colour and ethnicity. But they also expose the structural racism and economic inequality inherent in America's capitalist system of government. The Covid-19 pandemic merely exacerbated the existing social inequalities, revealing how unprotected the poor and it's racial minorities really are. And so the UN Human Rights Committee meets. They're consider a response to the horrific crisis sweeping the US, the "land of the free". Er ... free from what?!? Bet their report doesn't go over well state side @ Granma



US Moral Equivalency? US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's response to international criticism over the police abuses? It smacks of hypocrisy. Also calls into question the bullying nature of US foreign policy in the developing world. Just more of the same old BS @ HRW 

Cuba Si!  Meanwhile, Cuba defends itself against Pompeo's criticism of it's medical brigades, helping other countries fight the Covid-19 pandemic @ TeleSur


Covid Surge: Back in the USA, the coronavirus rises dramatically, as many states re-open early, business as usual. A detailed statistical breakdown and analysis is @ NYT

Man Overboard: Trump's surrender to the coronavirus has turned the first wave of the pandemic into a virulent Tsunami sweeping across the US. Unfortunately for the shortsighted Donald, he can no longer wall it in by hook or by crook. Say it's just infecting the liberal, urban, blue states. Now Covid-19's spreading like wild fire throughout Trump's south and midwest swing states, threatening his base of support too @ WP  @ Eand @ Hill 

Right Wing Watch: Ironically, Fox News and the fake conservative media have actually intensified the Covid-19 pandemic across the US. MAGAT audience's are being entertained with conspiracy theories and discouraged from taking the necessary safety precautions. They aren't wearing masks or PPE's nor social distancing to protect themselves and others from the virus. How much longer can this madness go on? @ WP



QAnon Pandemic: How the QAnon conspiracy movement fed off the pandemic and fueled the deadly anti-mask protests @ NBC

Trump Conspiracy: The Donald's got a whole whack of conspiracy theories. With more and more, that he loves to tout, as the election approaches; lotsa red meat for his hungry followers to devour. Here are some of the latest @ NYT

Trump Subplot? Strangely, US President Donald Trump doesn't have a national strategy for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Arguably that might be seen as an advantage, to a facist strongman trying to hold onto his predominantly white base. Think about it: American blacks and latinos are getting infected the most. Hitten the hardest. Along with the poor, aged, frail, vulnerable, and marginalized too. It's the kind of apocalypse Trump might think can help him win the fall US election. Of course it's now also infecting his vulnerable, white, aging MAGAT voters too. Nor is it much of a crowd pleaser for anyone else. But here's how the thinking goes @ Eand



Survival of the Richest: The environmental crisis? Widespread social unrest? A deadly pandemic? Pshaw! None of it phases the richest among us. Already, they're planning their escape.  Seems all it takes, is a whole lot of $$$$$$$ @ 1-0 @ 1-0

Unraveling of America: Covid exposed the fault lines and cracks in American exceptionalism and the American Dream. The American era is over. Ending not with a bang but a whimperRS



Cuba's Response: The socialist state has been very been very responsible throughout the pandemic, going into full lockdown. The've also put tourism on hold. Even though that's their main source of income, what with the crippling US sanctions. Covid-19 continues to motivate the average Cuban to work together rather than fight among themselves. Cuba argues that the pandemic illustrates the failure of neoliberalism. Also the importance of international cooperation and solidarity. And the US considers Cuba the bad guys?!? More on the crisis in Cuba and the safety protocols put in place @ Granma @ Granma @ Granma @ Granma

US Sanctions: Cuba denounces recent US criticism and US efforts to tighten it's shameful and criminal economic sanctions against the Cuban people during the coronavirus pandemic. It also notes that health is a basic human right, seemingly another rogue concept for Trump, Pompeo and the GOP @ Granma More on Twitter @ #UnblockCuba


Santiago de Cuba 2020: Read my three part travel blog and expose @@@

COVID BEAT



Mapping The Virus: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world at an alarming rate! A detailed breakdown of the stats is @ NYT

Covid-19: History Repeats: Beware! Covid is a lot like the so called "Spanish Flu" of 1918-19. During that pandemic, up to a third of the population in many countries got sick. And tens if not hundreds of millions died, in three waves.

Like Covid-19, the first wave was widespread but mild. Thinking the worst over, life largely returned to normal. While the virus "seeded", spread asymptomatically and mutated. Two much more deadly waves of the virus soon followed.

Think of it like this -First, comes the sucker punch. We dodge it. Grow cocky. Let down our guard. Next come the two much deadly second and third waves; like right-left knock out punches. 

Maybe? Maybe not? Better to be safe than sorry! Check out these links for a good overview of the many shocking similarities CBC @ History @ CDC @ NCBI @ GR

The New Normal? We've largely dodged the first wave of Covid-19. But still know very little about the virus. Like how do we catch it? Only now, is a true consensus beginning to emerge @ WSJ

Morbidity + Mortality 101: The coronavirus is always busy interacting with our other underlying health conditions, as it spreads That could kill lots more of us, according to our sex, age and race. Especially if you suffer from pre-existing cardiovascular problems, diabetes or chronic lung diseaseMMWR

Proper Social Distancing: The messaging sometimes differs; should we keep one or two metres apart? As the economy re-opens? As we head back out in public? To school and work? Be forewarned! It's economic pressures rather than safety concerns that are now often deciding the distancing debate @ FT

Ka-Poop: Flush the toilet -it creates a mushroom cloud of aerosol spray. Spreading the Covid-19 virus onto all the washroom surfaces. Until they're thoroughly disinfected and cleaned. Sadly, public hygiene is dicey at the best times. So just how safe is a public lavatory, as we venture outside the home, in the age of Covid-19? @ NYT

Protest Now? Today's rallies, protests, and demonstrations against racism and police violence, are very timely and important. But if you're especially susceptible to the coronavirus, for age or health reasons and so on, find another way to actively support the cause! Also, if you are protesting, get tested and social distance afterwards at home, to help keep your family and significant others safe @ NPR

Back 2 The Beach: Wanna snack? Looking for the washroom? Lotsa bathers? Here are some Covid-19 safety tips to keep in mind @ Huff

EDUCATION BEAT



School Daze: It's official! The unions representing Ontario's 190,000 teachers and educational workers are challenging the Ford government's controversial school reopening plans at the Ontario Labour Relations Board [OLRB]. Ford's "plans" for physical distancing? Class Size? VentilationTransportation? Hey! If they're unsafe for the teachers and their families, they're definitely unsafe for your kids and family too! Let's just hope none of the unions' break ranks and stabs the others in the back. Makes concessions. Starts kissing Ford's butt. The track record is not very good. Consider this: why has it taken so long for the provincial union execs' to lead the charge, on their member's behalf?!? Talk about last minute! Best hold your breathCBC @ PR @ Twitter

Teacher Bashing: Ford goes on the offensive attacking the teacher unions personally to defend his very dubious school reopening plan. Not much new here either. Sad. Offensive. Most unbecomingYahoo



MOE: The Ontario Minister of Education: Minister Stephen definitely has released a vague, half baked reopening plan for the province's schools come this fall. It lists three options: a normal and a modified, and an at home learning routine. No, Ontario's teacher federations and other important frontline education groups weren't properly consulted despite their wealth of knowledge and expertise. No, the MOE didn't provide sufficient notice for September. Nor the funding, space, training or support needed to ensure a safe school re-opening either. The "plan" and the critiques are @ CBC @ CP24 @ TStar

People for Education's Annie Kidder has argued all along that the Ford government absolutely must include Ontario's teachers and educators to develop a safe and realistic school reopening plan, but to no avail. DuhTStar @ P4E

Sick Kids Hospital: On the other hand, Sick Kids did help the MOE to help develop their plan. Here's their flawed, if not well intentioned response. Also a critique of it's unfortunate lack of proper, well informed, safety protocols, a "sad example of bad pandemic advice" @ SK @ NP @ CBC @ CP

ECE Reopening Childcare Plan: But the Early Childcare Educator's carefully considered submission was ignored by the Ontario MOE @ CCO



MIA: So who else is missing in action. See below:

ETFO's Plan to Reopen Schools: Here's the elementary teacher's submission to the Ontario MOE [Ministry of Education]  @ ETFO

OECTA's Plan to Reopen Schools: Ditto the Ontario English Catholic TeachersOECTA

OSSTF's Safe Return For All: Ditto the Ontario Secondary School TeachersOSSTF

Right Wing Watch: Last February's "Working Parents Vaughan" fake news ads have been found guilty of violating the Ontario Elections Act. Turns out Conservative millionaire Michael Degasperis was the Neo conster ... ahem ... mastermind behind all this despicable bullshit. He has close ties to MOE Stephen Lecce. Helped drum up right wing hysteria against the province's teachers for the Ford government during the rotating strikes. Sure Degasperis got caught red handed. Now gets a little slap on the wrist. While the injustice remains, a fait accompli. Sadly, we'll keep seeing this again and again and again, like always, for as long as the Ford Conservatives remain in power. Then again, the Liberal and NDP weren't above a little ol' teacher bashing when in government too. And so it goes and on and on and on @ PP @ PP @ PP

"Teaching as Activism, Teaching as Care": A prog primer. A teacher writes @ Tolerance

Building Student Understanding: An all white class in Memphis Tennessee is working together with an all back class in NJ to bridge America's racial and cultural divide. Yup! Teach 'em young. Education is our greatest tool to try change the world for the better, if not now, then in the years' aheadEdu



Mt. Rushmore: Here's why Trump's speech at Mt. Rushmore is so objectionable, especially for the Lakota Tribe @ ST

Tulsa Rally: Why was the location of Trump's first 2020 election rally so awfully shocking and offensive for American blacks? Consider the "Massacre of Black Wall Street" @ Atlantic And "The Tulsa Race Massacre" @ PBS

"40 Ways 2 Fight Fascists: Street Legal Tactics 4 Community Activists": Free PDF @ SSS

KULTURE KULT INK



Canada Vs The US: Who's the best, eh?!? @ NY

On White Priviledge: As a white male myself, I think it's really sad. So many of us are afraid of letting go of our sense of privilege. Of creating a level playing field where we too must compete. Maybe some of us are worried that we're somehow sub par ? If not, why do we then need an unfair advantage, to compete with everyone else?!? Really, it's quite sad and pathetic. More on white privilege and it's many nuances @ TT

Rotiskenrakehete: The traditional role and responsibility of an indigenous warrior or "rotiskenrakehete" is to protect their community. It's their duty, not a question of choice. That's part and parcel of belonging to a society that practices and promotes harmony and balance in nature. They certainly aren't terrorists, thugs or a gang, as the mainstream media suggests. So whom exactly are the RCMP protecting? As they enforce GasLink oil pipeline injunctions on unceded Wet'suwet'en land? And why are Wet'suwet'en fighting back so hard? @ RPM @ RPM

Cuba Vacations: International tourists will be welcome back at Cuba's resorts, but only in safe, select area's where we won't pose or be at risk of infection. That comes at stage 3 of their recovery plan. Think Cayo Coco rather than Habana. More @ TL



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Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?

Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?
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