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Monday, 3 October 2016

Teacher Free Speech October News y Views!

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TEACHER + UNION

OSSTF has finally been able to reach hard fought local collective agreements for all their teachers and support staff with the province's intransigent public school boards, 25 months after the last one expired @ OSSTF

Trudeau government repeals Bills C-377 and C-252, Harper's anti-union legislation CLC

370 Windsor Catholic board janitors, secretaries, maintenance and support staff are on strike. Their pay has been frozen since 2012. Unifor @ CBC

Safety and Solidarity Be Damned? At least 11 OECTA Windsor teachers have been suspended indefinitely without pay for insubordination in not quickly crossing a support worker picket line as ordered by the board @ Windsor

Fighting Austerity: A teacher call to activism with the broader labour movement from a social justice perspective. Nice one Felipe! ETFO Voice

Total EQAO Fail! Er .... I'm referring to the new online standardized test for Ontario's Gr. 10 secondary school math students. It was cancelled after the new system crashed. The MOE isn't ready to give up the ghost tho -they expect to reschedule the cursed tests for this spring CBC

Now it seems the controversial and much despised EQAO tests were cyber hacked Examiner

Goodbye Defined Benefit Pensions for new workers! Why should UNIFOR members have voted against the GM contract?! More concession bargainingRankFile

Not So Hush Hush: The Wynne Liberal government has asked OSSTF Provincial to extend, or "roll over" member contracts for another year, removing the possibility of a nasty strike occurring during the next Ontario provincial election, widely expected in Spring 2018. It's unclear what terms might be renegotiated in any talks that follow. Under court order, compensation for Bill 115 could quite conceivably be on the table. ETFO Prez Sam Hammond was surprised with the short notice he received. Meanwhile at OECTA? The long "sound of silence" continues unabated. OSSTF PC met to discuss the Lib proposal at it's September 30th meet. Nothing more yet, but the Globe story is now @ Globe

More Teacher Bashing: "Union bargaining tactics" are unfairly being blamed for 57 occasional teachers who's permanent contracts were rescinded after they defied a legal pink list in effect when they accepted the jobs during a work action by OECTA TECT elementary during it's difficult, long drawn out negotiation's with the TCDSB Catholic board @ CBC



Meanwhile in Chicago ... [not to be confused with Ontario ... ]

Chicago Teachers Union reaches a twelfth hour tentative agreement [TA] narrowly adverting a full fledged strike. Here's the board's initial offer, and the full text of the TA @ CTU

One For All, All For One: Seems the CTU managed to protect pensions for both it's current members and new hires @ Socialist Worker

2,000 Seattle teachers wear Black Live Matter t-shirts to school to push for racial justice in education @ Telesur

Retired California teachers are volunteering to help out at school, which proves very useful, much appreciated and results in great saving$. That's fabulous, but let's hope they are also working in conjunction with the teacher unions to make sure they are not being used to cheaply cover up deficiencies or undermine good, full time jobs for the younger teachers! More @ Willits

Taking No BS in Nova Scotia: 94% of the public school teachers voted. 70% rejected a second tentative contract agreement with the provincial government. Watch for some fancy Neo Lib legislative moves, and/ or a strike vote to follow @ NSTU

Special Education Parents Guide: How to organize an IEP [Individual Education Profile] binder for school meetings about your child! This is a US article, but Canadian parents can still easily adapt and use the same format as per our own schools provincial policies and procedures. Essential Understood

Stopping America From Thinking It's OK to Grope Again: Ontario's controversial new sex ed program teaches "consent". Stateside, the focus too is on teaching little boys and girls to respect each other's space from an early age. No it's not cute, when children force kiss each other or make any type of unwanted "playfulsexual advances WP

No Fi? Some university and college campus' are prohibiting the use of wifi devices within the classroom learning environment because of the many unwelcome and detrimental distractions they can create @ Globe

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA



Trudeaumania continues unabated across Canada! In an IPSO poll, 64% of Canadians approved of the Liberal government's performance. 58% felt PM Justin Trudeau had "met or exceeded" their expectations. This US article praises his focus on "consensus" and avoidance of  "wedge issues". Yes, it is a great relief, especially when we see what's happening south of our border. However, as the article also points out, Canadians now all but lack an effective government opposition in Ottawa, with both the NDP and PC parties "leaderless" and in "disarray". Certainly, nuances in the Trudeau government's approach to Electoral Reform, the C-51 "Terror" Act, First Nation Issues, and Cannabis Legalization give pause to the homegrown critical thinker. Trudeau talks from the moderate Neo Lib left but still continues to rule from the Neo Con right as we await "deliverology"WP 

Climate 101: The Largest Act of Youth-Led Climate Civil Disobedience in Canadian History! So, what happens when 99 students confront Trudeau over gas pipelines during a protest in Ottawa? They are arrested Ricochet

Honour Your Promises: Young workers at the Ottawa CLC National Young Workers Congress vent their frustration with the PM in no uncertain terms @ CBC

Ontario's provincial election date has been bumped up from the fall to June 8, 2018. Til now, both our municipal and provincial elections have occurred in the fall. As a result, confusion, bad weather and voter turnout have been problematic in the past. So then, is this just all about helping us, the lowly befuckled voter? Hardly! A June provincial election date could also work out especially well for many of our Toronto councillors who'd like to take a run at provincial politics without the risk of giving up their municipal seats and perksTorontoist


School cuts hurt!

Long + Winding Road: Premier Wynne signals an end to the floundering Ontario provincial government's troubling "net zero" Neo Lib Austerity budget measures. Wait to see where this all ultimately leads, but the news story is @ Star

Trudeau suggests Canadians know where he stands on the Trump allegations. It's just that he won't say it ..... Huff

Not So Smart By Half? Ontario PC leader Pat Brown's controversial flip flop on sex ed has made his cagey social conservative followers real mad. Now they are fighting back @ Star

Toronto Neo Conster Doug Ford announces that he absolutely continues to support Donald Trump despite all the disturbing, recent allegations. He claims that millions of women still do too. That includes his daughters and wife. He says they told him that they are much more concerned about business tax rates in the US rather than whether the Republican presidential contender is a sexual predator. Jeez. Video and script @ CityTV 



Trump? Doug Ford's back 2 haunt us!

We Canadians shouldn't get too smug about the horrific racism and intolerance towards minorities in the US! A look at how we have treated new Canadians here shows that we actually often don't treat ours much better @ CBC Indeed, a recent survey reveals 68% of us think they should do more to try to "fit in" or "assimilate" with their lifestyles, food and clothes @ CBC

Canadian Values? Which Canadian Values? Here are five different Canadian groups, based upon our beliefs, values and identities, at least as far as pollster Angus Reid is concerned. Which best describes you? Try the survey CBC 

Cannabis Culture's LGBTQ marijuana outlet in Toronto's "Gay Village" has relocated south to 461 Church Street after last month's scummy eviction escapade. Details to follow. Meanwhile the Peterborough outlet has reopened and been raided/ shut down again @ Examiner



Wanted: Richard Standon rocks Peterborough Ontario!

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Marijuana activist and Peterborough Cannabis Culture Dispensary owner Richard Standon. His shop recently reopened and was raided again @ MK 

More on the Cannabis Culture Toronto and Peterborough raids in my new blog Here!

Cannabis Culture, 600 Church St Toronto got all of their deposit back, including the first month rent from their scum landlords, after the bogus "eviction" notice and police "raid". Reports are that the publicity and outrage packed the weed dispensary with customers for a month. Now business looks even better. The new improved 461 Church digs further south feature a much bigger retail and lounge space! Watch for an in-store mural highlighting the history of the local gay community, including the infamous 1981 Toronto police bathhouse raids!

More! Read @ Toronto and @ Peterboro and on my newest blog Here!



Health Canada unveils new ACMPR [Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations] guidelines. Theoretically, medical cannabis patients can grow their own supply or get a designated grower. But how realistic are the new regulations? Will they be changed again? The good, the bad and the ugly @ Lift

Canada's medical marijuana patients are increasingly finding themselves stuck in the middle of the Trudeau government's uncertain political games on the road to legalization next year @ Herb

The Toronto Dispensary Raids aka Project Claudia disappears again, this time from the agenda for the October 25th Municipal Licensing Standards Committee meet. No further date has been scheduled. I attended the meeting. Questioned Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti and a member of the secretariat. Both played dumb, claiming they didn't even know about the item. A ridiculous mini licensing session on service animals ["Ferrets", "Snakes" anyone?], parking and towing, and the like ensues. Toronto City Hall bides it's time awaiting direction from Ottawa and the province instead @ Lift

IN THE NEWS



In Solidarity With Standing Rock!

The Last "Indian" War? The Standing Rock Sioux escalate their fight against Big Oil to save water and sacred indigenous lands in North Dakota! Nowadays, the "drunken Indian is dead", but in ways we might little expect! They are rising to fight the good fight in no uncertain terms AMSX

Some Kool Links: Stand in solidarity with Standing Rock against the DAPL [Dakota Access Pipeline] @ ICT More on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe @ Facebook You can also find some great graphics and the latest progressive indigenous news links Thunder Walks About



Dumb! Dumber! Dumbest? Surprise! A new study reveals that the political establishment in Washington thinks most voters are "morons". Perhaps explaining why so many Americans are deeply disenchanted with them vis a vis the low approval ratings for both the Democrat and Republican party candidates in the current Presidential election race @ Vice

Inside Trump's Total Meltdown @ Time/MSN

Trump in Free Fall: The unmaking of a US president from a Canadian writer's perspective Ribbon

US Election Klown Show continues with the Third "Debate". Consider it from an international perspective. Is Clinton's "military fox in sheep clothing" rhetoric serving to stir up new Cold War tensions with Russia and China? Telesur

Here's a "Fact Check" on the Third Debate, regretfully the only way to make much sense of all the nonsense @ NYT

Not So Funny Business: Check out the "roasts" at the Al Smith Dinner @ Trump and @ Clinton



Scary! Scary! Who would be on Trump's Cabinet if he's elected president. Welcome to the CEO party @ Politico

Donald Trump -Sexual Predator: 4 women step forward to refute Trump claims, during the second debate, that he hasn't ever engaged in unwanted kissing and groping [aka unwanted sexual touching ... or even sexual assault]. It quickly becomes a election bombshell as the candidates enter the homestretch of the race @ WP

Hard To Swallow: Some of Trump's fervent follower's on the evangelical right can't remain silent about his "blatant immortality" and "idolatry" any longer even though he is "pro-life" @ CT and @ Telegraph and @ CP

Other Pro Trump pastors doggedly hang on, comparing his female sexual assault accusers to Satan @ RWW

Saved?!? Found Jesus??? Evangelist Jerry Falwell Jr. still supports Trump because he's a "changed man" despite any evidence to the contrary @ TPM



High Road: Michelle Obama evokes a sense of pure authenticity so far largely lacking in the Hillary Clinton campaign. She forcefully addresses her feelings as a woman and mother towards the Trump sexual assault allegations with a stunningly common, heartfelt, and popular touch. Michelle explains that it shakes her to the very core in one of the most most powerful election speeches in recent memory @ Vox

"Billy Bush Made Him Do It" or "Boys Will Be Boys"?!? Melania Trump defends hubby Donald's "boy talk" in her big TV interview on CNN. Sigh! Alas! Show biz sycophant Billy Bush is thrown over the bridge as she fingers him for edging her poor Donald on in the tape. Leadership implications be damned. So too for Billy the scapegoat -he's fired! @ CNN

Neither Clinton or Trump have so far managed to spark the millennial vote. Far from it Telesur

Trump continues to fall far behind Democratic Presidential contender Hillary Clinton in the projected Electoral Vote; 197 votes to her 241. 170 are needed to win! Forget the confusing popularity polls and rampant fear mongering. This is what will decide who become the next US president! Follow @ CBC Tracker


"Prez" Trump: Only he can protect Americans?!?

Making America Grope Again ...!? Here's a link to Trump's .... ahem ... "locker room talk" video with Billy Bush @ Youtube

Who Won The Second Presidential Debate?!? It doesn't really matter! When you stoop this low everybody loses @ Globe

Fact Check: Trump made 33 false claims and Clinton 5, during the second er .... Presidential Debate @ Star

The second US Presidential Debate was staged on our Canadian Thanksgiving, reminding us all of why we are so grateful we live in this country ..... Meanwhile, a quick fact check shows Trump's claims about Canada's healthcare system aren't true. Yup! We Canucks are pretty angry now from coast to coast .... Gee, maybe the US better build a "Canada Wall" after all?!? To stop the Timbits angrily being tossed their way??? ;-) More @ Buzzfeed

You're Fired! The mediated rise and fall of Donald Trump, Celebrity Apprentice showman @ NYT

Body Language: Trump's posturing and pacing behind, over and around Clinton during the 2nd debate is classic male bullying not unlike that experienced by many women in the workplace. Fortunately, Hillary was quite aware of what he was doing and knew how to respond effectively CNN

Trump Stalks Hillary: Debate footage coupled with a creepy soundtrack helps suitably frame the Donald's stage movements, especially for many women, who often encounter such frightening behaviour quite regularly, in the workplace and everyday life @ RS

America the Beautiful? Colin Kaepernick laments that the US election debates are between "two proven liars" trying to show who's "less racist"! @ NYT

Won't Get Fooled Again? Meet the new boss Hillary Clinton, who's in "solidarity" with other powerful white women. The End Game? To assimilate themselves into the hoary, old, privileged, white male, power system @ BDG

The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil: There are plenty of skeletons in both the Clinton and Trump closets as the oligarchical rigging of the 2016 US Election continues full throttle with .... surprise ~Trump y whatever's left of the Republicans perhaps about to go down very hard in favour of the .... sigh! ... Democratic party establishment @ Telesur

So, whats in the Clinton Wikileaks?!? Few know or care as the Donald gets side tracked personally attacking his accusers @ Vice



Wikileak transcripts of Clinton's speeches reaffirm how cozy she is behind closed doors on Wall Street Telesur

Wikileaks and Inconvenient Truths: The leaked campaign documents are being recast by the Democrats as a Putin plot Intercept

Trump Rigging: Article describes the Donald as a "pathological liar" and "self made loser". His erratic behaviour "pushed voters" into Clinton's hands. Alas! The author doesn't analyze and develop the end result further, except as it applies to the psyche of the twisted Trumpster NJ

Conspiracy Theories Anybody? Are the electorate being manipulated? By the media? Or diabolical foreign or the big monied capitalist interests? Is everything in the US, let alone the election itself, not as it may seem? Alas! The prospects of even a half witted consideration of what's really going on behind the scenes in the US today are destroyed but good as Trump responds to the groping allegations by drawing upon a mad dog's breakfast of "global conspiracy" theories @ Slate and @ BNN

Meanwhile there are at least 6 major media conspiracies unfolding largely unnoticed behind the facade of the Trump-Clinton Election Clown Show. NB: Regardless of the specifics, or whomever wins, the goals are the same; to support and maintain the power brokers' status quo ActivistPost



Also Sliding Under The Ol' Radar Belt: The US enters the war against Yemen! Missile strikes follow murky allegations of rebel attacks against it's naval destroyers in what looks like a B-Grade twenty-first century "Tonkin Gulf" remake. The story also goes largely unnoticed stateside among all the Trump hubris @ Guardian and @ GR

More on Yemen and the Vietnam War Era Tonkin Gulf connection @ RN

WTF?!? Pentagon isn't sure whether it was even Yemen whom supposedly fired missiles at their ship @ ZH

Nobody is talking about the US air strikes in the US where the mainstream media is distracted by the election clown show. Would seem a good foreign policy issue for the election trail, but no @ TF



The Politics of Fear: How voting is a ritual to divide @ ActivistPost

Read Cuba's Fidel Castro on "The Uncertain Destiny of the Human Species". His critique of the Trump-Clinton TV debates is @ Telesur

Donald Trump: Smarty Pants? Seems Republican Presidential contender Donald Trump went bankrupt to the tune of almost a billion dollars in 1995! That means he mightn't have paid taxes for the next 18 years! Meanwhile, Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns. He brags that not paying taxes makes him "smart'. Of course, taxes are what pay for defence, schools, police, firefighters, roads ...... so does that mean that those good citizens who do pay their dues are "chumps" in the Donald's mind! Amazing @ NYT

Panama Papers Canada or "More Billionaire "Smarty Pants"?! The deepening investigation into Canada's tax cheats is raising some more very disturbing questions. Why have our Canadian banks been actively involved with these notorious island tax havens for over 50 years?!? @ Star



Who Are Our Canuck Panama Tax Cheats? Don't hold your breath expecting names! However, the NDP has tabled a bill on "Canadian Revenue Agency Efforts to Combat Tax Avoidance and Disclosure" to challenge our bank's privileged secrecy laws that are often evoked to block disclosure @ Huff

NORML releases it's Congressional Scorecard for supporters of legal weed ahead of the November 8th US Election @ NORML



Here's a state by state guide to the 2016 marijuana ballot initiatives that will be on the November 8th ballot Freedom Leaf

Big Drug Pushers: Why are the US Big Pharma interests sponsoring a conference on the future of health care in Canada. Eh? ... They don't like the notion of universal medicare on their doorstep? Pshaw Rabble.ca

The Big Pharma interests are also dishing out big bucks to block legalized medical marijuana .... because .... because .... they are really worried about you! Pffffffft! @ Facebook

Oh Cannabis: Legal marijuana in Canada will violate a number of DEA approved international drug treaties that unfairly targeted Cannabis among the blurry haze of US induced Reefer Madness in years past. Our options @ CBC



It's "just commie propaganda"?!? Say what???

White Supremacists? What?! You mean there are still white supremacists around today? Sure! Ask Trump? Eh?!? There's no such thing??? Ask Clinton??? Hmmmmmm ... Well then, howzabout asking Obama???? Que? What?!? Not much to say either??? The politics of denial @ CBC


Trump has brought US white extremist hate groups into the political mainstream @ MotherJones

Why is there no big fuss about "White on White Crime"? Contrary to popular misconceptions, FBI reports show that 84% of violent crimes against whites are actually done by whites, who actually commit more crimes than any other group! However, unlike with "Black on Black Crime" the numbers are somehow mysteriously overlooked by the media, and not used to try to justify increased police brutality against white people! Go figure @ Affinity


Controversial New York Times article and a Democratic party ad comparing Trump to former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reinforce the bizarre idea of right wing centralist politics somehow actually being reasonable and sane. The US continues to meddle and intervene in international hot spots based upon this very narrow worldview, by which they often falsely interpret the situation both at home and abroad. It was a given in the Clinton-Trump debate. Too bad Bernie wasn't there to add a US style Democratic Socialist alternative, maybe providing some real depth and scope during these very dangerous times, as the country gets stoked up again to play world leader! Sigh! Alas!  Article NYT Critique @ Telesur

UN to vote again Oct. 26th against the US Economic Embargo of Cuba. Last year the vote was 191 to 2 condemning it. The US and Israel are seriously outnumbered, but to no avail, at the world council @ Telesur

Dancing With The Enemy? Trump is now very keen to derail US attempts to normalize relations with the rogue, socialist state of Cuba. Ironically, in the past he's helped lead the charge against the US embargo by doing business there, clearly violating US law @ Telesur

KULTURE KULT INK


Re imagining Abandoned Schools: Welcome to the new millennium and lost hope @ Atlantic and @ Urbanist and @ Deserted

Presidential Debates: Can you picture JFK verses Nixon verses Trump?!? How times change! See @ Slate

Facebook Censorship: First the Vietnam War Era "Napalm Girl" was censored. Now black civil rights icon Rosa Park too! One supposes they just don't ..... "love freedom"??? Oh! Who doesn't?!? Facebook maybe!? @ Activist Post

And It's For Life .... 30 awful tattoo fails @ Runt

We Are Vikings!?! "Yeaaaah!" "Naaaaw!" "Hmmmmm!" Seems such ingressive pulmonic speech came to Canada via the Norse CBC



Just Blink 182 times if you know ...

Wiki Alien Email Leak: Turns out former Blink-182 singer/ guitarist Tom DeLonge was in contact with Clinton election campaign manager John Podesta about Roswell and UFO's. No Comment from the Trumpster yet Noisey

Flying Saucer Rock and Roll: Tom DeLonge left Blink-182 in 2015 to "expose the truth about aliens". Sigh! Alas! Let's hope he hasn't fallen into their dire clutches. More @ Noisey

Explained: What does "420" refer to?!? Why do some folks enjoy getting supremely stoned at that time in the afternoon? Think of it sort of like a marijuana "Oktoberfest" or "Cocktail Time" for tokers @ Vice



Best stoner tv ...?

Why Watch Commercials? High Times picks out some truly potent and mind expanding whoppers that are sure to bedazzle and entertain when one is good n' stoned @ Baked!

Ditching Stoner Shame: "Reefer Madness" propaganda always portrayed pot heads as depraved fiends. Unlike say ...well... drunks who yell in your face, grope girls and get in fights over talk that's only interesting if you are veeeeerrrrrry, veeeeerrrrrryyyyyyy feeble minded and/or drunk! Feel no shame next time you light up to feel good or have fun @ WP



Yer Kulture Kult Juke Box: Here's 40 great songs from a wide variety of genres to get high on 420 courtesy Weed Reader @ 1st 20! and @ 2nd 20!

Of course, there's always Rita Marley's "One Draw [The Original 12 Inch Mix]" @ Youtube

Here's a guide to the "100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the Eighties", complete with video links ... many more than I could ever reasonably post here! Enjoy @ PopMatters 

Eh?!? Yes! Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" comes in at #1 @ Youtube



Here's a good review of Karma Cup Toronto 2016 @ Dankr.ca

Feeling alright at the Karma Cup @ NOW

Read my blog reviews too @ HERE and @ THERE!

Who's Got The Best Weed? Plan to attend High Time's Karma Cup in downtown Toronto on October 22-23 2016! The elite medical cannabis and hashish competition will also feature live music, speakers, demos, displays, vendors, artists and glass blowing. It boasts Canada's largest medicated rest area for patients! General admission for the weekend is $15 [Cdn]. No medical marijuana license is needed to attend. No alcohol allowed! You must be 18 plus! Potent and mind expanding info and good times await! More @ Karma Kup

Tokes n' Tunes: Amoeba Record's flagship location in Berkeley California is converting a section of the store into a .... get this -marijuana dispensary! Yup! It's high time somebody really raised the volume on good vibes as music sales continue to slump @ CC



Apocalypse Klown [2016]: What's with the rash of creepy killer clowns? Pervert clowns? Other just plain, down right disturbing clowns clowning around all the time, very weird like? Are they a sign of our times? Some notes on the nature of creepiness CNN

Making Women Rage: "Pussy Grabs Back" has become a feminist rallying call, a meme and even a Youtube hit in response to the Trump "Grope" video @ Guardian

Check out musician Kim Boekbinder's "Pussy Grabs Back" video @ Youtube

There's even a Twitter account @ PussyGrabsBack



XXX: The Donald "Grabs It" techno dance video. Not for all to tastes but certainly gets the message across in no uncertain terms @ MVGEN

Donald Trump -Party Animal? Seems the Donald liked to snort coke and get it on with very young models back in the day! Hey!!! Ummmm ... was Toronto's Rob Ford there too?!? Daily Beast

The Donald Finally Finds A Working Microphone: Actor Alex Baldwin continues to portray Trump on Saturday Night Live right up until the election. Check out his skit on the Trump grope tape @ CBC

Welcome to the Working World: Seems the aspiring capitalists on Trump's hit Apprentice shows were all too familiar with his sexual aggressive behaviour towards women. However, some just wrote it off as "playful" @ AP

Ballad of Hillary y Yoko? It's a very sad day when 83 year old Japanese American alternative artist and Beatle widow Yoko Ono is dragged into the US election mudpit. News report that she had an affair with Hillary Clinton, backed up with completely made up quotes from a supposed interview, is completely false and misleading. Story debunked @ Rojakpot



Unfortunately a lot of homophobic and even racist attacks have followed. Check out the reader comments @ WNDR

Cannabis Activists are learning how to use the power of social media. We can challenge the lies and create a sea change in public opinion. No longer need we be isolated and gagged by the "Reefer Madness" mentality propagated in the mainstream media LGF

The Horror! The Horror! Is the social media is to blame! Nowadaze people are actually becoming more politically informed from a wider cross section of different points of view! Alas! Apparently, that makes us more "partisan". Against what?!? Conformity? Media lies?  Well ... it's definately harder to manufacture consent ... but for whom?!? The whole intellectual perspective [so to speak] in which the concerns are framed in the article that follows is totally mind boggling ... Perhaps critical thinking just simply isn't a life skill that's very welcome in our much mediated world anymore??? For shame @ Globe



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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

ETFO is holding town hall phone conferences with their members starting tonight. Predicting we will hear how wonderful it will be to prop up the Wynne Liberals by giving them contract extensions and how little we will get for the remedy to the Bill 115 fiasco...how do you spell SELL OUT: HAMMOND

Anonymous said...

Looks like that comment earlier was correct about OSSTF in talks over settlement money from imposition of Bill 115.

Where is Ann Hawkins arguing to get money for Bill 115/OECTA MOU imposed on OECTA members by their union with no free vote on MOU allowed????

David Chiarelli said...

My understanding is that OECTA MOU "Me Too" clause means everyone will receive whatever the other affiliates can re-negotiate, but correct me if I'm wrong. Quite the sweetheart deal! Plus looks like the OLP union divide y conquor tactics worked only too well, with OSSTF y ETFO collaborators now bellying up to drink the neo lib red wine too! Alas! Any news on the OSSTF PC decision or ETFO survey results yet?

Anonymous said...

Please google "Pat Buchanan has strong exchange with Smirconish on CNN." It's a great look at the Donald Trump issue. It strongly suggests that the media( CNN- Clinton's cable) has focused on Trump's alleged discretions only and has all but ignored Clinton's influence on what should be the major concerns (Open borders, loss of millions of jobs, and a failed involement in the Middle East.) I have never been a fan of political correctness because it excuses the thugs in our classrooms from being held accountable. Over the 31 years of my teaching career I watched the accountability of students go to zero because we were not allowed to be honest. In my last year I called a student "lazy". I became the bad guy. Parents and administration scolded me for using that word. When I used the politically correct term (motivationally disposessed) I was again scolded for focussing on the negative.
Over half of America (Bernie Sanders 45%, Trump- 75%) are desparately seeking change in Washington and America.
It does seem fishy that the women accusers only come forward (one or two at a time) many years later with their stories of Trump being abusive. No reports 37 years ago? Hmm.
The fact is the establishment in Washington (both Democrats and Republicans) do not want to see things change. Trump brings enormous change starting with his bombastic style. I like it because it counters the say nothing that might upset someone style we see from Obama, Trudeau (Mr. Selfie) and Clinton. This style is prevalent throughout our school system. The thugs run the show and when they do something horrific the first question they get is "How are you feeling right now?" Obama is afraid to use the word terrorist because he might offend someone. Trump probably has lost the election because the controlled media has done all the thinking for many Americans. However, the thought that Hilary Clinton will lead America is scary. All she did was win the race to the bottom. Were there not better people to lead America?

David Chiarelli said...

Too bad about Bernie ...

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The Temple of Kukulkan!

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!
Truly amazing!

Under Reconstruction!

Under Reconstruction!

Temples + Snakes!

Temples + Snakes!

The Snake!

The Snake!
It runs the length of the ball field!