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Monday, 30 December 2019

Teacher Free Speech Summer 2020 News y Views

LaTEr aDDiTiOns R In LargE TypE! mY Acronym Guide IS @ hErE! REadeRs gUiDe 2 TeaCHer fREE sPEech NeWs Y vIeWs @ HERE! MuCh, mUch morE to coMe ..... TWeEtS @ davidchiarelli 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 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 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 IN THE NEWS 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 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 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 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 disease @ MMWR 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 MOE: The Ontario Minister of Education: Minister Stephen Lecce 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 @ Opo @ 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. Duh @ TStar @ 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 Teachers @ OECTA OSSTF's Safe Return For All: Ditto the Ontario Secondary School Teachers @ OSSTF 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. 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' ahead @ Edu 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 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 COMMENTS Posted by Kulture Kult Ink at 21:11 0 comments

Friday, 27 December 2019

Teacher Free Speech Winter 2020 News y Views!

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EDUCATION BEAT


Strike Hard: Schools close across Ontario on Friday Feb. 21st, for the first time since the Harris Years. As for the rotating strikes? AEFO, ETFO, OECTA, and OSSTF are now raising the ante for the Ford government, as they all walk out together. Then collectively rally again next day outside the Conservative policy convention in Niagara Falls, under the OFL "People Verses Conservative Cuts" banner. Jeez! This can't be about a 2% raise, like the Minister of Education claims! The teachers have voluntarily lost that much in pay, out on the picket lines, by now! Ummm .... don't back down! @ CBC @ OFL @ Facebook

Ontario Interlude: During my quick travel turn around back here in Toronto, come the dead o' winter, I managed to catch two big protests, in the freezing cold. Help out in some small part. At the Feb. 21 Queens Park Rally in Toronto, 30,000 of us shut down all four lanes of traffic around the legislature for at least 3 hours; a steady stream of protesters from the AEFO, ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF teacher unions. My buffalo drum got a great work out! At the Feb. 22 Conservative "Policy" Convention in Niagara Falls, hundreds of OFL and teacher protesters stood between the hotel and the convention centre. Loudly voicing our concerns, in no uncertain terms, as the delegates made their way in. Labour leaders also advised the neo-consters that a province wide shut down could be forthcoming! More @ Globe  @ ETFOV @ Global @ Globe



May The Force B W/ Us: Rockin' The Tory Policy Con-vention!


Alt Fact Lies: Toronto Sun reporter Brian Liley [we use the term lightly ...] lies! Tries to set up the Catholic teachers at the Niagara Rally. Falsely links them to a radical protester with a sign claiming con-man MPP Sam Oosterhoff is a "problem an abortion could've solved.


Even an outraged Minister of Education Stephen Lecce jumps on board, demanding an apology. Ha! Drat! Foiled! Who needs to apologize now? @ Global @ SCS


Teacher Strike Info: Ontario's AEFO, ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF public elementary, secondary and Catholic teachers overwhelmingly voted in support of work to rule and job strike actions. Here's a parents' guide with the relevent union, trustee, and government on line links, so you can reach out, get involved and stay informed, during the difficult political winter ahead @ Chat

Harris Redux? Premier Doug Ford fancies himself a modern day Robin Hood, much like former Conservative Premier Mike Harris during the 1990's. Pretending that he's the good guy in Ontario politics, taking money and resources from the big, bad teacher unions to pay off the province's public education bills. However, in gutting our world class education system, it's quite clear that Doug The Thug is just providing fat, tax cuts for his rich friends. The highly unpopular Ford Conservative government has so far only succeeded in hitting rock bottom in the polls @ Star

Here's How Ford's Education Cuts Hurt Kids: @ Star



Thumbs Down: The Ford government has so far been hesitant to legislate the teachers back to work. They are losing the PR battle. Public support is solidly on the teacher's side against his education cuts. While Our Dougie is exposed as the big, bad, untrustworthy bully that he is @ TStar @ Globe @ Record

Sisters Got The PowerConsider Ford's fight with the teachers as a deeper fight over family policy. A majority of the province's teachers are female identified. The students have mothers. His highly unpopular "austerity" cuts directly hurt women and families @ Spec @ TStar

Vaughan Working Families Scam: Insider Conservative attack ads target the teachers falsely, supposedly on behalf of City of Vaughan families in the GTA. They are quickly exposed as a complete fake. Consider it a nasty lesson in the deep, dark art of political gamesmanship @ TStar @ TStar

Right Wing Watch: Teachers are often vilified by the government in the public eye, to win a contract dispute. Sadly, the damage to the teaching profession and our public schools is long term and toxic. Even though it is later proven to all be a big lie. Learn more @ TR

Every Child Left Behind: Consider Ford's education cuts as a conservative wrecking ball. They open the door to privatization. Lay the groundwork for better private charter schools for the rich. Destroy public educational opportunities for immigrants, working families and the poor. Creating more inequality in our incredibly diverse province. Think of it as open class war, against our world class education system. Also, against equal opportunity for all, here in our province @ Macs @ BBC



Labour Unites: 11 other Ontario public sector unions are joining the teachers in a Charter Right Challenge to Ford's Bill 124 1% wage cap on the public sector @ IP and @ Star 

Bill 124: A teacher wage increase isn't the sticking issue in contract talks. Far from it, even though, over time, 1% represents a significant pay cut, considering the inflation rate. Rather, Bill 124 is being challenged as unconstitutional in court, because it unfairly interferes in the collective bargaining process @ Star  

Defying the Law: Ford's Bill 124, like Bill 115 before it, might eventually, very well, be overturned. However, the damage will already have been done! 

Without doubt, a legal challenge takes many years to go through the courts. Probably result in another two bit pay out. Meanwhile, the teacher unions are once again invariably placed in the danger of caving in to more concession bargaining, like they did in 2012 and 2016, to try lessen their losses. 

Much of the current contract disputes are simply focused on reversing Ford's education cuts in staffing and class size to maintain the status quo. But Ford remains intransigent.

If legislated back to work, will Ontario's teacher unions finally risk a little, much needed civil disobedience? Stop the Ford government dead in it's tracks? Like they did Premier Davis during the 1970's, when they weren't afraid to really put their ass on the line? In the truest of democratic traditions? Rather than just huff and puff and engage in a whole lot  of ultimately useless posturing one again? We'll see! More @ MFB





2 Years Probation: That's what 3 students from the prestigious St Mike's football team got for a vicious sex assault with a broom handle on another student. It seems unfathomable. The victim was so distraught, that he couldn't provide a victim impact statement to the court. The judge stomped off without providing much if any insight into his decision. I'll provide a link to the complete text of the verdict, when it becomes available. More @ CBC 

Focus On School Culture: At St. Mikes, like at many private, supposedly religious schools, the real school culture is often one of bullying and hazing. The St. Mike's sexual assault provides a very clear example, that can't be hidden or denied @ TStar

Code of Silence: The TCDSB's Mike Del Grande strikes again! This time our Grande Meister bullied a young, Catholic school board student trustee. Made it a group effort. Because she thought "Unplanned", a Pro-Life classroom movie, was too propagandistic. Also dared question whether the board should exclude gender identity and LGBTQ references from it's Code of Contact, even though it's required by law. 

An oh-so-secret investigation has been called. A closed meeting too. But nothing done. Watch for a big denominational verses human rights case in the making, sooner or later, at the TCDSB. With lots of probing questions over whether discriminatory policies, and a whole, heaping pile of old, Catholic bullying and hazing school board shit, should be funded on the public dime. More @ TStar @ Star

Catholic Right: Board lobbyist's Campaign Life Coalition award Del Grande it's top award for "defending kids" from the "LGBTQ agenda" in the "Catholic schools" @ CLC More LSN Shocked?!? Consider their "Talking Points for Parental Consultation" on "gender identity" as a "mental disorder" too CLC  @ LSN

Meanwhile ... An embattled TCDSB scurries to reaffirm it's commitment to "inclusion". The OSTA: Ontario Student Trustee Association speaks out. Also worth noting, on a much more progressive note, the Toronto OECTA Catholic Elementary TECT and Secondary TSU teachers have strongly voiced their concern over Mike Del Grande's Great Debate of sorts @ CP24 @ Star Liz Stuart 


OH CANADA




Fighting The Canadian Corporate Agenda: Coastal GasLink enlists the RCMP to brutally force their Trans Mountain Pipe Line through unceded Wet'suwet'en land in BC. They are acting by colonial rule of law, under a divide and conquer strategy, vis a vis the racist, pre TRC "Indian Act". Any pretence of truth and reconciliation, by the Trudeau corporate lacky's and the First Nations in Canada, are dashed. The tribe's hereditary chiefs decide enough is enough. Are having it. Blockades and demonstrations erupt across the country, as push comes to shove. An overview @ G @ AJ 



Declaration of Wet'suwet'en Rights: The RCMP can't legitimately enforce government injunctions for big gas on stolen Wet'suwet'en lands. From an indigenous perspective they are protecting their own land and water, for future generations. That's their choice @ GS

"First Peoples Law" or "The Wet'suwet'en" Verses Canadian Rule of Law": Guess who was here first? On unceded land that does not belong to the Crown? Now guess who's by-passing the hereditary chiefs? Appealing to the government's Indian Act chiefs and councils instead? To try push the oil industry Trans Mountain Pipe Line through anyway @ FPL



Corporate Rights VS Indigenous Consent : Here's more about Trudeau's skewered view of what "consent" means for the First Nations in Canada. And on how an oil industry pipe line across Wet'suwet'en lands, was a government conflict of interest, from the very get-go @ PO

Corporate Vs Indigenous Rights: It gets worse! Amnesty International, the BC Human Rights Committee and the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination all speak out in the Wet'suwet'en defence. And no! Pure and simple: None of them think we should let indigenous rights be defined by an energy corporation. Duh YHI



Remember Oka: A blockade of the CN train line across Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory outside Belleville, Ontario threatens to shut down rail traffic across Canada. Don't expect these warriors, for one, to back down anytime soon @ Globe

Fake News: Beware! Corporate Canada is manufacturing a mainstream media crisis to force an armed intervention and get their way @ Global



All Talk -No Action: PM Trudeau claims that the Canadian government won't use force to end the protests, demonstrations and blockades erupting across Canada. Let's see. No doubt it's a black eye for Justin who's out of Canada shilling for a UN Security Council seat on the world stage. Nor are his corporate masters impressed! 

Meanwhile Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer has yet to vacate his government post. Continues to shame himself, demanding the Wet'suwet'en "check their privilege". This from Canada's Mr. Priviledge himself! Get this -He's stepping down for pilfering Conservative Party funds to pay for his kids private school education, as he heads out the door. 

Sadly, beyond being "concerned", the NDP are MIA. Laying low. Saying and doing as little as possible to stick their neck out. Ditto the Greens who apparently "condemn" the RCMP actions, in word if not in deed. All in all? A lesson in Oligarchical Rigging 101Global @ APTN @ GP



On Why Protest and Civil Disobedience Is Necessary: They might not be popular. Are a great inconvenience. But both are sometimes absolutely necessary, if democracy is to work @ Macs

Wet'suwet'en Supporter Toolkit 2020: Lots of direct links WSTK

Indigenous Ally ToolKit: Be informed! Get involved! PDF @ IA

The Twitter Links#WetsuwetenStrong  #WetsuwetenSolidarity  #ShutCanadaDown



Extinction Rebellion Toronto: ER Toronto, a local nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience group show us how it's done! Friday downtown Yonge-Dundas rush hour traffic grinds to a halt! Only public transit is let through, a nice people's touch. CP24 covers the speeches. Perhaps a bit too shrill and erudite at times, short on the just plain folks appeal your average Torontonian might better understand. Still, the demonstration succeeded with only about 70 protesters, no small task. Let's help ER Toronto spread the good word in advance, by sharing their alerts next time @ Twitter Story @ CP24 @ CTV 


Scheer Madness: CPC Andrew Scheer steps down as CPC party leader. It's been a long descent since he fumbled the Conservative tackle of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in this fall's federal election. Seems it truly was his to lose. A time line @ CTV 

Sticking Points: Will the CPC choose another social conservative to replace Andrew Scheer at their next leadership convention? With two thirds of the Canadian electorate voting for the centre or centre left Liberals and NDP respectively, in the fall federal election? Let's face it! Andrew was a nasty piece of work. Right wing kooky. Geeky. But easy to kick around within the Canuck political milieu. And ha! ha! -it was lots of fun too! Still, one wonders if we might not miss him in retrospect, should the Cons shift back to the Canadian political centre. For now at least, it's far from a done deal! More @ CTV TSun

Private School Scandal: Alas! Seems our Andy was finally given the boot over a scandal. One we didn't hear about during the election. Yup. He was sending his own kids to a private school in Ontario, on the party dime. While buddy Dougie was ever so busy destroying our Ontario public school system! Damn! Now how are the boys going to learn how to bully and haze folks just like daddy, eh?!? @ Globe 

Neo Conned: What do Stephen Harper and Andrew Scheer have in common? Besides the CPC? Der Trumps buddies in the GOP? And Boris Johnson in the UK? For starters, they all belong to the right wing Global Intel Democratic Union! Where they attended the same sorta election seminars; on how to stalk the electorate, high tech style ... The plot thickens @ Tyee



Canada's War With Iran?!? Trump assassinates Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Almost plunges the US into a deadly long drawn out war. Few of us seem to realize, that had there been a war, Canada like many other US NATO allies would've been dragged into it too, whether we liked it or not. 

Meanwhile Americans stare at their naval, pondering Donald's antics in the Ukraine. Seem mostly oblivious to their declining confidence and respect abroad. Nope. Trump doesn't consult his allies. It's always America First, for better or worse! With fewer of us keen on sticking around for the dubious ride. More @  NP

RIP: 57 Canadians are killed as Iran mistakenly shoots down a commercial airliner departing Iran at the height of the crisis. Let's face it! War sucks. Innocents get caught in the cross fire. And the violence spirals. What folly! @ Macs

IN THE NEWS



Feel The Bern: Democratic Presidential contender Bernie Sanders promises a broad slate of "day one" executive orders. Fighting climate change? Cheaper prescription drugs? Legalized weed? What has Trump wrought? Whether they're legal enacted by executive order, or that's even practical or realistic -no matter. With the Donald a new standard has been set! Perhaps just in time for Bernie. A leftie populist president next? More @ CNN

Sander's Democratic Socialism: It's not to be confused with socialist democracy. There are some subtle changes for the American voter, which seem to be finding widespread appeal. Here's how it works! Rabble

Here We Go: Far from being humbled by the impeachment stigma, Donald Trump flex's his new expansive presidential powers to seek revenge. Without doubt, a very dangerous new precedent has been set. More below and @ Politico




But crafty ones ...

Impeached: It's official! The US House of Reps has voted to impeach President [... we use the term lightly ... ] Donald Trump on two grounds; for high crimes and misdemeanours and the obstruction of congress. Read the annotated articles of impeachment @ CNN 

Dept Of Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Der Donald responds with a most unbecoming letter, ostensibly for posterity's sake, to set the record straight. Blah. Blah. Blah. Rips Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi NBC Read the fact checkWP Then really out does himself impeachment night at a Michigan rally, mocking recently widowed, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingle. Suggesting her dead husband is in hell. And on and on and on it goes @ WP

Trump Freak Out: Pelosi is slow walking the articles of impeachment over to the Senate during the Christmas break. Demanding to know from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, what sort of trial the Senate has in mind! Will it be a fair, impartial one? Based upon facts? Witnesses? And evidence? 

An unnerved Trump goes berserk again on Twitter. Demanding "due process". Gee, does he even know what that means?!? And could he actually weather a Senate trial, without becoming totally unhinged; his own worse enemy??? More @ Pol @ WP @ MSNBC



Blemished: Trump's only the third US Present to be impeached. It's a permanent blemish on his record. Will always be on his historical record, even centuries from now. Maybe all anybody will eventually remember about the pathetic fuck ST

Two Tribes: A Democrat majority voted to impeach Trump, in the divided House of Reps. Next a divided GOP controlled Senate will decide his punishment, if any. The mighty US government is badly divided. Turning inward on itself. Doing itself in much quicker and more effectively than anybody else could. While it's enemies laugh so hard they'll piss his pants! @ NT  @ USAT 



Trump's Defence: The spineless GOP quits him without a trial. Nor any further evidence. There's a vote split strictly along party lines. Meanwhile, Trump's lawyers set a very dangerous precedent. They argue he's got an set of expanded presidential powers to pretty much do as he pleases, without much congressional oversightPBS

Head On A Pike: GOP Senators are warned about what will happen if they don't vote to acquit Trump. It works only too well, as they buckle under in mass @ Lev

Mitt Romney: The lone GOP senator to defy Trump and vote against acquittal, strictly on principle, explains why @ NYT

Body Blow: Trump's dubious aquittal scam could come back to bite his ass come election time, unless he can boost his popularity numbers. But will US voters have the wherewithal to succeed where congress, democratic traditions and the constitution have failed? @ Palmer @ NY'er



White Tribalism: Here's another variation on the tribal theme. Has more of a focus on Trump's white trash electorate and their own special brand of identity politics. Plus the need to hold onto power and privilege at all costs, damn the Republic SD @ 

Foxy: Fox News stokes hysteria throughout Trumpland with an alt fact version of the Trump Impeachment. The  coverage is rife with wild conspiracy theories. It's a false narrative supported by totally off the wall talking points. Frighteningly resembling an authoritarian cult

Think of Fox as a toxic poison within the body politic. Sadly, one that also has become for many Americans, their main source of "news". No? Check it out @ Fox and @ Wired



Foxocity: Former Fox "News" host Tobin Smith provides an insider peak at the network's secret playbook for white tribal warfare. He explains how Fox pits Retro against Metro America by mining the deep, exhaustless pet peeves of the aging, conservative couch potato [or "Foxholes"]. Fox is short on news facts. Big on their entertainment value, and the endless dopamine and serotonin hits their fix provides for the unsuspecting, addicted viewer. Sadly, Smith's irritating style and lack of editing leave a lot to be desired. But check it out! Reviews @ Div @ K

Tobin Smith also explains how the Fox formula was used to unfairly, discredit impeachment witness Colonel VindmanNYT

Trump Fundraising Blitz: The Trump re-election campaign successfully uses the Iran attack and social media ads to help fund his 2020 run. Scary stuff! I was in Florida throughout much of January while the Impeachment Trial was also going on. Fox News was piped in everywhere we went, providing his spin. The store shelves were stocked with Trump T-shirts and bumperstickers etc. etc. etc. A TV reality show come to life in real time! Sigh! Alas! He might yet pull it off! More @  WP



General Terrorism 101: Der Donald orders a drone strike to kill Iranian General Soleimani because ... well because he's a "terrorist", a rather slippery and troubling military slope, on a go forward basis. Here's how he pulled it off @ NYT

On Top Of His Game: Trump explains the Iran attack as a tough guy isolationist, winning accolades from his homespun American audience. The Democrats are stumped. Seem an emboldened Donald Trump is finally hitting his stride @ LAT

Foxy: Fortunately, even Trump stalwarts Fox News urged him to avoid war with Iran. For a brief moment anyway, even American liberals loved evil ol' right wing Fox News @ Politico

Assassinate Trump? An Iranian presidential advisor puts an $80 million bounty on the Donald's head. Proves a list of his properties where he might be found. But is it for real? More @ DM @ Sn

Afghanistan Papers: The endless war rages on and on. The latest leaked documents are a real bombshell, akin to the release of the Pentagon Papers, during the Vietnam War. In short, we've end lied about what's really been going on over there, from the get go. Even more disturbing; both parties are now involved in the coverupNR



On Trump Verses The Latin American Anti-Globalist FrontUW

Viva Cuba: Trump tightens the illegal US economic sanctions against Cuba, while putting the squeeze on Bolivia and Venezuela to put the screws to them too! The socialist state is slowly but surely being economically strangled to death. Stay tuned for the live twitter coverage of my upcoming to Santiago De Cuba! More @ Granma

Operation Condor 2.0: Ousted President Evo Morales squarely blames the Bolivian Coup on transnational corporations and the US government @ OT

Spin Doctoring: Trump is also hypocritically intensifying his covert war against socialist Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. Meanwhile he courts the immigrant vote in his State of the Union speech, as he continues to villify and hunt their fleeing compatriots down. Will it work come election time? Consider the following @ MJ

KULTURE KULT INK



Ageism: Diversity means hiring people of different ages too. Hey, seniors are people too! More @ Adage

Survival Mode: How is this season of the TV show "Survivor" like the Trump impeachment? Winning bigly becomes all that matters @ Wired

Much, much more to come ....

COMMENTS

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Oh Cannabis Winter 2020 News y Views!

Inhale! Hold! Exhale! Smile! ChEcK oUt My "Readers Guide 2 Oh Cannabis News Y View" @ Directory! UpDAtEs AddED iN LaRgE TyPe! LiVe TwEeTs @ davidchiarelli 



OH CANNABIS

More Ontario Cannabis Dispensaries: Premier Doug Ford is ending his Conservative government's highly controversial cannabis licensing lottery. His goal? To create a thriving "open market" for pot shops, in Canada's largest province. Shouldn't be hard! But with Ontario's Doug The Thug, who knows?!? We've been conned before! 


Anyway, on January 6th, the AGCOAlcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario begins accepting operator licensing applications. Store applications follow on March 2nd. Authorization begins in April; with plans to roll out 20 new shops a month to meet the demand. More details @ ON.CA

Follow The Corporate Money TrailThe final analysis of the second Ontario Cannabis Lottery is in. Turns out that ballot stuffing was indeed, the order of the day. The Serruya clan? Aphria and Green Acres etc? Check out all the names and cross references, so you'll know where not to shop! Reddit



Default: Ontario only opened a mere 24 legal dispensaries, during the first year of legalization. But those shops sold the most cannabis in Canada; $217 million worth, or 24% of the legal market. That was by sheer default. After all, we are the most populous province. Long and short of it? Ontario tokers are still scoring their weed in mass via the unregulated marketplace! You'll find a quick cross country check of the fledging, Canuck legalization scene @ FP

Bled 2 Death: Ford's open market arrives too late for many of Ontario's original  unregulated cannabis dispensaries, who led the fight for legalization in our province. Sadly, many went broke under Fords dubious lottery licensing system. After agreeing to temporarily close shop, to help facilitate an ... ahem ... orderly "legalization process". 

Ford's lottery did award licences, supposedly at random ... but to a rash on inexperienced winners. Not surprisingly, the corporate big boy$ quickly moved in. Snapped them up quick. 

Our original pot shop, activist-entrepreneurs were left high and dry, following Ford's instructions. Waited and waited and waited and ...  More on how Thug Ford stuck it to everybody who really mattered, including NORML.ca/ Hotbox's Abi RoachFP



Hotbox Smoker: Founding activist entrepreneur Abi Roach announces that she's leaving the legendary Hotbox cannabis lounge and accessory shop in Toronto's Kensington Market. Abi's becoming a new senior category manager for the OCS: Ontario Cannabis Store. Aphria and Green Acre's FSHC: Friendly Stranger Holdings Corporation are stepping in. Will keep the Hotbox open for business. Oh Cannabis thanks Abi for her many thankless contributions to our local legalization movement over the past 20 years. Hopes she can kick some sense in to the OCS for us @ Leafly More on the Friendly Stranger @ Cision



Fantino's Corporate Weed Agenda: Aleafia CEO Julian Fantino is well known, that's for sure. The former Police Chief and Conservative politico was a die hard, local reefer madman. Busy busting potheads and fighting our legalization movement right until the bitter end. Now, our Julian has linked up in a surprise joint venture, with the Serruya family of Second Cup fame. To open One Plant a giant cannabis superstore in downtown Kensington Market. Ironically, the marketplace, was a hotbed for legalization, rife with activist-entrepreneurs, such as the Hotbox's Abi Roach. So how did One Plant score the first legal dispensary licence in Kensington? When nobody else can?!? More than a year after cannabis was legalized in Canada?!? Get this -From a lottery winner. One who works at Postmedia; the right wing media conglomerate! The corporate plot thickens @ BlogTo @ GO Fantino @ CBC

Friends of Kensington Market: Join the fight to stop Aleafia's Julian Fantino and One Plant Kensington Market @ Facebook Find plenty of updates on Twitter @ Abi Roach

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas: Canada legalized infused edibles and drinks this fall. But they aren't available in time for Christmas season in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. Why the delay? Each province is insisting on a tightly government controlled distribution system. Won't allow producers to ship directly to the stores. Bah humbug @ CBC

Also see "High Times" below ...

IN THE NEWS



Executive Order: 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledges he'll go it alone to legalize cannabis by executive order on his first day in office. Seems only fair -Trump's certainly been using them for  lots of nasty BS. Now Feel the Bern -Sander's actually going to do so for something cool. Still, what has the Donald unleashed?!? Can cannabis even be unilaterally legalized across the US by executive order? Hmmm. Such worries never stopped President Trump! More @ MM @ MM

Walking The Talk? Fellow Democratic contender Pete Buttigieg talks a good talk on legalization and criminal justice reform. But it seems his actions, as mayor of South Bend, Texas, tell a quite different story @ Leafly

US 2020 Election Pot Prospectus: What do presidential hopefuls Joe BidenMike Bloomberg and Donald Trump have in common? They aren't very supportive of the legalization movement @ MF

More US Chances: Here's three possible legislative scenarios, for legalizing cannabis by 2021, under the federal MORE act @ MF

A Real Dope: Trump doubles down against legalization, proposing to remove medical cannabis protections from the 2021 fiscal budget. Why? Get this -President 3D Chess claims that smoking pot makes you dumb ... How smart is that?!? It pits him against the Democrats in a big legalization showdown this fall! Especially if he's running against Bernie Sanders. To our buds south of the Canadian border: Catch a fire! It's high time to light one under his friggin' ass! Watch him go up in smoke! Heh heh er ... @ CT 


Legalization Referendums: At least 16 more US states could be voting to legalize medical and/ or recreational cannabis in November. The complete list and a prospectus is @ Forbes

Illinois Prohibition 2.0: Alas! Chicago police are still very, very busy! Even though weed is now legal. Get this-They're "monitoring dispensaries" for safety reasons. Busting dangerous street level dealers offering much better prices outside the very pricey, licensed shops. Oh sure, it's all worded like they are there to protect everyday folks like us. But read between the lines. They're really just protecting profits and high prices! For the big boys! Welcome to the real world of government legalization and the new prohibition 2.0! More @ CST

"The Uganda Weed Patch BamBoozle" or "The Rich Keep Getting Richer": Uganda's 15 strict new rules for growing medical cannabis require billions in capital and guarantees. That means few will be sharing in the wealth, especially the poor, local, family farmers for whom it could be a real economic boom. Welcome Uganda, to the worldwide corporate weed agenda @ WU

GREEN MARKETING




Corporate Field Of Dreams: Think of overpriced, B grade, ditch weed! A bad business and marketing disconnect! Add dorky, out of it, straights in suits, with a huge oversupply problem! And pit them against a large, knowledgable, counterculture, consumer base, whom aren't buying into their BS! Simply put, corporate cannabis can't even begin to compete with the huge, thriving, unregulated cannabis market across Canada and the US @ Grizzle

DOA -Canopy Growth: A year after legalization, Canada's pot stocks face a huge bloodbath. Blame a piss poor roll out model. Corporate culture. Sheer greed. The list of problems goes on and on. Indeed, Canopy Growth provides a case in point @ Forbes

Aurora Cannabis Inc., Canada's second largest pot producer cuts 500 jobs, including a quarter of it's board. Plus the CEO steps down. Wait there's more!  Aurora's stock lost 80% of it's value over the last year. That includes 18% after a $1 billion write down was also announced @ TGO 

Tilray Inc., meanwhile has announced 10% of it's staff will be laid off to cut costs. The Canadian company hopes to focus on it's international medical cannabis business, in an attempt to likewise reverse it's slide @ TGO



Green Rush Crushed: Sigh! Alas! Is there a business upside to all this? Perhaps, if the corporate sector stops pillaging the budding cannabiz market, in hopes of a quick profit. But does that sound likely?!? @ CIJ

Not A Very Class Act? Many of Canada's major pot companies are facing possible class-action lawsuits in the United States. Apparently they've been misleading investors. Not disclosing certain business problems. Plus there's a fair bit of corporate bullshit and game playing involved too @ Globe

Corporate Retail Empires: Canada's Licensed Producers are busily partnering with retailers across Canada to corner the sales market. Here's a few of the big corporate movers and shakers, plus whom they are partnering up with @ T420

Online Weed: Meanwhile, Canada's unlicensed dealers are moving up to fourth place, in terms of world internet sales. They gross $4.2 million annually @ TSun

USMCA + The Cannabis Trade: Cannabis isn't mentioned in the new US, Mexico and Canada free trade agreement. But the new terms could still mean that we're open for business as legalization takes hold @ CLB

Global Cannabis Trade: Here's a, primer on the Canadian import and export requirement for cannabis @ Denton

The ME Community Exchange: Meanwhile Prince of Pot Marc Emery introduces his new Toronto, online, dispensary service. Featuring plenty of quality sativa. Indica. Medicals. Extracts and edibles. And absolutely no corporate cannabis! It's ethically sourced. Organic. BC bud. For a $10 donation per gram, on a $125 order. The volunteer drivers provide free shipping too. 

The goal? To help us avoid the chronic distribution issues and supply shortages so common today. While safely sharing his fine selection of high quality, medicinal products! I've placed my first order to try some RSO, Pine Tar Kush and Purple God buds. Expect a full Oh Cannabis review, after the busy Christmas season. In the meantime, you'll find more info on Marc's latest effort @ ME

Cannaclusive is preparing a data base of minority owned cannabis businesses. Includes contact info, and links etc. etc. etc. Make a more inclusive choice @ CC



Retail CBD's: In Canada, cannabis health products that include CBD's can't be legally sold over the counter, even in a pharmacy, or a health food store. But in Florida, like in many US states, they are available everywhere; even at the check out counters at your local corner store and gas station. I visited in January. They were cheap and plentiful. By gar, when the Panama City Lucky Market went under, they were sold off for half price, like everything else! Meanwhile in Canada, we're finally getting a .... Taa-Daaaa! .... public review! Not much, but we better speak out now! @ MJB

Edible Madness: Why buy the new, overpriced, low THC edibles when you can make cheaper, strong ones quite easily yourself? Of enjoy the great supply readily available through the unregulated market? Highly doubt these expensive, legal edibles will be taking a big bite out of home made goodies and unlicensed sales, anytime soon @ Globe

HIGHER LEARNING



Lift & Co.'s Guide 2 Cannabis Videos: Lotsa fun! Didn't know whether to include this here or under "High Times". No matter! Our Sarah Hanlon demonstrates the basics of grinding, rolling, smoking and vaping yer weed @ Lift

"College Daze" or "A Stoned College Student's Guide To Getting Good Grades": Now that it's legal, many students are choosing cannabis rather than booze to relax, socialize and have fun. Sure! It's safer. Better for you. Enjoy! But .... Eh? Yes. I know. Once a teacher, always a teacher. Still, it needs to be said ..... know your own limits. More @ Leafly

High Anxiety: Some cannabis strains might make you anxious. Others can help you relax when you're feeling anxious. Confusing, eh! Ummm ... Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Learn more @ HT

Everything Every Canadian Needs To Know About Cannabis Edibles [But Was Afraid To Ask]! Yup! At last! With Legalization 2.0, edibles are now commercially available in Canada! What to expect, if you haven't nibbled on them before?!? The inside dope @ Leafly



A First Nations In Canada Cannabis Legality Talk: An indigenous co-author of our Constitution explains that the cannabis trade on traditional lands is legal in Canada under sections 23 and 35 of the Act. Even though retail sales are a provincial and not federal responsibility! Other experts point out that the Canada's Indian Act and the current rash of dispensary raids are simply racist. Much more @ DF 

Canada's Favourite Cannabis Advocacy Groups: Shecann, Cannabis Amnesty, NORML, CFAMM, and ACCRES top Leafly's "Reader Choice Awards" @ Leafly  


Reefer Vaping Madness: Here's how the mainstream media misrepresents the danger posed by cheap, counterfeit pens. The goal? To make us think that it's actually the THC that's bad for you @ Leafly

Is Vaping Safe? In truth, only once it's legalized and regulated, can the real health concerns about vaping cannabis be properly addressed. Here's a more realistic assessment of the relative dangers of vaping and toking weed @ Leafly

What's The Shelf Life on Cannabis Edibles? Basically, they'll go stale first before the THC expires. So it might help, as with any other food or beverage, to keep them in the fridge. Learn more @ CN

HIGH TIMES



Sarah H -Busy! Busy! Busy! Where 2 Relax?!? 

Cannabis Lounging: More than a year after legalization, Canadians lack comfy, indoor public spaces where we can safely smoke our weed. How unlike so many other places around the world! Moreover, as Big Sister Canada's [so to speak ...] Sarah Hanlon explains, the few that do still exist, are in danger of going under @ GH

Buying Pot From Aleafia's Julian Fantino is Like Buying A Skin Coat From Pamela Anderson22 Minutes

Toronto Brands: The Friendly Stranger. The Hot Box Cafe. Plus 7 more locals that are ready to launch, big time, in 2020! By doing it their way! Ours too @ SD

MLB Plays Ball: It's official  Major League Baseball will no longer be testing players for weed @ Fox



Be Here Now: Timothy Leary's good bud, and spiritual teacher/ psychedelic advocate Baba Ram Dass has died. But cry not! Ram Dass fully treasured each moment of his 88 years with us, in the here and now. Believing that life is just a state of mind. And that only the ego is mortal. His soul lives on HT @ GQ

Whoopsie: "Whoopi and Maya", a promising celebrity cannabis brand goes kaput. Seems "amid friction" between Ms. Goldberg and her business partner, Maya Elisabeth. Goodbye to Whoopi's cannabis relief products for menstrual relief @ TGO



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

Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?
A careful analytical study!

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Help! I Have No Arms!
Please scratch my back.

I can't find my underwear!.

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Have you seen them!

Weee! I can fly!

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Look! I can crawl thru walls!

I have a headache!

I have a headache!
And a broken nose.

I have a square hole in my bum!

I have a square hole in my bum!

Here try this, it's very good!

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No. You have a bird face.

I have an ugly baby!

I have an ugly baby!
No I'm not!

Let's save all our money + buy pants!

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Oh no! I got something in my eye!

Oh no! I got something in my eye!

You don't look well.

You don't look well.
No. My head hurts +I have a sore chest.

Would you like a bun?

Would you like a bun?

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!
The Temple of Kukulkan!

Gotta love it!

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Truly amazing!

Under Reconstruction!

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Temples + Snakes!

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The Snake!

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It runs the length of the ball field!