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#who’s_charlie

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CanadaLand blog

“Je Suis…” confused whether it’s about the right to say what you want without consequences, the right to ideas freely expressed — judiciously — or the right to not be assaulted by hatred or stupidity wearing a flowery cartoon dress.

Someone recently noted somewhere, and I paraphrase here: I’m getting whiplash with my head going one way to read this and then the other way to read that.

Somewhere in this jumble, I may arrive somewhere else and find personal peace and enlightenment.

Huge flash mobs around the globe flipped a collective bird to terrorists, and a high five to “free speech”. Power to the people. Awe-inspiring.

Why it was just the absolute perfect time and place for some of the world’s worst offenders against free speech to line up and show their mugs for “photo ops” at the Paris #je_suis_charlie rallies. Protective colouring for the Saudi ambassador, among many.

Consider that his nation recently carried out a public flogging of a blogger for the crime of “insulting” the ruling family.

Russia, Nigeria, Israel, etc etc showed up with their smiling faces as well.  Only, there’s a report they didn’t actually “lead” the Paris rally but arranged for official photo ops to take place on a heavily-policed, barricaded-to-the-public, empty side street.

How… um… brave of them.  With fair weather friends like this, who needs enemies of free speech?

Talk about brave… #Canadaland blog featured an overly long rant by Jesse Brown and Jen Gerson, of the National Post. They went on and on about how gutless everyone else was for NOT re-posting the insulting cartoons of Muhammed from the pages of Charlie Hebdo.

How brave of the them too, as neither one will lose their jobs, be flogged, or face anything except maybe — and I stress MAYBE — a mild tongue-lashing from a nobody like me for intellectual puffery.

Brown and Gershon came off sounding like two wannabe-cool kids in a playground dissing everyone else for not wearing what they were wearing. Silly, childish, pretentious, and so wrong on so many points.

Great rebuttal by #Anne_Thériault, totally worth a read at http://canadalandshow.com for the full monty.

What the world needed after all that was a return to the present, and reality.  Like the soothing balm of the #Golden_Globe_Awards. Whoo-hoo!

Red pill? Or the blue pill?

*(Correction: National Post writer is Jen Gerson – not Gershon. Apologies)

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hamba kahle, madiba

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Invictus

The airwaves are full of memories about rolihlahla Nelson Mandela. The same words, over and over. The boxer, who became a lawyer, who became a freedom fighter, who became a prisoner, who became the leader of a nation and a moral example to us all.

So many people ask: Did you ever meet him?

No. But, yes, in a way.

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race – the final frontier

Social media protesters crash “Cowboys and Indians” party | Toronto StarIn Toronto, a group of people decide that it’ll  be fun to dress up like cowboys and Indians for a birthday party at the Rhino Bar & Grill. (Storify’d here) The owners apologize later for allowing the party in the first place.

Later, some of those who complained wondered whether anyone would’ve spoken out if the people at the party had  dressed in blackface? Or if it hadn’t been for Idle No More and social media? Continue reading

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eyes and the prize

White only-smWhat a week that was.

It begins on Monday with Obama’s inauguration and the beginning of his second term as President of the USA. The first time was historic. This time seems almost normal. The first Black President of the USA.

Obama’s public ceremony takes place on the same day that his nation remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Continue reading

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has anybody here, seen my old friend martin

Today (January 21, 2013) is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in tImagehe United States. Nary a word is heard about it, at least this morning, up here in Canada. Time was when it would get a headline in a newscast. Or a full story in the newspaper. But it’s eclipsed by, a historical backdrop to, Barack Obama’s inauguration for a second – and last – term as President of the United States of America.

A lot of people believe that Martin Luther King Jr., Day marks the date of his assassination.  Or his birth. January 21 is neither. It is a “floating” holiday set for “the third Monday of January” each year nearest to King’s birthday of January 15. Nearly a week off. King was murdered on April 4, 1968. He was 39 years old. Continue reading

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scandal lives here

100 ReportersWhat’s not to love about an online journalism site that has two indexes called “Kleptowatch” and “Whistleblower Alley”.

I was hooked after reading the first few lines of a feature story called “Rough Justice in Indian Child Welfare”, a tale of state-sanctioned child trafficking of Indian children in South Dakota. The story looks at the lengths to which State officials will go to protect their lucrative business; threats legal and otherwise, coercion of witnesses, and flat-out flaunting of the law.

But there are a lot of other great stories that I’m finding. Excuse me now. I’ve got to go read some more.

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head on over…

MI-logo… to mediaIndigena.com. A conversation between myself and the always and lovely – and talented – Rick Harp about Kickstarter crowdfunding and possibilities for political independence at native organizations like the Assembly of First Nations (or not).

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