The Tudor house, colonialism, white gold and toothache

October 20th, 2015 by LB

“This is why we love the Tudor period so much, because it’s the age of discovery, and there’s a sense that anything was possible.”

“Discovery”? That’s one way of putting it.  This BBC documentary, Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home, outlines how the sudden change in house architecture and lifestyle in the Tudor era for the middling rich—merchants and yeoman farmers—was made possible by merchant trade with conquered colonies.

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Most Canadian mainstream newspapers endorsed the far-right ruling party. Which lost.

October 20th, 2015 by LB

Most of us Canadians, and certainly any Canadians who read this blog, are overjoyed to have thrown out the party of far-right, tar sands social conservatives who have benighted this country for so long. Goodbye to the xenophobic, misogynist, Islamphobic, climate-change-ignoring, environmentalist-hating, Koch brothers-friendly, medieval holdover known as Stephen Harper. How wonderful it was to hear his concession speech, which someone on Facebook described as “best speech by a robot” while someone else just commented “smarmy goblin.”

We threw them out despite the fact that the vast majority of the corporate newspapers in the country backed the Conservative Party of Canada, running unavoidable wraparound front page ads on every paper the weekend before the election and printing glowing editorial endorsements.

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Whoa Canada

October 14th, 2015 by LB

Whoa Canada is a film by the young activists who brought us “Shit Harper Did” during the 2011 federal election. It’s a really unsettling tour through the Canadian security state, with great cameos by Edward Snowden, Pam Palmater & many others, all gathered together in one excellent compendium. Check out the phalanxes of cops and guns that the government will produce against a bunch of kids with cameras and giant inflatable eyeballs.

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October 11th, 2015 by LB

We have never had a sadder federal election. The incumbent Conservative Party has used a racist, race-baiting strategy we normally associate with other places. The  racism that has been whipped up will take a very long time to dissolve. A full of the population, or nearly a third, have proven themselves to be idiots, racists or more likely both.

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Marg Delahunty says she’s going by boat to Ottawa. With her sword.

October 7th, 2015 by LB

Give the poor Crime Minister the chance he so desperately needs. Vote anybody but Conservative. Help Stasi Steve, Our Dear Leader, Stevil.. to stop all his relentless, exhausting fear-mongering… What is their dark agenda? What are they, roasting puppy dogs on sticks back there?

Help Marg Brings Change.

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Keep it in the ground! Guardian animation on solar power

October 6th, 2015 by LB

Short animation by the Guardian on solar power, as part of their “Keep it in the ground” campaign against fossil fuels. The price of solar panels has come down by 75% since 2009, and other interesting facts.

This is part 2 of the Guardian’s fight against fossil fuels and climate change, focusing on the switch to solar and hope.

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