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Feminist History / "The Witch-Burner's Mein Kampf"
« on: October 27, 2012, 05:49:24 PM »
It's fascinating that they found this old book at the University of Alberta, but horrifying to think about its significance:

...Twenty-six years before the publication of the witch-hunting manual Malleus Maleficarum, Tinctor (also known as Jean Taincture) pulled together various folk beliefs and ancient myths, and concocted a paranoid propaganda fantasy, one that would fuel homicidal witch hunts for centuries to come — and bequeath us the Halloween imagery that still haunts our imagination.

“It’s called the elaborated theory of witchcraft and this is its beginning,” says Desjardins. “This is where a stew of ideas finally congealed into a coherent picture. This is where we get the first thorough statement of what witches do and why ‘we’ should persecute them.”

“This is one of the first three known depictions of women riding on brooms,” says Gow. It’s also one of the first detailed descriptions of witches having sex with the devil...

Activism / Public event to save ELA Experimental Lakes Area
« on: September 15, 2012, 12:11:07 PM »
Join us on September 16 for an educational and family-friendly celebration of stories, songs, and speeches in honor of Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area!

The ‘Coalition to Save ELA’ is hosting a public event in support of ELA at The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Sunday, September 16 from 2-4 pm.

At the ‘Tribute to ELA at The Forks’, scientists and concerned citizens will join together to raise awareness and appreciation of the important contributions of ELA over the last 40 years. There will be educational displays and fun activities for the whole family.

We need your testimony as to why you think ELA is important!...

Media / New skit show Deep Rogue Ram
« on: September 04, 2012, 02:39:21 PM »
This is something started by Kai Nagata and others in Vancouver. The first video has a very funny weathergirl flipping her lid:

Activism / Scientists protesting
« on: July 04, 2012, 12:21:35 PM »
July 10, scientists in lab coats in Ottawa:

On July 10, an as-yet-to-be-determined number of scientists, evolutionary biologists to be precise, will begin winding through the streets of downtown Ottawa on their way to a protest on Parliament Hill. Their official business will take place at the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution Conference. But the big story will be how they decide to spend their lunch break on the second last day of their convention...

Education / rightwing education agenda, Manning Centre, etc
« on: June 18, 2012, 11:31:03 AM »
May as well start a thread on the edumacation efforts of the Manning Centre and Fraser Institute and others:

This link is mainly about Carleton University funding and mentions some other universities:

Carleton University is withholding key information about a $15-million donation that created a school backed by Preston Manning — and an adjudicator has ordered an explanation by Tuesday...

News / Explosion and fire at Lakeland mills in Prince George
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:53:20 AM »
This guy is tweeting about it:!/AaronEkman A bunch of people in hospital some with severe burns.

Life from a feminist view / feminist harry potter
« on: March 13, 2012, 06:09:28 PM »

This is pretty good: "Accio feminism!"  :))

Writing / Writers, meet publishers
« on: February 18, 2012, 07:25:06 PM »
I was looking at Margaret Atwood's twitter feed (she retweeted some information I sent her! 8) ) and she mentioned a couple of websites where writers might get to know publishers, so here they are:  &!/InkubateDotCom!/Storiad

Activism / Indignés/Indignados/Outraged/Occupy the Earth
« on: October 17, 2011, 11:51:59 AM »
Here's a thread for news about Occupy movements all over the world. 

We also have the Occupy Wall Street thread for the US:,7449.0.html

And OWS Canada:,7459.0.html

Activism / Moving Planet - did it move?
« on: September 25, 2011, 01:44:28 PM »
I had posted this in another thread and am wondering if anything came of it:
So tomorrow, Saturday, is the Moving Planet action:
Moving Planet is a worldwide day to move beyond fossil fuels, with over 2000 events in more than 175 countries!
One event in Texas is a rally against Keystone XL:
Hat tip:

Work, Employment, Money / Arguing Economics
« on: September 08, 2011, 12:53:44 PM »
I like following Robert McClelland's twitterfeed because he argues with some of the economists and makes some good points and finds some good links like this graphic:!/RJMcClelland/status/111774628116037632
Then there is Progressive Economics:

No One Is Illegal Vancouver Coast Salish Territories has started this community history project about their activists who have worked for social justice:
...The project is based on a deep desire held by many of us as young activists to learn more about the history of our movements (anti-war, anti-poverty, anti-racist, Indigenous, labour, queer, anti-imperialist, feminist and migrant justice) and to directly learn from those people who have paved the path of resistance for our generations...
Their website has a page for the video of Jean Swanson but there's no video that I can see there (maybe my computer needs updating):
Hat tip to Canadian Lefty who does have the video:

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