December 23, 2017: Automobility, Aging & Care

My daughter keeps talking about how she is going to look after me when I’m old. First, so interesting and so gendered. My boys have never said this type of thing to me at that age, or ever, really. Second,…

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December 22, 2017: “Free” Energy

(Image: Front Page Fold Over of Edmonton Journal: December 22, 2017) First one is free? This add, offering two months of free residential electricity and natural gas — because “that’s what neighbours do” in Alberta — makes me really curious…

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December 21, 2017: Christmas Gifts

The Christmas season is busy with all our domestic energy turned to shopping for gift exchanges — secret Santa at the kids’ school, Chinese gift exchanges at work, presents for the teachers etc — not to mention the standard gift…

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December 20, 2017: Christmas (Women’s) Communities

Today was the school Christmas concert. As I watch the predominantly women elementary school teachers rush around the auditorium before, during and after the absoloutely stunning concert of children singing and dancing, I think about all the hours of baking…

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December 19, 2017: Trump’s Focus

Headlines in the US –our closest and most influential neighbour — include the following the following: “Trump Unveils National Security Strategy, Ignoring Climate Change Threat. ” Democracy Now writes: President Trump outlined his blueprint for national security Monday in a…

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December 14, 2017: Investments in…?

Buried deep in my Facebook feed and not easy to find news about online today, I learn that just up the road from my house, they will be building a $3.5 billion dollar petrochemical complex. Interesting that it is not…

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December 13, 2017: Economic Disparity — Not Just at Christmas

It’s that time of year when, in the West, even the most ardent capitalists open their wallets so as not to appear too Scrooge-like in their push to the top 1%. I hear from a teacher about the students in…

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December 12, 2017: Witches, Land & Family

It is not a coincidence that the witch hunt and the social-economic crisis of superinflation occurred simultaneously during the transition to capitalism and private property. Scholar Henry Kamen  write that it was “precisely in the period when there was the…

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December 11, 2017: Introducing Just Powers

“Just Powers” is the new title of a collaborative research project — a banner title aiming to encompass all the various projects ongoing under its banner. The subtitle is “Feminist Energy Futures.” Just Powers: Feminist Energy Futures Does it have…

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December 10, 2017: Witches & Feminist Energy Transition

In The Caliban and the Witch: the Body and Primitive Accumulation Sylvia Federici writes that “The witch-hunt, then, was a war against women; it was a concerted attempt to degrade them, demonize them, and destroy their social power. At the same…

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December 9, 2017: Power & Sexual Abuse

Headlines today are filled with talk of Donald Trump’s sexual abuses of women. “Women Accusing Donald Trump of Sexual Abuse Call for Congressional Probe” and “Lawmakers Demand Accountability over Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Trump“. Exploitation of women is just one…

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December 8, 2017: Hydro & “Power”

Today Canadians across the country are reading about the approval of the Site C Hydroelectric Dam in B.C. “The project will flood over 12,500 hectares of fertile farmland and sacred Indigenous territory in the Peace River valley.” In an article…

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