Category Archive: crapitalism

Jan 09 2013

I was a Nice Guy™

There was a piece in The Atlantic that caught my eye yesterday about the phenomenon of Nice Guys™ – men who attribute their lack of appeal to the opposite sex to a cognitive flaw in women that makes them claim that they want a nice, respectful partner, but then go on to date jerks who treat them …

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Jan 08 2013

The revolving door of white privilege

One of the most fascinating case studies to consider when trying to underline the point that race is socially constructed (rather than an emergent property of biology) is the gradually-shifting definition of ‘whiteness’. ‘White’ was a label that has seen many redefinitions over the years in North America, as people who were previously forcibly excluded …

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Jan 01 2013

Those poor Wall Street CEOs

One of the fascinating aspects of privilege is the way in which it totally skews your perception of what ‘average’ is. I would think, for example, that things like street harassment or sexual assault or other forms of misogynistic abuse are fantastically rare. After all, I’m a guy who spends a lot of time with …

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Dec 04 2012

PPP looks about to snap

Imagine you had to talk to Republicans. Every day. And pretend they weren’t idiots. How long do you think you’d last before you just snapped? Public Policy Polling looks like its patience is wearing thin: 49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. Wefound that 52% of Republicans …

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Nov 29 2012

The accuracy of the elephant’s tail

If you want to make sense of a lot of what it happening in US national politics, I’ve found Chris Hayes’ show Up! to be a consistent source of diverse and thought-provoking analysis. As an avowed and unashamed ‘man of the left’, he manages to break issues out of the left/right divide and instead field panels …

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Nov 24 2012

Tom the Dancing Bug gets ‘traditional’

After the election, Fox News’ resident zeppelin opined: The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore, and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff, they want things. And who is going to give them things? President [Barack] Obama. He later “clarified”: If you look at the exit polling, you’ll see …

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Nov 22 2012

The terrible burden of religious persecution

A 4-panel comic contrasting two very different views of what "religious persecution" looks like: one from the PoV of a Christian from the Middle East where religious celebration is punished with violence, and another from North America where minor inconveniences are elevated to the status of "persecution". In the final panel, the Middle Eastern Christian tells the North American Christian to go fuck himself.

Part of the reason I have such a difficult time taking complaints about the “persecution” of Christians in North America (and indeed, most of the world), is because by degrees they demonstrate again and again that they have simply no fucking clue what persecution looks like. To wit: Jamaica’s public transport authorities have banned lay …

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Nov 19 2012

Oh, Canada…

It’s really easy (and fun!) to point out the raft of egregious racism that in many ways defines the American political landscape. Part of the appeal of framing racism in an American context is that cornerstone of Canadian identity: rage/jealousy of our bigger brother. Without our American counterparts against which to contrast ourselves, the challenging …

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Nov 19 2012

SERIOUSLY?! Episode Six

Happy Monday, all! The Rev and I were at it again, this time taking on a pair of stories of political nonsense from the United States. Video and links are below the fold:

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Nov 15 2012

The black vote is the Maine problem

One common utterance you’ll hear when people go on the defensive about a racist statement or behaviour is that they couldn’t possibly be racist because they “have a black friend”. This “black friend” is sometimes a spouse, sometimes an actual friend, but just as often it’s a co-worker or someone they do business with, or maybe …

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