Famed artists who sang ‘don’t follow leaders’ will accept the highest civilian honor from President Obama, the leader of the free world
"Don't follow leaders, watch your parking meters" - Bob Dylan 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'
The US White House announced that singer songwriter, writer, and actor Bob Dylan will receive the the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
To followers of the iconic leader of baby boomer counter culture, the award has some irony. But then we were all younger then, we’re older than that now. Continue reading
Ellen’s inflated crime reduction claims may have deep six’d otherwise fun episode
Everyone was thrilled by the exploits of Newark Mayor Cory Booker when he saved his neighbor from a burning building.
Well perhaps his Republican opponents were less than enthused by the Super Hero Mayor.
Ellen did a video interview with Mayor Booker, posted it on her website and on YouTube then pulled it. Continue reading
Mayor Cory Booker was already a super mayor – now he is a super hero by saving a woman from a burning house
Newark Mayor Cory Booker appeared on Ellen today to talk about his adventure saving his neighbor from her burning home.
Update – for some reason the “Ellen” clip was removed from YouTube.
There are some men who are heroes and Cory Brooker is one. Continue reading
Many thoughtful people can see the corruption of the economic system
Former Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis arrested at OWS
City governments and police that are arresting Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters are making a big mistake.
Authorities who refuse to work on the problem are breaching democratic rights to free speech and free assembly. Continue reading
The City of Charlottetown pays lips service to accessibility while toasting newspaper heroes like Rick Hansen
Wheelchair cut out at Charlottetown Mall
People in wheelchairs don’t take long to come up against barriers in Charlottetown, PEI.
The City of Charlottetown has the appropriate by-laws for accessibility but will not enforce them.
For those with jobs, life is a drudgery – for those with capital, life is a comedy
The 99% protest at Occupy Toronto (photo CBC)
The Canadian and US tax systems reinforce the concentration of wealth in the hands of the 1%.
It will take a major shift in how the government structures the tax system to see any transfer in wealth from the 1% to the 99%. Continue reading
Bureaucratic double speak tries to paper over neglect of disabled senior dead in her apartment for five months evoking “sad emotions” in civil service
Faye Martin, director of PEI seniors policy " We would hope that this is not the type of thing that would happen frequently"
There is more to the death of Elizabeth Berrigan than the Province of PEI wants to admit.
Nor is the media telling the whole story.
Berrigan was a person living with a disability in a subsidized government housing unit and largely abandoned despite her needs.
Berrigan’s ignominious and tragic end – alone and dead in her apartment for five months – should be a wake up call that things are not OK. Continue reading