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Opinion: Jimmy Carter at 95: No figs left to give
September 27, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | by ELIZABETH RENZETTI.
'70s  aging  Elizabeth_Renzetti  Jimmy_Carter 
september 2019 by jerryking
Who we choose to remember – and who we let history forget – defines us
September 2, 2017 | The Globe and Mail | ELIZABETH RENZETTI.

An elegant monument to one of the town's great entrepreneurs, a black Loyalist named Rose Fortune.

A freed slave who had arrived with her family in Nova Scotia just before the American War of Independence, Rose became a famous figure in town, using her wheelbarrow to help transport travellers' goods from the wharves to their lodgings. She is also often referred to as the country's first unofficial policewoman, as she enthusiastically applied her baton to keep local rowdy teens in line. Her business grew and prospered, and she became the matriarch of a Nova Scotia transport dynasty. On July 1 this year, Rose's monument, a metal sculpture that also functions as a bench, designed by artist Brad Hall, was unveiled in the garrison graveyard.........
Elizabeth_Renzetti  symbolism  Nova_Scotia  forgotten  African_Canadians  women  history 
september 2017 by jerryking
Conspiracy theorists, rejoice: Brexit proves you don’t need the truth to win - The Globe and Mail
ELIZABETH RENZETTI
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016

We now live in a world where three-quarters of the supporters of the presumptive Republican nominee for president believe the sitting President is “hiding something about his background,” i.e. that he was born in Kenya and leads a second life as an imam when Michelle lets him leave the White House. Mr. Trump, one of the first and most prominent of the birthers, is supremely canny at peddling his conspiracy theories – that vaccines cause autism, Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of JFK, and foreign governments have “blackmail” files on Hillary Clinton.

He uses coded language that may seem innocuous to average citizens, but rings a rewarding bell in the brains of people with the right receptors. The Washington Post recently looked at Mr. Trump’s favourite aspersion-casting phrase, “there’s something going on,” which he likes to use to suggest the President might not just be a Muslim, but an Islamic-State-supporting Muslim at that. “That phrase, according to political scientists who study conspiracy theories, is characteristic of politicians who seek to exploit the psychology of suspicion and cynicism to win votes,” the Post concluded.
conspiracies  Brexit  birthers  Donald_Trump  MI5  Elizabeth_Renzetti  referenda  presumptions 
june 2016 by jerryking
If the artists starve, we’ll all go hungry - The Globe and Mail
ELIZABETH RENZETTI
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 19 2015

After 20 years in the music business, she says she’s seeing songwriters “leaving in droves. If you can’t make a living, if you can’t afford go to the dentist, you’re going to leave.” This is a lament you’ll hear from artists everywhere these days: We can’t afford to do this any more. The well has dried up. Freelance rates are what they were when the first Trudeau was in power. Rents rose, and royalties fell. Novelists are becoming real-estate agents; musicians open coffee shops.

The evidence of this culture shock is in front of our eyes, in the shuttered book shops and video stores and music clubs, yet it’s remarkably unremarked upon. Artists don’t actually to like to complain publicly about their lot in life, knowing the inevitable backlash from those who still believe that creating is not “a real job.... American journalist Scott Timberg argues in his new book, Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class.
artists  Elizabeth_Renzetti  Pandora  streaming  creative_types  songwriters  musicians  free  creative_class  entertainment  piracy  copyright  entertainment_industry  downloads  blockbusters  creative_economy  books  art 
january 2015 by jerryking
We must never censor ourselves for fear of offending the faithful - The Globe and Mail
ELIZABETH RENZETTI
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 16 2015

The New York Times, along with the majority of North American newspapers, did not print the most inflammatory cartoons. The paper’s public editor, Margaret Sullivan, described a difficult decision made by executive editor Dean Baquet: “Ultimately he decided against it, he said, because he had to consider foremost the sensibilities of Times readers, especially its Muslim readers.”

But isn’t that defence not only self-serving, but insulting as well? Infantilizing, even. It assumes that all Muslim readers will react to the cartoons in the same way, as if they are incapable of filtering their opinions through any lens other than religion. A set of beliefs is just that; it is not a hive mind. The religious scholar Reza Aslan was all over television this week, repeating the idea that there is no one “Muslim world” – there are hundreds of millions of individuals who share some of the same beliefs. But not, by any means, all.

Self-censorship is a form of slow suicide for those of us in the news business, and a news outlet that tries to avoid giving offence will soon be printing one page a week
self-censorship  Charlie_Hebdo  hard_choices  identity_politics  religion  Elizabeth_Renzetti  free_speech 
january 2015 by jerryking
Wealthy, entitled, given free stuff – you know, victims of fate - The Globe and Mail
Elizabeth Renzetti

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Dec. 14 2013

Resentment boils hot at the other end of the economic spectrum, as academic Michael Kimmel points out in his new book, Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era. The men he writes about are furious that the world has changed and left them behind. The difference is that their rage and bewilderment is earned and authentic: They’ve lost jobs or come home maimed from war. “I grew up thinking that all I needed to do was sign up to be the man they told me to be,” one laid-off 52-year-old salesman says. “And now you’re saying we’re not getting the big payoff? Are you kidding me?”,
grievances  Rob_Ford  Conrad_Black  rage  resentments  entitlements  books  Elizabeth_Renzetti  white_men 
december 2013 by jerryking

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