I donated to Wikimedia

Again. šŸ™‚

I use Wikipedia dozens of times a day. My most important internet resource.

Here’s the donation page.

Here’s an excellent list weighing the pros and cons of donating to Wikimedia.


REDress Project – missing and murdered Indigenous women

Half of the women murdered in Canada are aboriginal.

The REDress Project began in 2010 as a way to remember the more than 1,000 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. And to prevent tragedies like those in future.

The educational program has reachedĀ Parksville and Qualicum Beach, B.C.

I saw them at Parksville City Hall.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The REDress Project is running in conjunction with the United Nationā€™s 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

related –Ā Trudeau apologises for ‘deep harm’ of residential schools

American politics went batshit crazy starting with Newt Gingrich

I ignored American politics until 2004 when ā€” inexplicably ā€” George W. Bush was elected for a second term after being unbelievably bad in his first term.

What the Hell was going on?

Jim VandeHei explains why the USA has such extreme politics in 2017: Newt GingrichFox News (1996), MSNBC, CNN, Facebook and later Twitter, Sarah Palin and finally Trump.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert documented the idiocy.

It’s easy to say Americans deserve the politicians they have.

My fear is that other nations will evolve in the direction of the American way. šŸ˜¦

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington

TheĀ United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumĀ (USHMM) is theĀ United States‘ official memorial toĀ the Holocaust.

Adjacent to theĀ National MallĀ inĀ Washington, D.C., the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, preventĀ genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthenĀ democracy. …

Since its dedication on April 22, 1993, the Museum has had nearly 40 million visitors, including more than 10 million school children, 99 heads of state, and more than 3,500 foreign officials from over 211 countries. …

On entry you are given a booklet ID card of a Jew killed in the holocaust.

I got Thomas Elek executed by Nazi firing squad on Feb 21, 1944 at the age of 20.

It’s a sobering experience to focus on just one individual of the millions murdered.

My visited reminded me of a prominent, intelligent, influential, articulate Jewish American who’s stridently right wing. Strongly anti-Muslim. Against immigration.

When I pointed out that his statements were exactly what many have said about the Jews over the past few hundred years … he told me his Islamophobia was completely different.

Tell that to these American neo-Nazis.

Chanting ā€˜Jews will not replace usā€™

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak outā€”
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak outā€”
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak outā€”
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for meā€”and there was no one left to speak for me.

German Protestant pastor Martin Niemƶller (1892ā€“1984)

This American Life – Betsy DeVos

If you want a good overview of the history of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s particularly terrible appointee for education, listen to This American Life.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. So is This American Life producer Susan Burton. During Devosā€™s nomination hearings, critics accused her of never having set foot in a public school. But it turns out that years ago she didā€”as a volunteer mentor. Susan returned to Grand Rapids to find out what DeVos’s experience in a public school in her hometown can tell us about her vision for education in this country. (29 minutes)


the future of the NEWS

What will the most popular news sources of the future look like?

I’m hopeful for the soon to be launched Wikitribune.

Evidence-basedĀ journalism

People today mostly get their news from TV (not bad) and social media (terrible).

My favourite news source right now is Axios, just 6 months old.

Smart brevity.

Axios covers 7 areas:Ā politics, tech, media trends, health, science, energy, and future of work (AI, robotics, etc.).

They want to deliver the cleanest, smartest, most efficient and trust-worthy experience for readers and advertisers alike.

It was founded by Mike Allen,Ā former chief political reporter for Politico. I like Politico too, founded in 2007. AndĀ  Jim VandeHei.

John F. HarrisĀ andĀ Jim VandeHeiĀ leftĀ The Washington PostĀ to becomeĀ The Politicos editor-in-chief and executive editor, respectively.

So … Washington Post begat Politico begat Axios.

If interested, start by signing up for any of the Axios email newsletters.