Help Wanted: Moderator for the Springwater Township all-candidates’ event on this Wednesday, 7 pm at the Midhurst United Church.

October 11, 2014

Neil Craig and Rudy Chernicki have done a great job in Elmvale and at Snow Valley Ski Resort in the first 2 of 3 events.

Where can I pick up an application form to do all 3 for the 2018 stoning and scapegoating?

Details:

October 15th from 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Midhurst United Church 91 Doran Road, Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0

Sponsored by: AWARE Simcoe

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Big Dan: It’s all about the money, boys.

October 9, 2014

Making money in the Lord’s service.

Forced hookups (water then sewer bills) + Privatizing public utilities + Annexation

 


Effective community organizers follow Alinsky’s playbook, Rules for Radicals

February 13, 2014

Unpaid executives of citizens’ groups can be (1) professionals a la Alinsky or (2) be amateurs.

The road to hell is paved with the best of intentions and there is nothing more dangerous than sincere ignorance.

Rules for Radicals

  1. Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
  2. Never go outside the expertise of your people. It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.
  3. Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
  4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
  5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
  6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy. They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Don’t become old news.
  8. Keep the pressure on. Never let up. Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
  10. If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive. Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
  11. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
  12. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Saul Alinsky (1909 – 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing, and has been compared to Thomas Paine as being “one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left.” He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals.

The ninth rule of the ethics of means and ends is that any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical. Alinsky

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Is Linda Collins’s Springwater Township administration any less toxic to us than Mayor Rob Ford is to Toronto?

November 16, 2013

No: what she is doing is worse, if the first imperative of any government is its (1) continued survival as a legal entity and (2) delivering responsible government.

Rob Ford Toronto

Despite Mayor Ford’s shortcomings, no one had dreamed that he could destroy The Corporation of the City of Toronto. This is precisely what Mayor Linda Collins is doing; either intentionally or unintentionally. Destroying via bankruptcy or annexation an independent legal entity called “The Township of Springwater”.

If the current administration continues to refuse to cancel the Midhurst Secondary Plan and related sprawl which will result in the township’s death by annexation to Barrie/imminent bankruptcy, then Premier Kathleen Wynne should immediately place Springwater Township under 3rd party management as a first step toward investigating the events that have lead us to this fundamental failure of representative government.

If Mayor Collins and Deputy Mayor McLean refuse to invite the Province of Ontario to assume administrative control of Springwater Township, each councillor should resign and re-run in the next municipal election if they want to. Currently the five councillors are enabling what may prove to be a corrupted municipal institution and may be judged in the future of knowing or having reasonable grounds to know of this breach of democracy.

The five councillors should contact the Premier’s office, ask her to give them the powers to stop all development and provide testimony to an inquiry.

Cross-posted on iLoveMidhurst.ca.


The Canadian Forestry Corps in Belgium during WWII

November 7, 2013

Newsreels shot between 1940 and 1946 by the Canadian Army Film Unit for presentation to servicemen and women. A unique document of Canada’s role in the war on the front lines as well as on the home front.


Closing Springwater Park makes losers (or “marks”) of most of us.

August 27, 2013

The few winners want us to accept the loss, go away quietly, don’t “beef” or “squawk”about it.

Erving Goffman 3

Canadian-born sociologist and giant among the world’s social scientists, Erving Goffman (1922 – 1982) explained the criminal underworld’s use of persuasive techniques. These techniques are used quite frequently by modern public institutions to “cool out the mark” (victims of an intentional loss).

Dr. Goffman is required reading for those interested in understanding, resisting and jamming modern government relations practices.

An excerpt: In cases of criminal fraud, victims find they must suddenly adapt themselves to the loss of sources of security and status which they had taken for granted. A consideration of this adaptation to loss can lead us to an understanding of some relations in our society between involvements and the selves that are involved.

In the argot of the criminal world, the term “mark” refers to any individual who is a victim or prospective victim of certain forms of planned illegal exploitation. The mark is the sucker ‑ the person who is taken in. An instance of the operation of any particular racket, taken through the full cycle of its steps or phases, is sometimes called a play. The persons who operate the racket and “take” the mark are occasionally called operators.

The confidence game ‑ the con, as its practitioners call it ‑ is a way of obtaining money under false pretenses by the exercise of fraud and deceit. The con differs from politer forms of financial deceit in important ways.

  1. The con is practiced on private persons by talented actors who methodically and regularly build up informal social relationships just for the purpose of abusing them;
  2. white‑collar crime is practiced on organizations by persons who learn to abuse positions of trust which they once filled faithfully.

The one exploits, poise; the other, position.

Further, a con man is someone who accepts a social role in the underworld community; he is part of a brotherhood whose members make no pretense to one another of being “legit.” A white‑collar criminal, on the other hand, has no colleagues, although he may have an associate with whom he plans his crime and a wife to whom he confesses it.

On Cooling the Mark Out: Some Aspects of Adaptation to Failure, Erving Goffman, Psychiatry: Journal of Interpersonal Relations, 1952. pdf

A brilliant paper that 60 years does nothing to diminish.

For a more extensive glossary of criminal slang (argot) see: Get Smart: don’t let only the thieves use these words.


What kind of warrior was Heinz Guderian?

August 25, 2013

A master strategist. Author. Leader.

Heinz Guderian

About HW Guderian 1888-1954:

Sixty per cent of what the German Panzer Forces became was due to him. Ambitious, brave, a heart for his soldiers, who liked and trusted him; rash as a man, quick in decisions, strict with officers, real personality, therefore many enemies. Blunt, even to Hitler. As a trainer – good; thorough; progressive. If you suggest revolutionary ideas, he will say in 95 per cent of cases, ‘Yes’, at once. General Freiherr von Geyr

Guderian Quotes:

Actions speak louder than words. In the days to come the Goddess of Victory will bestow her laurels only on those who prepared to act with daring.

Kleckern sondern Klotzen! (Boot’em, don’t spatter’em!)

You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread.

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