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Deborah Jones
Writer, journalist, journalism advocate
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I wish people would stop stating that the Trump Republicans "democratically" "won" the US presidential election. What Trump won was a warped electoral college system. (There's a very very slim chance that will change Dec. 19.)
The Democrats statistically, definitively, won a clear majority, by a margin that's growing as more votes are counted.
By any real "democratic" definition, the Democrats won.
The protesters are against, yes I will say it, a "rigged" system. Under any rules of a fair playing field, they are correct in denying Trump's victory, or at least in refusing to accept the system.
I'm surprising myself by coming around to the point of view of the #notmypresident protesters, even the slugs who did not vote.
I disagree with them strongly on not voting -- there is no excuse for those who abstained due to apathy. But I get those who abstained with intent, who say voting would only prop up a system so rotten it needs to collapse. I think they're wrong, I think they're naive, I think they're playing with fire, to hope for a collapse engineered by Trump. But I get it. I get they see the Democrats are as cravenly corrupt and dangerous as the Trumpites.
So where does that all take us, all of us because the world shares a stake in this alongside American citizens ? The heart quakes, for America and for the world. Here be dragons.

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Leonard Cohen.

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On Brexit, F&O has two new columns: Jonathan Manthorpe on England's "Mean and Truculent Land," and Tom Regan on why America will not follow suit with a revolt. And of course we have reports with the facts.
We need not label James McNiven's piece about making America great "satire," F&O readers are too smart to miss that, right?
While revolt was brewing in Europe peace was growing as Colombia: FARC rebels signed a pact in Latin America's longest struggle.
Penney Kome writes about gay chorus's response to the Orlando. U.S., nightclub slaughter.
In Arts, we're pleased to offer an excerpt from a new Chapbook by poet and activist Stephen Collis.
And in case you missed it, I have a piece on Canada's National Aboriginal Day.
Browse Findings for an eclectic, weird and wonderful round up of the week. And our Contents page is always replete with great reads.

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"Time, some vast and today unfathomable sweep of time, may eventually heal the wounds in the people, families and communities left by Canada’s treatment of its first peoples; of even the theft, abuse and murder of generations of children. For now, on the first day of summer each year, Canada celebrates National Aboriginal Day."
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