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On The Other Hand

Award-winning author and journalist Penney Kome has published six non-fiction books and hundreds of periodical articles, as well as writing a national column for 12 years and a local (Calgary) column for four years. She was Editor of Straightgoods.com from 2004 - 2013.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 20
Scales of justice. Photo: houstondwiPhotos mp/Flickr
Penney Kome | Linda Silver Dranoff's calling changed family and marriage in Canada.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 16
Penney Kome | Last weekend's airstrikes in Syria are just one in a string of recent world-destabilizing events. Luckily, activists everywhere are continuing to mobilize for a more just and peaceful world.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 5
Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson present brief to UN. Image: Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland—Colchester, Nova Scotia
Penney Kome | Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson lobby for UN Committee on Torture to recognize sexualized violence as a form of torture.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 30
Wrist wrapped in a wrist brace
Penney Kome | A meme calling for the avoidance of self-scanners in stores highlights yet again how much the digital revolution has disrupted our understanding of jobs.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 22
Cambridge Analytica logo. Image: Thought Catalog/Flickr
Penney Kome | Facebook is just the latest and most sophisticated medium to sell our eyes and attention to advertisers. There's a new media saying that crops up over and over again, a variation on "buyer beware."
Blog - On The Other Hand March 15
Koeye River Mouth, British Columbia. Image: Sam Beebe/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Canada puts up $1.3 billion to protect wilderness and environment.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 8
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | If anti-gun wave "flips the house," new Democrat majority likely to impeach number 45.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 23
Image: Marvel studios
Penney Kome | The futuristic Afro-centric film opens public debates and opportunities. Welcome to the gamechanging movie that gently subverts the superhero genre to make it more meaningful.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 16
Penney Kome | After the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, this week, students are demanding change from legislators, but many Republicans remain indebted to the NRA.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 8
How to identify junk news. Image: Newseum
Penney Kome | An Oxford research project has confirmed what anybody could have told them: the people who voted for Donald Trump are the most "susceptible" to junk news.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 24
Women's March: Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | The Women's March roars back in 2018.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 18
Hurricane Sandy from New Jersey Pier. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Like Norway, NYC divests from oil stock and also sues five oil companies for damages.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 3
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Scientists and the Dalai Lama say that happiness is a skill set that takes training and practice.
Blog - On The Other Hand December 8
Penney Kome | The November attack on a Sufi mosque in Egypt and Erdogan's crackdown in Turkey both signs that Canada should recognize Sufis as an oppressed religious minority and grant them refugee status.
Blog - On The Other Hand December 1
Penney Kome | Cree lawyer William Wuttunee represented Klippert, whose imprisonment for being gay sparked the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 17
Calgary Women's Centre staff at fundraising event. Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | Reciprocity model of social inclusion drives empowering volunteers at Calgary Women's Centre.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 7
Impeach Trump protestor in Washington, D.C. Image: Elvert Barnes/flickr
Penney Kome | To save the U.S., Robert Mueller must dump the whole trumping crew.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 30
Photo: Keijo Knutas/Flickr
Penney Kome | Our long journey from conformity to individualism, and now to diverse communities.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 22
The cast of the Harvey Weinstein-backed Project Runway. Photo: Project Runway/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | In light of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein women took to social media to share their experiences with the hashtag #MeToo. It's an old story, but it's still news.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 13
Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Image: Flickr/Premier of Alberta​
Penney Kome | Hockey arena and a new transit route are major contentious issues in Calgary's upcoming mayoral election.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 26
Mike Schubert points to one of Joane Cardinal-Schubert's paintings.
Penney Kome | Esteemed Káínawa artist-activist fought for Indigenous and women artists' recognition, calling out cultural appropriation and the atrocities of the residential school system in 1989.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 19
Image: Flickr/Lars Plougmann​
Penney Kome | Business magazines warn of mini-market meltdown when loans default. If auto debt drives down the market, even people who never owned cars in their lives will be affected.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 9
Satellite image showing Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean. Image: Flickr/Official U.S. Navy Page
Penney Kome | Study identifies major corporate carbon emitters, such as Exxon, opening them to class action suits.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 30
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Oxfam East Africa
Penney Kome | Bystanders can and do change history. And we are all bystanders as our global neighbours suffer the scourges of war, disease, and famine.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 29
Penney Kome | The problem with scientific guidance is that science changes. Lately, I've been tallying up all the times in my life that conventional scientific wisdom has flip-flopped.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 21
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Guido van Nispen
Penney Kome | Financing a country mainly through one industry has several problems, including economic instability. Divestors challenge the petrostate's financial and political power.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 17
President Barack Obama presents American musician Bob Dylan with a Medal of Freedom.
Penney Kome | Although Dylan's lyrics powered a popular revolution and won him a Nobel Prize for Literature, the music itself seems to be what matters most to him.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 9
Car2Go Smart car charging in Amsterdam. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Ludovic Hirlimann
Penney Kome | Bans on gas-fueled cars loom as lawmakers try to meet climate pledges. Ready or not, e-cars are here now.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 30
Penney Kome | Republicans are experiencing a backlash of constituent anger over the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 22
Penney Kome | Liberals release reports on four major Acts; recommendations please some, irk others.

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