Oct 202016

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.  We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right […]

Oct 202016

The Police Officer will do a good job.  But at the root?   it’s not actually his job.   The growth of gangs is a symptom that tells us we are failing.  So how do we get a passing grade? A fundamental responsibility of our communities is to provide the stew to nourish our individual toddlers into […]

Oct 202016
2016-10-20   University of Ottawa won't commit to investigating sexualized pub crawl

WARNING: This article contains graphic details Jacques Frémont, president of the University of Ottawa, says the university’s student federation is investigating the pub crawl. (Giacomo Panico/CBC) University of Ottawa administrators will not commit to investigating the organizers of a now cancelled annual pub crawl, during which students were reportedly encouraged to engage in sexual acts […]

Oct 162016
2016-10-14   This is a chiller.  Journalists Amy Goodman, Deia Schlosberg and actor Shailene Woodley face criminal charges over filming of Dakota Access Pipeline protests

I’ve followed developments in North Dakota starting back when oil spills did a number on the water that these people are dependent upon.   They came together to try and stop events that make their homes uninhabitable.   Excellent and dedicated people doing what you or I might do under similar circumstances. The story is a repeated one.  The oil and gas […]

Oct 102016
2016-10-02   Ralph Nader CBC interview.  On ethics of voting for third-party candidate, if polls show Donald Trump might win.  Well done!

RELATED:   A worthwhile PBS documentary, The Choice for American voters in the upcoming presidential election is found at #4 (the Clinton-Trump duo) in  Surveying the landscape of the empire.    A deficit in the documentary:  it assumes there are only 2 choices.   NADER ARTICULATES ANOTHER OPTION:   (From  http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/email-madness-ralph-nader-farewell-to-the-upright-piano-gopnik-on-being-a-parent-1.3782876/ralph-nader-on-the-ethics-of-voting-for-a-third-party-candidate-if-polls-show-donald-trump-might-win-1.3782887 Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader gives the thumbs up to […]

Oct 102016

Written in 1898: I thought, on the contrary, that a revolutionary paper must be, above all, a record of those symptoms which everywhere announce the coming of a new era, the germination of new forms of social life, the growing revolt against antiquated institutions.  These symptoms should be watched, brought together in their intimate connection, […]

Oct 062016

“Things Fall Apart”, a novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe given to me 35 years ago. Chinua Achebe died in 2013, in Boston. I hate to offer only two insights from his impressive legacy.   Maybe the links will compensate. On the subject of violence in our communities,  wherever in the world they may be: from   […]

Oct 062016
2016-09-27  Indigenous people need to tell their stories of sobriety, says lawyer  (CBC Interview, Harold R Johnson)

It is my pleasure to alert you to this interview and to Harold’s book, “Firewater”.  I am looking forward to reading it. Harold is an unassuming intelligence.  We haven’t talked much, I don’t know him well,  but here once again I find myself wishing there were more Harold Johnsons in our midst.  He makes good […]

Oct 032016
2016-10-02   Excerpt from interview with winner of 2016 Pulitzer Prize, Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen. his book "The Sympathizer".

The interview by Eleanor Wachtel is far-ranging and informative. I transcribed the short portion (appears below) in which Vietnamese-American author,  Viet Thanh Nguyen,  discusses a perception of American wars that is not universal.   I think this other perception with its variations is spreading.  (Ref  2016-03-22 There are two sides to the story. Why do we hear only one? (Terrorists & Context: CIA […]

Sep 282016
2016-08-25   Revisiting the lessons of the Battle of Seattle and its aftermath,   by Walden Bello.

Thanks to Janet,  an excellent article.  A couple things first:   I wondered,  Who is Walden Bello? He is an intrepid activist, teacher, scholar.  One in that legion of dispersed leaders who make me believe that my small contributions will help to drive the changes we so badly need. About Walden Bello,  see  http://www.waldenbello.org/about-walden/    Background to the Battle in […]