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 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 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 […]

May 212016

EXCERPTED from:   2010-03-10 Propaganda, Democracy: Imagining “the other”. Ralston Saul. The Cellist of Sarajevo.   The guiding light expressed is useful in a number of contexts, not only 9/11, terrorism and torture.   Consider the Census, Charter Right to Privacy of Personal Information and the involvement of Lockheed Martin Corporation. – – – – –  – – – – – […]

Apr 152016

RELATED: 2016-02-05   Ottawa to face court challenge over $15 billion Saudi arms deal, G&M 2016-01-07   Canadian Arms Sale Pours Fuel on Saudi-Iran Fire, Chronicle Herald We can kiss Canada’s human rights credibility goodbye http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/we-can-kiss-canadas-human-rights-credibility-goodbye/article29630940/   CESAR JARAMILLO Contributed to The Globe and Mail Cesar Jaramillo is executive director of Project Ploughshares, an anti-war group that […]

Mar 212016
2016-03-20    By rejecting $1bn for a pipeline, a First Nation has put Trudeau's climate plan on trial [The Guardian]

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2016/mar/20/by-rejecting-1-billion-for-a-pipeline-a-first-nation-has-put-justin-trudeaus-climate-plan-on-trial   By rejecting $1bn for a pipeline, a First Nation has put Trudeau’s climate plan on trial Canada´s Lax Kw´alaams show us how we can be saved: by loving the natural world and local living economies more than mere money and profit   Indigenous leaders gather on Lelu island where the Lax Kw’alaams First […]

Nov 032015

http://canadapodcasts.ca/podcasts/TheCurrent/4639876  Neil Strauss was a music journalist when he turned an assignment on pick-up artists into a controversial book. “The Game” was considered a bible for how to pick-up-women-for-sex. But after living The Game, he eventually realized it was Game Over.

Oct 132015

There is a Must Watch  video at the URL: Survivors of CIA torture are suing the contractor psychologists who designed one of the most infamous programs of the post-9/11 era. Salim, one of the three ex-detainees in the suit, is a Tanzanian fisherman who says flashbacks from his ordeal in CIA custody are a permanent […]

Jul 092015

Consider the current debacle in Canada over how women are treated in the military the RCMP on campus (Dalhousie dental students and other examples) in the kitchens of some restaurants. Consider in the light of the appended letter written in 1947. The letter is father-to-son, following the son’s marriage.   It is an inter-generational transfer of wisdom, including how the husband […]

Jun 222015

Derek left a Comment on the posting  Aware: In My Opinion most people are “aware” that something is wrong with the way we live. The awareness is unfocused. IMO again, I would say neoliberalism and the New World (aka American) Order- or unbridled capitalism  I think that covers the gamut, but others will see destruction […]