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The Failed Promise of Technology

The Failed Promise of Technology

A while back I posted about my frustration with the direction technology has taken. We go from Apple’s famous 1984 advertisement depicting computer technology as an empowering and democratizing force to today’s widely-held belief that social networking is eroding democratic institutions. I didn’t do much in the way of describing that transition from my perspective,…

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The Thin Veneer of Civilization Dissolves

The Thin Veneer of Civilization Dissolves

Every day now, we learn about how formerly revered Titans of the Political and Entertainment Industries are being exposed as perverts and abusers. To quote Delillo: “Big deal, so what.” It is nothing we probably didn’t know already, but would not admit to ourselves, opting always to contribute to the maintenance of a failed narrative,…

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Donna Brazile Exposes The Democrats

Donna Brazile Exposes The Democrats

There was much talk about things being “rigged” during the last U.S. election. A lot of these accusations came from Trump – and might well have turned out to be pure rhetorical bluster – but Bernie Sanders was making similar accusations about the Democratic party: and now one of the more iconic figures from The…

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Politicians Dread Public Consultation

Politicians Dread Public Consultation

In British Columbia this week we have seen the release of a report by the Utilities Commission which seems to suggest that a hydroelectric dam mega – project (which has already been approved and is underway) should now be scrapped. It will result in the loss of 2000 jobs in the near term and another…

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Nevermind “Stranger Things” – We are already in “The Upside Down”

Nevermind “Stranger Things” – We are already in “The Upside Down”

From all accounts, the world is watching something singularly peculiar in the history of the world following the end of the WW2. We see the world’s dominant military power spiraling off into a kind of madness… I keep thinking of the 1994 film “The Madness of King George”: What can you do when the head…

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Why is Everybody Rereading Orwell’s 1984?

Why is Everybody Rereading Orwell’s 1984?

With the total degradation of political discourse in most of the Western World, many are turning to George Orwell’s novel about how ruling parties can effectively control a nation with propaganda. What we see now in the top echelons of government is a kind of “Cult of Mere Assertion” – where citizens are expected to…

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Sudden Renewed Attacks on Hilary Clinton??

Sudden Renewed Attacks on Hilary Clinton??

This week the White House has unleashed a barrage of talking points about possible scandals relating to the sale of uranium to the Russians… seven years ago. Evidence, Trump says, of collusion between Hillary Clinton and Russia? Of course we know that one of the dominant election campaign strategies is based on negative attacks on…

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Catalonian Independence

Catalonian Independence

While Catalans declare the birth of their own republic, Spain declares that any such thing is illegal under the Spanish constitution. But, I wonder: wouldn’t this always be the case for ANY people threatening to secede from ANY nation? Was the American Declaration of Independence legal under the charter of Great Britain? Of course not,…

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Jeff Flake, Bob Corker and John Mccain

Jeff Flake, Bob Corker and John Mccain

Finally some Republican senators are willing to admit that the emperor has no clothes. Sadly, it seems that one of the main reasons they are doing so is that they are not seeking reelection. Other senators are not free to speak their mind about what they really think of Donald Trump: a perfect example of…

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“When Democracy on certain lips seems ugly and obscene”

“When Democracy on certain lips seems ugly and obscene”

The above quote is from the late Andy Fairley’s album “System Vertigo” which was a pretty cutting assessment of the state of “Democracy” in modern society. It came  to mind yesterday while listening to  the new U.S. ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, say that she believes in “both sides” of climate change debate. Hold on,…

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