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The Nuclear Button (and who has the biggest)

The Nuclear Button (and who has the biggest)

In the olden days of the last century there was a great fear that nuclear war was imminent. After the fall of the Soviet Empire, there was a period of relaxation… a feeling that the the worst case scenario had been averted. Now we have nuclear politics again, with nuclear-armed states comparing the size of…

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Golden Globes vs. Stable Genius

Golden Globes vs. Stable Genius

What a glamorous night! The 75th annual Golden Globes featuring a ground-moving, earth-shattering  speech from Her Majesty Oprah Winfrey, recipient of this year’s Cecil B. Demille award. I’m sure many were thinking: why can’t she be President? Ah, you naive neophytes of the political rodeo: it is precisely because she is GOOD (in a Christian…

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Head of State faces Questions!

Head of State faces Questions!

The “Head of State” for the States of the Union faced some tricky questioning from the New York Times yesterday. What is most fascinating is how Trump’s assertion of “absolute power” over some branches of government have got pundits questioning how a country which is supposed to be a beacon of democracy ended up with…

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Constitutional Monarchy Vs. King Trump

Constitutional Monarchy Vs. King Trump

Those of use who live under the Westminster Parliamentary System, with a monarch as the “Head of State” are probably looking at the current political circus in the U.S. with a large portion of shocked bemusement.  (This  includes every other nation in the world where English is the official language). Because the thing is, we…

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Is “Tech” to Blame?

Is “Tech” to Blame?

Just read another New York Times article heaping blame on the “tech industry” for widespread depression, etc. etc… I’ll post the link momentarily, but would like to add a few of my own comments which I think should help clarify things for non-techies: First of all, you should understand that social networking platforms are not…

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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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