Turns out a job doesn’t leave much time for blogging. And a 65-75 hour a week job makes it even tougher to fit in the time to write. Also, I find I’m writing all day, every day. So the urge to write more all night too isn’t that much of a driving force. There is, . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Shutting down the blog.
On August 16, Mexican Secretary of Communications and Transport (SCT) Gerardo Ruiz Esparza and Governor Jose Calzada Rovirosa of the State of Querétaro announced the tender for a high-speed passenger rail line between Mexico City and Querétaro, a city of one million people 218 km. northwest of Mexico City. There are five or six potential . . . → Read More: Bob Broughton’s Blog: Mexico initiates major high-speed rail project
With the mountain of evidence piling up against dirty tarsand bitumen extraction, those who’ve sucked on the oilpatch teat too long to maintain any perspective, are desperate to save face.
Some think saving face means making fun of mine.
@saskboy New compelling evidence that saskboys goatee is a climate change denier. @JJRossi_ k I'm done . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: FOAD #Tarsands
[This is written August 2nd, 2014, but published July 1st, 2014, as it wasn’t possible for me to write a first-hand account of this year’s Canada Day.]
Canada Day started out like many other vacations spent in the city, with me volunteering an hour at a community booth. I was a bike valet from 11:00 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Cardiac Canada Day
The current media coverage of the 25th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre has brought back some memories for me. I walked around Tienanmen Square one month after this event.
No, I do not go around looking for trouble. The trip that took me through Beijing was part of a trip that had been planned . . . → Read More: Bob Broughton’s Blog: My Tienanmen Square experience
Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA held its final graduation ceremony in May 4, 2014. The school had been in financial trouble for a while. The beginning of the end came in 2013, when the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) terminated the school’s accreditation. Although nobody ever confused VI with Harvard, this action . . . → Read More: Bob Broughton’s Blog: Virginia Intermont College closes its doors
Things may soon be looking grim for many students and faculty at the University of Saskatchewan.
The Saskatoon-based institution is looking to slash up to $25 million from its operating budget. In a restructuring process the administration has branded TransformUS, the UofS is currently determining “university priorities”, after which they plan to “eliminate or reduce . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Transform This: iconic Johnny Cash photo used to protest Saskatchewan university cuts
As income tax filing deadlines approach across North America, many Mexican artists will be counting canvases instead of pay stubs. In Mexico, a country that has lost over $870 billion to tax evasion and money laundering, hundreds of artists aren’t required to pay a dime in tax. Instead, they pay the government with artwork.
For . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Should artists be able to pay taxes with artwork?
After giving some immunity to a man who either lied to me, or to Elections Canada’s investigators, Canada’s election agency has no new charges to announce against the perpetrators of 2011′s Guelph or national election fraud robocalls.
Andrew Prescott’s information fingers the already charged Michael Sona, and the exiled Ken Morgan who is living in . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: No Charges Despite New Prescott #RoboCon Information
Mohamed Mohsen, an Egyptian musician who became popular during the country’s 2011 uprising, was prevented from performing at the Cairo Opera House during an arts festival this past week.
Known for his political songwriting, Mohsen says he was given the boot by representatives of the Egyptian president’s office who escorted him out of the . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Revolutionary singer banned from Egyptian arts festival
This week marks the third anniversary of the crisis in Syria, and a new campaign involving Banksy asks that we stand in solidarity with Syrians.
#WithSyria asks the public to place pressure on political leaders to “do everything they can to make this the last anniversary marked by bloodshed.” The campaign takes graphic inspiration from . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Banksy video asks that we stand #WithSyria on third anniversary of conflict
An American weapons manufacturer is the subject of outrage in Italy — but this international offensive lies strictly within the cultural realm.
ArmaLite, an Illinois-based small arms engineering firm, has bestowed indignity upon Michelangelo’s David by using the classical sculpture as a prop in a rifle advertisement.
The tacky advert has incensed . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Michelangelo’s David takes up arms in American gun ad
Last week, I passed 100,000 unique views on this blog – in slightly over two years since it was started. Not large by any means, given that some sites easily get that in a month. But a personal milestone for me.* Thank you, gentle readers, for coming here, for spending time with my humble scribblings**, . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: 100,000 thank yous
Rhymes for Young Ghouls, the debut feature film by Canadian director Jeff Barnaby that garnered well-deserved praise on the film festival circuit this year, including a top ten film nod from TIFF, is opening this month at theatres in Canada’s three largest cities.
The movie is currently screening in Toronto at Cineplex (Younge & Dundas) . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Contest: Win swag from Rhymes for Young Ghouls!
Less than 13 percent of Wikipedia contributors are female, an uncomfortable imbalance that skews the content that is found on the tremendously popular resource.
Last week nearly 600 volunteers around the planet stormed Wikipedia in a marathon effort to put a dent in this disparity by adding 100 new pages about women artists, and . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Feminist Art editing marathon creates 100 new Wikipedia entries
It was inevitable: a Rob Ford movie is coming soon to a theatre near you.
Just one week after the book release of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, by Toronto Star journalist Robyn Doolittle, Canadian production company Blue Ice Pictures have snapped up the film and television rights to the story.
“If . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Pinko cyclists rejoice: Rob Ford film on the way
The U.S. military is using a Vancouver band’s music to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay — and the artists are working to make sure they pay for it.
Electro-industrial act Skinny Puppy has learned through a former guard at Gitmo that inmates would be drowned in their unsettling sounds for up to twelve hours . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Skinny Puppy bills US military for music use in torture
Be perfectly honest, do I have something on my face?
Paragliding at sunset one day and looking out over the Amazon the next.
The Amazon, shortly after a downpour
Paragliding at sunset
. . . → Read More: Mind of Dan: Our time in Baños was well spent
Almost chickened out… glad I didn’t.
… The blue footed variety of course
I spent a busy weekend copying posts from my previous blog (hundreds of posts, currently archived on another server awaiting my resolution) onto my hard drive. I plan to resurrect some of these posts – maybe with a bit of updating or editing – in a WordPress archive site here so I can keep them . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Archiving past posts
It’s been quite a year, both personally and politically. The best of times, the worst of times, to paraphrase Dickens. Looking back on 2103, it was a busy, eventful, successful, and yet often challenging year. I accomplished many things on different levels – personal and professional – and, I believe, overcame some of the challenges . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Looking back on 2103
Some people have too much time on their hands… this is a good thing.
Physicists who want to protect traditional Christmas realize that the only way to keep from changing Christmas is not to observe it.
That is all.
. . . → Read More: Mind of Dan: Bah Humbug!