Blunt Objects Blog: The Blog Awakens

So, after months of campaigning, successfully, the Liberal Party is now back in government. Hooray! We have a Prime Minister we can be proud of. I have a Member of Parliament who is going to go far. And my little Liberal life probably couldn’t be better. So, five months after shutting the blog down, things ...

Blunt Objects Blog: The Blog Awakens

So, after months of campaigning, successfully, the Liberal Party is now back in government. Hooray! We have a Prime Minister we can be proud of. I have a Member of Parliament who is going to go far. And my little Liberal life probably couldn’t be better. So, five months after shutting the blog down, things ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Book Review: Into the Heart of Mexico: Seeing for Myself: A Political Traveler’s Memoir

The title of this book is totally appropriate. Some people who travel go to the beach, visit museums, birdwatch, or sample the local cuisine. Ginny NiCarthy, who lives in Seattle, got into traveling later on in life, and started doing a special type of “adventure travel”; visiting places that are in the news, talking with ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Book Review: Seeing for Myself: A Political Traveler’s Memoir

The title of this book is totally appropriate. Some people who travel go to the beach, visit museums, birdwatch, or sample the local cuisine. Ginny NiCarthy, who lives in Seattle, got into traveling later on in life, and started doing a special type of “adventure travel”; visiting places that are in the news, talking with ...

Mind of Dan: So much for change south of the border.

Now it is just more of the same, regardless of who ultimately wins: Lessig quits presidency bid, blames political system he wanted to change See this for a good, succinct, explanation of the problem Lessig is trying to solve

Mind of Dan: Harper Conservatives: The anti-data party

If we are going to survive this century, we need to move away from decision-based evidence-making and truly make evidence-based decisions. Public access to publicly funded science would help ensure that the government relies on the facts, not on ideology. Science is too important to democracy to be kept in a government vault. -Elizabeth May ...

Mind of Dan: The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment

Originally published by John Dupuis Apr 2006. One Tonne Challenge funding stopped Apr 2006. Tories muzzle environmental scientist Mark Tushingham, told not to appear to promote his novel about climate change (More info: 1.) May 2006. Environmental Groups Call on Ambrose to Resign as Chair of International Kyoto Negotiations Oct 2006. Circumpolar ambassador job axed Oct 2006. Canadian Ambassador for the Environment ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Book Review: Into the Heart of Mexico: Expatriates Find Themselves Off the Beaten Path

John Scherber has lived in San Miguel de Allende since 2007. He has written 17 fiction books, and this is his third non-fiction. This book is a series of interviews of extranjeros who have settled permanently in Mexico. Scherber asked a lot of good questions, and got a lot of good answers. At first glance, ...

Mind of Dan: This

And when I think about it, a lot of “things I want to do” are just learning about and discussing new tools for tinkering with the chain.

Bob Broughton's Blog: Volcanos and monasteries in Puebla State

Popocatepétl as seen from Cortez Pass. Photo byJakub Hejtmánek at Czech Wikipedia. The volcano Popocatépetl, located between Mexico City and Puebla, is currently 5,426 meters (17,802 feet) in elevation; it’s the second-highest mountain in Mexico. It erupted on May 8, 2013, and has been sending up ash frequently since January 2012. There are webcams pointed ...

Art Threat: Petition to Save Film Heritage in Former Yugoslavia

An appeal from the international community of film scholars, cinephiles and archivists: Dear Colleagues, Avala Film, the former Yugoslavia’s oldest film studio – which was at the heart of Mila Turajlic’s 2010 internationally acclaimed documentary CINEMA KOMUNISTO –  is to be sold by the Serbian government for the value of the terrain that the “film ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: A travel guide to Cuba

I made a visit to Cuba in January, 2015. I relied heavily on Lonely Planet: Cuba. This publication is a bit too friendly to the current government of Cuba, so I’m taking the trouble here to provide my version of The Real Story. First, I did not go to Varadero or any of the all-inclusive ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Interview with Cuban dissident economist Marta Beatriz Roque

Marta Beatriz Roque is the founder of the Cuban Institute of Independent Economists, and a prominent Cuban dissident who has been in and out of prison several times. Robert Broughton: You recently had a visit from a group of Democratic U.S. Senators and Members of Congress: Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vermont), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island), ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: My brief survey of Mexican food

Now that I’ve lived in Mexico for over two years, here’s some culinary discoveries I’ve made. Coctel de camarones (shrimp cocktails): Shrimp and avocado in a spicy red sauce. I’ve learned that the difference between the good ones and the not-so-good ones is, the not-so-good ones are made with ketchup. The best ones I’ve found ...

Mind of Dan: Bah Humbug!

Physicists who want to protect traditional Christmas realize that the only way to keep from changing Christmas is not to observe it. (via xkcd) That is all.

Things Are Good: So Many Blogs About Sustainability!

Site like Things Are Good which cover good news about the environment, people, and politics aren’t that rare. When we started this site nearly 10 years ago there were few options to find places that cover good news. That has since changed. Recently the folks over at AHAALiving did a round up of just Canadian ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Sonnet 103

Alack! what poverty my Muse brings forth, So begins Shakespeare’s sonnet number 103 (I started rereading the sonnets recently because, well because it’s Shakespeare, damn it all, and what other reason would anyone need?). It’s a sentiment I well know. The impoverished Muse thing, I mean. There are three dozen pieces in draft mode I’ve ...

calgaryliberal.com: Shutting down the blog.

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, after ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Mexico initiates major high-speed rail project

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 ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: FOAD #Tarsands

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 ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Cardiac Canada Day

[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 ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: My Tienanmen Square experience

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 ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Virginia Intermont College closes its doors

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 ...

Art Threat: Transform This: iconic Johnny Cash photo used to protest Saskatchewan university cuts

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 ...

Art Threat: Should artists be able to pay taxes with artwork?

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 ...