Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Propaganda, hysteria, ultra-violence and imperialism, as usual “A people unaware of its myths is likely to continue living by them.” – Richard Slotkin I have been too horrified by the predictably violent and insane reaction of the Western powers to the violent and insane attacks in Paris to delve deeply into them until now; but ...

Scripturient: Hats, Manners and Society

I was at a local restaurant on the weekend, enjoying a nice meal with my wife. Of the six males – I hesitate to call them ‘men’ for reasons below – in the particular room in which we sat, I was the only one not wearing a baseball cap. I was also the only one ...

Calgary Grit: Don Iveson will stand the test of time

Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor not a politician! Naheed Nenshi has built a reputation as Canada’s coolest mayor, at least among young progressives. He’s big on the Twitter. He’s hip (by politician standards). He’s funny (by politician standards). He shatters the (unfair) stereotype of Calgary as Canada’s redneck wasteland. However, Nenshi may have competition from ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: My Grandfathers’ War

One hundred years ago World War I began, a war that started as a clash in a tiny, almost unknown Balkan state and blossomed into a violent, gruesome war that spread across Europe, the Middle East and reached into Africa and Asia. Within a few years, tens of millions would be dead, the political face ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The long course of civilization

“With the collapse of totalitarian empires, we believed that living together, peace, pluralism, and human rights would gain the ascendancy and the world would leave behind holocausts, genocides, invasions, and wars of extermination. None of that has occurred. New forms … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Info Graphic: The Evolution Of The Job Search

By The Canadian Progressive Reporters | Jan. 30, 2013 via The Daily Muse:   We recommend:Fight for Internet freedom, ditch GoDaddy nowOperation Last Resort: Anonymous Declares ‘War’ On U.S. GovernmentWelcome to #Ottawapiskat, the “Settler Nations” reserve and Canada’s capitalOn Canada’s Independence Day, #DenounceHarper & #HappyCanadaDayThis year, Ramadan has a serious Google twistThis Is Generation Waking ...

Dead Wild Roses: America’s Shame – Guantanamo Bay

   We have not written on America’s imperial adventures for awhile here at DWR.   Constant examination of the antithesis of our civilization lays bare the soul, to touch the carefully crafted web we ensconce ourselves in and shake it till the dirty bitter truths rupture forth wearies the heart and mind.  To see things as ...

The Disaffected Lib: A New Civilization for a New Epoch

Goodbye Holocene, hello Anthropocene.   The Holocene epoch of the past 12,000 years is said to be giving way to a new epoch, one in which man will be the key shaper, hence the name “Anthropo – cene.”   The most significant feature of the new epoch will be a far harsher climate driven by anthropogenic or ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Dr. Tundra admits he has a problem

Once again, Dr. Tundra woke with a splitting headache, the feeling that he’d fallen asleep with a mouthful of half-masticated rat, and a pain in his lower back that could only be called apocalyptic. He opened his eyes; it felt … Continue reading →

Dead Wild Roses: Capital Punishment – Canada, Let’s Not Go There.

Fantastic.  Our cracked conservative government is floating yet another trial balloon on its anti-empirical evidence “tough” on reality crime bill.  Listen to all the surreal talking points from the interview on CBC’s The Current Podcast. Civilized states do not put people to death.  We should remain counted as a civilized state.   Filed under: Canada, ...