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PostArctica: Walk # 15 – The Point Part 2

“I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” ― Søren Kierkegaard It’s true, walking will […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Walk # 15 – The Point Part 2

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – On Slavery – Stephen Jay Gould

“I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops” — Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History.Filed under: History Tagged: Gould, History, Racism, Slavery, The DWR Quote […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – On Slavery – Stephen Jay Gould

Scripturient: Where is Che now that we need him?

Maybe it’s simple nostalgia, but it seems to me the world was a lot better off when the Soviet Union was around. Really. Bear with me while I explain. When the USSR was the main enemy of our loudly-proclaimed free and democratic society, we strug… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Where is Che now that we need him?

Scripturient: Electing atheists

A recent story on Religion News discusses the DNC’s concerns about former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ religion. Not that he was Jewish, but that he might be a closet atheist. And that send the DNC-crats over the roof. Scary, eh? … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Electing atheists

Scripturient: Everything Flows

Tonight’s book-with-wine discussion is about Vasily Grossman‘s novel, Everything Flows (New York Review Book, USA, 2009). It was his final work, and left unfinished at the time of his death, in 1964. It’s not a difficult read, but it … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Everything Flows

Scripturient: A little musical Canadiana

Among my collection of many (many!) vintage song books and song sheets, I have a bundle of patriotic music from WWI. I was browsing through them again this week and found several songs written and published during the war, either as songs for the soldi… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: A little musical Canadiana

Dead Wild Roses: What Happened Before History?

  Context is nice with regards to where we are and what we are doing in the world. Predictably, the religious find a great deal wrong with this video as it is based on reality as opposed to magic. :)  Filed under: History Tagged: History, Science, What Happened Before History . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: What Happened Before History?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: B-17 Flying Fortress over Regina

Regina was lucky to get a visit from the famous World War II bomber plane. I spent a few days running outside in the morning when I heard it roaring overhead, and snapping some photos and shooting videos. My older SD video camera has a much better 12X real zoom (48X digital), but my phone […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: B-17 Flying Fortress over Regina

Scripturient: Moses Revealed

He was a murderer, a sorcerer, a slave owner. He betrayed his adopted family and led a rebellion against them. He was a charismatic firebrand, an oracle, and a misfit. He fluctuated between fits of rage and periods of meekness. He led his forces to com… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Moses Revealed

Scripturient: Alger Hiss, Richard Nixon and Collingwood

Remember the case of Alger Hiss? I didn’t think so. It was before your time. Mine too. But let me jog your memory, just in case you’re older than I am. Or perhaps just well read in recent history. Hiss was a US government employee, a diplom… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Alger Hiss, Richard Nixon and Collingwood

Scripturient: Demagogues and dictators

I’m not sure why they fascinate me, but I’ve been reading about demagogues and dictators for many decades now and still can’t seem to get enough of them. Of course, it’s in part because I like to read about politics in all its… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Demagogues and dictators

Dead Wild Roses: Eugene Debs – The American Politician We Don’t Hear Much About

From Wikipedia: “Eugene Victor “Gene” Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and five times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States.[1] Through his presidential candidacies, […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Eugene Debs – The American Politician We Don’t Hear Much About

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain: Population 21

When I was ten, my family picked up an exchange student from the Regina airport. It was Winter. As the South American boy rode with me on the van bench, across an open prairie between Regina and Moose Jaw, he asked how many people lived in Wood Mountain. I replied proudly, “Forty people live in […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain: Population 21

Scripturient: The Myth of Persecution

I just finished reading The Myth of Persecution by theology professor Candida Moss (Harper One, New York, 2013). I picked it up because of my general interest in theology, but also my more specific interest in early church history. I didn’t reali… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Myth of Persecution

Dead Wild Roses: Happy Gotcha-versairy, Shadow!

On May 15, 2012, Arb and I took possession of the house we now live in. Back in early April 2012, literally the same day we closed on the house, I started looking on Petfinder for a dog. We were going to have a fenced yard, and I had always wanted a dog. Arb grew up with […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Happy Gotcha-versairy, Shadow!

Dead Wild Roses: The Real Vietnam War – Nick Turse

The history that we’re not told about, the history that we need to know. Twenty five minutes of what we are not supposed to know. Nick Turse describes the horror that is war.Filed under: History Tagged: History, Kill Anything that Moves, Nick … . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Real Vietnam War – Nick Turse

Scripturient: Stoic or Epicurian?

I’ve been listening to the History of Rome podcasts of late and was pondering on some of the comments about the emperor Marcus Aurelius. He was, before listening, one of my top three choices for best ruler of the empire. What better role model th… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Stoic or Epicurian?

Dead Wild Roses: Historical Perspective on the Advancement of Women – Gerda Lerner

Seventy two years (+) of struggle just to get right to vote, and an uphill battle *all* of the way. Now who exactly was creating such resistance to positive social change? Hmm… now that is quite the puzzle now isn’t it. Those in power will never willingly concede their power. Not ever. What it takes […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Historical Perspective on the Advancement of Women – Gerda Lerner

wmtc: what i’m reading: the deserters, a hidden history of world war 2

No one knows exactly how many US soldiers deserted from the Vietnam War, nor how many young men resisted conscription by going either to jail or to another country. The most conservative account puts the number at about 50,000, the highest at about dou… . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: the deserters, a hidden history of world war 2

wmtc: james connolly, sid ryan, and marxism 2016

This is The Proclamation. The Proclamation was read by Padraig (Patrick) Pearse outside the General Post Office in Dublin on April 24, 1916. This marked the beginning of the Easter Rising. Rather less dramatically, a copy of the Proclamation has hung o… . . . → Read More: wmtc: james connolly, sid ryan, and marxism 2016

wmtc: rtod: we only want the earth

On the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, these Revolutionary Thoughts of the Day are brought to you by the great Irish socialist, James Connolly.The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go. (1910)This speech, from 1897, i… . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod: we only want the earth

Dead Wild Roses: Second Wave Smackdown – On Prostitution

It takes dedicated effort to remove these sorts of fiery speeches from the history of women. Oratory like this somehow doesn’t make it into the classrooms, or history lectures. So the lessons need to be discovered, theorized, and fought for in each generation of women making progress glacially slow. Yet we have helpful mnemonics for […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Second Wave Smackdown – On Prostitution

Scripturient: O tempora, o mores!

Nihil est incertius vulgo, nihil obscurius voluntate hominum, nihil fallacius ratione tota comitiorum. Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote those words in the short book about a Roman court case, Pro Lucio Murena (For Lucius Murena). They mean, in English, Not… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: O tempora, o mores!

wmtc: a petition to exonerate ethel rosenberg

Of all the outrageously unjust moments in United States history – and dog knows there are many to choose from – the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg holds a special place in my political underpinnings. It was an event I learned about early on, o… . . . → Read More: wmtc: a petition to exonerate ethel rosenberg

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Excerpts from Elizabeth Stanton’s address to the National American Woman Suffrage Association.   “Some men tell us we must be patient and persuasive; that we must be womanly. My friends, what is man’s idea of womanliness? Is it to have a manner which pleases him- quiet, deferential, submissive, approaching him as a subject does a […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Elizabeth Cady Stanton