A Simple Statement Of (Rationalist/Atheist) Creed

It is high time to realize that it is not wise to continue indulging irrational, ideology-driven, religious-driven, science-rejecting, mendacious, folks by allowing them to spew their bullshit without being called upon it – for the lame sake of “civility”. Allow me to offer to you my argument why:For too long now, too numerous people out ...

Apology Of A Poseur

(The following was inspired by Deepak Chopra’s quackery-laden and hypocritically self-serving review of Richard Dawkins’ book, The Magic of Reality. Enjoy).I find myself saddened – yet also outraged – by Richard Dawkins’ latest written offering, an intellectually dishonest waste of paper titled The Magic of Reality. As you all know, I have written many substantive ...

The Darkness Strikes Back

I’ve begun a series of video-essays on YouTube (my channel is here) titled “Welcome to our Semi-Dark Age”. The first episode is now up (in three parts, due to time length restrictions by YouTube) – hopefully, my skills at video recording/editing will improve as I make more videos. Similarly, my pronunciation of English words remains ...

Late Friday Night Ode To … The Future (Again)

Yet another war, another election campaign (Canada), Christian fundamentalists posing as Conservatives doing everything they can to impose their religious views and beliefs (Canada and USA), so-called liberals/progressive/democrats cowering or triangulating while still not doing much to prevent the Christian fundie march (Canada, USA), the majority of the electorate more ignorant, uninformed an…

Forecast: Grim With Heavy Chances Of Losing Country

Still insanely busy, but I just can’t remain silent on the current electoral campaign … I mean, the ongoing electoral campaign that began months ago (you know, before everyone actually proclaimed that *now* we’re running elections?) – but I digress. In any case, polls still tend toward two most likely outcomes: a CPC minority again, ...

Late Friday Night Ode To … Peaceful Democratic Uprisings

Back there last Saturday, I wrote the following:As we applaud our Tunisian and Egyptian brothers and sisters, let us keep firmly in mind that it is they whom are bravely uprising in order to win their birthrights of freedom and liberty that are the bona fides teachers here – whereas we are naught but de ...

Meanwhile, Back In Utopia Democratica …

First Tunisia and now Egypt. One can only rejoice at seeing people taking their aspirations for civil rights and freedoms into their own hands, courageously claiming these justly as their undeniable birthrights as human beings and steadfastly demanding said birthrights out of the corrupt authoritarian classes that have been selfishly and mercilessly ruling their nations. ...

The Harper Government In A Nutshell

Just in case it has not yet sunk in how incompetent are Harper and his Harpies in matters of governance and responsible budgetary spending: 1- They spent some $2 millions last year in a narcissistic exercise of monitoring what the media says about them – you know, so as to better manipulate/control/spin their messages (re: ...

Can You Tell Me Where My Country Lies?

Here is the authoritarian mind in action: 1- At the request of a city Chief of police, in anticipation for an international summit in said city where peaceful protesters and demonstrators (and yes, including an inevitable small minority of idiotic individuals bent on causing trouble) are expected to be present in numbers, dust off an ...

Late Friday Night Ode To … Right Wingers And Climate Change

Item 1 (emphasis added):Climate change: Rising waters threaten North Carolina The sea that sculpted North Carolina’s coast, from its arc of barrier islands to the vast, nurturing sounds, is reshaping it once again. Water is rising three times faster on the N.C. coast than it did a century ago as warming oceans expand and land ...

Late Friday Night Ode To … Teh Self-Righteous Stoopid

I stand against censorship – period. You don’t like the nature of a show on a specific TV channel? Change the damn channel. You don’t like the lyrics of a song on a radio station? Don’t listen to it by changing the station or by shutting off the damn radio. You don’t like the contents ...

But, But – It’s Only Rhetoric! (… Right?)

(Updated below) “It’s only rhetoric meant to energize the base”. How often have we been hearing this excuse, this self-serving justification to diminish the terrible impact that words and symbols can have on all of us? How often those demagogues likewise use profusely such a justification, such a cynical excuse, to detach themselves from any ...

Late Friday Night Ode To … The Future

The future: truly, the undiscovered country, the final frontier. And still we will be facing up against our own demons. Thus I give you Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier: Come what may – keep on rockin’, folks!

Intermittent Blogging Ahead

Well, it looks like 2011 will be as bad as 2010, with regards to my professional life (among other things). (Yes, my mother died last June, but I don’t expect anyone from my immediate family to pass away this year …) Back there, I explained how the CIHR screwed me around. This time, I got ...

You Know You Are Living In A Corporatocracy …

… when your elected government begs Big Business interests to help them write and/or kill bills:Back there, Transport Minister John Baird (yes – this same John Baird) was caught privately encouraging Canada’s big airlines to step up their lobby campaign in order to kill a proposed “passenger bill of right” while his predecessor, then-Transport Minister ...

2010 Vs 2011: Same As It Was, Same As It Will Be

The following struck me as the very essence of the (now past) first decade of the 21st century, in effect constituting at the same time a resounding call that will define this second decade that is just beginning (emphasis added): “If the president says ‘I can’t deal with this guy as a terrorist,’ then he ...

Late Friday Night Ode To … Holidays Spirits

Nothing to say except – I wish you all happy holidays, folks! And for your enjoyment – here’s Rush: Keep on rockin’ – and party responsibly, eh?

The Canadian Branch Of The North American Security Surveillance State

Read it and weep, folks (emphasis added): Canada’s little-known spy agency comes out into the open At a time when most government agencies are cutting and slashing, a little-known spy agency led by a Rhodes Scholar is the envy of Ottawa for its planned billion-dollar headquarters. A rising force in the national-security apparatus, the Communications ...

Happy Holidays …

… and all that jazz. Enjoy yourselves with family and friends. Party hard, but responsibly, eh? In the meantime, a little food for thought, to which I say “hear, hear!”: The happy heathens By Chris Selley When the 2001 census-takers descended upon London, Ont., they found 83,680 people who described their religious beliefs as agnostic, ...

Witnessing The Nearing End Of The Modern Experiment In Democracy

As I wrote previously, a democratic society – whether breathing through a parliamentary system or a republic one – can only bring about and sustain the commonwealth of its citizens so long as said citizens remain knowledgeable, respectful and protective of their civil rights as entrenched in the constitution of their democratic society. To this ...

Pollution/Environment: Harper & Co. Talking The Talk …

… but still not walking the walk. Nothing new here, eh? Well folks – here’s one more note added in proof (emphasis added): Canada oil sands: Pollution monitoring is censured A scientific panel has found Canada has “no system” for monitoring how Alberta’s oil sands projects may be polluting local waterways. Academic reports found that ...

Monitoring North America

In a way, it is with relief that I find I am not one of the “tinfoil hat” paranoid/conspiracy theorist crowd, yet at the same time feel dismay at being proven right yet again. Pertaining to what, you ask? Why, that Big Brother has not only arrived, but that he has been here for quite ...

"These Are Not The Criminals You Are Looking For"

I remain simultaneously amazed and appalled that the cux of the matter of the activities of WikiLeaks is not so much about the contents of what WikiLeaks actually leaks, but rather about WikiLeaks itself, their motives and the terrible, horrible danger they represent. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of mainstream/corporate media outlets stenographers and mouthpieces keep ...

Reloaded: This Is How The End Of Democracy Is Hastened

First, the mainstream/corporate media largely abdicates its raison d’être, i.e. reporting facts, the truth and keeping checks on the Powers-That-Be. Second, corporations collude with politicians not only to make policy, but to facilitate increased surveillance of citizens (typically without warrants), in addition to being accomplices in stifling free speech (including on the internet). And t…

Slouching Off Towards Tyranny – Indeed

I have an extremely busy day today and so I will not be able to write anything decent – my apologies. However, I offer to you good folks the following, which recapitulates quite succinctly what I have been writing about recently (and to my fellow Canadians: do note that this is coming along as well ...