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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 . . . → Read More: A Simple Statement Of (Rationalist/Atheist) Creed

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 i… . . . → Read More: Apology Of A Poseur

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 a work in progress … In any case, I’ve embedded herein the . . . → Read More: The Darkness Strikes Back

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 triangul… . . . → Read More: Late Friday Night Ode To … The Future (Again)

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…. . . . → Read More: Forecast: Grim With Heavy Chances Of Losing Country

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 bon… . . . → Read More: Late Friday Night Ode To … Peaceful Democratic Uprisings

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 demandin… . . . → Read More: Meanwhile, Back In Utopia Democratica …

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 the… . . . → Read More: The Harper Government In A Nutshell

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 ind… . . . → Read More: Can You Tell Me Where My Country Lies?

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 … . . . → Read More: Late Friday Night Ode To … Right Wingers And Climate Change

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… . . . → Read More: Late Friday Night Ode To … Teh Self-Righteous Stoopid

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 lik… . . . → Read More: But, But – It’s Only Rhetoric! (… Right?)

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! . . . → Read More: Late Friday Night Ode To … The Future

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… . . . → Read More: Intermittent Blogging Ahead

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 Lawrence Cannon, publicly supported s… . . . → Read More: You Know You Are Living In A Corporatocracy …

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 … . . . → Read More: 2010 Vs 2011: Same As It Was, Same As It Will Be

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? . . . → Read More: Late Friday Night Ode To … Holidays Spirits

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 pla… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Branch Of The North American Security Surveillance State

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, atheist, humanist, non-existent or some “other resp… . . . → Read More: Happy Holidays …

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 protectiv… . . . → Read More: Witnessing The Nearing End Of The Modern Experiment In Democracy

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 extraction plants were sending toxins such as mercury a… . . . → Read More: Pollution/Environment: Harper & Co. Talking The Talk …

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 a while at that. Case in point, today’s expansive article in the Washington Post by Dana Priest and William M… . . . → Read More: Monitoring North America

"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 dange… . . . → Read More: "These Are Not The Criminals You Are Looking For"

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 su… . . . → Read More: Reloaded: This Is How The End Of Democracy Is Hastened

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 Cana… . . . → Read More: Slouching Off Towards Tyranny – Indeed