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Monthly Archive for October, 2011

America’s Failure to Learn from 9-11

World Series was one more reminder that patriotism trumped reason after attacks. Before I get started, please understand that I mean no disrespect whatsoever to those who died on 9-11, nor their families and friends — that I mean from the bottom of my heart. I am sick of 9-11. I’m sick of hearing “God […]

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There are two stories about pipelines this week – the first was a Vancouver Sun article October 25. Here it is, in part: Sixteen business and labour leaders have signed an open letter to British Columbians urging their support for natural gas and oil pipeline proposals across the northern half of the province which they […]

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How about a bit of totally nonsensical speculation of the order of “Hitler is alive and well living in Argentina”. Something utterly absurd. I bring to this speculation a very unique history – I’m the only person in captivity who’s been fired twice by Jimmy Pattison. I rather like Jimmy – going out for dinner […]

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See those two dots – one says corporate decency (underneath it says “good corporate citizen”). The other dot says democracy, the rule of law and responsive government. These two dots are joined to make up the dot that says “what a pile of bullshit!” We have to get used to the truth: no company gives […]

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The movement is inevitable, unstoppable and unpredictable. The Occupy Wall Street movement should come as no surprise. It certainly doesn’t to me, as I’ve been saying — in print — that the gap between the rich and the poor with the slow extermination of the middle class was a traditional recipe for serious unrest. While […]

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Here is the story from salmon biologist Alexandra Morton: Infectious Salmon Anemia virus has been found in two young sockeye salmon. Sheer reckless, negligent behaviour has loosed a highly infectious fish farm influenza virus into the North Pacific. I have been told over and over by industry and government that this could not happen, but […]

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Rafe Mair at Occupy Vancouver

Rafe is interviewed by Jay Peachy on Oct. 16, near the Occupy Wild Salmon tent at the Vancouver Art Gallery. “It’ll work if one thing happens; that the people here, particularly the young people, get out and vote in the next election.”

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“Although Communism may be dead in fact if not name, the conditions that spawned and nurtured it are very much with us today. Large corporations have replaced the noblemen, the dwindling middle class is no buffer between the haves and the have-nots, and the rich get richer. Not much different than 1917… Change, unpredictable change, […]

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Will wonders never cease? Was that a mild reproof of Premier Photo-op in Mike Smyth’s column the other day? Was that a mild criticism of the Liberals in Vaughn Palmer’s column last Wednesday? Then was that an out and out criticism by Mr. Palmer in this Thursday’s paper over her half-baked idea to have the […]

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Remember, the goal is to protect society and deal with a dangerous sickness. Today, a doubleheader. First to my MP, John Weston (West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea-to-Sky Country). Dear Mr. Weston, I want to direct your intention to how sexual predators will be dealt with under your criminal law proposals, and point out […]

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