Responding to the politics of fear

There are a pair of important ballots coming up this year for Metro Vancouver residents, one a mail-in vote on the plan to raise the sales tax by half a percentage point to fund long term regional public transit plans

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Beyond Charlie Hebdo – It’s not always personal

While I said in my Je suis Charlie Chaplin post a few days ago that I had nothing new to directly contribute about the terrible shootings in Paris last week, I do have something to say about the debate over

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A Canadian rant and accolade to Charlie Hebdo

Currently fine-tuning a new post, but thought it would be worthwhile to share a couple of pieces of commentary on the Charlie Hebdo attack from a Canadian perspective.  I haven’t had that many viewers of this blog so far since I launched

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When the silent speak – Je suis Charlie Chaplin

There is not much more that I can say directly to the horrifying January 7th incident at the Paris office of the Charlie Hebdo publication that took 12 lives that likely hasn’t already been said or written elsewhere.  It has

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Social conservative waning fortunes setting the tone for upcoming Canadian election?

The holidays are almost over, our guest has gone home, and I’ve just been notified I’m no longer needed for jury duty later this month.  Not totally out of the woods yet, but can finally turn some attention to the

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A brief thank you and goodbye to 2014

As much as the outer world is amazing and limitless, if you are a regular follower of my blog, you can imagine I am someone more attentive to the internal journey of our existence.  So one thing this past month

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Angels and Demons – a Christmas message

I am not a religious person, but a post on thepublicblogger.com website garnered my attention over the weekend.  Kendall F. Person has developed one of the most compelling artistic blogs I’ve encountered in my fledgling experience so far, combining the

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More than karma needed to address gender inequality (and Congrats #22at22)

Microsoft isn’t everyone’s favorite company (having to refresh my computer twice in November didn’t help my #NaBloPoMo objectives last month), but being a US$344 billion company means you must be doing something right (or wrong, depending on your view of

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Nat’l Blog Posting Month Day 30 (#NaBloPoMo Day 24)

Reached the end of NaBloPoMo November and fell six short of meeting the daily blog post goal.  Still, you never know what you can do until you try, and much of creativity stems from how much you interact with the

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Hello Blockhead! (#NaBloPoMo Day 23)

It was fitting to use a square to represent the regressive end of my 4DF model as opposed to my use of circles for the progressive public interest side. It also provided me an opportunity to refer back to that

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