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Thank you, Philo T. Farnsworth
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Thank you, Philo T. Farnsworth
In this time of the Coronapocalypse, let us pause for a moment to salute one of the greatest men of history, a man who made this stay-at-home panic bearable. That man is Philo T. Farnsworth, one of the fathers of television. (For the record, Philo T. Farnsworth did not singlehandedly invent telev...
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Scenes from a mall
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Scenes from a mall
On Saturday, at great personal risk, I went to a shopping mall. I know, crazy, right? Taking a risk like that? Am I insane or something? No, just painfully bored. After walking around the block about a hundred times in the last few weeks, my neighbourhood has lost its allure. I know exactly which...
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Welcome to Panicville. Population: us
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Have you heard that Tom Brady has left the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? This is HUGE news … at least it is right now. Normally, I wouldn’t care one iota about Tom Brady or the New England Patriots or the NFL, but these days I am desperate for news of ANYTHING…
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"Ma-ma-ma-my Corona …"
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Two things concern me about the Coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, a.k.a. We’re All Going to Die!! They are hoarding, and the stock market. Oh, and I suppose the virus. First, let’s talk about the panicked hoards of sheep stampeding through the toilet paper aisles. People (and by people, I...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning: Welcome to Wuss Nation
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First things first: Canada is a great place to live. Prosperous, generally kind, accommodating, peaceful. All good stuff. Maybe it’s because Canada is so kind, accommodating and laid back that we are also a bit of a wuss of a country. Maybe because there are so few of us across such a vast ...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, Week 24: Raptors? What Raptors?
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If you’re a regular reader of this blather, you’ll know that I am most decidedly not a “fan” of the Toronto Raptors (and for the record, neither are the millions of Canadians who suddenly became Raptors “fans”; they are bandwagon jumpers who don’t know a ...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, Week 23: Genocide? Not in my country
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The final report of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (shorted to the ungainly MMIWG) was released this week. The final report was about 1,200 pages and cost about $90 million. This is an important report, but much of its value was wiped away by the commiss...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, Week 22: Welcome to the new normal, and it’s not nice
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It’s summertime here in Alberta (well, actually it’s not, but we tend to call any time with temps in the teens ‘summer’), a time when the sun shines for 18 hours a day. At least, we assume the sun is shining. For the past week, what would have been a lovely few days were o...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, week 20: The issue that won’t go away
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, week 20: The issue that won’t go away
If you want an example of how Canada and the United States differ, look no further than developments in Alabama this week. Alabama – a southern U.S. state with such a long history of fanatical conservatism and institutional racism that even people from Mississippi look down their noses at them – ...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, week 19: The Greens are coming, the Greens are coming!
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Don’t look now, folks, but the Green Party has quietly become a force in Canada. In British Columbia, the Greens hold the balance of power in the minority NDP government. In the PEI election this year, Greens formed the official opposition, and briefly looked like they might win. And on Mon...
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