• Opinion,  Poetry

    Why Does the Gun Come First?

    by Why does the gun Come first for some? I see a Taser and baton And Pepper spray – where have they gone? And does no one teach unarmed techniques? Are the lines so blurred? Where are the words? No thought for de-escalation Shouldn’t that be the foundation To show you care That you’re aware Of more than just the power in your hand? That you understand There are better ways to make your mark Than to crush the life from glowing sparks by

  • Opinion,  Poetry,  Uncategorized

    America Is Burning

    by I’m not seeing it as much on Mainstream Media as I was a week ago, but it’s still all over my social media and independent services. Protests, anger, people whose eyes are finally open to the racism all around us. Spread across the world. Eight minutes and 46 seconds. I live in Canada and we often pride ourselves on how much better we are than the States when it comes to pretty much every social issue you want to name. Better isn’t the same as good, though, and you can find plenty of news stories just in the past week to show that we have a lot of the…

  • Opinion,  Philosophy,  Politics

    I Wear My Politics Openly

    by This was original drafted before COVID19 really took off outside China. I’ve left it, but as each days passes it becomes ever more apparent that politics are still being played. The only real difference at this point is that there being lives at stick is much more open and obvious. But that’s not where I’m going with this. Politics are a part of everything. As long as there are people, there will be politics because no two people see things the same way. In ever-larger groups, politics are important to ensure that everyone gets a voice, but in ever-larger groups issues get ever more complicated and it becomes harder…

  • Opinion

    Opinions on the Internet (Or in the Real World)

    by It seems likely that anyone reading this in the moment knows that there’s a worldwide pandemic going on. There are certainly people out there who don’t get what that means, but it’s likely there are fewer folks all of the time who don’t know that something is going on. I’m personally in a non-essential industry and have been off work for two weeks now. Staying busy, so it’s not so bad yet. That may change. My wife works for an essential service, so her stress level is higher than it needs to be. That probably won’t change for a while. Busy or not, I’m spending too much time on…

  • Opinion,  Philosophy

    I Kind of Hate Christmas

    by Confession time: I kind of hate Christmas. Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word. And I don’t necessarily mean the basic concept of Christmas itself. Whatever religious significance you’d like to attach to the holiday, to me Christmas is the gatherings of family and friends, a sharing of thoughts and time, a reminder of the important things. Whatever particular version of a particular holiday you choose to celebrate this time of year, I’d be willing to bet that those things are somewhere close to its core. Unfortunately, that’s not what our society is trying to force down our throats, and hasn’t been for a really long time. What…

  • Opinion

    Reliance on Power

    by I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but our society has a tremendous reliance on power built in. I’m not talking about electricity here, although it’s particularly important to the operation of our society on pretty much every level. Electricity, and the ability to produce it, basically determines how prosperous your society and its individual members can be, on average. In any society, slight differences in ability or starting position can make huge difference in the long run. Big differences in those same areas can increase those disparities by orders of magnitude. And that’s the kind of power, fundamentally, I’m talking about. Even if the electrical kind, however generated, is…

  • Opinion

    Another Manufactured Controversy

    by So it’s amazing what becomes a controversy these days.I suppose I shouldn’t be amazed anymore, with the “War on Christmas” getting more ridiculous every year. But somehow, I am. Still surprised, that is.I’ve participated in a number of conversations on this one for some reason. Some have gone well and some not so much. Now, I’m waiting for it to die, but it’s just not going away. The amount of indignation over a handful of radio stations dropping “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from their Christmas play lists his pretty @%&king ridiculous, really. In my mind, it’s a very simple business decision. Some small number of your customer base complains…

  • Opinion,  Philosophy

    Bread and Circuses

    by I’m simplifying dramatically, but it works: in ancient Rome, to keep the people happy and ignorant, the rich and powerful would sponsor huge gladiatorial games and give away free food. See, all of the amazing entertainments and things I give you. Are you not entertained? Are you not well fed? Am I not awesome? Do you not love me? Try not to think beyond your own immediate contentment. In current days, we have professional sports and other entertainments. Some people might lump music stars, movies, television, and so on, in with this. I would tend to disagree, but only partly. Books, movies, plays, music, all of these are forms…

  • Opinion

    The Rise of the New Neocons

    by Or would that be Neo-Neocons? And does it matter? I keep hearing these weird things, statements that don’t really make sense. We are living in a post-truth, post fact world. Those are alternative facts. I love that one. Alternative facts. Things we used to call wrong, or lies, or even bullshit. Probably, I should recognize that it’s been coming for a long time, or maybe it’s been here for a long time. I’ve long been of the understanding that truth is in the eye of the beholder. Fact, however, is not. But, apparently, both sides of the democratic political spectrum believe that if you shout something loud enough and…

  • Opinion

    Entitlement

    by The casino business is a strange one. And I don’t mean for the usual reasons that you might suspect. And I probably don’t mean just the casino business, but any business that involves people. The casino business just happens to be the one I work in. When a new casino opens somewhere, there’s a great deal of excitement, and not least because of the jobs that generates. After all, who doesn’t want to work in the exciting, loud, brightly lit neon and LED, disturbing carpet environment of the casino? It attracts a lot of different people to those jobs. My experience is in the tables side of things. We…