• Life,  Philosophy

    Lest We Forget

    by November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada, and throughout most of the British Commonwealth. The UK itself has an additional observance on the Sunday closest to the 11th to make it easier for people to attend a ceremony. I’ve made a big deal in the past about how Remembrance Day provides meaning and support to any and every other holiday in the calendar, about how whole generations fought and bled and died to ensure the continuance of society as we’ve grown to know it. My father was born in an occupied country. My mother’s father and several uncles went overseas during World War II. She had a grandfather who…

  • Life,  Philosophy

    Adults Today

    by I try not to make a big deal out of getting old. I’m not there yet, but I can glimpse it from here now and then. But when I see what the folks my age on social media are posting more and more of lately, I have to wonder if I’m looking at things wrong. There’s a whole lot of back in my day, kids these days don’t have any idea, my generation could handle things, we didn’t have all this fancy stuff, kids don’t understand how the world works, that’s the way it was and we liked it, young people today have it so easy. Enough of it…

  • Life,  Philosophy

    I’m taking a break from social media.

    by A personal break, for a week or so at least, maybe longer. I’ll continue to post and interact on an author level on my FB page and a little on Twitter and Instagram, and there are a couple of closed groups for martial arts that will stay on the check list, but beyond the take the birthday reminders that Facebook gives me, I’ve had enough personal social media for a while. I’m good for now, thanks. Why, you ask? I suppose there are lots of reasons, but as time goes on during this pandemic and the altered reality we’re getting from it, I’m coming up with four trends I…

  • Life,  Philosophy

    The Ten Commitments

    by I’m fairly open about my lack of religious beliefs and have been for a while. I’m not afraid to use the word Atheist because, when you come down to it, all that means is a lack of belief in a god or gods. I’m in a place and a stage in life that I don’t need to be afraid of the label. I’ve also generally preferred to be identified by what I do believe rather than what I don’t, which is why I’m not afraid of the Humanist label. I actually kind of like it. In short, humanism is an outlook attaching primary importance to human matters (and by…

  • Life,  Philosophy

    I Was Told There Would Be A Handbasket

    by Anti-vaxxers. Plague enthusiasts, if you’d rather. Flat-earthers. Fear of GMOs. Believers that Organic is anything more than a marketing term. YouTube researchers. Chiropractors. Homeopaths. Moon landing hoaxers. Climate change denial. Acupuncture and cupping. Anti-maskers. Colloidal silver. Black salve. Crystal healing. Reiki. Naturopathy. Astrology. Ancient astronauts. Creation science. And on and on and on. The stupid is everywhere. “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing…

  • Life,  Philosophy

    More on the Police

    by A week or so ago, I wrote a bit about my understanding of the idea of defunding the police. To recap: essentially it means to take a bunch of duties away from the police that should never have been given to them in the first place and use the resulting money saved to actually address those problems instead of policing them. I agree with this. If you don’t, we can talk about it, but that’s not what I want to write about today. Coming at things from a different angle, I look back over my adult life and come up with the idea that my personal (nothing to do…

  • Philosophy

    Defund the Police

    by Sounds a little harsh to some, a little scary to others, a dramatic overreaction to a few more. It shouldn’t really sound any of those things. It should, once we stop and think about it, sound like a really good idea on some level to just about everyone. By which you should take it that I’m in favour of the idea. White middle-class guy approaching 50 is in favour of defunding the police. Somebody out there is just full of assumptions now but stay with my logic chain for a second. Eighty percent of the calls police respond to have nothing to do with crime. 80%. And dealing with…

  • Life,  Philosophy,  Television

    Star Trek Memories, The Early Years

    by Picture, if you will: a small child sitting in his father’s lap. It’s the early 1970s. 1974, maybe 1973. He’s blonde and cute, and he’s waiting for a television show to start, if not quite as patiently as his father. He does not know what the show is called, only that there are spaceships and aliens and it’s cool. The show starts. There are spaceships, there are aliens, and it’s cool. But most of that doesn’t stick into his long-term memory, not right away, not this time. What he remembers is the giant space amoeba. The child is me and I’m remembering “The Immunity Syndrome”, sitting in my father’s…

  • 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…

  • Life,  Philosophy

    Please find attached my full participation in April Fools Day 2020

    by Which is actually more than most years. Generally, I find pranking friends and acquaintances to be in poor taste and it often strikes me in the same way as finding humour in the pain of others. I’m actually even starting to have a hard time with “friendly” mocking in recent months because I’m not sure there’s really anything friendly about it. Online, of course, seems to be a bit different, as companies and media sites compete to see who can have the most believable but ridiculous post. You know, teasing and misleading their customers and viewers. Or, as you might say, business as usual but with a bit more…