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Started in 2015 during a divisive provincial election, this category is obviously me spouting off on the political climate from my humble perspective. As with everything I write, I’ll try to be less about people and more about ideas. But that said, I’ll probably turn off comments for most of it… because unlike this country, my blog isn’t a democracy. Connect with me on Twitter, instead.

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I would turn up the dial on empathy. I think it's a little too low these days.
a sums & pieces for 13 Jun 02017
Fast or Slow?

I was reminded recently of an insightful quote (and comedy bit) from the late-great George Carlin. He joked: “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” The podcast where I heard it was using it as a metaphor for the current political era, in that it’s the same perceptual mistake we all make when was say something like “anyone who thinks right of me is a fascist and anyone who links left of me is a socialist.” We all think we’re driving the exact right speed, just like we all think we are the only person being perfectly rational in our political viewpoint. Unless you’re the fastest car on the road, you’re too slow for someone else, and unless you’re parked, you’re a maniac speeder. It’s all relative.

12 May 02017 | asides & shorts | politics

opinions & venting | politics 

13 Mar 02017 | 5 minutes of your time

Getting mad is making the crazy people more powerful.

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Paranormal sci-fi pre-post-apocalyptic quasi-horror political thriller.
a sums & pieces for 20 Feb 02017
# Reality is not an emotional state. Facts don't care if you like them. Objective truth persists even after you stop defending it.
7 Feb 02017
# If someone trains their body, practices daily physical exercise, learns muscular control and athletic skill to the point of being the best, we put a gold medal around their neck on TV. If someone trains their mind, practices daily rational thought, acquires knowledge and technical skills to the point of being the best, we go online to call them elitist and tell them to keep their opinions to themselves.
6 Feb 02017

opinions & venting | politics 

27 Jan 02017 | 8 minutes of your time

I mean, the current iteration of society has worked out pretty well for a lot of people.

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Carbon Taxed

Yes, I hate the carbon tax, too. Am I happy that our society has reached this point where we need to put a price on our own wastefulness? Hardly. Is it the best option? No. Is it going to hurt? Yeah. Will it disrupt the way our lives go forward for here? That’s kinda the point. Will that be uncomfortable? No shit, Sherlock. But is it the right thing to do? Probably. Am I willing to chip in a little bit more on that gamble if it’s really meant to improve the future of our society? Well, until someone comes up with a better idea, and since I don’t qualify for the rebate, I suppose I’m going to do just that. Everything has a cost to something, someone, somewhere. You may not feel that cost. You may never pay it. But someone, somewhere pays for your cheap gas, your plastic toys, and your discount t-shirts. That cost may be money, time, or the health of people or our environment. And we’ve been deferring, offsetting, skipping out on the bill as it grows and looms and grows some more over future generations. You don’t have to understand it or agree with it: but pretending that it’s a lie or a conspiracy makes you into the fool. So, drive a 4% less, eat a few less calories, put on a sweater and some cozy wool socks and turn the heat down a degree or two, and maybe stop buying so much junk: we’ve been trying that for years, and it isn’t as painful as you imagine. Really.

Like so many of us I get pulled into that click bait garbage in my new feeds and waste my time watching or reading fake or trivial stories online.
a sums & pieces for 14 Dec 02016
It’s Email, Stupid

I don’t particularly want to wade into this US election debate (I really do) but something has been driving me nuts for weeks & any time anyone brings up the whole “Clinton email scandal” bullshit. Knowing what I know about the technical architecture of email servers, blah-blah-blah, the whole question of who-had-private what-and-what is really the wrong question. I see it more one of three realistic scenarios: (a) the emails were encrypted, which they should have been because email is literally the least secure of all internet protocols and no one should ever send anything over any email that you wouldn’t write on the back of a postcard and send through snailmail, and this whole thing is complete MOOT and shut up about it or (b) the US government is IGNORANTLY using non-encrypted email to send classified information, in which case they should all be fired for gross incompetence and Clinton should more be likely lauded for (accidentally) using a private server that was probably and statistically MORE secure due simply to security-by-obscurity or (c) the emails were STRATEGICALLY non-encrypted, in which case Trump is a dumb-ass for shining a light on a tool that was probably acting as a false information channel as part of a vastly more complex security operation… and by the way, smooth move dip-shit. Go read about Alan Turing and the Enigma code dilemma to save me writing a whole essay about meta-information. Either way, if you’re angry about it, you’re almost certainly angry for the wrong reasons, so can we stop talking about it now?

27 Oct 02016 | asides & shorts | politics

opinions & venting | politics 

15 Aug 02016 | 4 minutes of your time

Sometimes it requires a machete to clear out the weeds and see that long view.

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blogger | opinions & venting | politics 

18 Mar 02016 | 4 minutes of your time

Anonymity in the comments sections of online publications is a failed experiment, and it’s time to find a better way to have a conversation.

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