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Compassion with no clear endgame

We have, on the outskirts of our city, yet another tent encampment taking shape. It consists of eighty to ninety campers living in an open field by a main highway going into town from up island. The conditions are primitive,… Continue Reading →

Wising up to Trump

There are many of us who are still trying to wrestle with the larger-than-life public persona of Donald Trump, America’s 45th president, as he continue to weigh in on and influence the outcome of world affairs. This past week has… Continue Reading →

Turn Them In

No wonder criminal gang activity appears to be on the upswing in Canada, if recent turf wars in Toronto and  Vancouver are anything to go by. Public appeals to politicians to tighten the screws on these perps seem to go… Continue Reading →

Alec Ryrie’s “Protestants” – Lurching From One Crisis to the Next

The history of modern Protestantism presented here is one of moving in any number of directions in search of the ideal form of Christian worship and livelihood. Five hundred years of struggling to find that elusive religious identity that both… Continue Reading →

Trump’s Big Gambit

So far, Trump has tried numerous strategies to bolster his mediocre national ratings as Potus. He has a certain person in mind when he talks tough on trade, tax reform, drug prices, travel bans and dreamers. Each time he’s curried… Continue Reading →

Alana Mitchell’s “Spinning Magnet” – A World Upside Down

After reading this book on the seismic wonders of the earth’s magnetic field, I got to thinking, perhaps, that its continual shifting and re-orienting, in relation to the north and south poles, might help explain a number of current natural… Continue Reading →

Max Boot’s “The Road Not Taken” – A Failed War Effort

I have finally found the definitive work that explains why the United States ultimately lost the Vietnam War. Seen through the prism of the extraordinary intervening actions of senior CIA operative Edward Lansdale during the 50s and 60s, this conflict… Continue Reading →

Ann Applebaum’s “Red Famine” – A Study about Political Repression of the most Vicious Kind

Until I read this book on Stalin’s draconian efforts to collectivize the Ukraine during the 20s and 30s, I had only a very broad knowledge of its long-standing trauma on its people. The author makes a solid case for why… Continue Reading →

In the World of Open-Ended Politics

As I move through 2018, I am reminded how open-ended and indefinite the world of politics has become at all levels. Like with the aches and pains that too often afflict the human body, we live in a society that… Continue Reading →

Taking a Position on an Issue

Every so often I take inventory of where I stand on big social and political issues based on the best evidence I can muster on the subject without mistaking myself for an expert. Since I work mainly by experience and… Continue Reading →

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