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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 →

Let it Go

I am presently reading Peter Walsh’s book on how to downsize in an increasingly cluttered world as the older generation leaves more and more junk behind as part of an enduring but painful legacy. While I am onside with getting… Continue Reading →

The Political Propaganda of the Right

Though I see myself as a veritable rightwinger who espouses the individual right to pursue life, liberty and happiness based on hard work and less government, I am not blind to how this ideology can be dangerously misused by politicians… Continue Reading →

Status Quo Wins Out

I have decided to walk away from the BC Liberals simply because the majority of its membership, in a leadership vote last night, has decided to back a candidate that basically represents the old guard. Andrew Wilkenson, as the new… Continue Reading →

A Party at the Crossroads

I  make no bones about belonging to the BC Liberal Party. I have for years been a member only because it is a political organization that best represents what I stand for in regards to economic, social, and political values…. Continue Reading →

Revisiting a War

Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward have written a visually compelling companion, coffee table book to the PBS series, “The Vietnam War”. For the past week I have been pouring over its written and pictorial account of that bloody conflict between… Continue Reading →

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