"It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land." Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, IPCC Climate change is real. And the climate crisis is upon us. Still, many people deny the reality right in front of them. (The reasons for this denial are well documented.) There is no longer time … Continue reading Time to Stop Handling Climate Change Deniers with Kid Gloves
Conservatives have absolutely no shame. Zip, zero, nada. Time and again, scandals appear and conservatives just don't care. They will make excuses, blame other people, or just deny. Then they'll continue working until the next scandal arises. Shameless Tories Yesterday, I read a Guardian article about some of the many scandals from the administration of … Continue reading Immune to Shame
Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.Frank Wilhoit Urban Dictionary defines a snowflake as "a very sensitive person. Someone who is easily hurt or offended by the statements or actions of others". Urban Dictionary … Continue reading Conservative Snowflakes
A world where billionaires exist next to starving children is the grotesque consequence of a society gone wrong, a society that promotes greed over compassion, and wealth over humanity. Long ago, we were told that the middle class is what made the West so great. I've got some bad news: The middle class is dead. … Continue reading Dragons Are Eating The Middle Class. It’s Time to Fight Back.
Another year of great podcasts! Below are a dozen new podcasts I've enjoyed in 2018, split equally into three common themes. Some podcasts have an open-ended structure, while others take on a single issue. I found that each podcast helped me to understand our complex world a bit better. For more suggestions, check out my … Continue reading Podcast Picks 2018
"The general population doesn't know what's happening. And it doesn't even know that it doesn't know." -Noam Chomsky Unknown Unknowns My politicization began roughly a decade ago and has steadily developed since then. When I moved from rural Alberta to Edmonton, I knew little to nothing about the world and how it operated. I didn't have a political … Continue reading My Political, Economic and Religious Self-Education
Listening to people discuss their ideas and opinions is something I truly enjoy. Podcasts are great for this and make it easy to hear the most current stories from North America to the Middle East, from Europe to Australia. All from the comfort of your smart phone or computer. Last year, I made a list of … Continue reading Podcast Picks of 2017
I recently saw this demonstration of how mangroves protect shorelines from erosion. It's incredible how Mother Nature has developed simple tools to support biodiversity, even against the powerful forces of ocean waves. Unfortunately, we haven't been the best stewards of these natural gifts. WWF reports that more than 35% of the world’s mangroves are already gone. … Continue reading How Much Is Your Coastline Worth?
"Recent years have seen a panic over "online red-light districts," which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from … Continue reading The Fight to Control Women
This is not about terrorism. Terrorism is the excuse. This is about economic and social control. And the only thing you're really protecting is the supremacy of your government. This reflection from the 2016 docu-drama Snowden illustrates the current world we live in. A world, we're told, filled with terrorist threats. But, are we in danger? In his book The … Continue reading Religion as Political Scapegoat