Flight MH17 – The Spectacle Grief & the Role of the Artist in Society

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I remember clearly, after the Sandy Hook massacre, watching a news interview with a father of one of the children who had been killed. It was literally hours after the event, and this… Continue reading

The Gaping Flaw in Logic in The Supreme Court

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The recent Supreme Court decision that allows companies with ‘deeply held religious beliefs’ from being compelled to cover reproductive health services or drugs for their employees exposes some deeply unimpressive reasoning on the… Continue reading

I Think It’s Worse Than You Think

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For anyone who hasn’t read my writing or blog posts before, I want to come right out and identify myself as very much left of centre on most issues. There are a few… Continue reading

Relativism, Hyperbole and the Definition of Rape

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Watching the evolution of the rape case in Dallas involving a girl who was 14 at the time, a defendant who was 18 and confessed to the rape and the judge in the… Continue reading

Watching the Watchers

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Despite being the most powerful man in the world, President Barack Obama is not allowed to use an iPhone because his security advisers have claimed it is not secure enough. Gibbs, S. (2012)… Continue reading

The Ghost of Dubya and the Words of Aeschylus

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Even before he shrugged off this mortal coil, George W. Bush’s ghost casts a long shadow.  Where western governments might have once been able to persuade their populations to intervene militarily on foreign… Continue reading

The Cost of Fear and the Death of Reason: Trayvon Martin

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Here are some of statistics that all Americans should know: 1. Violent crime and murder rates are almost half what they were in 1991. (ref) 2. White men commit 3/4 of all the… Continue reading

Thoughts on Independence Day: Security vs Privacy

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With few exceptions, the focus of both the news and US political rhetoric on whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks concerning the NSA’s surveillance of digital communications has been firmly on him. It’s been a… Continue reading

The Rights We Don’t Defend

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About 9 years ago, in Ho Chi Minh City, I sat between the Consul General of Russia and a British ESL teacher at a luncheon given by the Canadian Consulate to hear a… Continue reading

Why Psychiatric Drugs Only Do Half the Job

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First, if you haven’t read this article  – The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder  – in the NYT, please do. I’m fortunate. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age… Continue reading