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Flaming Poppies & Floating Signifiers #poppycock

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If language is slippery, visual icons are even more so. The sign of the cross is a comfort to some and a symbol of oppression to others. The remembrance poppy is neither legal… Continue reading

The Problem of Simple Fictions

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Now that the election is passed, I have spent some time considering certain aspects of the presidential campaign and the way it has played itself out in the public sphere. I think it… Continue reading

The Madness of King Trump #Obama @realDonaldTrump

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This is a public record of one of Forbes 500 richest men having a break with reality, publicly, on twitter. This man is personally worth over 3 Billion dollars, employs countless people, influences… Continue reading

Good Morning America & Thank You #Obama #2012Election

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Thank you for voting for the sane one. You may not have been utterly in love with Obama, but he is at least rational.  He does understand that running a country is not… Continue reading

Megan Stammers: Our Unquenchable Thirst for Melodrama

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Poor Megan Stammers was on the front page of my newspaper this morning. With her gloppy mascara and her teenaged colour rinse. Were we running low on child murders or pedophiles this week?… Continue reading

Book Review: No Easy Day

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I was interested to read ‘No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” by “Mark Owen” (Matt Bissonnette) and co-written by Kevin Maurer. Having read it, I… Continue reading

Great Expectations: How Media Has Eroded Realism #DNC2012

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As is always the case, after the closing convention speech by the parties’ nominees, the media reported on focus groups of undecided voters and asked them if the speeches had changed their minds… Continue reading

Todd Akin: Roadkill on the Romney / Ryan Highway

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No rational, intelligent person can even attempt to defend the science or the logic of what Todd Akin said about women and their mystical ability to block a rapist’s sperm.  But I’d like… Continue reading

An Open Letter to Republican Women #akin #rapeisrape

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I know only about five of you will probably read this. I know you’re expecting that I will write to you with disrespect for your values or your religion or your beliefs about… Continue reading

100 Years of Homophobia & 2 Years of Hard Labour: New Paranoia for a New Russia

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This is going to go down in history as the week in which Russia made itself look really pathetic on the world stage. Lord knows, history hasn’t been all that kind to Russia,… Continue reading