My Collected Writings on politics, science fiction, theology, and women.

Obama’s bow matters because They says so 3

Obama’s bow matters because They says so

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to miss this particular controversy, but like a bad case of chlamydia it’ll catch up with you eventually unless you’re hiding under a rock. So if right now it doesn’t burn when you pee… well, like Serenity says “You can’t stop the signal”.  Allow me to be your cultural agent of memetic virulence.

Healthcare quickie 2

Healthcare quickie

Hi there folks, sorry I’ve fallen a bit behind my self-imposed posting schedule.  I’ve recently found a potential publisher for my novel, and I’ve been tidying things up there in preparation for submission. But I stumbled across a video today which brought back some memories.  This past summer my girlfriend was going through some medical procedures, and the experience was just awful.  Arrogant, unknowledgeable physicians with no understanding of Bayesian Probability Theory, secure in the knowlege that – since this was Soviet Canuckistan – they were the only game in town.  If you don’t have a family doctor here (and...

5 A.M. News 0

5 A.M. News

The other day my girlfriend told me that she really enjoys sharing a bottle of whisky with me on Thursdays. A bit of strange statement, given that half these nights end up with her sobbing as I yell at broken furniture, but I’m not one to judge. I’ve always lived with the philosophy that an interesting life is better than a happy one, and that tragedy is the highest form of art. After all, you have to admit that hiding in the corner as your boyfriend breaks his knuckles on an oaken coffee table is more interesting that playing Solitaire...

The ACTA – Beyond Net Neutrality 0

The ACTA – Beyond Net Neutrality

As I write this, delegates from the Switzerland, Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and the European Union have gathered in Seoul under the watchful eyes of their leader from the United States. Dressed in a blood-red gown, he leads them through dark hallways chanting the ancient Latin prayer of offering to the MPAA as his followers flagellate themselves with the burning tips of a firewire cable. But this is not a committee dedicated to the study of S&M; nor is it some harmless group of Opus Dei celebrants....

Flavoured Cigarettes 0

Flavoured Cigarettes

You damned fools have passed another law out of spite and antipathy to your fellow man, but you never stopped for five minutes to consider what its actual effects might be. That’s right, suburbia, trust your government – I’m sure they’ve got nothing vile planned. More in-depth details on the legislation here: “Reason Magazine: Sweet Lies About Kids and Smoking”

Feminism and Firefly 2

Feminism and Firefly

I ran into this article the other day about supposed misogynist themes in the television program Firefly. For those of you who don’t know, its creator, Joss Whedon, had previously worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is a self-identified feminist known for his portrayals of strong female characters. _allecto_, the author of the above article, begs to disagree. While her article is worth a chuckle overall, there are a couple of specific passages (and comment-replies) I’d like to draw your attention to: the first involves the character Inara, a future-world prostitute/courtesan and self-employed entrepreneur: Our first introduction to Inara...

Stalkers 0

Stalkers

Last week, I was driving back from the girlfriend’s house, about midnight or so on a Tuesday. I was mostly driving through residential neighbourhoods, on a 50 km/h main drag, but one portion passed through a city park which spans most of the city, and has underground tunnels for the pedestrians and bike-riders. Most of the time, people go through here at 65 or 70 – and it’s perfectly safe. There’s few, if any, pedestrians walking along the road, and given that it’s a mild valley the extra momentum can be useful for making your way up the other side....

The Ten Principles of Leadership 4

The Ten Principles of Leadership

A young man planning to join our nation’s military recently emailed me asking for advice on how to be the best officer he could be. While the focus of this blog is mainly political, Leadership is an element that runs through all aspects of human society, including the political and economic. It’s a standard of learned moral behaviour which is just as important as comprehending Heuristics and Biases. What follows is my reply to him. One thing you’re going to internalize during your time in the forces, is a document called the Ten Principles of Leadership. It’s a great list,...

Canadian Political Coup 1

Canadian Political Coup

Document: An Accord on a Cooperative Government: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/bl… Petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/n… Find your Member of Parliament: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compi… Form Letter: Dear ___ I deeply upset about the Liberal, NDP, and Bloc’s attempt to form a Coalition government. Such actions at this time are an undemocratic manipulation of our government. However, the Conservative attempt to Prorogue Parliament is nearly as bad. When the No-Confidence goes through, the government should be dissolved, and a new election scheduled. I’ve certainly had more than enough of elections, but I don’t see that there’s any other reasonable choice. Sincerely,