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Fit In Or Fuck Off

“Fit In Or Fuck Off”, said the bumper sticker on the back of the truck’s window.  It was superimposed over a Canadian flag, and given our actual Canadian values, terribly incongruous. Naturally, being a child of the Nineties and a fan of all things counter-mainstream, when I saw the guy looking back at me in …

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Patience, Part 2

Maybe it’s because I’ve passed forty.  Maybe it’s because I am a combination of stunted growth and half a lifetime’s experience.  I haven’t hardened into a rigid old man yet, but I’m beyond the delusions of youth, where I assume the world can be changed by complaints or good intentions. In real life, call-outs often …

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Patience

It’s funny the things you have patience for.  I can resign myself all day to walking people through, in layman’s terms, technical issues about which they know nothing.  I can show them that they are capable of doing things that scare them, because they’re simple things. Unplugging a power cord on a router may seem …

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The Left/Right Divide

I’ll never understand why the world gets so caught up in duality. Actually, scratch that, I understand it perfectly.  It’s because I was an idiot. Let me explain. In my younger and more impressionable years, I got into punk.  Not live on the street, cut a mohawk punk, but punk ethics.  DIY, total freedom, fuck …

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Right Wing Delusion

Or maybe, dogmatic delusion. I’m stumped and astounded by the unthinking devotion to a party or side when there’s so much evidence that it’s bullshit or cruel or downright evil. Why continue to insist a guy like Trump is anything other than the liar, racist and wannabe fascist he’s overwhelmingly proven to be?  Why continue …

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The False Duality Of Choices

It’s something I’ve ranted about before, albeit in brief, but it’s probably the defining issue of our current era. Why is everything “us or them”?  Every choice is dualistic, and it’s a complete fallacy. Life is not, in reality, defined as either left or right or liberal or conservative.  It doesn’t work that way.  Following …

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Fear As Primary Driver Of War

A few weeks back, I was reading Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios and was struck by the notion in their second arc, that war occurs and gets ugly when it masters fear. That fear is ultimately the thing harnessed by war to drive its own homicidal intent. I think this is fairly …