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Monthly Archive: July 2010

Jul 30 2010

Movie Friday: Billy Connolly

Today’s movie Friday features someone who can literally claim credentials to the title of greatest stand-up comedian of all time. I can’t say he’s my favourite, but I am not the grand arbiter of all things funny. Billy Connolly is a Scottish comedian who may be most recognizable for those of us not into stand-up …

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Jul 29 2010

Re-Update: Courtenay BC men found guilty of assault

I’m a big fan of being wrong. It’s incredibly reassuring to me when I make predictions and they turn out to be incorrect, or when someone can demonstrate to me a flaw or incompleteness in my reasoning. It helps me to know two things: 1) that I still have lots more to learn, and 2) …

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Jul 29 2010

One step forward, two steps back

Sadly, there is very little Paula Abdul in this post. The Vatican issued a revised set of church guidelines Thursday to respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal, targeting priests who molest the mentally disabled as well as children, and defining child pornography as a canonical crime, but making few substantive changes to existing practice. …

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Jul 28 2010

Online anonymity – a free speech issue?

Can you force free speech on people? That is, is speech still ‘free’ when you have to speak? Certainly denying the rights of people to speak when they want to is wrong, but is it equally wrong to force someone to speak up? It’s a bizarre question, to be sure, but one that seems to …

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Jul 27 2010

iVaya Argentina!

Once again, a bit of unexpected good news: Senators in Argentina are set to vote Wednesday on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, but the bill is facing stiff opposition from the Roman Catholic Church and other groups. Okay, that part isn’t the good news. If you had asked me at the time I …

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Jul 26 2010

What is “black”? – Part 3: my working definition

This is part 3 of my 6-part discussion of race and race issues that was originally written in February, 2010 for Black History Month. This post originally appeared on Facebook on Friday, February 5th, 2010. Hopefully, if I have been persuasive enough, you agree with my premise that “blackness” is not merely a description of …

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Jul 23 2010

Movie Friday: The Real Jim Carrey

This would be funny if it wasn’t serious: I am going to try taking this step-by-step. 0:30 – “I understood how thought was just an illusory thing” Undoubtedly true for Mr. Carrey, who clearly has not thought one bit about the nonsense he’s about to spew out of his face-hole. 0:47 – “Thought is responsible …

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Jul 22 2010

Join me in protest this Saturday!

If you’re as outraged by today’s story as I am, come show your support and protest along with the international community this Saturday. Those of you who are in Vancouver can join me in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The rally starts at 5 pm. There are also rallies in Toronto, and Ottawa: CANADA …

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Jul 22 2010

Everybody must get stoned!

Aaaaand we’re back to Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a mother of two, faces imminent death by stoning after her appeals for clemency were denied. Ms Ashtiani had already been punished with flogging for what a court called an “illicit relationship”, when she was then charged with committing adultery. The death penalty under any form is …

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Jul 21 2010

The tiiiiiimes they are a-changin’!

The 20th century, which saw some of the worst atrocities in the history of the world, also saw some of the greatest social victories. India accomplished its independence from Britain after a long and bloody struggle. A world was spurred to action to halt a racist and homicidal military political machine. Here in North America …

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