Monthly Archives: May 2022

Up On the Roof

My favourite Michael Leunig cartoon, and one of his darkest. I stand on the rooftop, 400 feet up, overlooking the city, the river, the forests and mountains beyond. I am filled with despair, with righteous indignation, with fear. I know … Continue reading

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The Humanist Trap

(right click on the image, or click here, to open full size in another tab/window; I made this in 2015 so it’s a bit dated) A lot of people who profess to be atheists or pantheists in their youth, tend … Continue reading

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Noticing What’s Missing

painting of ivory-billed woodpecker by John Audubon (public domain); despite large rewards for a proven sighting, it was declared extinct last year An interesting aspect of human nature is our obliviousness to the disappearance of things that we once took … Continue reading

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How Abandonment of the $US Could Precipitate Global Economic Collapse

Chart of relative stock market values since 1870, from Morningstar via Indrajit Samarajiva. Note that the scale is logarithmic. Since 1870, while energy and industrial production have increased by a factor of 20, stock “values” have increased by a factor … Continue reading

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Facing My Misanthropy

cartoon by the incomparable Michael Leunig I‘ve never really liked most people very much. I don’t seek out, or need, much human company, preferring to interact with a few who are as interested as I am in the subjects of … Continue reading

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How Many Canadians Have Died From CoVid-19?

The enormous inconsistencies and dubious premises underlying some recent reports about actual vs reported CoVid-19 death rates in Canada cast serious doubt upon the reliability of the findings and conclusions in several of these reports, which are in some cases … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: May 2022

cartoon by Ali Solomon Despite my aspirations to be more equanimous, and to accept that my role is simply to witness and chronicle the collapse of our global industrial growth culture and the sixth great extinction, I am quite terrified … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance

Every day, I shift back and forth between three ‘personas’, completely incompatible systems of belief, worldviews and ways of trying to make sense of the world. One writes: This ‘Dave’ believes there will come a time, probably in about ten … Continue reading

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Understanding Why (Part 2): The War in Ukraine and the Destruction of Mariupol

This is the second of a multi-part series. In this part, I’m going to use the Ukraine War, and specifically the destruction of Mariupol, as a case study of the importance of asking Why?, and moving beyond the rhetoric, the … Continue reading

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Understanding Why (Part 1): Why War?

This is the first of a multi-part series that attempts to move past the grotesque propaganda for war that has once again enveloped us, and understand what underlies it, and whether our species, at least when under stress, always seems … Continue reading

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