Author Archives: Dave Pollard

five tiny stories

photo by ex-Bowen Islander Jason Wilde, Killarney Lake, Feb 2019. The NYT has a project called “tiny love stories”. Readers are encouraged to pare their personal story of love down to 100 words, and send it in. I recently reprinted … Continue reading

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Extinction Capitalism, Part One: Our Imaginative Poverty

image by greentumble.com In his articles and books, Richard Manning describes high-maintenance monoculture, which has prevailed in much of the world since the early days of civilization, as “catastrophic agriculture”. He uses that term not because of its impact on … Continue reading

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CoVid-19: What Do We Owe the Unvaccinated?

IHME estimated final vaccination rates, as at July 2, 2021 Here in BC, and in Canada as a whole, 80% of the population 12+ has had a first vaccine shot, and 42% are fully inoculated. The second shot rate here … Continue reading

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A Reckoning With Our Inhumanity

child prisoners of the Kamloops Roman Catholic Indian Residential School, which operated 1890-1960; 215 children’s bodies have been found through ground-penetrating radar photographs on the grounds of this “school” alone; photo by Library and Archives Canada My friend PS Pirro … Continue reading

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What We Think We Know, and Who We Think We Love

image from piqsels, CC0 The human brain is an amazing instrument. Brains didn’t evolve to be the “command centre” of the body. Rather, they evolved as a “feature detection system“, a “lookout” for the benefit of the 30 trillion cells … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: June 2021

A very early cartoon from Poorly Drawn Lines Consistent with my rewrite of my latest CoVid-19 article, I’m going to try to make my LOTM write-ups more factual and less editorial, or at least less judgemental. I’m also merging the … Continue reading

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Seventy

Old friends | Sat on their park bench like bookends A newspaper blown through the grass Falls on the round toes | On the high shoes | Of the old friends Old friends | Winter companions the old men Lost … Continue reading

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CoVid-19: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Note: Michael Dowd’s comment on the original version of this article has prompted me to “mark up” the article to remove judgements and stick to what we know. I’ve tried to do that, below, with the additions/changes noted in a … Continue reading

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Never Felt Safe

I‘ve been simultaneously reading two books of essays, largely autobiographical, whose authors’ courage at admitting the truth about themselves is disarming, even startling. Melissa Faliveno’s Tomboyland describes growing up in rural Wisconsin and evolving as a queer feminist; here are … Continue reading

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Switching from Feedburner to Follow.It

Google is abandoning its free RSS-to-email service Feedburner (that I’ve used for a decade) in two weeks. My brother Alan (thank you!) has arranged to transition my blog’s subscription service to Follow.It and that transition starts today. If you’re an … Continue reading

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