Category Archives: How the World Really Works

CoVid-19: By the Numbers

As governments and health authorities keep altering, suppressing and recalculating their CoVid-19 data, I’ve been tracking the numbers right from the start, in an attempt to learn some lessons about pandemics from my brief stint with a team of epidemiologists … Continue reading

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Indecent Jobs

What happens when what employers can afford to pay to sustain their profit growth is less than what workers need to make ends meet? (Hint: It starts with a ‘C’) There is a class/caste war going on throughout the Euro-American … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: November 2022

cartoon by Michael Leunig, of course They’re rioting in Africa. They’re starving in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida and Texas needs rain. The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans. The Germans hate the Poles. … Continue reading

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What a Fool Believes

another astonishing cartoon by Michael Leunig A dear friend said to me, a couple of months back: “You say that as if you know that for a fact; it’s just what you believe, which is ultimately just your opinion”. At … Continue reading

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Our ‘Pathetic’ Species

the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody, near my home; photo for Google Maps by Malvina This evening I’m walking to the theatre, and thinking about how the arts evoke certain emotions in us. It’s dark already, and now that rush … Continue reading

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Talking With Those Who Disagree With You

Resilience co-editor Bart Anderson recently sent me a link to an article by astrophysicist Ethan Siegel called Four Rules of Persuasion, which Ethan developed mainly for dealing with people who spread, and believe, mis- or disinformation. His preamble: The large … Continue reading

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Ten Things That Astonish Me

photo by Mitchell Kaneshkevich Thanks to PS Pirro for the prompt for this post, asking us what still astonishes us; here’s my list: The realization that everything we think of as real is either just an appearance (like separate ‘things’ … Continue reading

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Has the Global Caste War Begun?

This is a follow-on to my article The Caste War for the Dregs. cartoon by Fergus Boylan In my recent article, I suggested that there is an intuitive but broadly-felt sense that our civilization is on its last legs, and … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: October 2022

cartoon by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell Sometimes when I write these monthly posts I catch myself reacting strongly and negatively to what I’m reading and writing about. You can probably detect that in the links below about John Bolton, Johnson & … Continue reading

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The Caste War for the Dregs

(photo from U. Berkeley, with this caption: “New study reveals the brain mechanism that makes rats feel empathy for other rats, yet refrain from helping rats they deem to be outsiders. Photo by Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal”) When scientists put rats … Continue reading

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