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Archaeological Sites in British Columbia & Other Dates

October 8, 2010

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(Note:  BP means before the present, with the present being standardized at 1950.  These dates, when not taken from historical data*, are the result by and large of radiocarbon dating and are approximations only.) 30,000 BP – Beringia settled Beringia is a territory comprising parts of Siberia, Alaska, the Yukon and a now-lost area beneath […]

History of Aboriginal America 5: Isabella’s Loophole & the Mind-Tricks of the Colonizer

October 7, 2010

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7.  Isabella’s Loophole and the Birth of Colonial Ideology Colonialism in the Americas was launched in 1492.  And along with colonialism came colonial ideology, the justifications for colonialism and for colonial relationships. Human beings are moral animals, which is simply a function of our being social animals.  Thus when we do something which is clearly […]

Climate News Roundup – October 2010

October 4, 2010

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Pact to fight methane pollution. At present, methane accounts for about one fifth of the warming potential of all greenhouse gases.  To address this, 38 nations and a number of international groups have signed on to the Global Methane Initiative, which is intended to accelerate efforts to control and cut the emissions of the gas.  […]

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

October 2, 2010

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A MODEST PROPOSAL For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick. by Dr. Jonathan Swift. 1729 It is a melancholy object to those, who walk through this great town, or travel in the country, when they see the […]

An Informal Chronology of the Aboriginal Land Question in B.C.

October 2, 2010

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Joseph Trutch, 1867: The Indians really have no right to the lands they claim, nor are they of any actual value or utility to them. . . . Joseph Trutch made Indian land policy from 1864 to 1871. During his regime, the standard reserve allocation became a maximum of ten acres per family of five. […]

History of Aboriginal America 4 – Columbus & the Race for the Americas

October 1, 2010

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5.  Hero What qualities make a hero? What shall we tell the children when they see his statue in the square? Our brave hero, Columbus, was bull-headed and ignorant, ungrateful, greedy, ambitious, ruthless, reckless, a murderer, a whiner and a liar. These are not the usual qualities of our pop culture heroes, perhaps, but you […]