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Thomas Flanagan, Pundit Propagandist

January 31, 2013

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Colonial Propaganda and the Law of Aboriginal Title In his book on the creation of Indian reserves in British Columbia, Making Native Space (2002), Cole Harris writes colonialism is increasingly seen as a culture of domination, a set of values that infused European thought and letters; led Europeans confidently out into the world; stereotyped non-Europeans as […]

Legends of Myself 60

January 30, 2013

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Continued from Legends of Myself 59 60.  Prince Rupert, 1959:  Rest Is a Weapon My stay in Prince Rupert in the summer of 1959 was mostly free of incident, more an establishing shot of a story to be continued later than a story in itself. In relation to my previous stays in town, I was exploring […]

Legends of Myself 59

January 29, 2013

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Continued from Legends of Myself 58 59. Prince Rupert, 1959: Totem and Capitol Gary Cooper at the Capitol.  Although my return to Prince Rupert brought me to a different part of town, I still regularly climbed the ridge at the back of downtown and over the hill to 8th Avenue where Old Pop lived.  My grandfather […]

Again Scientists Urge Obama—Reject Tar Sands Pipeline

January 25, 2013

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Last year, President Obama postponed a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project to ship dilbit, diluted bitumen, and synthetic crude from the tar sands region of Alberta to the US Gulf Coast.  His administration is set very soon to make a decision on whether to allow that controversial pipeline.  Such a decision has been rendered […]

Legends of Myself 58

January 23, 2013

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Continued from Legends of Myself 57 58.  Prince Rupert, 1959:  The Grand Café My departure from Port Essington in 1959 was the final one for me.  I stood many times in view of it.  I gazed at it across the river.  But I never again crossed the Skeena while it continued to exist, which was until […]

The Invisible Mr. Polly

January 22, 2013

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HG Wells and the aesthetics of science fiction I remember reading somewhere as a teenager that some of HG Wells non-science fiction works, for instance, The History of Mr. Polly were the literary equals of works like The Time Machine, First Men in the Moon, War of the Worlds, and The Island of Dr. Moreau.  […]

About American Empire by Howard Zinn [video]

January 19, 2013

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Howard Zinn is the author of A People’s History of the United States, 1492–Present.  You may recall that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon gave the book a cameo in their movie Good Will Hunting.  If you want a fresh way of looking at history–not just the Presidents who created landmark laws but the people’s movements […]

Retreating From Fire

January 17, 2013

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Surrendering the beaches in the era of climate change. A couple of years ago, after the Canadian Prairies and adjacent regions of the United States had suffered its third “100 year flood” event in about 15 years, there were grumblings in the comment pages of newspapers about how the “taxpayers” shouldn’t have to continue subsidizing […]

The Dancing Wall at Cathindos

January 16, 2013

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Since the publication late last century of Dr. Borges’ 500 Theses of the Destruction of Cathindos, a generation of scholarship has eliminated some theses and added some others, but really not much progress has been made.  There are yet 500 theses, or more.  A visit to the Dancing Wall, which the more mystical and philosophical […]

Legends of Myself 57

January 15, 2013

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Continued from Legends of Myself 56 57.  Port Essington, 1958-59:  A Picture on the Schoolhouse Steps Some final images of Spaksuut: Packages of bluing above the washing machine, to make bedsheets cleaner than clean, 1950s fashion. Penny loafers with pennies in them. Gelatine capsules of cod liver oil, a little nutritional redundancy on top of a […]